Category: Iraq

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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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Edward Herman: THE LEFT AND ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION

Edward S. Herman The left always has a problem at election time, and embattled left pens are already trying to demonstrate that we should: (1) forego voting; (2) vote for Ralph Nader; or (3) vote for the lesser evil (Gore). The fact that there is always such vigorous dispute on this subject, with people of Read more…

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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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