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Signs of the Times for Tue, 12 Sep 2006

Butler Shaffer
Lew Rockwell
September 12th 2006
"For as children tremble and fear everything in the blind darkness, so we in the light sometimes fear what is no more to be feared than the things children in the dark hold in terror and imagine will come true." ~ Lucretius
When I was a small child, I delighted in scaring my two younger sisters with specters dreamed up by me with the help of radio broadcasts. My mind was a bottomless well of monsters, hobgoblins, and - scariest of all - those amorphous demons whose lack of clarity in shape made them all the more terrifying. I was a Ziegfeld of theatrical production, with sound effects produced by my ghostly vocalizing, the pounding on walls, or the scratching of my fingernails on a door; while my special effects took the form of crawling beneath their beds at night and kicking the bedsprings. The script was nothing special, it being sufficient that the acting would generate the desired screams.

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Dr Sattar Kassem interviewed by Silvia Cattori in Nablus.
The Palestinians voted massively in favour of Hamas in the elections in January 2006. It was necessary to respect their choice. However, the European Union decided to punish them by ending grants, consciously putting millions of Palestinians in misery. The victory of Hamas caught not only those governments that had counted on a Fatah victory but also those parties and progressive movements who have never really listened to Palestinian opinion or heard their true aspirations. In the face of the desparation of the Palestinian people, it is more urgent than ever to listen to those Palestinians faithful to their cause and to draw the appropriate conclusions. Mr Sattar Kassem, professor of Political Science at Al Najah University in Nablus, responded with frankness and courage to the questions asked of him by Silvia Cattori.

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By Elias Khoury
09/10/06 "Al-Ahram"
Hundreds of men and women walk over the rubble, carrying the coffins of 19 martyrs. Black clothes, tears and ululations. I stood to the side of the road observing the scene. I'm saying, 'to the side of the road', when it wasn't a road. I'm saying 'the scene' when it wasn't a scene. How to narrate feelings that have no name? When I went into the village of Aita Ashaab I couldn't believe my eyes. There was the name but no village. Nothing but a great ruin blocking the horizon. All the houses demolished, walls leaning on emptiness, emptiness leaning on dust.

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By Mike Whitney
09/11/06 "Information Clearing House"
To a large extent, the war on terror is a shabby promotional scheme designed to mobilize the nation for a permanent state of war while curtailing civil liberties. There's nothing original in this analysis, but it does explain the importance of media as a vehicle for Bush's public relations campaign. It also explains why high-ranking officials in the administration are still provided unlimited air-time to reiterate the same bland bromides over and over again without being challenged.

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By Habib Battah
Sunday 03 September 2006, 12:23 Makka Time, 9:23 GMT
After four weeks of devastating Israeli air raids across Lebanon, American news network NBC began its Nightly News bulletin with its anchorman, Brian Williams, asking: "Does the US really have any influence in this war?"

Hours earlier on sister network MSNBC, anchorwoman Chris Jansing seemed to be at a similar loss. "Can anything be done to stop the violence?" she asked.

But to an American audience, the thought of a Syrian or Iranian news anchor posing the same questions would be fit for a comedy skit.

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9/11 - Whodunnit? The Answer Is Clear

u-s-flag.png Poll: 45% of Americans blame Bush for 9/11

reptile_eye.png Bush unbowed in 9/11 address

u-s-flag.png Bush confesses to war crimes

u-s-flag.png Bush Aims to Kill War Crimes Act

stormtrooper.png CIA interrogators 'sign up for liability cover'

spying.png Passengers' chat will be recorded to foil hijackers

spying.png Agents scrutinize all in the US in the name of surveillance

attention_sign.png War's Critics Abetting Terrorists, Cheney Says

vampire.png Cheney reasserts Iraq/al-Qaeda links

red_x_sign.png Poll: Half Britons think Britain "losing terror war"

Terrorism - Standard Strategy Of The 'Democratic' State

alarmclock.png UK agents 'had role in IRA bomb atrocities'

reptile_eye.png IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon

vader.png Hundreds Of Lebanese Protest Blair in Lebanon

reptile_eye.png Israeli Politician calls for 'removal' of Arabs

vader.png 3 dead after U.S. Embassy attack in Syria

blue_questionmark.png Attackers killed outside US embassy in Damascus

reptile_eye.png Perpetrators of Mass Killings in Ukraine Finally Identified as Soviets (Zionists)

u-s-flag.png 5 years after 9/11, many around the world angry at U.S.

stormtrooper.png Musharraf lets Taliban attack Canadian troops: security expert

Every Day, Israel Murders Palestinian Civilians

reptile_eye.png Palestinian Child killed by Israeli army shells in Rafah, his brother is clinically dead

reptile_eye.png Two Innocent Palestinian Civilians Murdered by Israeli special forces near Jenin

reptile_eye.png Israeli Army opens fire at Palestinian school children in Dar Salah village east of Bethlehem

reptile_eye.png Report: 90% of Palestinian complaints to police 'unsolved'

alarmclock.png Propaganda Alert! Anti-aircraft missiles in Gaza - Israeli minister

reptile_eye.png Blair Meets Captured Israeli Soldier's Family - Snubs Palestinians

clock.png Palestinian rivals ready to form coalition

Iraq and Afghanistan - Mission Accomplished. Next Stop Iran

stormtrooper.png Marine colonel's Iraq report fuels US gloom

stormtrooper.png Why the Numbers Don't Add Up in Iraq

vader.png Iraqi prime minister in Iran for official visit

u-s-flag.png Afghan women protest against reintroduction of 'vice and virtue police'

cow_skull.png Millions of Afghans face hunger as crops fail

smiley-tongue-out.png Iran 'misunderstandings' cleared

smiley-tongue-out.png Iran offers 2-month atomic enrichment halt

smiley-tongue-out.png Tehran powers up South Lebanon with generators and fuel

Raindrops Keep Fallin on Our Heads

fireball.png Huge New Zealand explosion likely caused by meteor

fireball.png Mysterious light streaks across Washington sky

fireball.png Flashback: Fireball sparks plane crash alert

fireball.png Flashback: Fireball Seen Over Texas

fireball.png Flashback: Fireball sightings stretch to Wyoming

telescope.png Flashback: Fire in the sky: A bright fireball that blazed over the Northland on Friday night

fireball.png Flashback: Fireball: Object in sky nets 100 calls

Big Mama's Revenge

earth.png Experts Downplay Fla. Earthquake Fears

earth.png Flashback: 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake In Gulf Of Mexico

attention_sign.png Flashback: 5.2 Earthquake Dead Center In Gulf Of Mexico - Precursor to a New Madrid Big One?

alarmclock.png Flashback: Rock 'n Roll! Earthquake Swarm in the Virgin Islands

earth.png Study: greenhouse gases warm oceans, making hurricanes stronger

America At Home And Abroad

u-s-flag.png No Mercy

u-s-flag.png Where Americans live can affect how long they live

vader.png Ambassador: U.S. to cut dues if UN fails to reform

handgun.png Czech Govt Under Fire Over US Missile Plans

Peak Oil? Ask Ahmadinejad, Or Morales, Not Harper Or Calderon

lightbulb.png Peak oil theories wrong, says ExxonMobil boss

nuclear.png Iranian president to kick off int'l tour Wednesday

smiley-tongue-out.png "Capitalism Has Only Hurt Latin America"

u-s-flag.png New passport rules for Canada, Mexico

Chirac Censors, Wikipedia too, Baghdad Mourns, UK Is Screwed

reptile_eye.png Chirac allies on trial over alleged Paris vote-rigging

blackbox.png Why is Wikipedia Censoring Me?

flower.png Grim days for the gravedigger of Baghdad

skullbones.png Stolen body parts 'sold to NHS'

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