russian chess champion and political activist garry kasparov on his country, ours, democracy and oil

And, as long as you’re on YouTube, you might want to check out this footage of Congressman Keith Ellison during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the Jena Six case that my friend Kristen just sent. He may not eat pork, but he definitely kicks ass. The way our first Muslim Congressman totally tears apart Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney Donald Washington is a thing of beauty.

And, if that wasn’t enough, how about Valerie Plame on 60 Minutes talking about how, by outing her as a covert agent, the Bush administration set the CIA’s WMD work in Iran back years?

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  1. mark
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    The Huffington Post has a new piece by Valerie Plame too. Hopefully the whole 60 Minutes interview will be online soon, and not just the clip I linked to earlier.

  2. Steph
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    It’s weird how matter of fact he is about the possibility of being poisoned or murdered by Putin. Thanks for posting it.

    I’m not quite sure I understand his comments on oil though. Can someone explain it to me? Why would Putin want to keep oil prices high?

  3. Andy`
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Putin wants to keep oil prices high b/c Russia exports the second most oil in the world (Saudi Arabia – #1 in exports and 9/11 terrorists).

    Russia is rebuilding militarily and asserting themselves regionally, all the while Putin is consolidating power internally. High price of oil facilitates all of this.

  4. edweird
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Keith Ellison is a bad ass. I wanna know more. Off to Wikipedia.

  5. Kate D
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    If I’m not mistaken, he (Ellison) and Kucinich were cosponsors of the legislation to impeach Vice President Cheney.

  6. Robert
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Hey! Shouldn’t Mark H be here calling this guy a conspiracy nut by now?

    I’m starting to feel guilty about having had Fred bumped off. I sorta wish I hadn’t. He’d be here now, laughing and making fun of Kasparov’s paranoia with me.

  7. Fred
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m still here, friend. I’m just laying low, trying to avoid the death squads.

  8. Robert
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t afford the squad. I had to go with the plan that fit my budget. Be on the lookout for a crackhead with a knife duct-taped to his hand.

  9. oliva
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    What a fantastic clip of Ellison, introduced by our very own Mr. Regal (Conyers), chairman of the Judiciary (wow, how very cool some things are really).

    There’s a tiny post-election interview (8 Nov. 2006) of Ellison at, which has this, interesting in light of people like Pelosi and Emanuel now saying the election was only partly about the war, not crucially about it:

    AMY GOODMAN: Keith Ellison, finally, this victory in Washington for Democrats — Democrats joined with Republicans in authorizing the invasion, not all, of course, but many. What do you take this victory for Democrats as? What is the message, do you believe, that’s being sent?

    KEITH ELLISON: Well, I just heard Nancy Pelosi say that the issue was Iraq, and the problem was the Republican drive toward war. So I think the message is clear, that the American people want peace to be the guiding principle of this nation. They want America to be a source of peace in the world, not warfare and militarism. And I think that that’s unmistakable in this election.

  10. john roche
    Posted November 1, 2007 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I want Mr. Kasparov to know that I support his effort to preserve democracy in Russia

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