Information Clearing House Archives: May 2003 – Part 3

May 2003 — Information Clearing House

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Chris Hedges, Talks With Democracy Now!About His Experience at Rockford College and tells how his microphone was cut twice as he gave a graduation speech.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3494.htm

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Information Clearing House Archives: May 2003 – Part 2

May 2003 — Information Clearing House

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

STRONG MUST RULE THE WEAK, SAID NEO-CONS’ MUSE: Is U.S. foreign policy being run by followers of an obscure German Jewish political philosopher whose views were elitist, amoral and hostile to democratic government?http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3284.htm

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Information Clearing House Archives: May 2003 – Part 1

May 2003 — Information Clearing House

[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

DID THE US GAS ITS OWN PEOPLE? YES:
A short clip from Investigative Reports – concerning biological testing on US cities (5 minutes)
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3138.htm

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The Great Pretender By William Bowles

31 May 2003

As per usual, the corporate press are up to their old tricks of divorcing ‘facts’ from causes. So now, failing ‘smoking guns’, bland dismissals that the ‘it’s all about oil’ arguments as ‘nonsense’, imperialist strategies, possibly, et al, we arrive at the final ‘destination’ of the corporate media whereby, through some process known only to the corporate press, Iraqis are transformed into ‘Victims’ (London Independent, 24/05/03). Once they’ve been transformed into mere ‘bit parts’ with minor, walk-on roles (mostly on crutches), they can be added to the catalogue of the ‘victims’ of the various and sundry wars currently taking place but without anyone actually taking responsibility for it, except, as we shall see, the poor bloody ‘victim’.

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Is a military junta ruling Iraq? By William Bowles

28 May 2003

Why is it so difficult find out who the people are who are running Iraq? What does the Bush administration have to hide? We read the odd story in the press about these characters but you have to dig deep to find out much about their backgrounds. All are hand-picked Bush appointees. All have close associations with other Bush associates. All are right-wing, some extremely so. All are pro-Israeli. The entire operation is being run out of the Pentagon and many of the people picked for the various posts are military or former men or have close connections to the military.

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Advertising private enterprise By William Bowles

27 May 2003

At last, the truth is out. Bremer’s ‘state of the dis-union’ address this past weekend spelled out the real reason for the invasion of Iraq; the protection of private ownership as the best guarantee of political freedom. This was on BBC Radio 4 news but when I came to find this quote in the Guardian, the Independent or even on the BBC website, no luck, this critical quote was nowhere to be found. One has to ask the question why as it goes to the very heart of the issue of why the US invaded Iraq.

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Act Two: Victim enters stage right By William Bowles

25 May 2003

As per usual, the corporate press are up to their old tricks of divorcing ‘facts’ from causes. So now, failing ‘smoking guns’, bland dismissals that the ‘it’s all about oil’ arguments as ‘nonsense’, imperialist strategies, possibly, et al, we arrive at the final ‘destination’ of the corporate media whereby, through some process known only to the corporate press, Iraqis are transformed into ‘Victims’ (London Independent, 24/05/03). Once they’ve been transformed into mere ‘bit parts’ with minor, walk-on roles (mostly on crutches), they can be added to the catalogue of the ‘victims’ of the various and sundry wars currently taking place but without anyone actually taking responsibility for it, except, as we shall see, the poor bloody ‘victim’.

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War Inc. – A $300 Billion Dollar Business By William Bowles

18 May 2003

‘Mercenaries are outlawed under Article 47 of the Geneva Convention. In December 1994 the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 49/1150 urging all nations ‘to take the necessary steps and to exercise the utmost vigilance against the menace posed by the activities of mercenaries’. The UN International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries has been signed or ratified by twenty-one countries.’ – http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/sheppard.htm

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Apologies – Remember to Remind Me By William Bowles

15 May 2003

‘If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own…. For if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night.’ — James Baldwin

‘First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.’ — Martin Niemoller

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In bed with Bush – The Bechtel story By William Bowles

13 May 2003

‘We seek them here, we seek them there, we seek those terrorists everywhere’

One could say that one of the distinguishing features of contemporary US capitalism is that it no longer bothers to hide behind a façade of the ‘free market’ and ‘defending democracy’. That’s how sure it is of itself and its ability to operate unhindered in the ‘global marketplace’. Continue reading