Friday, July 02, 2004

Bread and Circuses

Take a look at this article by Robert Fisk called "Bread and Circus Trials in Iraq" -- well worth a read:
http://www.counterpunch.org/fisk07012004.html

9 Comments:

Blogger jody said...

Hello Paul,

I am very pleased to realize that I can get a message to you.
I hope this finds you well and it would be a real pleasure if we could reestablish contact now. I have recently returned from England where I have been since we last saw each other, you were off to Iraq I think, was it 1997?

In the meantime I have written and illustrated a book: Sheela No.1 Rock Goddess, which may be of interest to you. I would certain appreciate a opportunity to share it with you. I rarely paint these days, but have a body of artwork which serves my agenda in artistic, spiritual, and activist terms more comprehensively than painting was. It's a bit of a long story, this mission of mine, but maybe I can tell you later.

I am working as a designer and settling into life in Toronto. IT would be absolutely fantastic to hear from you and I hope you are around at some point, although I expect with all the trouble in Iraq you are very busy.

I saw you on the news, you looked dashing.

Sincerely,

Jody Boehnert

ps how does this work this blog its confusing?
You can ema

5:12 PM  
Blogger ashootingstar said...

Greetings Paul,
I've posted info about your new book on my blog (www.radicalpeace.blogspot.com ). Last time I spoke with you on the phone personally you were (literally) just about to leave for Iraq. Followed you via the few newspaper articles and very glad you made it through -- and were there to capture the essence of those horrid moments.

I'm very interested in purchasing your new book in the U.S. What's the plans for that? Any plans to be in the Northwest of the U.S. I've recently relocated to Talent Oregon (close to Ashland and it's internationally famous Shakespeare Festival).

Also, would you consider adding a link to my blog: www.radicalpeace.blogspot.com on your sites?

Many warm wishes,
Claire Krulikowski

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claire, I am not sure how often he checks this anymore, but you can purchase his new book through sites such as Amazon.ca, here's the link: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1551926881/qid=1096938300/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl/702-5354657-2546441

Cheers

9:07 PM  
Blogger dervish said...

HI, HAVE BEEN AWARE OF YOUR WEB PAGE FOR QUITE A WHILE, BUT HAVE BEEN HESITANT TO WRITE FOR MANY REASONS. I FIND COMMUNICATION THAT IS OPEN TO PUBLIC WELL.. WEIRD.
I AM NOT A LITERATI, INTELLECTUAL NOR A CRITIC SO WILL NOT COMMENT ON YOUR WORK (THAT IS SO PRESUMPTUOUS) EXCEPT TO SAY THAT AS USUAL YOU HAVE TOUCHED MY SOUL WITH YOUR WORDS AND THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO ONE HUMAN BEING SO ON A LARGER SCALE MAYBE EVEN A GLOBAL SCALE WHAT YOU DO, SAY AND WRITE MAKES A DIFFERENCE A VERY BIG DIFFERENCE.
ALL YOUR READERS FIND YOU FASCINATING FOR DIFFERENT REASONS I JUST WANTED EVERY ONE OUT THERE TO KNOW MINE OR AT LEAST ONE OF MINE WHICH IS THIS .... BEHIND THE STATURE OF THIS GREAT WRITER IS A HUMAN BEING OF EVEN GREATER STATURE. A MAN OF IMMENSE COMPASSION A COMPLEX HUMAN BEING WITH A GREAT AND MIGHTY HEART WHO AT ONE STAGE TOOK THE TIME IN HIS VERY BUSY LIFE TO CORRESPOND WITH A FACELESS ANONYMOUS READER OF HIS WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A TERMINAL ILLNESS AND SAW THAT PERSON THROUGH THE MOST DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING TIME IN THEIR LIFE.
I NEVER GOT THE CHANCE TO SAY THANK YOU, THIS IS WHY I AM WRITING.....THANK YOU. IN HIND SIGHT I CAN SEE HOW SELFISH IT WAS TO IMPOSE ON YOUR TIME BUT AT THAT MOMENT IT WAS SO THERAPEUTIC. AS IRRELEVANT, IRREVERENT ILLOGICAL NONSENSICAL AND FOR YOUR PART FRUSTRATING MOST OF IT MAY HAVE BEEN THERE WAS SUCH COMFORT TALKING TO A STRANGER THAT I LIKED AND RESPECTED WITHOUT CENSORING ANY THING AND JUST SAYING WHAT CAME TO MIND.
YOUR TIME AND CONCERN WERE PERHAPS AS MUCH IF NOT MORE HEALING THAN DOCTORS NOR ANY TREATMENT, PLUS
IT WAS GREAT FUN AND AN AMAZING LEARNING EXPERIENCE AS I DID LEARN A LOT.
SO ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT JUST YOUR GENERIC DASHING SCHOLAR THIS IS A GREAT SOUL....THAT RARE SPECIES A HUMAN BEING WHO REALLY CARE .... FOR 'ALL' OF IT

P.S I FIND IT AMUSING...WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SOME WELL KNOWN WRITER AND THE COMMENT WENT SOME THING LIKE THIS "K Y Z LIVE THE IDEAL LIFE OF A WRITER THEY ARE ACCESSIBLE WHEN THEY WANT TO BE SEEN AND WOOED AND THEN BECOME INVISIBLE FOR AS LONG AS THEY LIKE " ET TU? (SOME HUMOR WAS NECESSARY)
I DO NOT EXPECT TO HERE FROM YOU SO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT YOU IN THE LOOP (ABOUT ME) BUT THEN THAT WAS NOT THE REASON FOR THIS MESSAGE...ONCE AGAIN.... THANK YOU.
ON A PARTING NOTE YOUR BOOKS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE A BIG ONE, I SHOULD KNOW, I NOW WORK WITH BOOKS.
WISH THIS COMMUNICATION COULD HAVE BEEN CLEVER AND PROFOUND BUT THIS WAS HARD ENOUGH AND I AM STILL HAVING AFTER THOUGHTS ABOUT SENDING IT.

2:29 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

Hi Paul, it is unlikely you remember me. My name is Ian and i'm the boyfriend of Bella, Vickys daughter.
Thanks to the almighty power of the internet I'm able to track you down to ask a small favour.

Some time ago Vicky lent me her copy of Empire of the Soul at a time when me and Bella were planning a trip to India and the Ashram. I enjoyed it tremendously but unfortunately my reading was cut short when I had a bag stolen containing the book.

Seeing as her words upon lending me the text were 'Please do not lose it' I have yet to pluck up the courage to tell her.

As the original contained a personalised message from yourself I was wondering if you could help me break the news by penning a small message in a copy.

My email is ian@evolutionlondon.com if you could send me some info on how to purchase a copy I would be eternally grateful.

Kind Regards

Ian Silcock

1:20 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Hello Dr. Roberts,
I am not really commenting on this particular blog posting; however, I wanted to comment that I am pleasantly surprised to discover you are a blogger! I am a huge fan of your book, Empire of the Soul. This book is one of the key inspirations for my journey to India which begins in just 2.5 weeks.

Living 'deep in the heart' of a red state, I desperately need to see and experience something new. I look forward to reading your other books and I am excited that I found your little piece of cyberspace.

Regards,
Ashley

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Paul, well it looks like I can only post comments on your weblog, so I will add that article to the comments on this page (he says, a month after the article was published). The intelligence bill that is referred to in the article was signed into law by Bush this week, I believe.
-Greg

THE NATION
GOP Lawmakers Alter Intelligence Reform Bill to Cloak Financial Ties
Watchdog groups say the provision would make it harder to detect conflicts
of interest.
By Lisa Getter
Times Staff Writer

November 16, 2004

WASHINGTON

Citing national security concerns, some Republican members of Congress are trying to limit the personal financial information that top federal officials must disclose.

Tucked within the House's 497-page version of the "9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act" is a provision to repeal the requirement that senior-level officials report their personal financial assets valued at more than $2.5 million. It also would end the practice of disclosing the dates of stock transactions.

The proposal to limit financial disclosures initially covered only top-level intelligence officials. It was recently expanded to include all executive branch officials, according to a draft version of the bill.

"Something like this shouldn't be done secretly," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee. "It should be done thoughtfully and after some hearings."

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of legislation to overhaul the nation's intelligence community, based on the recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks. A conference committee is currently meeting to come up with a final draft of the legislation.

The new disclosure provision was included during the conference committee negotiations. "They're burying it in a large bill that is very controversial on other issues, so no one is going to pay any attention to this," said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, a government watchdog group.

The new disclosure policies would make it harder to detect when officials have personal financial stakes in matters before them, watchdog groups say. The current rules require officials to list the value of their assets in categories, beginning at "none or less than $1,000" and ending at "more than $50 million."

Claybrook said that after her group complained about the special financial disclosure rules for intelligence and national security officials, congressional negotiators "amazingly went even further to limit reporting
for all government agency officials."

In praising passage of the House version of the bill last month, Rep. Thomas M. Davis (R-Va.) said that streamlining the financial disclosure rules for top members of the intelligence community would improve the presidential appointments process and help attract candidates who might not otherwise apply.

"Financial disclosure requirements are supposed to protect against conflict-of-interest concerns. But they have become proxy statements for a nominee's net worth, with more detail than necessary," said Davis, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.

Last week, three nonprofit watchdog groups Public Citizen, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 urged the conference committee to get rid of the "ill-considered provisions." Keeping disclosure rules in place is critical, the groups said.

The current law "serves as an important check on potential conflicts of interest without imposing unreasonable reporting burdens on officials," the groups said, noting that the disclosure of stock sales, with dates, "provides the greatest single safeguard against insider trading by government officials. The timing of such transfers can serve as a red flag for potential fraud, and disclosure of these transactions is therefore a
first-line defense against corruption."

Waxman also wrote to the Republican leadership, urging that they reject any efforts to use the legislation to undermine financial disclosure rules or expand the limits on disclosure to Congress. He said Democratic members had sought unsuccessfully to strike the provision from the House proposal.

Financial disclosure forms have been used to shed light on the private assets of public officials. In 2002, the Center for Public Integrity revealed that 22 of the top 100 Bush administration officials had "significant" holdings in companies that had lobbied their departments, agencies or offices.

link:

http://fairuse.1accesshost.com/news2/latimes403.html

5:48 PM  
Blogger DGurry said...

I was tuned to the radio listening to your comments on the US in Iraq today ( CKNW )and I felt compelled to write . I see your views as terribly biased , seeing the US as a monster (I am a sometimes proud , sometimes embarrassed Canadian). It is sad these days that so many left of centre views are being shouted from the roof tops drowning any sense of balance to what is happening in the world .

12:04 AM  
Anonymous Horace said...

Paul,

I wasn’t sure how else to contact you. I read your piece in today’s Globe and Mail, about Hunter. Where did you hear the last story was working on was a 9-11 conspiracy piece? I know he said something about the topic in 2002, but I never heard a peep from him about it since.

4:16 PM  

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