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Dare To look Back : War Criminal
On the evening of 9-11, Bush went before a paralyzed nation and, after a brief comment about praying, grieving and mourning for the 3,000 victims of that terrible day, he announced, “Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil.” Then, warming to his subject, Bush rammed home what would become his mantra for the next six years — “These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” He then assured the masses that he would make no distinction between the “terrorists” and the regimes that harbored them. Bush’s vision for revenge was to chase them all over the world and kill them all…
But a vision is not a plan. Looking back, it appears that Bush’s plan for perpetual war is sending Americans to their deaths, unequipped and untrained, while bellowing, “Support the Troops!” Bush’s plan is destroying an entire nation, its culture, its infrastructure — raping, torturing and slaughtering its people for no reason other than he can. It is creating a humanitarian crisis of mind-boggling proportions — more than 3.9 million Iraqis have fled their homes to safer areas in Iraq and in neighboring countries.
Poll of London Muslims challenges stereotypes- General London population supports violence more than Muslims do
LONDON — Muslims in London not only have almost twice as much confidence in the government as the wider public, but greater faith in the police, judicial, and electoral system, a poll suggested Tuesday.
- 81 percent of London Muslims said violence was completely unjustified, even if used in a “noble cause” compared to 72 percent of the general public.
- 74 percent said they were loyal to the UK compared to 45 percent of non-Muslims.
- 82 percent respected other religions, as opposed to 54 percent of the wider public.
- 78 percent versus 69 percent had confidence in the police; for the government, judicial system, and elections the figures were 64 percent
- versus 36 percent, 67 percent versus 55 percent, and 73 percent versus 60 percent.
Old Church Becomes Mosque in Uneasy Britain
CLITHEROE, England On a chilly night this winter, this pristine town in some of Britain’s most untouched countryside voted to allow a former Christian church to become a mosque.
The Americans Still Don’t Get It
The surge isn’t going to work because it was wrong to begin with. The first rule for an occupier fighting an insurgency is that you can’t win by killing insurgents. Killing insurgents is easy and makes it feel like you are doing something, but its a trap.
The Inexplicable Enrichment of Bush Cronies : The Iraq Money Trail
It’s time for Americans to face the cold hard truth that nothing will be accomplished by allowing the daily carnage in Iraq to continue, and if Bush has his way, our young people will be dying in this war profiteering scheme until hell freezes over. Congress needs to authorize funding to pull our troops out of that deathtrap and not one dime more.
The Devil’s Dictionary of War in Iraq
Like all wars, the “war in Iraq” or “Iraq war” — it’s never gained the double caps of the Korean or Vietnam Wars — has also been a war of words. From “homeland” and “unlawful combatant” to “extraordinary rendition” and “Global War on Terror” (aka: World War IV or the Long War), never has an administration reached more often for its dictionaries to create pretzled words and phrases. Its war in Iraq has been no exception. But recently there’s been a change, hardly noticed by anyone. The administration’s familiar war vocabulary and imagery, which hung in there so remarkably long, has finally disappeared down the memory hole. So many images, tailored for home-front consumption, each meant to help give just a little more time to an increasingly embattled administration, have in recent months disappeared.
Endgame: Iraqi Insurgents Press For Final Blow
By all indicators, America’s Iraqi expedition has failed miserably. One by one, American allies draw down their forces or resist increasing public pressure to do so. The central Iraqi government exercises little control–its main means of exercising power is negative–the use of Shiite death squads. A bloody civil war has created a feedback loop of ethnic violence that cannot be stopped. In the north, the Kurds lie in wait for the perfect opportunity to break away. And Iran is quietly grooming the Iraqi government to act as a client state.
To this end, insurgents have attempted numerous attacks inside the Green Zone, the most brazen of which was an April 12 attack on the Iraqi parliament that killed one and injured twenty-two. It is unclear how heavily Al-Qaeda In Iraq and other insurgent factions have infiltrated the Green Zone, but past plots disrupted by American and Iraqi investigators have indicated that Sunni insurgents definitely have established a presence. Even if insurgents fail to breach the Green Zone’s defenses for a much more devastating attack, they still can succeed in waging a war of literal and psychological attrition. Insurgents have increasingly targeted Americans within the Green Zone with mortars, weapons that can be fired from many miles away using commercially available GPS coordinates.
Iraqi politican says insurgents must unite
Insurgent groups in Iraq should unite, agree a programme and be ready to reap the political rewards for inflicting heavy losses on U.S. troops, an Iraqi Sunni politician said on Tuesday.
Dangers confessions to a Sunnis internee about the wildly torturing in the interior ministry
. ..that beside the traditional known torturing methods that they use like electric torturing and hanging from hands and foots they use also a wildly method that shows their Safawive rancor against Sunnis threw putting the internee in the refrigerator from 11 pm to 5 am then they bring him out from it to sparge him with water and then they put him in a room that contains cold air-condition…
A Sunnis internee released lately from the ‘Fifth Branch’ jail in al-A’athamya revealed that elements from interior ministry commandos and keeping law forces that manage the jail use wildly torturing methods against the internees in this jail whom are hundreds all of them are Sunnis.
Sunni warns of Shiia on Shiia clashes as a result of the recent “provisional government” scheme
Iraqi League, a predominantly Sunni organization, reports on its website about the recent announcement of a “provisional leadership for the South” by a group meeting in Baghdad. (The initial and very sketchy news about this in Al-Hayat is summarized here). Iraqi League’s main points, quoting the views of a Sunni member of the national Parliament, are: (1) The move was illegal and unconstitutional, because not in conformity with the law on the creation of federal regions; and (2) the fact that this is being attempted increases the chances of Shiite-versus-Shiite clashes. And in particular it cites an anonymous source to the effect the meeting and the announcement of this provisional government are sponsored by SCIRI and in particular by its leader Abdulaziz al-Hakim as part of a partition-Iraq strategy.
8 Million Iraqis Need Urgent Aid: UN
The United Nations warned on Tuesday, April 17, that nearly eight million Iraqis were in dire need of aid, while international relief groups urged world countries, particularly war allies Washington and London, to accommodate millions of Iraqis fleeing their violence-ravaged country.
“Up to eight million Iraqi civilians are in urgent need of humanitarian relief,” UN humanitarian chief John Holmes told a conference on Iraq’s displacement crisis in Geneva, reported Agence France Presse (AFP).
Trauma severe for Iraqi children
School children watch as U.S. soldiers climb to the roof of their school to get a high vantage point April 15 in Baghdad.
BAGHDAD — About 70% of primary school students in a Baghdad neighborhood suffer symptoms of trauma-related stress such as bed-wetting or stuttering, according to a survey by the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
Iraqi refugee children trapped in poverty and fear
More than two million Iraqi refugees are trapped in a cycle of poverty and fear. More than half a million of these are school-age children, many with no access to education or psychological support, according to research by World Vision.
Iraq’s neighbours blocking refugees — rights group
Iraq’s neighbours are making it harder and harder for Iraqis to flee across the border to escape violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
Photos of UK ‘tortured’ Iraqi’s corpse released
Photographs showing the severe beating suffered by an Iraqi civilian who died in British custody were released today as the House of Lords begins a hearing into whether human rights law should apply to British forces abroad.
The pictures of 26-year-old Baha Mousa were unveiled by his lawyer and human rights group Liberty, who are calling for an “independent, effective investigation into the big systemic issues” raised by the case.
Baha Mousa’s case is one of six test cases being examined by the Law Lords, along with five Iraqis who died at the hands of British soldiers in the streets of Basra.
$400 Billion for war: US announces USD 100 million
US Under-Secretary of State Paaula Dobriansky announced today that her government expects in 2007 to provide USD 100 million in humanitarian assistance for Iraqis, both inside and outside Iraq. The US will also contribute USD 18 million to the United Nations High Commissioner (UNHCR) emergency appeal for Iraqi displacement.
Seven U.S. occupation force members killed in Iraq attacks
The attacks occurred in Baghdad, Fallujah and Anbar Province
Five more US troops killed in Iraq
American army suffers losses of 50 soldiers in April alone as military faces resistance in Anbar.
BAGHDAD – Five more US troops have been killed in a series of attacks in Iraq, the military reported Tuesday, taking the losses to 50 in this month alone.
600 U.S. Contractors Have Been Killed in Iraq
Calling the situation in Iraq a “national emergency,” retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey said April 16 that the country is ripped by a catastrophic low-grade civil war.
U.S. troop deaths climbing in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Over the past six months, American troops have died in Iraq at the highest rate since the war began, an indication that the conflict is becoming increasingly dangerous for U.S. forces even after more than four years of fighting.
From October 2006 through last month, 532 American soldiers were killed, the most during any six-month period of the war. March also marked the first time that the U.S. military suffered four straight months of 80 or more fatalities. April, with at least 58 service members killed through Monday, is on pace to be one of the deadliest months of the conflict for American forces.
Rate of U.S. losses in Iraq is highest yet
In the past six months, the rate of Americans killed in Iraq has reached its highest level ever, despite four years of fighting.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 16 April 2007
- 100 women widowed, 400 children orphaned in Iraq every day, study shows.
- Disaster threatens 4 million Iraqi refugees displaced since US occupation of their country.
- US admits two soldiers killed in Baghdad.
- Resistance fighters assault checkpoint, killing 13 puppet troops, al Hadar.
- US troops kill three puppet policemen in ar-Ramadi.
- Resistance car bomb blasts puppet police station in Baghdad.
- US forces raid “Madinat as-Sadr” area of Baghdad Monday morning.
- Bodies of 30 murder victims found in Baghdad Sunday, number of victims of Shi‘i sectarian torture, murder continue to rise.
- Resistance bomb wounds puppet policemen Sunday evening.
- Bodies of Iranian truck drivers found near border Sunday.
- Armed attack claims life in al-Iskandariyah Sunday night.
- Resistance bomb damages puppet police car in Kirkuk Monday morning.
- Mysterious bomb in al-Kut.
- four mortar rounds blasted into the US “Camp Echo” near ad-Diwaniyah
- US, puppet forces raid neighborhoods in ad-Diwaniyah.
2006 bloodiest year since Taliban’s fall, rights group says
KABUL — Insurgents committed war crimes by attacking ordinary Afghans and killing 669 civilians in 2006, the heaviest toll since the Taliban’s ouster in 2001, according to a report released Monday.
Tallying records from non-governmental organizations and the media, Human Rights Watch counted 189 bombings in 2006 that killed 492 civilians. Another 177 civilians were killed in other attacks including ambushes and executions.
Heavy fighting erupts northeast of Afghan capital
Heavy fighting erupted to the northeast of the Afghan capital on Tuesday when Taliban fighters attacked police posts and a district government headquarters, a provincial governor said.
The US has returned fundamentalism to Afghanistan
The following is a transcript of the speech given by Malalai Joya, member of the Afghan Parliament, given at the University of Los Angeles
Afghanistan in a downward spiral
In addition to long-lasting problems such as military conflict, narcotics and warlordism, the Afghan government is increasingly facing new dilemmas which emanate from people’s dire social and economic conditions
“Deletion” of Images in Afghanistan: Attempt to Cover Up Civilian Killings?
New York – In the past day, there has been wide media coverage of an official report on the slaying of Afghan civilians by U.S. forces early last month. The Afghan human rights commission concluded that American marines overreacted to a bomb ambush with excessive force, peppering civilians and vehicles with machine-gun fire in attacks that covered 10 miles of road and left 12 civilians dead, including an infant.
The forced deleting of images by the US military as well as the refusal to let journalists continue in their work constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression as it obstructed the ability of the media present to seek, receive and impart information about the 4 March incident, without falling under the exceptions stipulated by ICCPR art.19(3).
Five killed in roadside bombing in occupied Afghanistan
A roadside bomb hit a Afghanistan’s main city on Tuesday, killing four Nepalese guards and an Afghan driver, official said.
UN workers killed in Afghan blast
Five United Nations staff have been killed when their convoy was attacked in southern Afghanistan.
Israeli occupation troops assassinate Palestinian
Undercover Israeli troops have killed a senior member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades near Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to a Palestinian security source.
U.S. not interested in Hamas peace calls
On April 7, ending a seven-day visit to Israel, I finally got an interview I had sought for a year. I sat down in a Palestinian National Authority office in Ramallah with a leader of Hamas
US-Israel ties bad for peace: Soros
“The pro-Israel lobby has been remarkably successful in suppressing criticism,” wrote Soros. Politicians challenge it at their peril and dissenters risk personal vilification, he said.
Judge rejects government plan for secret evidence at Israeli spy trial
A federal judge on Monday rejected prosecutors’ request to close portions of an upcoming trial for two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of violating the Espionage Act.
In case you missed it: Secret Briefing by Zinni Seen as Key In Aipac / Israeli Spy Trial
New details are emerging about a secret 2003 briefing that could play a key role in the defense of two pro-Israel advocates charged with passing classified information.
Report: Egyptian passed intel to Mossad
According to reports, Sabar was in contact with two Israeli agents. One held Irish citizenship, while the second was a Japanese citizen. Both have been charged in absentia.
Egyptian engineer arrested for spying for Israel
CAIRO: Authorities said Tuesday they have arrested an Egyptian engineer from the country’s nuclear energy agency for spying for Israel.
Father of Guantanamo suspect alleges torture by interrogators
The father of a Pakistani terrorism suspect at the Guantanamo Bay military prison alleges his son was beaten by U.S. interrogators while held in Pakistan, according to an affidavit released Monday. The CIA denied the prisoner was abused.
Swiss journalists acquitted in case of leaked secret CIA prisons fax
Three journalists were acquitted Tuesday of breaking Swiss military secrecy laws by publishing classified intelligence material about alleged secret CIA prisons in Europe.
Top UK defense official jailed for taking bribes from US arms dealer
Greedy Michael Hale’s lengthy betrayal of trust saw the American company being fed so much confidential information that it was able to run circles around the competition.
In addition to backhanders of more than £217,000, the 58-year-old civil servant’s five-star lifestyle featured free flights, champagne hospitality aboard an ocean-going cruiser and stays in top hotels, London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.
But when his secret paymaster was taken over by another firm, “due diligence” attorneys in California uncovered a total of nine corrupt payments paid to him over the years.
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