Friday, July 07, 2006

ANOTHER ANGLE 7 - July - 2006

News others won't tell you


What Does North Korea Want?-
To be left alone - the real question at the heart of the Korean standoff: what are American troops still doing there, nearly 60 years after Harry Truman dispatched them without congressional approval and in violation of the Constitution? The American troop presence is a testament to the permanence of all such "temporary" emergencies


Ahmadinejad Warns of Islamic 'Explosion'
Iran's hard-line president warned Friday that continued Israeli strikes against Palestinians could lead to an Islamic ``explosion'' targeting Israel and its Western supporters.

Why Africans risk life and limb in search of greener pastures in Europe
The greatest battle confronting Africa today is how to undo the damage done to it by decades of corrupt and visionless leadership. This damage manifests itself in various forms and most times could be very frustrating for the younger generation, the majority of whom are eager to escape the excruciating sting of poverty that pervades their environment. Getting these youths to stay back in a country like Nigeria where electricity supply comes eight hours in two weeks and the unemployment ration is rising by the day is becoming increasingly difficult.

How slavery, historical amnesia and imperialist education make teaching race a minefield
America “is obsessed with race,” and yet maintains that it is “the most moral and exceptional nation on earth.” But beneath the surface America maintains : “A steadfast denial that we were a colonial power. That denial of the fact is very significant.” In the 21st century, America would rather like to think of its activities in Iraq as being of an imperial nature, under the misguided belief that Imperialism is about the civilised civilising the uncivilised.


Bush's Assault on Freedom: What's To Stop Him?
Americans are going to have to decide which is the greater threat: terrorists, or the Republican Party's determination to shred American civil liberties and the separation of powers in the name of executive power and the "war on terror."


Financing Getting Less Creative
As interest rates rise and the housing market cools, local lenders say some people are shying away from interest-only and adjustable-rate mortgages -- tools that many first-home buyers have used to buy more house than they could otherwise afford.


The Middle East Agenda: Oil, Dollar Hegemony & Islam
Little has changed in the imperialist tendencies of American foreign policy since the founding of the United States of America in seventeen eighty-nine. The fledgling United States opened the nineteenth century by stealing the continent of North America from the Indians, while in the process ethnically cleansing them and then finally deporting the pitiful few survivors by means of death marches (a la Bataan) to Bantustans, which in America we call reservations, as in instance of America's manifest destiny to rule the world.

The Myth of Terrorism, Part Deux
Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism.... None of these beliefs are based in fact....


A simple seasoning of salt and pepper leaves this steak ready for an assertive horseradish sauce. It's a great, simple choice for a special occasion.


Gospel's Modern Sounds: Outward Is Heavenward
There's so much going on in gospel music today that you may have missed when Kirk Franklin paused from promoting Hero, his latest chart-topping CD, to go on The Oprah Winfrey Show with his wife to discuss his triumph over video porn addiction. His point? To publicly reduce himself to an imperfect everyman who overcame a troublesome vice with the support of prayer and faith.

'Baby Makin' Music' Lives Up to Its Billing
The Isley Brothers' new album, Baby Makin' Music, doesn't aspire to much more than its title suggests, but after an astonishing half-century in existence, the group continues to earn its status as R&B royalty. The group has survived immense cultural changes and its own stylistic hairpin turns over the years: Its classic catalog includes gritty R&B, Motown soul, blistering funk and quiet-storm pillow-talk jams.


Fiore: Welcome to the United States of Incarceration

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