Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 May 25-31 2005

31 May 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 May 25-31 2005
br>Date: Tues, 31 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 23 Days

So This Is How Liberty Dies?

How has our system degenerated so badly that those advocating authoritarian policies are outspoken and arrogant while those supporting our freedom are wishy-washy and pathetic?

by Steven LaTulippe

An agent of the executive branch paraded into the Senate Chamber with a proposal that directly trashes one of the most important protections in our Bill of Rights, and the esteemed legislator‚s only reply was that he cannot say if it is “right or wrong”.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8993.htm

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Media Lens: Manufactured Consensus – The Sun and Saddam Hussein

31 May 2005 — Media Lens

How Anti-War Dissidents Are Singled Out For Attack

Just over one year ago, British journalists and politicians were fulminating over photographs published in the Daily Mirror that appeared to show Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers. The British military, it was claimed, now possessed incontrovertible proof that the pictures were fake. Mirror editor, Piers Morgan – a fierce opponent of the war – was condemned far and wide for inciting additional hatred of British troops in Iraq, so putting their lives at risk. The Daily Mail’s Melanie Phillips said on BBC’s Newsnight programme: Continue reading

The crime against humanity that is the state of Israel. Is there no end? by William Bowles

30 May 2005


An elderly Palestinian woman tries to protect her Olive grove from destruction

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it – Winston Churchill

Every day I get flooded with news, appeals, analysis and background on the crime against humanity that is the state of Israel, but as far as the West is concerned, the daily atrocities being committed against the people of Palestine are non-events. Were such crimes being committed by virtually any country other than Israel, the media clamour would be deafening.

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Why I’m still a lefty or the rake’s progress by William Bowles

27 May 2005

blair as studentI’ve come to the conclusion that the UK exists in some kind of parallel universe, outside of normal space and time. A medieval bubble of a place, where ‘tradition’ has replace reason, where animals engender more concern than people. A place where mediocrity rules and which appears to be hurtling back into the past at an alarming rate of knots, faster even than Dr Who’s Tardis.

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 May 20-24 2005

24 May 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
May 20-24 2005
Date: TUES, 24 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and16 Days

Pakistan: U.S. Citizens Tortured, Held Illegally

By Human Rights Watch

U.S. FBI agents operating in Pakistan repeatedly interrogated and threatened two U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin who were unlawfully detained and subjected to torture by the Pakistani security services.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8940.htm

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The British (State) Broadcasting Corporation – A Coalition of the Killing? by William Bowles

24 May 2005

BBCNAGG:
Me pap!

HAMM:
Give him his pap.

CLOV:
There’s no more pap.

HAMM (to Nagg):
Do you hear that? There’s no more pap. You’ll never get any more pap.

NAGG:
I want me pap!
Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’

On May 23, we had an entire day without the BBC’s blanket non-coverage of important events due to a strike by the three main unions over threatened redundancies. A blessing in disguise? Well maybe… And if I may strike a totally au contraire view of the BBC’s plans for the future, perhaps laying off a few thousand comfortable pen-pushing peons for the state is long overdue? After all, without the complicity of those who prostitute themselves in return for a pension, perhaps they could put their hard-won skills to better use?

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Media Lens: BBC still Ignoring Evidence of War Crimes in Iraq

24 May 2005 — Media Lens

BBC News Director Helen Boaden Responds

“Professional journalism relies heavily on official sources. Reporters have to talk to the PM’s official spokesperson, the White House press secretary, the business association, the army general. What those people say is news. Their perspectives are automatically legitimate… This is precisely the opposite of what a functioning democracy needs, which is a ruthless accounting of the powers that be.” (Robert McChesney, professor of communications, University of Illinois)

Scores of readers responded to our Media Alert, ‘BBC Silence on Fallujah’ (May 17, 2005), in which we highlighted the evasions of BBC news director Helen Boaden in her Newswatch article at: news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid_4390000/newsid_4396600/4396641.stm

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Out Damn Spot – Oil Prices! By William Bowles

23 May 2005

Fuller

ABUNDANCE ECONOMICS: Design Science’s more with less advantaging has proven the Malthus dictated scarcity ethic, which is the working assumption of the world’s major states, is fallacious. The scarcity ethic dictates that there is not enough of the World’s resources to go around; Design Science’s abundance ethic/economics frame of reference dictates that there is enough for everyone if we utilize the Earth’s resources comprehensively and anticipatorily.

R. Buckminster Fuller, ‘The World Design Science Decade’ (PDF 3.8mb)

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 May 12-15 2005

15 May 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 May 12-15 2005
Date: Sun, 15 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 342 Days

Iraq: how we were duped

All three leaders of the “Coalition of the Willing” – the United States, Australia and Great Britain – had survived politically after a war that divided citizens and challenged long established principles of international law.

By Gary Hughes

The three leaders survived despite evidence – still emerging – that now seems to prove that the detailed justifications for the war were not only wrong, but in many cases known to be wrong or uncertain before the war began. This is the second battle for Iraq – the battle for the truth.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8839.htm

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 May 16-19 2005

19 May 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 May 16-19 2005
Date: Thurs, 19 May 2005

Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 2 Years and 346 Days

“Catastrophe” in Iraq

Under international law it is the primary responsibility of the occupier to safeguard the citizens of the country they occupy.

Dahr Jamail

There has been a low-grade civil war going on for quite some time-but now the veil has been ripped off by the statements made by Dhari. All Sunni mosques in Iraq will be closed for three days…an ominous symbol of things to come.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8882.htm

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Statewatch News Online, 19 May 2005 (18/05)

19 May 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: SIS II fait accompli? Construction of EU’s Big Brother database underway
2. EU: From the SIS to SIS II and the Visa Information (VIS): the proposals explained
3. Denmark: Greenpeace charged under anti-terror laws
4. European Commission: Technical Mission to Libya on illegal immigration
5. EP: draft report on minimum standards on procedures for granting and withdrawing refugee status
6. EU: European Arrest Warrant figures for 2004
7. UK’s House of Lords report on the European Union Bill – the Constitution’s Passerelle Provisions:
8. Externalisation of controls at the Southern borders of Europe
9. AI: report on: USA: Guantánamo and beyond
10. European Court of Human Rights: Judgement in the case of Ocalan v Turkey
11. European Court of Justice: Judgment in the case of Sison v Council
12. EU: Feasibility study (2002) on: “The setting up of a European Border Police

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Media Lens: BBC Still Silent on Fallujah

17 May 2005 — Media Lens

The BBC Has Failed To Respond To Doubts About Its Claims On US Atrocities In Iraq

“The truth is replaced by silence, and the silence is a lie.” (Yevgeney Yevtushenko)

Last week, the editors of Media Lens wrote to the BBC’s director of news, Helen Boaden, about her failure to respond to public concerns over BBC misreporting from Iraq: Continue reading