Shit Happens! By William Bowles

31 January 2004

Lord who? So it seems that in spite of all the inquiries, denials, resignations and bellicose statements from the pirates, the entire programme to deceive the populace has come unstuck, unglued, unhinged and undone. People in increasing numbers want to know what uncounted thousands of Iraqi citizens and hundreds of ‘coalition’ soldiers died for?

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Franchising the news or how to whitewash a whitewash By William Bowles

30 January 2004

In 2002 when I first returned to the UK after many years abroad and started my long period of readjustment to this malignant society, a major part of the process was getting a handle on the media here. I read many of the leading ‘papers, listened to the news and of course watched it on tv. I tried to immerse myself in the gallons of turgid prose that gurgled out of ‘news central’, for that’s what it is, a factory for the manufacturing of ‘news’ for passive consumption, designed it would appear for an audience with the attention span of a gnat.

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Information Clearing House Archive January 2004 Part 4

January 2004 — Information Clearing House

Index January 21-30 2004 Part 4
Date: 30 Jan 2004

271 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

Bush Declines to Back Call for Intel Probe:

President Bush said Friday “I want to know the facts” about any intelligence failures concerning Saddam Hussein’s alleged cache of forbidden weapons but he declined to endorse calls for an independent investigation.
story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20040130/ap_on_re_us/iraq_weapons_investigation

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Some Old White Guy Does The Whitewash By William Bowles

29 January 2004

Do politicians lie? Do fish swim and birds fly? It’s difficult to know where to start with this ‘inquiry’ except to say that Hutton has transformed what was meant to be an investigation into the events surrounding the alleged suicide of Dr David Kelly and his being ‘outed’ by the government into a total whitewash of Blair’s rationale for going to war. Everybody involved in the entire disgusting and illegal invasion has been absolved of any wrongdoing, except the BBC, but more on this later.

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Throwing the book at our leaders By William Bowles

26 January 2004

Lie (noun): falsehood, fabrication, prevarication, fib, untruth, falsification, invention, mendacity, canard.

Ah woe is me, what’s got into the world when those who claim to be fearless in pursuit of the truth – the great and glorious media, schooled, we are told in the art of assembling the dissembled – are afraid to utter the word lie. LIE! There, I’ve said it twice but I don’t feel any better. Perhaps if I contextualise it, I’ll feel less unclean, less soiled by our mendacious government headed by a gang of canards, who with the complicity of a cowardly media, falsify reality and prevaricate when challenged, fabricate inventions and tell us untruths about their reasons for going to war.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Will the Unity Coalition Earn it? By William Bowles

26 January 2004

Sunday (25/01/04) saw the launch of a new political party of the left in the UK, the Unity Coalition. The inaugural meeting held in the Friends Meeting House on Euston Road in London, was packed, with around 1200 people crowded into the main hall and represented a good cross-section of what’s left of left political activists, from the Socialist Workers Party, The Communist Party GB, the Socialist Alliance through to a number of Labour Party members but who understandably kept their heads down.

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Dictatorship With a Digital Face: Blair and Bush Build the Corporate Security State By William Bowles

23 January 2004

Blair and Bush Build the Corporate Security State
We live in strange and unknown times. All the old paradigms as they say, have disappeared. The world most of us have grown up in has vanished, at least that’s the appearance of things. But have they, or is it that we have merely forgotten our history, that we have been down this route before? Perhaps it’s time to put the present in the context of the past.

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How the Dominant Culture Dominates By William Bowles

19 January 2004

In 1848 the Chartist Uprising petrified the ruling classes of England. The uprising, triggered initially by opposition to English colonial policies in Ireland swept across the length and breadth of the country. Strikes, marches and occupations and insurrections occurred in every major town and city in England and Wales. The rebellion has been documented in novel form by the historical writer Jack Lindsay in his book “1848 — Year of Revolutions” and well worth reading if you can find a copy.

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Information Clearing House Archive January 2004 Part 2

January 2004 — 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]

Index January 9 – 14 2004
Date: 14 Jan 2004

Danish Tests Show Arms Found in Iraq Not Chemical :

The Danish Army said on Wednesday initial tests showed a cache of mortar rounds found buried in Iraq on January 9 did not contain any chemical substances as originally suspected.
www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4127077

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Hoisted by their own, brazen pétards By William Bowles

12 January 2004

Western media continues to belittle Iraqi opposition to the occupation

The latest reports to come out of Iraq reveal an ever growing level of resistance to US plans to create a puppet government for the country, not that you’d know it from Western news coverage aside that is from the (predictable) coverage of the Shi’ia statement by Ali Sistani, the leader of the Shi’ia Muslim community opposed to the July date for an interim ‘government’.

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Legitimacy Denied: Western media continues to belittle Iraqi opposition to the occupation By William Bowles

11 January 2004

The latest reports to come out of Iraq reveal an ever growing level of resistance not only to US plans to create a puppet government for the country but to the occupation as a whole, not that you’d know it from Western news coverage aside that is from the (predictable) coverage of the statement by Ali Sistani, the leader of the Shi’ia Muslim community opposed to the July date for an interim ‘government’ and the massive rally in Basra, the supposedly ‘stable’ area of the country, ruled by the British.

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