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Violence is the American Way
America demonstrated a national predilection for war and domestic violence long before the 9/11 attacks, but its leaders and intellectuals through most of the last century cultivated the national self-image, a myth, of America as a moral, “peace-loving” nation which the American population seems unquestioningly to have embraced.
I’m American….Shhh!! Don’t Tell!
Analyzing the pandemic of global American Hatred
While Americans have no problem in attempting to run the world, we have little experience in how it works. It is on this ignorance that we justify our wars, trade relations and political action in a rapidly globalizing world. Aside from being fat and loud, the dangers of the American stereotype lie in the fact we are viewed as being simultaneously globally ignorant and culturally egocentric. This is our downfall. .
Farewell to democracy
Friendly dictators have nothing to fear. The Bush administration is back to its old ways in the Middle East.
So much for all the noise about democracy, reform, and good governance. The Bush administration has quietly tucked the file of political reform in the Arab world away. Friendly dictators have nothing to fear. The administration is back to its old ways. What matters in the region is not political change but stability (a euphemism for the preservation of political and military interests), and the flow of oil at the lowest possible prices.
Islamophobia – 9/11 : Evidence Against Muslim Charity Appears Fabricated
An official summary of an FBI-wiretapped conversation contains anti-Semitic slurs that do not appear in the actual transcript.
Neocon Imperialism, 9/11, and the Attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq
My purpose in publishing this essay is to introduce a perspective, relevant to the debates about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, that thus far has not been part of the public discussion.
9/11 : THE CONTROLLED COLLAPSE OF WTC 7
Take a close look at the manner in which WTC 7 collapses straight down. For the building to collapse in this fashion, all of the load bearing supports would have had to fail at exactly the same time.
The claim that the collapse was the result of a fire requires the fire be equally distributed throughout the entire floor of the building, providing equal heat for an equal amount of time, so that all the load bearings members would fail at the exact same moment.
Do you find this plausible?
After This Fiasco, How Can We Trust Anything They Told Us About 9/11?
The BBC Building 7 farce lends about as much credibility to the official story of 9/11 as weapons of mass destruction do for justifying the invasion of Iraq
The fiasco of a BBC journalist reporting in advance that Building 7 had collapsed as it loomed large behind her strikes at the very root of how the media were complicit in acting as facilitators for the official myth that was manufactured on 9/11. After this debacle, how can we trust anything we were told about September 11?
“We Have a President Who is a Utopian”
Video – Seymour Hersh: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture – Click to view
When nightmare scenarios are used to justify endless war, it’s time to wake up
It is continually proclaimed that an American withdrawal from Iraq would carry grim consequences. President Bush calls it a “nightmare scenario,” and Frederick Kagan predicts “catastrophe.” Few Democrats disagree: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer warns that “precipitous withdrawal … could lead to disaster, spawning a civil war, fostering a haven for terrorists and damaging our nation’s security and credibility.”
Indeed, the aftermath of withdrawal would be problematic and messy—like the present war—but it might not be as dire as increasingly desperate war supporters maintain.
“From our thousand year old sleep, From our crippled history, Comes a sun without ritual, To the country that’s dug in to our lives like the grave, To the drugged and murdered country, And kills the shaikh of the sand and locusts.” Adonis (Ali Ahmed Said) “Victims of a Map”, Saqi Books.
Locust swarms are the dread of hot countries, also of course, the Biblical curse. They devour all, destroying sustenance.
The locusts in uniform, who have destroyed Iraq, humanity, sustenance, its history, predating the time of Christ and the Prophet Mohammed, are never, it seems, satiated or satisfied. From the early defiling (ongoing) of Mosques, cemeteries (Muslim, Christian, Yazidi …) even the sacred tributes to the memory of the martyrs are being destroyed and defiled.
Iraqi Kids After The Invasion
I was talking with an Iraqi psychiatrist about cases of kids traumatized by the war and terror wave that is ravaging Iraq, the doctor told me that the number of the Iraqi kids who suffered of different types of psycho problems since the US invasion till now is increasing rapidly.
Baghdad Hospital Children’s Ward – 07.23.2006
In war and peace children are always amongst the most vulnerable of communities. Iraq has been no exception.
In this episode, Alive in Baghdad takes you to the children’s ward of Baghdad Hospital, to make visible the plight of some very sick children, stricken with cancer by the presence of Depleted Uranium munitions, left over from the last to US wars in Iraq.
Laura Bush: Much Of Iraq Is ‘Stable,’ There’s Just ‘One Bombing A Day That Discourages Everybody’
Tonight on Larry King Live, First Lady Laura Bush said she understands “how the American people feel” when they express frustration over Iraq, but insisted that “to leave now would be a serious mistake.” She said of Iraqis, “This is their opportunity to seize the moment, to build a really good and stable country.”
3 U.S. Soldiers Killed by Iraq Road Bomb
BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. and Iraqi forces staged raids in Baghdad’s main Shiite militant stronghold Tuesday as part of politically sensitive forays into areas loyal to the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Three U.S. soldiers are killed in a roadside bomb blast southwest of Baghdad.
Four US soldiers killed near Baghdad
BAGHDAD & WASHINGTON – A roadside bomb killed three US troops on Tuesday as they carried out a mission outside Baghdad, the military said, while also announcing the death one day earlier of a logistics soldier.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 26 February 2007
- Following massive US strikes, Resistance withdraws from al-Mal‘ab neighborhood in ar-Ramadi.
- Resistance batters US base near Rawah with heavy mortars Monday morning.
- Four US Marines reported killed in bombing south of al-Hadithah Sunday evening.
- Resistance car bomb wounds puppet “Iraqi Vice President” Monday.
- US troops shoot, kill Palestinian in Iraq following Resistance bomb explosion Monday.
- Mysterious bomb destroys bus in Baghdad, killing three Monday morning.
- Fighting between Resistance and puppet “Shock Troops” reported Sunday.
- US air strikes in al-Mada’in kill 15 civilians.
- Three US troops reported killed in land mine explosion near al-Mahmudiyah.
- Resistance battles puppet police in al-Miqdadiyah Monday morning.
- Resistance car bomber kills eight puppet troops at checkpoint west of Kirkuk.
Cheney OK After Afghan Blast; 23 Killed
A Taliban spokesman said Cheney was the target.
Loud boom sent me to bunker, says Cheney
Dick Cheney said the suicide bombing at the gate of a US air base he was visiting in Afghanistan yseterday made a “loud boom” and drove him briefly into a bomb shelter.
Taliban ‘knew of Cheney visit’
A suicide attack at an Afghan air base where US vice-president Dick Cheney was staying shows that the Taliban and al-Qaeda have penetrated local intelligence agencies, analysts and officials said.
Afghan army, coalition target Pak post
A joint post of Pakistan Army and paramilitary Frontier Corps at Lowara Mandi in North Waziristan came under attack on Tuesday by the Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Afghanistan, which according to officials caused no human casualty.
Hamas: Israel must end occupation
Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, has used his visit to Russia to call on Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Russia to support Palestinians, urge blockade lifted – FM Lavrov
Russia will support the Palestinians and push for an international economic blockade for the Palestinian National Authority to be lifted, the Russian foreign minister said at a meeting with Hamas’ political leader in Moscow Tuesday.
EU planning to renew aid to PA
The European Commission has created a plan to renew financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority if and when a unity government is formed that receives international recognition.
9/11 : We Are All Tortures Now! 2 Minute video
Warning: This video contains graphic images and audio of torture and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
9/11 Full Report: Ghost Prisoner
Two Years in Secret CIA Detention
9/11 US: Secret CIA Prisoners Still Missing
The US government should account for all the missing detainees once held by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
9/11 : A world of Maher Arars
Why won’t the U.S. admit Maher Arar’s innocence? It may be fear of precedent. Tales of other suspects seized and sent abroad to face torture are beginning to come to light in Europe. This week, those stories helped bring down the Italian government. And as Doug Saunders reports, this could be just the beginning.
9/11 : Muslims fears torture after court rules on deportation
A LANDMARK court ruling could pave the way for the government to return terror suspects to countries with records of torture if their regimes pledge not to mistreat them.
Keith Olberman: Bush Secretly Funding Al-Qaeda
Tariq Ali: Official politics in the west ignores public opinion at will: The government crisis in Italy over US bases and Afghanistan reflects the increasing gap in Europe between rulers and ruled
KeithOlbermann Slams Condi for Hitler Analogy
Olbermann took Condi to task for making the following ridiculous and historically inaccurate analogy on FOX News Sunday:
War criminal? Perle – Bush Failed by his Own People
Richard Perle, calls former Secretary of State Colin Powell a “disaster” and says current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “was in way over her head from the beginning.”
West ‘humiliating’ Iran, says Hans Blix
Former UN weapons inspector slams US and Europe over ‘humiliating neo-colonial’ attitude to Iran. ‘People have their own pride whether you like them or don’t,’ he adds, urging use of economic incentives for better diplomacy
Behind the Rhetoric of the Democrats
Bush’s budget shreds what little remains of the tattered social safety net for the most downtrodden members of the world’s richest society.
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