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CC News Letter 14/9/07 – The Cracks In The Facade Are Widening


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An Assassination That Blows Apart Bush’s Hopes Of Pacifying Iraq
By Patrick Cockburn

Last week George Bush flew into Iraq to meet Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, leader of Anbar province.This week General David Petraeus told the US Congress how Anbar was a model for Iraq. Yesterday Abu Risha was assassinated by bombers in Anbar

Bush Calls For Permanent US Military Occupation Of Iraq
By Barry Grey

President Bush’s nationally televised speech, delivered Thursday evening from the Oval Office, was the low point of a week of lies and absurdities designed to justify the United States’ bloody colonial war in Iraq. The ugly farce began with the congressional testimony Monday and Tuesday of Gen. David Petraeus, the top US commander in Iraq, and US Ambassador Ryan Crocker

9/11 Explains The Impotence Of
The Anti-war Movement
By Paul Craig Roberts

The anti-war movement has proven impotent to stop the war in Iraq despite the fact that the war was initiated on the basis of lies and deception. The anti-war movement stands helpless to prevent President Bush from attacking Iran or any other country that he might demonize for harboring a future 9/11 threat

September 11: The Epitome Of American Arrogance
By Lucinda Marshall

In what can only be called the epitome of American arrogance, concern for the plight of the Iraqi people, particularly the 4 million of whom are now refugees is absent from the rhetoric, the clear implication being that that our suffering, which is the result of our own failed policies, is far more important than the suffering we have inflicted upon others. Missing from the national dialog is any sense of pressing horror at the lack of electricity and potable water in Iraq, or the trauma and malnutrition, especially among children

The Cracks In The FaŤade Are Widening
By Siv O’Neall

Who are the people who call the shots in today’s world? The real leaders are the financiers who work in collusion with governments, the transnational corporate leaders who care about nothing except immediate gain. The big corporations swallow up the minor ones and it’s a free-for-all in this jungle where money is king. Money is what matters and nothing else does

When Will They Ever Learn?
By David Truskoff

The question that Pete Seeger asked (when will they ever learn) is still not answered, but the question, when posed back in the sixties, implied that it was the soldiers and the raving generals and politicians that will never learn, but the question should be asked another way; when will the American people ever learn

Put Tibet On The World Agenda
By Harsh Dobhal

International players have by and large excluded the Tibet issue from the list of major conflicts. While a good amount of attention gets focussed on Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Lebonon and other conflict ravaged regions, there appears to be little tangible efforts for any resolution for Tibetans where China continues to hunt down the local populace like rats in snow, without inviting any effective political protest from any part of the world

Back To The Future In The Guatemalan Elections
By Cyril Mychalejko

The September 9 election to replace Guatemalan President Oscar Berger featured more body bags than tangible ideas to improve the country. Now facing a runoff election, voters are left with the tired choice between a military strongman and an oligarch

Iraq – The Logic Of Withdrawal
By Jim Miles

Book Review: Iraq – The Logic of Withdrawal By Anthony Arnove. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2007

Politicians Let Down Pakistan
By Naeem Malik

The People of Pakistan are coming to realise that they are about to be let down by its political classes once again. Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Muslim League, had raised people’s expectations by declaring his return from forced exile to lead the struggle for the return of democracy and civil governance to Pakistan. His subsequent return and docile surrender to the authorities and his subsequent flight back to Saudi Arabia to continue the remaining period of his exile left the people of Pakistan disillusioned with its politicians

The Myths Of Salwa Judum
By Anoop Saha

Salwa Judum is continuing, and the violence is showing no signs of abatement. The policy of arming civilians to counter insurgency has never been discussed in the parliament. Proving once again that famous Edmund Burke hypothesis, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Sethusamudram Under Emotive Waters
By Ram Puniyani

The leadership of Congress has apologized for the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court in the case pertaining to the Sethusmaudram project. This project which was set off by BJP led NDA regime, aims to make a canal from Palk straights to gulf of Munnar. It involved dredging of Adams Bridge, also called as Ramar Setu. The affidavit mentioned that the said bridge is not a man made structure and also the Ram is a mythological not historical figure. This affidavit set the emotive political streams rolling their political chariots, and hue and cry that this statement of the Government is an act of blasphemy

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