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Ambassador of Death, Right-Wing Death Squads, Drug Smuggling: George Bush’s Plan for Iraq
By : repost - Friday July 2, 2004
Ambassador of Death, Right-Wing Death Squads, Drug Smuggling: George Bush’s Plan for Iraq. gdy, mardi, 22/06/2004 - 21:09 Analyses | Démocratie June 22, 2004 From the Streets of Little Beirut Glen Yeadon New allegations of criminal conduct by the Bush regime are now surfacing almost daily. The investigation of torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib has expanded to include rape of prisoners, deaths of over 100 prisoners and thousands of prisoners held in secret prisons. It is also clear (...)
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80% of US believe Bush of Iraq disinformation
By : Julian Borger - Friday July 2, 2004
Iraq doubts keep Bush’s popularity on the slide by Julian Borger George Bush’s popularity fell to a new low yesterday in a poll which suggests that there is an increasing level of scepticism about the motives for the Iraq invasion and rising concern about its consequences. Nearly 80% of the Americans questioned in the poll for the New York Times and CBS news thought he had been either "hiding something" or "mostly lying" in his statements on Iraq. Only 18% believed (...)
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Negroponte `looked the other way’ U.S. ambassador to Iraq under fire for rights record
By : DUNCAN CAMPBELL - Thursday July 1, 2004
Twenty years ago, he served as envoy to Honduras DUNCAN CAMPBELL SPECIAL TO THE STAR Suspicious deaths in custody. Allegations of torture. Claims of a military out of control. These are some of the key issues that will face John Negroponte, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Iraq. Suspicious deaths in custody. Allegations of torture. Claims of a military out of control. Those were some of the key issues that faced John Negroponte 20 years ago when he was U.S. ambassador to Honduras. (...)
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Nukes in the US Protectorate of Iraq? Iran Looks to Its West and Says: I Don’t Think So
By : RON JACOBS - Wednesday June 23, 2004
By RON JACOBS In one more instance of duplicity and hypocrisy as regards the US plans for Iraq, Undersecretary of State John Bolton stated June 8, 2004 that Iraq could one day build nuclear power plants. Although that day is, in Bolton’s words "a ways down the road," it could happen once things settled down there. When that will be is anyone’s guess, of course, but that won’t stop the nuclear industry from salivating over more taxpayer dollars going into their pockets. (...)
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Hill won’t release abuse dossier for risk of offending US
By : Tom Allard - Tuesday June 22, 2004
By Tom Allard, Defence Reporter The Federal Government has refused to make public a detailed 61-page dossier outlining what Australians knew about prisoner abuse in Iraq, with the Minister for Defence, Robert Hill, claiming some details would offend the US. Senator Hill was yesterday censured in the Senate for his role in misleading Parliament and his failure to take responsibility for the false statements made by him, the Prime Minister and senior Defence officials. Senator Hill had (...)
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Irreversible Mental Damage
By : Uri Avnery - Sunday June 20, 2004
By: Uri Avnery* Two weeks ago, the international community made a shocking declaration. Giving in to a demand by George Bush, the “Quartet” accepted the “Revised Disengagement Plan” of Ariel Sharon. This means that the United Nations, the European Union, the Russian Federation and the United States confirmed this document. I wonder if any one of the honorable diplomats has read the document with their own eyes. In the first paragraph of the “plan”, the (...)
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The view from the editorial pages
By : Stephen W. Stromberg - Saturday June 19, 2004
by Stephen W. Stromberg President Bush may still believe in the pre-war Iraq-al Qaida connection as much as a 5-year old does in Santa Claus, but the editorial boards of several major newspapers are no longer deluded — thanks in large part to this week’s revelation by the 9/11 commission that Iraq and al-Qaida had no working relationship. The Financial Times: "Whether the Osama and Saddam thesis was more the result of self-delusion or cynical manipulation, it — along (...)
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OP-ED: Sharon’s ‘Palestinian state’
By : Uri Avnery - Saturday June 19, 2004
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by Uri Avnery The walled enclaves will lead, of course, to bloodshed on an unbelievable scale. No people on earth will submit to such a life. For thousands and thousands of young Palestinians, a martyr’s death will be preferable I thought it was terrible. I was wrong. It is far, far worse! These words sum up my feelings at that moment. I was standing on a hill overlooking the infamous Kalandia checkpoint. Below me was a narrow road, packed with Palestinians in (...)
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Robert Fisk : Iraq, 1917
By : Robert Fisk - Friday June 18, 2004
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by Robert Fisk They came as liberators but were met by fierce resistance outside Baghdad. Humiliating treatment of prisoners and heavy-handed action in Najaf and Fallujah further alienated the local population. A planned handover of power proved unworkable. Britain’s 1917 occupation of Iraq holds uncanny parallels with today - and if we want to know what will happen there next, we need only turn to our history books... On the eve of our "handover" of "full (...)
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Bush’s Mercenary Army
By : Stewart Nusbaumer - Friday June 18, 2004
Stewart Nusbaumer Until the first bomb landed on the center of Baghdad, I insisted, although my friends insisted I was nuts, we were not going into Iraq. Not my best predication. What went wrong, with me? I underestimated George Bush’s stupidity. My friends are better at stupidity than I am. My firm belief that our military was not going into Iraq was based upon a certainty on my part that a U.S. occupation of Iraq would turn out to be an utter disaster, for both Iraqis and (...)
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Did Iran use Chalabi to lure the U.S. into Iraq?
By : TED GALEN CARPENTER - Friday June 18, 2004
TED GALEN CARPENTER, Cato Institute The Bush administration’s disenchantment with its onetime favorite Iraqi client, Ahmad Chalabi, has centered on the explosive allegation that he and his associates may have forwarded highly classified U.S. information to the fundamentalist Islamist government in Iran. Specifically, Chalabi and his cohorts are accused of informing Tehran that the United States had broken the communications code of Iran’s intelligence service. If true, this (...)
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Sandline mercenary: Bougainville to Iraq
By : SINCLAIRE SOLOMON - Thursday June 17, 2004
The National (PNG), 16 June 04 Spicer in Iraq Sandline mercenary fame of B’ville crisis to head private army in Baghdad By SINCLAIRE SOLOMON LIEUTENANT-Colonel Tim Spicer, the Sandline mercenary of the Bougainville crisis fame of 1997, has resurfaced in Baghdad, Iraq, to head what is undisputedly the biggest private army in the world. The Briton, whose Sandline mercenaries were expelled from PNG that year in a military-inspired protest led by Major General Jerry Singirok, this (...)
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US Army Paralyses Baghdad with Fortifications
By : Baghdad - Monday June 14, 2004
Baghdad Fumes as the Americans Seek Safety in ’Tombstone’ Forts By Patrick Cockburn in Baghdad http://news.independent.co.uk/low_r... The US army is paralyzing the heart of Baghdad as it builds ever more elaborate fortifications to protect its bases against suicide bombers. "Do not enter or you will be shot," reads an abrupt notice attached to some razor wire blocking a roundabout at what used to be the entrance to the 14 July bridge over the Tigris. Only vehicles with (...)
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Forced Nudity of Iraqi Prisoners Is Seen as a Pervasive Pattern, Not Isolated Incidents
By : KATE ZERNIKE and DAVID ROHDE - Thursday June 10, 2004
Tomm W. Christiansen/Dagbladet Iraqis picked up for looting weapons were marched naked through a park into a building after their clothes were burned by American troops in April 2003. They were then freed and chased naked onto the street. SEXUAL HUMILIATION By KATE ZERNIKE and DAVID ROHDE In the weeks since photographs of naked detainees set off the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, military officials have portrayed the sexual humiliation captured in the images as the isolated acts of a (...)
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Down Goes Tenet
By : William Rivers Pitt - Saturday June 5, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/060... The news over the last week or so has been grim for the White House. Ahmad Chalabi, Bush’s favorite Iraqi, has been accused of passing high-level intelligence secrets to Iran. Questions as to who could have coughed up those secrets have been auguring towards Defense Department officials Douglas Feith and William Luti, the two men who ran the secretive Office of Special Plans (OSP). The OSP, organized for the express (...)
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Bush Faces Italian Anger Over Iraq on Rome Visit
By : Caren Bohan - Friday June 4, 2004
ROME (Reuters) - Italians greeted American soldiers as liberators when they marched into Rome 60 years ago but President Bush faces deep anger on his visit on Friday over the actions of a new generation of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Authorities fear violent demonstrations during Bush’s two days in Rome, and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, worried by the prospect of clashes in the streets, urged Italians to show "maturity and understanding of history." While Berlusconi has been among (...)
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Army noted Geneva Conventions violations in Iraq prisons last fall
By : WASHINGTON - Thursday June 3, 2004
An Army general who visited Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last fall complained that the military was violating international war standards by incarcerating common criminals along with insurgents captured in attacks against U.S.-led forces. It was one among dozens of observations in a still-classified report, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, portraying an overcrowded, dysfunctional prison system lacking basic sanitation and medical supplies. "Due to operational limitations, facility (...)
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Casualty count in Iraq still rising
By : WASHINGTON - Wednesday June 2, 2004
Robert Burns, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, May 31, 2004 — American troops in Iraq died at a rate of more than two per day in May, pushing the combined death count for April and May beyond 200, according to Pentagon figures. For the National Guard and Reserve, whose part-time soldiers make up at least one-third of the 135,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, the trend in casualties during May was especially troubling. At least 22 citizen soldiers died, nearly one-third of all U.S. losses in (...)
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International Appeal - Withdraw All Foreign Occupation Troops From Iraq!
By : International Appeal - Thursday May 20, 2004
International Appeal Promoted Internationally by: * US Labor Against the War (USLAW) * the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU) * the International Liaison Committee of Workers and Peoples (ILC) WITHDRAW ALL FOREIGN OCCUPATION TROOPS FROM IRAQ! PEACE AND SOVEREIGNTY FOR IRAQ! We, the undersigned trade unionists and labor activists from around the world, applaud the decision by the new Spanish government to withdraw its troops from Iraq. We call on all governments with (...)
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Odom: Bush Should Admit Iraq Is a ’Mess’
By : Council on Foreign Relations - Wednesday May 12, 2004
And Make Plans for a U.S. Troop Pullout by Next Year William E. Odom, the head of the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration, says that President Bush should "eat a little humble pie," admit the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, and seek U.N. forces to take over for U.S. troops. Odom, who opposed the war before it began, argues that Iraq will never become a liberal democracy. He also warns that "we’ve also nearly broken the U.S. Army by over-extension and (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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