Halliburton subsidiary KBR workers in Iraq paid 50 cents an hour:
While the United States spends billions on troop support in Iraq, the
people serving the meals, scooping the ice cream, and washing the dishes
make as little as 50 cents an hour.
By Mike Ferner
Nixon decided to change
the color of the corpses in Viet Nam by
replacing U.S. ground troops with U.S. bombers…that in just six months of
1972, U.S. warplanes dropped 702,000 500-pound bombs on Viet Nam…or that 15
giant B-52’s would be shot down during the “Christmas Bombings” that
year, with nearly 100 crewmembers killed or captured.
Embedded TIME Reporter: Bush Lied In Speech About Iraqi Security Forces
TIME Magazine reporter Michael Ware, who is embedded with the U.S.
troops in Iraq who participated in the Tal Afar battle, appeared on
Anderson Cooper yesterday. He said Bush’s description was completely untrue
Reservist Faces Graft Charges on Iraq
Investigators in a widening corruption probe of reconstruction contracts
in Iraq brought
charges yesterday against an Army lieutenant colonel who is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative
contracts to a private contractor and of stealing funds earmarked for Iraq reconstruction.
Michael Kinsley | Business as Usual: Corrupt
Michael Kinsley highlights the "moral arc" in Washington, examining the alterations of increased corruption since the Regan Administration.
Chris Floyd: Death Mask: The Deliberate Disintegration of Iraq :
if this murderous chaos is not the fruit of rank incompetence but
instead the desired product of carefully crafted, efficiently
White House policy?
Democracy Now!: Is the U.S. Training Iraqi Death Squads to Fight the
Investigative journalist Arun Gupta was one of the first to report on
the presence of death squads in Iraq back
in April of this year. We
interviewed him at the time, he joins us again in our firehouse studios.
Video: The Wall of Hate:
If the International community cannot
stop Israel's partheid wall and
the destruction of people and their livelihood, then humanity is at
The Face of War :
Through silence and lies, most of the Western
mainstream media have
been cooperating with the “US-led invasion of Iraq”, and therefore they
responsible for “an illegal act that contravened the UN
charter” or, to use the Nuremberg trials’ words,
“the supreme international
Patriot Act developing decidedly un-American tilt
Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service
The following editorial appeared in The Miami Herald on Thursday, October 27:
In the name of fighting terror, some lawmakers have gone overboard with
amendments to the U.S.A. Patriot Act. For example, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, would let federal prosecutors shop for another
jury if the first panel deadlocked on a death sentence. The very notion is absurd - jury shopping for death - and the amendment
should be stripped from the Patriot Act reauthorization bill.
Carter's measure would allow prosecutors to empanel a second jury and argue
for death if at least one person on the original jury voted for the death penalty. Thus, an 11-1 vote recommending life in
prison instead of death could be rejected in order to empanel another jury to give the prosecutor one more chance to win a
death sentence. This measure would do little to actually help fight terrorism. Yet it would undermine a feature that strengthens
U.S. jurisprudence and makes our system an international model.
Under U.S. law, prosecutors must prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt;
and federal juries must reach unanimous consensus on imposing the death penalty. If some jurors object to imposing death,
it means the case for death wasn't demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt. After all, only jurors who support the death penalty
are allowed to judge death cases.
Mike Whitney: Assassinations in Lebanon; Pipelines in Haifa : Syria poses
no threat to America's national security. We have no dog in this fight. The real threat is those who now operate freely within
the foreign policy establishment, using the US military to further their own self-serving objectives of controlling Middle
East oil and securing an imaginary Israeli empire. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10776.htm
Old whine, new bottle: The UN ‘report’ on the assassination
of Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese PM, bears all the hallmarks of yet another set-up, no doubt ‘inspired’ by
US pressure as part of the build-up to yet another Middle Eastern ‘adventure’.
"We shall contact international and Arab lawyer associations and will put
forward the proof allowing for a trial of the criminal Bush at the same time as the fake trial takes place in Iraq," Saleh
Armouti told a meeting of the Amman-based Saddam defense committee. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=2&article_id=19589
If Israel has nukes, why can’t the rest? The U.S. adopts a biased
stance towards countries who possess or seek nuclear technology or weapons, allowing states like Israel, India to proceed
without any interference, although they failed to fulfill their commitments under the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),
while it piles the pressure on and fights others like Iran, Iraq (before toppling Saddam Hussein) and North Korea for them
not to have nukes.
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern To Introduce Bill Ending Funding For Iraq War: As
the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq reaches 2,000, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) this week will introduce legislation
to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq.
Bitter Fruit: A photo essay on the soldiers killed in Iraq: A war without
casualties? A war where only the evil get hurt? http://www.magnuminmotion.com/bitterfruit/player.html
In the silence of Wisdom, I feel you near me
In the name of Love, I caress you with my thoughts
In the beauty of Mother Earth, I see you surround me
In the infancy of the Universe, I hold you in my heart
In the flowing waters of my Mind, I remember your smile
We Burn Corpses, Don't We? War Crimes in Afghanistan By Erid Ruder For
the people of Afghanistan, fed up with U.S. atrocities and support for regional warlords, there's growing talk of ejecting
U.S. troops--just as the former USSR's military was kicked out in 1989 after a decade of occupation. "Their future will be
like the Russians," said Zahidullah, a resident of Kabul. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10778.htm
What Reagan Started, Bush Is Finishing By David Martin After eight years
of the Gipper, four years of Bush I, eight years of Republican Lite under Clinton, and five years of Shrub, we see the truth
of the Reagan Revolution. The gradual withering away of the welfare and regulatory state has not unleashed the American entrepreneurial
spirit. Rather, it has set loose the predatory greed of the 19th century robber barons, the class cannibalism of Social Darwinism,
and the winner-take-all rapacity of laissez faire capitalism. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10779.htm
Medicaid reform to leave senior citizens with less: In an effort to cut
government expenses, once again Congress is poised to reduce medical benefits available to middle-class senior citizens. This
time, the cuts will come in the form of reducing Medicaid eligibility for those who need nursing home care. In New Jersey,
nursing home care costs in excess of $75,000 per year, more than the median income for a New Jersey family of four. http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051021/OPINION/510210382/1030/POLITICS
Medicaid reform to leave senior citizens with less ( I can’t believe
they charge $75,000 a year here it’s only like $14 or 15 thousand a year. WOW Save money fire the Private homes and
get Public ones.)Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 10/21/05
Burning Bodies Afganistan
ABUL, Afghanistan — Islamic clerics have expressed outrage at television
footage that purportedly shows U.S. soldiers burning the bodies of two dead Taliban fighters to taunt other militants and
warned of a possible violent anti-American backlash.
President Hamid Karzai condemned the alleged desecration and ordered an
inquiry. The operational commander of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, which launched its own criminal probe, said the alleged
act, if true, was "repugnant."
Worried about the potential for anti-American feelings over the incident,
the State Department said it instructed U.S. embassies around the globe to tell local governments that the reported abuse
did not reflect American values.
Cremating bodies is banned under Islam, and one Muslim leader in Afghanistan
compared the video to photographs of U.S. troops abusing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
"Abu Ghraib ruined the reputation of the Americans in Iraq and to me this
is even worse," said Faiz Mohammed, a top cleric in northern Kunduz province.
"This is against Islam. Afghans will be shocked by this news. It is so
humiliating. There will be very, very dangerous consequences from this." Anger also was evident in the streets.http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051021/arghan_taliban_burning_051021/20051021?hub=World For entire story
Living in a Fascist State
"But I venture the challenging statement that if American democracy ceases to
move forward as a living force, seeking day and night by peaceful means to better the lot of our citizens, then Fascism and
Communism, aided, unconsciously perhaps, by old-line Tory Republicanism, will grow in strength in our land." -Franklin D.
Roosevelt, November 4, 1938
By Lewis H. Lapham
10/21/06 "Harper's Magazine", October 2005, pps. 7-9 -- -- In 1938 the word "fascism" hadn't yet been transferred
into an abridged metaphor for all the world's unspeakable evil and monstrous crime, and on coming across President Roosevelt's
prescient remark in one of Umberto Eco's essays, I could read it as prose instead of poetry -- a reference not to the Four
Horsemen of the Apocalypse or the pit of Hell but to the political theories that regard individual citizens as the property
of the government, happy villagers glad to wave the flags and wage the wars, grateful for the good fortune that placed them
in the care of a sublime leader. Or, more emphatically, as Benito Mussolini liked to say, "Everything in the state. Nothing
outside the state. Nothing against the state."
Bush is nothing if not consummate con man: The late and wonderfully caustic
George Burns used to flick the ash off his cigar and say: "The secret of success in show business is sincerity. Once you learn
how to fake that, you've got it made, kid." http://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/content/opinion/epaper/2005/10/22/m13a_mcevoy_1022.html
Afghan journalist killed in blast: A bomb ripped through a military vehicle
in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing an Afghan journalist and injuring three military personnel, an intelligence official
The Most Important Criminal Case in American History
10/21/05 "Huffington Post" -- -- If special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald delivers indictments of a few
functionaries of the vice president’s office or the White House, we are likely to have on our hands a constitutional
crisis. The evidence of widespread wrongdoing and conspiracy is before every American with a cheap laptop and a cable television
subscription. And we do not have the same powers of subpoena granted to Fitzgerald. The Biological And Toxin Weapons Convention
Motion in the UK Parliament has been tabled for a third time
10/20/05 "PIMS" Parliamentary Information Management Services
this House notes that the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention binds signatories not to transfer to any nation any agents,
toxins, weapons and equipment of biological and toxin warfare and provides that any nation finding another signatory in breach
of this undertaking may lodge a complaint to the UN Security Council;
Notes that the Riegle Report to the US Senate
has published evidence that the US sold bacillus anthracis, clostridium botulinum, histoplasma capsulatum, brucella, melitensis
and clostridium perfringens to agencies of the Iraqi government pursuant to export licences issued by the US Department of
Commerce, at a time when the US was fully aware of the Iraqi biological warfare programme and that these exports have been
fully documented noting,
Saddam's germ war plot is traced back to one Oxford cow
08/09/05 "The Times" -- -- A BRITISH cow that died in an Oxfordshire field in 1937 has emerged
as the source of Saddam Hussain’s "weapons of mass destruction" programme that led to the Iraq war.
An ear from
the cow was sent to an English laboratory, where scientists discovered anthrax spores that were later used in secret biological
warfare tests by Winston Churchill.
The culture was sent to the United States, which exported samples to Iraq during
Saddam’s war against Iran in the 1980s. Inspectors have found that this batch of anthrax was the dictator’s choice
in his attempts to create biological weapons.
Bush Critic Became Target of Libby, Former Aides Say: Vice President Dick
Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, a Bush administration
critic married to an undercover CIA officer, that he monitored all of Wilson's television appearances and urged the White
House to mount an aggressive public campaign against him, former aides say. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10712.htm
Old Bush vs. new
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is bracing for a powerful
new attack by Brent Scowcroft, the respected national security adviser to the first President George Bush.
'Gunmen surrounded us, firing into the windscreen. The dreaded moment had
arrived: kidnap' : Rory Carroll, the Guardian's Baghdad correspondent was abducted for 36 hours before being freed on Thursday.
This is his story http://www.guardian.co.uk/rorycarroll/story/0,16647,1598082,00.html
Official Says U.S. Rushed to War in Iraq: A top U.S. official for aid to
Iraq has accused the Bush administration of rushing unprepared into the 2003 invasion because of pressures from President
Bush's approaching reelection campaign. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10716.htm
Ike Was Right About War Machine By Andy Rooney No other Country spends the kind of money we spend
on our military. Last year Japan spent $42 billion. Italy spent $28 billion, Russia spent only $19 billion. The United States
spent $455 billion. Quick Time Video
Bush's choice: America or the empire: This war is too costly. Hundreds of millions of dollars are diverted
from the U.S. budget everyday to feed the war machine; good news for the Pentagon and the military establishment maybe, but
not so good for the majority of Americans, especially the poorest among them.
Uzbekistan cuts off ties to U.S. on fighting terror: After cutting off U.S. access to a key military
base, Uzbekistan has also quietly terminated cooperation with Washington on counterterrorism
Blood, Sweat & Tears Asia’s Poor Build U.S. Bases in
Iraq By David Phinney Numerous former American contractors returning
home say they were shocked at conditions faced by this mostly invisible, but indispensable army of low-paid workers. Third
country nationals frequently sleep in crowded trailers and wait outside in line in 100 degree plus heat to eat "slop." Many
are said to lack adequate medical care and put in hard labor seven days a week, 10 hours or more a day, for little or no overtime
After 25 years, Americans speak of their
role in exterminating Communist
The tapes, along with notes of conversations, show that the
United States furnished critical intelligence -- the names of thousands of leftist activists, both Communist and non-Communist
-- to the Indonesian Army that were then used in the bloody manhunt.
'You can't wash your hands when they're covered in blood'
By Hart Viges
My name is Hart Viges. September 11
happened. Next day I was in the recruiting office. I thought that was the way I could make a difference in the world for the
Navy Secretly Contracted Jets Used by CIA secretly contracted a 33-plane fleet that included two Gulfstream
jets reportedly used to fly terror suspects to countries known to practice torture, according to documents obtained by The
Associated Press. At least 10 U.S. aviation companies were issued classified contracts in 2001 and 2002 by the obscure
Navy Engineering Logistics Office for the "occasional airlift of USN (Navy) cargo worldwide," according to Defense Department
documents the AP obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Two of the companies — Richmor Aviation Inc. and Premier
Executive Transport Services Inc. — chartered luxury Gulfstreams that flew terror suspects captured in Europe to Egypt,
according to U.S. and European media reports. Once there, the men told family members, they were tortured. Authorities in
Italy and Sweden have expressed outrage over flights they say were illegal and orchestrated by the U.S. government.
US Army goes shopping for anthrax Would you like that giftwrapped?
By Lucy Sherriff
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The US Army has asked companies to bid for contracts to produce
large quantities of anthrax and equipment to produce other unnamed biological agents, according to New Scientist,
but has not said what it needs the facilities for.
Alan Pearson, programme director for biological and chemical weapons
at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington DC, says the contracts raise serious questions about the
US' commitment to the Biological Weapons Convention.
In 1 year, Halliburton's stock doubles as troop deaths double : Since the beginning of the Iraq war, Halliburton, the Texas energy
giant once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, has seen its stock price more than triple in value.
This is right on Jason Miller : Peaceful Assault on the Epicenter of Evil : Many Americans
are overcoming the lies they have been "programmed" to believe since they were able to fashion conscious, coherent thoughts.
Excerpts from Bush Speeches Rather Amusing and not very impressive.
Goveners Son Aressted Jeb Bush Son Arrested
Chavez: U.S. Plans to Invade Venezuela
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Friday
he has documentary evidence that the United States plans to invade his country.
Chavez, interviewed on ABC's "Nightline," said the plan is
called "Balboa" and involves aircraft carriers and planes. A transcript of the interview was made available by "Nightline."
He said U.S. soldiers recently went to Curacao, an island off
Venezuela's northwest coast. He described as a "lie" the official U.S. explanation that they visited Curacao for rest and
"They were doing movements. They were doing maneuvers," Chavez
said, speaking through a translator.
Chavez at UN: US "Terrorist State" Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called the United States a "terrorist state" and said the United Nations
headquarters should be moved away from New York.
Iraq Worse than Vietnam in Number of Journalists Killed
Chip Ward | Left Behind: Bush's Holy War on Nature Chip Ward tells us that the Bush administration's environmental
record is lousy. More than lousy, it is potentially disastrous. But why? At first glance, it's easy enough to understand.
Philosophically, Republicans believe in the power of the marketplace to shape behavior. Their animosity toward government
regulation is long-standing. They emphasize the rights of private-property owners over any notion of the commons, and so are
comfortable letting corporations pursue profit at the expense of air or water quality.
NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today released
an FBI document that designates a Michigan-based peace group and an affirmative action advocacy group as potentially "involved
in terrorist activities." The file was obtained through an ongoing nationwide ACLU effort
seeking information on the FBI's use of Joint Terrorism Task Forces to engage in political surveillance.
"This document confirms our fears that federal and state counterterrorism
officers have turned their attention to groups and individuals engaged in peaceful protest activities," said Ben Wizner, an
ACLU staff attorney and counsel in a lawsuit seeking the release of additional FBI records. "When the FBI and local law enforcement
identify affirmative action advocates as potential terrorists, every American has cause for concern."
Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges
for 3 Years and 118 Days
The United States has given away eight of its long-range maritime
patrol and anti-sub aircraft without charge to Pakistan's Navy, allowing it to more effectively engage in long-distance surveillance
and fire Harpoon missiles at targets, the Indian-based Sify news service reported Wednesday.
The craft, new, are made by Lockheed Martin for $36 million
apiece, making the gift a generous one indeed. The last Navy P-3 came off the production line at Lockheed in 1990.
"The P-3C Orion aircraft are being provided free-of-cost by
the US Navy and the expenses for modification of aircraft avionics systems will be met mostly from the US military aid," a
Pakistan Navy statement said in Islamabad on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's top investigator has resigned
amid accusations that he stonewalled inquiries into senior Bush administration officials suspected of wrongdoing.
Study Shows "Media Spin" on Iraqi Civilian Deaths: Roberts reported that the coalition was responsible for 84%
of these violent deaths.
U.S., Iraqi troops sweep into city of Tall Afar: Force 5,000 soldiers-strong starts on biggest offensive since
Mystery Unfolds Over Hunt for WMD in Iraq : The story of the weapons that weren't there, the prelude to
war, was over, but a long post-mortem is still unfolding - of lingering questions in Washington, of revelations from investigations,
leaks, first-person accounts.
Former CIA Director Tenet Threatens Disclosures?: Former CIA director George Tenet, said to be the target of what
the Washington Times called "a scathing report by Inspector General John Helgerson" - may go public with embarrassing disclosures
about the Bush administration and its actions leading up to Sept. 11, 2001.
Analysis American violence in Iraq: Necrophilia or savagery?
of a 5-part series: Bully, cheat, kill, and conquer
By Kim Petersen and B. J. Sabri
Online Journal Contributing writers
"As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead trying to kill me. They do not feel any enmity
against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are only doing their duty, as the saying goes. Most of them, I have
no doubt, are kind-hearted law-abiding men who would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand,
if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any worse for it. He is serving
his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil."
More Images Of Abu Ghraib
By Ari Berman.
-- -- There's a new batch of photos from
Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and these are reportedly far worse than the sickening originals. Naturally, the Pentagon is trying
to block their release.
Iraqi Doctors Warn Of Humanitarian Crisis
By Dr. Salam Ismael
"Iraq Dispatches" -- -- Doctors for Iraqi is calling for an independent investigation into the serious breaches of the Geneva
Convention, the alleged killing of civilians and obstructing medical personal from carrying out there work. Continue.
Rawa and Parwana have been under attack for the past three weeks with US/ Iraqi military activities intensifying over the
past few days. The main hospitals in the area are reporting shortages of medicine oxygen, sugerical kits, anti-biotics and
other basic medicines.
Govt Knew Since 1974 Pot Could Cure CancerPot Shows Promise Cure For CancerThe PDF of Madrid Study Done On Pot
The wealth of the west was built on Africa's exploitation : Britain has never faced up to the dark side of its imperial history
The Trillion-Dollar WarBy LINDA BILMES
human cost of the more than 2,000 American military personnel killed and 14,500 wounded so far in Iraq and Afghanistan is
all too apparent. But the financial toll is still largely hidden from public view and, like the suffering of those who have
lost loved ones, will persist long after the fighting is over.
The cost goes well beyond the more than $250 billion
already spent on military operations and reconstruction. Basic running costs of the current conflicts are $6 billion a month
- a figure that reflects the Pentagon's unprecedented reliance on expensive private contractors. Other factors keeping costs
high include inducements for recruits and for military personnel serving second and third deployments, extra pay for reservists
and members of the National Guard, as well as more than $2 billion a year in additional foreign aid to Jordan, Pakistan, Turkey
and others to reward their cooperation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill for repairing and replacing military hardware is
$20 billion a year, according to figures from the Congressional Budget Office.
Four Star General Fired For Organizing Coup Against Neo-Cons
Reporter suggests Brynes discovered plan to turn nuke
exercise into staged terror attack
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones | August 10 2005
The head of Fort Monroe's Training and Doctrine Command,
four star general Kevin P. Byrnes, was fired Tuesday apparently for sexual misconduct according to official sources.
sources however have offered a different explanation for Byrnes' dismissal which ties in with the Bush administration's unpopular
plan to attack Iran and the staged nuclear attack in the US which would provide the pretext to do so.
reporter Greg Szymanski, anonymous military sources said that Brynes was the leader of a faction that was preparing to instigate
a coup against the neo-con hawks in an attempt to prevent further global conflict.
Indications are that, much like
popular opinion amongst the general public, half the military oppose the neo-con's agenda and half support it.
revelations were imparted by journalist Leland Lehrman who appeared today on The Alex Jones Show.
Lehrman's army sources,
including a former Captain in intelligence, became outraged when they learned that the official story behind 9/11 was impossible.
They told Lehrman that the imminent Northcom nuclear terror exercise
based in Charleston, S.C, where a nuclear warhead is smuggled off a ship and detonated, was originally intended to 'go live'
- as in the drill would be used as the cover for a real false flag staged attack.
This website has relentlessly discussed similar style
drills which took place on the morning of 9/11 and on the morning of 7/7 in London.
"Speculation exists that he had
potentially discovered the fact that it was gonna go live and that he was trying to put a stop to it or also speculation indicates
that he may be part of a military coup designed to prevent the ridiculous idea of doing a nuclear war with Iran, " said Lehrman.
said that other sources had told him all army leave had been cancelled from September 7th onwards, opening the possibility
for war to be declared within that time frame.
Northcom officials also admitted to Lehrman that CNN had been using
its situation room as a studio.
Earlier this week, Washington Post reported that the Pentagon
has developed its first ever war plans for operations within the continental United States, in which terrorist attacks would
be used as the justification for imposing martial law on cities, regions or the entire country.
American Conservative Magazine recently reported that Dick Cheney
had given orders to immediately invade Iran after the next terror attack in the US, even if there was no evidence Iran was
Government and media mouthpieces have been fearmongering
for weeks about how a nuclear attack within the US is imminent.
Now would be the most opportune time for the Globalists
to stage a major attack, as it would head off any potential indictments against the Bush administration for their involvement
in illegally outing CIA agent Valerie Plame.
While rumors circulating about indictments having already taken place
against Bush and Cheney should rightly be treated very carefully, the fact that there is an ongoing criminal investigation
into the matter is something that's admitted and shouldn't be viewed as speculation.
It is not only Iraq that is occupied. America is too
My country is in the grip of a president surrounded by thugs
It has quickly become clear that Iraq is not a liberated
country, but an occupied country. We became familiar with that term during the second world war. We talked of German-occupied
France, German-occupied Europe. And after the war we spoke of Soviet-occupied Hungary, Czechoslovakia, eastern Europe. It
was the Nazis, the Soviets, who occupied countries. The United States liberated them from occupation.
Now we are the occupiers. True, we liberated Iraq from Saddam
Hussein, but not from us. Just as in 1898 we liberated Cuba from Spain, but not from us. Spanish tyranny was overthrown, but
the US established a military base in Cuba, as we are doing in Iraq. US corporations moved into Cuba, just as Bechtel and
Halliburton and the oil corporations are moving into Iraq. The US framed and imposed, with support from local accomplices,
the constitution that would govern Cuba, just as it has drawn up, with help from local political groups, a constitution for
Iraq. Not a liberation. An occupation
Schroeder caution on Iran
Published: Sunday, 14 August, 2005, 12:00 PM Doha Time
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder yesterday pushed aside the option of using force to contain Iran and its uranium enrichment
activities, saying that military options were worthless.
"Let’s leave military options aside, we have already seen
that they don’t amount to anything," Schroeder said during an electoral meeting in the northern city of Hanover.
Author says prepare for nuclear terror
Not trying to cause panic, but prevent it
U.S. officials should get serious about nuclear terrorism by urging Americans
to prepare for disaster by stockpiling food, water, building shelters and planning evacuation routes, says an author and former
member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
In response to reports al-Qaida is planning an "American Hiroshima"
nuclear attack on the U.S. using weapons and operative already smuggled into the country, Don Boys, author of "Islam: America's
Trojan Horse," says he is not trying to panic the public.
Why is the media burying new revelations about 9/11?
GOP Paying Legal Bills of Bush Official: Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican
Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official
charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
Wounded Soldier Refused To Meet Bush: "I don't want anything to do with him," he explains. "My belief
is that his ego is getting people killed and mutilated for no reason -- just his ego and his reputation. If we really wanted
to, we could pull out of Iraq. Talking Wounded
Terry Rodgers Came Back From Iraq a Changed Man, and Not Just Because of the BombBy
Washington Post Staff Writer
"So we're driving down the road and it's midnight, so it's pitch-black, and
when you're driving at night, you don't use any lights," says Terry Rodgers, "but we can see fine because we've got night
He's sitting in the living room of his mother's townhouse in Gaithersburg,
telling the story of his last night in Iraq. He's still got his Army crew cut and he's wearing a T-shirt with an American
flag on the chest.
"We're driving down this road and there's this tiny bridge over a little
canal," he says. "They had rigged up this bomb and they had a tripwire running across the bridge and we hit it and it blew
Like the rest of the 13,877 Americans wounded in Iraq, Rodgers has
a story to tell. He tells it in a matter-of-fact voice, like he's talking about making a midnight pizza run or something.
The Plan is for the United States to rule the world.
Dick Cheney’s Song of America
The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme
is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination. It calls for the United States to maintain its overwhelming
military superiority and prevent new rivals from rising up to challenge it on the world stage. It calls for dominion over
friends and enemies alike. It says not that the United States must be more powerful, or most powerful, but that it must be
absolutely powerful.By David Armstrong
Harper's Magazine, 0017789X, Oct 2002, Vol. 305, Issue 1829
Few writers are more ambitious than the writers of government policy
papers, and few policy papers are more ambitious than Dick Cheney’s masterwork. It has taken several forms over the
last decade and is in fact the product of several ghostwriters (notably Paul Wolfowitz and Colin Powell), but Cheney has been
consistent in his dedication to the ideas in the documents that bear his name, and he has maintained a close association with
the ideologues behind them. Let us, therefore, call Cheney the author, and this series of documents the Plan.
Last Updated Thu, 11 Aug 2005 23:39:32 EDT
U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday described recent
reports that American troops would begin withdrawing from Iraq next spring as "speculation."
He would give no timetable for an eventual pullout, saying
only, "as Iraqis stand up, we will stand down."
"Withdrawing before the mission is complete would send the
signal that the U.S. is weak and that all they have to do is terrorize and we will leave," Bush said.
The president also said the International Atomic Energy Agency
had made "a positive first step" in calling for Iran to halt its nuclear program.
But he suggested the country's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,
would not be barred from getting a U.S. visa to attend the United Nations in New York next month, despite being investigated
by U.S. intelligence for alleged ties to the 1979 seizure of U.S. hostages by extremists in Iran.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan — Hundreds of protesters chanting
"Die America!'' and throwing stones tried to batter down a gate at the U.S. military's main Afghan base Tuesday, adding to
anxieties in a country worried that fighting with insurgents could disrupt elections.
The rioting erupted just hours after an overnight battle in
southern Afghanistan that a provincial governor said killed at least 50 suspected Taliban rebels and two Afghan soldiers.
More than 800 people have died in a surge of rebel attacks
and government offensives since March, and U.S. and Afghan officials have warned that the violence is a threat to parliamentary
elections scheduled for Sept. 18.
Residents of a remote village in southern Afghanistan said
Thursday that U.S. warplanes bombed houses during operations against militants this week, killing several civilians.
Zabul province Gov. Ali Khail said that U.S.-led coalition
forces had "made a mistake" during recent operations in the province, but gave no details. "There were some casualties among
villagers, but I don't know the exact number," he said.
The U.S. military denied that any civilians had been in the
area of the fighting Monday in the Day Chopan district where the villagers come from. The military said earlier that 18 suspected
insurgents and one U.S. service member were killed in a clash -- one of five Americans to die in action in Afghanistan in
the past week.
Women Without Boarders Help Iraqi Women
INDOCTRINATION?...MORE LIKE TOTAL BRAINWASHING!
From the time that each of us is born in this Republic of the
USA we are steeped in the erroneous doctrines of American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny that has allowed the unfettered
scourge of expansionism, genocide, slavery, indentured servitude,wage slavery, environmental degradation and imperialism on
this continent and then around the planet. All this is done in the name of "In God We Trust," patriotism, democracy, and "Mom
and Apple Pie!"
Michael T. Klare is the professor of Peace and World
Security Studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's
Growing Dependence on Imported Petroleum (Owl Books) as well as Resource Wars, The New Landscape of Global Conflict. Several recent developments —persistently high gasoline prices, unprecedented warnings
from the Secretary of Energy and the major oil companies, China's brief pursuit of the American Unocal Corporation—suggest
that we are just about to enter the Twilight Era of Petroleum, a time of chronic energy shortages and economic stagnation
as well as recurring crisis and conflict. Petroleum will not exactly disappear during this period—it will still be available
at the neighborhood gas pump, for those who can afford it—but it will not be cheap and abundant, as it has been for
the past 30 years. The culture and lifestyles we associate with the heyday of the Petroleum Age—large, gas-guzzling
cars and SUVs, low-density suburban sprawl, strip malls and mega-malls, cross-country driving vacations, and so Iraqi women hark back to early 1950s By Ali Dhiaudeen
Iraqi women had their best days in the early 1950s and since
then their conditions have deteriorated and worsened alarmingly after the U.S.-led invasion.
The 1950s were truly Iraqi women’s gold era. One would
have thought their conditions would further improve rather than deteriorate by the turn of the century.
There are many who would like to return women to the dark ages,
relegating them to second class citizens – this is the challenge enlightened Iraqi women and men must face to defeat
the forces of darkness, ignorance and evil in the society.The gates of hell By Jamal Mudhafar
The headline of this article is not a title of a science fiction
film. It truthfully translates what is currently taking place in Iraq.
The gates of hell are now wide open – thanks to U.S.
invasion – and their fires have enveloped almost everything in our country.
There is no electricity, no water, no fuel, no food rations,
no security, no sewage …
There is terror everywhere and there is fear of everything
– fear of the present and of what lies ahead in the future.
All indications tell that our future is bleak as there is nothing
left in this country that makes you feel secure about your own future and that of your children.
What is happening is not a war, rebellion or insurgency. It
is mass killing and annihilation coupled with torture and brutal and barbaric dismembering of innocent people.
Iraq: The Human Toll
Living conditions for the people of Iraq, already poor before the
war, have deteriorated significantly since the US invasion. This is confirmed in a new report by the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation. Based on a survey of 21,000 households conducted
in 2004, the study shows that the Iraqi people are suffering widespread death and war-related injury, high rates of infant
and child mortality, chronic malnutrition and illness among children, low rates of life expectancy and significant setbacks
with regard to the role of women in society.
'America will never leave Iraq', US solider says: A US soldier holidaying in Ireland speaks candidly about the war in
Iraq and says bases his country are building there are permanent...
The real reason Blair opposes withdrawal : Their problem is that they want a pliable puppet regime in Baghdad,
and they know that immediate withdrawal will undermine that aim.
Origins of the Species Neo-Con: Tracking the genealogy of the cabal of neo-conservatives who have
so disastrously dominated foreign policy under George W. Bush, journalists have followed a political bloodline back to the
1960s, to cold war pamphleteers like Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz, and-more respectably if also more tenuously- to
the postwar University of Chicago political theorist Leo Strauss.
Contractors, military in 'bidding war': The U.S. military has hired private companies at a cost approaching
$1 billion to help dispose of Saddam Hussein's arsenal in Iraq
GI exposed abuses at prison By Matthew D. LaPlante He had witnessed a soldier shoot a 14-year-old boy in the back during
a raid - as the boy was running away. That matter, he claimed, was never thoroughly investigated.
Leaked emails claim Guantanamo trials rigged: "The process is perpetrating a fraud on the American people"
Leaked emails from two former prosecutors claim the military commissions set up to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay are rigged,
fraudulent, and thin on evidence against the accused.
5,000 US Troops Have Gone AWOL: Getting Out of Iraq...One Way or Another
Cheney's boundless Iraq profiteering: Things are going well in Iraq for the invaders. Well, at least for
some people, such as US Vice-President Richard Cheney. He is receiving more than $US1 million ($A1.3 million) a year from
Halliburton, the company of which he was CEO from 1995 to 2000, in "deferred remuneration" while he is VP. He is worth every
U.S. territories hotbed for Army recruits: High school graduates from places like Micronesia and the Philippines
are signing up in droves, looking for a good paycheck.
Iraq's Child Prisoners : A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces
are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as
10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture
The treaty wreckers
In just a few months, Bush and Blair have destroyed global
restraint on the development of nuclear weapons
Saturday is the 60th anniversary
of the bombing of Hiroshima. The nuclear powers are commemorating it in their own special way: by seeking to ensure that the
experiment is repeated.
As Robin Cook showed in his column last week, the British government appears to have decided
to replace our Trident nuclear weapons, without consulting parliament or informing the public.