Tortured, shot, ambushed, victims are found dumped outside morgues. What is happening to Iraq's intellectuals is chilling
by Felicity Arbuthnot | Times Higher Education Supplement | 10 March 2006
Dr Mohammed Tuki Hussein Al Talakani Dr Eman Younis Dr Jammour Khammas Dr Mohammed Washed Professor Wajeeh Mahjoub Professor Sabri Al Bayati Professor Laila Al Saad Professor Muneer Al Khiero Professor Emad Sarsaan ProfessorMohammedAl Rawi Professor Munim Al Izmerly Dr Ali Al NaasI

The horrific killings of Iraqi intellectuals have left suspicions that occupying forces may be behind some of the cases, says Felicity Arbuthnot

I t is estimated that between 250 and 500 intellectuals have been killed or have disappeared since the fall of Saddam Hussein. There is a rising surge of anger over attacks on Iraq's intellectuals and many believe some of the killings may be part of a deliberate policy of targeting those who speak out against the "occupation". More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Mar 12, 06 | 2:18 pm

The Killing Fields: Ghosts of the Walking Dead - Oil, Simply Oil
by Manuel Valenzuela | Information Clearing House | 26 January 2006
Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it.

--60 Minutes (5/12/96)

The story of Iraq and its people since 1991 is one of immense tragedy, of a fate cruel and evil that has befallen innocent human beings whose only crime has been living inside what was once the ancient land of Mesopotamia. It is ironic that the land that first gave rise to human civilization has been made to suffer tremendous hardship in the last fifteen years, severely decimated and destroyed, its wounds hemorrhaging from incessant human cruelty. The heart of the Fertile Crescent has become a barren wasteland, its waters, the Tigris and Euphrates, those veins of sustenance for our ancient forefathers, transformed into rivers of waste and pollution and decaying death, their fertility now mutated into toxicity.

Its cities and peoples, descendants of a civilization thousands of years old, rich in both culture and history, have been made to suffer the severe consequences of sitting atop modern humanity’s most coveted natural resource, a black gold sought by nations and corporations of the rich and powerful north, a devil’s excrement that fuels economies and human greed, feeding apathy and wickedness, corruption and colonialism, and, as always, expanding comfort and excessiveness in the lands of the pillagers. To those nations whose unlucky possession of oil has brought nothing but exploitation and misery, like Iraq, the black gold fever created has yielded a curse upon both peoples and lands, for in their strategic location exists the energy needed to feed today’s wealthiest and most powerful nations. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jan 28, 06 | 5:15 pm

Why Saddam is important
by Ian Douglas | Al-Ahram Weekly | 15-21 December 2005
The trial of Saddam Hussein is the lynchpin of America's bid for global hegemony and the verdict is already in: America loses, writes Ian Douglas

The trial of Saddam Hussein is the straw that will break the back of America in Iraq, whichever way it goes. A conviction on the basis of what we are seeing will make a martyr of Saddam, reveal the entire process as a foregone conclusion, and steel the national popular resistance for years. Unless the neocons in Washington have a secret agenda of bankrupting the United States, it is already over for them, bar the shouting. The resistance fights not for Saddam, but the trial will be seen -- like the constitution, like the elections -- as another fait accompli railroaded upon Iraq, and to which the resistance will respond. Even if Saddam's defence fails, America has already lost. It is one thing to establish an illegal tribunal (and under articles 64 and 67 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the keystone of international humanitarian law, this tribunal is outlawed), but it is quite another to televise proceedings which expose law as machination in naked iniquity. This is what this trial is achieving. On the other hand, if the prosecution fails, and Hussein walks -- and on the basis of its opening salvo it would be hard to proffer otherwise -- the second shoe falls, after the lies about weapons of mass destruction, and no justification remains for the illegal pre-emptive war the neocons waged. Bye, bye the Iraq chapter of the Project for a New American Century. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Dec 25, 05 | 4:32 pm

Who will have courage to stand up?
by Ian Douglas | Al-Ahram Weekly, Issue No. 765 | 20-26 October 2005
The disconnect between law, justice and truth in Iraq will reach its highest extreme in the show trial of Saddam Hussein, writes Ian Douglas*

This week Iraqis voted on a document written by local agents of an occupying power; a power that regardless of domestic considerations is never leaving Iraq entirely. Now, amid kidnappings, organised crime on an unprecedented scale and a death toll from bombings and assassinations reaching around 500 a month -- in short a situation where everyone is made to feel a target -- Iraqis are being invited to witness the greatest travesty in the history of law: the trial of Saddam Hussein.

Why is Saddam important? To most Iraqis he's not. Since the beginning of the war in 2003, its architects have continually refused to see that being Baathist in Iraq is not synonymous with being Saddamist. The former is anti-imperialist, pan-Arab and socialist in orientation; the geostrategic reasons obvious as to why the neocons in Washington blur the two together. If sympathy with Saddam remains, it is only to the extent that he, particularly since his capture (and parading him in his underwear didn't help), is a mirror of the humiliation that befell the entire country at the hands of the US-led invasion. It is that and the brutality of the military occupation (the turning point being the wholesale decimation of Fallujah) that people in Iraq are so conscious of. How can this occupation, they ask, which has killed, according to the original figure which The Lancet intended to publish but which was deemed too shocking for a Western public to believe, around 200,000 Iraqis, judge anyone else on war crimes? How can the United States, which championed sanctions for 14 years and invaded under the name of "shock and awe", have the audacity to cry with the Iraqis over their loses? As one Iraqi who spoke on condition of anonymity to Al-Ahram Weekly remarked, "Let them execute Saddam; but who will execute them?" More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 21, 05 | 3:37 pm

The Iraqi Constitution: A Referendum for Disaster
by Phyllis Bennis | Institute for Policy Studies | October 16, 2005

The constitutional process culminating in
Saturday's referendum is not a sign of Iraqi
sovereignty and democracy taking hold, but rather a
consolidation of U.S. influence and control.
Whether Iraq's draft constitution is approved or
rejected, the decision is likely to make the
current situation worse. More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 19, 05 | 12:19 am

What Awaits Samira
by Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom | October 15, 2005
A few days ago, at a conference in Europe, I met a charming young lady. Intelligent, well educated, versed in several languages, and, well, very attractive. After a few hours of shopping, she was as elegant as a model, dressed in the very latest fashion. She happens to be a Shiite from Baghdad, where she has now returned. Let's call her Samira. More...
Submitted by: LDavidson on Oct 17, 05 | 12:02 am

The War is Over, and We ...
by Paul Craig Roberts | AntiWar | 28/7/2005
June 30, 2005, was the peak of neocon delusion. On that day American Enterprise Institute neocon Karl Zinsmeister posted his article on the AEI online site titled: "The War Is Over, and We Won." More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jul 29, 05 | 7:16 pm

Former CIA director calls for Iraq withdrawal
by Alvin Powell | Harvard Gazette | 9 June 2005
Former CIA Director John M. Deutch, institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said that the United States is not making progress toward key objectives in Iraq and called for American troops to pull out "as soon as possible" during a speech Tuesday (June 7) at Harvard's Sanders Theatre.

Deutch, who delivered the Phi Beta Kappa oration at the honor society's annual Literary Exercises, served as CIA director under President Bill Clinton from May 1995 until December 1996. In his 20-minute speech, he challenged the views of both Republicans and Democrats who say that the United States must stay the course to stabilize the country before disengaging. More...
Submitted by: adminr on Jul 19, 05 | 11:08 am

Expensive Favor
by Charley Reese | AntiWar | 25/6/2005
One question Americans should be asking the Bush administration is why it wishes to do such an expensive favor for the Iraqi people. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 28, 05 | 10:19 am

Incinerating Iraqis: The Napalm Cover-Up
by Mike Whitney | DissidentVoice | 27/6/2005
You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory.”

-- Robert Duvall, “Apocalypse Now” (1979) More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 28, 05 | 10:13 am

A Civilized Nation 'Teaches' Iraq Barbarism
by Ghazwan al-Mukhtar | LewRockwell | 8/6/2005

Many historians consider Iraq as the cradle of civilization. It was in Iraq that writing was invented. It was in Iraq that the great Hammurabi's Code of Laws was first engraved. Iraq was the birthplace of Abraham, father of the Jews and the Arabs.
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 28, 05 | 10:10 am

The Most Cowardly War in History
by Arundhati Roy | Truthout | 24/6/2005
Opening Statement of Arundhati Roy on behalf of the jury of conscience of the world tribunal of Iraq.

Istanbul, Turkey - This is the culminating session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. It is of particular significance that it is being held here in Turkey where the United States used Turkish air bases to launch numerous bombing missions to degrade Iraqs defenses before the March 2003 invasion and has sought and continues to seek political support from the Turkish government, which it regards as an ally. All this was done in the face of enormous popular opposition by the Turkish people. As a spokesperson for the jury of conscience, it would make me uneasy if I did not mention that the government of India is also, like the government of Turkey, positioning itself as a ally of the United States in its economic policies and the so-called War on Terror. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 25, 05 | 9:40 pm

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