Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Also NPR fails to look into whether this incident is an aberration or does it fall within a pattern of behavior. I know from reading the Marines' magazine Leatherneck, that all armed opposition forces to the US military actions are now called "terrorists." Also NPR might have done well to look at the Human Rights Watch report from way back in 2003 that looked at "legally questionable" civilian killings by the US or their report on the Fallujah killings long before the US destruction of that city.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
- I had to wake this morning hearing NPR talk about this day being for those who died "defending their country." I wish NPR wasn't helping the myth that our war dead were killed while defending our country? How were Korea, Vietnam, Haiti, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, and Iraq defending our country? Couldn't they just say" killed in conflicts while serving in the US military?"
- Yesterday Linda Wertheimer presented a piece on Memorial Day/Decoration Day in which she said, "We do what every country does in war time: we count the cost, primarily we count the cost in lives--2654 when I checked this morning." This fails to mention that the dead we count are only US/ally deaths. In this particularly nasty Iraq War we'd have to go about a hundred times higher to count the dead of Iraq who've been slaughtered in this US campaign. The racism of not counting "them" never ends...
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; and not in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear-weapon State to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices.
which the US has clearly violated in its assitance with covering up Israel's Nuclear Weapons program
Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.which sheds a different light on what Mike Shuster describes as Iran's inflexibility on giving up uranium enrichment.
On the positive side NPR's Michele Kelemen interviewed retired U.S. Ambassador John Limbert who was posted to Iran back in 1979. Limbert offered a rare dissent from the current war planning. He encouraged direct talks and sharply criticized the talk of military action against Iran. It is refreshing to hear from someone who actually knows Farsi and has had experience in Iran--and besides he's hardly a "leftist."
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
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Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
(1) In covering General Hayden's confirmation hearing Larry Abramson defined the torture of waterboarding as "dunking a detainee in water to try and get them to talk." Dunking? I remember dunking friends and being dunked when I was a kid--and I recall it as generally being fun. From what I've read waterboarding means strapping someone down (probably someone nude, cold, and sleep deprived) and using plastic and water to bring them to the point of near-drowning.
(2) In introducing David Greene and Melisssa Block's report on Bush's trip to the US-Mexican border at Yuma, AZ, Robert Siegle descibed the location as the "most violated " section of the border? I had to laugh (and groan)--what an image!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
It really bugs me that the best NPR can find is a "military analyst" who writes for the Washington Times and appears on the O'Reilly Show to deride French student protesters and Hugo Chavez with O'Reilly's approval. O'Hanlon has no expertise on Iraqi culture or history and doesn't apparently know Arabic. God forbid that NPR turn to someone such as Robert Fisk or Juan Cole, instead of turning to the old status quo hacks at the Brookings Institution.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Finally, toward the end of the piece it was mentioned that McCain's appearance not only upset some conservatives at Liberty University who consider McCain too liberal, but that his coming appearance at the New School was upsetting some students who consider him too conservative. This supports the silly idea that if you are upsetting liberals and conservatives then you must be getting it right--as if factual events and truth lie in some shifting middle ground between left and right. Couldn't NPR interview a few of the leaders of the New School protest to ask what it is they don' t approve of about McCain's record? Then we can decide what we think. How McCain is perceived may be important to him and his campaign advisers, but I could care less--I want to know what he has done, how he has voted, and what he has said on record.
Friday, May 12, 2006
I don't mind having someone explain how the data mining works, but shouldn't NPR have focused on the real importance of the story--a CONSTITUTIONAL analysis of the program ( Fourth Amendment...hello!) Shouldn't there be at least some little peep of critical analysis of what is happening to our civil liberties?
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Later in the show listeners also got input from Melissa Boyle Mahle, former CIA operative and author of the book Denial and Deception. She describes Hayden as an "excellent proposition." Of course Mahle joined the CIA in 1988, back when it was ravaging Central America with torture, rape, massacres, etc., and when it was helping to build Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and shoring up Saddam Hussein in his war on Iran.
Lastly, nothing was said about the sordid past of currrent Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte--murder, torture and death squad coach in Honduras and Central America in the 80s. Instead listeners were told that if Hayden leaves, then Negroponte will have "big shoes to fill." Hmmm?