Instant Replay By William Bowles

19 June 2003 —

WMDs Iranian style? Let me quote from the UN press release on the issue of Iran’s supposed nuclear weapons programme:

‘‘Mr. ElBaradei noted that the report points out that corrective actions are being taken in cooperation with the Iranian authorities. But he added: ‘I continue to call on Iran, as with all States with significant nuclear programmes, to conclude and bring into force an additional protocol at an early date, in order to enhance the Agency’s ability to provide credible assurances regarding the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.’

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Book Review: Consenting Adults? By William Bowles

18 June 2003 —

This month saw the publication of George Monbiot’s book ‘The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order,’ and it’s a ‘call to arms’ or at least a call to consenting arms, as it sees itself as being in opposition to what Monbiot calls the ‘Age of Coercion’.

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Iranies of Iran William Bowles

16 June 2003 —

I had to delve back into the archives to get a handle on the current bizarre and totally hypocritical US attitude toward Iran. Now let me get this straight: in 1979 there was a popular revolution which overthrew the US-installed regime of the Shah of Iran, who had been put in power, when in 1958, a popular revolution threatened US oil interests in Iran (who had already ousted British control of Iranian oil following WWII).

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While the US crows, Iraq resists By William Bowles

14 June 2003 —

The USUK would have us believe that those Iraqis who are now fighting back against occupation are the ‘remnants’ of Saddam’s regime. Yet what evidence is there for this assertion? The bottom line is none, aside from leaflets, one of which is apparently a message from Saddam. But aside from the leaflets, there’s not a single shred of evidence to support the idea. Continue reading this...

Spooking the Spooks By William Bowles

12 June 2003 —

Having spooked the entire population with tales of terror as part of its programme to win over the population to its policies, the Bush administration is faced with the reality of being hoisted by its own petard as the saying goes. As more and more information comes out about the real nature of the repressive tactics being used and the role of big business in propelling the entire insane machine, it’s becoming clearer and clearer to citizens, that they have more to fear from their own government than they have from any elusive enemy. Continue reading this...

Banking on Terror – The NCS Pearson Story By William Bowles

11 June 2003 —

Want to make a lot of money out of the ‘war on terror’? Get into the airport passenger and baggage screening business and write your own cheques

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Before it moves, nuke it By William Bowles

8 June 2003 —

It’s time that the mass media informs the public as to the truth about US first use
nuclear strategy and the threat it poses to the future of the planet and the central
role nuclear weapons play in US plans for achieving global dominance

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It’s the poor wot gets the blame By William Bowles

7 June 2003 —

As some wag pointed out, if Iraq was the world’s leading producer of broccoli, there would be no ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’.

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The un-United Nations and the world as ‘victim’ By William Bowles

6 June 2003 —

Every day, a dozen or so un-UN press releases pile up in my inbox which I scan for some nugget of news, some insight that might be of use to me, but it’s largely self-serving stuff. Hans Blix’s last report on Iraq’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ is as vague and non-committal as all the others have been and therein lies the rub as they say. Continue reading this...

We know what they knew and we know when they knew it By William Bowles

5 June 2003 —

The London Independent today (05/06/03) has the headline:

‘The Niger Connection: Tony Blair. Bogus documents and the case for war’

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Go for the Jugular! By William Bowles

5 June 2003 —

Except of course, they won’t (the media that is). We’ll be lucky if they name and shame a pinky. On both sides of the Atlantic, the frantic search for scapegoats continues apace, one of the latest being Ahmed Chalabi of the INC (favourite of the Wolfie clan) on whose ‘intelligence’ both the Pentagon and the New York Times have relied on so much,

NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) William Bowles

3 June 2003 —

NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) William Bowles

“We read a lot about how corrupt the decision makers and the corporations are. We read very little about the responsibility that we all share to the state of this world. Aren’t we the ones who don’t want to change our lifestyles and who would go absolutely ballistic if petrol (or access to other goods and services at a cheap price) was restricted ? Isn’t it also the consumerism in which we all play an active role that creates these “small minded and utterly unprincipled men and women” that like you say rule us?” – A reader.

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Unglued, unstuck, pear-shaped, wobbly…and sick By William Bowles

2 June 2003 —

Call it what you like, the events of the past week are a genuine watershed in the USUK campaign to sell the world ‘democracy’ out of the barrel of a gun. And even though the mass media still can’t bring itself to utter the words, ‘what are the real reasons?’ the desire to pursue the ‘story’ is so compelling that they just can’t let go of it. And the more Blair’s government rolls out one mouth after the other, to utter the words, ‘just you wait, have patience’, ‘we’ve got the evidence’, ‘you’ll see, we didn’t actually say that’, ‘read what we really said’, the more the media and critically, the public, look on in disbelief and increasingly, disgust.

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Haiti – Regime Change By William Bowles

1 June 2003 —


‘In 1893 Frederick Douglass, then envoy to Haiti, said he felt compelled to defend Haiti against the prejudices of ‘newspaper correspondents and six-day tourists’ by pointing out that Haiti seemed capable of enduring crisis without ‘falling to pieces and without being hopelessly abandoned to barbarism’.

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