Palestine Mapkin
by Refaat R. Alareer | |
Palestine Mapkin

“I know nothing about negotiations, but when I do negotiate, I take a pen and a piece of PAPER.” More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Jan 24, 11 | 5:49 pm

Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon
by Anders Strindberg | The Christian Science Monitor | 1 August 2006
As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself. The underlying problem is Arab extremism.

Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense. Hizbullah's capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 was a direct result of Israel's silent but unrelenting aggression against Lebanon, which in turn is part of a six-decades long Arab-Israeli conflict. More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Aug 04, 06 | 10:53 pm

Swindler on a Gusher
by Maureen Dowd | New York Times | 30/4/2005

The Iraqis have thrown us another curveball.

Ahmad Chalabi - convicted embezzler in Jordan, suspected Iranian spy, double-crosser of America, purveyor of phony war-instigating intelligence - is the new acting Iraqi oil minister.

Is that why we went to war, to put the oily in charge of the oil, to set the swindler who pretended to be Spartacus atop the ultimate gusher? More...
Submitted by: nachoua on May 02, 05 | 9:29 pm

Missing Money:
by DEXTER FILKINS | The New York Times | 22 January 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 21 - Earlier this month, according to Iraqi officials, $300 million in American bills was taken out of Iraq's Central Bank, put into boxes and quietly put on a charter jet bound for Lebanon.

The money was to be used to buy tanks and other weapons from international arms dealers, the officials say, as part of an accelerated effort to assemble an armored division for the fledgling Iraqi Army. But exactly where the money went, and to whom, and for precisely what, remains a mystery, at least to Iraqis who say they have been trying to find out.

The $300 million deal appears to have been arranged outside the American-designed financial controls intended to help Iraq - which defaulted on its external debt in the 1990's - legally import goods. By most accounts here, there was no public bidding for the arms contracts, nor was the deal approved by the entire 33-member Iraqi cabinet. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jan 26, 05 | 3:19 am

Just Part of Bush's Upside Down World
by Sam Hamod | | 6/12/2004
To understand just how upside-down Bush has taken America, consider these simple facts: More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Dec 08, 04 | 9:44 pm

Who Can We Trust?
by Jim Kirwan | | 26/11/2004
There are so many major problems in this country now; so much that literally depends upon concise and accurate information, that this simple phrase ­"Who can we trust," may be the difference between life and death. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 27, 04 | 6:34 pm

“First Protect Your Vote”
by Chris Geovanis | CounterPunch | 5/11/8994
Lessons for Democrats on Fixing Elections from Chicago

There is one mantra among all others that has driven electoral work in Chicago, by both Machine hacks and the occasional independent campaign seeking to unseat the machine: protect the vote. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 06, 04 | 4:06 pm

Suppressing the overseas vote
by Alix Christie | The Guardian | 25/10/2004
Record numbers of Americans abroad have registered, but bureaucratic snafus may prevent many from actually voting, writes Alix Christie

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is pumped. Two weeks ago, sitting in an internet cafe on Munich's Odeonplatz, the software marketer who crafted a hugely successful voter registration website, pulls up numbers that show a remarkable spike in Americans overseas mobilising to defeat George W Bush.

Between her site and another out of Hong Kong, Democrats have registered 140,000 new voters, 40% of them from swing states - and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Americans abroad, roused to a boiling fury by a Bush doctrine that has smeared America's good name across the globe, are looking like the "silent swing vote" in several key battleground states. Overseas registration for both parties is up by 400% over 2000; estimates put the tally of possible civilian votes as high as 2 million. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Oct 27, 04 | 6:02 pm

The Spoils of another War
by Neil Clark | The Guardian | 21/9/2004
'Wars, conflict - it's all business," sighs Monsieur Verdoux in Charlie Chaplin's 1947 film of the same name. Many will not need to be convinced of the link between US corporations now busily helping themselves to Iraqi state assets and the military machine that prised Iraq open for global business. But what is less widely known is that a similar process is already well under way in a part of the world where B52s were not so long ago dropping bombs in another "liberation" mission. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 26, 04 | 9:04 pm

Baghdad Year Zero
by Naomi Klein | Information Clearing House | September 2004
Baghdad Year Zero

"Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia"

By Naomi Klein

Harper's Magazine, September 2004 -- It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom, but after weeks of searching I had not seen a single piece of heavy machinery apart from tanks and humvees. Then I saw it: a construction crane. It was big and yellow and impressive, and when I caught a glimpse of it around a corner in a busy shopping district I thought that I was finally about to witness some of the reconstruction I had heard so much about. But as I got closer I noticed that the crane was not actually rebuilding anything - not one of the bombed-out government buildings that still lay in rubble all over the city, nor one of the many power lines that remained in twisted heaps even as the heat of summer was starting to bear down. No, the crane was hoisting a giant billboard to the top of a three-story building. SUNBULA: HONEY 100% NATURAL, made in Saudi Arabia. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 23, 04 | 6:07 pm

Seymour Hersh's Alternative History of Bush's War
by Marc Jacoby | | 18/9/2004
The crack investigative reporter tells Salon about a disastrous battle the U.S. brass hushed up, the frightening True Believers in the White House, and how Iran, not Israel, may have manipulated us into war. 

By Mary Jacoby

Sept. 18, 2004 "Salon" -- Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Seymour Hersh has written more than two dozen stories for the New Yorker magazine on the secret machinations of the Bush administration in what the White House calls the "war on terrorism." His revelations, including an investigation of a group of neoconservatives at the Pentagon who set up their own special intelligence unit to press the case for invading Iraq, have consistently broken news. 
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 21, 04 | 1:27 pm

What is Living Worth?
by Jim Kirwan | Al-Jazeerah.Info | 12/9/2004
Finally the shroud is lifting from the events of three years ago. We know now that the attacks were being directed by Vice-President Cheney, and with his kind of insider assistance, it is no wonder they not only succeeded but were allowed to continue for 106 minutes, uninterrupted. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 13, 04 | 9:30 pm

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