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Work of Evil: Beyond the Worst-Case Scenario in Somalia

Jim Lobe at brings fresh news of what has become, proportionately, the most savage, brutal and ruinous front in the global campaign of military aggression known as the “War on Terror”: Somalia.

We have been tracking the situation in Somalia here since American military and security forces and their Ethiopian proxies invaded the country in December 2006, in a “regime change” operation to overthrow the first quasi-stable government Somalia had seen in 15 years. As we noted earlier

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Rebel Yell: Resistance and Renaissance in the Age of Terror

The whole world absent-mindedly turns its back on these crimes; the victims have reached the extremity of their disgrace: they are a bore. – Albert Camus, The Fastidious Assassins.

The “War on Terror” is a brutal and criminal enterprise launched by George W. Bush and fully supported by John McCain and Barack Obama, both of whom have pledged not only to continue its deadly operations but to expand them to new killing fields. Iran, Pakistan, Russia’s “soft underbelly” in the Caucasus – these and other regions have been

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Gobblers on Parade: Portrait of a Highly Successful System

Now let’s talk turkey. Get down to brass tacks. Cut to the chase. Lay it on the line. Tell it like it is. In other words, let’s talk money; viz., how our society has been deliberately and institutionally structured to employ money as a means of social and political ordering on behalf of the razor-thin sliver of the wealthy elite (and the many courtiers and sycophants who feed avidly on their crumbs).

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Minnesota Monster Mash: Police-State Zombies in a Dead Republic

I know the police cause you trouble;
They cause trouble everywhere.
But when you die and go to heaven,
You won’t find no policeman there.

— Goebel Reeves, “Hobo’s Lullabye”

Glenn Greenwald tells a harrowing tale of  police-state tactics in Minneapolis, with armed security forces conducting Baghdad-like raids on the houses of activists, terrorizing many and arresting some for thought crimes

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Lady and the Gramp: The Sinister Diversion of the Palin Selection

John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin seems to have thrown the media-political-blogospherical establishments into a tizzy. It’s hard to see why. Sure, Cleese would have been better than Palin — more gravitas, louder voice. And of course, the late, lamented Graham Chapman would make a better president than any of the four ticket-toppers of the two major parties. I mean, even now he would be better, despite being dead and British and all.

But I must say that I strongly disagree with the argument that

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Biden, Obama and The Blood-Dimmed Tide

I've been away for seven days, without access to email or the internet, in a country where I couldn't speak the language, in a place with no newspapers in English anywhere to be found. It was a blissful detoxification from the media echo chamber — and from the even more deadly poisons of politics and power that the chamber so confusingly and cacophonously presents.

Only once, briefly, did I find myself in a room where CNN was blaring on a tiny television set. As it happened, it was the exact

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Past Imperfect: Prophet Margin

(Originally published in The St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 24, 2004.)

Transcript, “Rush Limbo Hour,” NBC Radio, Jan. 17, 1943

Announcer: Good evening, America! Welcome to the Rush Limbo Hour — brought to you by Bush-Walker! OK girls, take it away!

Who put the armor on Hitler’s Panzer tanks? Bush-Walker! Bush-Walker!
Who helped the Nazis hide their assets in our banks? Bush-Walker!
Bush-Walker! And

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Caging the Dream: Dems Wrap Freedom in Razor Wire

Here’s an historic speech by a noted African-American leader on August 28, 1963:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

….This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone
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Priming the Pump With Missle Defense: Empty Gestures Full of Blood

George Monbiot takes up a theme we dealt with here the other day: the centrality of the Pentagon war machine — and its attendant corporate war profiteers — in American policy and politics today.

Monbiot’s specific subject is the U.S. “missile defense system” — the greatest boondoggle in human history, and an endless fount of corruption for decades. But he also provides an excellent general description of America’s degraded, dysfunctional state, which is never on more naked display than during the quadrennial freak show of a

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Any Pope in a Storm: Benny Bashes Berlusconi’s Neo-Fascism

An ex-Hitler Youth certainly knows a thing or two about fascism — so when Pope Benedict XVI weighed in with a warning about the resurgent state-backed racism and repression in the birthplace of the pernicious right-wing doctrine last Sunday, it provoked a firestorm in Italian politics.

As we have noted here earlier, that ever-indictable oligarch, Silvio Berlusconi, is back in power once again, and once again he is leading a coalition of corporate cronies, rabid nationalists and factions that proudly proclaim their descent from Benito Mussolini’s

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