Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 November 23-30 2004

November 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 November 23-30 2004
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2004

I Am Become Death – The Destroyer Of The Worlds

Anwaar Hussain

The crimson waters of the Euphrates are now emptying into the Persian Gulf the hopes and aspirations of innocent people whose lives were snuffed out on the orders of a man rewarded for his monumental crimes by his great nation.
207.44.245.159/article7389.htm

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Media Lens: Protest the BBC on Thursday, December 2 – This is Why. Part 1

30 November 2004 — Media Lens

“There is not a single surgeon in Falluja. We had one ambulance hit by US fire and a doctor wounded. There are scores of injured civilians in their homes whom we can’t move. A 13-year-old child just died in my hands.” (Dr. Sami al-Jumaili, main Fallujah hospital, November 9, 2004)

“Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and prevent war.” (Thich Nhat Than)

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Media Lens: Fallujah – The BBC’s Director of News Responds

26 November 2004 — Media Lens

On November 8 and 11 we published two Media Alerts: ‘Legitimising Mass Slaughter in Fallujah’‚ in which we commented on the bias and inhumanity of BBC and ITV News reporting on Fallujah.

These alerts generated a massive response from readers – one of the biggest we have seen – and contributed, we believe, to a short-lived improvement in both BBC and ITV reporting. As a flood of emails was being copied to us, the BBC in particular began paying attention to the plight of civilians in Fallujah in a way that it had conspicuously not done earlier in the week. This could of course have been a coincidence, but we doubt it. We suspect that BBC editors and journalists were shocked by the intensity and extent of public feeling, a suspicion strengthened by a response of unprecedented seriousness from the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden (see below).

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The Blair Fear Project By William Bowles

23 November 2004

W A R N I N G

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Have you seen this man? Is he bothering you? Does he know your wife? Is he the father of your children? If you see him in the neighbourhood report him immediately. This man is dangerous. He will ask you a lot of questions about yourself and ask to take intimate pictures of your body. He may ask you for a DNA sample. (Text Edward Teague)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 17-22 November 2004

November 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 November 17-22 2004
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2004

Report: US discussing strikes on Iran

The Pentagon is considering strikes in support of regime change, including attacks on the leadership, as well as on political and security targets
www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=J
Post/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1101010793582

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Weasel words by the dogs of straw By William Bowles

19 November 2004

We have yet to discover the true scale of the slaughter that the US wrought on Fallujah but one thing is clear, if we rely on the British government for the numbers we’ll never know the truth. On 17 November the Foreign Office issued a response to the report in the Lancet that calculated that deaths in Iraq (excluding those in Fallujah from the current blitzkrieg and those of last April’s attack on Fallujah) were in the order of 100,000 and this number is more than likely to be on the conservative side.

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Media Lens: The Power of Nightmares and the Real Politics of Fear – Part 2

19 November 2004 — Media Lens

Manufacturing The Myth Of ‘America’

American elites have long sought to manufacture and promote a shared myth of ‘America’ based on “symbols by which Americans defined their dream and pictured social reality.” (Alex Carey, Taking The Risk Out Of Democracy, UNSW Press, 1995, p.75)

Adam Curtis alluded to this myth-making in his BBC series The Power of Nightmares, but he portrayed it as a process initiated and pursued by neoconservatives from the 1940s onwards, inspired by the teachings of Leo Strauss.

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Media Lens: The Power of Nightmares and the Real Politics of Fear – Part 1

18 November 2004 — Media Lens

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the public alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” (H.L. Mencken, 1923)

Introduction – Pyrrhic Applause

“Every so often a programme comes along that makes watching television not only a duty but a pleasure.” So wrote Guardian TV critic Rupert Smith of the BBC2 series The Power of Nightmares by Adam Curtis. Smith’s conclusion: “Documentary of the year, without a shadow of a doubt.” (October 21, 2004) Writing in the same paper, Madeleine Bunting described the series as “hugely important”. (October 25)

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No Sleepy Times Down South By Edward Teague

17 October 2004 — The New Dark Age

Roger (Rogelio) Pardo-Maurer IV is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and reports to Rumsfeld. Graduate in History from Yale and Economics from Cambridge (England), he contributed to 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States. Pardo-Maurer also served in combat with the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 2 November 10-17 2004

November 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 Part 2 November 10-17 2004
Date: 16 Nov 2004

800 Civilians Feared Dead in Fallujah :

At least 800 civilians have been killed during the U.S. military siege of Fallujah, a Red Cross official estimates.
207.44.245.159/article7298.htm

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The more things change the more they stay the same By William Bowles

16 November 2004

Update: 17 November 2004

Coincidence? The surfacing of a videotape that allegedly shows the execution of Margaret Hassan coming as it does fresh on the heels of the video of the execution of a wounded Iraqi resistance fighter by US Marines seems to be part of a pattern of diverting attention away from embarrassing revelations for the occupiers. Could it be that the people who kidnapped Margaret Hassan are not what they seem? That her execution emerged at this critical time in the war for ‘hearts and minds’ strikes me as just too much of a coincidence. It’s as if she was held out of sight until needed. Of course, the media will focus on the immediate horror of it without considering the timing of her execution.

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