Day: September 16, 2011

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Government employees criticized President Benigno S. Aquino III’s proposed $234.9 million Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for 2012, saying that it was “unconscionable considering the deplorable poverty experienced by government employees and the people.” “We are enraged over such a large amount appropriated solely for Aquino’s pork barrel,…

Alternet.org Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of a Noam Chomsky interview on Democracy Now! Chomsky covers a wide range of subjects, including the true cost of America’s empire, the significance of Obama’s recent jobs proposal, and the real reasons why corporate interests and conservatives are intent on demolishing wildly successful public programs like…

By TOM ENGELHARDT Truthout.org Let’s bag it. I’m talking about the tenth anniversary ceremonies for 9/11, and everything that goes with them: the solemn reading of the names of the dead, the tolling of bells, the honoring of first responders, the gathering of presidents, the dedication of the new memorial, the moments of silence. The…