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Chris Spannos: Canadian Bullets, Dead Iraqis

With up to 13,802 Iraqi civilian deaths to date, Canadians will now be providing one of the most basic necessities for the US occupation forces in Iraq: bullets. The Canadian company SNC Technologies Inc. (SNC TEC) is now part of a multinational consortium of small-caliber ammunition producers whose purpose is to supply between 300 million Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial II

NOTING the confidential “Prosecution’s Submissions in Response to the Trial Chamber’s 19 July 2004 Further Order on Future Conduct of the Trial,” filed on 26 July 2004…. Notice that I could provide a weblink to one of these two documents (the one dated July 19, embedded within the document with the longer title), but not Read more…

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David Peterson: “All These Things Happened Among Us” II

Last Friday (Sept. 3), in an U.S. District Court in Fresno, California, Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that a retired captain in the Salvadoran Air Force, Alvaro Rafael Saravia, was “liable” (though by no means solely responsible) for the assassination of the Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, in March, 1980. And so the case Read more…

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David Peterson: UNSC 1559: The Resolution Out of Nowhere

Have been trying to figure out exactly where Thursday’s (Sept. 2) UN Security Council Resolution 1559 came from. All of a sudden. In a flash. Seemingly out of nowhere. Any clues? You’ve all heard of Res. 1559, I presume. Sponsored by the U.S. Government (though news accounts claim that the French Government played a supporting Read more…

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David Peterson: “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threat” I

The 48th Annual Regular Session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to open in Vienna later this month, Monday through Friday, the 20th through the 24th. As you all know, the IAEA is tasked with accelerating and enlarging the “contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity Read more…

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David Peterson: The Song Remains the Same

This one, pretty much, is the pits. The U.K.-based Oxfam—a vital nongovernmental organization in its own right, no doubt about it—announced today that a new musical collection titled Songs for Sudan “has been released to raise money for the work Oxfam is doing to help the victims of the conflict” in the Darfur states of Read more…

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David Peterson: “Power Harnessed to Legitimacy”

Below you’ll find links to 100 percent of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statements, in his official capacity as the UNSG, pertaining to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq for the 13-day period from the launching of the invasion on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 (U.S. dateline), through March 31, 2003. There were five in all: SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSES Read more…

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David Peterson: “How America Gets Away With Murder” II

Mind if I ask you to rack your brains for a few moments? Okay. Here goes.—To the best of your knowledge, has the UN Secretary-General ever used terminology comparable to “strongly condemns” when referring to actions taken by the U.S. Government, as he just did yesterday in strongly condemning the “double terrorist attack…in the Israeli Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Violence, Media & the RNC

As I write today, there are reports and photos of direct actions, and rallies in New York. In particular, today’s A31: A Day of Non-violent Civil Disobedience and Direct Action. Yesterday I did a series of 10 radio interviews for the CBC’s "Afternoon Show", across Canada, focusing on the Republican convention protests. If my experience Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial I

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic resumes Tuesday, August 31, after a six-month recess, with various failed attempts to resume the proceedings along the way. Most notably on July 6, when Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson decided instead that “it is now necessary to carry out a radical review of the future conduct of the trial,” the Read more…

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