WORLD ENERGY WATCH
edited by Gloria Lalumia
The World Energy Watch presents recent news and analysis highlighting the activities of the players involved in the power struggle for the world's remaining energy resources
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Glenn W. Smith
Why are Harold Ford and others from the more paternalistic and condescending quarters of the Democratic Party so keen on discrediting the rising progressive movement? What have been the consequences of their obsession with "the middle"? Most importantly, how have the Tory Democrats managed to bury the expression of deep progressive values, and what should the progressive movement do about it?
Ever since it began, the discussion of how and when to end the U.S. intervention in Iraq has been shaped by the Georgites: either the U.S. stays until "victory [undefined] is achieved" (that is, indefinitely) or the U.S. leaves precipitously, which will surely lead to a bloodbath of enormous magnitude. Unfortunately, many on the side of withdrawal have spoken as if there were only the two alternatives: stay forever or leave (reasonably) precipitously.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
We got to see the Democratic "hopefuls" last week in Chicago. We, too, are hopefuls, in the sense that we do believe one of them will wrestle the White House away from the Current Occupant. (We thank Garrison Keillor for that apt Bush label, by the way).
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Richard A. Stitt
We read almost every day that air strikes are killing more and more civilians in Iraq. Of course, retired general Tommy Franks once said "We don't do body counts" but that was while it was presumed that Bush's boast of "Major hostilities have ended in Iraq" on May 1, 2003 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln was the final punctuation mark to celebrate Bush's victory as the "great war president."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC- Karl Rove, chief architect of Bush's failed and reckless policies, resigns under a cloud of suspicion, refusing to testify before Congress regarding the U.S. Attorneys scandal. Like so many senior Bush Administration officials before him, Rove's departure is marked by controversy -- not only over the U.S. Attorneys scandal but his involvement in the Valerie Plame scandal where he leaked the name of the covert CIA agent. Undoubtedly, Rove's departure will not end the Bush White House's policies of putting what's best for the Republican Party ahead of what's best for America.
Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has been "disappeared." Not in the sense of victims of America's so-called War on Terror. He hasn't been carted off in an orange jumpsuit to some black site in Kazakhstan. But he has been "disappeared" by the reporters and editors of The New York Times.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
I wouldn't be surprised if we continue to aid opposition groups, and maybe even destabilize the country. But I basically think that the outlook looks very positive for Chávez.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Kathy Stanley-Yassin
Dedicated to all the Iraqis who kept me from harm with no thoughts or concerns for their own safety. They are the silent voices:
It's been 3 years since I arrived back home after having worked for a U.S. humanitarian agency in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. It's as if I never left. Physically I'm here, but mentally my thoughts and heart are still with the Iraqi people whom befriended me and my Iraqi staff who literally put my well-being and safety before their own. They never once thought of their own fate or risks for their own well-being, only mine.