And I like this ZNet piece by Noam Chomsky:
While intensively engaged in illegal settlement expansion, the government of Israel is also seeking to deal with two problems: a global campaign of what it perceives as “delegitimation” – that is, objections to its crimes and withdrawal of participation in them – and a parallel campaign of legitimation of Palestine.
The “delegitimation,” which is progressing rapidly, was carried forward in December by a Human Rights Watch call on the U.S. “to suspend financing to Israel in an amount equivalent to the costs of Israel’s spending in support of settlements,” and to monitor contributions to Israel from tax-exempt U.S. organizations that violate international law, “including prohibitions against discrimination” – which would cast a wide net. Amnesty International had already called for an arms embargo on Israel. The legitimation process also took a long step forward in December, when Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil recognized the State of Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank), bringing the number of supporting nations to more than 100.
International lawyer John Whitbeck estimates that 80-90 percent of the world’s population live in states that recognize Palestine, while 10-20 percent recognize the Republic of Kosovo. The U.S. recognizes Kosovo but not Palestine. Accordingly, as Whitbeck writes in Counterpunch, media “act as though Kosovo’s independence were an accomplished fact while Palestine’s independence is only an aspiration which can never be realized without Israeli-American consent,” reflecting the normal workings of power in the international arena.
Like sushi, that just makes me want more.
Beau e-mailed me something to pass on to Kat but I couldn't get her. She must be out of cell range. So I'll note it here and she can note it tomorrow. Guns & Butter -- a true independent radio program -- has its website back. Bonnie Faulkner's the host and she always makes you think with programs about the economy, about the ruling class, about China, about 911 Truth. She will sit down and explore the topics others ignore. And she's got a great radio voice. So if you've never listened before, go check out the website. She's truly an independent journalist.
I like journalists who make you ponder. Like David Macaray's piece at Dissident Voice:
Consider: What if superior jobs weren’t the answer? What if the criterion was income versus expenditures instead of superior jobs versus inferior jobs? Even if the economy (not to be confused with the stock market) never recovers, the average worker would remain relatively secure so long as such things as health care, paid maternity leave, free public education (including college) and child care were guaranteed.
If the main expenses for these workers were food, clothing, shelter and transportation, the economy would continue to chug along, and we wouldn’t have to sweat creating those $60,000 a year jobs. People could make it on $35,360 a year, which is what a full-time, 40-hour a week, 52-week a year worker earns at $17/hour. Or what two unskilled workers earning $8.50/hour make. (The federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour)
Question: Could we afford these social programs? Answer: Yes. Question: Who would pay? Answer: The same taxpayers who currently underwrite America’s gargantuan defense budget. The same taxpayers who’ve already been ripped off for, literally, trillions of dollars, and who are being asked to support 1,000 military bases around the world for God knows what reason.
Common sense tells us that to learn about surgery, we ask a surgeon, not an insurance agent or hospital administrator. Accordingly, to learn about war, we ask a warrior, not a defense contractor or Pentagon lobbyist. Despite his career as a loyal, dedicated soldier, Butler saw war for what it was — a racket. And if that racket were eliminated, we’d have more live citizens, fewer dead soldiers, and more cash than we thought possible.Even with our debt, we need to realize that there is more than enough money to take care of the people -- if taking care of the people were our real priority.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"