27 August 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 25-27 August 2005
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 111 Days
How easily we have come to take the bombs and the deaths in Iraq for granted
By Robert Fisk
At the al-Kindi hospital, relatives had a problem identifying the dead. Heads were placed next to the wrong torsos, feet next to the wrong legs. A problem there. But there came not a groan from England. We were still locked into our 7 July trauma. No detectives are snooping around the an-Nahda bomb site looking for clues. They’re already four suicide bombs later. An-Nahda is history.
Licensed to Kill
Christian-Terrorists and Secular-Fanatics
By Yamin Zakaria
Which is worse, those who incite violence, those who practice violence or those who practice violence while lecturing their victims? Why do nations, that profit most from the sale of weapons for war, death and destruction, shout loudest in claiming to be proponents of “peace‰? How can the Christian-West bully others with charges of anti-Semitism, when they are the ones who built the gas chambers, implemented the inquisition, and carried out routine pogroms against the Jews for centuries?
Our Arrogance Will be the End of Us
By Christine Rose
She explained to me how she and her husband voted for Bush. She said they were conservative and watched Fox News regularly; however, something touched her in seeing and hearing everyday people from around the world talk about her beloved country as a bully; a hypocrite. Something touched her when faced with the sobering charge of War Crimes and the images of torture at the hands of Americans under orders from the US Government. Something touched her that day that made her think about what she thought she knew.
U.S. shouldn’t be opposed to Islamic democracy in Iraq
By Herbert Grover
Norway has a Lutheran Protestant Christian democracy with a king, England has an Anglican Protestant Christian democracy with a queen, Spain has a Catholic Christian democracy with a king, and Israel has a Jewish democracy with a prime minister. Why can’t Iraq have an Islamic democracy?
Sunni negotiator informs US ambassador of Arab Sunni rejection of constitution :
Spokesman for the Iraqi National Dialogue Council Dr. Saleh Al-Mutlaq met here on Saturday with the US ambassador Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and informed him about the Iraqi Arab Sunnis response to the amended draft constitution, which was submitted earlier by the Shiite United Iraqi Alliance.
Juan Cole: Constitution’s Fate Unclear:
Sunni negotiator Salih Mutlak said, “The Iraqi people have to give their word now and reject the constitution because this constitution is the beginning of the division of the country and the beginning of creating disturbance in the country.” He called on Iraqis to reject the constitution at the polls.
U.S. military releases 1,000 prisoners in Iraq:
The U.S. military said on Saturday it had freed 1,000 detainees from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison at the Baghdad government’s request, the largest release to date.
Senior Iran cleric hails “Islamic state of Iraq‰:
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who heads the powerful ultra-conservative Guardian Council, told worshippers in Tehran‚s Friday prayers, “Fortunately, after years of effort and expectations in Iraq, an Islamic state has come to power and the constitution has been established on the basis of Islamic precepts‰.
Provoking Islamic revolutions :
West’s well-tried formula for provoking Islamic revolutions
Constitution less of a problem than the heat:
As politicians wrestled with the text of Iraq’s draft constitution, the residents of Baghdad were debating a far more immediate issue: the safety of sleeping on the roof.
Dahr Jamil: Two “Green Zones‰:
As the US-backed Iraqi puppet government flails about arguing over the so-called constitution, Iraq remains in a state of complete anarchy. There is no government control whatsoever, even inside the infamous “Green Zone‰ where the puppets seem to have tangled their strings.
Fighting To Survive
Most people only see car bombs and explosions and American soldiers running frantically to contain “the situation‰ on a muted television screen, I see it in real life. I actually hear the booms and bangs of insurgent bombs, and the crackling of machine gun fire, and the hysterical shouting of frightened Iraqi civilians.
Abu Ghraib general describes her Iraq tour:
Iraqi prisoners could lift their cell doors right off their hinges. One senior sergeant whiled away his evenings blasting grazing sheep with a guard-tower machine gun. U.S. commanders didn’t bother telling their troops they’d be stuck in Iraq for months more than advertised.
A bloody trade-off :
Britain has bought a way out by abandoning Basra to intolerance
Bush braces U.S. for sacrifice as protesters gather:
President George W. Bush, assailed by sagging poll numbers and criticism from anti-war protesters camped outside his ranch, called on Saturday for Americans to show resolve and brace for additional sacrifice in Iraq.
Peaceful Siege Makes Chicken Hawks Squawk :
Let’s see which happens first, a Bush/Sheehan meeting, or the first Democratic member of Congress to show up at Camp Casey in support of Cindy Sheehan. Don’t hold your breath waiting for either one to happen.
War Supporters Rally Against Sheehan:
More than 3,000 Iraq war supporters plan a big pro-Bush rally Saturday afternoon near the president’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.
American Legion Declares War on Protestors — Media Next? :
Speaking at its national convention in Honolulu, the group’s national commander called for an end to all “public protests‰ and “media events‰ against the war.
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Cindy Sheehan’s Diary – Camp Casey, Day 18
By occupying Iraq we are saving the world? :
American pull-out ‘would destabilise Middle East’:
An early withdrawal of troops from Iraq could send Middle Eastern regimes tumbling, destabilise the world economy and unleash a massive wave of terrorist attacks, America’s top soldier warned yesterday.
Galloway to go on anti-war tour of US with Jane Fonda :
Few things are more likely to antagonise US conservatives than the combination of Mr Galloway and Ms Fonda – still hated by the right because of her outspoken opposition to the war in Vietnam – joining to condemn the American presence in Iraq.
End this chorus of intolerance :
It is uncivilised to demand that Muslims abandon their way of life
One GI killed, 4 wounded in Afghan bombing:
A bomb killed a U.S. service member and wounded four when it exploded near their armored vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday.
USS Liberty Veterans Present Pentagon With Report on Israeli War Crimes:
SURVIVORS, friends and family gathered at Arlington Cemetery on June 8, 2005 to honor 34 USS Liberty sailors killed in Israel‚s shocking naval and air attack on the ship 38 years ago.
“Disengaging” from ghettos and walls:
Challenges to the Palestinian liberation struggle under the myth of victory
Seeing is believing :
I spoke with families living in the central Gaza Strip town of Dair al Balah, only a few metres away from the now-evacuated hard-line settlement of Kfar Darom, about their experiences of during the past few years.
Egypt links nuclear treaty to Israel:
Egypt is one of 44 states that are deemed capable of producing nuclear weapons and that need to ratify the 1996 test ban treaty before it comes into force. Eleven of the 44 have not ratified, including Egypt, Israel and Iran in the Middle East.
Fearing U.S. attack, Venezuela boosts its reserve forces:
“We are preparing for the invasion,” said Lt. Octavio Serrano, who commands Ms. Morón’s reserves unit. The Americans “could come internally with the CIA…or it could be directly and militarily like they invaded Iraq.”
Venezuela curbs foreign preachers :
Venezuela’s government has temporarily suspended permits for foreign missionaries after a US evangelist said Washington should assassinate President Hugo Chavez.
Pat Robertson Describes U.S. Foreign Policy:
All that Robertson has done is state publicly what has long been an important part of U.S. foreign policy ˆ assassination of foreign rulers who behave independently of Washington.
Televangelist Robertson rails against pullout:
Pat Robertson, one of the leading television evangelists in the US, has sharply criticized the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and said God will judge those who leave parts of the land of Israel.
Listen up, you Christo-Fascist bullies:
It’s high time someone told you outright that you must be suffering from holy water on the brain, if you think we can’t see you for what you are: a klavern of counterfeit prophets waxing psychotic for other cretinous hypocrites.
Family Terrorized After Fox News Wrongly IDs Them As Terrorists:
A California couple whose home was wrongly identified on Fox News as belonging to an Islamic radical has faced harassment since the report aired Aug. 7. The backlash has been serious enough to warrant police protection.
“All options are on the table,”:
US regime in headlong flight forward towards war with Iran.
JFK was ready to use nuclear bomb on China, tapes reveal :
There are crackles on the tape but the message is clear. President John F Kennedy and his advisers considered using nuclear weapons against China if the Communist nation attacked India a second time.
Mr Bush fires a missile :
Mr Bush has never really forgiven secretary general Kofi Annan and other senior UN figures for their failure to support his invasion of Iraq. Although no one disputes that the UN is in need of reform, the American notion of reform looks more like a settling of scores than an attempt to improve its workings.
“Independent‰ Ethicist Defending Roberts Actually A Pentagon Consultant
Fight to stop Texas woman’s execution :
Texas is preparing to execute the first black woman in the state since the American civil war – drawing protests from her supporters and opponents of the US death penalty.
US heading for house price crash, Greenspan tells buyers:
He said that the US house-price spiral had become an economic imbalance, threatening stability like the country‚s trade gap or its budget deficit.
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005
First they came for Muslim’s; I wasn’t a Muslim so I didn’t speak up.
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 108 Days
Grieving Military Mothers Rally Around Cindy Sheehan at Camp Casey
We play a press conference from Camp Casey held by members of Gold Star Families for Peace with mothers and wives from around the country speaking about their opposition to the war and to President Bush’s policies in Iraq.
Audio and transcript
The Fire Sermon
By Chris Floyd
The death of her son drove Sheehan to throw off the torpor that has afflicted so many of her compatriots for so many years and look reality in the face. There she has seen Iraqi civilians and American soldiers being shredded, gutted and burned alive by the fire of Bush’s death-dealing lies.
Many killed in Iraq violence:
Eleven people have been killed in attacks across Iraq, including two policemen in Baquba city.
Shiites Offer Compromise on Constitution:
The concessions were on the pivotal issues of federalism and efforts to remove former members of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated Baath Party from public life, adding: “We cannot offer more than that.”
Iraq on brink of meltdown:
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the prime minister, made an emergency television appeal for peace and sent two police commando units to Najaf where the fighting had started.
One hundred thousand ShiŒites protest Iraq charter : –
A hundred thousand Iraqis across the country marched on Friday in support of a maverick ShiŒite cleric opposed to a draft constitution that U.S.-backed government leaders say will deliver a brighter future.
Juan Cole: The Iraqi constitution: DOA?:
Angry and marginalized, Sunnis are threatening to torpedo Iraq’s constitution. Disaster looms, and the Bush administration’s blunders are largely to blame.
Full Text : TEXT OF THE DRAFT IRAQI CONSTITUTION
Translated from the Arabic by The Associated Press .pdf file
Scott Ritter: Achieving ‘Total Victory’ in an Unwinnable War:
The policies of the Bush administration have bred far more terrorists than have been eliminated, and the world, including the United States and its allies, is a much more dangerous place to live.
Is Bush al-Qaeda’s ‘Useful Idiot’?
If Western intelligence agencies are right ˆ that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the two-year-plus military occupation have been recruiting boons for Islamic terrorism ˆ why is it logical to commit American troops to an indefinite deployment there? Won‚t that just create more terrorists?
Iraq’s marginalised Sunnis rally for Saddam:
They accused the Shi’ite Islamists in government of kowtowing to Iran, Iraq’s non-Arab neighbor where many Shi’ites sought refuge during Saddam’s rule, and the United States, which backs the government with some 140,000 troops.
U.S. commander foresees worse Iraq bloodshed :
Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that 1,500 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., would be sent to Iraq for election security duty, but it did not say where in Iraq they would operate.
`There’s something happening here’
Will history remember this week as the tipping point for George W. Bush and the Republicans who control Congress? Can they stay the course as they head into mid-term elections next year?
George Bush’s Soldiers Of Fortune:
With no public debate, to compensate for inadequate troop strength in Iraq, the Bush Administration has contracted with tens of thousands of mercenaries, who operate outside U.S. control and undermine military morale.
A Nurse’s Perspective on Iraq :
“These poor young boys most of them 18, 19, 20 years old out there getting blown up. And they come in and you see pictures of their families falling out of there wallet…it just makes you angry.‰
Radioactive Wounds of War:
Tests on returning troops suggest serious health consequences of depleted uranium use in Iraq
And What Did They Die For Once Again?:
This may come as something of a shock to some of those yahoos down in Crawford, Texas, who are so upset with antiwar Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan’s vigil outside the president’s Godforsaken ranch, but if they were to look real close they’d discover she is committing first-degree, premeditated citizenship.
Supporting American Troops: What It Means and What It Entails :
The ultimate goal of US big corporations is to control the economy of the whole world. Hence, when politicians fail to get what such corporations want by diplomatic means then they will resort to the military to get for corporations what they want by force.
The Militarization of Our Children:
Affluent schools get art and music. Schools lower on the socio-economic ladder get military training (and top-secret visits from Tommy Franks).
Get out if you want Sharia law, Australia tells Muslims:
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia
Aussie PM backs spying on mosques:
Prime Minister John Howard angered some Australian Muslims yesterday by saying that he supported spies monitoring the nation‚s mosques.
Acts of hate: full list of ‘deportation’ acts
The Home Office today published a list of “unacceptable behaviours” which will lead to the deportation or exclusion of any foreign national who commits them from the UK.
The contract with Muslims must not be torn up :
Britain’s culture of tolerating radicalism is in the national interest and should not be swept away by the urge to get tough
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Israel boosts W.Bank settlers while quitting Gaza :
The population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has grown this year by more than the 9,000 settlers evacuated under a plan to cede some occupied land, an Israeli government official said on Friday.
Don’t let the settlers fool you :
The settlers have the knack of turning themselves into “the robbed Cossack.” They will always present themselves as the ones who have been wronged, the hapless who have been maltreated, the trampled-on minority – even though the truth is the exact opposite.
After Gaza, Sharon’s next aim is … do nothing :
Mr Sharon’s public position is that the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza and four isolated settlements in the northern West Bank is a path to the US-led “road map” to a two-state solution – if the Palestinians first end “the terror”. But last year, the Israeli prime minister’s closest aide, Dov Weisglass, said the real intent of the pullout was to place the peace process in formaldehyde.
Israeli Muslims slam government:
Islamic leaders in Israel have accused the government of “encouraging and inciting”, and “treating with utmost flaccidity”, attacks by Jewish extremists on mosques (and occasionally on some churches) in the country.
Father loses hope of Hicks’s freedom:
The father of Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks says he fears his son has little prospect of release from the US military camp where he has been held for three-and-a-half years.
Why U.S. Military Lawyers Opposed Torture:
Extraordinary renditions, torture, abuse, humiliation, detention without charge or end, an obsession with protecting American officials (and military men) from future foreign or domestic criminal charges for their acts — these are the cornerstones of foreign policy under George Bush, and they have produced horror stories galore.
20 Massacred in Port-au-Prince Soccer Stadium
Jailed Jean-Juste Mulls Presidential Run
Haiti recalls envoy over deaths
The interim government in Haiti has recalled its top diplomat from the Dominican Republic after three Haitians were beaten and burnt to death there.
Top Venezuela official blasts U.S. failure to condemn call for Chavez’s murder
Venezuela opens fields to Chinese oil corporation
Venezuela and China signed a “preliminary agreement” for a joint company to drill for light and heavy crude in eastern Venezuela, reported the government owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA.
‘’Central America’s Street Gangs Are Drawn into the World of Geopolitics’’:
In Central America, Washington is getting serious about a problem it helped to create — and not simply because the region’s street gangs and vast criminal networks are making their presence known in the United States.
Uzbek Senate Backs U.S. Eviction From Base :
The Uzbek Senate on Friday endorsed the government’s decision to evict U.S. troops from an airbase that has been an important hub for American military operations in Afghanistan
Russia says Iran not breaching nuclear non-proliferation treaty
Do you know the Carlyle Group?:
They have a system of recycling ‘retired’ politicians. The politicians come to the Carlyle Group from positions of authority (partly via political campaign funding?), where they influenced the laws that govern corporate enterprise and/or decisions about who gets government contracts
The US vs The UN :
American ambassador seeks to scupper UN’s global strategy with 750 amendments after just three weeks in the job
Scrap the ideals, Bolton tells UN :
In an extraordinary intervention, United States appointee John Bolton has sought to roll back proposed UN commitments on aid to developing countries, combating global warming and nuclear disarmament.
CIA officials face discipline over 9/11:
After a two-year review into what went wrong before the suicide hijackings, people familiar with the report say Helgerson harshly criticises a number of the agency’s most senior officials. Among them are former Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet
The bad idea behind our failed health-care system:
The U. S. health-care system, according to “Uninsured in America,‰ has created a group of people who increasingly look different from others and suffer in ways that others do not.
Greenspan warns on protectionism
US Federal Reserve boss Alan Greenspan sees increased US trade protectionism and ever-larger budget deficits as the biggest threats to the US economy.
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005
Why is there no outrage about Jose Padilla?
Charge Him or Release Him
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 109 Days
Cindy Sheehan speaks to crowd at Camp Casey
“Casey was killed by insurgents. He wasn’t killed by terrorists. He was killed by Shiite militia who wanted him
out of the country.”
Audio and transcript
Who Will Say ‘No More’?
What will history say about an opposition party that stands silent?
By Gary Hart
In 2008 I want a leader who is willing now to say: “I made a mistake, and for my mistake I am going to Iraq and accompanying the next planeload of flag-draped coffins back to Dover Air Force Base. And I am going to ask forgiveness for my mistake from every parent who will talk to me.”
To Hell With Muslim Terrorism
Pope tells top Muslims. Steer Young Muslims away from “barbarism, cruel fanaticism”
By Abid Ullah Jan
The dangerous aspect of Pope Benedict‚s comments is that it legitimizes actions of those who have already taken lives of at least 150,000 civilians alone since September 9/11. These war lords have set aside their lies. They are now using the same excuses as justification for their slaughter which Pope Benedict highlighted in his words. Like earlier papal bulls, such words from Pope Benedict carry the potential for new holocaust.
Leaving a Legacy
By Mirza Yawar Baig
Freedom, if you really want it, comes with some choices that you have to make: And these are:
1. To care more than others think is wise. 2. To risk more than others think is safe. 3. To dream more than others think is practical. 4. To expect more (from yourself) than others think is possible.
36 executed bodies found in Iraq:
Iraqi police on Thursday found the bodies of 36 men executed with a bullet to the head and dumped in a stream south of Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.
25 dead as militias clash in gun battles:
AT LEAST 17 people were killed in Baghdad last night as gun battles erupted following a suicide car bomb attack on police.
8 Killed In Continuing Violence:
Near Baquba, gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims who were heading home after visiting holy sites in Iran, killing four. In Oudiam, 40 miles north of Baquba, a roadside bomb killed four Iraqi engineers working for a cell phone company.
Six shot dead in Iraqi cafe:
Six Iraqi civilians have been killed and 15 others have been wounded, when gunmen burst into a popular cafe in a town north of Baghdad.
3 Killed In Attack :
A Filipino contract worker has been killed in an ambush by suspected insurgents. Two Iraqi companions also died in an attack in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk
Gunmen kill two bodyguards of Iraqi president :
Gunmen shot dead two bodyguards of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and wounded seven others in an attack north of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.
Mortar attacks kill two Iraqis:
Hospital officials say at least eight others have been injured in the strikes, including seven school children.
Suspect “Insurgent” Killed:
One insurgent was killed and two injured in clashes with Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad’s upscale district of Yarmouk
Gunmen Kill One at Shi’ite mosque in Baquba
Iraq Shi’ite militias fight as splits emerge:
At least eight people were killed and dozens wounded, health officials said, in street battles in Najaf involving pro- government fighters and supporters of Sadr, who has joined Sunni Arab leaders in denouncing the constitution as divisive.
Iraq cleric urges followers to end clashes:
A Shiite cleric called on his followers Thursday to end clashes with Shiite rivals so that stalled talks on a new constitution can proceed. Fighting continued for a second day after the cleric’s office in Najaf was burned and four of his supporters were killed.
Clashes between Badr and Sadr :
Earlier this evening, Moqtada gave the Jaafari government an hour to explain, pull back or apologize for these attacks. He also called on his supporters in parliament, Fatah and others from the NICE list, to resign because “Moqtada now considers the government illegal,‰
Juan Cole : Bloody Shiite on Shiite Clashes in the South :
Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari condemned the violence in Najaf and called for an end to the politics of the gun. He said that the attack on the Sadr offices was “unacceptable” and deplored violence in the holy city of Najaf.
Shite Party Offices Attacked In Basara:
It is thought that the missile attack may be the work of supporters of the radical Shiite Imam Moqtada al-Sadr, in retaliation for previous attacks on al-Sadr’s headquarters, which were blamed on members of the Badr organisation.
Iraq Lawmakers Won’t Meet on Constitution :
Parliament announced it had no plans to meet Thursday night and no date for a future session, signaling Iraqi factions were failing to reach agreement on a new constitution before a self-imposed midnight target.
The Photos Washington Doesn’t Want You To See:
The grim reality of Iraq rarely appears in the American press. A photo gallery reveals the war’s horrible human toll.
National Guard soldiers killed in Iraq :
“It’s a bad war; it’s a stupid war,” said his mother, Karen Lieurance. “I questioned it from Day One. I think it’s a lot easier to support the president when you don’t have a family member over there.”
‘Peace Mom’ returns to Texas war protest :
“This is where I belong, until Aug. 31, like I told the president,” Sheehan said at the airport before driving about 20 miles to the Crawford site.
Dying for Israel:
As I’m sure you know, when Cindy Sheehan allegedly wrote a letter claiming her son Casey “was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel,” she was roundly condemned and vilified by every sentient conservative on the planet
President Bush’s Loss of Faith:
It took President Bush a long time to break his summer vacation and acknowledge the pain that the families of fallen soldiers are feeling as the death toll in Iraq continues to climb. When he did, in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Utah this week, he said exactly the wrong thing.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity :
Memo for the President: Can you feel the frustration of Gold Star mothers when the extremist ultimately responsible for their sons‚ deaths assumes a leadership role in the new Iraq? Can you understand their strong wish to prevent the sacrifice of still more of our children for such dubious purpose?
Italy ‘did deal to free hostages’ :
“Had the Americans known about it, this could have damaged the subtle strategy,”
Pat Robertson Calls For Murder, Twice :
The Christian minister called for the murder of the President of Venezuela, in an apology he repeated the call for murder: is this the voice of Christianity?
Chávez: Two fingers to America :
Chávez is a genuinely revolutionary figure, one of those larger-than-life characters who surface regularly in the history of Latin America – and achieve power perhaps twice in a hundred years. He wants to change the history of the continent.
Chris Floyd: Extremist Mullah Calls for Assassination of American Leader :
That’s Pat Robertson, of course, calling on his good Christian friend, George W. Bush, to murder Hugo Chavez, elected leader of the South American nation of Venezuela.
Venezuela: revolutionaries and a country on the edge :
Venezuelans were hardly surprised by an American preacher’s call to kill their President. After all, the US funded a coup attempt against him
Crackdown will produce martyrs, Clarke is told :
Charles Clarke has been warned that moves to expel radical preachers, which could begin by the weekend, could backfire by turning extremists into martyrs and increasing prejudice against law-abiding Muslims.
Expulsions illegal, UN tells Clarke :
A senior UN representative last night threatened to cite the British government for violation of human rights over its planned deportations of alleged terrorist sympathisers.
Jesuits revisited : 500 years ago, Catholics were the enemy within:
The integration of Catholics into British society suggests that it is possible for a country and its minorities to outlive mutual suspicion and hatred.
Pope Rat in Cologne: Papal Double Standards:
Western-Christian forces invade Muslim countries, kill innocent children, women and men by the tens of thousands, and it’s Muslims whom Pope Benedict calls upon to “combat the cruel fanaticism of terrorism”? Are we still living in the age of the crusades? In the time of the “Holy Inquisition”?
US forces claim killing 16 Taliban in southern Afghanistan :
Backed by B-52 bomber, A-10 attack aircrafts and helicopters, the coalition and Afghan forces gunned down 16 militants in areas of the southern Zabul and Uruzgan and Kandahar province
US soldier sentenced in Afghan abuse case, Karzai criticizes leniency :
The Afghan government says it is dismayed [BBC report] with what it calls the unexpected leniency shown to American soldiers convicted of abusing Afghan detainees.
Bill Gallagher: Bush Regime Rotten To The Core.
Even the perpetual propaganda machine of the corporate media can no longer manufacture consent for Bush’s monstrously bad policies and decisions.
In case you missed it:
Howard Zinn: Video Lecture: The Myth of American Exceptionalism:
Today, says Zinn, we have a president, who more than any before him, claims a special relationship with God. Zinn worries about an administration that deploys Christian zealotry to justify a war against terrorism
Mike Whitney : Privatizing the Truth; Bush’s war on information :
Free speech and its antecedent the truth are much greater threats to the state than any bomb-wielding revolutionary. In the new world order only the managers are entitled to the truth, not the managed. That way, the public can be moved sheep-like in the direction of government policy.
In case you missed it:
The Chains of Seduction:
How can those who govern keep those who are governed from the levers of power? In ‘free’ societies – which, by definition, lack the option of “chains of iron” – devotion to consumerism and an unthinking acceptance of the inequitable distribution of power must be inculcated and maintained by a constant stream of state-corporate propaganda.
In case you missed it:
Noam Chomsky: Audio Lecture:
Propaganda and War: Iraq and Beyond
Stagger on, weary Titan :
The US is reeling, like imperial Britain after the Boer war – but don’t gloat
In case you missed it:
Arundhati Roy: “Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy, Buy One Get One Free‰:
I speak as a subject of the American Empire? I speak as a slave who presumes to criticize her king.
Israeli troops murder five civilians in West Bank;
Israeli death squads on Wednesday night killed at least five Palestinians, including at least two children at a refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
Five killed in West Bank violence:
Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinian fighters inTulkarim: Israeli soldiers surrounded a house and exchanged fire with fighters inside and outside, witnesses said. The four bodies were brought to the local hospital. A Palestinian is suspected of stabbing two young ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Old City, police said. One of the victims later died of his wounds.
Israel Confirms Plan to Seize West Bank Land for Barrier:
The Palestinian leadership said the developments confirmed its fears that Israel would try to use the Gaza withdrawal, and the international good will it has generated, to consolidate its hold on the large settlement blocs in the West Bank.
End the charade of American ‘terrorism experts’:
They represent a strange new school of intellectual buffoonery and socio-political amusement, in a mainstream American communications and political culture where the prized criteria for success are kicking ass, making the public feel good, and defining the terror problem as the criminal manifestation of aberrant Arab, Asian and Islamic cultures.
The fuel behind Iran’s nuclear drive :
Consider the following points. First, Iran’s energy situation today is quite different from the late 1970s, when the shah’s regime also pursued nuclear technology, a pursuit that did not seem so alarming to the West at the time.
Charley Reese: Powerless Nonexperts:
A journalist who is a true expert on anything is about as rare as a teenage rock singer who can translate Homer from the original Greek. Television has made some journalist celebrities, and, being celebrities, they pretend to be experts and influential. They are neither.
No plans to allow US military base in Azerbaijan: president :
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Wednesday that his government has no plans to allow the United States to establish military bases in his country.
Pakistan – Life Imprisonment for Blasphemy :
Mohammed Younus Shaikh has reportedly been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special “anti-terrorism‰ court for allegedly writing and distributing books that contained “blasphemous and sacrilegious‰ material.
‘Iraqi Freedom’ on gravestones stirs controversy:
Some families across the country are questioning whether that term is more of a political slogan than a phrase fit for a grave.
Nine US states break with Bush on greenhouse gases:
Nine northeastern U.S. states are working on a plan to cap and then reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the first U.S. deal of its kind and one which would see the region breaking with President George W. Bush who refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol