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The Price of War

The Cost of War: Steep and Irreversible
by Jack Random
The Battle for Basra gave way to the Siege of Sadr City, leaving in its wake a broken Iraqi government, the promise of inclusion irrevocably betrayed, a surge of violence, death and destruction, and the words of General David Petraeus on the progress of the war still ringing in our ears:  “Fragile and reversible.”  

In contrast to his first testimony before Congress, the second round of the Commander’s report to Congress elicited sympathy.  It was sad, even tragic to witness yet another military leader playing point man for the White House in defense of a strategic catastrophe.  
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Torturer in Chief: FBI Memo Links Bush

FBI Email Says Bush Signed Exec Order Authorizing Harsh Interrogation Methods
by Jason Leopold
President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News – that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques – adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees.

When the American Civil Liberties Union released the FBI e-mail in December 2004 – after obtaining it through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit – the White House emphatically denied that any such presidential Executive Order existed, calling the unnamed FBI official who wrote the e-mail “mistaken.”

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Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Howard Zinn, Mordecai Briemberg, J9 Mon. April 14, 2008

This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This week on GR: Historian Howard Zinn and a People's History of American Empire; Vancouver-based peace and justice activist Mordecai Briemberg and facing down the corporate media Goliath; Janine Bandcroft brings up to speed with all that's good to do in and around Victoria in the coming week. 
Listen hear. And hear
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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Listening to Men: Regardless of the Facts

Men Explain Things to Me: Facts Didn't Get in Their Way
by Rebecca Solnit
I still don't know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in a distinguished way, old enough that we, at forty-ish, passed as the occasion's young ladies.
The house was great -- if you like Ralph Lauren-style chalets -- a rugged luxury cabin at 9,000 feet complete with elk antlers, lots of kilims, and a wood-burning stove. We were preparing to leave, when our host said, "No, stay a little longer so I can talk to you." He was an imposing man who'd made a lot of money.

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Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love

The End of Osheroff’s Dance: Lessons from a Life of Resistance and Love
by Robert Jensen
As Abe Osheroff’s body slowly began to betray him in his 80s and 90s, one of his favorite lines was, “I have one foot in the grave but the other keeps dancing.” That dance ended on Sunday, April 6, when the 92-year-old Osheroff died of a heart attack at his Seattle home.
Osheroff 1938 - fighting with Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

Osheroff is remembered most for his rich life of political activism. From the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to streets all across the United States, he was a master strategist, energetic organizer, and courageous fighter. But when I think about a world without Abe, it’s Osheroff-the-philosopher I will miss the most.

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Seal Hunt: Farley Mowat Seized

Seal Defenders Attacked!
At 0700 Hours (PST) and 1100 Hours Atlantic time the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Farley Mowat was attacked by officers from two Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers the Des Groseilliers and the Sir Wifred Grenfell.

Captain Alex Cornelissen informed the boarders that the Farley Mowat is a Dutch registered ship in international waters and that Canada had no legal right to restrict the free passage of the vessel through international waters.
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Israel Meets Its Match?

Hizbullah: Has Israel Met Its Match?
by M. Shahid Alam
On January 31, 2008, when the Winograd Commission submitted its final report on the Second Lebanese War of July 2006, this was a first in Israeli history: a report on why the Israeli military had failed in a war.

The Winograd Commission offers a quite honest appraisal of some aspects of the July 2006 War.1 It acknowledges that it was “a serious missed opportunity.” Israel had “initiated a long war, which ended without its clear military victory (italics added).”
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The Dictator's Progress: "Worse than Saddam"

From One Dictator to the Next
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Many Iraqis have come to believe that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is just as much a dictator as Saddam Hussein was.

"Al-Maliki is a dictator who must be removed by all means," 35-year-old Abdul-Riza Hussein, a Mehdi Army member from Sadr City in Baghdad told IPS. "He is a worse dictator than Saddam; he has killed in less than two years more than Saddam killed in 10 years."
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Names Named: Following Back the Torture Trail to Its Authors

“History Will Not Judge This Kindly”
by Scott Horton
Gripping news: ABC News reports that the senior most advisors of President Bush, led by Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, met in the White House repeatedly to discuss and approve specific torture tactics, including waterboarding and physical assault, as applied to particular prisoners.
Watch this report which resulted from a five month study by ABC News (and in connection with which I was interviewed):

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Living without Morality

The War of Words: Living without Morality – Profit not Peace
by William A. Cook
There exists in the great satirists – Swift, Voltaire, and Twain – a profound respect for the human’s ultimate weapon against mass stupidity, the human intellect. 
That stupidity is exemplified in allegiance and obeisance to organized religion, political parties, exclusive philosophies, the fanatical adherence to charismatic idiots, and to a blind belief in the equity of Capitalism as an economic panacea for the world’s ills. When one views our world today through the eyes of Swift or Voltaire or Twain, we cannot help but see whole societies kneeling before ministers, priests, rabbis, and imams reciting in unison beliefs determined by self-proclaimed prophets of their respective gods, shedding in the process their allegiance to their intellect, the font of reason that enables each of us to distinguish good from evil.
As it is with organized religion, so it is with political parties, neo-conservative philosophies, Islamic Jihad, and secular Zionism all of which drool with words without meaning – democracy, liberty, freedom, security, everlasting life, and peace – all made meaningless as they are made achievable through fear, the glue that solidifies countless minds  into mass stupidity.
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Iraq: Getting Half the Story

Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
by Ramzy Baroud
When it comes to Iraq, reporters appear intent on omitting or fabricating news. The latest battles in Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a vital oil seaport, furnished ample instances of misleading and manipulative practice in corporate journalism today.
One commonly used tactic is to describe events using self-styled or "official" terminology, which deliberately confuses the reader by giving no real indication or analysis of what is actually happening.
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