November 07, 2005

New Lies Attempt to Smooth a Bad Week for Bush

John King of CNN has eaten too many bananas. The load of compost he dumped on TV viewers via CNN has aged considerably since the original lies that got us into Guatemala in 1952. Now a re-colonization of South America is being planned, and along with it the same stale CIA lies promulgated by smirking reporters, who, knowing the truth, nonetheless collaborate to mislead the American people because only they know which side their bread is buttered on.

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October 14, 2005

Peace Activist Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

In his politics a proponent of peace, and in his art a master of silence, Harold Pinter has received his just reward from the Swedish Academy with their announcement of the Nobel Prize in literature. It was Pinter's adaptation of "The French Lieutenant's Woman" in 1981 that helped launch the careers of Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons. Pinter also began his career as an actor, and in the 50 years since has become one of the world's most widely respected playwrights, winning accolades from Tom Stoppard and Vaclav Havel. The occassion was true to form, by his own account: "I was called 20 minutes before the official announcement. The chair of the Nobel committee phoned and said, 'You have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature'. I remained silent, and then said, 'I'm speechless.'"

In a report from ABC news, Nobel permanent secretary Horace Engdahl added to the academy's explanation for Pinter's win, saying the playwright "restored theatre to its basic elements - an enclosed space and unpredictable dialogue, where people are at the mercy of each other and pretence crumbles". His style even saw the word 'Pinteresque' added to the artistic lexicon, meaning "a work of drama full of atmospheric silences peppered with half-stated insights".

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April 08, 2005

Theft of rural land from the poor in Colombia

In June of 2000, several writers for the Wall Street Journal won awards for daring reports of specific instances of terror: terror that continues systematically throughout Columbia. A frightening timeline leads to a trail of US funded terror squads operating in a similar manner today.

"Parmilitaries routinely induced fear in the rural population by entering villages and rounding up the residents in the town plaza. They would then brutally kill a handful of villagers, often dismembering them with machetes and chainsaws, before ordering the rest of the people to leave the region...
By forcibly displacing the rural population in this manner, the paramilitaries hoped to eliminate local support for the guerrillas. This strategy has aggravated the already grossly inequitable distribution of arable lands as large landowners, as well as multinational corporations interested in oil, coal and natural gas resources, have taken over much of the abandoned land."

update - 10-30-2010 - the link to Colombia Journal didn't work because they've moved their stories around. Here's a newer story that relates to theft of rural land by Uribe and his henchmen.

Morales Gains Credibility in Bolivia

In October of 2003, Evo Morales led an uprising in Bolivia that ousted former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. In a vain effort to retain his position, Lozada had ordered his troops to shoot to kill. In spite of this, the US State Department assured Lozada of support in his "effort to restore order". More than 80 protesters died, and Lozada fled in disgrace to the US, where he has been in hiding since.

"We want to charge him with economic damages and crimes against humanity," Morales said. "We are soon going to see him in prison."

Morales may yet prevail, since the Bolivian congress has recently voted to put Lozada on trial

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March 08, 2005

Extraordinary Rendition Comes out of the Closet

Violating the rights of US citizens while they are abroad: a practice now called "extraordinary rendition" has a long and sordid history. Today it is an official Bush administration policy, applicable to suspects regardless of citizenship.

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