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Archives: August 2010

Afghanistan and Paris Hilton’s Purse

Afghanistan and Paris Hilton’s Purse

US mass media is owned by only five corporations, and all of them have decided that advertising dollars flow to celebrity gossip more than to hard news. I've had cable television news…
Taliban Attack 2 US Bases

Taliban Attack 2 US Bases

Taliban attacked two US forward operating bases on Saturday a day after home-made bombs killed 3 US soldiers. The Afghan Persian press reports that NATO sources say 11 insurgents were killed and…

Maddow on Manhattan Mosque

Rachel Maddow talks to Sohail Khan of the Conservative Inclusion Coalition about the most embarrassing non-Justin Bieber related obsession of today, the rightwing campaign against mosque building in Manhattan. Visit msnbc.com for…

64 Dead, 274 Wounded in Iraq War on Police

On Wednesday, the Sunni Arab guerrilla insurgency of Iraq demonstrated it is alive and able to plan and carry out a nation-wide set of terrorist operations. The covert organization set off bombs…
Poison Gas Sickens School Girls in Kabul

Poison Gas Sickens School Girls in Kabul

What appears to be a Taliban poison-gas attack has sickened 60 girls at a school in Kabul, though most were quickly discharged from hospital and seem to be all right. Aljazeera English…
Nakhai: Bushehr Plant Going Hot

Nakhai: Bushehr Plant Going Hot

Nuclear engineer Behrad Nakhai writes in a guest editorial for Informed Comment A brief overview of Bushehr nuclear power plant startup (Simplified) Finally, nuclear fuel loading of Bushehr nuclear power plant started…

Stewart: Fox Smears Owner Alwaleed bin Talal!

Jon Stewart points out that Fox News anchors and guests are vilifying Saudi prince and financier Alwaleed bin Talal as a financial backer of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim-American clergyman who…

Cole on PBS ‘Need to Know’

I'll be interviewed by Alison Stewart on the PBS 'Need to Know' current affairs program on Friday evening in most markets, though the show may be on another day on your PBS…

Last US Combat Units withdraw from Iraq

The last US combat convoy left Iraq on Thursday, rather some time after George W. Bush declared an end to combat operations in Iraq in May, 2003. Of course, this flat statement…

Dear Climate Change Deniers

Dear Climate Change Deniers: This summer, Russia, a former icebox, is so hot that it is actually on fire. A third of Pakistan is affected by massive flooding caused by especially hot…
Book of the Day:  Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

Book of the Day: Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

Book of the Day: Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict, Moustafa Bayoumi, Editor. Click on the…
Pakistan Flooding Threatens Grain Crop

Pakistan Flooding Threatens Grain Crop

Two million more people have been affected by Pakistan's floods-- 13 million -- than were affected by the 2005 tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the Haiti earthquake combined. (The other disasters…

Rudolph: Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz?

Jeffrey Rudolph writes in a guest editorial for Informed Comment Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz? Misconceptions about terrorism, regularly promoted by the mainstream media, have  facilitated harmful US government actions—two wars,…
12 Million Affected by Pakistan Floods

12 Million Affected by Pakistan Floods

The horrific flood in Pakistan, the worst in its history, has now destroyed more homes (650,000) than the 2005 earthquake. And, some 12 million Pakistanis, nearly 10 percent of the country's population,…
Taliban influence Spreading in Afghanistan

Taliban influence Spreading in Afghanistan

A former Afghan warlord who turned to supporting President Hamid Karzai and two others were blown up at a soccer match in the northern city of Qunduz by Taliban. A bus full…