Category: Iraq

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Noam Chomsky: Colombia – Part One of Two

  In 1999, Colombia became the leading recipient of US military and police assistance, replacing Turkey (Israel and Egypt are in a separate category). The figure is scheduled to increase sharply for the next two years. Through the 1990s, Colombia has been the leading recipient of US military aid in Latin America, and has also Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: As the Dust Settles: Clinton in the SubcontinentBy

Vijay Prashad I’ve just returned from India filled with stories of Clinton’s trip to the subcontinent. The reaction was extraordinary. After Clinton gave an address in the Central Hall of the Indian Parliament (boycotted by the Communist delegates) he was mobbed by a gaggle of Members of Parliament. The sight of these craven ‘representatives of Read more…

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Anthony Arnove: “Sanctions on Iraq: The ‘Propaganda Campaign’”

  Hans von Sponeck resigns March 31 as the director of the United Nations humanitarian program in Iraq. Normally, the comings and goings of UN officials isn’t a subject for headlines or a source of encouragement for activists, but von Sponeck is now the second person to resign from this position, which involves oversight of Read more…

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Sean Gonsalves: This is not a campaign issue?

Sean Gonsalves Thanks to the state department and our "adversarial" free press, even those who consider themselves well-informed about foreign policy have tremendous gaps in their knowledge when it comes to our policy in Iraq. You may have heard the numbers, which have been confirmed by the most reputable medical journals in the world: Over Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Go to the Movie

Vijay Prashad I’m not one to pass a good film by, having enjoyed Michael Mann’s ‘The Insider.’ Its send-up of ’60 Minutes’ was enjoyable even as it felt the need to recuperate that bastion of US liberalism at film’s end. This weekend I went to see Tim Robbin’s ‘The Cradle Will Rock.’ Friends mentioned that Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: This Ain’t the Road of Peace

Tanya Reinhart [Background: Following the Shepherdstown’s Syria-Israel talks, the US issued a concealed document summarizing the positions of the two sides. The Arab (London) paper ‘Al Hayat’ printed a summary draft of this document, based on Syrian sources. Israeli sources denied the authenticity of this version, and exposed the full document, which appeared in the Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: Life After Y2K

Leslie Cagan The nineties opened with a bang. In August, 1990 the Iraqis invaded Kuwait and it was immediately clear that George Bush would do everything in his formidable presidential power to go to war. There was never any pretense of negotiating a peaceful resolution. Nothing less than complete control by the U.S. military would Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Fasting for Justice

Balse Bonpane In the wake of a dozen Vigils throughout the United States on January 11, 2000, Lori Berenson began a hunger fast. This news has been confirmed by the Peruvian prison authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. This date represents the fourth anniversary of Lori’s unjust conviction at gunpoint by a hooded military Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: No Farewell for This Admiral: Reflections on Diego Garcia

Vijay Prashad On 2 January 2000, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. died. The New York Times reported the next day that Zumwalt left behind two principle legacies, his attempt to desegregate the US Navy in the 1970s and his order to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam (which led to the death of his son, Lt. Read more…

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Edward Herman: THEY BROUGHT IT ON THEMSELVES

Edward S. Herman One of the tricks of imperialism is to pretend that a targeted enemy has been offered a negotiating option, quickly claim that that option has been rejected, and then ruthlessly attack or continue sanctions that may be taking a heavy human toll. The beauty of this system is that no matter how Read more…

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