Category: Iraq

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Peter Bohmer: Fight the Power

Last weekend, my son, Inti, who is 20 and I, who am quite a few years older than that, went to San Francisco to take part in a rally and demonstration in support of political prisoner and death row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal. The main demand is for a new trial for Mumia. It was the Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Writing and Thinking Amidst Hostile Intentions

Massachusetts News — made clear its concerns: "Will Pedophilia Be Next in Massachusetts Schools? Child Molestation is Being Normalized.’" On the second page of the leaflet is the headline " Boston Phoenix Leads the Charge followed by the fact that the Phoenix and its "popular columnist Michael Bronski" are "leading advocates of pedophilia in Massachusetts." Read more…

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Edward Herman: The U.S. Versus the Rules of War

permitting a low-casualty NATO occupation of Kosovo. I don’t think this was carefully thought out in advance; rather, it is a default strategy based on an unwillingness to suffer casualties, the availability of planes, bombs and money, and the determination of the U.S./British leadership to defeat the villainized foe. Another basis of the default strategy Read more…

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Tim Wise: Famous Last Words

Every now and then a lesson comes easy. Other times we learn things by accident, if at all. And inevitably it seems, the lessons that matter most, often come from the least likely sources, and at the most inopportune moments. So much so, that if we aren’t paying close attention, we’ll miss them altogether. Such Read more…

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Norman Solomon: For Whom The Media Bell Tolls

/ Creators Syndicate For several weeks now, the suffering of refugees from Kosovo has filled our TV screens. Empathy seems to motivate much of the public support for the ceaseless bombing of Yugoslavia. Fortunately, Americans can be stirred by moral outrage. Unfortunately, that outrage has been manipulated by a constellation of forces that could be Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Behind Enemy Lines

ZNet Commentary . In a disturbing case of hypocritical Western propaganda tripping over its own distortions, the Associated Press recently reported that Turkish troops and warplanes have crossed into Northeastern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebels presumably taking refuge there (AP, 4/7/99). Any honest observer will be mesmerized by the juggling act of ignorance involved Read more…

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Michael Albert: Some Thoughts About the Bombings

(1) Does it ring any bells for anyone else that bombing country A may not have anything to do with country A per se, at least in recent times? Once it begins, bombing almost never yields a sought outcome regarding the place bombed (save, of course, when one literally wants to devastate it). It rarely Read more…

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Tim Wise: Racism and “Preferential Treatment” by the Numbers

By Tim Wise Association for White Anti-Racist Education (AWARE) Anyone who does political analysis, advocacy or organizing knows that folks on all sides of an issue have "numbers." Trotting out statistics to prove one’s point about something is a well-accepted practice, and yet rarely do we stop to think about what certain numbers mean: be Read more…

Rick Mcdowell: Economic Sanctions on Iraq

Seven years of the most comprehensive sanctions in modern history have reduced Iraq and its people to utter destitution. United Nation Security Council’s economic sanctions, invoked only ten times since the inception of the United Nations, and applied eight times since the end of the Cold War, constitute an extension of the devastating allied bombing Read more…

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