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
Bush Wayne – A “ Caped Crusader” in a comic book world.
By Jerry Ghinelli
Deep inside a bunker in an undisclosed location just outside Washington, DC, the dynamic duo of Bush Wayne and his trusted confidant, Dick (Grayson) Cheney, hunker down, plan and execute their endless struggle to rid the world of freedom-hating terrorists, insurgents and unpatriotic, immoral liberals.
Iraqi forces find 12 bodies:
IRAQ’S security forces recovered 12 bodies, including five decapitated ones, from an area south of Baghdad, police said today.
Senior Sunni cleric killed in Mosul:
The cleric was a member of influential Iraqi Muslim body the Association of Muslim Scholars. The AMS has called for a boycott of elections planned for 30 January.
U.S. Soldier Dies in Attack in Baghdad :
A U.S. soldier was killed in an attack in southwestern Baghdad, the U.S. military said Monday.
Fierce clashes renew in Iraq’s Fallujah :
Fierce clashes between US-led forces and defenders of Fallujah renewed Monday Morning as relief teams were struggling to enter the battle-torn central Iraqi city.
Insurgent ‘playing dead’ in videotaped shooting:
The US military says marines in Fallujah shot and killed an insurgent who engaged them as he was faking being dead
War correspondent Kevin Sites, in his own words about his Falluja shooting video:
The lieutenant asks them, “Are there people inside?” One of the Marines raises his hand signaling five. “Did you shoot them,” the lieutenant asks? “Roger that, sir, “ the same Marine responds. “Were they armed?” The Marine just shrugs and we all move inside.
In case you missed it:
Video: Unarmed And Wounded POW Shot In The Head By U.S. Marine
Why pre-emptive invasions encourage soldiers to commit war crimes: :
Diplomatic Editor Trevor Royle on the implications of shooting dead a wounded Iraqi in cold blood
War is hell and everyone loses:
Everything that led up to that incident in the Fallujah mosque is part of what happens when you decide as a nation to go to war. Let’s not single out this Marine and distance ourselves from him. Every American bears responsibility for what is done in our name. Welcome to hell.
Ten days in Fallujah battlefield
Video: Iraqi insurgent video shows graphic death of US Marines:
Iraqi civilians gunned down at checkpoint:
US marines have killed several Iraqi civilians after opening fire at a bus which drove through a checkpoint in the city of Ramadi, the US military and Iraqi police say.
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8 Iraqi Guardsmen killed in Ramadi ambush:
Insurgents launched a deadly ambush Sunday in the guerrilla stronghold of Ramadi, killing eight Iraqi National Guardsmen and injuring 18 others, police said.
Raid on mosque sparks battles in Baghdad:
A U.S.-Iraqi raid on the Abu Hanifa mosque – one of the most revered sites for Sunni Muslims – spawned a weekend of street battles, assassinations and a rash of bombings
Audio interview with Dahr Jamail
The ever-worsening catastrophe that is the Iraq occupation.
Dahr Jamail is an American journalist living in, and reporting from, Iraq. He is directly contradicting the mainstream US press accounts of the situation there, and his reports are the most indispensible reading on the occupation.
The Life and Mysterious Murder of Margaret Hassan:
Margaret Hassan was born Margaret Fitzsimmons in Dublin, Ireland and murdered in the US-occupied Iraq. She has lived in Iraq for more than 30 years.
In Falluja, Young Marines Saw the Savagery of an Urban War:
The bullets hit the first marine in the face, his blood spattering the marine behind him. The marine in the rear tumbled backward down the stairwell, while Lance Cpl. William Miller, age 22, lay in silence halfway up, mortally wounded. “Miller!” the marines called from below. “Miller!”
To get the whole picture we need embeds on both sides :
From Operation Desert Storm in 1991 onwards, through the invasion and occupation of Iraq to the reinvasion of Falluja last week, the world has come to accept the Pentagon war-fighting doctrine of overwhelming force as normal.
Up to 50,000 more US troops needed in Iraq:
Senator McCain: Tens of thousands more US troops will be needed in Iraq, if Washington is to subdue the stubborn rebel insurgency there, a top US lawmaker said.
Increase in Iraq force is likely:
Senior U.S. military commanders in Iraq say it is increasingly likely they will need a further increase in combat forces
US withdraws 100 tanks from Republic of Korea :
The US has begun to withdraw 100 M1A1 tanks from the border area with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and transfer them to Iraq.
10 Reasons the US has Lost the War in Iraq:
And the rest is history.
The Uncounted :
Soldiers injured in Iraq, even if in a hostile war zone, are not included in the casualty counts unless their injuries are the direct result of combat. Bob Simon talks to some soldiers who think this is unfair.
Wounded Iraqi troops fill Air Force hospital :
Iraqi troops wounded as they fought alongside Americans in the recent Fallujah offensive are filling nearly half of the beds at the Air Force Theater Hospital at Balad, worrying doctors about the availability of bed space should another tidal wave of patients arrive.
Don Nash: The National Nervous Breakdown:
The fabric of American society is frayed and wearing thin. You can‚t wrap Bush‚s deceit in an American flag and make his atrocity into something that is worthy of patriotic praise
Bush’s Vision For America:
Let‚s add up what we have so far ˜ one party rule; a bureaucracy that rewards loyalty over talent; the suppression of dissent; a rigid orthodoxy of belief; imperial ambitions; a war going badly in a Moslem country, make that two Moslem countries; a news media that can only echo the party line. Yup, sounds like the Soviet Union to me.
Doubts Fly on Terror Report’s Reliability:
Five months after embarrassed State Department officials acknowledged widespread mistakes in the government’s influential annual report on global terrorism, internal investigators have found new and unrelated errors ˜ as well as broader underlying problems that they say essentially have destroyed the credibility of the statistics the report is based on.
Bush to Tout Anti-Drug Efforts in Colombia :
President Bush aims to highlight the benefits of American drug-fighting aid in Colombia and boost a conservative Latin American leader with a brief, security-laden stop in the Andean nation.
Afghanistan: Drug abuse rising warns CND:
“We are noticing that illicit drug abuse is rising day by day and becoming a big problem,” Alamuddin Atheer, CND’s deputy director told IRIN. While there were tens of thousands of drug addicts in Afghanistan, there remained only one rehabilitation centre for the entire country, he said.
When will foreigners stop financing the US? :
In terms of the euro, the dollar has never been lower. Even in the few weeks since President Bush was re-elected, the dollar has dropped by 2.5 per cent in euro terms. Altogether it has lost 40 per cent of its value in the past two years.
U.K: Civil Rights Fears Over Terror Purge :
CIVIL rights groups told of their fears last night over David Blunkett’s scheme to try terror suspects without juries and arrest those suspected to be at the point of planning attacks.
‘Who can decide who is the worst of the worst and who dies?’ :
Sister Helen Prejean and her friend and collaborator, the actor Susan Sarandon, tell Alex Hannaford why they will never give up their mission to abolish the death penalty
20-21 Nov 2004
9/11, Fear, and the Selling of American Empire.
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The Crushing of Fallujah
By James Petras
The US mass media ‘reports’, the style, content and especially the language echo their Nazi predecessor of 70 years ago to an uncanny degree. Coincidence? Of course! In both instances we have imperialist armies conquering countries, leveling cities and slaughtering civilians—and the mass media, private in form, state appendages in practice, disseminate the most outrageous lies, in defense and praise of the conquering ‘storm troopers’—call them SS or Marines.
Falluja women, children in mass grave:
Residents of a village neighbouring Falluja have told Aljazeera that they helped bury the bodies of 73 women and children who were burnt to death by a US bombing attack.
Seven killed in bus shooting:
Ramadi police chief Brigadier Jasim al-Dulaimi said US troops yesterday opened fire on the bus, which was riddled with bullets, as it passed the governorate building in the central Hay al-Andalous area.
Audio: Terror In The Mosque As U.S. Troops Kill Four Iraqi’s At Prayer:
Here is a radio dispatch and interview from FSRN and Flashpoints with audio taken inside the Abu Hanifa mosque of the raid/slaughter:
Falluja: U.S. troops told to shoot on sight:
On the eve of the assault on Falluja, the US military ordered troops to shoot any male on the street between the ages of 15 and 50 if they were seen as a security threat, regardless of whether they had a weapon.
Iraqis and U.S. military an uneasy relationship :
American troops as trigger-happy, fond of excessive force and acting with little regard for Iraqi lives.
Three more bodies found in Mosul:
The bodies of three men killed by the resistance have been found on a street in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a day after U.S. troops in the city discovered the bodies of nine Iraqi soldiers who had been shot in the head.
Militant groups control 60 percent of Fallujah: witnesses :
Militant groups in battle-torn Fallujah have controlled 60 percent of the central Iraqi city and surrounded dozens of US Marines in Jolan district,witnesses said Sunday.
Iraq: Starving children pay the price of disorder:
Acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the United States led the invasion of the country 20 months ago. – Iraq’s child malnutrition rate now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war. It is far worse than rates in Uganda and Haiti.
General Richard Myers:
Civil war could erupt in Iraq
UK: Commons motion to impeach Blair gets go-ahead :
The parliamentary motion to impeach Tony Blair for “gross misconduct” over the war against Iraq will be published next Wednesday
US military on the scent of oil:
The 2003 Defense Department’s “Base Structure Report” lists 702 foreign bases owned or leased by the Pentagon, with about 6,000 more installations in the US and its possessions. As vast as this network seems, the report inexplicably fails to include any locations in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Qatar and Kosovo. And to these must now be added at least 14 garrisons in Iraq.
Paul Craig Roberts : Virtuous Violence Is Upon Us:
The United States is in dire straits. Its government is in the hands of people who connect to events neither rationally nor morally.
Charley Reese : Not What You Think :
The United States should treat Israel the same as it treats every other foreign nation. We should make it clear, for example, that Israel’s enemies are not our enemies. If the Israelis and the Syrians don’t get along, that’s their business. Our relations with Syria should be based strictly on how Syria treats Americans and America’s interests.
Powell ‘pushed out’ by Bush for seeking to rein in Israel:
Colin Powell, the outgoing US secretary of state, was given his marching orders after telling President George W Bush that he wanted greater power to confront Israel over the stalled Middle East peace process.
Uri Avnery: Sharon prepares to sabotage Palestinian elections:
Abu-Mazen has to be destroyed before he gets the chance to put down roots. But it is also clear that Sharon cannot conduct any overt act against him. A strategy of indirect approach is indicated.
Sixth Iraq oil well set ablaze by saboteurs:
Saboteurs set ablaze another well in Iraq’s northern oilfields overnight, bringing to six the number firefighters are trying to extinguish in the region, security guards said.
Video: Peace will not be silenced by fear.
U.S., Afghan Forces Kill Four, Hold Five, in Raid
Republic of Belarus resolution “Situation of Democracy and Human Rights in the United States of America‰. :
The document brings up as matters of primary concern the numerous cases of violations of human rights committed in the United States of America, namely in the sphere of electoral procedures, civil liberties, political and other rights.
Tax Disclosure Buried in Spending Bill :
Congress debated legislation Saturday giving two committee chairman and their assistants access to income tax returns without regard to privacy protections
15 killed, 45 captured in Mosul raids:
The US military says it has received unconfirmed reports that 12 members of the Iraq’s paramilitary National Guard had been kidnapped and possibly executed.
Nine Iraqis killed, five wounded in Ramadi clashes :
Nine Iraqis were killed and five others wounded in fierce clashes between US forces and insurgents in the flashpoint city of Ramadi on Saturday, police and witnesses said.
Violence Breaks Out All Over Baghdad:
Baghdadexploded in violence Saturday, as insurgents attacked a U.S. patrol and a police station, assassinated four government employees and detonated several bombs. One American soldier was killed and nine were wounded during clashes that also left three Iraqi troops and a police officer dead. A U.S. Humvee burned, with the body of what appeared to be its driver inside.
Four Iraqi government employees killed:
Four government employees from the Ministry of Public Works were gunned down on their way to work Saturday, a ministry spokesman said.
Car explosion kills three Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad :
A roadside bomb exploded in western Baghdad, killing three Iraqi soldiers, police officials said.
Fallujans pay the price of liberation:
When a nation’s identity, existence and dignity is put at risk, the sacrifice required is far more than the lives of a group of fighters, and that is why Falluja has chosen to carry the flag of resistance in Iraq, in the clear knowledge it may be wiped out.
Fallujah: ‘The war is over, but there is no peace … and the killings go on’:
The Iraqi journalist Abbas Ahmed Ibrahim tells of the horror and hardship in a first-hand account from the devastated city of Fallujah
U.S. War Crimes in Fallujah:
While the reporting of embedded correspondents operating in the besieged city of Fallujah is subject to censorship by the US military, a number of incidents have been captured on tape and broadcast in the United States that international law experts charge could be evidence of clear war crimes being committed by US troops
Victories rooted in barren ground:
The forthcoming election in Iraq will be as hollow as the latest US triumph there, writes Paul McGeough
IMAS Backs Iraqi Resistance, Opposes Killing Civilians :
The International Association of Muslim Scholars (IAMS) ruled that resisting occupation troops in Iraq is a “duty‰ on able Muslims in and outside the war-torn country and that aiding the occupier is impermissible.
US extends soldiers‚ tours of duty in Iraq:
The United States plans to increase force levels in Iraq by about a brigade through the elections by extending tours of duty of some troops there by two months, a top US general said on Friday.
Six NATO allies refuse to send instructors to Iraq :
Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg and Greece ˆ had refused to contribute troops to the US-led coalition that overthrew President Saddam Hussein and to the post-war campaign against insurgents.
The EU carrot, not the US stick :
Europeans, acting together, and largely ignoring American wishes, persuaded Iran to stop processing uranium, a key stage in the production of nuclear weapons.
After Arafat I: The same old song :
The substance of the Bush-Blair statement on Nov. 12 was nothing more than a feeble attempt to fool the Palestinians yet again.
President Putin planning to build superpower coalition:
In terms of population, the coalition will have three quarters of the world population, largest amount of natural resources and largest pool of technical and scientific talent.
Former neo-fascist to be Italian foreign minister :
Silvio Berlusconi named Gianfranco Fini, the leader of Italy’s former neo-fascists, as his new foreign minister yesterday in a move that offered the heirs of Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts the prospect of new international political respectability.
Greenspan does down the dollar :
Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman, yesterday gave the dollar a further push lower as he said the huge US current account deficit threatened to scare off foreign investors.
Date: 19 Nov 2004
Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War
For war ˆ that human weakness created by warmongering leaders that send to battle the mostly young, ignorant, easily manipulated, testosterone-filled members of the lower castes of any one tribe ˆ unleashes in human beings a most vicious animal from the deepest reaches of our psyches. The primordial necessity to kill, the hunger to maim and rape, the desire to inflict pain and suffering is therefore reborn, free to act indiscriminately, away from the menacing glow of the rule of law and the watchful eye of humanity.
4 Killed As U.S. Forces Raid a Mosque:
U.S. soldiers raided the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least four and wounding up to 20 worshippers.: U.S. soldiers raided the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least four and wounding up to 20 worshippers.
Eyewitness Report: Terrorizing those who are praying∑ : :
“I am being held at gunpoint by American soldiers inside Abu Hanifa mosque Dahr,‰ he yells, “Everyone is praying to God because the Americans are raiding our mosque during Friday prayer!‰
Two Iraqi soldiers ‘beheaded’:
THE group led by al-Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said it had beheaded two Iraqi National Guards in broad daylight in Mosul.
Suicide Bomber Crashes Into Iraqi Police:
A suicide car bomber rammed into a police patrol in Baghdad on Friday, killing one policeman, police and hospital officials said.
No Way Out?: Iraq can‚t defend itself if U.S. troops leave:
“It‚s clear the [American] intention has been to establish a protectorate,‰ says W. Patrick Lang, formerly one of the Defense Intelligence Agency‚s top experts on the Middle East.
US expected to boost troop levels in Iraq:
Amid a spike in violence in Iraqi cities coinciding with the Fallujah offensive, the US military is now planning to boost combat forces to secure the country for elections in January.
Iraq War Topping $5.8 Billion A Month :
The Pentagon is spending more than $5.8 billion a month on the war in Iraq, according to the military’s top generals. That is nearly a 50 percent increase above the $4 billion-a-month benchmark the Pentagon has used to estimate the cost of the war so far.
Iraq Elections: Allawi aide says deadline looks more and more unrealistic :
The January deadline for Iraq’s first post-Saddam elections looked increasingly in doubt yesterday after a senior aide to the interim prime minister predicted a delay.
US ‘inflated’ foreign fighters’ numbers:
“The question of foreign fighters crossing Iraqi [borders] has been exaggerated, given that only 24 of the 1000 insurgents captured in Falluja are foreign,” al-Thawra said on Thursday
Why Iraq Will End as Vietnam Did:
An armed force that keeps beating down on a weaker opponent will be seen as committing a series of crimes; therefore it will end up by losing the support of its allies, its own people, and its own troops.
Fallujah refugees estimated at 250,000
US Losses In Fallujah to Overweight Victory: Expert:
Branding the US practices against the Fallujah residents as “state terrorism,” Pascal Boniface, Director of the Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Paris, expected the onslaught to further fan anti-US feelings in the entire Islamic world.
UK complained to US about alleged Iraq abuse:
Britain has frequently expressed concern to Washington at the highest level about US troops allegedly mistreating victims in Iraq, most recently in October, a British official has told the UN’s anti-torture panel.
U.S. to examine 4 “insurgents” bodies:
The bodies of four Iraqi insurgents who died in the battle for Fallujah were expected at a U.S. Air Force base in Delaware for autopsies as part of an investigation into whether they were killed by U.S. forces after they surrendered or while they were wounded, Defense Department officials said.
Fallujah Video has congressman calling for reporter ban :
Texas Democrat Sylvestre Reyes says it’s time to rethink the presence of embedded reporters in combat zones. “We don’t want to know everything that’s going on on the field.”
Cartoon: He Found God
U.N. Committee Investigates Torture Allegations:
The British government has submitted a report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture acknowledging 17 possible cases of torture committed by its troops in Iraq
Sam Hamod: Who Killed Margaret Hassan? I Know:
One must always look to see who benefits from a crime when you are trying to get to the motive and the perpetrator of the crime.
The Failure of the Corporate Media’s Coverage in Iraq:
Professor Mahmood Mamdani discussing the corporate media’s coverage of Iraq and the U.S. assault on Fallujah. Audio and transcript.
Media Cover-up of US War Crimes in Iraq:
What the news reports fail to mention is that the killing of wounded insurgents and the strafing of civilians has become a routine practice of the US military in Iraq.
Nuclear Disclosures on Iran Unverified : :
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell shared information with reporters Wednesday about Iran’s nuclear program that was classified and based on an unvetted, single source who provided information that two U.S. officials said yesterday was highly significant if true but has not yet been verified.
US Media Propaganda-Phase II : Preparation For Attack On Iraq:
“Powell says Iran pursuing nuclear bomb.” Isn’t this the same no-show-but-tell routine Powell mouthed to the United Nations before the Iraqi kickoff?
In case you missed it:
An End to Ambiguity: US Counter-Proliferation from Tel Aviv to Tehran
Video: Elite Propaganda : The Propaganda Model of News:
Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the “liberal media
In case you missed it:
John Pilger: Power, Propaganda and Conscience in The War On Terror
In case you missed it:
John Pilger: Breaking The Silence:
A hard hitting special report into the “war on terror”
Iraqi Resistance Loot Police Uniforms:
Resistance fighters have acquired thousands of police uniforms after officers deserted their posts when rebels attacked stations in Mosul.
Military Amputees to Get New Rehab Center :
A state-of-the-art rehabilitation center opening next year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center seeks to return more amputee soldiers to a place once thought impossible: the battlefield.
Chile protest sours Bush mission of friendship:
“Get out, Yankee people-killer!‰ students chanted this week as police beat them back with water cannon and teargas.
Don Nash: The politics of corruption:
We have arrived at the bottom line. Hypocrisy is the true name of the beast that is the Republican Party in the House of Representatives. The Republican conversion to the ŒParty of God and the American Taliban‚, was a slow and evolutionary process.
Palestinians Called “Filthy Animals” On MSNBC’s “Imus:
CAIR today called on American Muslims and other people of conscience to contact the MSNBC cable television network to demand an apology for comments made on its “Imus in the Morning” program that referred to Palestinians as “filthy animals” and suggested that they all be killed.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 11/18/04:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
Prof. Francis A. Boyle: The Dems Are Caving on Gonzales: War Criminal as Attorney General?:
Gonzales is a prima facie war criminal. He must be prosecuted under the Geneva Conventions and the US War Crimes Act.
Civil liberties low on Gonzales priority list:
It was Mr. Gonzales who described the Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of prisoners as “quaint‰ and suggested that President Bush could ignore them.
Bush snubs Blair over detainees:
Tony Blair has asked George Bush to return the Birmingham man being held in Guantanamo Bay, Ministers said yesterday. But the Americans have refused to free Moazzam Begg
Guantanamo Hearings Continue in Wake of Ruling Against Hamdan Trial:
In spite of a court ruling that halted the military trial of a Guantánamo detainee last week, the military is continuing to conduct another kind of controversial hearing for prisoners held at the US base in Cuba.
The Laws of War:
In his second term, President Bush has an opportunity to rectify the errors of his first, and one of those was the ad hoc assertion of the right of the president to treat captives in the war on terrorism as he saw fit, without regard to U.S. or international law. That strategy inflicted terrible damage on the United States’ reputation as a bastion of human rights
In case you missed it:
Zbigniew Brzezinski How the US provoked the Soviet Union into invading Afghanistan:
Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan six months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
In case you missed it:
William Blum : Afghanistan 1979-1992 America’s Jihad :
The United States began supporting Afghan Islamic fundamentalists in 1979 despite the fact that in February of that year some of them had kidnapped the American ambassador in the capital city of Kabul, leading to his death in the rescue attempt.
In case you missed it:
U.S. Government Assassination Plots:
Following is a list of prominent foreign individuals whose assassination (or planning for same) the United States has been involved in since the end of the Second World War.
Interview with an under-appreciated radical… : Mickey Z. Interviews William Blum :
“If I were president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United states in a few days.”
Afghanistan: a nation abandoned to drugs:
Country produces 87% of global opium. One in ten Afghans works in opium trade
Jack Straw Admits Brits Knew of Eq.Guinea Coup Plot :
The British government knew about the alleged plot to overthrow the President of Equatorial Guinea at least five weeks before a group of mercenaries was arrested in March for planning the coup.
Some of Bush Fund-Raisers Got Appointments :
One-third of President Bush’s top 2000 fund-raisers or their spouses were appointed to positions in his first administration, from ambassadorships in Europe to seats on policy-setting boards, an Associated Press review found.
GOP seeks repeal of food origin label law:
Telling consumers where their meat, fruit and vegetables came from seemed like such a good idea to many U.S. ranchers and farmers in competition with imports that Congress two years ago ordered the food industry to provide such information. But meatpackers and food processors fought the law from the start, and newly emboldened Republicans now plan to repeal it before Thanksgiving
Date: 18 Nov 2004
The Missing Voices of Our World
By Howard Zinn
To omit or to minimize these voices of resistance is to create the idea that power only rests with those who have the guns, who possess the wealth, who own the newspapers and the television stations. I want to point out that people who seem to have no power, whether working people, people of color, or women — once they organize and protest and create movements — have a voice no government can suppress.
Bush-Terror, The ‘Supreme International Crime’
By Ghali Hassan
The destruction of Iraq continues with total disregard for international law. “The crime hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:
New wave of violence kills at least 8 in Iraq :
A car bomb exploded near a U.S. military convoy in western Baghdad and roadside bombs exploded in Kirkuk and Baiji, in attacks that killed at least eight people, Iraqi police and officials said on Thursday.
Fierce Fighting Erupted In Western Ramadi:
Al Jazeera announced that Iraqi militants had shot down an American helicopter in the northern part of the city.
Commander: Fallujah Insurgents Hit Hard:
A group of insurgents attacked U.S. Marines and Iraqi government forces from a house inside the city Thursday, killing one Marine and one Iraqi soldier, Sattler said. One Marine and one Iraqi soldier also were wounded.
Falluja fighters resist as clashes spread:
Fighters in Falluja are continuing to hold out in the face of massive firepower US forces are unleashing to try and seize overall control of the city.
US, Iraqi assessment say: Guerillas won‚t give up:
The recapture of Fallujah has not broken the insurgents’ will to fight and may not pay the big dividend U.S. planners had hoped – to improve security enough to hold national elections in Sunni Muslim areas of central Iraq, according to U.S. and Iraqi assessments.
Marines‚ Falluja report is gloomy :
They have advised that despite taking heavy casualties in the weeklong battle, the insurgents will continue to grow in numbers, wage guerrilla attacks and try to foment unrest among Falluja’s returning residents, emphasizing that expectations for improved conditions have not been met.
US: Fighting to increase after Falluja:
Despite heavy fighting with US-led forces in Falluja, resistance in Iraq is likely to increase in scope and size in the area, a report distributed to senior marine and army officers in Iraq says.
Three Frenchmen killed fighting US in Iraq :
Three, and possibly four, Frenchmen have been killed in Iraq fighting with insurgents seeking to oust US-led forces in the country, a French official said Thursday.
Amnesty Calls for ‘Unequivocal Orders’ to Prevent War Crimes in Iraq:
In the wake of the apparent extrajudicial execution by a U.S. soldier of a wounded Iraqi prisoner in Falluja, caught on video-tape by NBC, Amnesty International is calling on the U.S. authorities to issue “unequivocal orders‰ for the proper treatment of unarmed or wounded insurgents.
Iraq veteran speaks out against war:
“If people want to support this war and think it’s a good thing, they need to take a second look.”: After he shot an innocent Iraqi woman because he thought the package she was hiding was an explosive, he “freaked out.”
Iraq journo ‘held’ in Fallujah;
AN IRAQI freelance journalist working for Dubai based Al-Arabiya television and The Associated Press had been detained by US troops in Fallujah since last week, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
The law chief who bowed to Blair :
The NS reveals how, on the eve of the Iraq invasion, Tony Blair and George Bush leant on Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, to change his mind on the legality of the war.
Seven retired military leaders agree: Bush Screwed Up.:
We spoke with a group of generals and admirals that included a former supreme Allied commander and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and they all agreed on one thing: Bush screwed up.
Mystery remains over who killed Margaret Hassan :
In previous kidnappings, Iraq’s several insurgent groups have been quick to identify themselves and claim responsibility, using videos to make their demands. From the moment Mrs Hassan was seized her case was different.
Iraqis call for boycott of ‘fake’ elections:
A group of national, political and religious groups in Iraq, including the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), have decided to boycott the elections due to be held early next year.
Hungary trying to speed up withdrawal from Iraq :
Hungary will try to withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible, the prime minister said Thursday.
2,294 more reservists mobilized:
This brings the total National Guard and Reserve personnel, who have been mobilized, to 182,478 including both units and individual augmentees.
Israeli tank kills three Egyptian troops
Analysis: Israel hand seen in Ivorian clash:
New allegations that Israeli arms dealers helped the army of Ivory Coast attack a French military base look likely to reignite long-tense relations between Israel and France.
What Palestinians should do now:
Palestinians should seek to emulate the success of the African National Congress that freed South Africans from apartheid by confronting and defeating injustice, not seeking to accommodate it.
Patrick J. Buchanan : The Sweetheart Contract With Sharon :
Should Bush demand that Sharon negotiate, the cry of “Munich!” will be raised and echoed by the Israeli lobby, Congress, evangelical Christians, and neocons. At which point, we will learn whether we have a tough or a timorous Texan in the White House.
Soldiers ‘played’ with body:
The Israeli army is looking into allegations that combat soldiers desecrated the body of a Palestinian in Gaza and posed for a picture alongside the ravaged corpse.
“Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of those people?”:
Think Fallujah. Think Ramadi, Mosul, Rutba, Beiji, and other “hotspot‰ Iraqi cities. Israeli tactics˜killing civilians, attacking medical teams, denying crucial food and water, collective punishment˜will be used increasingly to fight against the resistance in Iraq as they are used˜and have been used senselessly for years˜in Palestine.
If the US can’t fix it, it’s the wrong kind of democracy :
The more George Bush and Tony Blair evangelise about the need to spread democracy, the clearer it becomes that they mean something quite different by the word from the rest of the world.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 11/17/04:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video
Is Iran Next? :
Powell says Iran pursuing nuclear bomb:
The United States has intelligence that Iran is working to adapt missiles to deliver a nuclear weapon, further evidence that the Islamic republic is determined to acquire a nuclear bomb, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Wednesday.
Colin and the crazies :
The culling of the US secretary of state is symptomatic of a swing even further to the right
Greeks Protest US Aggressions in Fallujah:
At least 13,000 Greeks marched in downtown Athens on Wednesday, November 17, to protest the US military offensive on the Iraqi city of Fallujah
Chile protests precede Bush visit:
Chilean anti-riot forces and student protesters have clashed, three days before President George Bush’s arrival for a weekend Asia-Pacific (APEC) summit.
Self-burned man is key terror witness:
Law enforcement officials told the newspaper Alanssi had been paid about $100,000 for his work in building a case against a Yemeni cleric
We were told to fix Ukraine election, say police chiefs:
Senior police officers say they have been ordered to help rig the result of the Ukrainian presidential election and to use violence, including bombings, to undermine the opposition.
America, “Left Behind”:
Bush, the Neocons and Evangelical Christian Fiction
History of Fundamentalism:
How far apart are Al-Queda and Extremist Judeo-Christianity?
Living and dying in slavery ought to have been consigned to the history books.
But for hundreds of thousands of Africans, it’s still the only life they will know. Clare Rudebeck meets Ilguilas Weila, a 21st-century emancipator who is bringing hope to the hopeless
Greg Palast: Why Kerry Conceded Though He Had the Most Votes:
The ugly, secret shame of American democracy is that 2 million votes are “spoiled” in presidential elections — tossed away untallied as “unreadable.” And the nasty part is that roughly half are cast by African-Americans.
‘Stinking Evidence’ of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida
Recount New Hampshire:
The first recount begins—in New Hampshire, of all places, a state George Bush didn’t even win. But in those areas where he did well, sometimes the numbers look decidedly odd.
Police scoff at Ashcroft speech:
A day after Attorney General John Ashcroft told the nation’s largest association of law enforcement executives that the Bush administration had made the nation more secure from terrorist attacks and violent criminals, the group lashed back at the White House on Tuesday.
Senate OKs $800B Debt Limit Hike :
Congress is ready to send President Bush an $800 billion debt limit increase, a testament to the massive federal deficits that have marked his administration.
Bush Team Thinking of Eliminating Deduction for Health Insurance for Corporations:
45 million Americans don’t have health care today. How many more wouldn’t have it if the administration takes away the only economic incentive that companies have to provide it?
Dollar continues record declines :
The dollar has continued its record-breaking slide against many of the world’s major currencies, with analysts predicting it could fall further.
Paul Craig Roberts: The Coming Currency Shock:
China’s currency peg to the US dollar prevents correction of the US trade imbalace and imperils the US dollar’s role as reserve currency.
The Arrival of Secret Law:
In a qualitatively new development in U.S. governance, Americans can now be obligated to comply with legally-binding regulations that are unknown to them, and that indeed they are forbidden to know.
DeLay Supporters Move to Protect His Spot :
Supporters of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay proposed a Republican rules change Tuesday that would protect the Texan’s leadership position if he were to be indicted by a Texas grand jury that already charged three of his associates.
GOP Lawmakers Alter Intelligence Reform Bill to Cloak Financial Ties:
Watchdog groups say the provision would make it harder to detect conflicts of interest.
New chief tells CIA its job is to `support administration’
Molly Ivins: White House to ‘gut’ CIA:
Purging for disloyalty makes us sick to our stomachs
Primacy: The Declaration of Independence:
If you think that the Constitution codified a tyranny free government, you would be mistaken.
“Support the Troops”: France invades US (part 6):
The US, he declared, had been “liberated” by France in order to bring “democracy” to America and remove the brutal tyrant, George W. Bush, who had violated UN resolutions, possessed illegal weapons and invaded other countries, noted Jackson.
Date: 17 Nov 2004
Robert Fisk : Death, Delusion and Democracy :
The Palestinians – the victims of 39 years of occupation – must prove themselves worthy of peace with their occupiers. The death of their leader is therefore billed as a glorious occasion that provides hope. All this is part of the self-delusion of Bush and Blair. The reality is that the outlook in the Middle East is bleaker than ever.
“Support the Troops”: France invades US (part 6)
by Jerry Ghinelli
The US, he declared, had been “liberated” by France in order to bring “democracy” to America and remove the brutal tyrant, George W. Bush, who had violated UN resolutions, possessed illegal weapons and invaded other countries, noted Jackson.
Eleven killed in Afghan clashes:
Afghani officials say Taliban insurgents attacked a police post south of the capital, Kabul, and then fled into the mountains.
10 Killed As Car Bomber Attacks U.S. Convoy in Iraq
Car Bomb in Iraq Kills 5 :
Witnesses in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji say a car bomb has exploded near a U.S. military convoy, killing at least five people and wounding more than a dozen others.
U.S. Marines fight insurgents trying to sneak back into Fallujah :
U.S. Marines battled insurgents trying to sneak back into the former militant militant stronghold of Fallujah on Wednesday, killing three militants as violence continued to erupt across Iraq’s Sunni-dominated heartland.
Marines Killed Four Wounded Iraqi Prisoners:
US Reporter: NBC correspondent Kevin Sites was quoted by the Associated Press Wednesday, November 17, as saying that US Marines killed three more unarmed and wounded Iraqi prisoners in a Fallujah mosque Saturday, November 12.
Over 1,200 US military deaths reported in Iraq :
Ninety-one casualties were reported for November so far, bringing the number to 1,210 from 1,119 at the beginning of this month.
13 US troops died on Nov.15 and 16 in Iraq : 73 dead since Nov.7th
Police say 31 Iraqi police kidnapped in western Iraq:
Police said Wednesday that 31 Iraqi policemen have been kidnapped in western Iraq while returning from training in Jordan.
Fighting in south Fallujah, civilians evacuated :
Fighting raged in southern Fallujah Wednesday, with US forces pounding insurgent positions, according to an Agence France-Presse photographer accompanying the American troops.
Falluja is not unique. Collective punishment :
All members of Allawi’s regime have greeted the suffering of Iraqi civilians with complete silence. The dignified voice of Firdus al-Abadi, spokeswoman for the Iraqi Red Crescent in Baghdad, has haunted us for days. Appealing for relief supplies, she said simply: “Conditions in Falluja are catastrophic.” The Red Crescent suggested yesterday that as many as 800 civilians had died during the bombardment.
Dahr Jamail : Slash and Burn :
She lays dazed in the crowded hospital room, languidly waving her bruised arm at the flies. Her shins, shattered by bullets from US soldiers when they fired through the front door of her house, are both covered by casts. Small plastic drainage backs filled with red fluid sit upon her abdomen, where she took shrapnel from another bullet.
Falluja Eyewitness Report :
I would like to escape Falluja, but I fear I will end up getting killed if I try.
Falluja in Photos..:
What every American needs to see of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”
– WARNING – Images depict the reality and horror of war and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
Counterinsurgency run amok :
Dr al-Muhannadi also confirmed that American snipers killed more than 17 Iraqi doctors who had mobilized to answer an appeal from Fallujah’s doctors broadcast on al-Jazeera:
Riverbend: Iraqi Girl Blog: American Heroes…:
They killed a wounded man. It’s hard to believe. They killed a man who was completely helpless- like he was some sort of diseased animal.
Rationalizing Atrocities: Bring Them Home Before They Kill Again:
It is depressingly predictable how “worked up” the Pentagon brass gets about an atrocity committed in gross violation of the Geneva Conventions when the crime is captured on film, But does anyone seriously believe that this particularly ugly atrocity is the only one that occurred during the assault?
Francis Boyle: Obliterating Fallujah: A War Crime in Real Time:
One generation ago the peoples of the world asked themselves: Where were the “good” Germans? – Today the peoples of the world are likewise asking themselves: Where are the “good” Americans?
Fallujah, City of Death: An Interview with Dahr Jamail :
Listen to a live report on the current military siege of Fallujah, from Dahr Jamail an independent journalist, currently based in Baghdad Iraq. This live report provides insight and context into the current siege of Fallujah, while questions the distinction between “insurgents” and “civilians” killed in Fallujah.
Sam Hamod : The New Mongols :
Many hundreds of troops who came back from Iraq had either turned so cold that they refused to talk about Christ and mercy, and others broke down and cried about what they’d done to women and children.
Cartoon: Visit Sunny Fallujah
Jack Dalton : “Come let us reason together…”:
Here in the U.S. there is a “deeply-held belief that no matter what this nation’s governing body does abroad, no matter how bad what it does may appear, no matter what horror may result, the American government means well;” That the government has good intentions and means well; And, generally speaking, the American public wonders why the rest of the world can”t see how “kind” and “generous” and “self-sacrificing” America is and has been.
Killing Wounded Prisoners And The Conscience Of Humanity:
The Japanese and Germans killed prisoners, but not Americans. The Communists killed prisoners, but not Americans. The “bad guys” kill prisoners, but Americans have a higher standard than others, because we’re the “good guys.” We follow the rules of the Geneva Conventions and we are more humane.
Ted Lang : Bush’s Mid East War is Out of Control :
Our burning need to justify our reason for killing innocent civilians requires that we dehumanize the “enemy,” excusing our own horrific brutality and inhumanity. It is just as Pilger suggests: Iraqis, Arabs and Muslims are all viewed by us as Hitler’s “Untermenschen;” people who are less than human and therefore “killable.
Protesting US Raids, 47 Iraqi Bodies Boycott Polls:
47 Sunni, Shiite, Turkoman and Christian bodies have so far declared their boycott for the general election slated for early next year, due to the grisly US attacks in Fallujah.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 11/16/04:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
Hamas announces election boycott :
“This election is a continuation of the Oslo process which has already failed and is finished.”
Sharon’s Gaza Pullout: Not Gonna Happen!:
For those who oppose Israeli occupation, it is clear, that Sharon’s disengagement is just a plan for maintaining the occupation with more international legitimacy.
Gaza Strip squatters may go to West Bank :
Jewish squatters from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank will be able to use the compensation they receive from Israel to build homes in other West Bank squats, the director of the agency responsible for evacuating squatters said yesterday.
Brigadier general cleared of negligence in Jenin deaths :
Brigadier General Moshe (Chico) Tamir was recently acquitted of criminal negligence relating to the death of four Palestinian civilians from tank fire in Jenin.
Robert Fisk: What price innocence in the anarchy of Iraq?:
If Margaret Hassan can be kidnapped and murdered, how much further can we fall into the Iraqi pit? There are no barriers, no frontiers of immorality left. What price is innocence now worth in the anarchy that we have brought to Iraq? The answer is simple: nothing.
Margaret Hassan : 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?
Onslaught doomed Care chief:
THE US-led offensive on the Iraqi city of Fallujah could have been the final straw that led to the execution of Care Australia’s Baghdad chief, Margaret Hassan.
Hassan murder ‘a barbaric act’:
“Margaret Hassan was an Iraqi national, Margaret Hassan was (a) humanitarian worker, Margaret Hassan opposed the military occupation of Iraq,” “For 20 years she worked for the humanitarian interests of the Iraqi people.
CARE ‘shocked, appalled’ by killing:
AID agency CARE International said today it was “shocked and appalled” by the apparent murder of Margaret Hassan, the head of its Iraq operation who was taken hostage last month.
Army officer charged with murder:
The charges mark the latest in several murder cases filed by the US military against American troops in Iraq
We Don’t Do War Without War Crimes:
“This chamber reeks of blood. Every Senator here is partly responsible for that human wreckage at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval and all across our land – young men without legs, or arms, or genitals, or faces or hopes.”
Reporters Without Borders “extremely disappointed”
at US troops being cleared of all blame for attack on Palestine Hotel that killed two journalists
Chirac: Iraq war has made world more dangerous :
Mr Chirac, the main European opponent of the war, said terrorism had increased since Iraq was invaded.
Jim Lobe: Hawks flying high with Rice posting:
US President George W Bush’s nomination of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to replace Secretary of State Colin Powell consolidates the control over US foreign policy of the coalition of hawks that promoted the war in Iraq, led by Vice President Dick Cheney.
You Can’t Blame the Neocons on Us!:
The aid supplied by the Conservative Republicans in the 90s allowed the Neocons to survive, prosper, and ascend to the highest offices of power within the Bush administration so that they could deliver the first 21st century war to the world’s doorstep.
U.S. Army to Punish Soldiers Who Refused Iraq Convoy:
U.S. Army investigators recommended disciplinary action against about two dozen reservists who refused orders to deliver fuel along a dangerous convoy route in Iraq, officials said on Tuesday.
The worst since era of J. Edgar Hoover:
Saying that John Ashcroft was a controversial attorney general would be as understated as stating that Ohio’s electoral votes were only slightly relevant in our most recent presidential election
Britons reject Blair’s closeness to the US:
Tony Blair’s “shoulder to shoulder” support for America is rejected today by a majority of British people, who believe it is more important to have good relations with European countries.
Russia Developing New Nuclear Missile:
President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is developing a new form of nuclear missile unlike those held by other countries, news agencies reported.
Blue states buzz over secession:
The idea isn’t just a joke; one top Democrat says, “The segment of the country that pays for the federal government is now being governed by the people who don’t pay for the federal government.”
Vote recount in New Hampshire to Settle Doubts? :
A vote recount in New Hampshire on Thursday could shed light on anomalies with election results in that state, voting activists say. And if the recount finds problems with voting machines there, it could open the way for recounts in other states, such as Florida.
Government looking at military draft lists:
The Selective Service System (SSS) and the U.S. Department of Education now are gearing up to compare their computer records, to make sure all men between the ages of 18 and 25 who are required to register for a military draft have done so.