NEWSBITS FROM PETER'S NEW YORK - AUGUST 29, 2007
American Elections are controlled by the Media
It appears that American elections are in large part determined by the
mass media, who control which candidates will be considered
front-runners, thus preventing anyone else from getting publicity.
That this actually occurs, I became convinced after a debate among
candidates for the Republican presidential primary in, I guess, 1999.
After the debate, Morris (forget his first name) did a poll, and it
turned out that Keyes came out on top, well above Bush and any of the
other candidates. The Bush team was furious, and ordered that publicity
on this poll be quashed, which it was. After that, I understood the
roll of the media in the elections.
The same scenario is being played out today with the candidacy of Ron
Paul, and perhaps with Dennis Kucinich as well. Paul, a long-time
conservative (not of the neocon ilk and their fellow travelers, but
more of the Ronald Reagan tradition), has won several straw polls. I
think one is in North Carolina, another in Washington state. This
information has not been shared with the public by the major media
outlets, since it does not go along with their scenario of how the
elections should unfold.
The media play a major roll in American national elections, limiting
the field to only candidates which for one reason or another have been
pre-approved. Elections in America have become a sham. It may be that
the best we can do to have our voice heard is to boycott them.
Maliki's friendly relations with Iran do not bode him well
Iraqi puppet-president Maliki has not been behaving. He has actually
tried to establish good relations with Iran. This is a no-no. The
United States is about to bomb Iran into oblivion. The goal of those
who run the United States is total conquest of the Middle East. Iraq is
not meant to have good relations with Iran.
Maliki has basically signed his death sentence. Of course he has been
doing the right thing, but not by the Bush Administration's thinking.
We do hope, indeed, that, he will survive, because he might be just the
man to throw the Iraqi government into an alliance with the Iranians,
which is just what is needed to balance the power in the Middle East.
An Iranian-Iraqi-Syrian axis would stabilize and balance the other
forces acting in the region. While Washington may think it has all the
aces in its pocket, one never knows. It may just turn out differently.
That would be cool.
Let's hope the next spate of American elections can demonstrate that we
want a regime change in Washington, and an end to the destructive
policies of conquest that this and past administrations have tried to
implement at the expense of American taxpayers and the brainwashed kids
in the military.
US antsy over possible acquittal of Philippine pres on
The United States is starting to worry that Joseph Estrada ("Erap"),
the Philippine president it likely helped topple at the beginning of
decade, may be found innocent of long-standing corruption charges. As a
result, it appears that the Americans are trying to implicate him in a
coup against the
American-allied Gloria Arroyo, who replaced him in a so-called
"people's revolution." If I am not mistaken, Estrada was relieved of
command by the Philippine Supreme Court. Arroyo then stepped in, as she
was vice president. Arroyo, however, is under suspicion of having
2004 elections that gave her original assumption
of power a quasi-official stamp. (By the way, I think it is illegal in
the Philippines to say that Mrs. Arroyo is not the president of the
Philippines, and that Erap is. Correct me if I'm wrong.)
It seems that a Philippine member of the U.S. F.B.I. was recently
convicted of spying for a group trying to topple Arroyo. This alleged
plot was said to be linked to Erap, who has been under house
arrest for most of the decade while awaiting a final decision on his
case. Erap denies any
attempt to form a coup or to cooperate with such an attempt, if one did
indeed exist. A verdict by the Supreme Court on Erap's appeal in the
corruption case is expected in September. Philippine society is
incredibly divided over this issue, and a decision either way could be
In the meantime, the U.S. has
sent over information about the spy case to Philippine officials,
probably in an attempt to keep Erap in jail under new charges of aiding
and abetting a coup, if he is
indeed acquitted of the corruption charges. If he is found innocent, it
would call into question
Arroyo's credentials, since Erap was deposed on the grounds of his
supposed guilt. A finding of innocence is very likely not
acceptable to the US administration, which must be hell-bent on making
the democratically elected president Erap who they in all likelihood
helped depose does not escape from jail.
Thus the trumped up coup charges.
Erap has often asserted that he is still
the legal president of the Philippines. It would be an incredible boon
to the Philippine people if Erap were found innocent. Let's cross our