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Tuesday, 24 October 2006 02:28

Norman Solomon: Channeling Thomas Friedman

by Norman Solomon

Get ready for a special tour of a renowned outlook, conjured from the writings of syndicated New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. As the leading media advocate of "free trade" and "globalization," he is expertly proficient at explaining the world to the world. If we could synthesize Friedman's brain waves, the essential messages would go something like this:

Silicon chips are the holy wafers of opportunity. From Bangalore to Bob's Big Boy Burgers, those who understand the Internet will leave behind those who do not.


"President Bush will visit Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, the city once known as Saigon that was the capital of U.S.-backed South Vietnam, during a trip to the communist nation next month, the White House said Monday." Is this so no one will be able to say he's never been to Viet Nam? Does he think this will now replace the time (not) served in the Texas National Guard? How big an army will be required for his country hopping this time around? "Bush will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' forum in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Nov. 18 and 19. He will also stop in Singapore and Indonesia during his trip, the White House said."


If democracy survives in the United States, years from now historians will try to fathom how a small cadre of such arrogant, bumbling fools – with no combat experience – managed to nearly drive this nation into the ground.


We called our book Static based on the idea that ... we’re still getting ever more static from the corporate media veil of distortion, lies, omissions, half truths. We need a media that creates static of another kind -- what the dictionary defines as criticism, opposition, unwanted interference. We need a media that doesn’t cover for power, but covers power. We are the fourth estate. We’re not supposed to be for the state. -- Amy Goodman

Monday, 23 October 2006 08:40

DNC: The Real Bush Economy

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DNC: The Real Bush Economy

Washington, DC - Today, President Bush will make remarks on the economy while visiting the Urban Trust Bank in Washington, DC. The President continues to deceive Americans when he says that the economy is growing stronger, as he fails to mention that the Bush Economy continues to benefit only the wealthiest Americans. By citing growth in the stock market, he ignores the fact that 10 percent of Americans own 80 percent of all stocks. [Economic Policy Institute, 10/11/06]


Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
U.S. Death Toll for October Hits 86

Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that at least 44 Iraqis and U.S. troops were killed in Iraq over the weekend in another surge of sectarian violence. Officials note that attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces have "increased more than 40 percent" since the middle of summer. Democrats have been joined by leading Generals and top Congressional Republicans in rejecting President Bush's failed stay-the-course strategy in Iraq and want a new direction that is both tough and smart.


Alberto Fernandez was thrust into the world spotlight last weekend after saying in an Al-Jazeera interview that "undoubtedly there was arrogance and stupidity from the United States in Iraq." After perhaps becoming the first person subjected to Bush's new state-sanctioned torture laws, he hastily retracted his statements by claiming he "seriously misspoke."

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

The Bush administration, losing the war in Iraq, has come up with a "new" strategy: setting a timetable for Iraq's puppet regime and its fledgling army to "stand up" to the task of running the country so that the U.S. military can "stand down."

Monday, 23 October 2006 06:00

BuzzFlash Mailbag for October 23, 2006


Last week, BuzzFlash wrote "Worse than Foley? Republicans Covering Up Evidence that GOP Knew of ex-Rep. Duke Cunningham Bribery & Cronyism." It turns out that House Intelligence Chairman Pete Hoekstra has been sitting on a report since May - that he authorized - concluding that his staffers ignored "red flags" about Cunningham, who is serving time for accepting bribes in return for millions in appropriations.

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