Category: Cambodia

Mahmood Mamdani: The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency

The similarities between Iraq and Darfur are remarkable. The estimate of the number of civilians killed over the past three years is roughly similar. The killers are mostly paramilitaries, closely linked to the official military, which is said to be their main source of arms. The victims too are by and large identified as members Read more…

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Gilbert Achcar: Lebanon and the Middle East Crisis

THE PRESS here is portraying the opposition movement headed by Hezbollah in Lebanon, that is attempting to challenge the Siniora government, as a movement that is provoking sectarian conflict. What is your take on that? What is the character of the opposition, and what is it trying to achieve?   IT IS already a fact Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Camping it Up with The Bad Seed

S he is instantly recognizable as a camp icon. With her flouncing gingham dress, blond pigtails, obnoxious bangs, and disingenuously angelic voice, eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark—“the bad seed”—exhibits the thin veneer that can mask criminal insanity. Over the past decade, Mervyn Leroy’s 1956 film The Bad Seed has been endlessly parodied by drag queens, a staple Read more…

Robert Weitzel: Cluster Bombs: The Realpolitik of U.S. Foreign Policy

Defense Secretary Gates said that serial numbers and other markings found on bomb fragments constituted “pretty good” evidence that Iran was providing weapon technology and material to Iraqi insurgents. White House spokesman Tony Snow said he was confident the weaponry was coming with the approval of the Iranian government.   But Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman Read more…

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Edward Herman: Human Rights Watch in Service to the War Party: Including A Review of “Weighing the Evidence: Lessons from the Slobodan Milosevic Trial” (Human Rights Watch, December, 2006)

Part 1: Introduction: The Role and Biases of Human Rights Watch    Human Rights Watch (HRW) came into existence in 1978 as the U.S. Helsinki Watch Committee.  Early documents affirmed that its purpose was to "monitor domestic and international compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act."[1] But though a private U.S.-based organization Read more…

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Stephen Lendman: Hugo Chavez’s Social Democratic Agenda

Hugo Chavez Frias was reelected by an overwhelming nearly two to one margin over his only serious rival on December 3, 2006 giving him a mandate to proceed with his agenda to build a socialist society in the 21st century on a Bolivarian model designed to meet the needs of the current era in Venezuela Read more…

Roger Morris: The Undertaker’s Tally (Part 2)

[See part 1 here.]   In 1976, when Jimmy Carter took the Presidency from Gerald Ford, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went off to seek corporate wealth as head of G.D. Searle, a Skokie pharmaceutical company. His period running the business, inherited by the family of his North Shore friend and early backer Dan Searle, Read more…

Roger Morris: The Undertaker’s Tally (Part 1)

“…the finest Secretary of Defense this nation has ever had.” — Vice President Dick Cheney   “The past was not predictable when it started.” — Donald Rumsfeld   On a farewell flight to Baghdad in early December 2006, the departing Secretary of Defense reminisced about his start in politics more than forty years before. Aides Read more…

Maryann Keady: Malaysian Peace Conference

Last week, Malaysia played host to the third Perdana Global Peace Forum which this time focused on War Crimes and an attempt to ‘criminalize’ war.    The idea is to set up the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, which will hear cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ‘deep crimes of aggression’. The Tribunal Read more…

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Nick Turse: Bombs over Baghdad

A secret air war is being waged in Iraq — often in and around that country’s population centers — about which we can find out little. The U.S. military keeps information on the munitions expended in its air efforts under tight wraps, refusing to offer details on the scale of use and so minimizing the Read more…

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