Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 July 31 2004

July 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 28-31 2004
Date: 31 Jul 2004

1 YEAR & 112 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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20 militants killed in Fallujah fighting:

13 civilians also killed, 14 others wounded, including one child
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5455104/

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Book Review: Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President By William Bowles

30 July 2004

Bush on the Couch or Bush in the House?

Review: Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President by Justin A. Frank, M.D.

“We have to face the very real possibility that the President of the United States is loony tunes”
Unnamed GOP political consultant

The English, for whatever reason, have a deep distrust of anything to do with peering into the workings of the mind, let alone the mind of (nominally) the most powerful man on the planet, George W. Bush. And whatever one thinks of the many competing approaches to the nature of the mind – from the Jungian to the Freudian, RD Laing or whomever, gaining some insight into the workings of Bush’s brain may be useful to understanding the workings of overdue capitalism, if for no other reason than that of unpacking the addictive nature of the capitalist system and how the workings of an individual’s mind can be useful in the maintenance of the system, even one as batty as Bush’s.

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Making Sense of Sudan By William Bowles

27 July 2004

Have you noticed something missing in the media of late? Have you noticed how Iraq has virtually disappeared from front-page coverage to be replaced by the latest ‘Third World disaster’ – Sudan?

Conspiracy? Well if redirecting people’s concerns to something less ‘controversial’ than Iraq can be a considered a conspiracy, then yes it’s a conspiracy. After all, who can’t fail to be moved by the obligatory images of starving Africans and the predictable headlines eg “Congress presses for armed action to halt Sudan ‘genocide’” (London’s Telegraph 24/07/04). Millions have been raised for the ‘victims’ by an online Website for the latest catastrophe to beset yet another African ‘basket case’.

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Why I’m a closet Anarchist By William Bowles

23 July 2004

Last night there was a TV doccie on a man who had been falsely accused of murder and had spent 25 years in jail, 13 of them because he refused to admit that he was guilty. He finally won his appeal against wrongful conviction last year. But in a sense winning his appeal resulted in an even greater crime being committed on this man, for since his release, the state has stonewalled every attempt at getting the crime committed against him by the state righted.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 July 27 2004

July 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 22-27 2004
Date: 27 Jul 2004

1 YEAR & 108 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Two dead in Gaza City dawn raid:

Two Palestinians have died, and five others were injured, in a raid by Israeli troops on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3928947.stm

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 July 21 2004

July 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House 
Digest July 17-21 2004 
Date: 21 Jul 2004 21

1 YEAR & 102 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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10 foreigners killed in Pakistan:

PESHAWAR: Pakistani troops using artillery and gunship helicopters on Tuesday morning pounded strongholds of suspected foreign terrorists in Shakai, killing 10 of them
www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_21-7-2004_pg1_5

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Remnants of Empire By William Bowles

18 July 2004

The media’s response to the Butler ‘report’ has been tediously predictable, with most of the press pundits seeming to emit a collective sigh of relief as if, more even than the government, they can’t wait to see the back of Iraq and get on with what they know best – hobnobbing with their pals in Parliament and propping up our ‘failed state’.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 July 16 2004

July 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 12-16 2004
Date: 16 Jul 2004

1 YEAR & 97 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Iraqi PM – Allawi shot prisoners in cold blood: witnesses: :

Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station. Video and text
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article6498.htm

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Separate but Synonymous: The Media and the State By William Bowles

13 July 2004

“Lord Butler is to head off any attempt by Tony Blair to “spin” the conclusions of his report…by speaking live before the Prime Minister makes his statement to the House of Commons… In an attempt to stop Downing Street quoting selectively from the document, Lord Butler of Brockwell plans to seize the initiative by publishing his conclusions before Mr Blair has a chance to comment on the report publicly.”
Independent 12/7/04 P.5

There could be no clearer admission of the incestuous relationship between the media and the state than the subtext within this apparently ‘objective’ reportage on the impending release of the Butler report on the government‘s justification for the invasion of Iraq.

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A short, sharp shock by Edward Teague

13 July 2004 — The New Dark Age

T[ony] B[lair] is suffering from what we doctors called a blue funk. This is a common condition in ex-public schoolboys which arises when the patient exhibits the desire to please all who they meet, (on a random basis, as say, in the nearest bus queue, hall full of schoolchildren, mothers, wives of WTC victims, etc.,) and will listen. Naturally this condition results in a certain linguistic difficulties, such as suggesting black is white, or conversely white is black or maybe dark grey, or even at a stretch a sort of purply mauvy colour. This results in a slightly unclear and often unique view of the world, that the world seems increasingly incapable of sharing. These, what we doctors call dystopic visions, are not uncommon in 50 year old Prime Ministers who keep ditching their supporters and close friends in a seemingly relentless pursuit of what they regard and we doctors describe as divine power and Messianic leadership.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 July 11 2004

July 2004 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 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]

Information Clearing House
Digest July 07-11 2004
Date: 11 Jul 2004

1 YEAR & 92 DAYS … AND STILL NO WMD FOUND IN IRAQ.

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Five killed in western Afghanistan blast:

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured when a bomb ripped through an old district of the western city of Herat, a local official told AFP.
www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1151290.htm

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