Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, which was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, as well as his two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & ’Project Truth’ are available here or on amazon.com.
The Defense officials appointed by Barack Obama are the authors of the worst crimes and embezzlements carried out under previous administrations. In terms of change, only the rhetoric is new; the practices remain the same. What is most startling is the lack of interest elicited by the closure of the investigation into the missing 3.4 trillion dollars and the upgrading of those responsible for the most monumental swindle in history.
Myths can be innocuous enough, providing pleasure and comfort to believers: for instance, the Jesus birth stories that are celebrated at Christmas or the legends of Abraham and Moses conveying God’s promised land to the Israelites. But myths can have a darker side when they are embraced as religious or ideological truths. In this article, Parry revisits the historic trail of the Diaspora myth and dissects the "abandonment" myth, which is buried in the rationale for an escalated war in Afghanistan.
Does Israel’s claim to be a Jews-only state have any legitimate foundation? Not according to Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand, whose investigative findings suggest that Israel’s rationale rests purely on Biblical mythology rather than historical facts. The question is not simply rhetorical, at a time when Netanyahu has recently backtracked on earlier agreements by demanding that Palestinians not only recognize Israel as a state (which the Palestinians did as part of the 1993 Oslo Accords) but specifically as a "Jewish State". With the intrusion of such myths dampening the prospects for finally achieving peace in the region - yet again - one is left wondering whether peace is indeed on Israel’s agenda. Wouldn’t it be time to deconstruct them once and for (...)
The U.N. report on the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, has given a lift to George W. Bush, who demands a “change of regime” in Damascus. The investigation, however, has many holes.
The report concludes that the bomb that killed Hariri and another 22 people, which was likely activated in a Mitsubishi van, was detonated by a kamikaze. While the driver’s identity remains a mystery, a Japanese expert team identified the specific vehicle. The chain of possession for that van thus would seem to (...)
George W. Bush’s choice of John Negroponte to be the first U.S. intelligence czar signals that Washington is heading down the same road that has led to earlier American intelligence failures and controversies - from politicizing analysis to winking at human rights abuses.
Although Negroponte’s nomination is expected to sail through the Senate, one question that might be worth asking about his tenure as U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 is: "Were you oblivious (...)