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DEMOCRACY, NOT “TWINS-CRACY”

imageWarsaw, Tuesday, October 23: Poles went to the polls on Sunday and the turnout was a record high since 1991:

53.8 percent (out of 30 million citizens registered, over 16 million cast valid votes). The October 21 snap elections in Poland could be the most important since the regime change in 1989. A majority of the voters, including most of the young ones, cast their ballots for the Civic Platform (PO), a pro-business center-right party (41.51 %), expressing their disillusionment with the two years of the rule of the Kaczynski Twins’ conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party and their bizarre coalition with the populist Self-Defense (Samoobrona) and the nationalist-right League of Polish Families (LPR). Yet, Law and Justice remains a strong opposition (32.11%).

By David M. Dastych - Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - Full Story

Can We Please Define “Racism”

James Watson, the geneticist who helped unravel the structure of DNA, came under fire for saying that Africans are not as intelligent as Westerners.  Aside from his remarks being deemed baseless and unscientific, he has quite predictably been labeled “racist.”  Why, some thought police even want him charged under Britain’s Orwellian “racial hatred laws” (Watson is conducting a speaking tour in Britain presently).

By Selwyn Duke - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Blowing the Whistle on U.N. Corruption

On the eve of a Senate vote on the U.N.‘s Law of the Sea Treaty, a former senior staffer in one of the key institutions created by the treaty says that U.S. senators should have the complete and honest truth about mismanagement and financial corruption there. The International Seabed Authority, which is one of the main organizations created by the treaty, stands to receive millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars if the Senate ratifies the pact.

By Cliff Kincaid - Monday, October 22, 2007 - Full Story

Musharraf’s respect for press freedom

Although many are skeptical about Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf’s commitment to democracy, even they agree the press has had more freedom under him than probably ever before. Even so, the press there walks a careful line through a minefield of military, political and religious influences.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Saturday, October 20, 2007 - Full Story

Benazir Bhutto and tales of Corruption

During her two terms in the office of Prime Minister in Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto acquired wealth and cash worth a few hundred million dollars, most of which is located in Europe and Middle East.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Friday, October 19, 2007 - Full Story

Scandal rocks UN Sea Treaty Organization

The dramatic case, Sam-Thambiah against the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, involves allegations of sexual harassment and pornography. One side charges “distortions and fabrications.” The other side alleges “mismanagement and irregularities.” What makes this case unique is that it involves the shadowy world of a U.N.-affiliated agency that the U.S. Senate is poised to provide with millions of dollars through ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

By Cliff Kincaid - Thursday, October 18, 2007 - Full Story

Should Israel Swap Land For War or Peace

Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are reportedly looking at swapping land in the West Bank for land in Israel as a means of overcoming the PA’s long standing demand that all 6,205 square kms of the West Bank be handed over to the PA by Israel as a necessary precondition for peace.

By David Singer - Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - Full Story

Another Pakistani political surprise

The recent U-turn of Pakistan’s military ruler Pervez Musharraf from punishing political big fish turns out to have been bogged down in the ocean. Political critics and analysts are seeing this as the great victory of democracy over a military regime, while many feel that the Pakistani president finally had to abandon the idea of eliminating corruption, just for the sake of ensuring a few more years in power.

By Guest Column Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury- Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - Full Story

Are the U.S. and Turkey on a Collision Course

By Gallia Lindenstrauss

Turkish-American relations currently face two significant challenges.  One has to do with the Turkish inclination to enter northern Iraq in order to deal with Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters operating there.

The Rise and Fall of Vicente Fox: A Five-Hour Thriller

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox spent most of last week sticking his intrusive nose into matters that are the exclusive domain of the American people and elected representatives, and which are absolutely none of the business of Mexico, it’s current president, or any former Mexican president.

By John Lillpop - Monday, October 15, 2007 - Full Story

Sudan on the Brink of Another Disaster

The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) http://www.persecution.org has learned that, in a dramatic development, the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM), the party that represents the interest of Southern Sudan, made an announcement to withdraw from the National Unity Government of Sudan. This decision, which was made yesterday, could lead to another war between the Southern Sudanese and the Government of Sudan.

By Guest Column - Saturday, October 13, 2007 - Full Story

Eurocrats Target Poland

Last Thursday, Viscount Etienne Davignon, a Belgian who is the chairman of the secretive Bilderberg Group, celebrated his 75th birthday. Mr. Davignon is a former vice president of the European Commission and the author of the 1970 “Davignon Report” that laid the foundations for a common European foreign policy.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Thursday, October 11, 2007 - Full Story

Bald-Faced Lies About the U.N.

Do you think our “adversary press” is on the lookout for government lies? Consider the false testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte on behalf of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This is a treaty that our media want passed by the Senate. So they are letting his lies go completely unchallenged.

By Cliff Kincaid - Thursday, October 11, 2007 - Full Story

White farmers in court for growing crops

By Peta Thornycroft, in Johannesburg, The Telegraph

Ten white farmers appeared in court in Zimbabwe yesterday accused of growing crops on their land—in a country where millions of people will need food aid within the next few months.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - Full Story

Bush Ambushed by Arab Perfidy

President Bush, supposedly the world’s most powerful man, is being humiliated and hung out to dry by the Palestinian Authority and the Arab League as they use their collective muscle to try and change the focus and possibly cause the cancellation of next month’s international meeting called by the President.

By David Singer - Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - Full Story