30 April 2004 — Information Clearing House
[From the Archives. I’ve been archiving ICH digests since 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that clicking on a link will take you where you want to go. WB]
1 YEAR -20 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.
Fleeing Fallujans killed as crisis deepens:
US soldiers have fired on a minibus full of civilians near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the besieged Iraqi town of Falluja.
My Country, Right And Wrong:
Those self-appointed guardians of mindless loyalty who so fondly call themselves patriots in today’s kinder, dumber America, would not only encourage the popular corruption of Schurz’s actual, and brilliantly Jeffersonian original words, but would be very happy to never so much as see the entire statement in historically accurate context.
Fallujah: Remember the Alamo?:
In our great hate, so cynically manipulated against Iraq by our leaders, we have temporarily lost the American tradition of rooting for the underdog. But what can the rest of the world see at Fallujah but an Islamic David against the ruling Goliath?
Sovereignty and Iraq after June 30 2004:
A failure of foreign troops to leave Iraq when requested to do so by the transitional government will expose as the sham that it is the protestations of freedom, democracy and a “return” of sovereignty to the Iraqi people.
World Disorder and the Crimes against the People of Iraq:
The people of Iraq continue to die; meanwhile the anti-war movement or the “Second Superpower” is in hibernation. The people of Fallujah are killed because they are defending their families, their live and their city.
Ten U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq :
Eight soldiers from the U.S. 1st Armored Division were killed and four wounded in a car bomb attack at about 11:30 a.m. Baghdad time near Mahmudiyah, south of the capital.
Two Ukrainian soldiers killed in Iraq :
Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in an attack in Iraq as opposition parties continued to urge the former Soviet republic to consider pulling back its troops from Iraq.
Seven Iraqi Police, One Civilian Killed During Attacks:
Seven Iraqi Police and one civilian were killed in two attacks targeting Iraqi security forces in Mosul
Fifth South African dies in Iraq:
A British military official said in the southern Iraqi city of Basra that a civilian, believed to be South African, was killed in a shooting.
Where US snipers fire at ambulances :
Four-year-old Ali is lying in a cot, the mattress matted with dried blood. He is bleeding from a horrific groin wound and his left leg has been amputated above the knee. His left arm is bandaged and bleeding, his face badly cut. His father brushes away the flies buzzing around Ali’s wounds. It is a scene of almost utter hopelessness.
US marines hand Fallujah over to Saddam general:
US marines announced the end of the bloody, near four-week siege of Fallujah today and will hand the city over to an all-Iraqi force, commanded by one of Saddam Hussein‚s generals .
US planes hit Falluja after pullback deal:
The warplanes roared low over the city after pounding Golan and the An-Nawwab al-Dhubbat and Nazzal districts in Falluja, some 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad.
Botched raids typically go unnoticed by the international media :
In order for Western observers to understand why the deaths of people presented to Western audiences as liberators would be cheered by those supposedly being liberated, the media would need to present the hundreds of raids that result in Iraqi suffereng.
America is its own worst enemy in Iraq:
When a discredited young firebrand cleric outsmarts American administrators and soldiers, you know the occupiers are at sea in the sands of Iraq.
Britain, America begin to diverge in Iraq:
Troubling signs between key coalition partners
Like a kid who has been told otherwise, Bush persists in believing in his own version of Santa Claus. The weapons are there, somewhere — in a North Pole of his mind.
Welcome To America:
Briton ‘in chains at JFK airport:
An accountant claims that he was kept for more than 24 hours in “leg chains” and denied food and water after flying into New York’s JFK airport with his wife
Blow to rebuilding hopes as BP backs out :
BP’s chief executive delivered a serious setback to hopes of rebuilding Iraq when he said that the oil company has no future there.
Poll: Iraqis out of patience:
Only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is doing more good than harm, and a solid majority support an immediate military pullout even though they fear that as a result they could be in greater danger.
U.S. support for Iraq war down sharply: poll:
Fewer than one-half, 47 per cent, said taking military action in Iraq was the right thing to do and about the same number, 46 per cent, said the United States should have stayed out of the country.
Congress Prepares for New Iraq Spending -Sources:
Key U.S. congressional committees are drawing up plans that could provide the Pentagon with up to $50 billion in emergency money for military operations in Iraq before the November election, congressional officials said on Wednesday.
Pulp fictions triumph over truth:
For those who backed Bush over war in Iraq, the idea of proof has shifted from fact to fervour
U.N. envoy connects dots between Iraq, Israel:
The shootings, kidnappings, ambushes, terrorist bombings and U.S. military actions that have left 100 Americans and 1,000 Iraqis dead in the past month testify to the classic deathly dance of the occupier and the occupied.
Iranian court orders US to pay $600 million compensation:
An Iranian court has ruled the United States should pay US$600 million in compensation for supplying ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons
‘System wide’ mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners: report:
CBS has broadcast images of US troops mistreating Iraqi prisoners, saying an army investigation has found “system wide” problems in the handling of captured Iraqis.
60 Minutes II: Transcript:
In some, the male prisoners are positioned to simulate sex with each other. And in most of the pictures, the Americans are laughing, posing, pointing, or giving the camera a thumbs-up.
Remember Falluja :
During the first two weeks of this month, the American army committed war crimes in Falluja on a scale unprecedented for this war.: The sight of decapitated children, the rows of dead women and the shocking pictures of the soccer stadium that was turned into a temporary grave for hundreds of the slain – all were broadcast to the world only by the Al Jazeera network.
Iraqi insurgency :
“They are shooting at us … they are terrorists ˜ they dress like the local population.‰ The quote is from an American Marine interviewed on CNN during the US assault on Fallujah. Obviously, before CNN set up the camera scene the Marine’s superiors had drilled the script into him. In parrot fashion, the young Marine dutifully repeated the mantra.
Falluja is a turning point in the American policy in Iraq.
It is also the beginning of a new era for the resistance and for the Iraqi people, too. You cannot imagine what kind of solidarity the people show to Falluja refugees, especially in Shiite neighborhoods! Al-Sadr himself talked about the bravery of the people of Falluja.
Siege of Fallujah provokes second mutiny:
A second unit of the Iraqi armed forces has mutinied at Fallujah after being involved in heavy fighting with insurgents Ali Allawi, the Iraqi Defence Minister, said
Army Finds Troop Supply ‘Getting Thin’ :
The Army could have a tough time finding more combat troops if they are needed in Iraq. Of the service’s 10 active-duty divisions, all or parts of nine are either already in Iraq to serve 12-month tours of duty, or have just returned home in recent weeks after a year’s duty.
Local Support for Iraq War Fading?:
Brigadier General Michael Sumrall, former head of the Alabama National Guard, said today the rush of hometown support that provided a morale boost to U.S. soldiers when they arrived in Iraq a year ago has gradually declined.
UK: Pressure on Army to send troops into Iraq’s danger areas:
The presence of British soldiers in the Iraqi capital would enable the US to claim it was a truly international operation in the violent Sunni triangle.
Saturday deadliest day for Arkansas troops since Korea:
Vietnam never produced as deadly a day for Arkansas soldiers as Saturday
A gruesome picture:
How long must our troops suffer being in a desperate situation with no additional help fighting a war generated by lies. We support their efforts but a majority of us now no longer believe that they have any business being there.
US swells Iraq media death toll :
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said, “The stations that are showing Americans intentionally killing women and children are not legitimate news sources,” he said.
Spoils Of War:
Post-War Contractors Ranked by Total Contract Value in Iraq and Afghanistan
Exposed: The Carlyle Group:
Shocking documentary uncovers the subversion of Americas democracy
Two Afghan officials killed in mine blast:
A mine planted by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan‚s southern Zabul province killed two district officials on Wednesday, the provincial governor said.
U.S. Pulling Most Troops From Korea’s DMZ:
The United States will pull nearly all its troops from their last front-line positions along the tense frontier with communist North Korea by October
Globalizing the Harrassment of Muslims:
The Dirty Work of Canadian Intelligence: Now, growing allegations of Canadian intelligence cooperating with foreign governments to detain and question citizens abroad.
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1 YEAR -18 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.
112 killed in Thai battle :
At least 112 people were killed in Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south today in what police claimed was an attempt by poorly armed teenage militants to steal their weapons.
Three Coalition Soldiers Die in Iraq:
Three soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition force in Iraq died on Wednesday, one killed in action and two of wounds sustained in attacks, U.S. military spokesman Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said.
Bush Warns Falluja Rebels, Marines Mount New Raids:
“Our military commanders will take whatever actions necessary to secure Falluja,” Bush said, as helicopter gunships and jet aircraft pounded several districts across the Sunni bastion west of Baghdad.
Iraqis offer bounty for US officials:
Resistance fighters in the Iraqi city of Falluja have placed a $15 million bounty on the heads of key US occupation figures, including Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld.
Marines, Sunnis battle in Fallujah:
A series of explosions and gunfire rocked Fallujah on Wednesday in new fighting the day after a heavy battle in which U.S. warplanes and artillery pounded the city in a show of force against Sunni insurgents holed up in a slum.
Insurgents in Iraq show signs of acting as a network:
Far from limited to a small group of “dead-enders” and Saddam “thugs” as Pentagon officials claim, the armed opposition to the US occupation in Iraq has reached the point where some experts say it threatens to become a full-fledged nationalist insurgency.
Al-Asad: Iraqis are right to resist:
Syrian President Bashar al-Asad has backed armed resistance operations against the US occupation forces in Iraq. The Syrian president said the resistance represented the people of Iraq and was, therefore, legitimate.
Interview with a Mujahedeen:
“Terror was unseen here before the invasion. In Falluja, it is not terrorism, it is resistance.‰
Mistaken assumptions in the siege of Falluja:
The siege in Falluja is a case study in mistaken assumptions, dashed hopes and rivalry between the army and the Marine Corps, according to Pentagon officials, senior officers and independent military analysts.
“We’ll All Go To Hell With The Marines”:
An enormous understanding gap now exists between Iraqis and the occupiers. According to a British officer, the American army, inspired by Israeli methods, may apply “the Jenin solution.”
In Falluja, Finding a Place for the Dead:
The gravediggers said that the cemetery was full of women and children. And there were headstones attesting to the graves beneath holding civilian victims, marked “child,” for example.
Marine sniper units work Fallujah :
Sniper teams that target anyone suspected of being an insurgent.
Upside Down In Fallujah:
Our Americans are the „foreign fighters‰ who were not invited to Fallujah or Iraq
Democracy Now! Report:
“This Is The Massacre, The Holocaust That We Are Seeing In Fallujah”
We go to Fallujah to get a report from a journalist embedded with U.S. troops and we speak with CorpWatch’s Pratap Chatterjee, recently returned from Iraq, about Iraqi resistance, private military contractors and the kidnapping of his cameraman.
The ultimate price :
Conquering armies always search for collaborators. British imperialism promoted – what the official records of that time call ‘natural leaders’ of the communities – to rule the people. Americans viewed the oppressed Shia majority as the new facilitators of American rule.
More troops suffering severe head wounds:
Injuries prove devastating for doctors, too
Lack Of Armor Claims Troops :
Twenty percent of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq might have lived had there been more armored, heavier vehicles available to them.
President needs to open eyes to deaths occurring in Iraq:
If we didn’t see the dead, maybe we’d forget they exist.
I Will Not Shut Up:
So don’t toss me a yellow ribbon to tie around a tree. Don’t hand me a sign to stick in my yard. And don’t tell me to shut up.
Yes, We Can Handle the Truth:
The bottom line: this government doesn’t trust the people. The last thing it wants to do now is fight an image war at home
Reality of ‘real war’ dawns on U.S. allies:
Bulgaria’s troops are unprepared for the kind of fighting going on in Iraq and need “immediate and substantial military backup” from the U.S.-led coalition, President Georgi Parvanov said Tuesday.
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Bush catches Saddam disease:
It’s all going bad and getting worse for Bush in Iraq.
Were Japanese diplomats killed by ‘friendly’ fire in Iraq?:
Bulgarian Soldiers Asking to Return From Iraq Increase to 43:
Twenty new requests for return have been filed in the recent days after a sixth Bulgarian soldier was killed in gunfights with radical Shiite rebels in the city of Karbala, Dimitrov said.
Allies clash over Iraq interim powers:
America’s United Nations Ambassador John Negroponte, who will become US Ambassador to Iraq on July 1, said yesterday that the interim government would have limited powers. It would not control security and would not be able to make new laws, he said.
Death Squad Ambassador:
Senate Hearings Begin on Negroponte Iraq Appointment: Negroponte’s reputation as ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985 earned him a reputation for supporting widespread human rights abuses and campaigns of terror.
Make No Mistake, We Are 1930’s Nazi Germany:
The Bush/Limbaugh Republicans are the 1930’s Nazis, period. And these eunuchs that make up the Democratic Party – these battered wives who will come up with any excuse to allow these Nazis to continue doing what they are doing – means that America will go the way of Nazi Germany.
Francis A. Boyle, Destroying World Order:
“In international legal terms, the Bush Jr. administration should be viewed as constituting an ongoing criminal conspiracy under international criminal law in violation of the Nuremberg Charter, the Nuremberg Judgment, and the Nuremberg Principles, due to its formulation and undertaking of war policies which are legally akin to those perpetrated by the Nazi regime in pre-World War II Germany.”
Some Dare Call It Treason: Wake Up America!:
“It’s been said that somewhere in Texas there is a village looking for their idiot. Now that may be funny, but it misses the point. George W. Bush is not an imbecile. He is a TRAITOR.”
Congress Probes Iraqi National Congress Lobbying Efforts:
The Iraqi National Congress of Ahmed Chalabi may have violated restrictions against using taxpayer money to lobby when it campaigned for the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Congress’ General Accounting Office will investigate the allegation, which if proven true, means that U.S. taxpayers paid to have themselves persuaded that it was necessary to invade Iraq.
Justices Question Indefinite Holding of U.S. Citizens :
“Presumably, this warlike status could last for 25 years, 50 years, whatever it is,” Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told Bush administration lawyer Paul Clement.
Court must put brakes on grab for power :
If the court decides that during a self-declared “war” a president can override basic rights of American citizens and the basic human rights of noncitizens, it will give George Bush II the greatest powers provided to a president since we overturned George III.
Afghanistan forced to admit secret execution:
The US-backed government of President Hamid Karzai only admitted the secretive execution after pressure from the human rights group Amnesty International. President Karzai signed the death warrant.
Sharon says roadmap is dead:
In an interview to mark the 56th anniversary of the state, Sharon announced that the internationally backed “roadmap” peace blueprint that sought to create an independent Palestinian state by 2005 was dead.
Sharon said likely to resign if disengagement fails to pass referendum
UK: Former diplomats’ attack on Blair is off the Richter scale, says Cook:
Robin Cook delivers a fresh and devastating blow to Tony Blair today by claiming that serving British ambassadors support the 52 former diplomats who criticised the Prime Minister over his policy on the Middle East.
UK: Diplomatic divide :
There are three big things to say about the robustly critical open letter to Tony Blair on Middle East policy from 52 former British diplomats published yesterday.
Blair should listen to the experts :
The signatories to the letter include many distinguished and experienced public servants. They extend beyond the “usual suspects” of well-known Arabists, and there is every indication that many more serving and retired diplomats, as well as army officers, harbour the same misgivings.
UK: We have to kick against the pricks:
Britain must lose its reluctance to question the special relationship www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1204868,00.html
Gov. Bush promises U.S. commitment to Israel on Independence Day :
During a Monday speech celebrating Israel’s 56th Independence Day, Bush lauded his brother, President George W. Bush, for reinforcing the alliance between the two countries at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
How many “Defensive Wars” Has Israel Fought? :
Of five major wars between Israel and its neighbors since 1948, three clearly were initiated by Israel.
Index Ranks Richest Nations‚ Aid Contributions:
Despite earning high marks for its trade policy, the United States contributes relatively little in foreign aid given the size of its economy.
Graph: 2004 Ranking The Rich:
The United States gives little development assistance for its size, ties much of it to the purchase of U.S. goods and services, and allocates it to countries generally richer or more corrupt than recipients of development assistance from other donors.
9/11 panel won’t tape Bush-Cheney ‘talk’ :
White House allows note-taking only at joint interview
Student’s Anti-Bush Sketches Eyed:
The Secret Service questioned a 15-year-old boy last week and confiscated drawings he made depicting President Bush as the devil, and with his head on a stick.