WORLD MEDIA WATCH
1//The Daily Star, Lebanon--FNEISH SCRAMBLES TO SECURE CRUCIAL FUEL AS POWER PLANTS RUN ON FUMES (Lebanon's power plants may soon be unable to provide any electricity to the rest of the country if tankers anchored off the coast of Cyprus do not deliver fuel in the coming days. "We are trying to secure enough fuel oil for the Zouk and Beddawi power plants but the ship owners are reluctant to unload their cargos under the current circumstances," Energy and Water Minister Mohammad Fneish told The Daily Star. He added that the ministry was still negotiating with the ships' owners to dock at the ports and unload their cargos. Sources said five ships laden with fuel oil, kerosene and gasoline were in Cyprus awaiting final approval from Israel and the United Nations to go to Lebanon. Maritime insurance premiums in Lebanon and Israel skyrocketed after the war broke out, prompting many ships to steer clear of the two countries. Israel is still imposing a tough naval, air and ground blockade on Lebanon in an attempt to pressure the government to disarm Hizbullah.)
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
At this point in time, there is no rational reason for continuing the Iraq War except that pulling our GIs out would mean an admission of failure and an almost certain catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in the fall election.
Well, maybe there is one rational reason for staying there and watching the death toll mount: oil.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Amy Branham
It is sad that during a time of war, so many people do not know what a Gold Star Family is. They have no idea what a Gold Star Mother, Father, Husband, Wife, Sister or Brother is. So many times when I attend rallies, protests or other events, I have to explain what a Gold Star Mom is.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
“Speaking to Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air - April 1, 2003,” Bill Kristol: "And on this issue of the Shia in Iraq, I think there's been a certain amount of, frankly, Terry, a kind of pop sociology in America that, you know, somehow the Shia can't get along with the Sunni and the Shia in Iraq just want to establish some kind of Islamic fundamentalist regime. There's almost no evidence of that at all. Iraq's always been very secular." Just goes to show Bush isn’t the only moron on the Repuglican block!
by Greg Palast
So, Osama Walks into This Bar, See? and Bush says, "Whad'l'ya have, pardner?" and Osama says...
But wait a minute. I'd better shut my mouth. The sign here in the airport says, "Security is no joking matter." But if security's no joking matter, why does this guy dressed in a high-school marching band outfit tell me to dump my Frappuccino and take off my shoes? All I can say is, Thank the Lord the "shoe bomber" didn't carry Semtex in his underpants.
by Tony Peyser
The White House insists it has "no timetable"
To leave Iraq where normal life has exploded
And British Petroleum said the same thing
About cleaning oil pipes that have corroded.
August 15, 2006
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIALA short time ago, BuzzFlash posted an editorial about how suicidal it is for progressive advocacy groups to insist on self-righteously supporting faux Republican "moderates" like Lincoln Chafee.
As we pointed out, Chafee is not really a moderate because his presence in the Senate enables a Republican majority that ensures the goals of the progressive advocacy groups who support him will not be achieved.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Last Friday, Federal District Judge John D. Bates conducted yet another feeble judicial capitulation to the Bush Administration when he ruled that it was acceptable for the president to sign a bill that had not been passed by Congress.