Saturday, January 1, 2011


US at War Since 1950: A New Year's Meditation
Michael True, Truthout:
"At the beginning of the new year, consequences of 'life at war' stare us in the face: the victimization of military and civilian populations and a huge national debt, including an annual military budget that is larger than all military budgets in the world combined and includes $5 billion that remains unaccounted for in Iraq, as well as aid to Pakistan that has wound up in the hands of the Taliban.... Any responsible citizen acknowledges this painful history in the hope of redirecting US foreign policy in the future. The purpose of reclaiming it is not to open old wounds, but to encourage legislative and direct action committed to peacemaking. It is a call to critique the policies and competence of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the national security apparatus responsible for these disasters."
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2011 Looks Grim for Progress on Women's Rights in Iraq
Shashank Bengali and Sahar Issa, McClatchy Newspapers:
"Whether this fledgling nation becomes a liberal democracy or an Islamist-led patriarchy might well be judged by the place it affords its women. Nearly eight years after American-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, Iraq's record is decidedly mixed."
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Could US Foreign Policy in the Middle East Be Worse? Yes
Stephen Zunes, Truthout:
"The Democrats could have taken advantage of their control of both Congress and the White House to support moderate Palestinians and moderate Israelis in their quest for peace. Instead, Pelosi and other Congressional leaders, without any apparent opposition from the Obama White House, have been committed to rewarding right-wing militarists like Netanyahu, while punishing moderates Abbas and Fayyad. Now, the Republicans are ready to push this disastrous policy even further."
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2010 Closes With Yet More Killer Climate Disasters
Brad Johnson, ThinkProgress:
"As greenhouse pollution continues to build in the atmosphere, 2010 is entering the history books as the hottest year on record. A year of unprecedented extreme weather disasters, 2010 saw tens of thousands of people killed and millions affected by our increasingly dangerous climate. The year is ending with yet more climate disasters, from floods in Australia to winter tornadoes across America."
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One Fly said...

Doom and gloom? Is that what we're all about. That's what I see more than the other. It's gets to be old shit. I think that's why friendships of mine have gone by the wayside. People want to hear rosy. I don't give a shit it ain't getting better but worse on many fronts. According to the other side I am all fucked up and the cause for the negative issues this country faces.

Having said that may 011 be a very good one for you Mr. N.

One Fly said...

Forgot-like the header picture!

Mr. Natural said...

"I am all fucked up and the cause"
As if THOSE right wing fucktard, anti-science, sister fucking, suv driving, john boner loving assholes had ANY ideas of their own!
Fact IS, we ARE faced with a near perfect storm of bad news, and the asshole right is just about to heap on another two years (at least) of super helpings of bad news dessert!

Best to you and yours in oh-11 Fly.

As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.