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Cluster Bomb Ban Opposed by US, China, Russia

By Nick Cumming-Bruce - GENEVA | Believe the advocates of a treaty banning cluster munitions, and the international community is about to take a decisive...

‘Challenging Authority’

By Stephen Lendman - RINF | Frances Fox Piven is a Canadian-born Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University...

McCain: Most Troops Will Be Home by 2013

Senator John McCain declared on Thursday that most American troops will be home from Iraq by 2013 and that Iraq will be a functioning...

Extradition of Paramilitary Chiefs – a Blow to Truth

By Constanza Vieira | Fourteen former paramilitary chiefs were quietly extradited from Colombia to the United States before dawn on Tuesday on drug trafficking...

Ex-officials: Bush admin ignored Iraq corruption

AP | The Bush administration repeatedly ignored corruption at the highest levels within the Iraqi government and kept secret potentially embarrassing information so as...

The Culture of Capitalism

By Jonathan Rutherford | We are living through an age of transition. The new co-exists with the old. We can identify political, economic and...

Spy Chief Presents New Peace Plan

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani | Palestinian resistance factions signed on to an Egyptian ceasefire proposal last month aimed at bringing a...

Will the Mortgage Industry Pay for Its Crimes?

By Danny Schechter | There is a time in the life of every writer when you find yourself fearing that you have become a robo...

US/IRAQ: Pressure to Cut Costs, Troops Strains “Surge”

By Jim Lobe | Growing impatience in Congress over the enormous costs being racked up by the Iraq war, as well as the Pentagon's...

Pentagon Targeted Iran for Regime Change after 9/11

By Gareth Porter | Three weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, former U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not...

Iran rejects nuclear inspections unless Israel allows them

Associated Press | An Iranian envoy said Monday his government will not submit to extensive nuclear inspections while Israel stays outside the global treaty...

Denying Palestinians Free Movement in the West Bank

By Stephen Lendman | RINF - This article summarizes an August 2007 B'Tselem report now available in print. It's one of a series of...

Justice Department faulty torture justification exposed

By Stephen Soldz | Brian Tamanaha at Blakinization dissects the letters from the Justice Department to Senator Wyden that were reported in the New...

151 Congressmen Profit From War

Who profits from the Iraq war? More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money...

Obama’s Break With Ex-Pastor Sets Sharp Shift in Tone

NY Times | Senator Barack Obama broke forcefully on Tuesday with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., in an effort to...

TV Networks Silenced Anti-War Voices

By Jeff Cohen | In the fall of 2002, week after week, I argued vigorously against invading Iraq in debates...

US Oil Major Complicit in Abuses – Rights Lobby

By Marwaan Macan-Markar - IPS | An environmental group is warning U.S. energy giant Chevron to clean up its act in Burma or face legal proceedings...

Corporate America

By Chris Hedges | The corporate state is our shadow government. Candidates who aspire to higher office get corporate money if they promote corporate interests....

Bush Administration Policies Making Work Less Safe

By Leo W. Gerard | In the heart of Pennsylvania, while the media still relentlessly plagued Senators Obama and Clinton about flag pins and...

The Sick Science Tobacco Companies Pursue

By Scott Thill | Those who complain about how the internet or advances in technology haven't done enough to make us smarter or better...

Emails suggest cover-up of Vets suicide rate

By Naomi Spencer | Internal emails from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) turned over to a federal district court in San Francisco this week...

Rights Groups Wrangle with CIA over “Ghost Prisoners”

IPS | The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has refused to release more than 7,000 documents related to its programmes of secret detentions, renditions, and...

Use of DNA results is expanding

By Don Thompson - Associated Press | SACRAMENTO - California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Thursday he is changing state policy to expand the use...

Breaking the Silence – Israeli Soldiers Speak Out

By Stephen Lendman - RINF |  They're called "Refuseniks" but not for refusing to serve. They've done it proudly and courageously, and here's how "Courage to...

US ‘war on terror’ backfiring, says thinktank

By Mark Tran | The US "war on terror" has backfired, strengthening extremists in Afghanistan and Somalia and turning them into legitimate political actors in the...

White House Influence Is Cited in Corruption Trial

By Eric Lipton | A prominent Illinois Republican Party leader may have tried to use his friendship with the former White House political aide Karl...

Students Skip Class For Obama Event, Get Suspended

By Jason Linkins |  Joey Daniel and Colin Salter, two high school students in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, showed tremendous audacity yesterday when they skipped their gym...

Olympic protest movement turns its sights on to sponsors

By Tania Branigan and Paul Kelso | The linked rings on every Chinese Coke bottle and the leaping athletes on each McDonald's paper bag testify to...

Proposal to create EU-wide “troublemakers” database

Statewatch |   To "prevent individuals or groups who are considered to pose a potential threat to the maintenance of public law and order and/or...

The Reality of the War on Drugs

Drug War Chronicle | With the Democratic Party presidential contenders offering little more than tepid reforms on the margin of drug policy and the...

VA confirms 18 vets attempt suicide every day

By Jason Leopold | VA Tried to Conceal Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides, Email Shows. Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information...

British government lied about Persian Gulf incident

By Paul Mitchell | Secret Ministry of Defence documents released to the Times newspaper reveal that the British government lied about the circumstances surrounding the...

Clinton on Iran Attack: ‘Obliterate Them’

By Jake Tapper | One day before Pennsylvania primary voters go to the polls, Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., spent the day trying to...

‘US cannot win in Afghanistan’

Press TV | The US-led coalition is not winning the war in Afghanistan and now is the time to make a fundamental correction, says a...

Ending Slavery for Pennies

By Katrina vanden Heuvel and Greg Kaufman | The slave-like conditions in the agriculture industry would shock most Americans. On April 15, at a packed Senate...

Irish Peace Activist Denied Entry into the United States

By Matthew Rothschild | Damien Moran got stuck at O’Hare. And it wasn’t because of all the planes that are being inspected for defects. No,...

What if 5.3 Million More Americans Could Vote?

By Erika Wood | Millions of people in the U.S. can't vote because of felony convictions. Restoring their right to vote means restoring democracy. This is...

Fighting dirty wars: spying for the arms trade

By Eveline Lubbers The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is a well respected Quaker and Christian-based pacifist group, which believes in non-violent protest. In the...

The BBC as an Imperial Tool?

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News At a time of growing public disenchantment with the major media, millions now rely on alternate sources. Many online and print...

UN’s Arbour a “war criminal” says Barrister

The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is responsible for covering up the murder of the deceased President of Rwanda, the...

‘Iraq quagmire real threat to US’

The US is not capable of protecting itself from the threats to its security as far as it is entangled in Iraq, Democratic lawmakers...

Fisk: Hizbollah turns to Iran in war on Israel

By Robert Fisk in Teir Dibba, south Lebanon Tuesday, 8 April 2008 The Shia "martyrs" of this hill village are normally killed in the dangerous, stony...

Secret US plan for military future in Iraq

Seumas Milne The Guardian A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made...

Olympic Torch Run Halted as Protests Spread

KATRIN BENNHOLD and ELISABETH ROSENTHAL PARIS - What was supposed to be a majestic procession through the French capital for the Olympic torch turned into...

Clinton urges Bush to boycott Beijing Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged President George W. Bush on Monday to boycott the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies this summer...

Obama and Hillary Spin a ‘Big Lie’ About Iraq

The two Dems lie every time they discuss Iraq on the campaign trail, but the media refuse to call them on it. By Joshua Holland The...

Bush promises more troops for Afghanistan

Suzanne Goldenberg | guardian.co.uk, George Bush today promised to send more troops to Afghanistan after his departure from the White House next year, whatever the...

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

I'll admit it: I used to admire John McCain. To paraphrase the UFO poster from "The X Files," I wanted to believe. Specifically, I wanted to...

Adbusters’ Ads Busted

By James H. Ewert Jr. Kalle Lasn is a fighter for the right to communicate. A privilege, says the founder of Adbusters magazine, that goes...

The Forbidden Financial Topic: U.S. National Debt

Mike Adams As we wind our way towards an election between the numerous professional liars who have been put forward as candidates for U.S. President,...

Official: Mugabe loses control of parliament

Jenny Booth, and Jan Raath in Harare Zimbabwe’s opposition party today declared its leader Morgan Tsvangirai the rightful winner of the presidential election as...

Where Was Media When Sub-Prime Disaster Unfolded?

"It is somewhat surprising," Larry Elliott, economics editor of London's The Guardian observed recently, "that there is not already rioting in the streets, given...

Clinton didn’t pay health insurance bills

Among the debts reported this month by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, the $292,000 in unpaid health insurance premiums for her campaign staff...

Bush calls for more eavesdropping

US President George W. Bush has called on the Congress to pass a 'vital' pending legislation aimed at loosening domestic eavesdropping rules. Speaking before...

VIDEO: President Bush Booed at Baseball Game

There's a reason President Bush almost never appears before members of the general public: They really don't like him. Despite the delirious mood of...

A third American war crime in the making

The US Congress, the US media, the American people, and the United Nations, are looking the other way as Cheney prepares his attack on...

McCain says he wants Guantanamo closed

Supporting many European Union officials stance, US Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has called for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay...

Put Impeachment Back on the Table

Chairman John Conyers House Judiciary Committee U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Congress Washington, DC 20510Dear Chairman Conyers: Prominent Constitutional law experts believe President Bush has engaged in at least,...

House panel passes measure on collecting DNA

Despite last-minute objections from Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, legislation to expand collection of DNA samples from suspects charged with violent crimes moved...

Hillary Clinton; fibber in chief

A good memory is needed once we have lied,” observed Pierre Corneille, the 17th-century French tragedian. He was right. The complexities involved in keeping...

McCain walking out on Bush?

In a sudden turn of events, Republican Bush-faithful Senator John McCain is distancing himself from the US president's go-it-alone approach. In a Wednesday speech...

Children in care to get Biometric IDs

Children in care should get school photos and passports, Ministers said yesterday, as they launched plans designed to give thousands of vulnerable children in...

How Scientology Destroys Families

The Church of Scientology has a name for its critics: Suppressive Persons, or SPs. Those associated with them are PTS', or Potential Trouble Sources....

How Corporations Took Over The Supreme Court

The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, located across from Lafayette Park in Washington, is a limestone structure that looks almost as majestic...

Clinton missed key policy decisions

On the day that dozens of US cruise missiles rained down on Serbia in an attempt to punish Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic for the...

Tabloid Fabricated Heathrow Plot

Evening Standard condemned by press watchdog for coverage of the Camp for Climate Action's Heathrow protest. Claim of fabrication upheld. In a much awaited...

Panel approves DNA bill testing for convicts

COLUMBIA - South Carolina would make DNA testing available for prisoners who claim they're innocent under a bill heading to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The...

Obama: US less safe since Iraq war

The Iraq war has left America less safe and has emboldened al Qaida, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama...

Bush Defends Iraq War in Speech

President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq on Wednesday to make the case for persevering in a...

Russia said to receive U.S. missile shield plan

MOSCOW - Russia received written U.S. proposals on Wednesday which Washington hopes will allay Moscow's concerns over plans to deploy elements of a missile...

Is this the end of traditional governments?

In the first chapter of David Rothkopf's "Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making," the author quotes Mark Malloch Brown,...

McCain the Warmonger?

If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard about his tendency to, well, explode. He's erupted at numerous Senate colleagues, including many...

Clinton Would Ban Private Military Contractors

Hillary Clinton, in a speech marking the five-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, said that if elected, she would pull armed...

Guantanamo: The Bigger Picture?

 The U.S. base at Guantanamo has been called many things. The "gulag of our time" (Amnesty International General Secretary Irene Khan, May 2005). "The...

MI5 Wants Oyster Card Travel Data

Counter-terrorism experts call it a 'force multiplier': an attack combining slaughter and electronic chaos. Now Britain's security services want total access to commuters' travel...

Britain’s refugee shame

Gordon Brown has strongly criticised Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, but now ministers are seeking to expel 1,000 desperate people back to Harare on...

McCain Backed by Rothschilds – Washington Post

Sen. John McCain plans at least one campaign event on his week-long congressional trip to Europe and the Middle East: a March 20 fundraiser...

It’s Maine vs. the feds over national ID cards

Unless someone blinks, after May 11 air travel for Mainers will get a lot more complicated. So will entering a federal office building or...

MoD requests ‘voluntary’ DNA samples

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is asking armed forces personnel to voluntarily submit DNA samples leading to fears that they are becoming part of...

Khadr’s lawyers want names of U.S. interrogators

Lawyers for Omar Khadr are asking a U.S. military judge for the names of interrogators who questioned the Canadian citizen in Afghanistan in an...

CIA Holocaust Claims Twenty Million Victims

The world's number one terrorist organization, the CIA has committed heinous acts of terrorism abroad, murdering critics of US foreign and domestic policies and...

Government wants e-mail spying to last for longer

Amendments to the Federal Telecommunications Interception Act will be put before the House of Representatives today, as the government seeks to extend the limit...

War Contractor Makes Bid For Election Machines

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - United Technologies Corp. made public Sunday an unsolicited $3 billion bid for Diebold, one of the largest makers of automated teller...

NO STRAIN NO GAIN

SchNEWS looks at how corporations and governments are limiting and controlling the varieties of crops grown... Last week, in France, the independent seed-saving and...

UK: Attack on Iran, big mistake

British lawmakers say 'Washington and allies' should not use force on Iran cautioning it could 'provoke an extremely violent backlash'. "Any military strike against...

Hypocrite Bush Talks About Double Standards

The US President condemns leaders who 'sit down at the table' with 'tyrants' and 'have pictures taken' for adopting double standards. "What's lost by...

FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

Larisa Alexandrovna Who is Bayoumi? Much has been reported about Omar al-Bayoumi and his alleged relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia. In his recent book,...

Obama’s Blackwater Problem

Jeremy Scahill A senior foreign policy adviser to leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told me that if elected Obama will not "rule out"...

DNA database threatens civil rights in health care

Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Tether has secured a House of Commons debate on the impact of the proposed National DNA Database, which takes place...

Bush Calls Surveillance Bill an ‘Urgent Priority’

By DAVID STOUT and BRIAN KNOWLTON Using some of his toughest language in weeks, President Bush prodded Congress on Thursday to pass his preferred version...

BBC 9/11 Conspiracy Files Appeal Hearing Results

No surprise that the complaint was not upheld, The finding is a joke as you would imagine. For example, the BBC's idea of 'investigation'...

Pharma spends more on marketing than development

S.A Ramratan Why are pharmaceuticals so expensive? This question has been asked for many years. In fact this was the question asked by Senator Estes...

Questions Remain About Rove’s CIA Leak Email

by Jason Leopold  It's been nearly five years since former White House political adviser Karl Rove sent an incriminating email to then Deputy National Security...

McCain’s Other War Frauds

James Bovard Amongst all the media teeth-gnashing over the question of whether McCain did special favors for his blondie lobbyist, his wife’s sweetheart deal for...

Telecoms Backing Off Illegal Wiretaps for Bush

Without protection against lawsuits, are the telecoms less willing to cooperate with government spying efforts? By Mark Hosenball | Newsweek It's been barely a week since...

CIA Waterboarding Probe Revealed By Feds

Bush White House Maintains Waterboarding Was Legal When Used The Justice Department has opened an internal investigation into whether its top officials improperly authorized or...

Gitmo Trials Rigged from the Start?

By Ross Tuttle A damning new interview reveals that the Gitmo trials are only for show. Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding....

Clintons to face fraud trial

Judge setting date, testimony to include ex-president, senator While Hillary Clinton battles Barack Obama on the campaign trail, a judge in Los Angeles is quietly...

Oil, Gas and the New World Order

Large Potential Albanian Oil and Gas Discovery Underscores Kosovo's Importance By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News On January 10, Swiss-based Manas Petroleum Corporation broke the news. Gustavson...

Senate Gives Telecoms Immunity For Illegal Spying

Senate Passes Bill to Expand U.S. Spying Powers By ERIC LICHTBLAU After more than a year of heated political wrangling, the Senate handed the White...

President Bush to veto torture Bill

By Kerry Sheridan in Washington US President George W. Bush plans to veto legislation passed by the Senate to bar the CIA from using harsh...

4 million Iraqis struggling for food – UN

The Irish Times Four million Iraqis are struggling to feed themselves, and 40 per cent of the country's 27 million people have no safe water,...

How believable are government claims on ID cards?

By John Oates British people are maintaining steady levels of disbelief over goverment claims about ID cards, according to official Home Office research. Lobby group No2ID...

The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA

WRH  "You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." - CIA operative discussing with Philip...

Surveillance in the sky

Air travellers face ever-more intrusive surveillance - and an increased risk of being wrongfully detained Gus Hosein With only months left to the Bush administration, the...

Nutrition Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know About

Rich Stacel | Newstarget Today we know more about vitamins, minerals and nutrition in general then ever before, but at the same time there are...

Six Gitmo detainees face death, officials say

WILLIAM GLABERSON The New York Times Military prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty for six Guantanamo detainees who are to be charged with central...

‘A Century of War’ Part I

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News F. William Engdahl is a leading researcher, economist and analyst of the New World Order who's written on issues of...

More delegates for Obama, Huckabee

The Democrat sweeps Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington by wide margins. Huckabee takes Kansas and Louisiana. By Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Sen. Barack Obama...

Lies, Damn Lies and the Murdock Empire

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News For Big Media, truth is a scare commodity and in times of war it's the first casualty, or as esteemed...

New Charges of Guantanamo Torture

By Adam Zagorin | Time Magazine Majid Khan is seen in 1999 during his senior year in high school in...

Schwarzenegger Backed Immoral Spraying

Governor Schwarzenegger Backed Immoral Sex Pheromone Spraying Continues Rami Nagel | Newstarget Sometimes bad dreams do come true. My bad dream was that the government issued...

White House Defends ‘Waterboarding’ Torture

The White House is defending the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding in certain, rare circumstances when suspects are believed to have...

One in four against ID cards

By Nick Heath Support for the UK's national ID card programme continues to plummet as one quarter of people say they are strongly opposed to...

CIA admits using waterboarding for first time

Human Rights Watch says CIA director’s remarks were ‘explicit admission of criminal activity’.By Jim Mannion CIA director Michael Hayden for the first time admitted publicly...

FBI whistleblower spills secrets

Philip Giraldi Most Americans have never heard of Sibel Edmonds, and if the U.S. government has its way, they never will. The former FBI translator...

Germany rejects US demand to increase troops

By Tony Paterson in Berlin A bitter diplomatic row between Germany and the United States deepened yesterday after Berlin flatly rejected demands from Washington that...

Leaked UK Government Document on National ID

Leaked UK gov't doc reveals plan to "coerce" Brits into national ID register   Phil from the UK anti-ID-register group NO2ID sends in this nugget --...

CIA not authorised to use waterboarding

AFP US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday that waterboarding is not currently authorized for CIA interrogations, but said he would not answer questions from...

IPS leak suggests ID card fingerprint chop

Prints might just be needed for 'special' groups By John Lettice A key component of the UK ID card scheme, the central database of fingerprints, may...

Bush Justice Nominee Authorized C.I.A. Torture

By PHILIP SHENON and ERIC LICHTBLAU The Justice Department lawyer who wrote a series of classified legal opinions in 2005 authorizing harsh C.I.A. interrogation techniques...

Is the 2008 Election Rigged?

Rami Nagel Charismatic democratic leader, Barack Obama had a stunning lead going into the New Hampshire primary, with a huge media blitz, and a lot...

Louisiana GOP: Ron Paul stands 2nd

The Louisiana Republican Party says the state's preliminary results indicate that presidential hopeful Ron Paul has come in second. Louisiana Republican Party Chairman Roger...

Current financial crisis was topic of Bilderberg 2006

The current financial crisis that has happened due to the Sub prime mortgage crisis was a main topic at Bilderberg 2006 in Ottowa. The green...

TURNING A BLIND EYE TO TORTURE

Both images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff Canada to rewrite ‘torture’ manual   Amnesty International has criticised a decision by Canada to rewrite a training manual that put...

Canada Manual: US Prisoners Face Torture

AP A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as...

Iraq War: 1,760 Days and Counting

Sen. John McCain may have stunned some Americans with his projection that the U.S. occupation of Iraq could last 100 years or more. But...

Former US congressman indicted

An ex-congressman is indicted for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising and accused of sending $130,000 to a Taliban supporter. A US grand...

The year of living dangerously: Bush in crisis

This year probably won’t be any worse for George W. Bush than last year or the year before, but it’s likely to be a...

Gates recommends additional troops for Afghanistan

By David Morgan U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended sending additional troops to Afghanistan to reinforce NATO forces but there is no final decision...

Nandigram… CPM’s hubris

Stephen Lendman and Arun Shrivastava RINF Alternative News Abstract: This review paper documents the events of Nandigram and role of the Communist Party of India Marxists...

The Pentagon Plan to Drug Troops

Chris Floyd   Penny Coleman at Alternet.com gives us a look at a new program designed to dull the moral sensibilities of American soldiers in combat...

Civil liberties groups criticize Bush

Dispute centers on upgrading of driver's licenses Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff unveiled details of the Real ID program yestereday in Washington. (Kevin Wolf/Associated Press) WASHINGTON...

History of Rudy Giuliani’s Temper

Before he decided that September 11 was his own personal self-aggrandizement machine, Rudy Giuliani pissed off a whole slew of people in a remarkable...

Ron Paul: How Do I Say Thank You?

Dr Ron Paul writes - In Iowa, many hundreds of volunteers worked day and night for our campaign. College kids took their Christmas vacations...

How to make a 100 Watt wind turbine‏

This page is all about a rather silly, quick project where in about 1 day I built a small wind generator using the following...

The western war of terror against its own citizens

W.J.C. Rhys-Burgess In an address to the UN Human Rights Council on 13 December 2007, the International Commission of Jurists expressed particular concern as to...

Bogus Neocon Terror War Costs $6,000 Per Second

Phil Plait Whenever the Bush administration balks at spending money on some needed issue, I always mention on my blog that the...

Thousands Exposed to Poison by Government Spraying

Rami Nagel Sometimes bad dreams do come true. My bad dream was that the government issued quarantine, and forced everybody to be vaccinated for some...

Torture, interrogation and intelligence

Lecture on torture techniques by Dr. Larry Forness of the American Military University (Dec 2005). The document explains the rationale behind torturing prisoners, torture...

Tasers don’t reduce shootings

Tasers don't reduce shootings, despite police and politicians' claims Despite claims by politicians and some police officers that Tasers would save lives by preventing shootings,...

Trust in the Mainstream Media at an all time low

Trust in the Media at an all time low.... 6 Bogus stories in 6 weeks On Monday October 29, 2007... The Multi-National Force Iraq turned over...

Troops investigated over smuggling stolen guns

By Jonathan Owen and Andrew Johnson British soldiers are under investigation over the theft of a weapons cache in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence launched...

Congress, Bush in clash over CIA interrogation tapes

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Congress and President George W. Bush were headed for confrontation Saturday as US lawmakers accused the Justice Department of blocking their...

AG Denies Details in CIA Tapes Inquiry

By LARA JAKES JORDAN Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government's investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were...

Afghanistan: The Dollar Line

Chimes of Freedom The Battle of Musa Kala is supposedly over and the city is once more in the hands of NATO forces. There...

Bush Vetoes Kids’ Health Bill Again

Rejection Of New SCHIP Bill Marks The President's Sixth Veto This Year President Bush vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have expanded government-provided health insurance for...

U.S. Government Checking Amazon Customer Records

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed Amazon.com to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers Mike Adams Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued...

Bush under fire over Iran claims

AFP The White House Thursday struggled to defend the dire warnings about Iran made by US President George W. Bush even after he had learned...

8 Senior Republican Appointees Challenge 9/11 Story

Eight Senior Republican Appointees Challenge Official Account of 9/11 - "Not Possible", "a Whitewash", "False" Eight former senior Republican administration appointees have severely criticized the...

Call for criminal inquiry as CIA destroys torture tapes

By Leonard Doyle in Washington   Senior US senators and congressmen are pressing for a criminal investigation of the CIA for obstruction of justice after it...

US: Immigration Detention Practices Endanger Life

The New York Times reported today that in 2005, the CIA destroyed at least two videotapes showing its operatives subjecting terror suspects to harsh...

Marijuana rules could seed a new industry

Thomas Munro Proposed rules for medical marijuana providers could open the door to private nonprofit or for-profit producers in New Mexico. Since the state's medical marijuana...

Satanic Pentagon To Resume Open Air Weapons Testing‏

Pentagon Appears Poised To Resume Open-Air Testing Of Biological Weapons But Says It Has Received No Presidential Directive To Break Moratorium By Sherwood RossThe Pentagon...

Hillary Clinton is booed at campaign event

By Alex Spillius Hillary Clinton has been booed by fellow Democrats as a new poll shows she had slipped behind Barack Obama, her main opponent...

Bush adamant that Iran remains dangerous

U.S. president refuses to budge on policy despite new intelligence on Tehran's nuclear ambitions Tim Harper WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON—George...

Greens, Democrats And Impeachment

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/369504.shtml "Now the gloves are off." Let me explain that statement. First, on the issue of Impeachment, either you get it or you don't. Sadly, the Democratic Parties...

America is Going Fascist

Michael Nenonen Republic of East Vancouver The signs are all there for anyone to see, and time is getting short for action Reading Naomi Wolf’s The End...

The NO2ID Pledge

What YOU can do to stop ID cards and the database state If the Labour government was serious about trying to recover the missing CDs...

Ex-Italian President: 9/11 An Inside Job

Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job Paul Joseph Watson Prison Planet Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio...

Depleted Uranium — Far Worse Than 9/11

Depleted Uranium Dust — Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan Doug Westerman In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National...

How America Lost the War on Drugs

After Thirty-Five Years and $500 Billion, Drugs Are as Cheap and Plentiful as Ever: An Anatomy of a Failure  Ben Wallace-Wells 1. AFTER PABLO On the...

Government-sponsored cyberattacks on the rise

Governments are using the Internet to spy and launch cyberattacks that target critical systems, according to McAfee's cybersecurity report By Jon Brodkin Governments and allied groups...

Warning to Bush: Bomb Iran and face impeachment

Biden's warning to Bush: Bomb Iran and face impeachment David Edwards and Nick Juliano Sen. Joe Biden, the loquacious long-shot Democratic presidential candidate, warned President Bush...

Torture Leads to Lies

By Susan C. Strong The administration's torture policy is driven by fear and false assumptions. It's time the public learned the truth about pain-tainted information. Despite...

US signs deal for long-term occupation of Iraq

By Jerry White President Bush and the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki signed an agreement Monday paving the way for the long-term occupation of the...

The Taliban rise again?

The Taliban now control most of Afghanistan - and may soon share power, says robert fox President Karzai of Afghanistan has announced that six years...

Flight logs reveal secret rendition

Stephen Grey THE secret flight plans of American military planes have revealed for the first time how European countries helped send prisoners, including British...

Are Bush and Cheney guilty of treason?

By Carol WolmanUS Constitution Article 3 Section 3. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering...

NO2ID calls for government data audit

An independent audit should be held into all personal information held by the government, NO2ID said. Responding the news that HMRC have lost the confidential...

Ron Paul – Challenging the American Empire

Ron Paul: The Only Presidential Candidate to Challenge the American Empire By David T. Beito and Scott HortonFlying under the radar of mainstream media...

Google Refuses to Run Impeachment Ad

By Ralph Lopez Google has refused to run the following sponsored ad and link paid for by the Northeast Impeachment Coalition and YaliesForImpeachment.org: Help Impeach Cheney...

Bush Cheney really is planning to attack Iran!

With the encouragement of Democrats-from-Mars LOOK OUT--HERE THEY COME AGAIN! Bush & Buckshot are riding their little stick horses, waving the bloody flag of 9/11,...

Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes

It’s Treason: Dems Stay Silent on Bush White House Crimes By Richard W. Behan Lying to the people and the Congress was the most despicable violation...

From Clinton to Bush

Greg Palast Just months before he left office President Clinton paid a sudden visit to Musharraf. Congressional Democrats were stunned. Musharraf had quickly shown himself...

Ukraine link to CIA secret prisons probed

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The Precious Freedom of Association

by Fred Reed

Explain it to me, diversity. I don't get it. Everyone in the feddle gummint and all the news weasels and the academia nuts and assorted distasteful do-gooders with goiterous self-admiration are always honking and blowing about how we need diversity. Why? What is it good for?

I think we need homogeneity. Probably the greatest desire of humanity other than getting sex is avoiding diversity. Mostly, people can't stand each other. I respect their judgement.

Diversity causes nothing but trouble. Think about it. Do old people want to hang around young people? No. Do young people want to hang around old people? Generally they would rather take poison. Do liberals and conservatives want to get within rifle range of each other? No. Except conservatives, because they have rifles. Southerners and damyanks cordially detest each other, except after a few beers, when they stop being cordial. Urban folk and country folk loathe each other. Management and labor, Marine boneheads and army pukes, dogs and cats, on and on, don't nobody much like nobody.

So why do we spend so much sweat and money trying to force people to do what they don't want to do? It's all bass-ackwards. What if we tried…well…freedom? What if the gummint just left people the hell alone?

Naahhhh.

Especially nobody wants racial togetherness. Shoving races together just makes them mad at each other. If they had any desire to be together, you wouldn't have to shove them, would you?

In any city I've been in, blacks and whites work together because they have to by law, and then they go home and complain about each other. Blacks live in black neighborhoods because they want to, and whites do the same if allowed. As soon as black kids get to college, they want black dorms. The whites already have white dorms, and they think that's just fine. Night clubs in Washington aren't racially opposed to either race, but you find very few of one in the clubs of the other.

What happens when a gang of Chinese come to America? They go live in Chinatown because they want to be among their own. They don't hate everybody else and everybody else doesn't hate them. They just aren't comfortable mixing. The second generation moves out, but that's because they aren't really Chinese but Chinese-shaped Americans, eat Big Macs and listen to wretched music. By the third generation they'll be counting on their fingers like whites, maybe.

Fact is, men and women don't want to be together more than some. Men think that women are slightly nuts and they're certainly explosive and you always have to be careful not to set them off and they get ornery if you talk dirty around them, although they do it with each other. God knows what women think about men. Probably that we're crude and watch football and aren't in touch with our inner slug and don't care about feelings. It's all true.

When I was a kid in the South, at dinner parties everybody would eat together. Then the women went into the living room to talk, and the men stood in the kitchen and drank bourbon and told off-color jokes. It seemed to work. It was nice being around the women because they were more civilized than we were, or at least acted it. But there's such a thing as too much civilization.

Now, if you look around the world, nearly all the trouble we have is because of diversity getting stuck together with other kinds of diversity. It just isn't a good idea. In Gay Pair-Eee, (which in fact is probably less than half gay) the North Africans burn everything the French own. The French Canadians hate the rest of the country. The Hutsis and Tutus in Burundi or wherever butcher each other with abandon and machetes. Moslems and Hindus go at it in Kashmir. It isn't even a good idea to let Redskins fans and Cowboys fans get too close together if ethylated.

What do you think would happen in the United States if all the stuff 'em-together laws were dropped? I'll tell you. In about ten minutes the races would resegregate like whiskey and diesel oil. I'll bet offices and companies would get to be mostly women or mostly men before long because most of each flavor don't know how to get along with the other real well. It's more of an effort than with just one or the other.

In at least three ways, what diversity does besides irritate everybody is to Sovietize the country. One way is that the gummint has to make hundreds, nay thousands of stupid laws to intrude where it's got no business because if it doesn't, people will find a way not to mix. You got to watch them like a hawk. If you say they've got to hire twenty percent minorities, they'll hire the minorities best at whatever their business is. The others won't get hired. So the gummint has to make detailed laws and make everybody fill out brainless forms and be watched by bureaucrats, probably affirmative-action hires themselves, who bungle everything because that's what government does.

The second way compulsory mixing Russifies things is that it makes everybody worry about being informed on. Since different groups don't much like each other, at least lots of the time, the gummint, or management, has to make saying so a crime punishable by firing. Otherwise folks would get mad and say what they thought of each other. You'd have the equivalent of bar-room brawls every whichawhere. So people are very careful who they talk to at the water cooler. The OGPU is listening.

Finally, mandatory diversity gelds the press. When by law or policy a newspaper has to hire homosexuals, women, blacks, browns and what have you, it loses the ability to offend any of them. In effect this is censorship. It doesn't have to be imposed. Practically speaking, you can't point out very pointedly that eighty-five percent of some sordid behavior is committed by people like your boss. Or even the next reporter over. You have to live with them. So you write correct pabulum.

Sez me, we'd be better off if we had newspapers peopled exclusively by everything from loon commies singing the Internationale to bomb-everybody conservatives to race-based papers edited by Al Sharpton and David Duke. They could all fight with each other and keep each other straight. Fact is, with a diverse staff you don't get diverse published opinion. Homogeneous staffs would give you diverse newspapers. Then maybe readers wouldn't jump to the internet, the only diverse press we have.

December 14, 2005

Fred Reed is author of Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down a Well.

Copyright © 2005 Fred Reed

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