Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 08:26
Written by Juan Cole
Read more: Iraq: Surge as Ethnic Cleansing
Forget the Surge - Violence Is Down in Iraq Because Ethnic Cleansing Was Brutally Effective
by Juan Cole
want to weigh in as a social historian of Iraq on the controversy over whether the "surge" "worked." The New York Times reports:
- Mr. McCain bristled in an interview with the CBS Evening News on (July 22) when asked about Mr. Obama's contention that while the added troops had helped reduce violence in Iraq, other factors had helped, including the Sunni Awakening movement, in which thousands of Sunnis were enlisted to patrol neighborhoods and fight the insurgency, and the Iraqi government's crackdown on Shiite militias.
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 05:21
Written by John Ross
Read more: Latin America: Return of the Gunboat
Fourth Fleet Steams South: Return of the Gunboat
by John Ross
he resurrection and imminent dispatch of the United States Fourth Fleet to patrol the coasts of Latin America invokes the bad old days of Monroe Doctrine impositions and gunboat diplomacy for many citizens of those southern latitudes.
This April, the U.S. Navy announced the reactivation of the fleet that historically operated in the south Atlantic during World War II, dueling with Nazi U-boats. Activating the Fourth Fleet "demonstrates U.S. commitment to our global partners," Admiral Gary Roughead explained, adding a threatening fillip: "The Fourth Fleet will send a strong signal to all Navies operating in the region."
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 04:39
Written by American News Project
Rove Could Be Held in Contempt of Congress: Is Karl Rove Headed to Jail?
by American News Project
The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress after repeated efforts to get him to testify under oath.
Now the decision to take the matter to the House floor for vote lies with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
She says she won't consider the resolution until September but public pressure is mounting. Is Karl Rove headed to jail?
Read more: Ask Pelosi: Will Karl Rove be Held to Account?
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 04:27
Written by Mike Whitney
"Bleeding Afghanistan:" Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar
by Mike Whitney
n a recent stopover in France, Barack Obama said;
"We must win in Afghanistan. There is no other option."
Recent polls, however, show that public support for the war in Afghanistan has fallen off sharply. In fact, many American's don't even know why we are still there.
Read more: "Bleeding Afghanistan:" Interview with Sonali Kolhatkar
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 04:04
Written by James Petras
Making Nuclear Extermination Respectable
by James Petras
n July 18, 2008 The New York Times published an article by
Israeli-Jewish historian, Professor Benny Morris, advocating an Israeli
nuclear-genocidal attack on Iran with the likelihood of killing 70
million Iranans â€“ 12 times the number of Jewish victims in the Nazi
â€œIranâ€™s leaders would do well to rethink their
gamble and suspend their nuclear program. Barring this, the best they
could hope for is that Israelâ€™s conventional air assault will destroy
their nuclear facilities. To be sure, this would mean thousands of
Iranian casualties and international humiliation. But the alternative
is an Iran turned into a nuclear wasteland.â€
Morris is a
frequent lecturer and consultant to the Israeli political and military
establishment and has unique access to Israeli strategic military
planners. Morrisâ€™ advocacy and public support of the massive, brutal
expulsion of all Palestinians is on public record. Yet his genocidal
views have not precluded his receiving numerous academic awards. His
writings and views are published in Israelâ€™s leading newspapers and
journals. Morrisâ€™ views are not the idle ranting of a marginal
psychopath, as witnessed by the recent publication of his latest op-ed
article in the New York Times.
Read more: Iran: The Respectable Nuclear Holocaust
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 03:55
Written by Dahr Jamail
Police Bombings Raise New Fears
Read more: Fallujah: Police Bombings Raise New Fears
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
A tense security situation in this volatile city has worsened after some policemen found bombs planted on the roofs of their houses.
Astonishing attacks have been launched against police leaders during the past weeks in Fallujah, 69 km west of Baghdad, after reports of the U.S. and Iraqi government's plans to raid active and sleeping militant cells in the city.
"There were attacks that targeted senior officers, and we thank god they failed and our colleagues are safe," Major Abdul Aziz of the Fallujah Police told IPS. "Investigations are still ongoing to see who was behind the attacks, and it is too early to point out motives, although they appeared to be of al-Qaeda style."
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 03:19
Written by INDY Media
Fugitive Rice makes narrow escape in Auckland
by Indy Media
States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a narrow escape from
justice, with the assistance of the New Zealand Police, in Auckland on
Saturday 26 July. The police can now consider themselves accessories to
Read more: Condi Ducks NZ Posse: Bounty on Rice's Head
Rice met with government leaders in Auckland but was chased
by 150 protesters spurred on by a bounty of $10,000. They called for
her arrest, under the Geneva Convention, for war crimes and for her
role in authorising the use of torture.
Created on Friday, 01 August 2008 03:08
Written by The Real News
Shooting Back: Israeli Occupation Filmed by 100
by The Real News (Guardian)
In a graphic and hard-hitting film, Peter Beaumont
speaks to Palestinians filming abuse from settlers and Israeli armed
forces as part of a remarkable project called Shooting Back.
Read more: Shooting Back: Filming Israel's Occupiers at Work
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2008 21:32
Written by Dana Siegelman
Contempt for Karl Rove
by Don Siegelman
esterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Karl Rove in contempt of Congress, moving us one step closer to the truth, one step closer to restoring justice, and one step closer to preserving our democracy.
Read more: The Contemptible Mr. Rove
It's a huge step forward, and I'm so thankful that the committee voted for contempt.
But now is not the time to celebrate -- now is the time to take action. The House Judiciary Committee is on the record, but now we need the full House of Representatives to vote to hold Karl Rove in contempt as well.
Created on Thursday, 31 July 2008 06:58
War Without End, Amen: Into the Afghan Abyss with Obama
Read more: Into the Afghan Abyss with Obama
by Chris Floyd
have disagreed vehemently with Patrick Buchanan on almost every issue
over the years, but he is right on the money when he says that Barack
Obama's Afghanistan strategy is an eerie replication of Lyndon
Johnson's Vietnam strategy, and will almost certainly have the same
result: years and years of death and ruin, ending in defeat. Buchanan
charts it out:
...[W]ithout any visible strategy for
victory, Barack is recommending the same course LBJ took after the
death of JFK. Johnson bombed North Vietnam in 1964, landed Marines in
1965 and built U.S. forces from 16,000 advisers on Nov. 22, 1963, to
525,000 troops in January of 1969. Gradual escalation, which is exactly
what Barack is recommending....