30.10.04


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The eternal circle of the Iraqi insurgency

The eternal circle of the Iraqi insurgency

"Zarqawi is now a catch-all for the troubled Iraq project - prime mover of the insurgency and missing link to the 'war on terror'. Vice President Dick Cheney claimed in October that Zarqawi is responsible for 'most of the major car bombings that have killed or maimed thousands of people'. The recent pledge of loyalty to Osama bin Laden attributed to Zarqawi was understandably seized upon by the White House as vindication for the war and any future assault on Fallujah.

Because the US public imbibes much of its news about Iraq from television, which offers only a thin, uncritical filter of the administration's spin, many Americans, while understandably preoccupied with the 1,111 US military deaths, are only dimly aware of the immense Iraqi death toll and the resentment born of US military excess. And with the 'war on terror' now neatly folded into the Iraqi uprising, there is little discussion of the ethical implications of suppressing it.

Even when the media transcend their Zarqawi fetish, it is only to focus on the role of ex-regime loyalists and Islamic extremists, who are rendered illegitimate by the very terminology used to represent them..."

US asked Qatar to stop airing of bin Laden tape

US asked Qatar to stop airing of bin Laden tape

something odd that the US had a copy of the tape before it was aired...

Expanding Halliburton probe confirms Bush administration is most corrupt in US history

29.10.04


the beast, courtesy of 'the guardian' Posted by Hello

Cheney oil firm faces UK inquiry: US vice-president mired in claims of bribery and corruption against his former company in four countries

Guardian Unlimited | US elections 2004 | Cheney oil firm faces UK inquiry

"British authorities have opened a new front in the widening investigation into allegations of bribery at Halliburton, the American oil services business, while it was being run by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney.

The Guardian has learned that the Serious Fraud Office has joined the international effort at the request of the US Department of Justice in Washington. French and Nigerian officials are already involved in the inquiry."

Transcript of Osama's video

Transcript of Osama's video

This is a link to the video released.

The following are excerpts from a speech by Osama bin Laden addressing the American people in a videotape, parts of which were aired by al-Jazeera television yesterday, as translated by Reuters

O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results.

Security is an important foundation of human life and free people do not squander their security, contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom. Let him tell us why we did not attack Sweden for example.

It is known that those who hate freedom do not possess proud souls like those of the 19, may God rest their souls. We fought you because we are free and because we want freedom for our nation. When you squander our security we squander your's.

I'm surprised by you. Despite entering the fourth year after September 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened.

God knows it did not cross our minds to attack the towers but after the situation became unbearable and we witnessed the injustice and tyranny of the American-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, I thought about it. And the events that affected me directly were that of 1982 and the events that followed - when America allowed the Israelis to invade Lebanon, helped by the US sixth fleet.

In those difficult moments many emotions came over me which are hard to describe, but which produced an overwhelming feeling to reject injustice and a strong determination to punish the unjust.

As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me punish the unjust the same way [and] to destroy towers in America so it could taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women.

We had no difficulty in dealing with Bush and his administration because they resemble the regimes in our countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half by the sons of kings ... They have a lot of pride, arrogance, greed and thievery.

[Bush] adopted despotism and the crushing of freedoms from Arab rulers _ called it the Patriot Act under the guise of combating terrorism ...

We had agreed with [the September 11] overall commander, Mohammed Atta, may God rest his soul, to carry out all operations in 20 minutes before Bush and his administration take notice.

It never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the American forces [Bush] would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone at a time when they most needed him because he thought listening to a child discussing her goat and its ramming was more important than the planes and their ramming of the skyscrapers. This had given us three times the time needed to carry out the operations, thanks be to God ...

Your security is not in the hands of [Democratic presidential candidate John] Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe."

28.10.04

A strong Europe - or Bush's feral US capitalism

A strong Europe - or Bush's feral US capitalism

"This brings us to the positive reason why the left should welcome today's adoption of the European constitution. The progressive case for supporting the constitution is that it expresses values and goals of the European social model. It defines the values of the EU as 'respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights'. It sets full employment as a goal of the EU and commits it to 'combat social exclusion and discrimination' and to 'promote social justice'.

Its charter of fundamental rights embraces economic and social rights, such as limitations on working time, the right to consultation at work and the right to social security out of work. Indeed, one of the most bitter complaints of the right about the constitution is that it explicitly enshrines the right to strike.

The strategic case for reaffirming those European social values is that for the past four years they have been under siege by a US administration which has demonstrated an evangelical zeal for reshaping the world in the image of Texas. The lesson of the recent past is that when Europe is divided its views can be ignored and its values can be undermined. The left, more than anyone else, should support a constitution for a strong Europe that can offer a multilateral partnership in place of Bush's unilateralism, and our social model as an alternative to his version of feral capitalism."

The colonial precedent

The colonial precedent

"The colonial precedent "As in Iraq, the publicly proclaimed search for peace was largely a charade. A senior Foreign Office official wrote in 1965: 'The government are fighting a continuous rearguard action to preserve British diplomatic support for American policy in Vietnam. They can only get away with this by constantly emphasising that our objective, and that of the Americans, is a negotiated settlement'.

These episodes highlight the gulf between what ministers have told the public and what they have understood to be the case in private. The declassified secret files point to some harsh truths about current policy in Iraq: that the war is not about what our leaders say it is (democracy), is not primarily against who they say it is (terrorists) and is not being conducted for whom they say it is (Iraqis).

Iraqis are in practice regarded as 'unpeople' whose deaths matter little in the pursuit of western power; the major block on committing atrocities is the fear of being exposed and ministers will do all they can to cover them up. The public is the major threat to their strategy, which explains why they resort to public deception campaigns. If, as must be expected, atrocities now multiply in Iraq - with Britain complicit - we cannot claim we were not warned."

FBI Investigating Halliburton Contracts

FBI Investigating Halliburton Contracts

This needs to be added to the list of criminal investigations in the article below....

"The FBI has begun investigating whether the Pentagon improperly awarded no-bid contracts to Halliburton Co., seeking an interview with a top Army contracting officer and collecting documents from several government offices.

The line of inquiry expands an earlier FBI investigation into whether Halliburton overcharged taxpayers for fuel in Iraq, and it elevates to a criminal matter the election-year question of whether the Bush administration showed favoritism to Vice President Dick Cheney's former company."

Investigations of Cheney Crimes Are Multiplying

Investigations of Cheney Crimes Are Multiplying

does not include his war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide of the iraqi people, but, it is a good summary of the other criminal activity of the animal...

Iraqi Civilian Deaths Increase Since War

Iraqi Civilian Deaths Increase Since War

a link to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health referred to in the article below....

Excess 100,000 deaths since Iraq invasion

Excess 100,000 deaths since Iraq invasion

Statistics on the Bush & Co. genocide in Iraq...

"Deaths of Iraqis have soared to 100,000 above normal since the Iraq invasion, mainly due to violence, with many of the victims being women and children, according to public health experts from the United States.

'Making conservative assumptions, we think that about 100,000 excess deaths or more have happened since the 2003 invasion of Iraq,' researchers from Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, said in a report published online by The Lancet medical journal on Thursday.

'Violence accounted for most of the excess death and air strikes from [US-led] coalition forces accounted for the most violent deaths,' the report added.

The new figures, based on surveys carried out by researchers in Iraq, are much higher than earlier estimates based on thinktank and media sources, which put the Iraqi civilian death toll as high as 16,053 and military fatalities as high as 6,370."

27.10.04

Of homeland, identity and occupation

Of homeland, identity and occupation

"How do you evaluate the ongoing resistance operations against the US-led forces in Iraq?


Wherever, whenever there is occupation, there will be resistance.

Iraqi resistance is very well organised, and part of it was planned by Saddam Hussein's government long before the war on Iraq."



Iraqi resistance includes all Iraqi parties and reports show they have a high evel of coordination. "

Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms

Russia tied to Iraq's missing arms

the most interesting part of dealing with Bush & Co. is that you must assume that what you hear from them is a LIE... but, the question always is: how many times has the truth been twisted; or, how many times has the lie been twisted?

"Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad."

Defence firms cash in on war on terror

Defence firms cash in on war on terror

what a fucking surprise! the post-electiion invasions of syria and iran should make a few dollars for the boys too...

"The increased spending on the military helped drive a sharp increase in profits at plane-maker Boeing and defence contractor Northrop Grumman during the third quarter.

Boeing reported profits of $456m (£250m), up from $256m a year ago. The 78% rise was partly due to a state tax settlement but the company reported double-digit revenue growth in its integrated defence systems division.

Northrop Grumman posted a 51% rise in earnings to $278m and raised its forecasts for the full year.

The global "war on terror" has steadily fed through to the coffers of the defence industry."

Ex-Guantanamo Detainees from Britain Sue Rumsfeld


Ex-Guantanamo Detainees from Britain Sue Rumsfeld


"'This is a case about preserving an American ideal -- the rule of law,' Lewis said at a news conference. 'It is un-American to torture people. It is un-American to hold people indefinitely without access to counsel, courts or family. It is un-American to flout international treaty obligations.'"

BBC exec blasts U.S. war coverage

Yahoo! News - BBC exec blasts U.S. war coverage

"BBC World Service and Global News director Richard Sambrook on Tuesday took the U.S. news nets to task on their own turf for 'wrapping themselves in the flag' and not asking the tough questions about the Bush administration's reasons for going to war in Iraq "

NASA: Bush Stifles Global Warming Evidence

NASA: Bush Stifles Global Warming Evidence

"In my more than three decades in government, I have never seen anything approaching the degree to which information flow from scientists to the public has been screened and controlled as it is now," James E. Hansen told a University of Iowa audience.

Hansen is director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and has twice briefed a task force headed by Vice President Dick Cheney on global warming.

Hansen said the administration wants to hear only scientific results that "fit predetermined, inflexible positions." Evidence that would raise concerns about the dangers of climate change is often dismissed as not being of sufficient interest to the public."

Geneva convention 'ruled out' for some Iraq prisoners

26.10.04

Iraq purging tens of thousands of police officers for corruption, dereliction of duty or loyalty to insurgents

Pox Americana: Exposing the Empire

Pox Americana: Exposing the Empire

"Accordingly, as this book sees it, there is a need for a coalition of the disparate groups – the anti-war people, the social justice people, environmentalists, labour – to see the cause as a common one against imperial overdrive and to continue to speak out against the atrocities committed globally. This needs to work at the personal level, with our own daily choices of life style, at the domestic level by speaking out on local issues, and internationally by speaking out and supporting those people of the world fighting against imperialism in their own back yards. As with all forms of achieved justice for humanity, it will not be a given, the powers that be will not roll over and declare themselves out of power; it will need to be worked for, over a long period of time; empires are not built in a day, it will take a while to dismantle one, in order not to have it behave cataclysmically."

European Muslims joining war against U.S. in Iraq

Bush's Big Lie(s)

Recruits' death: Allawi faults US forces

Recruits' death: Allawi faults US forces

the puppet speaks against the puppet-master?

24.10.04

Israel bides its time on Iran

Israel bides its time on Iran

It is still too early to tell whether Israel will bomb Iran or Syria first... I guess it all depends on what Bush & Co. would prefer...

"The United States declaration that Iran will be the 'next big issue' for any administration taking charge after the November elections and its warning to the 'rogue state' to stop aiding al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has strengthened the belief in Israel that the unfolding of events should be closely watched while the US carries on intensifying pressure on the Islamic Republic. In any case, Israel will coordinate its moves with Washington, its closest ally, which faces a Herculean task of restoring normalcy in Iraq, on which it has been widely criticized and isolated. "

Zarqawi and al-Qaeda, unlikely bedfellows

Zarqawi and al-Qaeda, unlikely bedfellows

It is hoped that someday this transparent pretext for the genocide of the people of Fallujah will be analyzed in the AmericanBritish press...


"But the letter doesn't make sense when one considers the bitter strategic split between Jordanian Zarqawi and bin Laden. This is the first time ever that al-Tawhid wal-Jihad has even considered abdicating its ruthless sovereignty. The al-Qaeda nucleus is a mix of hardcore Saudi Wahhabis and the Egyptians of Ayman al-Zawahiri's Islamic Jihad. Zarqawi's group contains basically Jordanians, Palestinians and Syrians. They are Salafis, Islamic purists. The incompatibilities are not only ideological, but also methodological: al-Qaeda never attempted kidnappings or beheadings of Muslims. On the other hand, the black and orange brigades in Iraq are growing - these are disgruntled Sunni Iraqis increasingly attracted by the hardcore methods of al-Tawhid wal-Jihad, whose symbol is black and orange. "

Detainees Secretly Taken Out Of Iraq

Detainees Secretly Taken Out Of Iraq

"At the request of the CIA, the Justice Department drafted a confidential memo that authorizes the agency to transfer detainees out of Iraq for interrogation -- a practice that international legal specialists say contravenes the Geneva Conventions."

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"Some specialists in international law say the opinion amounts to a reinterpretation of one of the most basic rights of Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which protects civilians during wartime and occupation, including insurgents who were not part of Iraq's military.

The treaty prohibits the '[i]ndividual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory . . . regardless of their motive.'

The 1949 treaty notes that a violation of this particular provision constitutes a 'grave breach' of the accord, and thus a 'war crime' under U.S. federal law, according to a footnote in the Justice Department draft. 'For these reasons,' the footnote reads, 'we recommend that any contemplated relocations of 'protected persons' from Iraq to facilitate interrogation be carefully evaluated for compliance with Article 49 on a case by case basis.' It says that even persons removed from Iraq retain the treaty's protections, which would include humane treatment and access to international monitors.

During the war in Afghanistan, the administration ruled that al Qaeda fighters were not considered 'protected persons' under the convention. Many of them were transferred out of the country to Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere for interrogations. By contrast, the U.S. government deems former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party and military, as well as insurgents and other civilians in Iraq, to be protected by the Geneva Conventions.

International law experts contacted for this article described the legal reasoning contained in the Justice Department memo as unconventional and disturbing."

Israel May Have Iran in Its Sights

Israel May Have Iran in Its Sights

"In its arsenal, Israel has the first of more than 100 sophisticated, American-built F-16I warplanes, which come with extra fuel tanks to increase their range. It also has signed a deal with Washington to acquire 500 "bunker buster" bombs that can blast through more than six feet of concrete — the kind of fortification that might be associated with Iranian nuclear sites."

After Terror, a Secret Rewriting of Military Law

After Terror, a Secret Rewriting of Military Law

"In early November 2001, with Americans still staggered by the Sept. 11 attacks, a small group of White House officials worked in great secrecy to devise a new system of justice for the new war they had declared on terrorism.

Determined to deal aggressively with the terrorists they expected to capture, the officials bypassed the federal courts and their constitutional guarantees, giving the military the authority to detain foreign suspects indefinitely and prosecute them in tribunals not used since World War II."

100 Facts and 1 Opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration

100 Facts and 1 Opinion: The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration

The best, most succinct summary of the idiocy of Bush & Co.