Monthly Archives: June 2009

$2.775 Billion in US Aid Supports Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program

By Grant F. Smith at International Clearing House
Online Journal Guest Writer

June 29, 2009 “Online Journal” — President Barak Obama’s fiscal year 2010 budget request for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel is proceeding smoothly through the Congress.

On June 17, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a “mark-up” session on the budget. The subcommittee came under pressure from an antiwar group that sought to suspend or condition foreign aid over Israel’s use of US weapons which left 3000 Palestinians dead during the Bush administration. The subcommittee held its session in a tiny Capitol room denying activists and members of the press access. The budget quickly passed and is now before the full House Appropriations Committee.

Israel enjoys “unusually wide latitude in spending the [military assistance] funds,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Unlike other recipients that must go through the Pentagon, Israel deals directly with US military contractors for almost all of its purchases. Continue reading

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CIA Crucified Captive in Abu Ghraib Prison

By Sherwood Ross, from International Clearing House

June 29, 2009 “Global Research” — “The Central Intelligence Agency crucified a prisoner in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, according to a report published in The New Yorker magazine.

“A forensic examiner found that he (the prisoner) had essentially been crucified; he died from asphyxiation after having been hung by his arms, in a hood, and suffering broken ribs,” the magazine’s Jane Mayer writes in the magazine’s June 22nd issue. “Military pathologists classified the case a homicide.” The date of the murder was not given.

“No criminal charges have ever been brought against any C.I.A. officer involved in the torture program, despite the fact that at least three prisoners interrogated by agency personnel died as a result of mistreatment,” Mayer notes. Continue reading

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"The godly must be crazy," by Glenn Scherer (2004)

from United for Peace of Pierce County
ESSAY:
Written by Hank Berger
Friday, 10 December 2004

[see note at end on “the last tree”]

This article by Glenn Scherer was published at the end of October by Grist, an online environmental magazine. It was the basis of remarks made by Bill Moyers in early December, when he received the Global Environmental Citizen Award from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. — Scherer argues that a delusional mix of ideology and theology has moved from from the wacko fringe of American life to some place near the center of power. — By Scherer’s count, before the 2004 election nearly half of the United States Congress — 231 out of 535 legislators, 45 out of 100 senators and 186 out of 435 representatives, scored in the 80-100% approval ratings from three influential advocacy groups of the Christian right, whose political values are not fully consonant with the principles of modern democracy, to say the least. — That these groups and these legislators have the ear of the White House is well-known, and they are are a key factor in the U.S. government’s hostility to international institutions, resistance to multilateral cooperation, and the indifference to the environmental problems that press upon the planet at industrial civilization runs up against the limits of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans….

Main Dish

THE GODLY MUST BE CRAZY
By Glenn Scherer

** Christian-right views are swaying politicians and threatening the environment **

Grist
October 27, 2004

“A kind of secular apocalyptic sensibility pervades much contemporary writing about our current world. Many books about environmental dangers, whether it be the ozone layer, or global warming or pollution of the air or water, or population explosion, are cast in an apocalyptic mold.” –Historian Paul Boyer. Continue reading

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Obama at Cairo and Normandy

by David Long

President Obama’s recent historic trip to the Middle East and Europe, with his inspiring speeches at both Cairo and Normandy, again showed him to be a world class leader with a first rate vision.

As many have noted, these trips probably marked new, more appreciated and productive relations with both the far-flung Muslim world and our long-standing but sometimes questioning European allies.

This is the kind of leadership and vision that a sizable majority of Americans voted for after a long and intense campaign season this past November 4, 2008, a vote for better things and happier days.

Especially in these very difficult and even distressing times, we surely need to give the new president and administration all the possible support and constructive effort we can, and not be distracted or deterred by any lesser leaders or dimmer visions.

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