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A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Neil Wollman and Leonard Williams

After every national election, pundits and politicians work overtime to interpret the results. Fall 2006 was no different. People who follow the news and commentaries witnessed many efforts to explain why Democrats gained control of the Congress. Now that the dust has settled, analyses have essentially ended, and Congress is in session, we want to give our version of events based on some of these past analyses and our own. We do so even more for the future and what lessons for that should be drawn from the past election.

BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE

Now why does this not surprise me, and why has it taken so long for mainstream corporate media to figure it out!!!??? "At a not-for-quotation pre-speech briefing on Jan. 10, George W. Bush and his top national security aides unnerved network anchors and other senior news executives with suggestions that a major confrontation with Iran is looming." Well, Duh! 

WORLD MEDIA WATCH

Summaries are excerpted from the source articles; the featured article follows the summary section. A recommended "site of the day" will also appear occasionally following the summaries.

1//RIA Novosti (Russian News & Information Agency), Russia
RUSSIA COMPLETES AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM DELIVERIES TO IRAN - IVANOV

Russia has completed deliveries of Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran, the defense minister said Tuesday. "We have supplied modern anti-aircraft short-range missile systems under a contract. Iran is not under any sanctions," Sergei Ivanov said, adding that Moscow will continue to develop military and technical cooperation with Tehran. ... The Tor-M1, developed by the Russian company Almaz-Antei, is a high-precision missile system designed to destroy aircraft, manned or unmanned, and cruise missiles flying at an altitude of up to 10 kilometers (6 miles). It was introduced at the Russian aerospace show MAKS in 2005.

by Tony Peyser

The United States will soon invade Cuba
And hand its assets to a select few
Like Hyman Roth and Michael Corleone
Were planning in “Godfather II.”

Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:51

Cindy Sheehan: Bloody George the Executioner

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan

"I was disappointed and felt like they fumbled the — particularly the Saddam Hussein execution," the president said in an interview with PBS' Jim Lehrer.

Since George had dozens of people executed during his reign of terror in Texas, I guess he would be particularly qualified to comment on Saddam's execution.

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Michael Winship

MEMPHIS, TENN. -- Asked his opinion of western civilization, Mahatma Gandhi famously replied he thought it would be a good idea.

You could say the same of media reform. A good idea, far more easily said than done.

MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON

BuzzFlash,

Are we going to see more pictures of these people and how they were put to death? Democracy at work in Iraq! The US kills over 600 thousand people, captures Saddam and his family, destroys the country until there is an uprising and civil war and an influx of every available terrorist and criminal, but all of this is supposed to be okay if we just hang a few of those who "used to be" allies of the Bush crime family. You know, the guys who armed Saddam when he did all of that killing.

Tuesday, 16 January 2007 06:09

BuzzFlash Mailbag for January 16, 2007

BUZZFLASH MAILBAG

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Subject: Gore story bogus - please retract

Can you please read the stories you publish before you sound the alarm? Everyone has already dismissed this as a bogus non-story started by NewsMax. Had Gore made such announcement you think the world wouldn't know today, by the time you sent this out?

Please read and consider publishing the following Draft Gore statement in DailyKos:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/1/16/32833/0819

A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION

by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"

Watching the slow-motion march to war against Iran is a bit like watching a terminal cancer patient in a hospice. We know how it's going to end. We know it's going to be tragic and ugly. But we are powerless to stop it.

A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Carol Davidek-Waller

The Taliban is reclaiming the still failed state of Afghanistan. Iraq is becoming a failed state and has spun out of control. Bush is showing every sign of dragging the US into another fruitless and unjustifiable war with Iran and/or Syria. American troops are now fighting in Somalia to help make East Africa safe for Exxon and Chevron. Civil rights and human rights are evaporating like dew on a summer morning. This isn’t a war on terrorism. It is naked terrorism itself.

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