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  • Irak: What Has Changed an Unchanging Mind?

    , by SAMAHA Joseph

    “We’re not winning but we’re not losing!”
    Few weeks ago, in response to a question about Iraq, George Bush said: “Absolutely yes, we are winning!”
    Two days ago, in response to a question about Iraq, George Bush said: “We’re not winning but we’re not losing!”
    The president that does not change his (...)

  • Let’s now charge the accomplices

    , by PILGER John

    In a show trial whose theatrical climax was clearly timed to promote George W Bush in the American midterm elections, Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced to hang. Drivel about “end of an era” and “a new start for Iraq” was promoted by the usual false moral accountants, who uttered not a word (...)

  • Controlling the Corporate Mercenaries

    , by DEARDEN Nick

    In March 2004, four American guards were attacked and killed in the Iraqi town of Fallujah. Their charred bodies were beaten and dragged through the streets in front of television cameras, and two of the corpses were hung from a bridge over the river Euphrates.
    The following month, eight (...)

  • This was a guilty verdict on America as well

    , by FISK Robert

    So America’s one-time ally has been sentenced to death for war crimes he committed when he was Washington’s best friend in the Arab world. America knew all about his atrocities and even supplied the gas - along with the British, of course - yet there we were yesterday declaring it to be, in the (...)

  • Middle East fears partitioning of Iraq

    , by SLY Liz

    The vote in Iraq’s parliament earlier this month establishing ground rules for the creation of a Shiite region in southern Iraq attracted little attention outside the Middle East. But in a region already jittery about the likelihood of a full-blown Iraqi civil war and the newfound stature of (...)

  • Iraq: ’The British army is just another militia’

    , by Lewitschnik Liv, Mahdi Kamil

    Daily the media tells us about clashes between “insurgents” and Western troops in Iraq. We hear less about the unarmed resistance which is fighting the occupation with strikes and workplace walkouts. The General Union of Oil Employees in Basra (GUOE), or Basra Oil Union as it is commonly referred (...)

  • Iraq 2006

    , by ACHCAR Gilbert

    The following excerpt (dealing with the first part of 2006) is from the Epilogue to Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, by Noam Chomsky & Gilbert Achcar, edited with a Preface by Stephen R. Shalom, to be published by Paradigm Publishers September 15, 2006, Hardcover (...)

  • The perfect storm: the World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul

    , by BELLO Walden

    It was on the second day that I got the sense that things were coming together in a way akin to that whereby several climatic disturbances fuse to create what meteorologists have called the “perfect storm.”
    It was probably the combination of eyewitness accounts that made clear beyond a shadow of (...)

  • The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq

    , by MEIJER Roel

    The October 15, 2005 referendum on the new Iraqi constitution, like other stages in the US-sponsored political transition after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, drew fresh attention to the many opponents of that transition and the US occupation who are not directly involved in the ongoing (...)

  • Falluja and the Forging of the New Iraq

    , by BELLO Walden

    A defiant slogan repeated by residents of Falluja over the last year was that their city would be “the graveyard of the Americans.” The last two weeks has seen that chant become a reality, with most of the 88 US combat deaths falling in the intense combat around Falluja. But there is a bigger (...)

  • The Iraqi Shiites

    , by COLE Juan

    The ambitious aim of the American war in Iraq—articulated by Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and other neoconservative defense intellectuals—was to effect a fundamental transformation in Middle East politics. The war was not—or not principally—about finding weapons of mass destruction, or preventing (...)

  • Re-colonizing Iraq

    , by ALI Tariq

    The American expedition to Baghdad, and world-wide reactions to the new imperium. From mass demonstrations against the war to the diplomatic hypocrisies colluding with it. The UN as framework of blockade and intervention yesterday, and mask of reconstruction tomorrow.
    On 15 February 2003, over (...)

  • The secret war on Iraq

    , by PILGER John

    THE American and British attack on Iraq has already begun. While the Blair government continues to claim in Parliament that “no final decision has been taken”, Royal Air Force and US fighter bombers have secretly changed tactics and escalated their “patrols” over Iraq to an all-out assault on both (...)