Tag: The Middle East

Humanitarian crisis vs. ulterior motives

March 4, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More
Humanitarian crisis vs. ulterior motives

Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975, after which followed decades of brutal repression and violence directed at the Timorese people. Hundreds of thousands of Timorese have died as a result of the conflict, whether killed outright or as a result of disease and hunger. In one incident alone, known as the Dili Massacre, hundreds of people agitating for independence for East Timor were massacred as Indonesian soldiers opened fire. There was no intervention by the United States, and in fact, we continued to sell weapons and train the Indonesian military. There are no known oil reserves credited to East Timor, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Whatever resources do exist are mired in competing claims with Australia.

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Single Issue Anyone?

February 8, 2008 | By | 8 Replies More
Single Issue Anyone?

With the possible spoiler of Mike Huckabee, it’s clear that John McCain is set to be the candidate the Democrats need to beat in November. The irony of the ongoing battle between Hillary and Obama is that, policy-wise, they just aren’t that different. There were some real differences between the Republicans, but those differences are […]

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Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

December 27, 2007 | By | 44 Replies More
Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

Bhutto is dead. One tries to be understanding, patient, tries to embrace the tolerance so thoroughly rejected by those who condemn out of hand, with no chance for counterargument, the possibility of dialogue.  Comes a point where one has to simply acknowledge that some people, in some places, just don’t share anything in common with […]

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Unicef Photo of the Year – Child Brides

December 19, 2007 | By | 16 Replies More
Unicef Photo of the Year – Child Brides

The “Unicef Photo of the Year 2007” is this picture by American photographer Stephanie Sinclair of an 11-year old Afghan girl sitting next to her 40-year old soon-to-be-husband. Photo caption: Portrait of soon to be wed Faiz Mohammed, 40, and Ghulam Haider, 11, at her home in a rural village of Damarda in Ghor province. […]

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How the Internet has changed political campaigning

December 11, 2007 | By | Reply More
How the Internet has changed political campaigning

On Bill Moyers’ Journal, Bill Moyers discussed this multifaceted issue with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  This video is well worth watching for many reasons.  The introduction includes a clip of John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech to Southern Baptist preachers to answer their opposition […]

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The Onion: Proposed Bill Would Bring 4,000 Troops Back To Life

November 21, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
The Onion: Proposed Bill Would Bring 4,000 Troops Back To Life

This is one of those really funny Onion articles with an extraordinarily sharp edge. Bravo to The Onion.

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Pat Buchanan: A vote for Rudy Guliani is a vote for endless war

November 17, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Pat Buchanan: A vote for Rudy Guliani is a vote for endless war

I haven’t kept up with Pat Buchanan.   I noticed a column of Buchanan’s in a brand new publication of columnists called The Cagle Post (this is the same Cagle of Cagle’s Professional Cartoonist Index) So what does Buchanan think about Guliani’s proposed team to lead the “war on terror”? Team leader is Charles Hill, a […]

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Waving flags and the lesson of Vietnam

November 11, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More
Waving flags and the lesson of Vietnam

I’m in Washington DC still (I’ve been here most of the week for a business conference).  Yesterday was the day of the American flag.  You can see flag-waving everywhere these days.  Americans do focus on the accoutrements of democracy rather than making sure we have a healthy democracy with active citizen participation (e.g., consider our […]

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Kucinich: Cheney impeachment is the only way to stop U.S. from attacking Iran

November 10, 2007 | By | Reply More
Kucinich: Cheney impeachment is the only way to stop U.S. from attacking Iran

Yesterday, Dennis Kucinich wrote this letter to the House Judiciary Committee Chairman: November 9, 2007The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. Chairman Committee on the Judiciary 2138 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Conyers I am writing in support of H. Res. 799, the Articles of Impeachment which were referred to the committee relative to the […]

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