Iraq: The Age of Darkness By Dirk Adriaensens

19 September, 2010 — Global ResearchThe BRussells Tribunal

Part I : “Success”, a devastating balance sheet

In the immediate aftermath of the 2003 invasion, the triumphalist verdict of the mainstream media was that the war had been won; Iraq was assured of a benevolent, democratic future. The Times’s writer William Rees-Mogg hymned the victory: “April 9 2003 was Liberty Day for Iraq. (…) It was achieved by “the engine of global liberation”, the United States. “After 24 years of oppression, three wars and three weeks of relentless bombing, Baghdad has emerged from an age of darkness. Yesterday was an historic day of liberation.”[1]

“The problem with this war for, I think, many Americans is that the premise on which we justified going to war proved not to be valid, that is Saddam having weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters while visiting Iraq.

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21 September, 2010 —

Dear Friends,

September 21, 2010 is International Day of Peace.

Today is a day to take a moment and reflect on how each of us can make a contribution toward peace.

In just twelve short weeks the US TO GAZA campaign has galvanized people throughout this country and the world in a great civil society effort to send a U.S.-flagged ship, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, as part of the next Freedom Flotilla sailing to break the illegal Israeli naval-blockade of Gaza. In record time we have raised just over $235,000 toward our goal of $370,000. We still need to raise the remaining $135,000 before the campaign can turn full attention to the the next phase of the effort, the passenger application process and securing a boat.

Today is a meaningful day to join this effort for peace and justice and security, for the people of Palestine, as well as for people throughout the world, by taking a stand against illegal military occupations and abuse of power. Please be part of THE AUDACITY OF HOPE and take a stand in support of international law and human rights.

Through your pledge of support to you will help send THE AUDACITY OF HOPE to Gaza. Once again, we will show that ordinary people can join forces, and, through a determined effort to do what is right in the face of grave injustice, contribute to achieving a just peace.

Please make a generous contribution today for freedom and justice.


For peace,





Thank you for your support.


21 September, 2010 — PCHR

We are delighted to inform you that “Midnight on the Mavi Marmara”, the story of the Israel’s bloody assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, is available online by clicking on the link below.

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

Moustafa Bayoumi, Editor

“We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates … The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal.” – Henning Mankell, aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Statewatch News Online, 20 September 2010 (16/10): European Parlianment Resolution passed by 337 votes to 245 calling on France to ‘immediately suspend all expulsions of Roma’, saying that they ‘amounted to discrimination’

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In 2010 an average of 432,649 pdf documents have been downloaded each month (January-August) from the Statewatch website: Researchers, NGOs, activist groups, lawyers, academics, students (completed dissertations), journalists – if you would like to get wider distribution for your work (articles, features, reports, studies) on civil liberties and justice and home affairs in the EU please send to: mailto:

1.   EU-FRANCE-ROMA:  All the documentation: French circulars, internal Commission documents etc
2.   EU: European Commission: Report on the application of the Directive on minimum standards
3.   FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (FOI): Fringe Special: Overview of all FOI laws
4.   EU-SITCEN: EU seeks ‘stress-resistant’ intelligence officer
5.   UK-EU: Home Office: Explanatory memoranda
6.   EU: European Parliament Studies: Common European Asylum Area and Readmission
7.   UK: British Identity Cards: Arguments For and Against their Retention and Use 1945-1952
8.   UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Follow-up of Asylum Cases and e-Borders Programme
9.   EU: Commission meeting on body scanners at airports
10. UK: Home Affairs Select Committee: Body Scanners: Counter Terrorism Measures in British Airports
11. EP- Commission: Draft Framework Agreement on relations
12. BELGIUM: To mark the new school year… An open letter to the Belgian justice minister De Clerck
13. The EU security-industrial complex (TNI, link). Interview with Ben Hayes
14. UK: Medical Justice: ‘State Sponsored Cruelty’ Children in immigration detention
15. European Forum for Urban Security: Citizens, Cities and Video Surveillance
16. UK: From war to law: Major report from Liberty
17. International Action Day “Freedom not Fear 2010 – Stop Surveillance Mania!”
18. Israel: Base in the Negev desert among most powerful intelligence gathering sites
19. EU: Security-Industrial Complex: NeoConOpticon blog – updates
20. EU: UNHCR criticises Europe for collective deportation of Iraqis
21. EU: Unbalanced Reciprocities: Cooperation on Readmission in the Euro-Mediterranean Area
22. EU: Compendium of European Police, Customs and Ministerial Liaison Officers
23. Denmark: Court clears climate summit activists
24. EU: New Council configurations

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 20 September, 2010: Did Tony Blair Endorse Preventive War on Iran?

20 September, 2010 — ICH

CNN Censored Footage of Iraq ‘War Crime’
By Daniel Tencer
A former CNN Iraq correspondent suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says his employers wouldn’t run footage he filmed of what he describes as a war crime by US troops.

Did U.S. Soldiers Create Afghan Killing Club?:
Video Report
U.S. soldiers charged with targeting Afghan civilians; Army ignored pleas by soldier’s father.

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APN Releases Revolutionary Settlement-Tracking iPhone and Web App

20 September, 2010 — APN PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT:  Ori Nir | +1 (202) 408-9898

Washington, DC, September 20, 2010 — Americans for Peace Now (APN) is today proud to release a revolutionary interactive mapping tool, which will for the first time give anyone, anywhere, a comprehensive real-time view of what is happening on the ground in the West Bank.

“Facts on the Ground: The APN Map Project,” APN’s “app” for iPhone and iPad devices, available also on the web, is a real-time application that provides detail and context for the debate on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. It allows anyone with a computer or a smartphone to access a comprehensive settlements database, integrated with high-tech mapping technologies. APN’s new app will be updated constantly to reflect breaking events and issues in the news, such as new settlement plans and construction, the establishment or removal of outposts, or violent incidents perpetrated by Palestinians or by settlers.

“The transparency this tool offers is doubly important at this time, as Israel considers abandoning its ‘freeze’ on new settlement construction,” said Debra DeLee, APN’s President and CEO. “Anyone, anywhere, can now log in and see the realities on the ground,” she said.

“This new app shows the unfiltered realities that settlements create on the ground of the West Bank. While people are entitled to their opinions on this divisive issue, there is only one set of facts, and our app makes these facts available in unprecedented clarity and detail,” DeLee added. “This unique tool – there is nothing like it anywhere else – is made possible through the unparalleled depth and breadth of the expertise of the Israeli Peace Now movement’s Settlements Watch team.”

APN’s new app draws on data collected by Israel’s Peace Now movement, much of which was previously inaccessible or too costly to distribute globally. “One of the things that make this tool so powerful is that it democratizes data,” DeLee said. “In the past, not many were able to tour the settlements with an expert guide. With the introduction of our app, anyone can explore the West Bank with just a click of a mouse or a touch of a finger.”

DeLee said: “We hope this app will revolutionize the debate over West Bank settlements, breaking through polemics and spin, and anchoring the discussion in the facts.” She added, “Almost a year of hard work went into creating this tool. The result is dazzling. We invite everyone to check it out online or download it and see for themselves.”

The application is available, free, for iPhones and iPads, through iTunes. The web-based version is available, at:

The application will soon be available for other hand-held devices. A Hebrew version is currently under development.

Members of the media are invited to a briefing to introduce the new app, which will be conducted by phone and online simultaneously on Tuesday, September 21, at 13:00 Eastern Time. [= 18:00 GMT]

To join the briefing, please call +1-218-862-6420 and use the following passcode: 4107248#

On your computer, click:


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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 20 September, 2010: PA official: Settlers harvest Palestinian olives

20 September, 2010 — VTJP


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Protestors In Berlin Demand Prosecuting “Israeli War Criminals”
IMEMC – 21 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 21, 2010 – 01:45, Hundreds of German citizens, pro Palestine activists, and Palestinians rallied in the streets of the German Capital, Berlin, demanding the country to apprehend and prosecute Israeli officials who are responsible for war crimes committed during the war on Gaza and the attack on the Freedom Flotilla.

Egypt: “Aid Must Be Unloaded In Al Arish Before Being Moved To Gaza”
IMEMC – 21 Sep 2010 – Tuesday September 21, 2010 – 01:15, A spokesperson of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, stated Monday that the Egyptian Authorities are closely following “Artery of Life 5” aid convoy heading to Egypt, and will allow aid supplies to enter Gaza as long as organizers follow Egyptian standards.

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