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|Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:00 pm Post subject: Panorama: Tom Feeley's Email to Dr. Shabbir
|The powerful have invoked God at their side in this war, so that we will accept
their power and our weakness as something that has been established by divine
plan. But there is no god behind this war other than the god of money, nor any
right other than the desire for death and destruction. Today there is a "NO"
which shall weaken the powerful and strengthen the weak: the "NO" to war:
Subcomandante Marcos - Source: No to war, 2/16/03
Each of the Iraqi children killed by the United States was our child. Each of
the prisoners tortured in Abu Ghraib was our comrade. Each of their screams was
ours. When they were humiliated, we were humiliated. The U.S. soldiers fighting
in Iraq - mostly volunteers in a poverty draft from small towns and poor urban
neighborhoods - are victims just as much as the Iraqis of the same horrendous
process, which asks them to die for a victory that will never be theirs:
Arundhati Roy - Source: Arundhati Roy, "Tide? Or Ivory Snow? Public Power in the
Age of Empire," 8/24/04
"Then what is freedom? It is the will to be responsible to ourselves.":
Friedrich Nietzsche - (1844-1900) - Source: Twilight of the Idols, 1888
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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America's War On Iraq - At Least
655,000 + +
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In
America'sWar On Iraq 3,132
The U.S. War On Iraq Costs
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Information Warfare, Psy-ops and the Power of Myth
By Mike Whitney
Just as 9-11 has been used to justify the enhanced powers of the “unitary”
president, the evisceration of civil liberties, and a permanent state of war; so too, the bombing
of the Golden Mosque, has been used to create a fictional narrative of deeply
ingrained sectarian animosity that has no historical precedent. Both events need
to be exposed by thorough and independent investigations.
Killers in the Classroom
By Dr. June Scorza Terpstra
During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines
who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by “serving” in
Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA. Parroting their
master’s slogan about “fighting over there so we don’t have to fight over here”,
these students proudly proclaimed that they terrorized and killed defenseless
"Is It For Freedom?"
3 Minute Video
Images set to Sara Thomsen's powerful song "Is It For Freedom?"
Bill Would Restore Detainees' Rights, Define 'Combatant'
By Josh White
A group of Senate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday that would restore
habeas corpus rights to all detainees in U.S. custody and would narrowly define
what it means to be an "enemy combatant" against the United States, a measure
designed to challenge laws ushered in by the Republican-controlled Congress last
Ex-aide says Rice misled Congress on Iran
By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent
Controversy over a possible missed U.S. opportunity for rapprochement with Iran
grew on Wednesday as former aide accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of
misleading Congress on the issue.
Don't Do It, Mr. President
Hon. Ron Paul Of Texas
The moral of the story, Mr. Speaker, is this: if you don’t have a nuke, we’ll threaten to attack you. If you do have a nuke, we’ll leave you alone. In fact,
we’ll probably subsidize you. What makes us think Iran does not understand this?
Mourning A Secret Australia
By John Pilger
John Pilger describes another 'day of mourning' for the first inhabitants of his
homeland, Australia, which for many whites remains a secret country behind the
neo-conservative bluster of John Howard's government.
How Corporations Continue to Rape The Worlds Poor
BBC : 15 Minute Video Report By Greg Palast
Vulture funds - as defined by the International Monetary Fund and Gordon Brown
amongst others - are companies which buy up the debt of poor nations cheaply
when it is about to be written off and then sue for the full value of the debt
plus interest - which might be ten times what they paid for it.
UN Peacekeeping Paramilitarism
By Stephen Lendman
These are a few of the many examples of UN failures to address injustice
throughout the world on every continent. It belies discredited former UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan's standing up for the Security Council claiming it
has primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.
The Ghawar Oil Field: How Much Is Left?
Decline of the world’s largest reserve could cripple the global economy
By David S. Elliott
Back in 2001, before the issue of energy scarcity ever entered my mind, I read a
chilling online article called "Ghawar Is Dying" that bluntly speculated about
the massive global upheavals modern industrial society would suffer if the
largest oil field in Saudi Arabia were indeed running dry.
In case you missed it
The Last Oil Shock
Video - BBC Money Programme
This programme meets the scientists who believe that we are at the beginning of the long
term decline in conventional oil production.
At least 18 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on:
Police battled tens of gunmen who stormed the Sunni town of Hawija south of
Kirkuk on Wednesday night and killed four, police sources said.
Twin car bomb attacks kill four civilians in occupied Baghdad:
Two simultaneous car bomb attacks struck southern Baghdad on Thursday, killing
at least four civilians and wounding 15 others, Iraqi police said.
British troops seal Basra-Iran border:
British troops have surrounded the southern Iraqi city of Basra and closed the
border with Iran, the BBC reported Thursday.
Iraq plays down Sadr's 'short visit' to Iran:
Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr is on a short trip to Iran, an Iraqi official said Thursday, denying that the anti-US occupation "firebrand" had fled a
crackdown on militias such as his feared Mehdi Army.
Who is Muqtada al-Sadr? :
As Iraq dissolves into civil war, few men wield more power on its bloodstained
streets than Muqtada al-Sadr. In just four years, his potent blend of Shia
nationalism, enforced by the 70,000-strong Mehdi Army, has made him a hero to
millions - and put him top of America's hit list. But does the future rest in
Auditors: Billions more may be wasted in Iraq:
The U.S. government is at risk of squandering significantly more money in an
Iraq war and reconstruction effort that has already wasted or otherwise
overcharged taxpayers billions of dollars, federal investigators said today.
Iraq invasion plan 'delusional' :
The commanders predicted that after the fighting was over there would be a two- to three-month "stabilisation" phase, followed by an 18- to
24-month "recovery" stage.
12 Republicans Break Ranks on Iraq Resolution:
A dozen Republicans arrived in the House chamber on Wednesday to set aside their
party allegiances and lend their names to a resolution intended to rebuke
President Bush for his Iraq policy.
Leaked Letter Reveals GOP Strategy:
Talk About Anything But Escalation
Vermont Becomes First State to Call for US Troop Withdrawal from Iraq:
The Vermont State Legislature made headlines yesterday when lawmakers passed
resolutions in both the House and Senate calling for the immediate and orderly
withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
Murtha Seeks to Restrain Action in Iran:
A leading Iraq war opponent threatened Thursday to try prohibiting any U.S. military action against Iran without congressional sanction as House
Republicans used military veterans within their ranks to oppose a resolution
renouncing President Bush's Iraq troop buildup.
Anna Nicole tops Iraq on US cable news:
The death of Anna Nicole Smith topped news from Iraq on America's cable news
channels last week.
Governor: Don't send Iraqi refugees to Ohio:
Gov. Ted Strickland on Wednesday had a message for President Bush: any plan to
relocate thousands of refugees uprooted by the Iraq war to the United States
shouldn't include Ohio
Syria offers huge services to Iraqi displaced, UN official says: -
UN high Commissioner for Refugees Affairs Antonio Guterres underlined that Syria
offers huge services and aid to the Iraqi displaced in Syria on the economic,
health and educational levels, calling on the international community to help it
in this 'burden'.
France arrests 11 in Iraq recruitment probe:
Two of the suspects, mostly aged in their 20s, had sought to enter Iraq through
neighboring Syria, but were detained by police there and remanded into French
custody, police said. An investigation was continuing.
Robert Fisk: War-weary Beirut marks Hariri death with peaceful rally :
So the Lebanese survived. The civil war did not begin. The second anniversary of
the murder of former prime minister Rafik Hariri was more a festival than a vow
Abbas asks Haniyeh to form unity government:
Haniyeh accepted the task of drawing up a new cabinet at a joint news conference
in Gaza City aimed at launching a government that Palestinians hope will end
factional fighting and overcome a paralyzing Western aid boycott of Hamas.
Israeli to reassess relations with Palestinian Authority :
Israel has decided to reassess its relations with the Palestinian Authority and
its chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, due to the unity government agreement reached
between Fatah and Hamas in Makkah last week
U.S. officials tell Abbas they'll shun future Hamas-Fatah coalition, aides say :
Aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that U.S. diplomats
told them Washington plans to shun a future Hamas-Fatah coalition government
because it will not explicitly recognize Israel.
Apartheid Israel: Arab law student denied entry to Sharon Mall :
Four law students at the Netanya College were refused entry at the city's Sharon
Mall on Tuesday because the security guards identified them as being non-Jewish.
Brandeis Donors Exact Revenge For Carter Visit :
Major donors to Brandeis University have informed the school they will no longer
give it money in retaliation for its decision last month to host former
President Jimmy Carter, a strong critic of Israel.
Former Mossad chief: Assassinate Ahmadinejad:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should "be made to disappear from the
arena," Meir Amit, a former director of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency,
advocated in an exclusive interview with WND.
Groups Fear Public Backlash Over Iran :
While Jewish communal leaders focus most of their current lobbying efforts on
pressing the United States to take a tough line against Iran and its nuclear
program, some are privately voicing fears that they will be accused of driving
America into a war with the regime in Tehran.
Norman Finkelstein: Sapere Aude! (Dare to think for yourself):
In 2005 I published a scholarly study, Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of
Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (University of California Press),
copiously documenting that Dershowitz had plagiarized large swaths of his book
The Case for Israel from an earlier academic hoax and-what's worse yet-that he
had grossly falsified Israel's human rights record.
This scapegoating is rolling back the gains of anti-racism:
Anti-terror stunts and a barrage of propaganda are demonising Muslims and making
Islamophobia the acceptable face of racism
US genocide bill angers Turks:
Washington's relations with Turkey, a key Nato ally, have been on the slide
since 2003, when Ankara's parliament refused to allow US troops to transit into
Iraq. That infuriated the Bush administration.
11 Elite Iranian Troops Killed In Bombing; U.S. Role Alleged:
A car bomb killed 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard on Wednesday in
the deadliest attack in years near the Pakistani border, and Iran accused the
United States of backing guerrillas to destabilize the country.
Robert Dreyfuss : Breakdown At The Iraq Lie Factory:
President Bush must have been thinking, a heck of a lot easier five years ago.
Back in 2002, the president had a smoothly running lie factory humming along in
the Pentagon, producing reams of fake intelligence about Iraq, led by
Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Doug Feith and his Office of Special Plans.
Taliban fire into meeting with British occupation soldiers, Afghan woman killed
Taliban fighters fired mortars into a village in an insurgency hotspot in
occupied Afghanistan where British soldiers and elders were meeting Thursday and
a woman was killed during the attack, the NATO force said.
Report blasts Afghan war as a failure:
Canada and its allies in Afghanistan are waging a losing war against the Taliban
that's killed thousands of innocent civilians, harmed the reputation of
coalition forces and fuelled support for the insurgency in the past year, says a
new report on the conflict by the Senlis Council.
Bush orders more U.S. troops to occupied Afghanistan:
President George W. Bush said on Thursday 3,200 more U.S. troops being deployed
to Afghanistan will help NATO occupation forces launch a spring offensive
against the Taliban.
Al-Qaeda calls for attacks on Canadian oil facilities:
Al-Qaeda has included Canada in a list of countries that it believes should be
attacked for providing oil to the United States.
Al Quaida Threatens Venezuela :
Venezuela provides around 11 percent of U.S. oil imports despite diplomatic
tensions between Caracas and Washington over leftist President Hugo Chavez's self-styled socialist
Russia may scrap U.S. arms control treaty: Interfax:
Russia warned the United States on Thursday it might pull out of a Cold War
nuclear arms reduction treaty because of plans by Washington to build a missile
shield in Eastern Europe.
Giants meet to counter US power:
India, China and Russia account for 40 per cent of the world’s population, a
fifth of its economy and more than half of its nuclear warheads. Now they appear
to be forming a partnership to challenge the US-dominated world order that has
prevailed since the end of the Cold War.
Accord allows North Korea to keep nuclear weapons :
Now that North Korea has agreed to shut down and seal its nuclear facilities
within 60 days, the hardest challenge ahead may be ridding the country of all of its nuclear weapons, several analysts said Wednesday
Our brave John Howard :
Australia's brave Prime Minister John Howard had the temerity to stand up in the
Australian Parliament this week and call the Leader of the Opposition a coward
on national television, because Kevin Rudd opposes the Iraq war and wants to
bring Australian troops home
Flugge paid $2,000 a day during Iraq trip, Senate told:
Former AWB chairman Trevor Flugge was paid more than $2,000 a day, plus
expenses, during a trip to Iraq as part of an AusAID team.
Secret new US spy base to get green light:
AUSTRALIA'S close military alliance with the United States is to be further
entrenched with the building of a high-tech communications base in Western
US unlikely to meet PM's Hicks deadline:
David Hicks is unlikely to be formally charged by US authorities in the next few
days, meaning Prime Minister John Howard's mid-February deadline will not be
Lawyers: Padilla Too Damaged For Trial:
Andrew Patel, one of Padilla's attorneys, said brig staff members told him
Padilla was so "docile and inactive that his behavior was like that of 'a piece
Switzerland Approves Probe of CIA Flight :
Switzerland on Wednesday followed Italy and Germany in raising the threat of
criminal prosecution of CIA operatives involved in anti-terrorism operations in
CIA sounded-out Italy about 'renditions' in 2001 :
The CIA spoke with Italy's spy chief about kidnapping terrorism suspects in
Italy and flying them abroad days after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to
testimony being used to prosecute U.S. and Italian agents.
EU nations censured over CIA 'torture' flights:
THE European Parliament has approved a report admonishing 15 European countries
and Turkey for helping the CIA transport terrorism suspects held in secret or
for failing to co-operate in the Parliament's investigation of the practice.
US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes ... or else! : .
The US military has appealed to the producers of 24 to tone down the torture
scenes because of the impact they are having both on troops in the field and
America's reputation abroad. Forget about Abu Ghraib, forget about Guantanamo
Bay, forget even that the White House has authorised interrogation techniques
that some classify as torture, that damned Jack Bauer is giving us a bad name.
U.S. prison population projected to soar by 200,000 in five years:
Get-tough policies that lock up offenders for longer sentences are propelling a projected increase of nearly
200,000 in the U.S. prison population in the next five years, according to a
private study released Wednesday.
In case you missed it:
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons; Video report:
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does
such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in
Medical Apartheid in America:
"There isn't a better candidate for torture than a person who isn't really
considered a person."
Foreclosures rip neighborhoods:
Foreclosures in Denver since 2003 will log a fivefold increase by the end of the
year, a trend that is tearing apart neighborhoods throughout the city.
Housing slump all but ove
The worst is behind the U.S. housing market, but Alan Greenspan, former chairman
of the U.S. Federal Reserve, did not rule out an outright decline in prices
before the economy has absorbed the huge glut of unsold new homes still on the
Let us work towards
Peace & Joy
Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August
1765) John Adams