Sunday, November 07, 2004

Thinking Out of the Box: Avoiding the Conservative/Liberal Trap

These are examples of politically honest individuals, who are not slaves to the conservative/Democrat machine which has dragged us into a shameful period in world history.

A refreshing interview which gives reasons to what went wrong with the Democratic or Liberal political machine. Kerry's failure shouldn't be too much of a surprise. He was a false choice. Anyway, here's a great conversation between two politically honest people.

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Alexander Cockburn is a long-time columnist for The Nation, author of many books and articles, and co-editor of the newsletter CounterPunch.

Scott Horton talks to Dr. Frederic Whitehurst and Sibel Edmonds about Edmonds's case against the FBI, which includes allegations of incompetence, sabotage, intimidation, and corruption.

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Indian novelist Arundhati Roy condemned the war in Iraq as "cowardly" as she accepted the City of Sydney Peace Prize.

Ms Roy was presented the $50,000 prize, for her humanitarian work, by NSW Governor Marie Bashir, at a gala dinner at the University of Sydney.

As she mounted the platform in the decorated hall, she joked she was not worthy of the prize after she had been portrayed as a terrorist by the media.

"The Governor made me sound like a very nice person but from the newspapers I hear that I support terrorism and I am a terrorist and I am a disgrace," she told the crowd of invited guests.

"People have raised doubts [about giving me the Sydney Peace Prize], telling me I do not have a peaceful bone in my body."

But in a 10-minute speech, the former Booker Prize winner showed her peaceful side by denouncing acts of war and poverty around the world.

"We are in the middle of a war which your Government supports, which I think is one of the most cowardly wars that has ever been fought," she said.

"Today we live in a time where wars are manufactured in order to sell weapons."

Ms Roy criticised the Australian Government for supporting the war in Iraq.

"Even in our own self-interest, this was the wrong Government to vote for," she told the audience.

The author thanked the Sydney Peace Foundation for giving her the prize, which she donated to three Aboriginal foundations.

She advised the audience to think about the kind of world they wanted to live in.

"There are two ways of looking at this: the American way ... or to begin to move towards some kind of semblance of social justice," she said.

"We need to expand our way of thinking, we need to ask ourselves some serious questions about our limitations."