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Archives by Tag 'Iraq'
Rapprochement with US Reinforces Iran Hand in Iraq
NICOLA NASSER
Iran seems successful in turning the Iraqi “strategic” agreement with the US into a tactical one, while it is succeeding in turning its own tactical accords with Iraq into a strategic bondage of the country. The burgeoning US-Iran rapprochement will only reinfo...
Ending One War
DAVID SWANSON
Remarks on September 21, 2013, at the Nashville Festival for Peace, Prosperity, and Planet. Thank you to Elizabeth Barger and the Nashville Peace and Justice Center and to all of you, and happy International Day of Peace! From a certain angle ...
When the US Used Cancer as a Weapon
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly ca...
Ascent of the Kurds
CONN HALLINAN
For almost a century, the Kurds–one of the world’s largest ethnic groups without its own state–have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered. But because o...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970′s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
Truth in the Crosshairs
JOHN PILGER
The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that dist...
Occupy Fallujah
VICTORIA FONTAN
Hope can be a powerful drive. It can eventually change the world, one little step at a time. Somewhere far away from their capital city, a group of concerned citizens set up to physically occupy a piece of land at the entrance of their town: they humbly call it “the dem...
The Coup That Destroyed Revolutionary Iraq
RAZA NAEEM
Almost 40 years ago, Iraq’s – and one of the Arab world’s greatest – living poet, Saadi Youssef wrote: “Which country have you come to now? Here, you will open a door to a torture chamber. And one day in a garden you will see you...
A Look at the Movement Against the US War in Iraq
RON JACOBS
In the fall of 1990 and into the early weeks of 1991 millions of people around the world protested the anticipated US-led war against Iraq. From Washington, DC to London; Berlin to Tokyo; Bangladesh to Gaza, massive protests were held in the months leading up to the Janua...
Syria Is Becoming Obama’s Iraq
SHAMUS COOKE
In perfect Bush-like fashion, President Obama has invented a bogus pretense for military intervention in yet another Middle East country. The president’s claim that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons — and thus crossed Obama’s imaginary “...
Responsibility to Inflict
JASON HIRTHLER
You wouldn’t expect a comedian to deliver an insight into the American doctrinal system, but George Carlin once did. During a memorable stand-up performance, he talked how the American military manipulates the nomenclature of war to shield the public from the grisly eff...
The Irony of Iraq
NORMAN POLLACK
Wars, particularly when wholly unjustified (though usually disguised as just wars), frequently, as now, have strange outcomes, often to the detriment of the power that inflicted the misery and destruction in the first place.  The presumably conquered, strangely enough, s...
The Iniquities of the Iraq War
JOHN PILGER
The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert’s fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, “the seeds of our death...
War Crimes as Policy
DOUGLAS VALENTINE and NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES
In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special Police Commandos in Iraq. The documentary tells how the Comm...
The Iraq War is Not Over for the Iraqi People
JUSTIN DOOLITTLE
In 1946, the ...
From Crisis to Crisis in Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
As Iraq edges closer to all-out sectarian civil war, with 400 people killed so far this month, Najmaldin Karim, governor of one of the country’s most violent provinces, is pessimistic about the ability of the government in Baghdad to prevent greater turmoil. “...
All-Out Civil War in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iraq is edging closer to all-out sectarian war between Sunni and Shia Muslims as a series of car bombings and shootings killed at least 90 people and left many others injured. Casualty figures are returning to a level not seen since the civil war of 2006-7. M...
Syria Has No Reason to Use Chemical Weapons
PATRICK COCKBURN
‘I am not afraid of anything except for God and poison gas,” said an Iraqi officer who had fought in the Iran-Iraq war. “It’s like a ghost. You have no defence against it.” Though not a target of poison gas as a member of the army using...
History Lessons the West Refuses to Learn
PATRICK COCKBURN
In the aftermath of the First World War, Britain and France famously created the modern Middle East by carving up what had been the Ottoman Empire. The borders of new states such as Iraq and Syria were determined in keeping with British and French needs and interests. The...
Inside Iraq’s Boom Zone
VICKEN CHETERIAN
Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region, in the north of Iraq, is booming. Brick houses are giving way to shopping malls, hotels and apartment buildings, while in the suburbs, there are villages newly built or under construction to house the new Kurdish middle c...
Bill Clinton: The Unimportance of Being Earnest
JOSEPH GROSSO
In keeping with its absurd mantra of All the News that’s Fit to Print, on March 25th, 2013 the New York Times decided to dedicate a section of its front page to the declaration that former president Bill Clinton now supports the rights of gay people to...
After Decades of War, Can the Kurds Finally Find Peace?
PATRICK COCKBURN
On Wednesday, some 2,000 Turkish Kurd guerrillas will begin their withdrawal from Turkey to an inaccessible mountain stronghold in northern Iraq. Moving in small groups, the fighters will take one to two months to retreat, assuming the Turkish army sticks to a de facto ce...
Terrorized by “Terror”
MICHAEL BRENNER
“TERROR” is a word that terrorizes us. To pronounce it is to evoke fear and dread. Americans experience all the nightmarish sensations of 9/11.  The visible horror of the Boston marathon bombings was intensified by the event’s association with “terror” – an ...
The Civil War in Iraq has Already Begun
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iraqi leaders fear that the country is sliding rapidly into a new civil war which “will be worse than Syria”. Baghdad residents are stocking up on rice, vegetables and other foodstuffs in case they are prevented from getting to the shops by fighting or curfews. “It ...
Voices of the Mizrahim
LOUIS J. PROYECT
In doing background research for an article on the Jews of the Maghreb (North Africa), I learned of the existence of a 2002 documentary on Iraqi Jews titled “Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection”. Among Jews, the term Mizrahim (Hebrew for Orient...