Inconvenient Truth—The Censoring of Journalism in the Territories

Inconvenient Truth—The Censoring of Journalism in the Territories

As Aeschylus observed nearly 2,500 years ago, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” In the Palestinian territories, truth is being occupied by various factions and is in jeopardy of being eliminated altogether. Stroll down the streets of Gaza, and it all becomes evident. While in the United States, a kind of “censorship” is taking place as the more serious minded newspapers and magazines are being supplanted by tabloids and bubblegum for the brain, in Gaza, one is by the sheer absence of news—even that of the sensationalist variety. Scan our racks, and one finds that major papers like Al Quds, Al Hayat-Al Jadeeda, and Al Ayyam, which are all loyal to Fatah, are missing. This is certainly not the first time newspapers have been surpressed in the occupied territories, though this time Israel is not to blame.

One Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty

One Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Eighty

1,193,480—that’s the number of Iraqis murdered by the neocons to date. From Just...

Kosovo, Russia, and the Last Grasps of American Unipolarity

Kosovo, Russia, and the Last Grasps of American Unipolarity

Kosovo is the latest irritant in what was already a deteriorating U.S.-Russia relationship. Disagreements over energy policy, Iran, a U.S. missile-defense system in central Europe, a further round of NATO expansion, as well as Russia’s own domestic political and economic evolution have all contributed to a growing chill in the air. Although few in Washington recognize it, the Kosovo affair might also represent the twilight of the U.S. worldview of the 1990s—the so-called "unipolar moment." Dealing with its aftermath, especially in the U.S.-Russia relationship, will test whether American politicians and policymakers are prepared to adapt to the realities of a much more multipolar 21st century. So far, the jury is out.

Joining the Revolution—An Endorsement of Ron Paul

Joining the Revolution—An Endorsement of Ron Paul

Back in 2004, traditional conservatives were faced with navigating between a Charybdis...

Politics

Crisis Mongering

Crisis Mongering

When President Bush sold the Iraq War to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the crisis of global terrorism required immediate action. Said Bush in 2002 “Some have argued we should wait - and that is an option. In my view, it is the riskiest of all options - because the longer we wait, the stronger and bolder Saddam Hussein will become.” Critics wailed that invading Iraq would result in a decades-long occupation, the exorbitant cost of which would be too high, plaguing this and future generations. To date, Bush’s critics have been proven right. When President Obama sold his recent stimulus package to the American people, he claimed that refusing to act was unacceptable as the economic crisis required immediate action. Said Obama in January, “we have to act and act now.” Critics wailed that the $787 billion stimulus package would result in a weaker long-term economy, and the exorbitant debt would plague this and future generations. Time will tell whether Obama’s critics are proven right. What time has already told us is that so-called government “experts,” who allegedly have some superior insight, often lead America hastily down disastrous paths under the auspices of averting some “crisis” that coincidentally, always deserves immediate and drastic attention. Given their frequent colossal mistakes and gross miscalculations, Americans would be wise to look upon any current or future crisis-mongering with an inquisitive eye. And the drama and theatrics that accompany these crises should make Americans skeptical of their leaders’ true intentions.

The AIPAC Spy Trial—Justice Delayed, And Likely Denied

The AIPAC Spy Trial—Justice Delayed, And Likely Denied

While the AIPAC spy case may never make it to court—the defense, which is the best...

Senator Marion Barry (D-D.C.)

Senator Marion Barry (D-D.C.)

The House of Representatives reconvened this week after its Easter Recess. A key legislative item is the renewed effort to begin the process of transmogrifying the District of Columbia into the functional equivalent of a State of the Union-- and to do so without the benefit of an amendment to the Constitution.

A Visit to the Future

A Visit to the Future

In A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country, Gen. Wesley Clark , remembers two...

Economy

Freddie and Fannie—Too Big to Bail

Freddie and Fannie—Too Big to Bail

One amusing aspect of the New York Times’s coverage of the government takeovers of...

Vatican Intensfies Response to Security Threats

Vatican Intensfies Response to Security Threats

In response to security concerns arising from recent Al-Qaeda threats to the person of...

Norman Podhoretz: Unknown Soldier of the War Party?

Norman Podhoretz: Unknown Soldier of the War Party?

How clueless is Rush Limbaugh? This clueless: “You know, when I talk about people who...

CPAC Submits Gracefully

CPAC Submits Gracefully

In his “endorsement” of John McCain this afternoon, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma...

Have a Hopeful Weekend

Have a Hopeful Weekend

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Joe Bob's America

How CVS Invaded My Brain

How CVS Invaded My Brain

NEW YORK—There’s some guy at the world headquarters of CVS drugstores screwing with...

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