Archive for 2012

THE OSAMA BIN LADEN MYTH

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

By Paul Craig Roberts The interview below with Osama bin Laden was conducted by the Karachi, Pakistan, daily newspaper, Ummat, and published on September 28, 2001, 17 days after the alleged, but unsubstantiated, al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001, on the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. The interview ...

THE BigO PLAIN-SPEAKING, STRAIGHT-TALKING NO B.S. CONTEST No. 25

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

YOUR BEST ALBUM OF 2012? There was a time when serious music fans eagerly awaited the year-end critics' poll of best albums from the New Musical Express and, later, Spin magazine. Mainstream fans looked to the Rolling Stone chart. The internet changed all that, allowing listeners a much wider range of ...

HOW TO CREATE AND CAPTURE ‘TERRORISTS’ IN THE NAME OF SECURITY

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The more of such 'terrorist' baiting and sting operations, the more the population is injected with fear and eager to turn over more of its hard-won rights to the government. By Vijay Prashad. Reporters swarmed the Federal Reserve building in downtown Manhattan, one of the landmark buildings in the Wall Street area. Then ...

BACKWARDS BOND

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

It's business as usual with big explosions in Sam Mendes's Skyfall. Bond may even have his heart tugged, but God forbid that it actually breaks. But for Critic After Dark Noel Vera, anything after Goldfinger is basically downhill. Not really a big fan of Sam Mendes - thought American Beauty a ...

PILLAR OF IMPOTENCE

Monday, November 26th, 2012

By Gilad Atzmon In the past week, the people of Gaza have been subject to some serious Israeli attacks. Some Hamas leaders and militants have been murdered and many more Palestinians - innocent civilians, babies, kids, women and elders – have lost their lives. Yet, Gaza is celebrating with the Hamas ...

ALAN DERSHOWITZ, DEVIL’S ADVOCATE

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

By Gilad Atzmon Ethnic cleansing advocate Alan Dershowitz is not at all happy. He is devastated by the media and international community's failure to distinguish between the Israeli military and 'Hamas terrorists' (this is how he refers to Palestinian freedom fighters). Last week, Haaretz lent its pages to the Talmudic spin-meister ...

THE WAR ON FAIRNESS

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Philosopher M.G. Piety was intrigued by Stephen T. Asma’s article, In Defense of Favoritism, but the result was far from illuminating. In fact, it was the "worst piece of incoherent and morally reprehensible tripe I think I’ve ever read in my life". It’s rare when a person does something that is ...

SMUT WAY OF DOING THINGS

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

It may be soft porn - with bondage, defecation, and even the use of ping-pong balls and dentures - but to veteran director Masaru Konuma, it was all about the passion, as shown in Hideo Nakata's 2000 documentary, Sadistic And Masochistic. Stephen Tan reviews. By the latter half of the '60s, ...

FROM STALINGRAD TO GAZA WITH LOVE

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Gilad Atzmon November 17, 2012: Benjamin Netanyahu is made of different material than Barak. Unlike Barak, who is obsessed with the banal implementation of military power, Netanyahu is concerned with  the power of deterrence and he is also intelligent enough to realise that the consequences of a ground invasion ...

BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The Democratic Party has won the election and the privilege to sit in power while the US economy crumbles bit by bit over the next four years. Watch the tea leaves with Michael Hudson. The Democrats could not have won so handily without the Citizens United ruling. That is what enabled ...