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October 2006

October 31, 2006 News
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

¤ Bush The Cheerleader
¤ Evidence suggests U.S. Bribed President Of Kyrgyzstan
¤ Money trails lead to Bush judges
¤ The Worst Congress Ever
¤ George Galloway demands Blair held to account for Iraq
¤ Thousands denounce U.S., Pakistan in protests over 80 killed
¤ Russia says no evidence on Iran nuclear program''s military purposes
¤ Iran, Venezuela, Syria sign MoU on Syrian oil refinery project
¤ Introduction To U.S. History Uncensored
¤ Iraq is burning? Enjoy the show!
¤ Civilian Massacres
¤ War and Globalization: The Truth behind September 11
¤ Exposing the rotten heart of the empire
¤ Israel Bombed Lebanon with Uranium
¤ Blair risks humiliating defeat
¤ Civilian deaths turn Afghans against NATO
¤ Ruining America
¤ The Third and Final Act: Attacking Iran
¤ Who's Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?
¤ The Meaning of Lula's Victory

UN Investigates Israel's 'Uranium Weapons'
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The United Nations Environment Programme is investigating allegations, first published in The Independent, that Israel may have used uranium-based weapons during this summer's war in Lebanon. Twenty UN experts, working with Lebanese environmentalists, have spent two weeks assessing various samples. They are planning to report their findings in December.

Butros al-Harb, Unep's Middle East director, told a Lebanese radio interviewer at the weekend: "If uranium was used, we will find out and we will announce it. We cannot confirm anything now, but we will wait for results."
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U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan kills 80
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan

Ayman al Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile attack this morning on a religious school in Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

ABC News has learned the raid was launched after U.S. intelligence received tips and examined Predator reconnaissance indicating that al Qaeda's No. 2 man may have been staying at the school, which is located in the Bajaur region near the village that is thought to be al Qaeda's winter headquarters.

Despite earlier reports that the missiles had been launched by Pakistani military helicopters, Pakistani intelligence sources now tell ABC News that the missiles were fired from a U.S. Predator drone plane.
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Pakistan: Helicopter gunships kill 80 at religious school
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

PAKISTANI helicopter gunships destroyed an Islamic school allegedly used as an al-Qaeda-linked training camp near the Afghanistan border, killing up to 80 suspected militants.

Local leaders, however, insisted most of the dead were teenage students, many of whom were "reduced to bits and pieces", and protests erupted against the Pakistani Government and its ally the US.
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October 30, 2006 News
Posted: Monday, October 30, 2006

¤ All the President's Lies
¤ Baghdad hit by 6 bombs
¤ U.S. Is Said to Fail in Tracking Arms for Iraqis
¤ 92 Iraqis, 1 Marine and 1 US MP Killed
¤ "The President Knows more than He Lets on"
¤ We’re Living in the Dream World of George W. Bush
¤ Normalizing Torture
¤ Fanning the Flames of Hatred
¤ Civilian Massacres: From Vietnam to Iraq
¤ The Polls Predict a Huge Republican Defeat.
¤ Spiritual leader of Muslims dies in Nigerian plane crash
¤ Biggest Foreign Policy Blunder
¤ Target Iran
¤ A Recipe for the Greater War
¤ Emperor's new clothes
¤ Mile by Miles, Afghan Quagmire is Expanding
¤ Voting: What is it Good for? Absolutely Nothing
¤ "Unnecessary genocide" in the American mid-terms
¤ 80 dead in Pakistan madrasa raid

Sobanna Kirton wins Junior Aerobics Burnout
Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006

The HCL Group of Companies Junior Aerobics Marathon took place at the Jean Pierre Complex on Friday 27th October, 2006. Students from all over the country came to lend support to the students representing them in competition and provided motivation for their fellow classmates to go through till the end.

Many of the children arrived after the official start time, 9.00a.m., which forced the event to be pushed back to about 10.05a.m. The importance of punctuality is something that must be inculcated into the minds of people starting with the adults who are yet to be good exemplars where this is concerned.
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Mystery of Israel's secret uranium bomb
Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006

Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians?

We know that the Israelis used American "bunker-buster" bombs on Hizbollah's Beirut headquarters. We know that they drenched southern Lebanon with cluster bombs in the last 72 hours of the war, leaving tens of thousands of bomblets which are still killing Lebanese civilians every week. And we now know - after it first categorically denied using such munitions - that the Israeli army also used phosphorous bombs, weapons which are supposed to be restricted under the third protocol of the Geneva Conventions, which neither Israel nor the United States have signed.
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October 29, 2006 News
Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006

¤ Pakistan Bus, Tanker Collision Kills 20
¤ Jet with 104 aboard crashes in Nigeria
¤ O'Reilly's Big Lie on Letterman
¤ Halliburton Motto - Its Cost Plus Baby
¤ The collapse of America's 'second front'
¤ Mystery of Israel's secret uranium bomb
¤ Don't mention the war: Israel seeks image makeover
¤ 100 killed in Nigeria plane crash
¤ Pushing India Toward a Dollar Democracy
¤ Iran sounds an awful lot like Iraq
¤ Dying to be thin: a special IoS investigation
¤ Saddam's trial farce stumbles to climax
¤ Noam Chomsky: US threats to Venezuela
¤ "Unnecessary genocide" in the American mid-terms
¤ "How can an order be given to shoot children?"
¤ Catapulting the Propaganda with the Washington Post
¤ More 'Coup' Rumours in Baghdad

October 28, 2006 News
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2006

¤ We Arm The World
¤ Death sentence for President Saddam Hussein
¤ Fiasco Then, Fiasco Now: Why Baghdad Will Keep Burning
¤ The Horrors of Extraordinary Rendition
¤ 14 dead in southern Afghan bomb blast
¤ Israel kills three in West Bank raids
¤ He tells the truth"
¤ Bush: U.S. doesn't torture prisoners
¤ Cheney endorses simulated drowning
¤ Vice President For Torture
¤ Genocide and denial
¤ Torture as a tool of democracy
¤ Bill Strickland: Black People, George Bush and ...
¤ Slave Labor at US Embassy in Baghdad?
¤ A Few More ' Bad Apples'
¤ Leaving the scene of the crime?
¤ Squaring-off on Zionism
¤ Ethnic Cleansing in a Baghdad Neighborhood?
¤ Pervision Of 'Justice' In Israel
¤ Today's Development in Iraq, nobody told you about
¤ Venezuela accuses Guatemala of backing out of talks because of U.S. pressure
¤ Why Bush is Seeking Confrontation With North Korea
¤ Fear and Loathing in the North
¤ Democrats By Default?
¤ The General Who Called Out the Devil
¤ Veiled Threats
¤ Rogue President
¤ Pro-Ecuador Doesn't Mean Anti-US
¤ Fear is Driving this Political Drama
¤ Iraq is Post-tet
¤ Why Is No One Talking About The 400-600 Israeli Nukes ?
¤ America - seduced into war based on LIES
¤ Cut and Run - It's Fun!

October 26, 2006 News
Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2006

¤ '60 civilians killed' in Nato raid
¤ The Crimes of Greed vs. the Crimes of Government
¤ The War is Lost, But the Killing Continues
¤ A Cruel and Unusual Reality
¤ The Great White Baby Hunter
¤ From "Mission Accomplished" to "Mission Impossible" in Iraq
¤ The Torture Election
¤ Bush Thinks if He Uses the Word 'Victory' Enough Times, He Wins in Iraq
¤ Forgetful? Virus may be eating your brain
¤ Starbucks, the coffee beans and the copyright row that cost Ethiopia £47m
¤ Rice Urges UN Security Council to Impose Iran Sanctions Now
¤ Cheney confirms that detainees were subjected to water-boarding
¤ Deaths rise in Timor clashes
¤ 'Stability First': Newspeak for rape of Iraq
¤ Three Palestinans killed in Gaza
¤ Chomsky On "Terrorism"
¤ The Fault Lies In Ourselves
¤ The Power of Israel in the United States
¤ NATO Bombs Afghan Village Kills At Least 85 Including Women And Children
¤ Collaborators of Catastrophe: Inside the Ministry of Truth
¤ John Pilger: exposing the rotten heart of the empire
¤ US Occupation of Iraq: A Reason to be Proud!
¤ Bush Admin Opposes Nicaraguan Frontrunner Daniel Ortega

Bush Admin Opposes Nicaraguan Frontrunner Daniel Ortega
Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2006

In Echoes of Past Intervention, Bush Administration Opposes Nicaraguan Frontrunner Daniel Ortega

Election monitors from the Organization of American States have warned the Bush administration not to interfere in the upcoming presidential election in Nicaragua. The Bush administration has openly opposed the front-runner Daniel Ortega. The Sandinista leader is trying to regain power for the first time since 1990.

The OAS singled out Paul Trivelli, the U.S. ambassador to Nicaragua, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez for meddling in the November 5th election. In recent weeks a number of current and former U.S. officials have warned about the consequences of an Ortega victory. On Tuesday Oliver North traveled to Nicaragua and said a victory by Ortega would be “the worst thing” for the country. North is the former White House aide who was at the center of the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s when the Reagan administration secretly helped arm the Contras to fight Ortega and the Sandinistas.
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October 25, 2006 News
Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

¤ What arrogance and stupidity?
¤ Iraqis Were Better Off Under Saddam
¤ Germany shocked by photos of soldiers posing with skull
¤ From 'mission accomplished' to mission impossible for the Iraqis
¤ Republicans rejecting Iraq policy
¤ 37 Iraqis Killed, 39 Injured
¤ Overhead Costs Consume Budget for Iraq Reconstruction
¤ The Bush administration can't grasp a crucial truth
¤ Useful Idiots
¤ Ethnicity and Baseball
¤ Hunting Hugo
¤ Israel's Minister of Strategic Threats
¤ For NATO to Succeed, the US and Britain Must Leave
¤ 'We've Never Been "Stay the Course"'
¤ Bush No Longer A 'Stay The Course' Guy
¤ The Bush Administration's War of the Images
¤ Two Rows Over a T-Shirt with Arabic on It
¤ We Have Turned Iraq Into the Most Hellish Place on Earth
¤ 'US withdrawal from Iraq would be disastrous for Israel'
¤ Stealing the Midterms and the Power of Myth
¤ World silent as fascists join Israel government
¤ Nuclear Dual Standards
¤ US Interference in Venezuelan Elections Ongoing
¤ Blood and Gravy II: The Jackal's Feast Goes On
¤ US naval war games off the Iranian coastline
¤ It is not a good sign when you don't even trust your puppets.
¤ Young women fleeing war and poverty fall prey to sex traffickers

Iraqis Were Better Off Under Saddam, Says Blix
Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Wednesday described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "pure failure" that had left the country worse off than under the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein.

In unusually harsh comments to Danish newspaper Politiken, the diplomatic Swede said the U.S. government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options.
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October 24, 2006 News
Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2006

¤ Monday: 83 Iraqis Killed, 42 Wounded; GI Missing
¤ US troops say killed 4 Iraqi firemen by mistake
¤ Moves toward War with Iran
¤ Iraq: the people have their say. And it's bad news for Tony Blair
¤ Coup against Maliki reported in the making
¤ U.S. Planning Coup against Maliki
¤ Saddam Hussein's "guilty" conviction planned for two days before elections
¤ Blowout! Chávez Holds Huge Lead in Venezuela Reelection Bid
¤ Georgia - on Moscow's Mind
¤ The numbers do add up
¤ Soldiers of Conscience
¤ U.S. eases off Haiti arms embargo
¤ Words get in the way for Bush in Iraq debate
¤ No 10 criticises media over Iraq
¤ US Pressures Germany to Send Troops to Southern Afghanistan
¤ In a year, life in Iraq has darkened appallingly
¤ Iran condemns US Gulf exercises
¤ Iran warns of U.S., Israel ME schemes
¤ U.S. Rank on Press Freedom Slides Lower
¤ A Study in Constant Motion
¤ Not All Terrorists are Muslim
¤ Bush's Latest Cut-and-Paste War Plan
¤ The Story of My Kidnapping in Nablus
¤ Dead, Buried, Discarded
¤ "About That Trip to Cuba ... "
¤ Endgame in Iraq
¤ The Disneyfication of War Allows us to Ignore its Real Savagery
¤ The Iraq War in a New Light
¤ Germany Suspected US Prison Abuse Early in Balkans
¤ Governments Say They Follow U.S. on Jail Treatment
¤ Playing the Numbers Game with Death in Iraq
¤ "America dictating the Iraqi partition scheme"
¤ Israel used chemical weapons in Lebanon and Gaza
¤ Halliburton's Iraq Deals Greater Than Cheney Has Said
¤ The Eid Slaughter in Gaza!

Keeping the Deya Lighting Tradition
Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Divali celebrations have changed quite a bit over the years. In many respects things have improved in terms of the increasing popularity of the nine-day Divali Nagar celebrations, while on the other hand, the traditional lighting of deyas has largely been reduced to lighting very few deyas or having them replaced by Christmas tree lights. This was not the case for all the houses visited, but when observed on a large-scale basis, it was very noticeable that less and less people took the time to elaborately decorate their surroundings as was done in the past.
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Governments Say They Follow U.S. on Jail Treatment
Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Some countries try to refute criticism over their treatment of prisoners by saying they are only following the U.S. example on handling terror suspects, a U.N. human rights expert said on Monday.
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October 23, 2006 News
Posted: Monday, October 23, 2006

¤ Eight die in stampedes for free cloth at Eid
¤ 1.6m Iraqis have fled their country since the war
¤ Israeli troops kill seven Palestinians
¤ Canadians in Afghanistan
¤ Hubris, Bravado and Hypocrisy
¤ Countries that Have Nukes Teach Other Countries to Have Nukes.
¤ What's Really Going on in Iraq
¤ What Has Invasion Unleashed in Iraqis?
¤ Recipe for a Cooked Election
¤ Israel jets fly over Lebanon despite French appeal
¤ Time for the neocons to admit that the Iraq war was wrong from the start
¤ The David Kelly "Dead in the Woods" PSYOP
¤ Diplomat Cites U.S. 'Stupidity' in Iraq
¤ Forced labor for Palestinian children in Israeli prison
¤ Bush lied today saying "We've never been 'stay the course'"
¤ Putin Held His Typical Faked "Press Conference" in Finland
¤ Camp Falcon: What Really Happened?
¤ The Nuclear Arms Race and National Sovereignty
¤ Historical Perspective on the Bush Family
¤ War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia
¤ Some things you need to know before the world ends
¤ Bush's Absolute Power Grab
¤ How Iraq Came Home to Haunt America
¤ Now we know what we know, why is Blair still in office?
¤ Hillary Clinton Changes Tune on Iraq
¤ Statements
¤ "What We Did Was Insane and Monstrous"
¤ Paying The Price: Killing The Children Of Iraq
¤ "Would Americans really be so superficial?"
¤ Eight more doctors suspected of illegal human experiments
¤ We've all been veiled from the truth
¤ Kill 'Em All

How Iraq Came Home to Haunt America
Posted: Monday, October 23, 2006

For months doubts over Iraq have risen along with the death toll. Last week a tipping point was reached as political leaders in Washington and London began openly to think the unthinkable: that the war was lost
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October 22, 2006 News
Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006

¤ Endgame coming, ready or not
¤ United States Numb to Iraq Troop Deaths: Experts
¤ A Nobel Peace Prize for Neoliberalism?
¤ The White House and the Congress are Equally Guilty
¤ History of a Struggle for Survival
¤ Surges: the Dow and the Death Count
¤ Bush's Paraguay Land Grab
¤ Casualties of War: Dead, Buried and Discarded
¤ Mortar Rounds Hit Iraqi Market; 18 Dead
¤ How your supermarket flowers empty Kenya's rivers
¤ Why celebrities shouldn't have babies
¤ Four killed at Baghdad mosque
¤ Battles continue in southern Iraq
¤ Bush's absolute power grab

October 20, 2006 News
Posted: Friday, October 20, 2006

¤ Venezuela's UN Ambassador Accuses Bush Administration of Blackmail
¤ Furor Over Carter's South Africa Analogy
¤ After Pat's Birthday
¤ There is never going to be a Nato victory in Afghanistan
¤ Medics beg for help as Iraqis die needlessly
¤ Delusional Voting in a Delusional Democracy
¤ Security Theater of the Absurd
¤ A Wake Up Call to the Passive Left
¤ How to Stay Out of Gitmo
¤ We Don't Negotiate with Evil
¤ Sowing the seeds of a preemptive strike
¤ Republican ad refers to black women as "ho's"
¤ War against North Korea would cost USA 100 billion dollars
¤ There is Sufficient Evidence to Indict Dick Cheney and Karl Rove...
¤ Most of U.S. spending monitors sacked
¤ Absent from history: the black soldiers at Iwo Jima
¤ Cheney Still Lying About Iraq-Al Qaeda Link
¤ A U.S. Fortress Rises in Baghdad
¤ Millions Stolen From Iraq's Treasury
¤ Govt. Death Squads Ravaging Baghdad
¤ Neocon Declares Iraq War Crimes a "Worthy Mistake"
¤ Ecuador Elections in Doubt Due to Fraud
¤ Pakistan bomb blast kills seven
¤ 20 killed in Sri Lanka sea battle

Ecuador Elections in Doubt Due to Fraud
Posted: Friday, October 20, 2006

Quito, Oct 18 (Prensa Latina) Evidence of significant irregularities in Ecuador's elections Sunday cast doubt on the official results declaring millionaire Alvaro Noboa of PRIAN (Renovador Institucional) leading with 26.24 percent.
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October 19, 2006 News
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006

¤ We've lost battle for Baghdad, US admits
¤ We're lovin' it: the US carries on consuming
¤ Taliban claim victory after British troops withdraw
¤ The Superpower Myth
¤ "Target Iran: The Truth About the White House's Plans for Regime Change"
¤ It's Time to Face Harsh Reality in Iraq
¤ America has finally taken on the grim reality of Iraq
¤ How To Spot a Dictator
¤ Iran must be intimidated, says Israeli leader
¤ Many killed in Iraq bomb blasts
¤ Vietnam & Iraq: Another 'Bright Shining Lie'
¤ America Intends to Claim a New Empire: Space
¤ Iraq for Sale
¤ You're under arrest." For what? "None of your business.
¤ Like the Mafia, Only Dumber
¤ Stop Bono Before He Kills Again!
¤ Cracks in the Bush / Blair Axis
¤ Australian Treasurer Seeks Orderly Withdrawal From U.S. Dollar
¤ One Crime Too Many
¤ Upon Red Rivers of Genocide
¤ 'It is either us or you,' Iraqi rebels tell U.S.
¤ IRAQ: What Does 'Job Done' Mean?
¤ Bush does not HEAR; does not SEE but does SPEAK
¤ Hiding the Dead Bodies in Iraq
¤ The 'S' Word

Olmert fails to win Russian pledge for anti-Iran stance
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert failed Wednesday to win a public pledge from Russia for a tougher stance against Iran's nuclear program, as Tehran warned that imposing sanctions would have consequences for the wider Middle East. Olmert said he also talked with President Vladimir Putin about the need for an embargo on weapons sales to Iran and Syria and about Russia's role as a mediator in reviving the peace process.
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Iran must be intimidated, says Israeli leader
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006

Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stepped up rhetoric against Iran, saying the its controversial nuclear program could be prevented through intimidation.

Speaking to reporters following meetings with President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, Olmert said he had told Putin that "there was no chance of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear arms if Iran is not afraid.

"The Iranians should be afraid that something they don't want to happen will occur," he said.
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Saddam's Judgment Day and the Midterm Elections
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006

November Surprise?

Why Hasn't Mainstream Media Connected the Dots Between Saddam's Judgment Day and the Midterm Elections?

by Tom Engelhardt

The US-backed special tribunal in Baghdad signalled Monday that it will likely delay a verdict in the first trial of Saddam Hussein to November 5. Why hasn't the mainstream media connected the dots between the Saddam's judgment day and the midterm elections?

Here's how the story was reported pretty much everywhere: "An Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein for the killing of Shi'ite villagers in the 1980s could deliver a verdict on November 5, officials said, a ruling which could send the ousted leader to the gallows..."
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Miss Divali Nagar Fruta Teen Queen Pageant
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The National Council of Indian Culture presented the Fruta Teen Queen Pageant on Sunday 15th October, 2006. The crowning of the Miss Divali Nagar has become a common feature in the Divali Nagar celebrations and was certainly a very entertaining segment in the nine days of festivities. The girls were dressed in exquisite Indian wear which was truly breathtaking. They elegantly strutted on stage with great poise and represented their sponsors, their schools and their communities with pride.

Before the start of the pageant, the evening began with Sai Bhajans, followed by several other acts such as a classical Indian dance performance by the Sharda School of Dance and the pulsating rhythm of the Malik All Stars Tassa Group.
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October 18, 2006 News
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

¤ Iraq war cost years of progress in Afghanistan
¤ Sharp rise in US death rate in Iraq
¤ US death toll in Iraq - higher than you think
¤ Book says Bush just using Christians
¤ Shame on Us All
¤ November Surprise?
¤ Israeli troops push into Gaza
¤ Crime Is On TV, But TV is Often The Bigger Crime
¤ Death in Iraq
¤ Politkovskaya: Russian Hero
¤ What Kind of Little Nuke Are You?
¤ Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?
¤ Anti-US but Pro-American
¤ Civilians Killed in NATO Operations in Afghanistan
¤ 47 Iraqis Killed, 46 Injured
¤ Bush and Blair isolated as criticism of war grows
¤ The Politics of Fear
¤ North Korea's Mini-Nuke?
¤ How many have died in Iraq?
¤ The Republic is Dead, Long Live the Republic.
¤ Bush's Petro-Cartel Almost Has Iraq's Oil
¤ America's Dumbest Congressmen

October 17, 2006 News
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

¤ Documents Shed Light on CIA's Use of Ex-Nazis
¤ Why Bush Smiles: Victory is at Hand in Iraq
¤ Iraq: Leave Or Be Forced Out
¤ The propaganda of our times
¤ Sometimes the greatest act of courage is to tell the truth
¤ More than 3,000 Iraqi police sacked: ministry spokesman
¤ The courts are starting to accept that the war against Iraq is a crime
¤ Russia Demands U.S. Lift Sanctions Against Arms Exporter
¤ Chavez, Chomskey and State Terrorism
¤ Noam Chomsky advocates Chávez
¤ Scott Ritter on "Target Iran
¤ Iraq Through a Rebel's Eyes
¤ Israeli / US Cluster Bombs Litter Lebanon
¤ Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire
¤ UK occupation forces quit Afghan base
¤ Hawaii quake damage estimated at $46M
¤ U.S. population hits 300 million mark
¤ Don't mention the president
¤ Afghanistan Reconsidered
¤ Now The Nuclear Dominoes
¤ Denouncing Hugo Chavez

Denouncing Hugo Chavez
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

(And other sports of the rich, infamous and just plain stupid)

By Daniel Welch.

Nancy Pelosi apparently has so much time on her hands, and so few other issues to address, that she saw fit to unload on Hugo Chavez following his appearance before the U.N. in New York. Most readers are familiar by now with Chavez' provocative swipes at "Devil" Bush and his comment that the titular head of U.S. empire had left the place reeking of sulfur from his earlier appearance.

Is this run-of-the-mill Pablum of the Poor that angered Democratic Party leaders so? It could hardly have been the more substantive complaints in Chavez' brief address: the observation that the permanent veto of a few mega-powers is an undemocratic throwback that taints the entire mission of the U.N. (Gasp! What insolence!). Or that the refusal to issue visas to several members of Chavez' staff reeks of political payback thoroughly inappropriate for the geographic host of an international organization (ingrate!).

No, denunciations are issued primarily because they are cheap and easy political currency, a convenient distraction from events, issues or problems the denouncer might otherwise be compelled to address. Outrage is seductive; with the world burning around them, the leaders of the system and the war machine fed by both parties have nothing else to say and nothing to offer, either to their own people or the citizens of the world.

Denunciations, repudiations and other useless gestures have long been a substitute for real action and a smokescreen to reassign proper targets of outrage. When Nelson Mandela visited the US as the apartheid regime was crumbling beneath his lifelong struggle, it was demanded of him that he "repudiate" Mohamar Khadafi and Fidel Castro. Pictures were circulated of the supposedly embarrassing hugs that would make such "repudiation" necessary.

Mandela refused, of course, clearly seeing the absurdity of bowing to pressure from the erstwhile funders of his oppressors to denounce those who had supported his struggle for decades. Black protesters of the Vietnam War, urged to patriotic duty to kill communists and children halfway around the globe, demurred with a similarly poignant retort: "No Viet Cong ever called me 'Nigger.'"

But there is a disturbing lesson in the pattern of those our politicians love to hate, and especially in our toothless "opposition's" complicity with the real forces colluding to turn back human progress on an unprecedented scale. There is something unconvincing about the party of Hiroshima and Nagasaki being outraged by war crimes, either by the current administration or around the world. And ringing even hollower is the self-righteous drivel from the lips of the heirs to one of the most nearly total successful genocides in human history. Three centuries of slavery, apartheid and racist terrorism came to an end (sort of) under their watch. Democrats love to absorb these "struggles" and "victories" into their legacy, conveniently forgetting not only that racism was the founding tenet of huge sections of their own party, but that their desire to claim credit is ill-deserved. Until the very sunset of official American apartheid, even those most sympathetic in power resisted, demurred, watered down, mitigated and counseled caution and yet more patience among the oppressed. Some heroes.

And now, despite all historical evidence that reliance on change from the leadership down is an exercise in futility, rank-and-file democrats are nearly giddy at the prospect of gains to be made in the coming biennial farce next month. Let's keep our eye on the ball: Democratic leaders have more to say about Hugo Chavez than the problems he is attempting to address.

Even in opposition they have almost nothing to say about the hugest issues of the day: the near total inability of our society to address virtually any of our actual problems caused by the bloated and counterproductive war machine. So stuffed with our money that the machine hemorrhages billions with barely anyone noticing, war waste dwarfs all other items and all other budgets on the planet. Government on all levels is completely paralyzed by this fear-induced blackmail, even as it has more money than any other on earth. A crisis, of course, met largely with silence from Bush's "friends across the aisle." Likewise with support for the ongoing slaughter and colonization of Palestine, a festering injustice so obvious that even the sleepy US public is starting to wake up to the atrocities.

A million cluster bombs lay scattered over southern Lebanon, a million little ambassadors for the truth behind the US agenda in the region. There is no timid or incremental solution to problems that scream for radical change. Yet the Democrats with few exceptions, right beside their Republican collaborators are so engorged on corporate money, so beholden to interests diametrically opposed to our own, so convinced of the rightness of their collusion with these forces, so full of...well, shit, to be perfectly honest...that they expect us to believe that something basic will change when they take power. And if they have nothing to say now, will they miraculously have more to say once the Made in USA SKU labels on all those cluster bombs trace directly back to their own purse strings? Don't hold your breath.

© 2006 Daniel Patrick Welch. Reprint permission granted with credit and link to

October 16, 2006 News
Posted: Monday, October 16, 2006

¤ Sri Lanka condemns 'barbaric' suicide blast
¤ Attacks Kill 160 Iraqis
¤ Iraq: A Growing Body Count
¤ Death toll passes 23 as Israel hunts down Gaza rockets
¤ Venezuela runs for UN Council seat; U.S. opposed
¤ The Collapse of Iraq's Health Care Services
¤ Racism and Cheap Thrills at the University of Texas Law School
¤ False Hope and the Democrats
¤ Sugar Daddy Politics
¤ More Deadly Than Saddam
¤ Forget Iraq and Guantánamo
¤ It's Time To Say Sorry For Iraq's Agony
¤ Why is the New York Times silent on massive Iraq death toll?
¤ What happens if Saddam Hussein is acquitted?
¤ Saddam Verdict Is Expected on Nov. 5
¤ Police accuse Israeli president of rape
¤ Free Speech and Plain Language
¤ 9 Paradoxes of a Lost War
¤ The Deadly Silence

October 15, 2006 News
Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2006

¤ Let me denounce genocide from the dock
¤ The Great Experiment
¤ Padilla Update: Bush has been Torturing American Citizens since 2002
¤ If Only George Bush Had Been Amish
¤ Gaza airstrikes kill 7 Palestinians
¤ Bush keeps revising war justification
¤ Nuclear proliferation: The Axis of Anxiety
¤ Two dead in Gaza shelling
¤ Afghanistan: Five Years Later
¤ Election 2006: The Fix is Already In
¤ IDF sets up detention center near Gaza
¤ The Great Experiment
¤ It Was Never About the Weapons of Mass Destruction
¤ The Saturday Cartoons
¤ Presidential Neglect
¤ The Crimes of Blair
¤ US Reportedly Building Military Base in N. Iraq
¤ Ammo Dump Explosions Investigation
¤ How bad was that ammo dump fire?
¤ Fealty to a Moral Abomination
¤ A Fable About Palestine
¤ The Profits of Denigration
¤ What Bush Means By Tolerable Violence in Iraq
¤ N Korea rejects 'gangster' UN sanctions
¤ Dozens dead in Iraq 'revenge' attack
¤ Correcting the Facts on US/Venezuela Relations
¤ Still 1,126 Nuclear Tests Behind the United States

British Army chief savages Blair's approach to Iraq
Posted: Saturday, October 14, 2006

The authority of Tony Blair was left battered last night as he attempted to play down a rift with the head of the British Army over his unprecedented warning that the presence of foreign troops was "exacerbating" the security situation in Iraq

The devastating assessment by General Sir Richard Dannatt, the chief of the general staff, infuriated ministers and caused alarm in Washington.

However there was widespread backing across the Army yesterday as soldiers of every rank praised General Dannatt for standing up to the Government.
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Blair forced to claim Dannatt's criticisms are 'absolutely right'
Britain's top soldier was vindicated as Tony Blair was forced to claim he agreed with every word of his devastating assessment of British policy in Iraq.

Launch of 6th Annual Junior Aerobics Marathon
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006

(L) Michael Williams, Amanda Reyes, Sherry-Ann Coleman and Christopher Barry
LEFT: Michael Williams, Amanda Reyes, Sherry-Ann Coleman and Christopher Barry Reporters
October 13, 2006

The HCL Group of Companies Junior Aerobics Marathon was launched at 11:03am at the Long Circular Health and Wellness Club, Long Circular Road, Long Circular, St. James today.

This year marks the 6th year of the Annual Junior Aerobics Marathon, sponsored by the HCL Group of Companies. Ms. Lisa Ghany-Weekes, Group Marketing and Communications Manager of the HCL Group of Companies, presented a brief outline of the marathon during the press conference today. Over thirty schools would be participating in this event, with one hundred and fifty students participating in the 'Open Endurance' part of the competition. All Physical Training Instructors (PTI) would be from the Defense Force of Trinidad and Tobago.

Ms. Ingrid Gamble-Ali, coordinator for the judges and statisticians, gave a brief statement about the criteria for choosing the physical instructors they would be using.

All arrangements are in place for this event which is endorsed by the Ministry of Education. Prizes will range from cash to hampers and a computer for the winning school of the 'Open Endurance' part of the competition.

Mr. Gerard Alfonso, General Manager of the Health and Wellness Club at Long Circular Mall stated that some of Trinidad and Tobago's top artistes are expected to perform at the marathon. This list includes 'H2O Flo' Shurwayne Winchester, Knycky Cordner, 'Scientist Crew' together with MC Blaze Williams.

The launch ended with a very short aerobics demonstration by gym instructors Christopher Barry, Amanda Reyes, and supervisor Michael Williams.

The HCL Group of Companies' 6th Annual Junior Aerobics Marathon will take place at the Jean Pierre Complex on the 27th October, 2006. For further information contact Mr. Gerad Alfonso at the Health and Wellness Club, Long Circular Road, Long Circular, St. James. Phone number: (868)-622-3516.

October 12, 2006 News
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006

¤ Breaking the Silence of the Night
¤ Don't Go!
¤ Security developments in Iraq, 13 Oct 2006
¤ Lied Into War
¤ U.S marines accused of murdering ITN journalist
¤ Medical Study Estimating 650,000 Iraqi Deaths Defends Research
¤ Why is the American press silent on the report of 655,000 Iraqi deaths?
¤ Israel's Plan for a Military Strike on Iran
¤ Nuclear Umbrella? The Peril of Missile Defense
¤ Busy fondling their self-esteem
¤ The Assassins of Truth
¤ The Dumbing Down of America
¤ U.S. Intervention in Venezuela and in Latin America
¤ Israelis kill 8 in Gaza Strip
¤ The logic behind Rice's grin
¤ 'Cops tortured Chechen for terror confession'
¤ Blair devastated as Army chief savages his approach to Iraq
¤ A Good Week for the Axis of Evil
¤ The Google YouTube Tango
¤ Musharraf's Coup - Seven Years Later
¤ This Terrible Misadventure Has Killed One in 40 Iraqis
¤ Sri Lanka death toll surges as rebels hand over dead
¤ Reaping the Fruits of Bush's Korea Policy
¤ Oil, Atoms and War
¤ Where the Rhetoric Doesn't Match the Reality
¤ On Colonialism and Colleagues
¤ The Missing Moral Center: Murdering the Innocent
¤ "You're Either With Us or You're Dead"
¤ Shameful legacy
¤ China's Foreign Currency Reserves Surge to Almost $1 Trillion

Dragon Boat Racing Festival in pictures
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006

Dragon Boat Racing Festival
Dragon Boat Racing Festival in pictures
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October 11, 2006 News
Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006

¤ Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000

Updated Iraq Survey Affirms Earlier Mortality Estimates
As many as 654,965 more Iraqis may have died since hostilities began in Iraq in March 2003 than would have been expected under pre-war conditions, according to a survey conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. The deaths from all causes—violent and non-violent—are over and above the estimated 143,000 deaths per year that occurred from all causes prior to the March 2003 invasion.

¤ Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional cluster sample survey
¤ Ten killed in train crash in northeastern France
¤ Bush says U.S. won't attack North Korea
¥ Only because he is SURE they have Nuclear Weapons
¤ Thousands flee Iraq violence
¤ War Crimes Committed by the United States in Iraq
¤ We did it! They're killing each other
¤ Someone has to say it
¤ If You're Not VERY Afraid You Haven't Been Paying Attention!
¤ One in 40 Iraqis 'killed since invasion'
¤ Today's shocker(s) from Iraq
¤ The High Cost of Order Out of Chaos in Iraq
¤ More on the Blast this Morning...
¤ Northern Korea's Ace
¤ Pyongyang 1, Bush 0
¤ Gunning Down Women
¤ Corporate Torture in Iraq
¤ Teardown: The Mainstream Media Turns on Bush
¤ Americans Want It All, and Hang the Consequences
¤ Tin War in Bolivia
¤ The Mushroom Cloud over the U.N.
¤ Electoral Terrorism

October 10, 2006 News
Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

¤ War Crimes Report Shows US Violations of International Law
¤ Don Rumsfeld Bats Both Ways
¤ Syria: US lacks Mid-East Vision
¤ Baghdad market blast kills nine, wounds 27
¤ Iraq: Divide and Rule, 'Ethnic Cleansing Works'
¤ Britons face trial for leaking Bush-Blair bomb memo
¤ Someone has to say it
¤ The IgnoramUS
¤ Police find 60 bodies in Baghdad, bomb kills 10
¤ Read this before you vote
¤ Why Sanction N. Korea? Sanction the US instead
¤ Have you heard . . .
¤ Nearly 21 Million Iraqis Not Yet Killed
¤ Fallujah, the Guernica of Our Times, Part 1
¤ George Bush's War of the Words
¤ Wars and propaganda machines
¤ Israel willfully kills two civilians at Nablus checkpoints
¤ Chavez says U.S. backing plot against Bolivian president
¤ 194 Killed, 34 Injured in Tuesday Iraq Violence
¤ The Myth of the Ticking Time Bomb
¤ Police find 60 bodies in Baghdad
¤ Bush and North Korea
¤ Why Integrity Matters
¤ The collapse of America's 'second front'
¤ Exposing the myth of the American "mission" in Iraq
¤ Bush's 'Axis of Evil' Comes Back to Haunt United States
¤ Rigged USA Elections Exposed Video
¤ Bush committed "one of the great diplomatic blunders of our time"
¤ Please God Please - Strike This Moron Dumb
¤ Was Pyongyang's N-test inevitable?
¤ U.S. war criminals' show trial of Saddam Hussein
¤ Savage America
¤ Red October: Killing the Truth in Moscow
¤ The Reality of Venezuela
¤ Casualties Not Counted

Iraq: Divide and Rule, 'Ethnic Cleansing Works'
Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Polls by the State Department and independent researchers show that Iraqis favor an immediate U.S. pullout, meanwhile, an "independent commission", according to the Sunday Times, "may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions".

We believe that the commission's recommendation will have little to do with the welfare of the Iraqis. Their recommendations will have much to do with expanding U.S. control of the energy resources of the Middle East and Central Asia.
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War Crimes Report Shows US Violations of International Law
Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Demands Prosecution of US Military and Civilian Leaders

The violence of the Iraq War, the chaos that has come to Iraq, can be traced directly to the illegality of the invasion and occupation of that country and the illegality of the tactics and weapons being used to maintain the occupation. U.S. War Crimes in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability documents these violations and calls on us all to demand investigation and prosecution of violations of international law by military and civilian leaders.
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October 9, 2006 News
Posted: Monday, October 9, 2006

¤ Welcome to the Nuclear Club!
¤ Nuclear blackmail
¤ Chris Hedges: Bush's Nuclear Apocalypse
¤ Wars and propaganda machines
¤ More than 75 killed by clashes, bomb in Afghanistan
¤ Putin Fights Back
¤ A special comment about lying
¤ The Age of Terror - a landmark report
¤ Police 'exaggerated evidence' against British 9/11 suspect
¤ Why peace treaties don't travel very well
¤ Guantánamo defense lawyer forced out of Navy
¤ Guantanamo guards bragged about beatings
¤ Afghan violence worst in five years
¤ Protesters Corner Jeb Bush in Pa.
¤ The Six Percent Solution Illusion
¤ Just because they are Palestinians
¤ North Korea; another foreign policy meltdown
¤ Hidden victims of a brutal conflict: Iraq's women
¤ Iraqi vice-president's brother assassinated
¤ 78 suicide bombs launched in Afghanistan this year
¤ Double Standards of Morality
¤ The Boom Heard Around the World
¤ Who Killed Michael Moore?
¤ Why Cuba Matters
¤ The Politics of Fear
¤ The Human Race is Living Beyond Its Means
¤ What's in a Number?
¤ Iran blames U.S. for N. Korea nuke test
¤ Rummy's North Korea Connection
¤ Bush's America Had Been Telling the World to F#%K OFF
¤ How the NY Times Misreports
¤ Murdered Russian Journalist Was Finishing Article on Torture in Chechnya
¤ The Insanity of 'Staying the Course' in Iraq
¤ Google snaps up YouTube for $1.65B
¤ Meal Sickens Hundreds of Iraqi Police Recruits
¤ Hypocrisy in Middle East
¤ The Nuclear Club Crossing the Rubicon towards Armageddon
¤ Israel Quits Lebanon - Kind Of
¤ Over 40 killed in Guatemala bus crash

October 8, 2006 News
Posted: Sunday, October 8, 2006

¤ Assassin's bullet kills fiery critic of Putin
¤ Pyongyang Warned on Weapon Testing
¤ Hidden victims of a brutal conflict: Iraq's women
¤ The Forgotten "Humanitarian Crisis" in Gaza
¤ Iraq's Tigris River Yields Hundreds of Corpses
¤ 145 Dead, 41 Wounded, Including US Soldier, in Saturday Iraq Violence
¤ Guards describe Guantanamo prisoner abuse
¤ Statement against International Intervention in the Sudan
¤ What Cynthia McKinney Means to Me
¤ Evil Hour in Colombia
¤ The US, Israel and Lebanon
¤ Same Song, Different Scandal
¤ Why We Are Still Getting It So Wrong in the 'War on Terror'
¤ Death by Instant Message
¤ Taliban Back, Using Iraq-Style Violence
¤ Great wall to seal off Iraq
¤ Six Flags over Neo-Nuremberg
¤ Iran: The Unthinkable War, Part III
¤ Afghanistan five years later: poverty, violence, misery
¤ Hazardous Intent: US Brokers in Palestine
¤ Hamster wheel diplomacy: Rice goes nowhere in Middle East
¤ The Saturday Cartoons

October 7, 2006 News
Posted: Saturday, October 7, 2006

¤ For Scandals, Iraq War Outpaces Foley
¤ Coup In Iraq?
¤ Return of the War Criminal
¤ Thousands Nationwide Protest Bush
¤ Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon
¤ The Bogeyman of Libertarian 'Atomism'
¤ This Is the Way of Dictatorships
¤ Do Greedy Spinach Merchants Want To Kill You?
¤ The Struggle for Palestine's Soul
¤ Cleaving a False Divide in Latin America
¤ The Crisis in Thailand
¤ Cousin of White House Chief of Staff Tells How...
¤ Arrested, Abused, Abandoned, Slaughtered.
¤ Pentagon plans to dismember Iraq
¤ Lies by Omission
¤ Is Condi Rice Being Drug Tested?
¤ Existence of "Al-Qaeda" Is Crap; Quite Literally
¤ Of course, he's not dead!
¤ Rice, in Baghdad, Insists That Iraqis Are ‘Making Progress’
¤ Bush's Failed Policy of Kill, Kill, Kill
¤ Building Up al-Masri Only to Shoot Him Down
¤ Fear the Penis
¤ The cover-up that kills
¤ Bush talked dirty to the country. Investigate Bush
¤ Thousands wrongly on terror list
¤ Muslim women's veils divisive: Jack Straw
¤ Israelis Crank Up Volume on Total War Mantra

Al Qaeda Tape Shown To Be A Fake
Posted: Saturday, October 7, 2006

If the mainstream media has bought into the latest alleged al Qaeda tapes, it's not because they have done due diligence to authenticate them as being genuine. According to Internet investigative reporter Steve Watson, "[f]ollowing the trail for five minutes leads to [the] Pentagon."

He notes the absolute contradictions from MSM sources attempting to defend the administration's claims that somehow it is true both that the government had the tape in question since 2001, AND that it represents "a new release by Al Qaeda." He cites an NBC News story, in which the network says it had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the same tape of Muhammad Atta earlier this year, "but the Pentagon has not yet turned them over," yet somehow this tape has been newly created by alleged terrorists.
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Muslim women's veils divisive: Jack Straw
Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006

By UK correspondent Stephanie Kennedy

There has been a heated debate in Britain after a senior Cabinet minister suggested that Muslim women covering their faces causes division in the community.

Jack Straw, who is a former foreign minister and now the leader of the House of Commons, has called on Muslim women to remove their veils.
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Dealing with Colourism
Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006

A Step Towards the African Revolution

By Leslie,
October 05, 2006

The session at the last Moonlight Gathering in September was highly profound and without a doubt, edifying and interesting. Usually, after a period of song, poetry, drumming and other chosen activities, the group at the Moonlight Gathering would engage an issue; any issue that we feel worth discussing and for whatever reasons. However, the last gathering was the first time that the discussion was so heated; so much so, that some chose to 'stay out of the kitchen'.

The issue discussed was the controversial topic, colourism. This subject had never been talked about so openly at the gathering before and some were stunned that it would have ever been brought up. Members of the gathering were knocked out of their positions of comfort and were forced to come to terms with this issue; at least those who were courageous enough to stay within the circle to discuss it. Seeing that many were largely unfamiliar with the term and issues surrounding colourism, I attempted to briefly explain it as I would do now. The word colourism is a recent term that has entered into our vocabulary which has arisen in an attempt to address the deeper complex of race discrimination which is a critical and largely unaddressed aspect of racism.

Colourism is an offshoot or a product of racism and is intricately linked with it. It is a form of discrimination which occurs worldwide and is based on the colour or shade of one's skin and how close or far away it is from the perceived white ideal. It is distinguished by how lighter skin tones are preferred, and darker skin tones are considered to be less desirable. This is a problem within all communities: The Indian community, the Chinese community, the Hispanic community, the Japanese community, the Native American community, the Arab community, the African community and yes, even within the white community. However, because the blonde hair, blue eyed, thin, tall female/male is the accepted aesthetic ideal and the Black, fat, short woman/man is considered unattractive and ugly, it is those within the African community that face the brunt of colourism. This is especially so for the darkest, most kinky haired, flat nose, thick lipped, fattest, shortest African woman who suffers on all levels in this system that one individual in the last gathering wrongly described as "meritocratic".

Some feel that when we talk about colourism that we are diminishing the potency of the word racism. I would disagree whole-heartedly because this word forces us to deal with the intricacies of racism. Now, don't get me wrong, colourism is in no way devoid of racism as some would like to believe but it helps in dissecting the deepest layers of the beast which would normally be overlooked by just labeling it all as "racism". Some believe that colourism is simply a form of Black on Black racism where Blacks discriminate against others based on their skin tone. This is not totally the truth because other races deal with Blacks based on their skin tone as well and do show preference for lighter-skinned individuals within the Black group.

Colourism affects every aspect of society and at all levels: the home, the school, relationships between that of mother/father, brother/sister, friends, husband/wife, boss/employee and the work place which was a factor developed by PhD student at the University of Georgia, Mr. Michael Harrison, in his study on how colourism affects the workplace. To quote him,

"You have two Black individuals going into a job where all of their qualifications and everything were equivalent to one another and the lighter skinned Black would get the job over their darker skinned counterparts."

Even the so-called African revolutionaries within Black organizations treat Blacks based on their colour. People have a tendency of selecting their leaders and members of the upper hierarchy of these organizations based on how close they are to whiteness. Not taking away from the contributions of these individuals, we see examples of this in leaders such as Huey Newton of the Black Panther Party, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Elijah Muhammad, Booker T. Washington and others. Even when there are examples of Black African leadership, who are usually males, you are almost sure to find them with light-skinned women at their sides as if the true Black African Queens are not worthy of standing at their sides. Eldridge Cleaver, Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Martin Luther King Jr. and even within organizations in Trinidad and Tobago such as the Emancipation Support Committee and the National Joint Action Committee are clear examples of this.

At the last gathering, someone mentioned W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey in the same sentence arguing that the economic betterment of Black people was critical to the Black revolution. "Marcus Garvey say so…" the gentleman stressed. But he forgot that Marcus Garvey was despised and his message dismissed by other so-called Blacks and Black leadership all over the world. He too was a victim of colourism and size discrimination. The well loved Du Bois even had this to say about Garvey in an article in "The Crisis" which echoed the general attitude towards dark-skinned Blacks at the time and even now, "[Garvey] suffered from serious defects of temperament and training" and went on to describe him as "… a little, fat, black man, ugly...with a big head." Apparently Garvey was too Black to lead a "Black" movement. So stating that we need to gain control of the economy or whatever still does nothing to change the inherent and disgusting attitudes prevalent even within the Black community and these must be addressed if not before, concomitant with these other issues.

As a matter of fact and although few like to admit it, there have existed many so-called 'Black' organizations such as "The Blue Vein Society" which discriminated against Blacks on the basis of their hue. Unless blue veins were visible through clear skins, persons were denied entry into such societies. 'Brown bag parties' which disallowed entry of persons darker than the brown paper bag were also very popular in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, as one writer pointed out, this type of practice was more common than one thought. The unnamed writer went on to explain, "Even before then, in the 1920s, "color-tax" parties were another means for alienating blacks. At these parties, men would have to pay a tax on the scale of how dark their dates were, the darker the date, the higher the tax." These attitudes continue to live on today and people, whether they are cognizant of it or not, discriminate and treat each other differently based on the colour of their skins. It is also clear, even today, that light skin is preferable; even our heroes seem more heroic when they are lighter skinned.

Now I have met many people within and outside the bounds of the university (UWI) who claim to be revolutionaries/non-conformists or wish for a total or partial overthrow of the system. [Cool.] They talk of economic reformism, change in the political system and even a revamp or the creation of Black based movements to deal with the ills of the system. However, whenever the topic of addressing colourism comes up people tend to back away from the discussions or if involved, distort or distract from the discussions. Some, especially the lighter-skinned individuals tend to personalize the discussions and act as victims of separatism while their darker skinned friends try their best to "tone-down" these discussions to protect the egos of their light-skinned friends. They have accepted the notions of their inferiority and seem afraid to challenge the status quo with the hope that they too would one day ascend the rungs of socio-economic privilege or rather descend into the pit of lies and deception where most are happy to dwell. The funny thing about this is that they deny the truth and their own experiences so as to appease their fellow light-Black friends. Ask them, "When you and your girls/ boys were discussing good looking Black males and females in the entertainment industry, who'd be your pick?" I am certain without any doubt, (because I too engaged in these discussions) Halle Berry, Vanessa Williams, Jada Pinkett, Aaliyah, Shante Moore, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Rhianna, Tyra Banks, Janet Jackson, Allison Hinds, Alicia Keys, that light skin dude on Soul food, Shemar Moore, and the list goes on. But the question was asked about Black entertainers and so far no dark-skinned Blacks were mentioned. Then they might say, "Whitney Houston with her polished features , Erykah Badu because of her light eyes and maybe Lauryn Hill." They, would even, without proper consideration, boast of their support of media such as BET, MTV, Synergy TV, Tempo, Essence magazine etc. which promote light-skinned people and not dark-skinned Blacks as symbols of beauty, power and leadership.

Some even state boldly that they prefer a lighter skinned or white or non African male or female because they don't want their children to have nappy hair or dark skin or that they could possibly have blue or green or even hazel brown eyes or other fantastical expectations. Some, particularly the females, are not afraid to hide their self-loathe and straighten their hair, add hair extensions, dye their hair (especially blonde) which is the 'in thing' now, grow fashion dreads for the long hair look, bleach their skins, wear colored contact lenses, utilize make up tricks to appear lighter or whiter - take the makeup Oprah Winfrey wears, for example - diet to gain the 'ideal' figure and so much more. Some, like their Asian counterparts, stay indoors and wear long sleeved shirts to avoid the sun; use skin lightening creams just as those in India and Japan do; or like those in China, surgically remove the slant in their eyes to appear less Asian and more European; or like the Jewish and Arab folk remove the characteristic hump from their noses. Members of the Black race who support these actions are enemies of the revolution because their actions also contribute to the genocide of the African race. And the term genocide is quite accurate and legitimate even though many cowards claim that it is too harsh. It is what it is and I refuse to use the language of the conformists and the assimilationists who are insensitive to the urgency of Black Africans addressing their issues.

It is evident therefore, that they too have bought into the system. And if they don't deal with the issue of colourism then it is further proof that it is not a revolution that they want but merely a chance to assimilate into the same corrupt, white, male-dominated capitalist system that oppressed them and continues to oppress them.

I think that some people come here (to the Moonlight Gathering) and expect some type of 'hippie' get-together. If that is the trend that some of you wish to follow, you are free to do so - without my involvement of course. But those who are serious about change for the better must examine their conduct and demonstrate courageousness and deal with the issues that affect us frankly and honestly. Putting the issue of colourism on the backburner wouldn't work either because of the very reason that we deal with each other, even here, based on skin colour biases. Those who are most affected must step up and demand that these issues are discussed. Others should respect our rights and allow us space to work out these issues.

The time for a world-wide revolution is now and it begins with the African revolution. Without first addressing colourism it is impossible to fight racism and without tackling racism then we are nothing but conformists and supporters of the system.

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Greenpeace Warns of Toxic Risks to Two Million in Lebanon
Posted: Friday, October 6, 2006

Two million residents of Lebanon, about half the population, could face health risks posed by toxic releases from Israeli bombing in the July-August war, Greenpeace warned.

"Chemical traces and dust from buildings that were destroyed have heavily contaminated the air and land," said the environmental pressure group Greenpeace in a report presented in Beirut on its flagship Rainbow Warrior.
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October 5, 2006 News
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006

¤ Fake Al Qaeda
¤ Al Qaeda Tapes: Direct Link To Military Psyops And Donald Rumsfeld
¤ Russia slams US "unilateral" move on Iran
¤ Misreading the Tea Leaves: US Missteps on Foreign Policy
¤ Premature Celebration
¤ The Radical Right, the Myth of the Gay Child Abuser, and You
¤ War or Rumors of War?
¤ Brinkmanship Tactics or Coup D'Etat?
¤ The Truth About the "Embargo" on Cuba
¤ Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader probably not killed
¤ Former 9/11 detainee accuses U.S. of abuse
¤ While All Eyes Are On Foley, Iraq Is Rapidly Deteriorating
¤ Fire the Bums!
¤ Condi Rice Tries to Look Busy
¤ Baghdad bombings hit new high
¤ Amish school was riddled with bullets - coroner
¤ India on alert as dengue fever spreads
¤ Can America Ever be Weaned off its Love Affair with Guns?
¤ Opec 'to cut oil production'
¤ Bush's 'comma' defended
¤ Lunch in Damascus
¤ Iraq's universities and schools near collapse as teachers and pupils flee
¤ The US Occupation of Iraq: Casualties Not Counted

U.S. Government Releasing Staged Al-Qaeda Videos
Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2006

U.S. Government Caught Red-Handed Releasing Staged Al-Qaeda Videos

Revelations that the US government had been in possession of footage released on Sunday depicting alleged Al-Qaeda hijackers and Osama Bin Laden since 2001 and evidence that the footage itself was filmed by security agencies, went unquestioned by the media - who blindly towed the official line that the tape was released by Al-Qaeda. This is smoking gun proof that the U.S. government is staging the release of alleged Al-Qaeda tapes and it demands an immediate Congressional investigation.

Segments of the video that were interspersed with footage of the "laughing hijackers," Jarrah and Atta, showing Bin Laden giving a speech to an audience in Afghanistan on January 8 2000, were culled from what terror experts describe as surveillance footage taken by a "security agency."

This explains the lack of a soundtrack in the video and the fact that the tape does not focus solely on Bin Laden but pans around and shows the attendees in the audience.

Furthermore, film of the Bin Laden speech, reported by the dominant media as new footage, was previously broadcast in the UK docudramaThe Road to Guantanamo, which was first seen on British television nearly seven months ago in March.
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October 4, 2006 News
Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

¤ Latin America Declares Independence
¤ Bush Crowd Can't Get Us out of Iraq
¤ Blind To Iraq's Majority
¤ Rice off to Middle East - with no new ideas
¤ Kurds and Sunnis Vie for Control of Mosul
¤ Out of Iraq, Out with Bush
¤ The Real Scandal Isn't Foley
¤ The Economy of Gaza
¤ Compassionate Conservative Pedophiles
¤ How Empires Die
¤ Bush and Blair Endless Love
¤ Six Questions on the American "Gulag"
¤ North Korea calls the shots
¤ Debate shifts after Foley says he's gay
¤ The Arrogant, the Misguided and the Cowards
¤ Human Hell and the Demons of War
¤ Numbers of Displaced in Iraq Rising
¤ Here's why Chávez is so mad
¤ Robert Scheer: Rice More Sordid Than Foley
¤ The October Surprise
¤ Child abuse
¤ The Ultimate Mission to Israel!
¤ Not My Son in Video, Declares Atta Senior
¤ Buggergate
¤ The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Sorting Fact from Fiction
¤ Human rights groups condemn US law on military commissions
¤ A political culture of lies and war
¤ Our Rigged Elections: The Elephant in the Polling Booth
¤ Paraguay hardens U.S. military stance
¤ Ex-page threatened over role in Foley flap
¤ One Policy, Two Parties
¤ Haniya brushes off Rice visit

All About Hypocrisy: The Foley Follies
Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

I confess to feeling my share of schadenfreude at the fall of Florida Congressman Mark Foley, once chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, and author of the "Foley Provisions" in the Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, accused of sending sexual online messages to former and serving Congressional pages. Here is more exposure of the hypocrisy of the Republican Party, publicly pious, privately prone to the same range of prurient behavior as those its targets. Or at least that's how it looks to many Americans, enraged by Foley's "perverse" behavior. That image will likely weaken an administration that ought---for any reasons at all---to be weakened as much as possible before it tries to nuke Iran. But I want to be fair and objective too, and rational about the sexual issues here, mindful that nuanced opinions aren't popular.

The unmarried Foley has not denied that he is homosexual or bisexual; in fact he's implied that he is, by pointedly declining to comment on that issue since 2003. He supported the Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2000. His appearance of hypocrisy stems less from the revelation that he likes males than the fact that he likes rather young males, whom he has contacted through the web, having coauthored legislation to protect children from online predators.
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Foley says he was abused by a clergyman
Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley said through his lawyer Tuesday that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager, but accepts full responsibility for sending salacious computer messages to teenage male pages.

Attorney David Roth said Foley was molested between ages 13 and 15 by a clergyman. He declined to identify the clergyman or the church, but Foley is Roman Catholic.
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Journalists paid for promoting Cuban democracy
Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Miami Herald publisher resigns; journalists paid for promoting Cuban democracy

Diaz said he believed the journalists' acceptance of payments "was a breach of widely accepted principles of journalistic ethics." But he added "our policies prohibiting such behaviour may have been ambiguously communicated, inconsistently applied and widely misunderstood over many years in the El Nuevo Herald newsroom."

He said no one would be allowed in the future to accept money from the U.S. government-run broadcasters, and conflict-of-interest policies would be strengthened.
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Credibility of 'Hijackers Tape' Crumbles
Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Atta's Father Says Video Fake, Credibility of 'Hijackers Tape' Crumbles

New revelations about the so-called 'laughing hijackers' tape expose its release as a stage-managed politically timed trick. The father of Mohammed Atta blasts the video as a "fake" while contradictory claims of its origin and nature baffle even mainstream terror experts - while even the media admits that the tape was released not by Al-Qaeda but by the U.S. intelligence apparatus.
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October 3, 2006 News
Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

¤ State Of Denial-Bob Woodward 60 Minute Interview
¤ Woodward's 60 Minutes bloodbath
¤ War is Peace
¤ Nazi Tactics by Israel and America in the Phony War On Terror
¤ British documentary alleges pope linked to "child abuse cover-up"
¤ 'Record' Iraq civilian deaths
¤ Taliban growing stronger
¤ Frist: Taliban Can't be Defeated
¤ 'US Paying Pakistan $70-80 Million a Month'
¤ How Pakistan became an ally
¤ Analysis: If and when Bush 'Iraqs' Iran
¤ Secret Reports Dispute White House Optimism
¤ Appeasement Driven by Oil
¤ Why I'm Banned in the USA
¤ Haniya calls for calm as Israel moves in
¤ Lebanon accuses Israel of stealing Wazzani river water
¤ A Short History Of U.S. / Iranian Relationship Video
¤ Chavez says assassination attempt against him foiled
¤ Rumsfeld: Venezuela build-up is concern
¤ The Panama Deception Video
¤ Barking Mad
¤ America the Tyranny
¤ Iran: The Unthinkable War
¤ The Lineage of Bush-Cheney Torture
¤ Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007
¤ 5 girls dead in Amish school shooting
¤ Suicide Bomber in Baghdad Kills 2
¤ The O'Reilly Fear Factor
¤ It's Dangerous for a People to be Ruled by Fear
¤ Surprise Surprise, It's Another Al Qaeda Blockbuster Release
¤ Missing Link Atta "Martyrdom" Video Appears Five Weeks Before Election
¤ Video the Truth about Israel - if you can handle it
¤ Bloodiest Year for Palestinian Children
¤ Desperate measures from desperate men
¤ Bloody Day in Iraq Leaves 182 Dead
¤ Iraq Is Not a Quagmire
¤ Venezuela's Oil Wealth Funds Gusher of Anti-Poverty Projects
¤ An Enemy and War Born from Ignorance
¤ The Militarization of MySpace
¤ Tortured Canadian Wins Battle for Truth
¤ The Media: America's Achilles' Heel
¤ Gasoline Price Manipulation?
¤ The Strange Death Of Woman Who Filed A Rape Lawsuit Against Bush
¤ Ziad Jarrah Was Not a 9/11 Hijacker
¤ Foley's Behavior No Secret on Capitol Hill
¤ why Iran can't lose and the US and Israel can't win
¤ Lie Less in Gaza
¤ Israeli And French Tanks Face Off In Lebanon

Israeli And French Tanks Face Off In Lebanon
Posted: Monday, October 2, 2006

Two Israeli tanks were prevented from entering the southern Lebanon village of Marwaheen Thursday when four French Leclerc tanks rushed to block their path.
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October 2, 2006 News
Posted: Monday, October 2, 2006

¤ Eight Palestinians die as Fatah and Hamas fight on streets of Gaza City
¤ Republican resigns over 'sick' email to 16-year-old boy
¤ America is living beyond its means
¤ Russian oil grab 'puts western supplies at risk'
¤ Detainee bill lifts Bush's power to new heights
¤ Stung by criticism, Bush calls for offensive 'across the world'
¤ Falling on His Sword
¤ Note to Brian Williams of NBC News: It's You
¤ Bush challenges "misimpressions" about Iraq
¤ Putin and Georgia Officials Intensify Rhetoric in Dispute
¤ I Ain't Paying for That!
¤ Part-Time Monsters, Full-Time Fools
¤ Torturing the truth
¤ US allegations against Iran about nuclear weapons a big lie: Ahmadinejad
¤ How Does a Nation Lose Its Soul?
¤ John McCain is scamming the World (With Bush)
¤ The Brownie-ization of Iraq
¤ Colin Powell Now Says He Was Fired
¤ Bush faces wave of challenges to terrorists' trial law
¤ Russia suspends Georgia troop pull-out
¤ They Cry, Pray to Bush and Wash out the Devil
¤ Bush Uses the Word Fascism to Mislead
¤ October Surprise: Trick or Treat?
¤ Iraq: The Week the Truth was Told (Except by Tony Blair)

US may accept Iranian nuclear bomb
Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2006

AMERICA is going to have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran, US intelligence analysts have concluded at a secret meeting near Washington.

Senior operatives and outside experts from the intelligence community were almost unanimous in their view that little could be done to stop Iran acquiring the components for a nuclear bomb, The Sunday Times has learnt.
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U.S. eases demand for Iran sanctions
Acting on EU advice, the United States has postponed its call for immediate U.N. sanctions against Iran over nuclear policy.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she spoke with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and said he assured her talks with Tehran were going well, The Washington Times reported.
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