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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Danny Schechter
Editor, Mediachannel.org

Why did the markets and the media downplay the subprime menace?

That "why didn't we know" question is back. Again? It was asked about 9/11 in connection with our government ignoring warning after warning about likely terrorist attacks. The CIA has just raised it again about their own ostrich-like behavior in the run-up to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Now it's being asked by The New York Times about the failure to anticipate and potentially pre-empt the subprime mortgage crisis that has since escalated into a deeper meltdown in global financial markets leading to layoffs and predictions of a fall-off in economic growth.
Monday, 27 August 2007 06:59

Marjorie Cohn: Turning Iraq Into Vietnam

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Marjorie Cohn

Desperate to shore up support for continuing his unpopular war on Iraq, George W. Bush drew an analogy with Vietnam when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The price of America's withdrawal [from Vietnam] was paid by millions of innocent citizens," Bush declared. But he overlooked the 4 million Indochinese and 58,000 American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for that imperial war. And the myriad Vietnamese and Americans who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the defoliant Agent Orange the U.S. forces dropped on Vietnam. The 10 years it took to end our war there claimed untold numbers of lives.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
By Hanna Rosin
Author of God's Harvard

When I first began covering religion for The Washington Post, more than 10 years ago, deflecting conversion attempts became a routine part of my work. Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries. What did it matter that I was a reporter doing my job if I was headed for eternal damnation? To a population of domestic missionaries, I presented as a prime target: a friendly non-Christian who was deeply interested in learning more about their beliefs.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Larry Beinhart

George Bush -- and other Iraq War supporters -- have argued that if we withdraw from Iraq, the result will be like the slaughters -- the killing fields in Cambodia.

Here are the facts.

* The killing fields were real. The genocide against their own people was committed by the Khmer Rouge.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Mike Ferner

St. Louis -- A young man from Palestine and another from Israel riveted 400 U.S. military veterans to their seats last week in this city on the Mississippi River. What captivated the audience was their recent decision to put down the guns they'd pointed at each other for years.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Greg Palast

[Thursday, August 23] It's been two years. And America's media is about to have another tear-gasm over New Orleans. Maybe Anderson Cooper will weep again. The big networks will float into the moldering corpse of the city and give you uplifting stories about rebuilding and hope.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Jeffrey Buchanan and Chris Kromm

Two years after the storms, most hurricane rebuilding funds have yet to be spent -- much less reached those in need.

When pressed on the slow pace of recovery in the Gulf Coast, President Bush insists the federal government has fulfilled its promise to rebuild the region. The proof, he says, is in the big check the federal government signed to underwrite the recovery -- allegedly more than $116 billion. But residents of the still-devastated Gulf Coast are left wondering whether the check bounced.

Thursday, 23 August 2007 06:54

Kathy Kelly: We Shouldn't Be Causing This

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Kathy Kelly

Here in Amman, Jordan, a British teenager, Sonia, age 12, recently spent four days interviewing and befriending Iraqi youngsters close to her in age. She wanted to learn firsthand about the experiences of Iraqi youngsters who have fled war and violence in their home country.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Norman Solomon

The USA's military spending is now close to $2 billion a day. This fall, the country will begin its seventh year of continuous war with no end in sight. On the horizon is the very real threat of a massive air assault on Iran. And few in Congress seem willing or able to articulate a rejection of the warfare state.


A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Martha Rosenberg

Financial Times warned against them. So did Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Jim Sinclair, and the chief economist at Morgan Stanley. Derivatives they said could facilitate a global financial collapse like what sunk Barings Bank, Orange County, and the Long-Term Capital Management practically overnight (and did a number on Chase Manhattan, Bankers Trust, American Express, and Barclays Capital).

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