Posts Tagged ‘Bill Clinton’

News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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Radley Balko, senior editor of Reason magazine, on Bill Clinton distracting people from ‘the day we remember and lament the Clinton’s administration’s monumental fuck-up, and possibly reflect on massive power of government to simply eliminate people it deems weird or fringe or threatening to take to the pages of the New York Times to celebrate government, and to denounce and marginalize the people who dare to criticize it’. (h/t: Jeremy Weiland)

[pictured: children murdered by the U.S. government during the Waco Massacre]

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Anthony Gregory on the real meanings of Waco and Oklahoma City on their anniversaries and the partisan fearmongering to create loyalty and submission to the ruling class because, of course, no matter who you vote for, the government wins and humanity loses.

[pictured: children murdered by the U.S. government during the Waco Massacre]

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton the day before the vote, saying he would vote for impeachment, but that the charges were “too mild” (4:47):

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I was honored to see Jeremy Scahill speak here at “Socialism 2007” conference in my hometown of Chicago, IL in 2007, months after the release of his monumental Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, for the first time. In light of Mr. Scahill’s breaking story of former Blackwater employees alleging its founder is a murderer in sworn statements, that Blackwater (now operating under the name “Xe”) continues to operate under the Obama Administration, and my analysis of the affidavits, the question of many is: What is Blackwater?

Jeremy Scahill – “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” – 16 June 07 (47:23):

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U.S. assisting Pak military aid to Taliban; Obama Admin argued to Court ‘state secrets is Constitutional’; Blackwater founder implicated by former employee and marine in murder; Big Pharma ‘at the table’ writing healthcare reform bill; Immigration crackdown under Obama mirror Bush; U.S. journalists kidnapped by N. Korea released; and more… (more…)

Kevin Carson breaks down the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party ‘philosophy’.

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“On Jun. 25, 1996, a massive truck bomb exploded at a building in the Khobar Towers complex in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, which housed U.S. Air Force personnel, killing 19 U.S. airmen and wounding 372,” reports Dr. Gareth Porter  in a five-part series. “The CIA’s bin Laden unit, which had only been established in early 1996, was also excluded by CIA leadership from that Agency’s work on the bombing.” (more…)

Prof. Noam Chomsky’s extended response to Obama’s Cairo Speech: Palestine-Israel, U.S. presence in the Middle East, U.S. rejectionism, and the Newspeak cover for no change in the U.S. quest for ‘global dominance’. (more…)


A public talk with Robert Fisk — introduced by Noam Chomsky.

Wikipedia– Robert Fisk:

Robert Fisk (born July 12, 1946 in Maidstone, Kent) is an award-winning British journalist and author. He is the Middle East correspondent of the UK newspaper The Independent, and has spent more than 30 years living in and reporting from the region. [1]

Fisk has been described in the New York Times as “probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain.” [2] He covered the Northern Ireland Troubles in the 1970s, the Portuguese Revolution in 1974, the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War, the 1979 Iranian revolution, the 1980-88 Iran–Iraq War, the 1991 Gulf War, and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He has received numerous awards, including the British Press AwardsInternational Journalist of the Year award seven times. Fisk speaks vernacular Arabic, and is one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden – three times between 1994 and 1997.[3] [4]

Fisk has said that journalism must “challenge authority — all authority — especially so when governments and politicians take us to war.” He has quoted with approval the Israeli journalist Amira Hass: “There is a misconception that journalists can be objective … What journalism is really about is to monitor power and the centres of power.” [5]

He has written at length on how much of contemporary conflict has, in his view, its origin in lines drawn on maps: “After the allied victory of 1918, at the end of my father’s war, the victors divided up the lands of their former enemies. In the space of just seventeen months, they created the borders of Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and most of the Middle East. And I have spent my entire career — in Belfast and Sarajevo, in Beirut and Baghdad — watching the people within those borders burn.” [6]

Robert Fisk discusses the Middle East after a lengthy topic preface from Prof. Noam Chomsky. Mr. Fisk and Prof. Chomsky take questions after Mr. Fisk’s lecture.

Mr. Fisk is an amazing storyteller with an extremely sharp mind and open heart, making him one of my favorite journalists and lecturers.

War, Geopolitics, History: Conflict in the Middle East” (1:41:44):