October 25, 2006

News Trawl

The Irish Times reports that Bush is "not satisfied" with the situation in Iraq. Mr. Bush, both Iraqis and Americans know just how you feel. Though I'm guessing, just guessing, that the Iraqis and the U.S. soldiers serving over there might consider that an understatement.

When even Russia wants to enforce tougher environmental standards, it really brings into focus what dinosaurs these Bush Republicans are. In other news of Russia, a perhaps concern-worthy build up of nationalism is perhaps behind Putin's calls to expand the use of the Russian language in the former Soviet republics, his increased, if somewhat entertaining, combativeness towards E.U. leaders, and an apparent interest in repatriating Russians living abroad while the country has ongoing problems with immigration and ethnic violence.

The pagan movement is laying the groundwork for efforts to save India's witches from persecution and mob justice.

Members of an Olympia, WA peace group who visited the country offer a pop-quiz about Iran.

Crooks and Liars: Keith Olbermann's latest special comment highlights Republican terrorism, if by terrorism, you mean the spreading of disproportionate and unreasoning fear. But if it's reasoned fear you're after, you might check out the list of the 13 scariest americans.

Informed Comment: The unconstitutional excesses of the Military Commissions Act include authorization for "barbarities so ancient and so grotesque that most Americans have never heard of them." Cole posts the second part of his interview with Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post and author of the book, 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone.'

Seeing the Forest: The latest housing bubble news is that sellers haven't yet come to grips with the price falls. According to James Lovelock, we've got 10 years to avoid climate catastrophe, if it isn't too late already, and the probable deaths of billions of people. A racially poisonous political campaign is being funded by an insurance company that stands to profit from Republican policies.

Boing Boing: An election day legal guide for bloggers wanting to cover the polls. A Los Angeles hospital was caught dumping patients on Skid Row when they did it to a patient who wasn't homeless.

Daily Howler: As many people have linked to, Somerby outlines the final, public admission that the press had it in for Gore in 2000, systemically lying and distorting to paint him in the worst possible light. In a follow up, he chronicles the claims that even though the press was lying, it was Gore's fault.

Blackademic: The decline of black families in Britain is the women's fault, or so says an advisor to a prominent Tory as she spoke to the Commons' home affairs committee. The cover of Jessica Valenti's new book sparks some argument, to put it mildly.

Feministing: Finally, there may be some rules mandating that american men who shop for foreign wives have to provide a criminal history to ensure that a prospective partner would get to know, say, if a guy has a history of domestic violence. A women's news roundup that includes a link to a worldwide abortion law archive as well as a pointer to an upcoming report on the so-called 'opt-out revolution.' New York State will be sticking with a law that reduces women's health care costs. Also, a new service called Emergency Kindness allows volunteers to sign up to deliver emergency contraception where it's needed.

Orcinus: Misogyny and fascism, together forever. Liberal tolerance of intolerant messaging won't work, but a shift in presentation styles just might.

Needlenose: The sectarian violence and extrajudicial killings in Iraq has lost all semblance of restraint. Foreign fighters showing up to help the Iraqi militias are so superfluous to homegrown efforts that only experienced fighters and would-be martyrs are being accepted. Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki is also pushing back, saying that his government won't accept a foreign timetable for getting their affairs in order.

Daily Kos: There are military families on food donations at Camp Pendleton and, if you can believe it, some people are pissed as hell. But that could be fixed this November, if the Senate report card on military issues holds for newly elected Democrats; incumbent Democrats vote in favor of bills that support military personnel and veterans more often than any Republicans, with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) getting the highest score. The German government knew about torture in U.S. run European prisions in 2001 and a German news organization appears to have the documentation to prove it.

Posted by natasha at October 25, 2006 06:41 PM | Recommended Reading | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |
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