Arundhati Roy–The Article the NY Times Refused to Publish after 911

Arundhati_Roy

I just ran across this eerily prescient article by Indian novelist, journalist and activist, Arundhati Roy, published by The Guardian on September 29, 2001, less than three weeks after 911. The New York Times refused to publish the article. They probably thought she was a dangerous Commie. And she is.  Just look at her face.

Here’s the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4266289,00.html

Read’em and weep.

Winter Soldiers Left Out in the Media Cold

Winter Soldier posterLast March 13-16 some 250 American veterans of the Iraq and Afghan occupations gathered at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, MD for the “Winter Soldier – Iraq and Afghanistan” conference, a replica of a similar event which took place in Detroit in 1971, during the Vietnam War. This recent weekend was devoted to the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ first-hand testimonies regarding the events which they both witnessed and participated in during their tours of duty in those two countries, events which included abuses and atrocities from the destruction of homes to the cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians. Continue reading

The Art of Democracy

The Art of Democracy

U.S. Artists Mount Countrywide Art Protest

A couple of fine-art printmakers and veteran art activists have recently started a very interesting politiical ball rolling in the United States. Stephen Fredericks, of the New York Society of Etchers, and Art Hazelwood, longtime member of the California Society of Printmakers, have founded a movement–which they call a “national coalition”–of artists who will be mounting and participating in a series of political art exhibitions this fall.

Fredericks and Hazelwood declare in the introduction to the Art of Democracy website: “We chose this time when the nation is particularly politically aware to bring into focus overlooked and under-represented voices and views on the state of politics, and the state of democracy today.” Let’s let them tell their own story. Continue reading

Who is Pepe Escobar, Anyway?

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Journalist Pepe Escobar is one of those remarkable Brazilians like the film director Fernando Meirelles or the photographer Sebastiao Salgado, rich in both human and professional qualities. In fact, all three of them are related to Sao Paulo. The first two were born in that city and Salgado studied economics at the university there.

Escobar was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China. He currently writes a column called The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online and is a correspondent and news analyst for The Real News Network. Escobar is the author of two books, Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge (Nimble Books, 2007).

On August 30, 2001, less than two weeks before September 11, he wrote a prophetic column for Asia Times Online entitled: “Get Osama! Now! Or Else…

Here’s a link to the best of Escobar’s columns in Asia Times Online. There’s lots of excellent reporting here dating back to July, 2004. Continue reading

“Well, some countries seem to be able to bomb others whenever they feel like it.”

This video is The Real News Network’s Pepe Escobar commenting on the Israeli bombing of Syria on September 6 of last year, an event which went uninvestigated by the mainstream Western media.

Americans Victims of Pentagon Media PSYOPS

I’m Aghast But Not Surprised

In a bombshell article published yesterday in the NY Times, entitled “Behind Military Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,” investigative journalist David Barstow reveals a continuing Pentagon psychological operations (PSYOP) maneuver to disinform the American public through the manipulation of retired senior military officers employed by the media as news analysts. Barstow says, “Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance…”

The 14-page article was based on smoking-gun official Pentagon documentation–8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records describing years of private briefings, trips to Iraq and Guantánamo and an extensive Pentagon talking points operation–obtained by the NY Times after suing the Defense Department to gain access. Continue reading

U.S. Shows Extreme Generosity with Refugees… from Justice

Runnning Dog

Plum Jobs Go to Coalition Collaborators

It has been heart warming to see the generosity with which the United States government, universities and businesses are treating Tony Blair, ex-prime minister of the U.K., and José María Aznar, ex-president of Spain. Both of these distinguished elder statesmen were named to prestigious professorships at American universities, and both of them are currently enjoying succulent advisory positions with American businesses.

Keeping in mind what Tony Blair and José María Aznar have most conspicuously in common–their slavish support for the United States invasion of Iraq–and especially after seeing this satirical video (below) recently posted on YouTube by Spanish critics of their ex president, I am prompted to ask, “What’s going on here?” Continue reading