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Bhutto: Washington’s candidate

Posted by Charles II on September 25, 2007

I saw enough of Benazir Bhutto’s presentation to the Middle East Institute to be persuaded that Washington, DC is her primary constituency. 

 The first question for Bhutto was from a representative of… the Rendon Group.

The MEI itself is a classic amorphous Washington entity, headed by Georgia Democrat Wyche Fowler, Jr. and Wendy Chamberlin, a career diplomat chosen by W. as ambassador to Pakistan 2001-2. Call it mildly liberal. Example: they invited Josh Rushing, the US Marine Corp information officer who joined Al Jazeera as a speaker.

Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian:

Benazir Bhutto, the exiled former leader of Pakistan, yesterday tried to persuade a Democratic-controlled Congress to support her return to power by arguing that she would be a more effective ally against al-Qaida than the country’s military leader….

In her 20 years as a politician, Ms Bhutto has grown adept at cultivating influence in Washington. But the woman who, as a young Harvard and Oxford graduate, was seen as the embodiment of modernity and democratic aspirations for Pakistan, has fallen into deep disfavour with the Democratic party following her two stints in power that were marred by misrule and corruption charges.

Yesterday’s meetings with Joseph Biden, the Democrat who chairs the US Senate committee on foreign relations, was intended to try to salvage Ms Bhutto’s reputation in Washington…

She dodged the corruption question posed by the audience.

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Posted by Charles II on September 25, 2007

An interesting alliance; Dawn:

Iran and Pakistan on Monday started a new round of talks over finalising a long-delayed multi-billion dollar gas pipeline project with India, but in the absence of Indian officials.

Officials said India’s absence was linked to its lack of agreement on pricing terms with Pakistan for the so-called “Peace Pipeline”, which aims to usher in a new era of cooperation between the three countries.

New Delhi and Islamabad are said to have reached a broad understanding on the transportation tariff payable to Pakistan for wheeling the gas through the 1,035-km pipeline segment in Pakistan, but the two nations have not yet arrived at any agreement on it….

I bet India is thinking twice about having a substantial part of its gas supply coming through Pakistan.

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Put a crowbar in your wallet

Posted by Charles II on September 25, 2007

Rory Carroll, The Guardian:

It is no longer a rainforest but a tree cemetery. As far as the eye can see there are uprooted, bare and broken trunks. The canopy, a roof of foliage so lush you could walk over it, is gone. The few remaining bits of green are no bigger than broccoli.

This is the aftermath of Hurricane Felix along Nicaragua’s Mosquito Coast. A smell of decay shrouds the landscape. Crops and livestock have vanished into swamps. So much earth and debris have washed into rivers that they resemble caramel sludge.

Downriver the destruction worsens. Houses built on stilts lean drunkenly and have gaping holes. Many have missing roofs and walls. When you reach the ocean you see they have been spun into the air, Wizard of Oz-style, before smashing and splintering.

 Mercy Corps


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I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Posted by MEC on September 25, 2007

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule on whether voters can be required to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

I do not feel good about the prospect of this Supreme Court making a final decision on whether requiring a photo ID is de facto disenfranchisement of certain classes of voters.

I am already certain of how “Justice” Clarence Thomas will vote, because his voting record shows he purely hates anybody having any rights at all.

I can guess how the other three “Justices” who put Bush in the White House will feel about the importance of making it possible for all eligible voters to cast a ballot.

And it’s enough to know that Roberts and Alito were put on the court by the Commander in Thief.

I predict that it’ll be a 6-3 decision validating the principle that limiting the ability to vote is okay, because 9/11 changed everything and the new principle of democracy is that we are all guilty unless we can afford to prove our innocence.

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Great Moments In Republican Projection

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 25, 2007

Salon’s Tim Grieve says it so I don’t have to:

This just in from the Irony-Free Department: A “senior official” in the White House of George W. Bush tells journalist Bill Sammon why Barack Obama won’t be the next president of the United States: Obama is intellectually “capable” of the job, the official says, but he relies too much on easy charm. “It’s sort of like, ‘That’s all I need to get by,’ which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters … and a laziness, an intellectual laziness.”

The Bushies really want to take the title of Biggest Effing Hypocritical Projectionist Evah away from Newt Gingrich, don’t they?

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More Thoughts On BushCo’s New Hate Object

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 25, 2007

They can’t talk too much about Osama, because that just reminds everyone that they let him go at Tora Bora so they could stage their disastrous invasion-of-choice of Iraq.

They can’t talk too much about Saddam, because that just reminds everyone that things in Iraq and America have gone downhill for everyone (except for Bush’s war profiteer buddies) since March of 2003.

They can’t talk too much about Those Eeeevil Gays And/Or Blacks And/Or Mexicans, because that’s starting to become counterproductive for them.

So what’s left? Picking on Mahmood Ahmedinejad — a guy who has less actual power in his country than, say, James Dobson has in ours:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly has become a media circus. But the controversy does not stem from the reasons usually cited.

The media has focused on debating whether he should be allowed to speak at Columbia University on Monday, or whether his request to visit Ground Zero, the site of the Sept. 11 attack in lower Manhattan, should have been honored. His request was rejected, even though Iran expressed sympathy with the United States in the aftermath of those attacks and Iranians held candlelight vigils for the victims. Iran felt that it and other Shiite populations had also suffered at the hands of al-Qaida, and that there might now be an opportunity for a new opening to the United States.

Instead, the U.S. State Department denounced Ahmadinejad as himself little more than a terrorist. Critics have also cited his statements about the Holocaust or his hopes that the Israeli state will collapse. He has been depicted as a Hitler figure intent on killing Israeli Jews, even though he is not commander in chief of the Iranian armed forces, has never invaded any other country, denies he is an anti-Semite, has never called for any Israeli civilians to be killed, and allows Iran’s 20,000 Jews to have representation in Parliament. . .

The real reason his visit is controversial is that the American right has decided the United States needs to go to war against Iran. Ahmadinejad is therefore being configured as an enemy head of state.

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