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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities, and American Power III

My goodness! A never-ending stream of bright and shiny news from the neocolonies. U.S.-UN-OSCE-staged elections in Afghanistan. UN-EU-staged elections in Kosovo. And sooner or later, U.S.-UN-Iraqi Interim Administration-staged elections in Iraq, too. Where, despite some pesty problems with the armed resistance, the Americans have enjoyed overwhelming success at killing tens-of-thousands—all lives unworthy of life anyway—and Read more…

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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities, and American Power II

To repeat a couple of questions first asked in these ZNet Blogs back on September 13: Within American-occupied Iraqi territory: 1) How many American deaths are too many? 2) How many Iraqi deaths are too many? I bother with these questions, first, because in my honest opinion, even to ask them is to play God.—What? Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S., Brazil, & the Security Council

The question why the US has been mildly supportive of Brazil as a new permanent member of the Security Council, despite its left-leaning government, is a good one. We can only speculate, of course. My speculation is along these lines. It is not unlikely that the Security Council will be expanded. There is a lot Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: How to Fight Terrorists

In the case of crimes, the first steps are (1) determining who was probably guilty, apprehending them, and bringing them to a fair trial; and (2) attending to the background circumstances, and where there are legitimate grievances in the background, addressing them, as should be done quite apart from the crimes. It’s the same whether Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Myth of the Liberal Media

The media delight in being portrayed as “adversarial,” sometimes even going overboard in their efforts to subvert power. There are some remarkable examples, e.g., the Freedom House study of how the liberal crusading press lost the Vietnam war by lying about the Tet offensive in its adversarial enthusiasm. It was a collection of the most Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Oil for Food Scandal

Long-time New York Times and Wall St Journal Middle East correspondent Youssef Ibrahim, who is quite knowledgeable, recently wrote that a large part of current revenues from oil are being siphoned off by the Allawi government and other Iraqi officials and traders. In addition there is almost nothing known about huge amounts of funding that Read more…

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David Peterson: Turning Point?

Can anyone recall when the first time was that, after the Americans bombed and invaded a foreign country—even if, as we just saw with the case of Iraq in early June, they install a puppet regime which, in turn, invites them to stay on as the leaders of what both the United Nations and the Read more…

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David Peterson: Governments of Confrontation

According to an Agence France Press report last week, the morning after Lebanon’s long-serving Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri resigned his post—under an “ultimatum,” AFP added, “from the speaker of parliament, Nabih Berri, either to accept [President] Lahoud’s demands to form a new government or leave office”—Beirut’s “leading leftist daily” newspaper, As-Safir, carried a headline that Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections IV

Well. The “preliminary” results are in. And it’s getting pretty close to official. With 22,413 polling stations reporting and 95.1 percent of the votes counted, “Afghan President Hamid Karzai is sure of victory in his country’s historic presidential poll,” Reuters is reporting. All in all, a great day for Karzai. And a great day “for Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Six arrests made at CSIS…

Six people were arrested five days ago (Oct. 20) as the result of an important action / sit-in at the Toronto CSIS offices, officially titled the “Center for Strategic and International Studies”, but also known as “Canada’s national spy agency”. Sponsored by the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, the group had been attempting Read more…

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