March 31st, 2006

Chris Keeley

The Israel Lobby Must Be Contained

From: Council for the National Interest Foundation
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Reactions to the Israel Lobby Study

In the three weeks since the Harvard and Chicago University professors'
study of the "Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"
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was published in the London Review of Books and placed on Harvard's
Kennedy School of Government website, there has been an enormous
response from pundits in the U.S. and Israel.Collapse )
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United States is beginning to resemble a failed state that cannot protect its citizens from violence

EXCLUSIVE...Noam Chomsky on Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

The New York Times calls him "arguably the most important intellectual alive."

The Boston Globe calls him "America's most useful citizen"

He was recently voted the world's number one intellectual in a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines.

We're talking about Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy. Professor Chomsky has just released a new book titled "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy."


http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/31/148254

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The U.S. intelligence community regards the threat of a dirty bomb, say in New York, in the next dec

EXCLUSIVE...Noam Chomsky on Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Friday, March 31st, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/31/148254
The New York Times calls him "arguably the most important intellectual alive."

The Boston Globe calls him "America's most useful citizen"

He was recently voted the world's number one intellectual in a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines.

We're talking about Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy. Professor Chomsky has just released a new book titled "Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy."

It examines how the United States is beginning to resemble a failed state that cannot protect its citizens from violence and has a government that regards itself as beyond the reach of domestic or international law.

In the book, Professor Noam Chomsky presents a series of solutions to help rescue the nation from turning into a failed state.

They include: Accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and the World Court; Sign the Kyoto protocols on global warming; Let the United Nations take the lead in international crises; Rely on diplomatic and economic measures rather than military ones in confronting terror; and Sharply reduce military spending and sharply increase social spending

In his first broadcast interview upon the publication of his book, Professor Noam Chomsky joins us today from Boston for the hour.Collapse )
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John Malkovich

Malkovich in Poland
Malkovich in Poland
American actor John Malkovich looks on during a meeting with fans of the alternative club "Le Madame" in Warsaw, Poland, on March 30. Malkovich, who came to Poland to promote his movie "Colour Me Kubrick", visited the club to give his support to the club's fight against city authorities wanting to close down the place. Woman at right is unidentified.
(AP/Alik Keplicz)
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Bush, Promoter of Democracy?

Bush chose an appearance at Freedom House (ironically a promoter of
democracy) on March 29 to drive a spike into the heart of his project to
encourage the growth and spread of democracy in the Middle East. Here's
how Peter Baker reported this in yesterday's Washington Post:
  Quote: And he expressed sympathy for Palestinian refugees without
backing down from threats to cut off aid to the newly elected Hamas
government. "I weep about the suffering of the Palestinians," he said.
"I particularly weep about the fact that the leadership has let them
down for year after year after year." He acknowledged that the elections
that brought Hamas to power were fair but called on the new government
to renounce its goal of destroying Israel.  "We support democracy, but
that doesn't mean we have to support governments that get elected as a
result of democracy," he said. End quote. Huh?
  Elisabeth Bumiller reported this aspect of the meeting in
yesterday's New York Times as follows:
  Quote: The president also fielded a question about the American
decision to cut off direct funds to the Palestinian Authority now that
Hamas has taken control of the government. Washington has decided to
redirect the money through the United Nations and independent relief
groups. The questioner, a Palestinian, asked why the United States was
"punishing us and cutting funds for people who chose fair and free
elections," and hurting "the refugees, the poor, the malnourished
mothers and children?" Mr. Bush said, "I think that aid should go to
suffering Palestinians, but nor should it go to a government, however,
which has expressed its desire to destroy its neighbor," Israel. He
added, "We support the election process, we support democracy, but that
doesn't mean we have to support governments that get elected as a result
of democracy." End quote.

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Robert V. Keeley
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Amen

Subject:* Amen


Bush is my shepherd:  I dwell in want.
He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.
He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness. He restoreth my fears.
He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war, I will find
no exit, for thou art in office.
Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.
 Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.
Thou annointest my head with foreign oil. My health insurance runneth
 out. Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the
 days of thy term, and my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.