Monthly Archives: September 2008

Russian Leader Denounces Bush On Terrorism War

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on nations of the world to unite in the fight to end global terrorism and move away from the Bush administration whose policies have seriously damaged that struggle. He noted in the aftermath of 9/11, “the solidarity of the international community fostered on the wave of struggle against terrorism” because of Bush’s invasion of Iraq which had nothing to do with defeating terrorism or proliferation of nuclear weapons. Lavrov blamed the Bush administration for attempting to assume leadership as a serious mistake because it allows a single nation to decide what one must or cannot do in fighting terrorism.

In a direct attack on United States foreign policy, the Russian diplomat said there needs to be world unity in fighting terrorism under the UN and there has to be an end to “double standards “when we fight against violations of international law such as the Georgia invasion of South Ossetia. He also called for a new European treaty dealing with security issues.

Lavrov has a Russian agenda, but there is no doubt the invasion of Iraq was the single worse decision regarding fighting terrorism.

Immigrants–Stay Out, Say New Zealand Bigots

Peter Brown, deputy leader of New Zealand First, bluntly told immigrants they were not welcome in New Zealand unless they were prepared to give up any cultural traditions or values that conflict with those of New Zealand. He particularly expressed his anger at immigrants who come from nations in which women were treated as subservient to men or had a “class system.” Brown spoke at a meeting which contained many immigrants and emphasized to them New Zealand was an “egalitarian society” and only wanted people who share those values.

The Brown speech came at a meeting in which eight political parties expressed their views to a crowd containing many immigrants. Brown’s comment undoubtedly represents the feeling of many people in New Zealand who fear strangers, particularly those from Asian societies. Of course, the ironic aspect of Brown’s comments regarding coming from a “class society” given that most original British immigrants came from a class society. Has Mr. Brown ever read the history of British migration to New Zealand and Austrialia?

Aussie Police Are Watching You!

Members of the Australian Queensland Police Service are cracking down on links between journalists who are revealing secrets the police prefer remain secrets. Mick Barnes of the Queensland Police Union, says “every time somethng that appears in teh media that’s of some sensitive nature to the police service or the government, they try to work out how the media has got hold of this.” This results in police checking into personal records of members of the press. It is also believed the bank records and private telephone calls of members of the press and media are being accessed by the police.

In a show of defiance, the police do not deny any claims made by Barnes on the ground they have the right to check out unauthorized leaks to the media. They have the right to check, but they do not have the right to violate human rights. There is a difference.

There IS A Difference Between Obama And McCain!!

I continually receive comments which state in forceful terms that both major political parties have the same ideas and philosophy and Obama and McCain share common beliefs. Following is a list of the differences between the men:

Obama–supports the Fair Pay Act which protects women’s right to secure equal pay in the workplace.
McCain — he opposes such legislation.

Obama — supports women abortion rights.
McCain –opposes such rights for women.

Obama — supports the concept of a national health insurance.
McCain — wants to tax health insurance and use tax deductions. Most economists estimate millions would lose health insurance under the McCain plan.

Obama — will appoint judges to the Supreme Court who will protect the rights of women and respect civil liberties.
McCain — has promised not to appoint anyone to the Supreme Court who was for abortion rights for women.

Obama — support the right of workers to join unions. Will appoint people to the NLRB who support the right of workers to have a union.
McCain — is against aiding workers to have unions and will appoint people to the NLRB who are pro-employer.

Obama– will appoint people to regulatory agencies who will protect our national parks and the environment.
McCain-Palin — are hostile to protecting the natural resources of America and prefer allowing business to use those resources.

Obama — long term plans for new energy sources.
McCain — he boasts the solution is drill, drill, drill

Obama — government intervention into the marketplace to protect consumers.
McCain — he was against government regulation of the financial industry until he realized Americans wanted it and now he says he will support such programs. Will he is the question?

Democratic Convention A majority of delegates were women and 44% represented minority communities.
McCain — a glance at the Republican convention found few black or Hispanic faces and anyone who was gay kept it quiet.

Obama — a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq
McCain -opposes any timetable.

Obama — had promised to meet and discuss issues with world leaders without preconditions.
McCain — he opposes any discussions with nations like Iran or Venezuela until they agree with our views. A guarantee there will be no meetings.

Obama — will restore America’s reputation as a nation that respects international agreements such as the Geneva Convention.
McCain — his appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate has made America the laughing stock of the world. McCain opposed torture until the vote on the bill to end torture and he voted against it.

Obama — end the Bush tax cuts which gave wealthy people about a $1 trillion benefit.
McCain — he opposed the Bush tax cuts before he decided he was for the tax cuts.

Obama — those earning over $250,000 would pay social security taxes to equalize the burden of social security.
McCain — opposes such taxes on the wealthy

Obama — will appoint scientists to government positions based on their knowledge of science and not on their political affiliation. He will restore the importance of science as part of our government.
McCain-Palin — at least one believes in Creationism and doesn’t think evolution is a valid scientific concept. They would appoint scientists based on political beliefs. How would you feel about having a president of the United States in 2008 who doesn’t believe in evolution?

Obama — responsible sex education programs for children.
McCain — oppose sex education programs.

Obama — emphasize the importance of early childhood programs
McCain — has never made this an important point in his program.

Obama — he will negotiate to reduce the price of drugs for the elderly including allowing purchase of drugs from Canada where the price is lower.
McCain — opposes such ideas.

Obama — focus on restoring trust with nations such as Russia.
McCain — use threats of violence toward Russia.

Obama — a vice president named Joe Biden
McCain — a vice president named Sarah Palin

Does this list suggest the two men agree on most political and economic issues?

UN Security Council Reaffirsms Iran Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran because of its failure to halt its uranium enrichment program. The resolution passed due to an American and Russian agreement not to impose new sanctions but to rely on past ons. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad warned, “It is unacceptable for Iran to defy the Security Council resolution.” Even several countries that had abstained on previous sanction votes went along with the latest one. Indonesian UN Ambassador mary Natalegawa, said, “once a resolution is adopted by the Security Council, it is incumbent upon member states to comply with it.”

Lost in passage of the resolution is that Russia supported the measure despite Bush claims it was refusing to cooperate with the world on dealing with Iran and nuclear weapons. The Russians do not wish an atomic bomb armed Iran.

Pakistan Talks Tough On Dealing WithTaliban

Pakistan President Zardari warned the Talian his nation was prepared to crush the terrorist group and will cooperate with the United States in achieving that goal. “I mean business. We will train ourselves with the US to present as trainers to rase the quality of certain forces.” However, he made clear to the Bush administration that Pakistan makes its own decisions pertaining to dealing with terrorism and will not be bossed around by the United States. He warned against US military incursions into Pakistan. “It is counter-productive and a political price is paid.” Zardari emphasized his belief that al-Qaeda and the Taliban played a role in the death of his wife, Benazir Bhutto.

Zardari said there would be new incentives for dealing with tribal areas such as industrial investment, working with farmers for crops other than poppy, and strong military action.

In the meantime, there are rumors a Saudi initiated peace effort is secretly taking place in Afghanistan.

Olmert Warns Of Israel Terrorist

Prime Minister Olmert warned about the presence of an ultranationalist underground that seeks to halt any effort to resolve issues between Israel and Palestinians. It is believed this group is responsible for the bombing and wounding of Zeev Sternhell, a critic of West Bank settlements. Olmert ordered security agencies to thoroughly investigate the attack and break up any new underground group that might be emerging in the fight to halt peace in the region. After the bombing, police found posters in the neighborhood which offered a one million shekel ($294,000) reward to anyone killing a member of the Peace Now movement that opposes Jewish settlement on Palestinian territory.

There have been constant reports of the killing of Palestinians by settler groups so it is not surprising radical groups might extend their terror to include Jewish critics who seek reconciliation with Palestinians.,

Is This The End Of Laissez-Faire Capitalism?

The American financial crisis is raising issues about the future of capitalism, at least the version currently on display in the United States under the anti-regulation regime of George Bush. French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated bluntly the under-regulated system we once knew is now “finished” and the world must explore other versions of capitalism. German Finance Minister Peer Steinbruck said the crisis also marks the end of America as the world’s economic superpower. Sarkozy told a crowd of supporters, “the idea of the all-powerful market that must not be constrained by any rules, by any political intervention, was mad. the idea that markets were always right was mad.” He raise the issue as to whether capitalism must now be reconstituted so that ethics and government have important roles in modern economics.

The French president said we need a “market economy (that ) is a regulated market… in the service of all. It is not the law of the jungle, it is not exorbitant profits for a few, and sacrifices for all others.” Hopefully, the future will look back at 2008 as the time when those who believed in free enterprise began the process of creating a new version of capitalism.

Internet Kooks Admire Finnish Killer

A perusal of the Internet during the past few days reveals numerous sick individuals who consider the killer of ten students in Finland to be a hero in their eyes. “I love this day! I love it!” declared one Internet writer. This individual also praises Pekka-Eric Auvinen who killed children last year and agrees that humans are overrated and proclaiming his support for natural selection. There are currently numerous groups which share admiration for the killers and, in some twisted manner somehow glory in a killer who kills unarmed people, many of whom are their own age. On video of Pekka-Eric Auvinen, says, “they all had much courage– if we want our community to change, we need to hear their ideas.”

Some websites have decided to economically benefit from mass murder, and one now sells T shirts featuring a picture of Mattti Saari. There are currently online communities which are linked and they share common admiration for the Columbine killers as well as the Finnish killers.

There is nothing surprising or unique in these mentally ill individuals. They have existed in every generation and, most probably, will emerge in the coming years to champion another killer.

Mugabe Warned To Respect Democracy

The government of Robert Mugabe was warned by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband the world was prepared to help Zimbabwe, but only on condition he respects and abides by the power sharing agreement he signed with Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change. Nations are prepared to help the people of Zimbabwe emerge from the decades of disastrous economic policies of Mugabe, but money will not be handed over to a man whose policies have failed and now has promised to share power. Aid will come, said Miliband, only if “the democratic process is respected, the new government is formed reflecting that process and action on the ground reflects a new approach.

Most countries understand Mugabe and know he will attempt every trick in the book to avoid sharing power with his enemies. During the past few days, Mugabe has been ranting on about “illegal sanctions” and blaming the world for his own mess. He will not willingly change, he must be forced to adhere to agreements.