Ex-pastor of gay-hating church close to death, says estranged son • Fred Phelps Sr gravely ill at hospice in Topeka, Kansas• Westboro Baptist Church used ‘God hates fags’ slogan Martin Pengelly in New York theguardian.com Pastor Fred Phelps Sr displays provocative placards in Laramie, Wyoming in April 1999. Photograph: David Zabulowski/AP Fred Phelps Sr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son. Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years,posted a statement on Facebook which said: “I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr, pastor of the ‘God Hates … Continue reading God Hates Pastor Fred Phelps close to death!
By Ramzy Baroud Something sinister is brewing around and below Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem – it has all the hallmarks of a familiar Israeli campaign to strip the mosque of its Muslim-Arab identity. This time around, however, the stakes are much higher. The status of al-Aqsa is unparalleled within the context of Muslim heritage in Palestine. It is also the third holiest Muslim shrine anywhere. Equally as important, it is a symbol of faith, resistance and defiance. Its story of struggle and perseverance goes hand in hand with the modern Palestinian struggle for rights, freedom and identity. In a … Continue reading Israel stokes holy row over mosque and makes Southern Baptists happier!
John Feffer The Cold War is history. For those growing up today, the Cold War is as distant in time as World War II was for those came of age in the 1970s. In both cases, empires collapsed and maps were redrawn. Repugnant ideologies were laid bare and then laid to rest, though patches of nostalgia persist. Surely the Cold War has been consigned to the textbooks as irrevocably as the Battle of the Bulge. The Berlin Wall is in pieces. The US president speaks of the abolition of nuclear weapons. The “common European home” from the Atlantic to the … Continue reading Ukraine: The clash of partnerships
By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON – A familiar clutch of hawks have taken wing over the rapidly developing crisis in Ukraine, as neo-conservatives and other interventionists claim that President Barack Obama’s preference for diplomacy over military action invited Russian aggression. At stake in the current crisis, according to these right-wing critics, are not only Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also Washington’s “credibility” as a global superpower and the perpetuation by the US and its Western allies of the post-Cold War international order. Some right-wing commentators, such as Michael Auslin of the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute, which played a major role in drumming … Continue reading US hawks take flight over Ukraine
The Taliban and other militant groups will have the upper hand in Afghanistan by 2017 even if the United States maintains a small military presence in the country, says a new US intelligence report. Known as the National Intelligence Estimate, the report includes input from all 16 American intelligence agencies and is prepared for US policymakers and lawmakers. In another report also released this year, the US intelligence community predicted that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba would continue to be the most multifaceted and problematic of the Pakistani militant groups. “The group has the long-term potential to evolve into a permanent and even Hamas/Hezbullah-like presence … Continue reading Taliban to grow in strength by 2017
The New Fascism: Terms and Conditions Let’s talk about those pesky terms and conditions. Last month, I had a chance to talk with John McAfee, the founder of the popular McAfee computer security programs. We talked about how people usually don’t read the terms and conditions of the smartphone applications that they download onto their phones. But McAfee did read the terms and conditions of the Bank of America smartphone application, and what he saw was pretty shocking. McAfee told me that, by agreeing to the terms and conditions for the Bank of America application, “You give the Bank of America … Continue reading Militant Corporate Fascism!
Israeli experts back Bibi’s bluff By Gareth Porter TEL AVIV – A striking feature of the Israeli political landscape in recent months has been the absence of a serious debate on the issue of the threat of war with Iran led by national security figures. It is well known that many prominent former military and intelligence officials believe an attack on Iran would be disastrous for Israel. After an initial blast at the idea of striking Iran by two former high-ranking officials last year, however, very little has been heard from such national security figures. The reason for this silence on the … Continue reading Bibi’s bluff and Pastorised Americans