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The Front Lines of Reality: An International Perspective on the Battle over Free Speech

by Reverend Manny and The Twilight Empire

With the FBI crackdown on peace activists rapidly buried in the election reporting, I thought it might be nice to take a longer look at just how far into the international horizon the fight for free speech goes. The United Statesdoes not always find itself […]

Iraqi Security Forces Mutiny, Give Weapons Away

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government announced Sunday that it had dismissed 1,300 soldiers and policemen for refusing to fight or performing badly during last month’s offensive against Shiite militias in the southern city of Basra. Maj. Gen. Abdul-Kareem Khalaf, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said that 500 soldiers and 421 policemen were fired in […]

The World Watches How America Treats Its Friends

The US State Department rejects wannabe immigrants who have gambled their lives to help Americans. The stories are endless and tragic. Americans promise the world to Iraqis and Afghanis, winning their allegiance and support. Often recruiting them for dangerous translator positions, sometimes making outrageous promises they know can’t be kept. Some collaborators dies […]

Bush Blames You — Not Iraq — for Our Tanking Economy (Condi for President?)

Five years into Iraq, Bush denies any link between Americans’ economic pain and war spending.

… oil prices once again crested above $100 a barrel and more Americans than at any time since the Great Depression owed more on their homes than the homes were worth; in the year that the […]

Bush Skips Conflict Areas In Africa – Really?

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — President Bush said Saturday that his five-nation trip to Africa is meant to highlight success stories and that even though he’s skipping conflict-ridden areas, his administration is actively engaged in resolving turmoil on the continent.

In a news conference with the president of Benin in western Africa, Bush defended […]

Self Destruction Does Not Win Wars

Foreign Fighters in Iraq Are Tied to Allies of U.S.

BAGHDAD — Saudi Arabia and Libya, both considered allies by the United States in its fight against terrorism, were the source of about 60 percent of the foreign fighters who came to Iraq in the past year to serve […]

US State Deptartment Resorts To “Lets Talk” Diplomacy

State Dept. Tries Blog Diplomacy

The State Department, departing from traditional public diplomacy techniques, has what it calls a three-person, “digital outreach team” posting entries in Arabic on “influential” Arabic blogs to challenge misrepresentations of the United States and promote moderate views among Islamic youths in the […]

US Creates Its Own Enemies – Terrorist Groups Still Growing

LYBIAN GROUP JOINS AL QAEDA

Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said a Libyan Islamist group had joined the militant organisation and he urged mujahideen in North Africa to topple the leaders of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

“Today, with grace from God, the Muslim nation witnesses a blessed step … Honourable members […]

Turkey Split With U.S. Over Kurds Imminent

 

Premier Says Turkey Is Ready For Split With U.S. Over Kurds

By Molly Moore Washington Post

ISTANBUL, Oct. 12 — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that he is prepared for a rupture in relations with the United States if his government launches an incursion […]

GOP let the budget get out of control, says Greenspan

Greenspan says GOP “deserved to lose”

By William Neikirk

Alan Greenspan’s new memoir is tough on Republicans and President Bush and it could be turned into a campaign manifesto for Democrats in certain respects.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the former Federal Reserve chairman writes that the GOP deserved to lose […]