16 March 2005 — 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 March 12-16 2005
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005
A Warning From Auschwitz
How Do You Shoot Babies?
By: David Edwards
“I saw a young Iraqi dragged by his shoulders through a pool of his own blood or an innocent man was decapitated by our machine gun fire. The time I saw a soldier broken down inside because he killed a child, or an old man on his knees, crying with his arms raised to the sky, perhaps asking God why we had taken the lifeless body of his son.”
Democrats asleep at the wheel:
THE REPUBLICANS just did it again. They pushed through Congress a bankruptcy ‘’reform” bill written by credit card companies.
The bill makes it harder for ordinary people crushed by debt (often medical debt) to start anew. It leaves intact dodges used by wealthy people, such as asset-hiding trusts, and the corporate ability to use bankruptcy to slash wages, evade pension responsibilities, and stiff creditors.
180,000 die from hunger in Darfur :
Deadlock on sanctions as UN reveals toll from starvation and disease
3 killed, 8 hurt in Afghanistan landmine blast:
At least three civilians died and eight were wounded when a mine tore through a minibus in western Afghanistan, shortly after another blast nearby killed a US soldier
Landmine Kills U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan :
A landmine exploded near a group of US soldiers in western Afghanistan, killing one and injuring four more, the American military said today.
US Considering Permanent Bases in Afghanistan, General Says
Five killed in Baquba car bomb:
Suicide car bombing at Iraqi army checkpoint in Baquba kills five soldiers, wounds 12 people.
Bomb Kills 3 Iraqi soldiers:
A suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baquba northeast of Baghdad, killing at least three Iraqi soldiers, police say.
Iraqi police officer assassinated in Mosul :
Anonymous militants assassinated a major in the Iraqi police force in the northern town of Mosul, Iraqi police sources told reporters Wednesday.
Marine Dies in Fallujah:
Torrence joined the Corps in January last year.
G.I. gets 45 days for role in Iraqi’s death:
Soldier admits forcing civilians into river at gunpoint
Report: Many Died in U.S. Custody in War :
At least 108 people have died in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of them violently, according to government data provided to The Associated Press.
Murder Suspected in 26 Iraq/Afghan Deaths:
At least 26 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002 in what Army and Navy investigators have concluded or suspect were acts of criminal homicide
Interrogator disciplined over techniques now teaching soldiers:
An ex-Army interrogator punished for sexually humiliating detainees at the Guantanamo prison is now teaching soldiers interrogation techniques, the New York Daily News has learned.
‘Abusive techniques’ at Gitmo had Navy brass talking pullout :
The previously undisclosed events were revealed at a hearing of the Senate Armed Forces Committee Tuesday. The disclosures shed new light on the military services’ objections to the Bush administration’s policies on how to interrogate prisoners from the Afghanistan war.
Army captain accused of terrorizing Iraqi town:
Martin’s court-martial opened Monday with witnesses saying he ruled like a tyrant over Ar Rutbah, a community of 25,000 in Iraq’s western desert, kicking and screaming at civilian detainees and pointing a pistol at them.
The forgotten Fallujah- U.S. offensive continues:
The Atrocities committed in Fallujah is a clear example of the self-defeating insanity of the Bush Administration’s strategy in the so-called “war on terror”
Iraqi parliamentarians hold first session:
Iraq’s new parliament has concluded its first meeting since the January election without reaching an agreement on a government line-up or electing a three-member presidential council and a speaker.
“Coalition of the Willing?”:
The cracks in the coalition of the willing are growing wider. From a high-flying 300,000 soldiers who shipped out to Iraq in early 2003, only 172,750 remain. And of those, close to 87 percent — about 150,000 soldiers — are American.
Britain will likely be asked to fill gap in Iraq left by Italy:
More British troops will probably be asked to go to Iraq to help fill the void left by Italy’s proposed withdrawal of its 3,000 troops there, a British military expert said.
The Trials of Tony Blair:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose willingness to go along even with the most illegitimate and dangerous of Bush’s mad schemes has made him a hero to American conservatives, is paying a high price for being what his countrymen refer to as “Bush’s lapdog.”
UK: No escape from the war :
The front benches of both main parties would like to fight the forthcoming election on the Basil Fawlty principle of “don’t mention the war”. They will not be so lucky.
Did the BBC Broadcast Fake News Reports?:
We have our very own fake journalists operating in the UK. The government pays for their wages and they provide news as if they were normal journalists rather than paid propagandists.
Pentagon ‘hid’ damning Halliburton audit :
The Pentagon stood accused of sitting on a damaging report from its own auditors on a $108.4m (£56.6m) overcharge by Halliburton for its services in Iraq yesterday.
KBR spent millions getting $82,100 worth of LPG into Iraq:
Iraq needed fuel. Halliburton Co. was ordered to get it there ˜ quick. So the Houston-based contractor charged the Pentagon $27.5 million to ship $82,100 worth of cooking and heating fuel.
Iraq ‘facing corruption threat’ :
The reconstruction of post-war Iraq is in danger of becoming “the biggest corruption scandal in history”, Transparency International has warned.
Paul Wolfowitz to Be Nominated as Next World Bank President :
President George W. Bush will name Wolfowitz later today. Wolfowitz’s nomination must be approved by all of the World Bank’s member countries, which analysts said would be largely a formality.
In case you misssed it:
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man:
How the U.S. Uses Globalization to Cheat Poor Countries Out of Trillions.
Real Video and transcript.
Six Convicted in Alleged Paris Bomb Plot :
A French court convicted six men Tuesday in an alleged plot inspired by al-Qaida to send a suicide bomber into the U.S. Embassy in Paris
Iran: An offer that can be refused:
The Bush administration has offered modest incentives – of Iran’s entry to the World Trade Organization and spare parts for its aging airplanes – rejected by Iran as incommensurate with the huge nuclear card. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said that the country was determined to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, and “no pressure, bribe or threat” could make Iran give up.
Bush seeks to alter global nuclear pact:
Bush’s aides have acknowledged that Iran appears to have the right – on paper, at least – to enrich uranium to produce electric power. But Bush has managed to convince his reluctant European allies that the only acceptable outcome of their negotiations with Iran is that it give up that right.
Knesset resolution demands Pollard’s release:
The Knesset passed a resolution on Tuesday demanding that the government make the US release of Pollard a condition for Israel’s freeing of Palestinian prisoners.
We Won’t Forget Rachel Corrie: Uprising on the Anniversary of a Death:
On March 16, 2003, two Israeli soldiers drove a house-crushing bulldozer over her twice crushing her into the Gaza dirt.
The Killing of Rachel Corrie
Amnesty International Urges Condoleezza Rice to Support Independent Investigation
Family of protester killed by bulldozer suing Caterpillar:
The parents of a 23-year-old activist killed while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home have sued Caterpillar Inc., the company that made the bulldozer that ran over her.
Former CIA Agent Affirms Possibility of Chavez‚s Assassination in Venezuela:
In an interview on Miami‚s Spanish-language channel 22, the former CIA agent Felix Rodriguez said that the U.S. government has plans to “bring about a change in Venezuela.‰
Security boosted for Venezuelan president:
Venezuela’s presidential guard has boosted security measures to protect President Hugo Chavez in response to an alleged assassination plot
Venezuela warns US of freeze in oil sales:
Venezuela’s energy minister warned the United States Wednesday that his country would not sell the US a single barrel of oil if the government of Hugo Chavez again came under “attack” from Washington.
U.S. Calls Venezuela Purchase of Russian Warplanes Waste of Money:
General Bantz Craddock, the senior officer responsible for security co-operation in Latin America says that Venezuela‚s arms procurement program represents a danger to the entire region, and it raises concern among its neghbors.
One dead in Guatemala free trade protests:
Gunfire erupted Tuesday as police clashed with demonstrators who blocked a highway in northeastern Guatemala to protest a free trade plan with the United States. Authorities said one protester was killed.
Salvador president rejects probe of 1981 civil war massacre :
According to the church office, members of the U.S.-trained Atlacatl Battalion “concentrated and killed hundred of civilian residents, including children, women and the elderly” in December 1981.
American Hypocracy At Work: Agent Orange — Thirty Years After:
Agent Orange is still poisoning the Vietnamese people today, over thirty years after spraying ended, through highly contaminated foods including poultry and fish.
In case you missed it:
Study finds link between Agent Orange, cancer:
Military concedes toxic chemical increases risk of illness
Reid threatens partial Senate shutdown
Democratic Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada threatened Tuesday to shut down the Senate over the issue of filibusters of President Bush‚s judicial nominations. Reid would exempt from his shut-down only national defense matters and spending needed to ensure ongoing federal operations.
U.S. Dollar Slides as Current Account Deficit Soars:
The dollar slid against the euro Wednesday on data that showed the U.S. current account deficit soaring more than expected in the fourth quarter and far exceeding its previous record for the full year.
The dollar may get another short-lived respite but it is heading inexorably down. What foreign central bankers have it in their power to do is to reveal before all the world that the mighty American economic empire has no clothes
Senate Votes to Open Alaskan Oil Drilling :
Amid the backdrop of soaring oil and gasoline prices, a sharply divided Senate on Wednesday voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, delivering a major energy policy win for President Bush.
US tries to sink forests plan :
The US plans to wreck a British initiative to commit the G8 states to combatting illegal logging in the world’s threatened rainforests, a leaked memorandum revealed last night.
“10 Years To Save The Planet”:
The effect of global warming around the planet has recently been highlighted by the reduction in ice on the Himalayan mountain range.
US Government ‚out on a limb over climate change science:
The President of the Royal Society, called on the US Government to make its position on climate change science clear following comments by James L. Connaughton, senior environmental and natural resources adviser to President George W. Bush.
UK: Gordon Brown rounds on US over climate change:
Gordon Brown today increased the pressure on the United States to cut its carbon emissions, saying that there was no need to hide behind the argument that tackling climate change damaged the economy.
In case you missed it: Map: The world’s water hotspots:
From disappearing lakes and dwindling rivers to military threats over shared resources, water is a cause for deep concern in many parts of the world. Click on the map to read about some of the world’s water hotspots.
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005
A Master Morality
Bush, Inc., is an enterprise operating of, by and for the privileged stockholders; as such, it is an embodiment of what Friedrich Nietzsche called a “master morality.”
The greatest threat to the Bush regime is a widespread appreciation amongst our fellow citizens that there is a superior alternative to the “Master Morality” of Bush, Inc. It is “Social Democratic Morality,” expressed in a political system best described by Abraham Lincoln as a “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It is a government constrained by the rule of law to which all citizens, including the President and his Administration, must submit..
Tariq Ali on empire and those who fight it
Every resistance movement against imperialism has been categorised as terrorist ˜ the Mau Mau in Kenya were demonised and brutally tortured by the British; the Algerian FLN by the French; the Vietnamese by the French and the Americans. tinyurl.com/642lq
Five Killed in Three Baghdad Car Bombs :
Witnesses said some American troops also were wounded, although that was not confirmed by U.S. officials
Iraqi general shot dead by US troops at checkpoint west of Ramadi: police :
The deputy commander of the Iraqi army in western Al-Anbar province was shot dead by US troops at a checkpoint Tuesday night, a police officer said.
Two soldiers from multi-national forces killed, others injured in Iraq
U.S. Marine Killed in Al Anbar Province
Platoon leader admits Iraq assault charges:
Saville, a 25-year-old West Point graduate, is accused of ordering troops to push two curfew violators into the river near Samarra. The government says Zaidoun Hassoun, 19, drowned.
Pentagon Data on Iraq Security Forces Unreliable -GAO:
The Pentagon told Congress on Monday that there are 142,472 trained and equipped Iraqi security forces, but a Capitol Hill watchdog agency said data on the forces was unreliable and it was difficult to gauge whether billions of U.S. dollars were being used effectively.
Iraq Insurgency ‘Still Very Strong’ :
Iraqi insurgents will not be defeated for many months, Britain admitted today
Iraqi forces crippled by poor discipline:
Iraqi security forces, whose buildup is seen as the linchpin of the US exit strategy, remain crippled by poor discipline, questionable loyalties and a rate of absenteeism possibly reaching into tens of thousands, US congressional investigators said.
Italian troops to leave Iraq :
Italy will begin withdrawing its 3,000 troops from Iraq in September, the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, announced today.
Iraq’s strained coalition :
Two of the largest contingents in the US-led coalition in Iraq, the Netherlands and Ukraine, are in the process of pulling their forces out. So where does this leave the coalition?
Americans talking to themselves in Fallujah:
There is limited focus in the media about the continued U.S. military actions in Fallujah.
After Two Years: Four hundred World Trade Centers:
Everyone in Iraq knows somebody who has died. Most families have been touched. The war, meanwhile, has tormented everyone. From one city alone, the entire population of Fallujah, 400,000 — minus the deaths — are now homeless or refugees.
If the U.S. government doesn’t plan to occupy Iraq for any longer than necessary, why is it spending billions of dollars to build “enduring” bases?
AWOL in America:
Why Over 5,500 U.S. Soldiers Discharged Themselves: The Pentagon has estimated that since the start of the current conflict in Iraq, more than 5,500 U.S. military personnel have deserted, and yet we know the stories of only a unique handful, all whom have publicly stated their opposition to the war in Iraq, and some of whom have fled to Canada.
Pentagon Sees $108 Million in Overcharges by Halliburton:
In one case, according to the auditing report, the company claimed that it had paid more than $27 million to transport liquified petroleum gas it had purchased in Kuwait for just $82,000, a charge the auditors dismissed as “illogical.”
Army Ignored Broker on Arms Deal:
U.S. general supervised an Iraq contract that a slain American said was tangled in kickbacks. The inspector general for Iraq’s reconstruction recently criticized the failure of the former U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority to properly account for $8.8 billion in contracts issued using Iraqi funds.
Former UK Guantanamo detainee accuses US of torture :
A former British Guantanamo Bay detainee said Tuesday that inmates in the US detention camp in Cuba had been tortured by US military personnel who tried to make them “go crazy.”
‘The torturers among us’:
What times are these? In the past, torture was inimical to the image of America. – Systematic abuse was the dirty secret of the Soviet gulag and the Argentine generals’ “Dirty War.” (They called their reign of mayhem in the 1970s “The War Against Terrorism and Subversion.”) In the months after Sept. 11, we now know, torture became our secret as well.
Officials deny Guantanamo returnee killed :
Pakistani officials dismissed local media reports yesterday that said a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who masterminded the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers last year had been killed.
Syrian pledge relies on Lebanese action:
The special U.N. envoy on Lebanon cautioned Sunday that a commitment by the Syrian president, Bashar Assad, to withdraw all soldiers and intelligence forces from Lebanon in the next few months was contingent on Lebanese leaders forming a new government in coming weeks.
Syrian Military Intelligence Vacate Office :
A day after the country’s biggest opposition demonstration, Syrian military intelligence on Tuesday was vacating an office in Beirut, moving furniture into trucks protected by Lebanese police.
Anti-U.S. protesters tell envoy to quit Lebanon:
Waving Lebanese flags, the crowd chanted: “Ambassador leave, keep our country free”, in reference to Washington’s envoy to Lebanon.
Charley Reese: Lebanon and Syria:
The Middle East is full of ruins left by past superpowers. As a Palestinian friend of mine likes to say, pointing to those ruins: “They are all gone. We are still here.”
Gallup: Americans Don’t Like Syria, Iran, N. Korea:
About 4 in 10 Republicans would support “military action” against each of the countries.
Poll of U.S. and British views on Israel :
Americans generally still side with Israel, considered a like-minded ally, and show hostility toward the Palestinians, according to the Israel Project, a group working to promote Israel’s image.
American family sues Israel:
The 24-year-old Corrie was killed on March 16, 2003 when she tried to block an Israeli army bulldozer from destroying a Palestinian house near the Philadelphi Route, the strip of land in the Gaza Strip bordering Egypt.
Humor: Israeli Basketball Rules:
For security reasons Palestinians do not have the right to pass the ball between players, the ball could hit an Israeli player.
Video: Mosaic: World News Reports from Middle East TV For 03/14/05:
The nation’s only uncensored compilation of daily television news reports from more than 15 countries in the Middle East. QuickTime Video.
‘Bush continues to alienate world’:
People who once looked toward America with admiration and respect and as a beacon for liberty and civility now see a supremely arrogant rogue nation that holds international law and institutions in disdain.
Brand USA is in trouble, so take a lesson from Big Mac:
Instead of changing his foreign policy, President Bush is changing the story
Russia paid bounty on Chechen rebel leader:
Russia said on Tuesday it had paid millions of dollars to reward the people who helped it find and kill Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov, as an outcry grew over Moscow’s refusal to return his body for burial.
Account stirs questions over how Chechen died :
Anna Politkovskaya, a prominent Russian columnist and expert on Chechnya, said the house was apparently blown up to destroy any evidence that could cast doubt on official accounts of Maskhadov’s killing.
N.Korea Says It May Build More Nuclear Weapons:
North Korea said Tuesday it may increase its nuclear arsenal to maintain a balance of power in East Asia and help prevent a U.S. attack on the reclusive communist state.
Rice Says U.S. Concerned at China Military Build-Up:
Gwynne Dyer: Bogeyman China serves to justify a big U.S. defense budget :
It will come as no surprise, therefore, that the major U.S. defense review planned for this year will concentrate on the rising “threat” from China
Chalmers Johnson, Coming to Terms with China:
It’s rare for us to take time out of busy lives to consider how exactly the dots might be connected, how the world actually works.
US jittery over Nepal:
Fears that Nepal will become a failed state have led the US to pressure India to step up its efforts to help resolve last month’s “royal coup”, and questions concerning aid and military assistance linger. China, meanwhile, is accused of meddling where it doesn’t belong.
Jordan arrests reporter over Iraq news:
The Jordanian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of a journalist working for the al-Ghad newspaper after it published a story alleging a Jordanian carried out the attack in Hilla near Baghdad last month.
Scott Ritter, CIA Œterminally ill’ intel operation
Vietnam’s Agent Orange Victims Feel Cheated by U.S. Court :
This is the first time that Vietnamese citizens have ever sought legal compensation for the effects of Agent Orange, which contains the toxic chemical dioxin linked to cancer, diabetes and birth defects among Vietnamese soldiers and civilians and U.S. veterans.
American students shocked by Vietnam’s Agent Orange suffering :
While US courts were handing down a dismissal of Vietnam’s Agent Orange victims’ lawsuit, seven students from New York witnessed first hand the deadly toxic affects on innocent people in Quang Nam province.
The Courts and the War on Terror:
Of the 120 terrorism cases, the initial major charges leveled have resulted in only two actual terrorism convictions
Imprisoned Without Charge:
Yvon Neptune and Haiti’s Political Prisoners
New U.S. Threats against Venezuela Unveiled in Miami:
New U.S. threats to use force to choke the Bolivarian process and assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez triggered new protests in Venezuela.
OPEC not to blame for oil price leap, say ministers:
The price of crude oil was “out of OPEC’s control”, Qatar’s Oil Minister, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, said yesterday.
OPEC has reached its production limit:
“The end of abundant, affordable oil is in sight, and the implications are colossal.”
Robert Scheer: The Bankruptcy Bill: a Tutorial in Greed:
Lesson No. 1 — Campaign cash is worth more than family values.
White House to agencies: Ignore ruling on ‘illegal’ TV news releases :
The White House, intent on continuing to crank out “video news releases” that look like television news stories, has told government agency heads to ignore a Government Accountability Office memo criticizing the practice as illegal propaganda.
Rep. Ron Paul: Deficits Make You Poorer:
Most Americans are vaguely aware that Congress has run up huge deficits in recent years, but the numbers involved are so large that it’s hard to grasp what our government’s indebtedness really means to us as individuals.
Bush setting U.S. up for financial fall :
The war is being fought on credit, with the loans coming from Chinese and Japanese central bankers, and the debt sent to our kids.
Photos show climate change:
Mount Kilimanjaro Photo Wake-Up Call : A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world’s biggest polluters meet on Tuesday.
Expert warns water crisis impending :
A leading environmental group has warned that the shrinking of Himalayan glaciers could cause widespread flooding in China, India and Nepal, and create water shortages across the region.
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005
UN finds evidence of official cover-up in Hariri assassination
President George Bush is expected to announce on Wednesday that Syrian – and perhaps Lebanese – military intelligence officers were involved in Mr Hariri’s death; the bombing killed 18 other civilians.
By Robert Fisk in Beirut
As the United Nations’ Irish-led special investigation team here prepares to report that the Lebanese authorities have covered up evidence of the murder on 14 February of the former prime minister Rafik Hariri, his two sons have fled Lebanon after hearing that they too are in danger of assassination.
Car bomb blast kills four Iraqis south of Baghdad :
A car bomb exploded at an Iraqi police and army checkpoint in a town south of Baghdad on Monday, killing two police officers and two civilians, police said.
Four peoples killed in firefight:
Four Iraqis were killed in an armed clash that erupted on Monday in the Iraqi town of Al-Qaem in Al-Anbar in the west of the country, witnesses said.
US helicopter opens fire in Mosul, wounds five civilians:
According to witnesses and hospital sources, three people were killed, including a woman and two children.
US troops kill woman, kids:
Three civilians were killed and another 10 injured, including five children, when US troops retaliated to an earlier missile attack by insurgents from a residential region in Qaim on Monday, said hospital sources.
Iraqi cameraman working for Kurdish television killed in Mosul :
An Iraqi cameraman working for a Kurdish-language television station was gunned down in Mosul on Monday
Juan Cole: Shiite-Kurdish Deal Collapses :
The Shiite/Kurdish negotiations to form a government before parliament is seated on March 16 have fallen apart, apparently because the Kurds reneged on the deal they had worked out with the United Iraqi Alliance.
Irritated Iraqis Wait for Change:
Nearly six weeks after a landmark election, no new government has formed and people who risked their lives to vote wonder why they did.
Second Fort Carson Soldier Faces Court Martial In Iraqi Drowning Case:
Two months after Staff Sgt. Tracy Perkins was convicted in the death of an Iraqi who allegedly drowned after soldiers forced him into the Tigris River, his co-defendant is hoping for a different result.
Pain and anxiety grip wounded soldier :
Terrell Dawes regrets that he ever followed his dream to go into the Army. When his fellow soldiers pulled him out of the wreckage, his upper body was badly burned, his skin beginning to peel. His femur had been shattered and he was missing toes on his left foot.
This war walks among us:
Most of the injured in Iraq are surviving, and their homecoming could undercut Bush
Left Behind: Children of the Fallen:
Over 1,000 American kids have lost a parent in the Iraq war. Who they are, and how they’re coping
Baghdad’s streets now a deadly gantlet:
When Adnan Shalaal left his job at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday afternoon, he went from being a valued employee and father of three to a statistic on a police blotter — one of dozens recorded daily in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.
U.S. unaware of realities of Iraq war, vet says:
A poll in a military magazine found that about 60 percent of soldiers in Iraq did not approve of the war.
Extreme Cinema Verite:
GIs shoot Iraq battle footage and edit it into music videos filled with death and destruction. And they display their work as entertainment.
Iraqis find irony in U.S. stance on Syria, Lebanon:
Many Iraqis found bitter irony in President Bush’s insistence last week that Syria must withdraw from Lebanon before it holds elections, for Iraqis have lived with foreign tanks in their streets for two years and voted barely a month ago under the watchful eye of the U.S. Army.
800,000 Lebanese rally to protest against Syria:
Crowds of men, women and children flooded the square, spilling over into nearby streets, while more from across Lebanon packed the roads into Beirut
Patrick J. Buchanan: The unpredictability of revolutions:
In the Middle East, rebellions and revolutions do not have Hollywood endings.
Stan Goff : On Revolutionary Optimism:
In Iraq, there is a powerful and multiform resistance to the occupation that is proving to be very resilient. But that is only half the battle to stop the occupation and derail the imperial goal of an expanded and permanent US military presence in the region.
Judge Stops Guantanamo Detainees From Being Shipped Overseas:
A federal judge has blocked the government from transferring 13 Yemenis from the U.S. detention center for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until a hearing is held on concerns the detainees may be mistreated in another country.
Torture: Bush’s Nominee May Be ‘DOA’:
NEWSWEEK has learned that an investigation by the U.S. Southern Command in Miami has confirmed some of the allegations in recently disclosed e-mails by FBI agents, reporting that military interrogators sexually humiliated prisoners at Gitmo.
Greenberg on the Legal War on Terror at Home:
“Defense lawyers for detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, say the military has been working to undermine the inmates’ trust in them.”
Bush Supports Dictators While Selling Democracy:
The Bush administration supports and funds some of the worst dictatorships on the planet in its effort to fight the “war on terror‰ and
fill the coffers of the Bush administration‚s corporate sponsors.
Report: Abbas to offer giving up Right of Return :
Palestinian sources told the daily that Abbas will tell the participants in the Cairo meeting that the right of return cannot be fully implemented, and that those who cannot return should be granted compensation.
Sharon rejects Palestinian truce with militants:
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has rejected a Palestinian bid to win a formal ceasefire with militants, a statement from his office says.
Israel will attack Iran ‘only as last resort’ :
Israel will only take military action against Iran as “a very last resort” to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons, Ephraim Sneh, a member of the Israeli parliamentary defence and foreign affairs committee, said yesterday.
China’s President Tells Army to Be Prepared for War :
China’s President Hu Jintao told the 2.5 million-member People’s Liberation Army to be prepared for war on the eve of the expected passage of a law authorizing an attack if Taiwan declares formal independence.
Taiwan seethes over ‘war’ bill:
CHINA has authorised military force to stop Taiwan if it tries to declare independence. Taiwan immediately condemned China and vowed to rally one million people to protest against the legislation.
Russia understands China’s position on Taiwan issue :
Russia adheres to its basic position on the Taiwan issue, believing that China is a single state entity with Taiwan being its inseparable part, said the statement.
US watches China warily :
The head of the CIA, Porter Goss, told Congress recently that his agency believes China is ready to fight for Taiwan.
North Korea warns US-S. Korean military drill could result in “actual war‰:
North Korea warned on Sunday that annual US-South Korean military exercises due to start this week and designed to deter any military threat from the Stalinist country could turn into “an actual war‰.
Bush orders policy to Œcontain‚ Chávez:
Senior US administration officials are working on a policy to “contain‰ Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, and what they allege is his drive to “subvert‰ Latin America’s least stable states.
President Hugo Chavez waiting for USA to announce that Venezuela has WMD:
Venezuela‚s President Hugo Chavez has again spoken out against the Bush administration saying the US is planning to portray his country as a security threat in order to capture its vast oil reserves
Who’s Afraid Of Venezuela-Cuba Alliance?:
For a long time there was only one country in Latin America offering free health care to all its citizens. Now there are two.
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Venezuela: Bush’s next oil war?:
The combination of Washington’s isolation in Latin America and its need for Venezuelan oil is likely to keep at bay the threat of a direct military attack by the US, but it is also clear the Bush administration is preparing the ground for an attack of some sort against the Chavez government.
Christians flee homes after Druze youths riot :
Dozens of Christian families have fled their homes in northern Israel, accusing the Israeli police of failing to protect them from attacks by their Druze neighbours.
Palestinians oppose Israeli final plan for wall :
Officials say Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today approved a final route for the barrier. It will enclose a part of Jerusalem that Palestinians want for a capital and part of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem.
UN announces start of demobilization in Haiti as ex-fighters lay down arms:
An initial batch of 325 former members of the country’s armed forces laid down their arms in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Aristide accuses US govt of financing rebels in Haiti:
Mr Aristide denied any involvement or contact with his supporters back in Haiti, blaming recent violence on American government-funded rebels who he claimed are “drug dealers and convicts‰.
Rep. Maxine Waters travels to Haiti to visit former Prime Minister Neptune, who is being detained illegally in prison.
Haiti: the forgotten milestone in Bush‚s crusade for “freedom‰:
Anyone harboring illusions about Washington‚s aims in countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Iran should turn their eyes to Haiti to see the real face of American imperialism‚s “democratizing‰ mission.
The CIA’s Campus Spies:
The secrecy surrounding the current use of university classrooms as covert training grounds for the CIA and other agencies now threatens the fundamental principles of academic openness as well as the integrity of a wide array of academic disciplines.
Growing fears credit boom may implode:
Bankruptcy advisers are hiring extra staff amid fears that an end to the global credit boom could spark a surge in business failures in the US and Europe.
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005
That’s me, a marine, a murderer of civilians’
“I was a sergeant with the Third Marine Battalion during the invasion, in the spring of 2003.”
“We killed more than 30 people. That was the first time that I had to face up to the horror that my hands were soiled with the blood of civilians. We laid down cluster bombs on them. – “We ended up massacring innocent civilians – men, women, and children.”
U.S. Marines Engaged in Mock Executions of Iraqi Juveniles
The documents the ACLU released today, describe substantiated incidents of torture and abuse by U.S. Marines, including:
holding a pistol to the back of a detainee’s head while another Marine took a picture (Karbala, May 2003) ordering four Iraqi juveniles to kneel while a pistol was “discharged to conduct a mock execution” (Adiwaniyah, June 2003) severely burning a detainee’s hands by covering them in alcohol and igniting them (Al Mumudiyah, August 2003), and shocking a detainee with an electric transformer, causing the detainee to “dance” as he was shocked (Al Mumudiyah, April 2004).
The Spoils of War
Halliburton a company much like the law practice in John Grisham’s novel The Firm: a rogue operation, with corrupt management, cynically conning the federal government as it rakes in billions of ill-earned taxpayer dollars.
Halliburton subsidiary KBR got $12 billion worth of exclusive contracts for work in Iraq. But even more shocking is how KBR spent some of the money. Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunnatine Greenhouse is blowing the whistle on the Dick Cheney–linked company’s profits of war.
Saddam’s Capture: Just Another Bush Lie?
The account of American troops capturing Saddam and pulling him from his subterranean hovel has turned out to be just another Bush lie.
By Mike Whitney
Sergeant Nadim Abou Rabeh, who participated in the operation that netted Saddam, was quoted in the Saudi newspaper “Al-Medina” saying that the Iraqi leader was actually captured the day before and that “the public version of his capture was fabricated.” The entire event was apparently choreographed by a Pentagon public relations team.
Revealed: Israel plans strike on Iranian nuclear plant:
The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave “initial authorisation” for an attack at a private meeting last month on his ranch in the Negev desert.
Cheney: Stronger Action If Iran Doesn’t Meet International Vows-:
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday that if Iran doesn’t live up to its “international obligations to forego a nuclear program, then obviously we’ll have to take stronger action.”
Khatami condemns ‘military pressure’:
Iran’s president has said that wealthy nations cannot keep today’s technology for themselves alone and that Iran must be prepared to defend itself if necessary.
Iran agrees to postpone temporarily uranium enrichment:
Iran has agreed to postpone temporarily uranium enrichment to show the world it is not trying to create nuclear weapons, Iran’s president said Saturday
Syria agrees timetable for total withdrawal from Lebanon :
The UN said it had reached “an understanding” with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a two-stage withdrawal of all Syrian troops and intelligence agents from Lebanon.
Lebanese President warns of ‘catastrophe’
Seven killed in Iraq violence :
Three Iraqi policemen were gunned down in Mosul and a foreign truck driver killed near Baiji on Saturday
Shiites, Kurds reach deal on top posts :
Iraq’s main Shiite and Kurdish coalitions agreed in Baghdad on a deal divvying up the top three posts in the new government, but differences remained over the deployment of Arab troops in ethnic Kurdish areas
Chained, Kicked And Beaten To Death By U.S. Soldiers:
Two Afghan prisoners who died in American custody in Afghanistan in December 2002 were chained to the ceiling, kicked and beaten by American soldiers in sustained assaults that caused their deaths, according to Army criminal investigative reports that have not yet been made public.
War crime claims:
Massey claims, he and his men had killed 30 Iraqi civilians. He says he and the others are guilty of war crimes.
Former Intel Officer: The US Considered Her a Military Target
‘Former Marine offers cautionary war story :
Why did you do this? Why did you kill my brother? We’re not terrorists.’ “
Ex-Marine criticizes war, recruitment:
“I was in a controlled environment for 12 years,” Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey, 33, said. He said unethical recruiting techniques and the shooting of civilians in Iraq have prompted him to speak out against the U.S. government.
International group of doctors blast official toll of Iraqi civil dead:
A group of top public-health physicians has branded the official toll of civilian dead from the Iraqi war as a serious underestimate and demanded an independent probe to establish the full casualty figures.
Abu Ghraib, whitewashed again:
This whitewash is typical of the reports issued by the Bush administration on the abuse, humiliation, and torture of prisoners at camps run by the military and the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Spoils of War:
Halliburton subsidiary KBR got $12 billion worth of exclusive contracts for work in Iraq. But even more shocking is how KBR spent some of the money. Former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official Bunnatine Greenhouse is blowing the whistle on the Dick Cheney–linked company’s profits of war
A Template for the U.S. War in Iraq :
The aspiring historian of the current U.S. war in Iraq can draw upon earlier narratives to ease the burden, merely substituting a word here and there in order to make the text accord with the specific names and places that are now pertinent.
A thrilling epic of freedom :
Nothing will stand in the way of the American spin, which connects events of differing backgrounds and unique circumstances into a thrilling epic of a “freedom intifada” that is spreading all over the Arab world, and which will confront terror and be victorious over it.
Uri Avnery: Bush’s Guru :
The idea that the teachings of this particular political philosopher are the guiding star of the mightiest leader in the world, the commander of the biggest military machine in history, is rather frightening
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Rice downplays Ukraine withdrawal of Iraq troops
For U.S. soldier injured by friendly fire, the wounds run deep:
It was friendly fire, a military euphemism that left White with a wound for which no medals are awarded but with a life-altering injury as crippling as any delivered by an enemy.
Soldiers on the cheap :
There is one inequity that the federal government should address: the pay disparities for reservists and National Guard members.
Regaining My Humanity:
Conscientious objector Camilo Mejia: “I was a coward not for leaving the war, but for having been a part of it in the first place.”
Bulgaria Says Thousands of US Troops Will Station in Balkan Nation:
The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense said Friday it is confident that thousands of United States forces will be deployed as early as this year in Bulgaria and neighboring Romania to give logistic support for American-led missions in Iraq and around the world.
A Case Study in Postwar Chaos :
The dealings of coalition officials in Iraq and a contractor now accused of fraud illustrate what went wrong in early rebuilding efforts.
Democracy is Dead : Report Documents Republican Abuse of Power:
A Congressional Report (pdf) on the Unprecedented Erosion of the Democratic Process in the 108th Congress.
Noam Chomsky: The Toothpaste Election:
Both Parties Try to Exclude People from Voting
Clearing the way for the American Police State :
It’s not enough that American’s are forced to endure a daily infusion of the Crawford Fuehrer; his mangled English blaring on the morning radio, and his mottled visage peering out from the evening news programs. Now, we’re getting a daily dosage of uncorroborated theory, innuendo and conjecture masquerading as news.
Molly Ivins: Move Up the Date For Armageddon:
John Bolton is known for being arrogant, humorless, self-righteous and confrontational, and he hates the United Nations. In other words, the perfect diplomat.
The Hon. John Bolton Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the UN :
A member of the JINSA Board of Advisors – is responsible for withdrawing withdrawing the U.S. signature from the treaty on the International Criminal Court with its provisions that contradict the U.S. Constitution; withdrawing the U.S. signature from the unworkable Kyoto Treaty.
BBC says sorry to Israel :
The BBC has bowed to an Israeli demand for a written apology from its deputy bureau chief in Jerusalem, Simon Wilson, who was barred from the country for failing to submit for censorship an interview with the nuclear whistleblower, Mordechai Vanunu.
Hariri reportedly assassinated to make way for large US air base in Lebanon? :
According to high-level Lebanese intelligence sources˜Christian and Muslim˜former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was reportedly assassinated in a sophisticated explosion-by-wire bombing authorized by the Bush administration and Ariel Sharon’s Likud government in Israel.
Converging U.S. Navy aircraft carrier groups in Middle East :
The convergence of three carrier groups in the corridor of the Middle East will send very strong message to the Syrians and Iranians.
US, Cuba and Democracy:
As numerous interventions have demonstrated, the engine of American foreign policy has been fueled, not by a devotion to democracy, but rather by the desire to: 1)make the world safe for American transnational corporations;
Guantánamo jail switch planned :
US inmates face threat of worse abuse under scheme to send them to prisons in their own countries
Mistreatment of Muslim inmates cited:
The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General said yesterday it had ‘’found a disturbing pattern of discriminatory and retaliatory actions against Muslim inmates” by the warden and guards at an unnamed federal prison
UK: This shoddy law is a defeat for all of us :
Forget terrorism. It’s our politicians we should be most worried about
ŒMuslims are treated like terrorists.
There’s one law for us and one for others’
Foreigners on US death row no longer have right to make international appeal:
Showing its impatience with outside interference in the US system of capital punishment, the Bush administration has pulled out of an international protocol that allowed foreigners on death row to take their cases to the World Court.
Congress looking at cuts in food programs for the poor:
Cuts in food programs for the poor are getting support in Congress as an alternative to President Bush’s idea of cutting billions of dollars from the payments that go to large farm operations.
A $2.46 trillion question:
One of the hottest topics in world markets is whether Asian central banks will diversify their huge currency reserves, a move that could hit the dollar hard.
Gambling Interests Funded DeLay Trip:
An Indian tribe and a gambling services company made donations to a Washington public policy group that covered most of the cost of a $70,000 trip to Britain by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), his wife, two aides and two lobbyists