The US Veto

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It’s very disturbing how often the US uses it’s UN veto to “protect” Isreal. The exact resolutions, and the US reasons for the vetos, are very interesting.

This is a link to one of the recent vetos on a resolution condemning Isreal for threatening the life of Arafat. I wonder how the US would react if another country threatened Bush? Oh wait, they invaded that country…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1043736,00.html

Here is a nice list of all the resolutions vetoed by the US
http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_whyusa03.html

Some of the highlights are:
“Opposes support for intervention in the internal or external affairs of states.”
“Declaration of non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.”
“Affirms the right of every state to choose its economic and social system in accord with the will of its people, without outside interference in whatever form it takes.”

It’s obvious why the US would veto the first and third ones; this would mess with the basis for most of their foreign policy. The second one is just scary. The optimist in me hopes it’s because it would look bad retroactively for using nukes in WW2, but unfortunately the pessimist in me is louder in this case.

The new wave of propaganda

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The US military sent identical letters, signed by different soldiers in Iraq, to newspapers back in the US. How stupid do they think we are? Did none of them realize that this might appear strange?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2003-10-12-iraq-letters-usat_x.htm

Latest numbers from The Bush News Network

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Finally, some good evidence showing how bad the coverage at Fox News (aka The Bush News) really is. And we think the western media has complete freedom! They’re free to do whatever they want, as long as they say nothing bad about “The Administration.”

The US federal government has a long history of coersing states to do it’s bidding. They don’t tell them they have to do something, just that if they don’t they will lose federal funding for things like roads. I guess this is considered legal, but it sure seems like blackmail to me. They then use this same type of coersion with journalists. If a journalist publishes something critical of the administration, they no longer get called on for questions and aren’t allowed access to important events.

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=16892

http://www.calpundit.com/archives/002335.html