All posts tagged: America

America’s ‘Primal Scream’

The frustration in America isn’t so much with inequality in the political and legal worlds, as it was in Arab countries, although those are concerns too. Here the critical issue is economic inequity. According to the C.I.A.’s own ranking of countries by income inequality, the United States is more unequal a society than either Tunisia or Egypt.   Op-Ed Columnist By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Published in NewYork Times on October 15, 2011   IT’S fascinating that many Americans intuitively understood the outrage and frustration that drove Egyptians to protest at Tahrir Square, but don’t comprehend similar resentments that drive disgruntled fellow citizens to “occupy Wall Street.”

Calling America’s bluff

By Kurt Jacobsen and Sayeed Hassan Khan Published in Dawn HAS Obama unwittingly called his own bluff? The spooky so-called mastermind Osama Bin Laden is rubbed out, courtesy a Hollywood-style hit squad operation. What more is there to say? Everything, actually. But nervous authorities want to curb jubilation so as not to give the exasperated American public any funny ideas about pulling their stupendously expensive military apparatus out of battered Afghanistan.

Killing of Osama and its Implications for Islamic World

Asghar Ali Engineer (Secular Perspective May 16-31, 2011) The United States has claimed, through its own President Barak Obama that Osama  bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda, was killed on 1st May 2011 at the dead of night in his hiding place in Abbotabad, near Islamabad, Pakistan’s own capital. This news has been broadcast, telecast or published all over the world. However, the President also claimed that as per Islamic rites we buried him in the sea without loss of time as in Islam it is not allowed to keep the body for long. He also claimed that his photographs (with disfigured face) were not shown as it would not satisfy the skeptics and instead, would incite feelings among radicals.

Now That Bin Laden Is Dead, Can We Have Our Freedoms Back?

AlterNet.org Let’s remember once again who we are, and begin to rebuild our confidence in ourselves – starting with our system of justice. Osama bin Laden’s death removes the single focal point that has dominated American foreign affairs – and much of American politics at home – for a decade. And certainly, the United States and the world can breathe a sigh of relief that a dreaded enemy no longer needs to be countered. But the removal of bin Laden also opens up some space for thinking – not just for perpetual reaction, which has been the singular characteristic of the American version of the “war on terror”.

7 Deceptions About Bin Laden’s Killing Pushed by the Obama Administration

This week we are going to publish a series of articles written by Americans themselves  about Bin Laden’s death. Bloody shame on those servile bleeding heart complexed Pakistanis who dare not raise a finger or a question. As the week wore on, many of the details of the historic raid were “revised.” May 5, 2011 The Obama administration deftly shaped the media coverage of its prized kill by detailing a picture-perfect, morally unambiguous special forces operation, which culminated in the death of Osama bin Laden. Most of the details of that narrative have now unravelled, but the conventional wisdom that the tale established remains. As Glenn Greenwald put it, that’s par for the course: “the narrative is set forever by first-day government falsehoods uncritically amplified by establishment media outlets, which endure no matter how definitively they are disproven in subsequent days.”

Osama Bin Laden: Alternative views

This week we are going to publish a series of articles written by Americans themselves  about Bin Laden’s death. Bloody shame on those servile bleeding heart complexed Pakistanis who dare not raise a finger or a question. [Awaam] Noam Chomsky: My Reaction to Osama bin Laden’s Death We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. By Noam Chomsky May 07, 2011 It’s increasingly clear that the operation was a planned assassination, multiply violating elementary norms of international law. There appears to have been no attempt to apprehend the unarmed victim, as presumably could have been done by 80 commandos facing virtually no opposition—except, they claim, from his wife, who lunged towards them.