Monday, September 25, 2006

 

What BushCo Promises; What you Get

MU posted a good video about the government's enlistment promises vs. what the veterans really get. Check it out:

http://muslimunity.blogspot.com/2006/09/before-you-enlist.html#links

Saturday, September 16, 2006

 

Lebanon - war photos

Repeats. Remember what war is like and the continued suffering.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article14186

Friday, September 08, 2006

 

Three Decades of Terror


BushCo predicts 70 years?? Does that make it another 100 Years War?


THREE DECADES OF TERROR
Published: February 7 2003 16:18 Last updated: April 28 2006 18:00


April 26 2006Two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Sinai near the Gaza border in Egypt. Their targets, peacekeepers from the multinational force and observers and Egyptian police, escape injury.
April 24 2006. Scores of people are injured and at least 24 killed in three separate explosions at the Egyptian resort of Dahab, an area popular with Europeans and Israelis. The attacks are blamed on a Sinai desert-based group of extremists and appear to follow an organised pattern in Sinai.
This article can be found at:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/e5470480-d0d5-11d8-9597-0003ba5a9905,_i_email=y.html

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Copyright The Financial Times Ltd 2006


 

NATO Seeks Reinforcement in Afghanistan


More Troops for Afghanistan? How long will this war go on, as the insurgency grows stronger?


NATO SEEKS REINFORCEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN
By Daniel Dombey in Mons, Belgium
Published: September 7 2006 10:34 Last updated: September 8 2006 14:48...


Nato’s top commander on Thursday called for up to 2,500 more soldiers to be sent to Afghanistan to fight a Taliban-led insurgency that has taken the military alliance by surprise.
General James Jones, Nato’s supreme allied commander, said the alliance’s 26 nations had failed to deliver fully on commitments to staff and equip its force in the country, where a bitter insurgency is raging in the south. He said much of the international strategy for Afghanistan’s reconstruction was on “life support”.
This article can be found at:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/3f86f5c6-3e53-11db-b4de-0000779e2340,dwp_uuid=f39ffd26-4bb2-11da-997b-0000779e2340,_i_email=y.html

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Copyright The Financial Times Ltd 2006


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

Of No Use Anymore, So To Hell With You!

Dear IAVA Supporter,We are outraged. In the midst of a war, politicians in Washington are cutting funding for the treatment of a serious injury affecting over 100,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Supporting the Troops should be more than a soundbite. Click here to tell Congress to put their money where their mouth is. When a Marine in Fallujah barely escapes an RPG attack, or an IED explodes near a soldier's Humvee, the blast can cause the troop's brain to slam against in the inside of his skull. The result is Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, which can cause dizziness, problems with vision, hearing, or speech, memory loss, and even severe brain damage. At least 100,000 troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan have been affected by TBI.
So, how does Congress respond? By cutting in half the funding for the research and treatment center for TBI. Click here to send a letter blasting Congress for their shameful funding cuts for the treatment of America's wounded veterans.
Veterans' care is not the place to cut corners. The Defense Authorization bills are spending about $400 billion of your money. But TBI research requires only an extra $7 million. IAVA will continue this fight on the airwaves and in newspapers across the country. Join us in support of Troops suffering with Traumatic Brain Injury - click here to send a letter to your local paper today, to tell Congress to save funding for TBI research. Together, we can make a difference for wounded Veterans. Keep an eye on www.iava.org for the latest updates.Sincerely,Paul RieckhoffExecutive DirectorIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of Americawww.iava.org

Sunday, September 03, 2006

 

AlterNet: The Clash of Civilizations Doesn't Exist... Yet

Clash of Civilizations? Not Yet, but the Neocons are working on it.

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The Clash of Civilizations Doesn't Exist... Yet
http://www.alternet.org/story/41032

The neocons who are pushing a Clash of Civilizations are mirror-images of the terrorists that inspire their hyperbolic fear -- they are just as irrational and just as great a threat to our security.
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Saturday, September 02, 2006

 

Lasers advance slowly into the battlefield

Article on NewScientistTech.com

Follow the link below for the full story:

Lasers advance slowly into the battlefield
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article.ns?id=mg19125666.400

Their message:
Those who believe in Biblical prophecy will find a description of the effect of similar weapons used in modern times.


Friday, September 01, 2006

 

Only Little White Girls ?? How About Blacks and Browns??

http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/08/31/jonbenet_ramsey_and_racism.php
JonBenet Ramsey And Racism



Quick: Name the big media event of last week involving the murder of a pretty little girl? You know it. Creepy wannabe murderer John Mark Karr returned to the United States voluntarily where he faced charges for the killing of JonBenet Ramsey. Thanks to the muckraking efforts of cable news and press reporters, we learned what delicacies Karr consumed during his flight from Thailand, among other details about his personal life. Now: Name the other story last week involving the murder of a pretty little girl.
Stumped? No wonder. The girl in question, Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi , was the wrong color to get the attention of U.S. media, even though the perpetrators were American.
Last week, Iraq opened its own investigation into the rape and murder of 14-year-old Iraqi al-Janabi and the murder of her sister and parents by American soldiers. The case is outrageous and significant on many levels -- U.S. troops implicated in a horrible act of violence against Iraqi civilians, the U.S. blocking the accused from being tried in Iraq, undermining any claims of our government's commitment to the "rule of law." But as gruesome as the alleged rape and murder of al-Janabi is, why has it received such scant coverage since it was first reported in early July (a search of Google News turns up 197 hits on this case, compared to 26,000 for Ramsey's)?
We all know that local and cable news and tabloids operate by the "if it bleeds, it leads" standard. What the media's silence on the grisly premeditated rape and murder of an Iraqi girl proves is that the news also has to be of the right "creed" to lead. For the purposes of this blog, I'm setting aside how the hours devoted to covering a dubious lead in a local murder case rather than the Bush administration's very current failures in the Gulf Coast show the sorry state of U.S. media. The profit principle of the networks dictates that crime news is the best news, so I'll accept that harsh reality and limit my outrage to this: Why isn't all crime news treated equally?
Juan Cole (thanks to Sheldon Rampton for flagging it) was among the first to cry foul over the media's silence on the al-Janabi case. Cole urged us consider what this says to the victims whose crimes are ignored:
That is frankly because the victim was not a blonde, blue-eyed American, but a black-eyed, brunette Iraqi. Both victims were pretty little girls. Both were killed by sick predators. But whereas endless speculation about the Ramsey case, to the exclusion of important real news stories, is thought incumbent in cabalnewsland, Abeer al-Janabi's death is not treated obsessively in the same way. ... CNN even calls the little girl a "woman" at first mention, because the U.S. military indictment did so. Only later in the article is it revealed that she was a little girl. The very pedophiliac nature of the crime is more or less covered up in the case of al-Janabi, even as looped video of Ramsay as too grown up is endlessly inflicted on us.
The message U.S. cable news is sending by this privileging of some such stories over others of a similar nature is that some lives are worth more than others, and some people are "us" whereas other people are "other" and therefore lesser. Indeed, it is precisely this subtle message sent by American media that authorized so much taking of innocent Iraqi life in the first place.
Juxtaposing the treatment of JonBenet's murder to Abeer's reveals in stark relief the biases of the media. But this is far from the first time it's been so clear. As Tamera Gugelmeyer reminds us on Alternet today, horrible cases involving the rape or abduction of African-American girls are routinely ignored in favor of the latest blonde American girl to go missing.
In the summer of 2002, the U.S. public faced similar questions when Elizabeth Smart, a blonde teen from an affluent Salt Lake City suburb, was abducted from her bedroom one June night. The case garnered hundreds of hours of local, regional, and national news coverage. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, the abduction of Alexis Patterson, an African-American girl, went virtually unnoticed by the press. That same summer, Erica Pratt was named a Time Person of the Week in July 2002. Erica was a then-7-year-old African American girl who literally chewed her way free from her captors. Only by her extraordinary feat did she warrant the media's attention.
Jon Benet Ramsey, Elizabeth Smart, Chandra Levy, and Natalee Holloway—these names we know. But Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi, Alexis Patterson, and Laura Berenice Monarrez, one of the more than 400 girls and women abducted, raped, and murdered in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, are not only gone, they've been disappeared by the media.
Jon Benet, as almost everyone now knows, was a 6-year-old with blonde, bouncy curls from a white, wealthy family in affluent Boulder, Colorado. Her rape and murder is certainly no less vile than the rape and murder of Abeer, an Arab Muslim girl from a country shredded by war. But the implications in the coverage are alarming. The lack of in-depth coverage of Abeer's murder is, in effect and whatever the final outcome, a pre-pardoning for the six U.S. soldiers whose crimes are deemed unavoidable, if not acceptable, because they occurred during the U.S. occupation of a foreign country, against a dark-skinned child.
Rape and murder against Jon Benet, on the other hand, are reported as a heinous anomaly--bad things like that aren't supposed to happen to little white girls who are safely tucked in their beds.
The chief Iraqi prosecutor investigating Abeer and her family's murders, Adnan Mahmoud, is hoping to get U.S. permission to try the American soldiers in an Iraqi court. If the U.S. doesn't allow it, Mahmoud says he will try them in absentia. To get support for trying soldiers in Iraq, so that true justice can be done, Mahmoud say's it's important to "keep this case under the spotlight as long as possible so that it is not forgotten and the criminals are able to get away."
All the more regrettable that the U.S. media is allowing the JonBenet murder to hog the spotlight.--Alexandra Walker Thursday, August 31, 2006 1:43 PM

JonBenet Ramsey And Racism August 31, 2006
The Gap Is Getting Wider August 29, 2006
Katherine Harris And 'Just Us' Moments August 28, 2006
Tortured And Innocent August 25, 2006
What Reich Gets Wrong August 24, 2006


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