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Iraq: Operation Unending Chaos

Rumours of War  
by William Bowles
It seems to be a common—but in my view, mistaken—assumption by the army of analysts and commentators on both the left and the right, that the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been an unmitigated disaster for the US (never mind what it’s done to Iraq and its people).
 
 
They point to the chaos that followed the ‘liberation’ and the apparent unpreparedness of the occupation forces to establish a civilian authority for the country and the anarchy that followed the disbandment of the military, political, legal and civil arms of the (former) Iraqi state (with the exception of the Ministry of Oil), an act that literally overnight let loose hundreds of thousands of former military employees, civil servants and managers into a country already pulverised by a dozen years of unrelenting bombing and of course the embargo imposed on the country.
 
 
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War Against The War Against Truth

Annus Horribilis        
by Paul William Roberts
To those few generous souls who have noticed my silence and absence from any medium over the past year, I have for some time now felt I owed an explanation.
 
The reason I am thus dictating the following one is that, since last November, I have lost the sight in both my eyes.

I am blind.

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River Running Backward: Looking Back on Afghanistan

Afghanistan: A River Running Backward
by Conn Hallinan
When historians look back on the war in Afghanistan, they may well point to last December's battle for Musa Qala, a scruffy town in the country's northern Helmand Province, as a turning point. In a war of shadows, remote ambushes, and anonymous roadside bombs, Musa Qala was an exception: a standup fight.
 

On one side was the Afghan National Army, the U.S. 82nd Airborne, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On the other the Taliban.
 
When the fight was over, the U.S.-led coalition had "won." What they had "won" was a town shattered by B-1 and B-52s bombers, A-10 attack planes, Apache helicopters, AC-130 gunships, and artillery barrages.


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Omar Khadr: At Long Last a Day in Court

Omar Khadr: At Long Last a Day in Court
by C. L. Cook
Today, (Wed. Mar.  19, 2008) Canada's Supreme Court ruled a motion filed by lawyers for "Canadian Taliban" Omar Khadr, currently imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, can proceed for the court's consideration.
 
They will hear arguments and rule on whether the treatment meted out to Khadr violates his rights under international law and whether his incarceration is contrary to the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war.
 
They will also hear arguments questioning the ability of American Justice to meet internationally required benchmarks for fairness in the case. 
 

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Clinton’s Blind Rush to Defeat

The Monkey Trap, and Hillary Clinton’s Blind Rush to Defeat
by Ernest Partridge
Some African tribes have devised an ingenious method of capturing monkeys. They cut a small hole in a coconut, large enough for a monkey’s hand but too small for a monkey’s fist. They then put a few peanuts inside the coconut. When the monkey reaches inside and grabs the peanuts, it is unable to extract its hand.

The monkey is then faced with two choices: let go of the bait and go free or hold on to the bait and be captured. Escaping with the bait is not an option. African monkeys, determined and single-minded critters that they are, usually hold-on until captured.

Hillary Clinton, it seems, is consumed with a monkey-like determination to become the 44th President of the United States, and with that consuming objective in mind, she fails to perceive the context and the likely consequences of her behavior.

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Self-Determination: A Fake Exercise in Universalism

The Right to Self-Determination: A Fake Exercise in Universalism
by Gilad Atzmon 
The right to self-determination is a luxurious approach at conservation of power reserved for the rich, strong and privileged.
 
In the picture, a visual explanation of Jewish Self-Determination 
 
Since Zionists hold the reigns on international political power through their influence in important positions as well as the military might to maintain their ‘right to self-determination’, any current political debate on the legitimacy of this concept would lead inevitably to a dismissal of what we have come to accept as the Palestinian right of self-determination.
 
Yet, instead of demanding this right, which is currently impractical, we should fight for the Palestinian and Arab right to rebel against the Jewish State and against global Zionist imperialism. Instead of wasting our time on rhetorical fantasies, we better expose Jewish tribal politics and praxis for what it is. To support Palestine is to be courageous enough to say what we think and to admit what we see.

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Stop the Clash of Civilizations

Stop the Clash of Civilizations
by Avaaz
Dear friends; great news -- our video "Stop The Clash of Civilizations" is one of six films nominated for "Best Political Video" at the 2007 YouTube Awards.
 
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Dismantling the false clash between Islam and the West, this 2-minute clip shows how global people power can bridge cultures and change things for the better -- starting with a real peace process for the Middle East. The video has already been seen by milliions of people, and shown in hundreds of schools.
 
 


In the YouTube Awards, unlike the Oscars, the public decides which video wins -- but we only have 24 hours to cast our votes, so now's the time to act. If enough people vote for "Stop the Clash" in the next 24 hours, and we win, we can spread our message of hope like wildfire around the world. Click this link now to watch the video and cast your own vote:



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The Difference an Hour Can Make

Nations Ready for Earth Hour
by C. L. Cook
It may seem a diminution of the annual Earth Day commemorations held for more than 35 years in March, but the second annual Earth Hour on the 29th day of March has the immediate potential to effect a measurable change.
 
 
The difference is one of approach; where the global marches, speeches, concerts, and letter writing events integral to Earth Day are great, besides participation levels on the street, there is little to be tangibly taken away at the end of the day. Earth Hour, by contrast is a direct appeal to everyone, everywhere to synchronize their sentiments, if not their watches, and at the appointed time turn off the juice for an hour.

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Iran in the Shadow of War

No Country for Old Men: The Reality of Iran in the Shadow of War 
by Chris Floyd
When it comes, it will come quickly. No big build-up, no new "roll-out of the product." The groundwork has already been laid, the specious casus beli already embraced, enthusiastically, by Congress. Proposed legislation to "compel" Bush to seek Congressional approval for an attack will be ignored, just as Bush blatantly ignores any Congressional stricture he dislikes. If he decides to launch an attack on Iran, no institutional or legal fetter will stop him. That's the stark truth of the matter.

The attack will probably be a limited one at first, with the immediate "reasons" being offered up afterwards or in media res. After all, who is going to seriously question the Commander-in-Chief when our brave boys are in the air over enemy territory in Iran?


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Media's War: Unsung Heroes and Alternate Voices

Unsung Heroes and Alternate Voices: Some of The Best of Five Years of Iraq War Coverage
by Greg Mitchell
In the five years since the tragic U.S. intervention in Iraq began, many journalists for mainstream news outlets have certainly contributed tough and honest reporting. Too often, however, their efforts have either fallen short or been negated by a cascade of pro-war views expressed by pundits, analysts, and editorial writers at their own newspapers or broadcast/cable networks.
 
 
This sorry record is detailed in my new book, So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq.

But allow me -- for once -- to focus on the positive by suggesting that many of the most critical and important journalistic voices exposing the criminal nature of, and the many costs of, this war have emerged from an "alternative" universe that includes former war correspondents, reporters for small newspapers or news services, comedians, aging rock 'n rollers, and bloggers, among others.


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Cathedral Grove Again Under the Axe

Altering Nature for Parks
by Richard Boyce
Using dynamite to blast the trunks of trees into smithereens may make falling a 600-year-old Douglas fir safer for the humans doing the work. That's the contention of the workers compensation board with regards to the contractors working for BC Parks and the Ministry of Environment in Cathedral Grove.
 
According to media reports there are 9 danger trees that must be felled in order to make it safe for tourists to walk on the paths in the Provincial Park.
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