Information Clearing House Digest December 17-21 2004
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004
Bush Approved Torture Techniques
FBI E-Mail Refers to Presidential Order Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation Techniques
Obtained FBI Records Call Defense Department‚s Methods “Torture,” Express
Concerns Over “Cover-Up” That May Leave FBI “Holding
the Bag” for Abuses.
The End Of Warfare
the most heavily armed opponent in the history of War, Fallujah
has still not let itself be “taken” to date. The mightiest
military machine in history has met its match. A turning point
in military affairs? The end of warfare, as practiced by the Americans – the
application of overwhelming force to obtain a victory?
Attack on US troops is worst yet :
US soldiers and six Iraqi civilians have been killed in an explosion
at a US military base in Mosul, making it the worst single incident
for the US military in Iraq.
US air strike on Iraqi town kills civilians:
have launched air strikes on the Iraqi town of Hiyt, west of the
capital, killing six Iraqi civilians and wounding nine others.
Iraqi official shot dead in northern Iraq:
Ibrahim gunned down on his way to work in Baquba, bomb attack injures
five US soldiers, Iraqi civilian near Hawija.
Iraqi resistance hit north Iraq oil pipeline complex:
occupation forces have set a complex of oil pipelines ablaze in
northern Iraq but exports on the line had already been halted by
a separate attack at the weekend, oil officials and witnesses said
New bombing rocks Shia holy city :
has exploded on the western outskirts of Karbala, a day after car
bombs there and in the sister shrine city of Najaf killed 66 people.
U.S. using chemical weapons against civilians: Iraqi leader :
Americans are losing the war in Iraq and in their frustration have
started using chemical weapons and napalm bombs on civilian populations,” alleges
Khudur al-Azawi of the Iraq National Democratic Party.
Poll: Most Americans Think Iraq War Not Worth Fighting:
survey found that 56 percent of the country now believes that the
cost of the conflict in Iraq outweighs the benefits, while 42 percent
disagreed. It marked the first time since the war began that a
clear majority of Americans have judged the war to have been a
Last Hungarian soldiers leave Iraq:
soldiers are in now Kuwait and all will return home by Christmas,” ministry
spokesman Istvan Bocskai said.
FBI Agents Complained of Prisoner Abuse, Records Say:
FBI complained that military interrogators had gone beyond the
restrictions of the Geneva Convention that prohibit torture; the
agents cited Bush administration guidelines that permit the use
of dogs and other techniques to harass prisoners.
Washington foresees prisoner abuse probe:
White House says it expects a full investigation of prisoner abuses
in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after new FBI memos described
detainees facing beatings and having lit cigarettes placed in their
Tribunal rules documents on Guantanamo detainee cannot be released as they could “damage international relations”:
been in the company of other detainees who were beaten while blindfolded
and handcuffed. At one point, a group of detainees, including myself,
were subjected to being randomly hit over a eight hour session
while handcuffed and blindfolded.
Donald Rumsfeld and the myths of war :
failure to sign condolence letters should be a complaint at the
bottom of a very long list
We’ doesn’t :
2003, I was ordered to go to Iraq to “be all I can be” and
fight for my country like other soldiers in the U.S. Army. Besides
being in Iraq for one year for no reason, there was another thing
that annoyed my fellow soldiers and me. That was the way President
Bush used the word “we” when he talked about the sacrifices
that soldiers are making, extending our stay in wartime and the
reason we were there.
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‘Political arrests’ in Iraq condemned :
Arab National Forum has condemned the Iraqi interim government’s
practice of arresting Iraqi politicians, handing them over to US
forces and detaining people without charge.
Jordanian charged for criticising US:
Hattar was accused of “provocation” and detained overnight
after delivering a lecture critical of the US military and political
involvement in the region, his lawyer said on Monday.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/20/04:
nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television
news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime
Axing the International Criminal Court :
details of Congress’s bloated spending bill for next year
keep surfacing. The latest: An amendment on page 219 that prevents
$2.5 billion in US foreign aid from reaching countries who have
joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), but refused to specifically
exempt US soldiers from the court’s jurisdiction.
Gwynne Dyer : Selling ballistic missile defense (BMD) and the myth of ‘rogue states’ :
BMD system being deployed now probably couldn’t stop a single
missile, and even the full system envisaged for 10 or 20 years
down the road (if they can ever get the technology to work) could
never stop an all-out Russian or Chinese attack.
Richard Vigurie and the Destruction of America:
behavior has not only made enemies of the Arab and Muslim populaces,
but as the neo-cons anger Russia and threaten North Korea and China
in the areas of their hegemony, Bush may trigger a larger conflagration
that will lead to a major attack on our mainland that will make
9/11 and Pearl Harbor look like child‚s play.
Why Blair’s trip will not succeed :
US is too partisan to see that the Palestinians cannot give more
Settlers ignite uproar by comparing Gaza Strip pullout plan to Holocaust:
Jewish settlers said Tuesday they will be wearing orange Star of
David patches similar to those the Nazis forced Jews to pin to
their lapels in an escalation of protests against a planned Gaza
US up in arms over Sino-Israel ties:
relationship with its closest ally, the United States, seems to
have hit a rough patch, with Washington apparently upset with Israel’s
clandestine dealings with China.
U.S. agrees to $25M `Gold Train’ settlement :
Holocaust survivors allege that American Army officers during World
War II plundered a trainload of family treasures that had been
seized by the Nazis. U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz gave the
sides 45 days to finalize details of the settlement.
UK: Party leaders humiliated by ID card revolt:
Government’s flagship plans for ID cards suffered a rebellion
last night as more than a quarter of the Commons failed to turn
up to vote for the Bill.
Rep. Ron Paul: Is America becoming a police state? :
question is no longer rhetorical. We are not yet living in a total
police state, but it is fast approaching. The seeds of future tyranny
have been sown, and many of our basic protections against government
have been undermined.
America’s war on itself :
wrecking tactics over climate change follow an established pattern
To afford a 2-bedroom apartment, you must earn $15.37 an hour:
in Florida needs to earn $15.37 an hour — three times the
U.S. minimum wage — to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment
Wall St. Lobby Quietly Tackles Social Security:
President Bush prepares to disclose the details of his plan to
funnel hundreds of billions of dollars of future Social Security
funds into privately held investment accounts, Wall Street has
begun a muted lobbying campaign
Paul Krugman on Social Security, the Decline of the Dollar and Healthcare:
York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor, Paul Krugman
discusses President Bush’s Social Security plan, the devaluation
of the dollar and the healthcare debate
Date: 20 December 2004
Disgraced by Silence
Editorial – The Los Angeles Times
will the president respond to the cascading allegations of prisoner
abuse by the military? A Marine guard in Iraq sprayed an alcohol-based
liquid on a detainee, struck a match and ignited the prisoner,
burning and blistering the man’s hands. Another Marine held
wires from an electric transformer to a detainee’s shoulders,
so that the man “danced as he was shocked,” according
to military documents made public this month.
The Enemies Among Us
by Mike Whitney
new Intelligence reform bill is a more stunning attack on the Bill
of Rights than the Patriot Act. Most people have no idea how dramatically
their “inalienable” rights have been savaged, or to
what extent the Congress has sold them out. It’s no exaggeration
to say that the foundation of personal liberty, guaranteed in the
law, is cracking at the base. It’ll be a miracle if we can
put it back together in time to pass it on to our children.
Push for Broader Presidential Powers:
By Michael Isikoff
Department lawyer may have been laying the groundwork for the Iraq
invasion long before it was discussed publicly by the White House.
Five killed in Afghanistan attack:
policemen and a miliant were killed when insurgents attacked a
security checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, the police have said.
Four killed in northern Iraq ambush:
three Iraqis, including a woman, were killed in a string of attacks,
Picture From Fallujah
shows pictures released by the US Marines 18 December 2004 of a
US soldier being hit by enemy fire while trying to pull a fatally
wounded Marine to safety during battles in the restive city of
Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
Hiding the bodies:
6 U.S. Marines Killed In Fallujah on the 17th: Read the second
to last paragraph of this article.
Bin Laden targets oil to bleed US:
bin Laden claims to have bled the Soviet Union into bankruptcy
as an Islamic guerrilla fighter in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Could
he do the same to another hated superpower ˜ the US?
Iraq Pipeline Watch :
circulated in Bayji said that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had blown up
a pipeline, following orders from ‘’supreme commander
Osama bin Laden’’.
Displaced Fallujah residents unsure of when they can return home:
should not believe it when they say the fighting has stopped,” Nasser
Mehssen, 48, told IRIN.
Robert Fisk: There was screaming and shouting and crying.:
the insouciance, the absolute indifference of the British military
press office in Basra that shocked me.
Saddam claims election is US plot:
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has urged his compatriots to unite
against the US occupation and warned that upcoming elections were
designed to divide the nation.
Patrick Cockburn : A poll governed by fear:
will get no chance to vote, and the war will go on
Nearly 1,300 Lives Lost – And For What?:
makes the death of this soldier particularly poignant is that only
a short time ago he was back in Maple Shade on leave and made DVDs
of himself reading his daughter bedtime stories. The videos remain
as her introduction to a father she will never otherwise know.
Deserters Are Heroes :
let us take the sad, sordid case of one George W. Bush. Our president.
Love him or hate him, it was he and he alone who decided that our
mighty armies should travel to Iraq and kill tens of thousands
of people, most of whom were guilty of nothing more than being
Slain Soldiers’ Kin Rip Robo-Rummy Letters :
grieving families of New York soldiers killed in Iraq blasted Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday for letting a machine sign
his name to condolence letters they got in the mail.
Polish special forces back home:
special forces have ended their mission in Iraq where they took
part in joint operations alongside US troops, the Polish military
Eric Margolis: West has bloodied hands:
was the first high government official to authorize use of mustard
gas against rebellious Kurdish tribesmen in Iraq? If your answer
was Saddam Hussein’s cousin, the notorious “Chemical
Ali” — aka Ali Hassan al-Majid — you’re
Lawyers to resign over UK terror law:
role has been altered to provide a false legitimacy to indefinite
detention without knowledge of the accusations being made and without
any kind of criminal charge or trial.”
Bin Laden’s New Message::
says he was particularly alarmed by the video of al-Zawahiri, aired
Nov. 29 on the Arabic TV network al-Jazeera, in which he offered
a “final piece of advice for America … – “What
bothered me is he said this is the ‘final’ time we’re
going to raise this. “
Believe it or not:
U.S. takes border war on the road: Boats being sunk near Ecuador:
counterterrorism officials have set up a high-seas gantlet deploying
Coast Guard cutters off Latin America and arresting foreign nationals
trying to leave their own countries.
Gordon Prather: Threatening Iran ˆ despite the evidence:
General Mohamed ElBaradei has just reported to the IAEA Board of
Governors that after a year-long exhaustive and intrusive inspection
he has ˆ to date ˆ found no evidence that Iran has ˆ or
ever has had ˆ a nuke program.
Report: Iran says it has uncovered spy ring for Israel :
said Sunday its intelligence services have uncovered a spy ring
that collected intelligence information for Israel, according to
a report by Israel Radio’s Persian language program.
Bush says may step up Syria pressure:
George W. Bush has said that the United States could step up diplomatic
and economic pressure on Syria over interference in the election
process in Iraq.
Uri Avnery: The mountain and the mouse:
Sharon’s “vision” for
Israel and the Palestinians exposed
Nobel Peace Prize winner compares Israel to Nazi Germany
Israel: An entire village in the balance :
the orders are carried out, the Ministry of the Interior will be
able in another 35 days (the legal period for appeal) to erase
the entire village from the face of the earth.
Revealed: Haiti bloodbath that left dozens dead in jail :
Lindsay is the only journalist to get into the Port-au-Prince prison
since a riot three weeks ago when, it is said, guards executed
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Freed Haitian Priest Gerard Jean-Juste:
Supporters “Are Not Only Targeted, We Are Being Chased”
The Coup Connection:
an organization financed by the US government has been promoting
the overthrow of elected leaders abroad
Report: Congresswoman’s Family Profited:
Maxine Waters’ family members earned more than $1 million
in the last eight years doing business with candidates, companies
and causes she helped, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Food stamp use is on rise across U.S.:
2000, Gray and more than 6 million other Americans have joined
the ranks of the families who find it increasingly difficult to
perform a most basic function – to put food on their tables.
Poll: Half of Americans Worry About Debts :
of Americans say they worry about the money they owe, and many
say they worry most of the time about their overall debts, an Associated
Press poll found.
Report: U.S. Rentals Unaffordable to Poor :
Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal
minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or
two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing
Earth-Hostile Chemical Gets White House OK :
Bush administration announced new rules Thursday to allow U.S.
farmers who grow tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to continue
using methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting pesticide that had been
scheduled to be phased out worldwide next year.
Weak dollar may threaten balance:
dollar is raising alarms.
Our disappearing dollar:
put up 90 percent of the $2 billion required every day to make
sure Uncle Sam’s checks don’t bounce.
Arabs wary about dealing with US banks :
Arabs, concerned about increased US scrutiny of their offshore
bank accounts, are nervous about dealing with US banks and may
seek safer havens if the conflict in Afghanistan spreads, bankers
Car bombs hit Karbala and Najaf, killing more than 60 people; three election workers killed in Baghdad ambush :
11 Palestinians Killed During Israeli Occupation Forces Invasion of Khan Yunis:
Two US contractors killed in Iraq:
‘U.S. Soldier Killed Iraqi Teenager after Sex’ :
US warplanes strike Falluja:
US threatening UN over Arab report:
Saddam bids to challenge case in US:
Interview: Pilger On The Media: Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker John Pilger talks to Antony Loewenstein about the media.
A System Bereft of Justice:
National ID Red Alert! :
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004
Almost Half of Americans Favor Restrictions on Muslims’ Rights
The Associated Press
Nearly half of all Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans, according to a nationwide poll.
survey conducted by Cornell University also found that Republicans
and people who described themselves as highly religious were more
apt to support curtailing Muslims‚ civil liberties than Democrats
or people who are less religious.
Democracy Now! Exclusive
Conscientious Objector Witnessed Abuse, Killing of Iraqi Detainees at Abu Ghraib
Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, we speak with former
Army Reserve Specialist Aidan Delgado. At Abu Ghraib, he witnessed
U.S. soldiers abuse and killing of Iraqi detainees. Video and Transcript – Warning – This
program contains graphic images
7 More Killing Days Until Christmas
Four Iraqis killed in US airstrike near Fallujah :
American airstrike killed four Iraqis, wounded five and burned
six civilian cars
Iraqis killed in attack on polling station:
people have been killed and eight wounded in a mortar attack on
an election office north of Baghdad, police and hospital sources
Iraqi woman killed at US checkpoint:
of the woman’s relatives were wounded late on Friday night
when US soldiers opened fire on their car. Police said the car
failed to stop at a checkpoint in Iraq’s northern oil capital
American forces lose control of key city:
same time as the US was recapturing Fallujah in a heavily publicised
assault it largely lost control of Mosul, Iraq’s northern
Sabotage Stops Iraq’s North Oil Exports:
blew up Iraq’s northern export pipeline for the second week
in a row on Saturday, halting oil flows to Turkey’s Ceyhan
port, oil officials said.
US marines do not recommend return of residents to Fallujah :
US military cannot recommend to the Iraqi interim government the
return of residents to Fallujah, where anti occupation forces are
still holed out in the battle-scarred city.
Marines Face More Cunning Foe in Fallujah :
troops face sporadic but cunning resistance from insurgents as
they sweep the city of Fallujah more than a month after U.S. and
Iraqi forces invaded the militants’ stronghold, U.S. officials
Iraqis Face Winter Shivering by Candlelight:
the daily struggle to dodge bullets and bombings is not enough,
many Iraqis now face a freezing winter shivering by candlelight
as persistent attacks keep the power out for more than 12 hours
Ali’ And Iraq’s Defense Minister In Iraqi Court
US military sees sharp fall in black recruits :
has two daughters. Let them go over and fight,” she added,
to a chorus of “That’s not our war” from the
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/17/04:
nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television
news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime
How Iran will fight back:
United States and Israel may be contemplating military operations
against Iran, as per recent media reports, yet Iran is not wasting
any time in preparing its own counter-operations in the event an
Russia may build 7 more reactors for Iran:
may build seven more nuclear reactors for Iran, to cost a total
$10 billion, Alexander Rumyantsev, head of the Federal Atomic Energy
Agency, has announced.
Iran: Woman to Be Buried Up to Chest and Stoned to Death :
Iranian woman charged with adultery faces death by stoning in the
next five days after her death sentence was upheld by the Supreme
Court last month. Her unnamed co-defendant is at risk of imminent
execution by hanging.
Yushchenko ‘given Agent Orange ingredient’ :
weekend, doctors at an Austrian clinic treating Mr Yushchenko confirmed
that the dramatic transformation in his appearance – from
healthy-faced to bloated and pockmarked – was due to dioxin
US Congress probe into Yushchenko funding unlikely before Jan:
into the possible funding of the election campaign of Ukrainian
presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko with money from American
taxpayers could be conducted in US Congress not earlier that in
January, an aide to Texas Republic congressman Ron Paul, Jeff Dist,
said on Wednesday.
Secret Pinochet payments linked to BAE :
of up to $5m (£2.57m) are listed in Gen Pinochet’s bank records
obtained by a Senate investigation in Washington.
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US free press faces tough challenge:
journalists is typically associated with tyrannies and dictatorships,
making it ironic that US judges in the past six months have threatened
at least eight reporters with sanctions or jail time for not naming
sources, said First Amendment Center Ombudsman Paul McMasters.
U.S. accused of AIDS drug cover-up:
Africa’s ruling party has accused top U.S. officials of treating
Africans like guinea pigs amid questions over testing of a key
HIV/AIDS drug before a U.S.-backed roll-out of the treatment across
Bush overwhelmingly captures Catholic vote:
who have become a closely watched swing vote, favored Bush over
Democrat John Kerry by 52 percent to 47 percent, according to national
exit polls. That is a turnaround from 2000, when Bush got 47 percent
to Democrat Al Gore’s 50 percent.
In case you missed it;
Katherine Yurica: Conquering by Stealth and Deception:
the Dominionists Are Succeeding in Their Quest for National Control
and World Power
Dominionist Dementia: What’s Jesus Got To Do With It?:
would hardly include going to war, let alone constructing a panoply
of lies to justify doing so.
Another Iraq Casualty:
900 U.S. Kids Lost a Parent in War:
U.S. isn’t winning against Iraqi resistance, agencies warn:
CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department have
warned President Bush that the United States and its Iraqi allies
aren’t winning the battle against the Iraqi resistance, according
to administration officials.
Fallujah not ready for return of civilians:
: Ongoing fighting between US marines and anti occupation forces
in the former rebel bastion of Fallujah makes the imminent return
of residents announced by the Iraqi government unlikely, US officers
Iraq fears put pressure on Rumsfeld to quit :
Rumsfeld is at the centre of a Republican firestorm over his handling
of the war in Iraq, with pressure appearing to mount in Washington
for him to quit as defence secretary.
Terrorism? Resistance? Censorship!:
Defining ‘terrorism’ is harder than you’d think:
under foreign occupation have a right to resistance and a definition
of terrorism should not override this right.”
in Iraq: The Human Cost of Occupation
US Accuses Israel of Spying; Second Charge in 4 Months:
allegedly is so furious over the spying allegations that it has
demanded the resignation of Amos Yaron, director general of Israel‚s
Defense Ministry, according several news sources.
Torture Begins at the Top :
disclosed FBI memo indicates that “marching orders” to
abandon traditional interrogation methods came from the defense
I inadvertently posted this article in yesterday’s newsletter with the wrong URL. I have posted the correct URL below.
Rise of the Amerikan Nazis Part II
Democracy at Death‚s Doorstep
By Manuel Valenzuela
been tamed, like a wild stallion, broken, saddled and corralled,
robbed of the freedom to roam America‚s
plains, now faithful and obedient to our wicked masters,
unwilling to take action, unwilling
to resist and revolt, much like the Declaration of Independence
asks us to do in times of tyranny, instead complacent
in life, entertained
by bread and circus, uncaring for our future, ignorant
to our present, blind to the destruction of America
being perpetrated by those in
power. We are like zoo animals, encaged, depressed, controlled,
Torture Begins at the Top
A recently disclosed FBI memo indicates that “marching orders” to abandon traditional interrogation methods came from the defense secretary himself.
By Joe Conason
Even after the shock of Abu Ghraib, these substantiated stories
of cruelty, sadism and lawlessness are stunning.
Three Westerners killed in Mosul:
Insurgents have attacked a car carrying at least three Westerners
in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, killing them and their Iraqi
driver, and chopping off the head of one victim, local witnesses
Three People killed in Kirkuk:
Unprecedented missile attack on camp for Kurdish returnees in troubled
oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
Three Iraqi national guardsmen killed:
Three Iraqi national guardsmen, who were on their way home, were
killed in an ambush in the Abu Ghraib neighbourhood west of Baghdad.
Iraq rebels gun down minister:
AN Iraqi government minister has been shot dead in Baghdad, fuelling
fears that the insurgency will escalate out of control in the build-up
One Marine killed in action:
One Marine assigned to the I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed
in action Thursday, December 16 while conducting security and stabilization
operations in the Al Anbar Province.
Several Turkish embassy guards killed in Iraqi attack :
Several Turkish embassy guards, on their way from Turkey to the
Iraqi capital Baghdad, were killed Friday in an armed attack on a
road in Mosul, the Turkish foreign ministry said.
U.S. Soldier Faces Charges for Killing:
An Army officer was arraigned Friday on charges in connection with
the killing of a critically wounded Iraqi who worked as a driver
for the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, a military spokesman said.
Judges’ verdict on terror laws provokes constitutional crisis :
A scathing law lords judgment condemning the indefinite detention
of foreign terror suspects as a threat to the life of the nation
left anti-terrorist laws in tatters yesterday.
Law lords condemn Blunkett’s terror measures:
‘The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of
a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political
values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these’ – Lord
Hoffmann – in yesterday’s judgment
HOUSE OF LORDS: OPINIONS OF THE LORDS OF APPEAL FOR JUDGMENT IN THE CAUSE:
Read the judgment. pdf format
UK Keeps Terror Suspects in Jail, Despite Judgement:
Law Lord judges ruled 8-1 in favor of the men whose imprisonment
under draconian anti-terror laws, some for as
long as three years,
has become a cause celebre for rights activists who call
their predicament “Britain’s
CIA has prison within a prison at Guantanamo Bay :
the heavily guarded perimeters of the Defense Department’s
Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, the CIA has maintained
a jail for valuable al Qaeda captives that has never
been mentioned in public,
according to military officials and several current and
former intelligence officers. Spy agency had been holding
terror suspects in nations
around the world
US guards abused me, claims Guantanamo Briton :
man released from Guantanamo Bay told Europe‚s
top human rights body today he was beaten, shackled, kept in a cramped
cage and fed rotten food as part of “systematic abuse‰ while
in American custody.
Cuba Places Iraq Jail Abuse Photos at U.S. Mission:
on Friday put up two huge billboards in front of the U.S. mission
with pictures of abused Iraqi prisoners, a
swastika and the word “fascists” in
bold red letters.
Jim Lobe: Neo-cons on the road to Damascus:
Key neo-conservative opinion shapers are calling on President George
W Bush to take stronger measures against Damascus, possibly including
Rebels using Syria as base, general says:
A top U.S. Army general called on the government of President Bashar
Assad to do more to stop the insurgency from being managed by Iraqis
hiding in Syria.
Michael Schwartz : The failed US face of Fallujah:
a few notable exceptions, the media have accepted the recent virtual
news blackout in Fallujah. The ongoing fighting
in the city,
especially in “cleared” neighborhoods, is proving an
embarrassment and so, while military spokesmen continue to announce
American casualties, they now come not from the city itself but,
far more vaguely, from “al-Anbar province”, of which
the city is a part.
For faith and country: Iraqi resistance fights on :
Theirs is a story rarely told, a brief insight into the lives of
thousands of Iraqi men who have spent the past 18 months fighting
a costly guerrilla war against the most powerful army in the world.
Rory McCarthy speaks to two fighters
An online archive of soldier’s photos:
– Warning – Contains
graphic images depicting the reality of war.
Col. David Hackworth : Army recruiters face big challenge
this tragic war kicked off in March 2003, the United States has
evacuated an estimated 50,000 killed or wounded
in action and
non-battle casualties from Iraq back to the States – leaving
50,000 slots that have had to be filled.
Colombia Troops Being Sought for Iraq:
working for U.S. contractors are hiring former Colombian soldiers – and luring away active-duty ones – for
security jobs in Iraq, according to a former army officer
who met with the
Election outcome might not please U.S.:
Shiite victory likely to take nation in Islamic direction
“I don‚t support this war‰
AKERS and NICOLE COLSON report on the U.S. government‚s
latest schemes in its occupation of Iraq—and the growing discontent
of U.S. soldiers sent to die for oil and empire.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 12/16/04:
nation’s only uncensored compilation of
daily television news reports from more than 15 countries
in the Middle East. QuickTime
Six Palestinians killed in southern Gaza :
The Israeli army continued a military offensive in the southern
Gaza town of Khan Younis, killing six Palestinians including one
8 die in attempted jail break in Afghanistan:
An official said Afghan soldiers killed two armed al-Qaeda prisoners
who had barricaded themselves inside the Pul-e-Charki prison after
overpowering and killing their guards.
‘Osama’ tape tells Saudis: prepare for coup:
believed to be Osama bin Laden, speaking on a tape, urged his fighters
to focus attacks on oil sites in the
Gulf and Iraq and
hailed the “terrorists” who attacked a US consulate in
Another bugging device found at UN headquarters:
The room was used by ministers from major powers last year during
private talks on Iraq following the U.S. invasion and occupation.
Annan resists further Iraq pledge:
About 59 UN staff are now deployed in Iraq. Of those, 25 are electoral
experts to assist in the 30 January poll. A 150-stong contingent
of Fijian troops under UN control will provide security.
Bush snubs Annan during Washington visit :
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was pressed Thursday to do more
in Iraq, while at the same time he was being snubbed by the U.S.
Iraqi militants claim Italian aid worker was murdered as a ‘present to Berlusconi’ :
The blindfolded victim was displayed in the desert near the violent
Sunni town of Ramadi, along with an Italian passport and a visa application
letter that suggested he worked for a charity called Contact.
Italian president blocks reforms :
President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has defied Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi’s government by vetoing a justice reform
bill. Mr Ciampi refused to ratify the bill on Thursday, saying some
of the reforms were “clearly unconstitutional”.
Helen Thomas: Pentagon says depleted uranium is harmless:
The Pentagon claims that American forces and Iraqis are not at risk
from contact with depleted uranium, which is used in armor-piercing
munitions and protective tank plating.
Video: Depleted Uranium Hazard Awareness:
Why Has Our Military Refused to Show This Training Video To Our
Troops Now Serving In Iraq?
Russian Forces in China? :
According to AP, quoting the official China News Service, the joint
military exercises will be held in China. Russian forces in China
for an exercise! Not too many years ago, one would have been laughed
to scorn at the very suggestion, given the historical enmity between
the two countries.
African Union says Darfur is ‘timebomb’:
quantities of arms and ammunition have poured into Sudan’s
Darfur region in the last two weeks and the government
is poised for a major military offensive, the African
Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for Falluja :
film promises to depict the story from the point of view of US
soldiers and politicians; it seems unlikely that
the plight of
the Iraqis will figure too prominently in Hollywood’s take
on the subject.
‘It’s only a piece of cloth’ :
a headscarf is no big deal… unless
you happen to be a Muslim, in which case this simple
piece of cloth arouses opinions,
hostile glances and worse.
Jack Dalton: Raped, then Raped Again:
The Continued Plight of 1st LT Jennifer Dyer
Margaret Kimberley: The Right Wing Hates America :
They are the first to wave the flag and loudly proclaim their love
of country. They are also the first to stab their country men and
women in the back when it suits them.
Paul Krugman: Buying Into Failure:
As the Bush administration tries to persuade America to convert
Social Security into a giant 401(k), we can learn a lot from other
countries that have already gone down that road.
Police charge Fort Stewart soldier with staging shooting to avoid Iraq:
arrested a Fort Stewart, Ga., soldier Thursday after he allegedly
had his cousin shoot him so he wouldn’t
have to return to Iraq.