Category: 11-Sept

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Ramzy Baroud: Perpetual Grief over September 11th

The anniversary of the infamous tragedy of 9/11, 2001, and the subsequent ramifications indeed induce, throughout the world, a plethora of feelings of sorrow.   The 9/11 event should have never taken place. Regardless of the situation, targeting civilians is unconditionally reviled. No matter where we stand on war, and how do we wish to Read more…

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Robert Scheer: A 9/11 Reality Check

What if eight years ago the World Trade Center had been leveled by a small nuclear bomb that took out most of lower Manhattan as well? How many millions of innocent civilians would we have killed in retaliation? Would we still be a free society, or would Dick Cheney have attained the power of a Read more…

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Greg Guma: The Oily Road to 9/11

As troops and planes headed toward Afghanistan in October 2001, few people questioned the reasons for military engagement. But the causes of war are rarely simple and, as time has passed, other powerful motives have come into focus. As it turns out, the US war plan was in the works months before the 9/11 attacks. Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Afghanistan and the Emergence of the Taliban: Reviewed Works

Afghanistan and the Emergence of the Taliban: Reviewed Works  

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Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater: CIA assassins?

Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, looks at new allegations that the mercenary firm Blackwater was hired by the CIA to assassinate members of al-Qaeda.   IN APRIL 2002, the CIA paid Blackwater more than $5 million to deploy a small team of men inside Read more…

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Maximilian Forte: Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens

Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens  

Enver Masud: Zalmay Khalilzad: Neocon to Serve as De Facto Leader of Afghanistan?

Is Barack Obama about to place a neocon, Zalmay Khalilzad, in Afghanistan as its new de facto leader? Today, Helene Cooper reported  in the Washington Post that,  "Zalmay Khalilzad, who was President George  W. Bush’s ambassador to Afghanistan, could assume a powerful, unelected position inside the Afghan government under a plan he is discussing with Read more…

Bob Fertik: Lawrence Wilkerson Drops an Iraq-Torture Bombshell

On Wednesday, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson dropped a bombshell (h/t Heather): what I have learned is that as the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 — well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion — its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting Read more…

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Marjorie Cohn: Torture Used to Try to Link Saddam with 9/11

When I testified last year before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties about Bush interrogation policies, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz) stated that former CIA Director Michael Hayden had confirmed that the Bush administration only waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashirit for one minute each.  Read more…

Jim Miles: Review or American Raj

American Raj:  Liberation or Domination? – Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.  Eric S. Margolis.  Key Porter Books, Toronto, 2008.   In a wide-ranging and thorough overview of essentially the Middle East, but also the rest of the Muslim world, Eric Margolis’ recent work American Raj should become a first source Read more…

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