Commentary on news and culture from a left wing perspective.

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Is it my imagination, or does this article offer no explanation for why the WTO measures around access to drugs have stalled?

Thursday, August 28, 2003

the most basic advice that people of goodwill have given to Israel/US regarding peace with the Palestinians is that the former cannot decide on the representatives of the latter. This article once again indicates why.
This headline is classic Times disinformation. Notice the comments by Oxfam two thirds of the way into the article.
Doesn't look like the US will get security council approval for a US-led force: France shows some backbone over what-to-do-next-in-Iraq.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Maybe the ethno-maoist-drug-and-gunning-running groups who grow in some of the poorest and most marginalized regions of the world aren't so much anachronisms which will be squashed by some sort of international law reigme but one of the emergent forces that will define life in the new century. Just a thought.
Memo to Fox News: (spoken with the proper Nelson Muntz intonation) Ha Ha.
The New York Times celebrates the life of an eldery fascist.

Friday, August 22, 2003

Regarding the Vincente Navarro story I linked to a couple of days ago, reader Franco Aleman says:

>>Spain's Congress unianimously approved a resolution condemning Franco's regime. Unanimously, of course, means that it includes Aznar's PP in the vote.

I'm not particularly supportive of Aznar's policy but, man, facts are facts.

Is all lost in Nicaragua? An interesting article in Counterpunch says no.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Excellent article from Asia Times on the evolving Iraqi resistance.
Vicente Navarro on the curious US media silence about the fascist ghosts that haunt the current Spanish government.
This is an interesting sentence in a report on the Venezuela recall effort today:

>>For an opposition led by a haphazard coalition of big businessmen, labor groups and news organization owners, today's action was the latest stage in a 19-month effort aimed at toppling Mr. Chávez.<<

No warning bells go off in the heads of the American liberals bashing Chavez that 'news organization owners' are an important portion of the opposition?
Buried in a Times story about how the US is going to ask the UN to approve lots of troops from other countries with the US still in command (and if the UN approves that resolution, I'm tempted to advocate the organization just dissolve) is some good advice:

>>Asked how the bombing of the United Nations headquarters might have changed Islamic countries' thinking on providing assistance, Pakistan's United Nations ambassador, Munir Akram, said the question being asked in the Islamic world was: "What can the United States do to make the presence of its forces there more acceptable to the Iraqi people?"

Among other possible concessions, he said, were "an indication of a timetable for withdrawal, and a greater degree of international participation in economic decision-making."<<

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The more prominent bombings in Baghdad and Israel are likely to once again push the rising chaos in Afghanistan to the back-burner.

Saturday, August 16, 2003

The ASA was proud enough of this 'research' to put it on the front of their website. So much for the left-wing bias of the social sciences!
I always love New York Times articles that pretend that being a Wall Street trader is one of the toughest, most demanding jobs out there.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

The Bush administration announced yesterday it would not work through the UN to get more troops into Iraq. Since its plan to convince countries to send some troops outside the UN has so far been a manifest failure, its hard to see what their options really are. Remember this the next time someone tells you to 'support the troops': the Bush administration is letting US troops get picked off at the rate of about one a day because it doesn't want to loose any control over 'liberated' Iraq. It is an incredibly cynical policy, which, we'll add, is likely doomed.
WalMart is worried about their image problem. I have a little advice: pay your workers for the work they do, assholes! On another blog I used to maintain, I posted a couple of articles about Walmart's practice of weaseling out of paying workers for all the work they do. Since then, I've had a steady stream of e-mail from Walmart workers confirming the stories. Of course, there are a dozen of other reasons why this store is creepy and should be avoided.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Asia times has a very timely and perceptive analysis of the failure of US strategy in Afghanistan.
This blog is fair and balanced.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Sometimes the Onion's articles can be more genuinely insightful than 99% of journalism, as in this piece about the poor performance of Hollywood in making product that means anything to anyone lately.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Juan Forero with a 'balanced' report on Colombia's president. Note that it only took nine paragraphs to get around to mentioning human rights groups.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Does the US have a problem with India making peace with its neighbors?
From Venezuela: "We don't want a government, we want to govern"--it could be the rallying cry for popular movements for the new millenium.
How is it the New York Times always manages to publish the least funny humor pieces ever on its op-ed pages?

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Nicholas Kristof, one of the Times mighty 'liberal' columnists, defends bombing Hiroshima. Not too surprising, given his previous columns defending sweatshops, fascism, McDonalds....

Sunday, August 03, 2003

The Times gets it backward: "If Iran and North Korea get nuclear arsenals, countries across the Middle and Far East may seek their own." In fact, since the US and Israel have refused to commit to nuclear disarmament, many countries, including Iran and North Korea, have sought their own. That the US response is to try to develop 'better', bunker-busting bombs, does not bode well at all.
Is the US actually going to show a little backbone with regard to the 'security fence' (wall, cough, cough) the Israelis are putting up?

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Chants of "Death to America" at the funeral for Saddam's sons. file under: And who was surprised about this?
Mel Gibson belongs to a splinter Catholic group who maintain the Jews killed Jesus. Who knew?

Friday, August 01, 2003

Has Saddam lost?
By their coverage, the Asia Times is suggesting that the mutiny in the Philippines last week was far from a cut-and-dried rebellion against democracy.
Will the future the Republicans are mapping out for the US look more like California, or Texas?
Waiting for the first positive review of Gigli.

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