Category: Iraq

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David Edwards: Two on Iraq

As the 10th anniversary of the devastating UN economic sanctions against Iraq approaches (6th August), it is clear that even the ‘liberal’ and ‘independent’ press is sweeping the matter under the carpet. If the government propaganda merchants in Washington and London don’t even mention the dreadful suffering of the Iraqi people, then ‘news’ journalists can Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Philadelphia: Sunday, July 30

Leslie Cagan As the several thousand delegates to the Republican Party’s Nominating Convention were arriving in Philadelphia this weekend, protests were already in full swing. There is too much happening for me to report on it all, but the Independent Media Center with its video, print, audio and internet capabilities are already hard at work Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: LAND FOR APPARTHEID (The Camp David summit)

Tanya Reinhart Barak went to the summit with a magic formula: 10-90. 10 percent annexation, and in the rest – a Palestinian state. No previous Israeli plan ever offered so much land to the Palestinians. Where do these numbers come from? The newspapers of March uncover the mystery. The current plan was formed then, but Read more…

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Edward Herman: KOSOVO ONE YEAR LATER: FROM SERB REPRESSION TO NATO-SPONSORED ETHNIC CLEANSING

Edward S. Herman  and David Peterson Now a little more than one year after the ending of Nato’s 78- day bombing of Yugoslavia and the beginning of Nato control of Kosovo (June 10-12, 1999), the mainstream media have been exceedingly reticent in offering the public serious retrospectives on the war and its aftermath. One reason Read more…

Guest Author: AN EMBARGO TOO FAR

David Cromwell Mariam Hamza has beautiful eyes, a loving personality and immense courage. She is also a symbol of one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. This four year old Iraqi leukaemia patient hit the headlines in 1998 when George Galloway, MP for Glasgow Kelvin, brought her back to the United Kingdom. Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Delegation to Colombia

Blasé Bonpane What does Medellin mean to a U.S. citizen? Narco-terrorists, sicarios (hired assassins) and drug lords. It is actually a beautiful and mountainous city located at many altitudes, all of them comfortable. Colombians may joke about sacred things and local humor might identify the Holy Trinity as the army, the oligarchy and the church. Read more…

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David Edwards: CLIMATE WARS Paying The Ultimate Price For Corporate Control of Society

  Declared 98% successful in destroying Iraqi Scud missiles during the Gulf War, the Patriot missile system was subsequently found to have achieved a success rate “close to zero” by Professor Ted Postol of MIT. But by then the deception had done its job: a further $1 billion had already been invested in U.S. national Read more…

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Saul Landau: McCaffery (Goliath) v. Hersh (David)

Saul Landau I found the May 15 NPR news very even-handed – as always. The host interviewed Seymour Hersh, who wrote for the May 22 New Yorker Overwhelming Force, an expose on General Barry McCaffery’s Gulf War conduct. Hersh interviewed soldiers and officers and reviewed relevant documents that call into question McCaffery’s battlefield conduct. On Read more…

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Howard Zinn: THE HEROES AROUND US

Howard Zinn Recently, meeting with a group of high school students, I was asked by one of them: "I read in your book, A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, about the massacres of Indians, the long history of racism, the persistence of poverty in the richest country in the world, the senseless wars. How Read more…

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Norman Solomon: THE POWER AND LIMITS OF PHOTOJOURNALISM

Norman Solomon Despite all the emphasis on new media, photography has never lost the power to move us. Some recent photo essays in major American magazines, focusing on the poor and dispossessed, are efforts to break through abstraction and indifference. They tell us a lot about the potential impacts — and common limitations — of Read more…

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