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Health Care & Environment
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
ON WHAT WE'VE BECOME...
Invisible Blood: Willful Blindness and American War Crime
4.5 million displaced, 1-2 million widows, 5 million orphans, about 1 million dead.....
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
When our leaders gather in solemn conclave to debate "the issues" -- or yuk it up together at sumptuous bipartisan banquets -- they tread in this blood, they sit in this blood. Yet it is obvious now that nothing on earth will ever make this blood visible.In The Nation (and at alternet.org), John Tirman provides some pertinent statistics on the now almost entirely ignored war in Iraq -- a "victory" which Barack Obama is now being warned by his generals not to "squander" with his plans for pulling out some troops and leaving behind tens of thousands of others:
Arthur Silber puts these statistics in context, after noting Obama's lauding of the recent Iraqi elections, which according to the U.S. president showed that America can now "start putting more responsibility on the Iraqis." To this, Silber replies [see original for links]:
This is the excellent foppery of our times: to pretend that what we are dealing with in Washington is some variant of "politics as usual" -- who's in, who's out, the state of play in the political game, the ordinary meshing and thrashing of policy and partisanship in a normal democracy. But all the while, this monstrous crime rages in the background. The blood of a million innocent people killed by the machinations of the America elite flows out of Iraqi soil and permeates every inch of the imperial capital. When our leaders gather in solemn conclave to debate "the issues" -- or yuk it up together at sumptuous bipartisan banquets -- they tread in this blood, they sit in this blood. Yet it is obvious now that nothing on earth will ever make this blood visible, not only to the ones who have perpetrated or abetted its shedding, but also to the people at large, in whose name it has been shed, and who will bear the long-reverberating brunt of the blowback -- financial, political, "asymmetrical" -- from this atrocity.
Chris Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University. Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque, and is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on February 4, 2009.
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