Friday, July 07, 2006

ANOTHER ANGLE 7 - July - 2006

ANOTHER ANGLE
News others won't tell you




NATIONAL:



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



INTERNATIONAL:



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 CRIME FAMILY:



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."



ECONOMY:



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.



OP-ED:



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....



FOOD&DRINK:



GRILLED PORTERHOUSE STEAK WITH HORSERADISH CREAM
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.



REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS:



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.



HUMOR?:



Fiore: Welcome to the United States of Incarceration







Another Angle 6 - July - 2006

ANOTHER ANGLE
News others won't tell you



NATIONAL:


"Blackwell, black votes and God will in the Buckeye State"
Blackwell is that rare public official who managed to become a multimillionaire while working as the state Treasury Secretary by parlaying a $500,000 investment with three other investors into a $190 million sale of radio stations within six years. Some have questioned whether or not his decisions as Treasury Secretary influenced the millions of dollars in loans he received from friendly banks including those owned by billionaire Carl Lindner of Cincinnati. The Lindner family is Blackwell major donor in the last campaign reporting, giving him $90,000.



Louisiana relies on convict labor
"Many people here say they could not get by without their inmates, who make up more than 10 percent of its population and most of its labor force," the article continues. "They are dirt-cheap, sometimes free, always compliant, ever-ready and disposable."



Selective Service System: ALIENS AND DUAL NATIONALS
U.S. non-citizens and dual nationals are required by law to register with the Selective Service System.* Most are also liable for induction into the U.S. Armed Forces if there is a draft. They would also be eligible for any deferments, postponements, and exemptions available to all other registrants.



INTERNATIONAL:



ISRAEL PLANNED CAPTURE OF PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT LONG BEFORE ALLEGED KIDNAPPING




North Korea's long range missile, the one we're all supposed to be afraid of...
... blew up 35 seconds after launch.



Breast ironing: grim secret of Africa's women
Breast "ironing" - the use of hard or heated objects to try to stunt breast growth in girls - is a traditional practice in West Africa. The practice is most common in the Christian and animist south of the country, rather than in the Muslim North and Far North provinces, where only 10 per cent of women are affected.



IRAQ:



Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans
With the plan to secure Baghdad, "Operation Forward Together," now three weeks old, and the so-called terror leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed, the security situation has only continued to deteriorate


BUSH CRIME FAMILY:



Lou Dobbs on the North American Union
President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S. Congress or the people of the United States.



ECONOMY:



Fed Treading on Thin Ice as U.S. Housing Bubble Weakens
Although it is no secret among economists, most Americans donŽ≠™ know that the Fed fights inflation by increasing unemployment and thereby lowering wages. The public probably would find this unsettling. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, has been running at 5.7 percent over the last three months, up from 4.2 percent over the previous year. But most of this is the result of higher energy prices and the fall of the U.S. dollar against other currencies, which raises the price of imports and therefore adds to inflation. The Fed sees rising wages as the problem, because the people who run the Fed do not look at the economy from the point of view of wage and salary earners.
Some Homeowners Who Accept Aid to Avert Foreclosures Lose Their Homes Anyway



Soros: Housing bubble may burst econ.
"The U.S. consumer has benefited from the rapid rise in the value of housing," Soros said. "Equity could be withdrawn from that increased value. Basically half of that is spent."



OP-ED:



Arent you proud to be Black?
Arent you proud of who you are, where you came from, and what your relatives did to make sure you had food on the table, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head? We should celebrate our Blackness and always cherish our culture. As Claud Anderson teaches, we should be proud to be Black because God made us first, in His image; and He placed us in a perfect place, on land that contained every vital mineral and natural resource necessary for growth and prosperity. He gave us enough wisdom to share with the world and bring others out of the darkness into the light of knowledge. We are His special people.



SCIENCE&TECHNOLOGY:



Judge Blocks U.S. Navy's Use of Sonar in Hawaii Waters
A federal judge in Los Angeles Monday temporarily blocked the Navy's planned use of high-intensity sonar in the waters around Hawaii. She said that the Natural Resources Defense Council had provided evidence that the sonar can kill and injure whales and other marine life.



HEALTH&FITNESS:



Daily Acetaminophen Dose Linked to Liver Damage
Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and other painkillers, is considered one of the safest medicines around. But a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association shows that ordinary doses of acetaminophen can cause liver damage. Experts see the new results as a warning, but not as a reason to stop taking acetaminophen.



FOOD&DRINK:



Ice Cream Sundaes from Coast to Coast
In Keene, N.H., you can get a rather austere-sounding fruit-salad sundae, which is not something you can imagine ordering in, say, Texas. In Foley, Ala., there's a chocolaty-thick sundae called Lower Alabama Mud. And In Las Cruces, N.M., you can dare to order the green chile sundae: vanilla ice cream laced with spicy-sweet green chile marmalade.



REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS:



The Brand New Heavies: 'Get Used to It'
After more than a decade apart, the three original band members -- U.K. natives Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Love Levy -- and powerful vocalist and Atlanta native N'Dea Davenport have reunited for a new CD, Get Used to It.



Fury at 'Racist' BBC Drama
Is this what black people have to do to get on TV?



HUMOR?:



Let America Be America Again
By Langston Hughes