Monday, June 16, 2008

Kucinich fights for US

As I watch heroic Dennis Kucinich fight for our destiny, I remember the story of David and Goliath. History will Not ignore the lack of leadership. Our future is being decided by incompetent criminals, the question is will we challenge them or roll over and let them do as they please.

A moment of TRUTH

Ava's Army

"Fear is a powerful tool.
Which is why they use it against us.

Optimism comes from courage.
Not being afraid of poverty or public opinion,
it gives you the hope and optimism to
change the future.
That's what THEY are afraid of...

Fear is a powerful tool,
and they will continue to use it
until YOU stand up."
- Ava Lowery

Ava Lowery is the 17 year old peace activist and video producer from Alabama behind the website,

If you know any teen-age activists please encourage them, and let them know about Ava. Their voice can make a difference.

Some of Ava's Videos:

"People say,
'Well, MY rights haven't been taken away.'
but you look at that history, and how rights have been taken away
from people in various countries, and societies,
and once it is to a point where it is directly affecting you,
its a little too late to do anything about it.
So, we have to take it on now."
- Ava Lowery

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Confessions of an Economic Hitman

For hundreds of years the "FREE MARKET" Capitalist system has built EMPIRES by colonizing new lands. This insidious type of economic warfare is a fact of life in the global economy. Using corporate wealth to influence the legal systems of nations throughout the world, todays market economies milk each state for all it is worth, dividing up the pie between rich and poor, slaves and masters.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

The Secret History of the American Empire

Monday, June 9, 2008

Shock Doctrine - The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein

Welcome to the new economy of "Crisis/Opportunity"!

Click here to see a short video.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The World Can't Wait

Reading the corporate media this week, I find some commentators are bothered by the lies coming out of the Bush regime.

A committee of the US Senate argued over a report for 5 years, just releasing the news - gasp! - that the Bush administration lied about Iraq. Dan Froomkin writes in The Washington Post, "Some of what President Bush and others said about Iraq was corroborated by what later turned out to be inaccurate intelligence. But their most compelling and gut-wrenching allegations -- for instance, that Saddam Hussein was ready to supply his friends in al-Qaeda with nuclear weapons -- were simply made up. In an accident of timing, the report also validates former press secretary Scott McClellan's conclusion in his new book that the White House pursued a "political propaganda campaign" to market the war."

Tim Rutten, in The Los Angeles Times, writes about the arraignment of 5 alleged Al Queda operatives before the military tribunal in Guantanamo, "By any reasonable standard, the Guantanamo tribunals are a farce. By the government's own admission, Mohammed and other high-level Al Qaeda detainees have been tortured. The five men arraigned Thursday all face execution if convicted. Their military defense lawyers say they've been denied adequate access to their clients or time to prepare a reasonable defense. The pool reporters the Pentagon is allowing to cover the proceedings have to sit behind a glass partition and listen over a sound system with a 20-second delay. Ostensibly that's to prevent the media from hearing any national security secret inadvertently blurted out during the testimony. Thursday, it apparently was used to shut off any mention of torture."

The price of oil jumped suddenly yesterday because of the threat by Israel's Deputy Prime Minister that Israel "will attack" Iran if it continues pursuing what he said is Iran's nuclear weapons program. Scott Peterson, in the Christian Science Monitor writes about reponse to the International Atomic Energy Agency"s ambiguous report on Monday that Iran is not giving them enough information about its nuclear program,

"Analysts say that cherry-picking of quotes and Western spin, coupled with 'breathless' media reporting about Iranian recalcitrance, could point in a nondiplomatic direction. Rhetoric ratcheted higher this week, with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday warning that 'for the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.' Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking to the same pro-Israel lobby group, AIPAC, in Washington, said 'the Iranian threat must be stopped by all possible means,' adding that it was a global 'duty' to take 'drastic measures' to prevent it. Even Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who says the US must engage Iran with 'strong diplomacy' - and told AIPAC Wednesday that this would enhance Israel's security also - said the 'danger from Iran is grave,' and that he would 'do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon - everything."'

If you agree the Bush regime is still dangerous, the torture and war still need to be stopped, you can support that work right now by donating online. Or, when you get a phone call or piece of mail from World Can't Wait, respond with a check or pledge.

Debra Sweet, Director, The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime

P.S. - Seymour Hersh has an article coming out soon on Iran, and did not scoop himself. He did say, in response to a question on the Bush threats to Iran, "This administration will not quit work until 11:59 on January 20, 2009. You cannot assume that no matter what happens on November 4, 2008 that they will step aside." (fair warning)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

This Brave Nation

Robbert Greenwald of Brave New Films has done it again.

He has captured the wisdom of our time by interviewing the activists who fought for social justice over the last four decades. We have come to a precipice, and we are looking over the edge into an unknown future. Once again, everything is about to change.

We have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. If we embrace the change, if we mold it, and shape it into something positive, then we have a chance to create a better tomorrow. Right now is the time, you must be prepared to accept the responsibility, to act and lead and take charge. If you choose not to participate, that IS a choice, you are just as responsible for what becomes of the future as those who will try and exploit it.

For once and for all, our generations have been challenged with saving what is left of our world. We must shape our choices so that the new technologies, the new energy, the new environment are all distributed justly. So that no one is disenfranchised and no one is allowed to take advantage of others. Else we will see infinite wars, famine, disease, and death unlike any in history. It is our actions that will decide the outcome, and the odds are already against us.

Watch the interviews this month. Glean the wisdom. Grok the future.

Carl Pope and Van Jones (episode 1)

Monday, June 2, 2008

Live Webcast: True Crimes

On Tuesday, June 3, join the Center for Constitutional Rights for an exciting live webcast of the event "True Crimes: The Untold Story Behind the Devastation of Iraq." The event, which will take place at New York City's Town Hall, features bestselling author JEREMY SCAHILL, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer CHRIS HEDGES, journalist LAILA AL-ARIAN, and The New Yorker's SEYMOUR HERSH, as they go behind the headlines to tell the untold story of the occupation of Iraq, the daily plight of Iraqi civilians, and the ongoing role of private mercenaries in America's so-called "war on terror."

The webcast will stream live on CCR's website on Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m. EST. Go here for more details.

This event also marks the book launches of Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians by Chris Hedges and Laila al-Arian and the updated paperback edition of Blackwater: Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill.

Never Forget

Building 7 WTC 2001

Events - The San Diego County Community Coalition