September 27, 2003

it was much more fun hanging out with montesinos and fujimori Are we committing war crimes in Iraq?The Bush administration is doing some serious diplomatic arm-twisting to ensure that Americans do not fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. Washington is threatening to cut off aid to dozens of our allies, including countries that supported our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, if they don't go along with an exemption for Americans.
full story by former ambassador to Peru, Dennis Jett"available for a limited time online". His timing is impeccable, and his position is hard to predict.

September 26, 2003

legacy of railroad magnate EH HarrimanAt the end of the Last Chance run, the river makes it's way through the Railroad Ranch, also known as Harriman State Park. The ranch was purchased from the Oregon Short Line railroad in 1907 by Edward Henry Harriman. It was operated as a working cattle ranch until the 1960s. The property was transferred to the State of Idaho with stipulations that the wildlife and scenic quality of the area be protected.
Would Prescott call it Neo-Wilsonism?my daddy did just fine under woodrow
"Prescott's father, Samuel P. Bush, owned Buckeye Steel Castings Co. which made parts for the Harriman brothers' father's (E.H. Harriman) railroads. Harriman's financing for the railroads came largely from William Rockefeller. These shipped the oil of his brother John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil. (This was the origin of the two Georges' involvement in the oil business.) Samuel Bush became a leader in President Woodrow Wilson's "War Socialism" as director of small armaments and ammunition on the War Industries Board (which set up coercive price-fixing cartels over American industry during World War I). There, Bush assisted Percy Rockefeller (son of William) in his takeover of small arms manufacturers. ..more

September 24, 2003

Committee to Free Lori Berenson Lori Berenson still held prisoner
Lori Berenson is still in prison. A sad reminder of a lesson we haven't learned well enough from the days of Huey Newton: in order to remain effective as a challenge to the established order, you must not allow the Centurions to lay hold of your body. In the early years of Lori's imprisonment, she wouldn't be able to write to us.
Here's some of
  her latest
Is It Really Wilsonism?
(exhibit A)
Speaking to a group of college students on April 2, 2003, former CIA Director James Woolsey revealed, "...the United States is engaged in World War IV, and that it could continue for years." Woolsey described the Cold War as the third world war. He then said "This fourth world war, I think, will last considerably longer than either World Wars I or II did for us. Hopefully not the full four-plus decades of the Cold War..."

September 19, 2003

Sustainable Energy And Economy Network
September 18, 2003

"Severe environmental destruction is the legacy of 40-plus years of oil drilling by Shell Oil in an area of Nigeria known as the Niger Delta, home to over 14 indigenous ethnic nationalities, including the Ogoni people. Ogoni farmlands were expropriated without compensation, their environment polluted, their communities attacked by the military if they protested. The CIA reports that the Niger Delta has suffered the equivalent of 10 Exxon Valdez oil spills, without ever being cleaned up."...more
"On Monday, seven anti-privatization activists were arrested in Soweto for blocking the installation of prepaid water meters. The meters are a privatized answer to the fact that millions of poor South Africans cannot pay their water bills."
writes Naomi Klein

in The Nation

September 12, 2003

I'm here today cleaning up some blog history - removing the dead links, and in some cases, moving material to new sites with links from here that work. Does that make sense? Scroll through the old material and see what I mean.