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Archives from April 2nd, 2003
Bush Doesn’t Understand Iraq
The US soldier, surrounded by Kurdish militiamen on a green plain in the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan, was a worried man. Since the Kurds are the one community in Iraq unanimously in favour of the Anglo-American invasion, he could not have been in a safer place. But t...
Some Observations on the Recent Behavior of the Empire
* Perhaps the most Orwellian quote to come out of the Vietnam war, now a classic, was "We had to destroy the village in order to save it." Now comes Mr. Rumsfeld, speaking of US "precision bombing" in Iraq: "It looks like it’s a bom...
UN General Assembly Provides Crucial Opportunity for Global Peace Movement
The United Nations General Assembly is hovering on the edge of calling an emergency session to challenge the US attack on Iraq. But US opposition has been fierce. The world’s "other superpower" — global public opinion as expressed in the glob...
Making America Safer… for Iraq Fighters
When the U.S. invasion of Iraq began, the new Homeland Security Department immediately raised the terrorism alert level to Orange because of intelligence suggesting that Iraq could be preparing acts of terrorism in response to the attack. In fact, under int...
I’m Ashamed to be British
As a dual national of Pakistan and Britain, it is the loss of British credibility I find hardest to stomach. Even the moderates here in Pakistan are outraged. Across the board, young and old, poor and rich, fundamentalist and secularist are united in their ...
Oakland Cops Attack Longshoremen and Peace Protesters
Oakland Police tossed concussion grenades and shot wooden bullets at anti-war protesters and union members, injuring several, on the Oakland docks. Around 500 anti-war activists had set up a peaceful picket shouting "Union Yes! War No!" at America...
The Siege of Basra
According to the British forces, Basra became a military objective "in order to get humanitarian aid to civilians there"! In their view, the only stumbling block in providing such aid is the "1000 die-hard Saddam Hussein supporters" entrenched ...
Total War
Viruses are permanently at war with technology, they take hits and major casualties and mourn their millions dead and plot revenge. The soldiers of disease grow tough from combat they devise new tactics and find willing reve...
Hating Wolf Blitzer’s Voice
I have recently come to hate Wolf Blitzer’s voice. I didn’t used to hate it, but now I do. Before I came to hate Wolf Blitzer’s voice the only TV performer’s voice I really hated was George Bush’s. I didn’t hate Ge...
Medieval Sieges and the Politics of Casualties; Which Side Will Give Up First?; Prescient Counsel from Osama bin Laden; Hitchens in Huge Crystal Balls-Up; Embunkered Bush: Scary Glimpse of C-in-C
Through the murk of battle, the fog of US/UK military communiques and the more deftly presented Iraqi bulletins, we can begin to descry the shape of things to come, and the basic question posed by war: the powers of endurance and capacity for sacrifice of the two ...
The Morning After the Slaughter at Nasser
Special Correspondent for Clarin Translated from the Spanish by Daniel Patrick Welch Saja is five years old, her stomach slashed open by a piece of shrapnel. She is en critical condition. In the next bed, Duha is heavily sedated. His mother says he is twel...
Cows and Armed Guards on a College Campus
It was a most peculiar day. Overnight, the Americans had pulverised a neo-Classical office block next to what was–before a previous pulverisation–the Iraqi government’s Department of Air Armaments. Then, just before 10am yesterday, an airc...
Peter Arnett Paid a High Price for Being Truly Neutral
Peter Arnett has an overblown sense of his own importance and lousy political judgment. That’s been true ever since he became a television "personality," and he’s hardly the only one with those traits. But Arnett’s pomposity and ...
Oakland Cops Attack Longshoremen and Peace Protesters
Oakland Police tossed concussion grenades and shot wooden bullets at anti-war protesters and union members, injuring several, on the Oakland docks. Around 500 anti-war activists had set up a peaceful picket shouting "Union Yes! War No!" at America...