Issue 11 – November 2005

Current Affairs Essay
Mainstream Media Still Won't Discuss the Real Reasons for War in Iraq by J. F. Miglio
Books of the Year (Nonfiction 2004)
The Assassination of Julius Caesar  By Michael Parenti
The War on Freedom  By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed
Crossing the Rubicon  By Michael Ruppert
Books of the Year (Fiction 2004)
Candle in a Dark Time  By Virginia Stuart
My Life: A Story By Jesus Christ  By Christopher Miller
The Others at Monticello  By Esther Franklin
Recommended Reads
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Wealth Odyssey  By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP
Paloma  By Linda A. Lavid
September and Other Stories  By Julie Ann Dawson
The Little Book of He and She  By Wade Stevenson
Military State: Society on The Verge of Collapse  By Kevin Warren
Extradition Between Canada and the United States  By Gary Botting
Club Fascistland  By Kevin Brink Nielsen
Offshore  By Don Corace
A Reason for Living  By Laurent Grenier
Puget Sound  By C.C. Long
The Empire Menaced: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir  By Sean Miller

Recommended Reads

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Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
noelle.murrain@harpercollins.com
(Nonfiction)
A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.

Wealth Odyssey
By Larry R. Frank Sr., MBA, CFP


www.wealthodyssey.com
(Nonfiction)
A practical, no-nonsense guide for individuals who want to develop a personal definition of wealth and create an effective strategy for long-term financial success.

Paloma
By Linda A. Lavid


www.lindalavid.com
(Fiction)
Fast-paced romantic suspense novel about a woman with three identities who is being pursued by an assassin.

September and Other Stories
By Julie Ann Dawson


www.bardsandsages.com
(Fiction)
Unique collection of horror stories, spooky role-playing, and dark fantasy.…Read Reviews

The Little Book of He and She
By Wade Stevenson


www.booksurge.com
(Fiction)
Part poetry, part romance, part self-help, this short but passionate book describes the profound sense of being in love.…Read Reviews

Military State: Society on
The Verge of Collapse

By Kevin Warren


www.wethepeople.la
(Fiction)
Frightening, dystopian tale about American patriots who fight against a ruthless military dictatorship in a post-apocalyptic world.

Extradition Between Canada
and the United States

By Gary Botting

www.transnationalpubs.com
(Nonfiction)
A detailed and valuable examination of the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Canada regarding their extradition systems, histories, issues, conflicts, and controversies.

Club Fascistland
By Kevin Brink Nielsen


www.authorhouse.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative, modern day version of the Wizard of Oz told from a progressive viewpoint, featuring a young man in search of a true home who gets help from an idiot savant, a humanoid/robotic mercenary, and a truck driver.

Offshore
By Don Corace


www.emeraldink.com
(Fiction)
&nbspFast-paced thriller about a corporate raider who will stop at nothing to exact revenge and destroy a Houston oil family dynasty.

A Reason for Living
By Laurent Grenier


http://laurentgrenier.com/ARFL.html

laurentgrenier@rogers.com
(Nonfiction)
Inspirational true story about an athletic man who pursues wisdom and happiness after he is left disabled from a diving accident.…Read Reviews

Puget Sound
By C.C. Long


www.pleasureboatstudio.com
(Fiction)
A unique and bizarre collection of 15 short stories that involves cows falling from the sky, whales exploding, and boys becoming sasquatches in the watery landscape of the Pacific Northwest known as Puget Sound.

The Empire Menaced:
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Dearth Nadir

By Sean Miller
dearthnadir@yahoo.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative parody of the Star Wars saga told through the eyes of Darth Vader.…Read Reviews

 

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Book submission deadline is
the 20th of each month.

 

Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Bookwired.com: Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• WriteLinks.com: Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Acqweb: Book acquisition site for librarians
• Books-in-Print.com: Registry of electronic publications
• Bowker.com: Major book and publishing data
• PubEasy.com: E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Published.com: Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Business.com: Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Independent Publishers Bestsellers Hall of Fame: Title says it all
• Book Sense.com: Family of bookseller Web sites
• Nospine.com: Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Bookcrossing.com: Global book club & reading group
• Newradiance.com: Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.

Even After the Libby Indictment
Mainstream Media Still
Won’t Discuss the Real
Reasons for War in Iraq

By J. F. Miglio

“All right, I’ll explain it so even a dumb head like you can understand.”

— Fred C. Dobbs

 

It’s no secret the way business is done in the United States regarding public policy, and although many politicians are loath to admit it, the process works like this: Huge multinational corporations like Exxon and Halliburton and influential think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute (who are funded primarily by large corporations) give directives to their handpicked political operatives– in this case George W. Bush and Dick Cheney– about what they want in the way of foreign and domestic policy, i.e., what benefits them financially, even if it means subverting democracy and screwing millions of Americans in the process.

Bush and Cheney then tell their subordinates– Karl Rove and Lewis Libby– to carry out their masters’ wishes. As a result, Rove and Libby concoct strategies to carry out these policies and leak carefully scripted propaganda to their handpicked contacts in the mainstream news media– like Robert Novak and Judy Miller.

The tragically uninformed American public listens to the mainstream news, believes the propaganda, and supports the policy. Only this time the Republican propaganda machine went a little haywire, and Libby and Miller got caught lying. And now that Libby has been indicted, all hell has broken loose,

and at long last our intrepid reporters from the mainstream news are “on the story–” about three years too late, and three years behind the alternative press.

It goes without saying that if members of the mainstream news had done their jobs in the first place, and reported the real reasons the Bush administration wanted to invade Iraq, there never would have been a war because Americans would have rejected it. Imagine, for a moment, if all the major newspapers and television news shows had given these reasons– and not the ones Bush and company fabricated– to go to war in Iraq.

Reason #1: It’s the oil, stupid!

If there ever were an example of Occam’s razor, it’s this one. For years it’s been well known that the planet is beginning to run out of oil and that Iraq is sitting on top of some of the richest oil deposits in the world. It’s also well known that despite global warming and air pollution, companies like Exxon are not about to support clean and safe renewable energy on a mass scale until they can extract every last drop of oil from the earth.

As a result, the oil lobby gave George W. Bush this directive: Get rid of that pain-in-the-ass Saddam Hussein so we can glom his oil. We haven’t been bankrolling you and your family for the last 50 years for nothing! Got it, Georgie boy?

Reason #2: Big bucks for the military/industrial complex!

Halliburton alone has made billions off no-bid contracts in Iraq, and its stock price has tripled since the beginning of the war. And other companies like the Carlyle Group and Bechtel ain’t doing bad either.

So this is what lobbyists for the military/industrial complex told Dick Cheney: Let’s face it, Dick, the world would be a better place without Saddam Hussein, so make sure you and your boys start a war in Iraq as soon as possible. That way we can make billions from servicing U.S. military operations and mass producing weapons for the troops. You know you owe us. After all, you don’t think you got to be CEO of Halliburton and walk off with millions because of your good looks, do you?

Reason #3: Protect Israel at all costs!

The neocons thought this one up years ago and finally hit pay dirt with an administration rife with nutty evangelical Christians and hard-line Zionists.

And so lobbyists for right-wing Christians and Jews told Bush and Cheney something like this: Since it’s okay with the multinational oil companies and the military/industrial complex, we sure would appreciate it if you could drive that bastard Saddam Hussein from power and take over Iraq. And then maybe Syria and Iran and� well, you get the idea.

Reason #4: Saddam did try to kill my dad!

This is the weakest argument of the four, but it’s still a factor. The idiot son, whose life’s motto has always been “Nothing succeeds like failure!” had to try to beat out his dad and show him that he could do something the old man couldn’t, namely capture or kill Saddam Hussein, take over Iraq, and alienate everyone else in the world.

But there was a problem. The Bush Crime Family knew that Americans would never go to war based on enriching Corporate America or catering to the delusions of the neocons or the megalomania of George W. Bush. So like all good criminals, they concocted an apocryphal, yet scary scenario to sell to the American public about mushroom clouds and WMD and imaginary links to Al Qaeda. None of it was true, of course– and they knew it wasn’t true, let’s be clear about that– but they shamefully conflated 9/11 with Saddam Hussein and Iraq, and the American public bought it.

So did some of the influential Democrats– or so they claim. But is it reasonable to believe that seasoned lawyers like John Kerry and John Edwards really believed and trusted Bush when he went to the Congress with his war resolution for Iraq? Very unlikely. Probably closer to the truth is that they voted for the resolution because they didn’t want to look like wussies when they ran for president. Which is why they have been harshly criticized by Progressives, who didn’t buy Bush’s story from the beginning and– unlike the mainstream news media– warned anyone who was willing to listen that the war in Iraq was a monumental mistake.

Ironically, even today, even after Libby’s indictment, even after more questions have come to light about the Bush Crime Family’s involvement with the phony Niger documents, mainstream news reporters are still reluctant to discuss the real reasons we went to war in Iraq.

But stay tuned. The unraveling of the truth about why we went to war is just beginning. And the cockroaches are just starting to show their beady little eyes from the cracks in the woodwork.

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


www.michaelparenti.org/Caesar.html
Pulitzer-prize nominated author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


www.progressivepress.com
Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


www.fromthewilderness.com
Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.

 

Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


www.redhummingbirdpress.com
Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


www.mylifebyjesuschrist.com
Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


www.xlibris.com
franklin80@comcast.net
Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

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Book submission deadline is
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Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
• The Nation.com: “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Buzzflash.com: Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• NPR.org: National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Paine.com: Alternative news and essays
• Mother Jones.com: Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• TvNewsLies.org: A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• PFAW.org: People for the American Way

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