Issue 9 – September 2006

Current Affairs Essay
Who Really Starts All the Wars in the World? by J. F. Miglio
New Arrival
Sunshine Assassins  By J. F. Miglio
Book of the Year 2005 (Nonfiction)
Bush on the Couch  By Justin A. Frank, M.D.
Book of the Year 2005 (Fiction)
Clearing Customs  By Martha Egan
Books of the Year 2004 (Nonfiction)
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 2004 (Fiction)
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
Cyber Lies: When Finding The Truth Matters  By John Paul Lucich
A Nation Gone Blind: America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit  By Eric Larsen
Unacceptable: The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina  By Walter M. Brasch
Intertwined in Limbo: Tales of Horror and the Outre  By David Maurice Garrett
American Hiroshima  By David D. Dionisi
I Love You Madly! On Passion, Personality and Personal Growth  By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
The God-Man  By Robert Spearman
The First Lady of Music  By C. Yvonne Hooper
Wishing Makes It So  By Marilyn Meredith
Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics   By Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America  By John Sperling
Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder  By Yvonne Jerrold
Tea with Osiris  By Paul West
Straight Jacket  By Richard E. Sall

Recommended Reads

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Cyber Lies: When Finding
The Truth Matters

By John Paul Lucich


www.cyberlies.com
(Nonfiction)
Informative how-to manual for spouses who want to discover the truth about their husbands or wives by using computer forensics in cases involving divorce, fraud, and deception.

A Nation Gone Blind:
America in an Age of Simplification and Deceit

By Eric Larsen


www.ericlarsen.net
(Nonfiction)
&nbsp Three compelling essays about how America has become increasingly blind to its steady drift into political and intellectual tyranny.
…Read Review

Unacceptable: The Federal
Response to Hurricane Katrina

By Walter M. Brasch


www.walterbrasch.com
(Nonfiction)
A well-researched examination of Hurricane Katrina and why the government’s response to it was a systematic failure at all levels.

Intertwined in Limbo: Tales
of Horror and the Outre

By David Maurice Garrett
www.lulu.com/davidgarrett
(Fiction)
A provocative collection of short horror stories, weird tales, and bizarre poetry.

American Hiroshima
By David D. Dionisi


www.trafford.com/04-2229
(Nonfiction)
An in-depth study of why the United States should develop new strategies to deal with the root causes of terrorism or suffer the consequences of terrorist attacks many times worse than 9/11.

I Love You Madly!
On Passion, Personality
and Personal Growth

By Robert M. Gordon, Ph.D.
www.mmpi-info.com
(Nonfiction)
A veteran psychoanalyst examines the true nature of love vis-�-vis his own relationship with a Russian artist and his psychotherapy sessions with a troubled patient.

The God-Man
By Robert Spearman
www.winepresspub.com
(Nonfiction)
An inspiring guide to understanding the Godhead , the two natures of Jesus Christ, and God and man working together to save mankind.

The First Lady of Music
By C. Yvonne Hooper


www.compellingbooks.com
(Fiction)
A revealing and heartfelt story about a tragic superstar vocalist and the tumultuous relationship she has with her high-profile musical family.

Wishing Makes It So
By Marilyn Meredith


www.hardshell.com
(Fiction)
A horrifying tale about a couple with three children who adopt a four-year-old girl, only to discover that the girl wants to be an only child.

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and

the Rise of People-Powered Politics
By Jerome Armstrong &
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga


www.dailykos.com
(Nonfiction)
Two of the top progressive bloggers in the country analyze how average citizens can fight right-wing political dominance and reclaim democracy.

The Great Divide: Retro vs. Metro America
By John Sperling


www.polipointpress.org
(Nonfiction)
Well-documented and detailed examination of the social, economic, and political differences between liberal and conservative America, written by the founder of the University of Phoenix.

Silent People: Hearing the Call of the Dodder
By Yvonne Jerrold


www.yvonnejerrold.com
(Fiction)
Imaginative, haunting tale about a young woman who befriended a mysterious boy from an ancient race of people that lived in tune with nature.

Tea with Osiris
By Paul West


www.lumenbooks.org
(Poetry)
Compilation of original poems that “masterfully stir together myth, trauma, and magic with fiery exuberance.”

— Diane Ackerman.

Straight Jacket
By Richard E. Sall

www.booksurge.com
(Fiction)
Engaging tale about a young surgeon who must deal with the high pressure world of hospitals, dead patients, and medical malpractice while falling in love with a beautiful nurse who has a demented mother.

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Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
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Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• MoveOn.org: Influential democracy in action group
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• Greg Palast.com: One-man army of investigative journalism.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
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• 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

Who Really Starts All the
Wars in the World?

The Jews are responsible for
all the wars in the world.

— Mel Gibson

By J. F. Miglio

The old French expression, pas d’ennemi a gauche (no enemy on the left), has a lot of wisdom in it. Basically, it means you have nothing to fear from individuals or governments more liberal or progressive than you are. Your real enemies, those who want to conquer or subjugate you, always come from the right of the political spectrum, especially the far right.

What does it mean for a government to be far right? Using the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution as conceived by our Founding Fathers as a base line for a liberal democracy, the leader or leaders of a far right-wing government would invalidate or pervert almost everything these documents stand for in an effort to assume more power for themselves.

Two classic examples of 20th century countries that started out as democracies (albeit weak democracies) and ended up as far right dictatorships are pre-World War II Germany and Italy. During this time period, Hitler and Mussolini seized control of their respective countries and turned them into fascist states, i.e., states with governments marked by, among other things: a heightened sense of nationalism, repression of civil liberties, widespread propaganda, intolerance of minorities, and economic alignment with large corporations.

For Hitler and Mussolini, it was absolutely critical for them to align themselves with large corporations in order to bankroll their fascist states and sustain their power as they systematically destroyed democracy. To underscore this point, Mussolini once remarked, “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

The linkage of corporate power (big business) to government was also evident in almost all the half-pint dictatorships that emerged after World War II in Central America, Africa, the Middle East, etc. Like Germany and Italy, many of these countries with dictators started out as fledgling democracies only to be undermined by the big business interests of their own countries working in conjunction with American corporations and our CIA.

Currently, one fact that the mainstream media rarely mention in their reportage and analysis of terrorism is that our CIA helped both Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran to topple the democratically elected leaders of their respective countries. As a result, both Iraq and Iran became repressive regimes that tortured and killed their own people while working out sweetheart deals with American oil companies and enriching themselves and their families in the process. The same can be said for Saudi Arabia, whose royal family (as well as Saleem bin Laden) bankrolled the Bush family and his pals on more than one occasion.

Now, boys and girls, do you think this type of behavior had anything to do with laying a foundation for hatred of America and future acts of terrorism against it?

Historically, it never works out when a democracy is taken over by the far right wing– even if the ruler of the country bends over for American interests and becomes “our son-of-bitch,” to use Big Al Haig’s term– because the people of the country will always suffer, and it eventually leads to revolution and/or terrorism. Nevertheless, this is the policy the United States has pursued since World War II.

But what about the far left wing? Again, using the aforementioned documents conceived by our Founding fathers as a base line for a liberal democracy, a far left-wing government is one in which the individual rights and liberties of its citizens are scrupulously upheld and protected by fairly elected public officials who carry out the wishes of the people.

I know this may come as a big shock to the brain-dead fans of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, but our Founding Fathers were on the far left of the political spectrum. In fact, those revered icons from days of yore– Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Thomas Paine, etc.– were left-wing rebels who started a revolution in response to the anti-democratic policies of King George III of England, a right-wing tyrant who, ironically, was of German ancestry and went a little batty later in life.

Wait! You say. It’s inaccurate to claim that tyrants or fascists only come from the right wing of the political spectrum. What about the left-wing commie bastards, like old Joe Stalin or Chairman Mao? Weren’t they left wing? And isn’t communism even more left wing than democracy? Perhaps, depending on how you define it, but Stalin and Mao were not left wing.

They may have started out as left wing, but they certainly didn’t end up that way. If they had, they would have never become ruthless dictators, since it is the goal of ideologically pure communists to share the wealth and power of the country with the workers, who are in charge of the means of production.

In reality, Stalin and Mao were just the opposite. They abandoned their left-wing communist ideologies, devolved into right-wing tyrants, and transformed their governments into brutal totalitarian states that shared many of the same characteristics as fascist regimes.

This illustrates an important point: When left-wing ideologies like democracy and communism are hijacked and perverted by right-wing tyrants, the net result is equally corrosive and dangerous: democracy transforms into fascism and communism morphs into totalitarianism. Neither one an appealing prospect for citizens who look forward to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Another less-than-appealing prospect citizens have to look forward to under these governments is perpetual war. Perpetual war, as Orwell noted, is perhaps the most important aspect of a fascist or totalitarian regime, because without the constant threat of a common enemy, the mass population would not tolerate the other hardships and indignities. Which is why right-wing dictatorships always feel the need to attack other countries, expand their empires, and create enemies within their own State.

So, to answer the question, “Who Really Starts All the Wars in the World?” I think it’s safe to say, it’s not the Jews, it’s not the Arabs, it’s not the gays, it’s not the liberals, it’s not Barbra Streisand or Michael Moore. No, make no mistake about it. The real culprit is the far right wing of any government. It creates the political, social, and economic environment that starts all the wars and lays the groundwork for all the revolutions and acts of terrorism that follow. It has always been this way throughout history, and probably always will be.

And who is running our country today? The Bush administration, the most right-wing administration we’ve had in the United States since, well, the Reagan administration. And unless we get rid of these goose-steeping, war-loving, propaganda-spewing corporatists in the next election, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

New Arrival

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

Buy Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio

 

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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
(Fiction)
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

 

Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the 2005

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amazon.com
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.


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.

 

Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the 2005

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amazon.com
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan


A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.

 

Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti


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

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed


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

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert


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

bn.com

 

amazon.com
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart


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

bn.com

 

amazon.com
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller


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

OR Books of the 2004

bn.com

 

amazon.com
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin


Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

 

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