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Controlling Iraq

by The Real News
In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel published on the weekend, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said about moving US troops from Iraq, "Barack Obama talks about sixteen months ... that, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal with the possibility of slight changes."


He added, "Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic . . .. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems." (July 20, 2008) This reiterated calls for a definite timetable for withdrawal made two weeks ago by al-Maliki and the Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie. Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has also called for a pullout and opposes a long-term security pact with the United States. Add a comment Add a comment Read more: Controlling Iraq

M-I Complex: It's Later Than You Think

The Military-Industrial Complex: It's Much Later Than You Think
by Chalmers Johnson
Most Americans have a rough idea what the term "military-industrial complex" means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961.
"Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime," he said, "or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and Korea… We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions… We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications… We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."

Although Eisenhower's reference to the military-industrial complex is, by now, well-known, his warning against its "unwarranted influence" has, I believe, largely been ignored.
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Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice

Heresay Okay for Khawaja: Another Red Letter Day for Canadian Justice
by C. L. Cook
The case of accused Canadian, Momin Khawaja, an alleged terrorist wannabe, broke again new ground in Canadian jurisprudence in Ottawa last week (July 25, 2008) when Justice Douglas Rutherford deferred ruling on the admissibility of "evidence" in the case defence lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon argued was heresay.

Justice Rutherford allowed instead the testimony of Mohammed Junaid Babar, convicted in Britain as an operative of al-Qaida, (the shadowy organization long claimed to have masterminded the 9/11 and other terrorist attacks), and current agent for various government legal proceedings against Muslims held in Britain and elsewhere alleged to have ties to Osama bin Laden's reputed network. Rutherford ruled Babar's testimony would remain "in play" for the time being.

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Ray Zimmerman, Taylor Davis July 28, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week: Taylor Davis and Taking a Stand Against Greed, an artist collective doing what artists do best, keeping the rest of society honest; Ray Zimmerman of Vancouver Island's Sea to Sea Green Belt Society, trying to save the best of the island for now and the future.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at:  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, Check out the GR blog at:

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Darfur: Ocampo's Justice

ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampo’s Justice
by Ramzy Baroud
The crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur represent a shameful episode in the history of Sudan and its neighbours, including Chad, which has played a dubious role in sustaining the seething conflict. Equally disgraceful is the politicising of the bloody conflict in ways that will ensure its continuation.

The decision of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) prosecutor-general, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to file an arrest warrant for Sudan's current President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, and the international responses to his decision, demonstrate both the politicising of the crisis and the selectiveness of international law.

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Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?

Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?
by Paul Craig Roberts
I had given up on finding an American with a moral conscience and the courage to go with it and was on the verge of retiring my keyboard when I met the Rev. Thomas L. Are. Rev. Are is a Presbyterian pastor who used to tell his Atlanta, Georgia, congregation: "I am a Zionist."
Like most Americans, Rev. Are had been seduced by Israeli propaganda and helped to spread the propaganda among his congregation. Around 1990 Rev. Are had an awakening for which he credits the Christian Canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and author Marc Ellis, co-editor of the book, Beyond Occupation.

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Rep. Kucinich Testifies to Judiciary Committee on Bush Executive Powers

Kucinich Testifies on Abuses of Executive Power
by Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) testified about President Bush’s culpability for leading the country to war today at a House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Executive Power and its Constitutional Limitations.” 
The full text of the statement follows:

Our country has been at war in Iraq, and has occupied the streets and villages of Iraq for five years, four months, and 6 days.  The war has caused the deaths of 4,127 American soldiers and the deaths of as many as one million innocent Iraqis.  The war will cost the American people upwards of $3 trillion and is the main contributing factor to the destruction of our domestic economy. 
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The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008

The Hidden News for Friday July 25th, 2008
by Hidden News
Host Mehdi Najari will talk to Steven Staples of the Rideau Institute and funder of about the Canadian military planned deployment of low-power laser weapons, also known as "laser dazzler" to Afghanistan and its dangerous effect on the civilian population.
Mehdi's Second guest is Joan Russow of the Snakes in the Grass who demonstrated last Sunday aganist the Pacific Northwest Economic Region convention in Vancouver.
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A Mundane Sadism

Top-ranking IDF Sadists
by Gilad Atzmon
We learn from the Israeli press that a criminal investigation has been launched against the soldier caught on tape firing towards a bound Palestinian. However, there is a detail the Israeli press in English is reluctant to share with us.
The shooting soldier was not just an ordinary low-ranking infantry recruit, he was a First Sergeant. But it goes much further, the soldier who is caught on video holding the bound Palestinian detainee is no less than a regiment commander, an IDF Lieutenant Colonel.
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One, Two, Three Little Eichmanns

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Eichmanns
Mickey Z. (with Rosemarie Jackowski)
No, this is not a rehash of the Ward Churchill/Little Eichmann witch-hunt. But I have been contemplating the sentiment behind Churchill’s original essay.
In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt wrote, “The trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him, and that the many were neither perverted nor sadistic, that they were, and still are, terribly and terrifyingly normal.”
She wrote of a “new type of criminal,” who “commits his crimes under circumstances that make it well-nigh impossible for him to know or to feel that he is doing wrong.” Raise your hand if this sounds frighteningly familiar.
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An Absence of Empathy

Evil as the Absence of Empathy
by Ernest Partridge
In 1946, Dr. Gustav M. Gilbert, a psychologist fluent in German, was assigned by the U.S. Army to study the minds and motivations of the Nazi defendants at the Nuremberg tribunals. The following year, his Nuremberg Diary was published, containing transcripts of his conversations with the prisoners. (Excerpts here).

In words consistent with what I have read of, and about, Gustav Gilbert, he is portrayed in the 2000 TV film “Nuremberg,” as telling the Head Prosecutor Robert Jackson (Alex Baldwin);
“I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants: a genuine incapacity to feel with their fellow man. Evil, I think, is the absence of empathy.”

“Absence of empathy” is likewise, I submit, “the one characteristic that connects” most of the immoral and misbegotten tenets of Bushism: that dogmatic mix of market absolutism, libertarianism, corporatism and simple greed that falsely describes itself as “conservatism,” and which I choose to call “regressivism.” “Absence of empathy” is the essence of evil which, if unchecked and unreversed, is certain to bring about the demise of the American republic as we know it, just as it led to the fall of the Third Reich.

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