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Archives by Tag 'Iraq'
The Hospital of Horrors
ROBERT FISK
The pictures flash up on a screen on an upper floor of the Fallujah General Hospital. And all at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, ...
The Children of Fallujah
ROBERT FISK
For little Sayef, there will be no Arab Spring. He lies, just 14 months old, on a small red blanket cushioned by a cheap mattress on the floor, occasionally crying, his head twice the size it should be, blind and paralysed. Sayeffedin Abdulaziz Mohamed – his full name â...
Deadlock Over Syria
ALAIN GRESH
Patrick Seale’s 1965 classic, The Struggle for Syria, describes the battle for control ...
Why Can’t Americans Have Democracy?
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Syria has a secular government as did Iraq prior to the American invasion.  Secular governments are important in Arab lands in which there is division between Sunni and Shi’ite. Secular governments keep the divided population from murdering one another. When the...
Obama is Coming to My Town
RON JACOBS
Barack Obama is coming to the town where I live.  Like most other towns he will visit this election year, the state this town is in voted for Mr. Obama in 2008.  It is a state full of Democrats and liberals.  Many of those Democ...
Obama, the Human Rights Hypocrite
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Is Obama a hypocrite or merely insouciant?  Or is he an idiot? According to news reports Obama’s White House meeting on Valentine’s day with China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, provided an opportunity for Obama to raise “a sensitive human rights issue with...
Empire and Its Discontents
NOAM CHOMSKY
Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated — Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie ahead.  Right now, in fact. At the...
Syria: Slipping into Civil War
PATRICK COCKBURN
As Syrian army tanks mass around Homs and its artillery pounds Sunni districts of the city, Syria is slipping into the first stages of a sectarian civil war. This conflict could be as bloody as anything seen in Iraq between 2006 and 2007 or as long as the civil war in Leb...
Spies in the Sky
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
It’s all because of the little noticed annual report for 2010 from the United Stat...
Cheering On Dumb, Stupid Animals
LINH DINH
Outrageously yet routinely, America is preparing for yet another war. Though warned by Iran not to bring an aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, the US now has an unprecedented three. (Gee, I wonder why they call it the Persian Gulf, but don’t be surprised if, say, 2...
Not A Peep About The President’s Praise of Military
LAURA FLANDERS
The grades for the president’s State of the Union are in and the critics have been kind. In fact, it’s chilling to see just how few hits the President takes for couching his entire address in unqualified celebration of the US military. Speaking of the troo...
Will Turkey Join Sick Men of Europe?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Are the Turks seeing the Ottoman Empire reborn or are they going to be the next victims of economic chaos in Europe and political turmoil in the Middle East? Is Turkey about to pay a price for the overconfidence bred by a decade that brought it triumphant success while it...
The CIA’s Cassandras
GABRIEL KOLKO
At no time has the U.S. based its foreign policies on facts — as opposed to its conceptions reliant on sheer wishes, interests, or pretensions, (its ambitions are often a mixture of all of these). Nor has it had fears that are warranted by reality. It has needs, whe...
Collateral Savages
LINH DINH
It is a recurring theme: civilization committing barbaric acts to feed its refined gluttony. As we found out about American Marines urinating on dead Afghans, there was also a story about Brazilian loggers tying an eight-year-old girl to a tree and burning her to death. S...
The End of Something
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
The euro is going down and may take the 17 nation euro zone with it, if not the entire 28 nation European Union.  Or maybe it will be the other way around?  Does it really matter? Having never recovered from the 2008 recession, the collapse of the euro will drive...
Murderous Marines
BINOY KAMPMARK
There are Calleys in every army. What makes them dangerous is the set of circumstances in which their homicidal aberrations can run amok. Neil Sheehan, New York Times...
Superpower Adrift in an Alien World
TOM ENGELHARDT
Here’s the ad for this moment in Washington (as I imagine it): Militarized superpower adrift and anxious in alien world.  Needs advice.  Will pay.  Pls respond qkly.  PO Box 1776-2012, Washington, DC. Here’s the way it actual...
The Arms Merchants
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Arms sales are not as straightforward as one might think. For one thing, Russia and the United States are both eager to maintain their respective positions as the most successful merchants of death dealing devices. That causes them to sacrifice principle to expediency.  ...
Iraqi and American Reconciliation
LUKE WILCOX
Standing in front of 40 religious and academic leaders in Najaf, Iraq this summer, I wondered how they would react to the presentation I was about to give. I was an unarmed, Christian American spending five weeks in Iraq with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT). The topic o...
Iran and Historical Forgetting
JOHN GRANT
Ever since George W. Bush lost the popular vote by 500,000 souls and was selected President by a right-leaning Supreme Court, the United States has seemed to me devoted to a twisted fate of slow-motion Armageddon. What seems to guarantee this is one of our most cha...
Doubling Down on a Debacle
TOM ENGLELHARDT
It was to be the war that would establish empire as an American fact.  It would result in a thousand-year Pax Americana.  It was to be “mission accomplished” all the way.  And then, of course, it wasn’t.  And then, almost nine dismal years later, it wa...
Are We Witnessing the Final Disintegration of Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Compared with many bombs in Iraq, it was not a big one. I had just arrived in the Al Rashid Hotel in Baghdad on  November 28 when there was the an explosion a few hundred yards away in front of the parliament building. I thought at first it must be a rocket or a mortar s...
The Sunni-Shia Wars
PATRICK COCKBURN
In three of the Arab countries east of Egypt – Syria, Bahrain and Yemen – protesters have challenged their governments over the past year but failed to overthrow them. The reasons for those failures are very different though they have important points in common. In ea...
The Lies of War
JACK RANDOM
“You are part of an unbroken line of heroes spanning two centuries — from the colonists who overthrew an empire, to your grandparents and parents who faced down fascism and communism, to you — men and women who fought for the same principles in Fallujah ...
The Legacy of the Iraq War
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ
In the United States, the most significant event of 2011 hands down should have been the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But for most Americans, the end of this illegal and immoral war and occupation hardly registers a ripple. The reason: the continue...
Are We Gods?
NICHOLAS KRAMER
This holiday season, as you walk through a public area (any mall, grocery, or restaurant will do), start counting the people you see there. Look in their faces, listen to their conversations, and try to appreciate each of them not just as strangers, but as fellow human be...
Iraq Trembles Amid Renewed Sectarian Violence
PATRICK COCKBURN
A wave of bomb explosions sent plumes of smoke into the air across Baghdad yesterday, killing 63 and injuring 194 people in the worst violence for months. There is a growing sense of crisis in Iraq as the Shia prime minister Nouri al-Maliki tries to arrest his own Sunni v...
Propagandizing for Perpetual War
MIKE LOFGREN
According to the Congressional Research Service, the United States has appropriated $806 billion for the...
From Arab Spring to Sunni Spring?
PATRICK COCKBURN
A year ago the popular anger that grew into the Arab Spring was first ignited by an impoverished Tunisian fruit and vegetable seller, Mohamed Bouazizi, who set fire to himself after his cart, his sole means of feeding his family, was confiscated by police. Within days, pi...
Xmas in Baghdad
NESREEN MELEK
In Baghdad I was in Catholic school from kindergarten until high school. The school was run by Catholic nuns, who spoke English and French.  Jews, Christians and Muslim students were attending the same school.  It took me a few years after I attended the school to rea...
Wars Without Victory; America Without Influence
PATRICK COCKBURN
The last American troops will withdraw from Iraq in the next three weeks. President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, will meet tomorrow in Washington so they can claim that the US emerges from the conflict unweakened and leaves behind an increasingl...
Iraq: No Lessons Learned
JAMES ZOGBY
With the date for US forces to be fully withdrawn from Iraq fast approaching, it is important to remind ourselves how we got into that long and deadly war in the first place, to recognise that this conflict is far from over, and to hold accountable those responsible for t...
Iraqis On Edge as Americans Leave
PATRICK COCKBURN
Baghdad Iraqis are worried. The last American soldiers leave the country in the next few days and they are waiting to see how the outcome of the struggle for power in Syria will affect them. “We are afraid about the future,” said a businessman ...
The Demonization of Iran
PATRICK COCKBURN
Iran has long been denounced in Washington as the source of much of the evil in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies see the hand of Tehran behind protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. As the last US forces leave Iraq by the...
Secrets of the Troika
MICHAEL TEITELMAN
The recent publication of Dick Cheney’s memoir, ...
Goodbye Iraq?
DAVID SWANSON
I just got an email from Huffington Post telling me that Obama was keeping his campaign promise to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.  Not quite.  Here’s a ...
The Romney Doctrine
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
If current polls are correct, Mitt Romney seems likely to become the 2012 Republican presidential candidate and the next president of the United States.  Therefore, we should carefully examine his first major foreign and military policy address—delivered on October 7 a...
Targeting Journalists in Iraq
V. NOAH GIMBEL
For the third time, Judge Santiago Pedraz of the Spanish National Court has indicted the three soldiers...
The Deadly Costs of Muslim Sectarianism
PATRICK COCKBURN
A war of extraordinary brutality is being waged across the Muslim world which is largely ignored by the media. It is a war in which victims are assassinated or massacred with no chance to defend themselves. Most of those who die are poor people murdered in obscure places ...
Iraq: 100 Days of Solidarity
MEDEA BENJAMIN
This week marks the beginning of what is supposed to be the final 100 days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. But if U.S. troops are to leave Iraq at the end of this year as promised – repeatedly – it will take grassroots pressure to counter the growing “occupy-Iraq-fo...
The Latest Crackdown in Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Iraqi government is seeking to silence critics who accuse it of rampant corruption by removing officials who try to prosecute racketeers and intimidating politicians and journalists who support them. This month alone it has forced the head of its anti-corruptio...
A Lost Decade
JAMES ZOGBY
“To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united… World opinion ...
The Costs of the Great War on Terror
VIJAY PRASHAD
When Bush declared the Global War on Terror (GWOT), it felt odd. The U.S. had already involved itself in combat with the social forces that attacked it on 9/11. To make such a formal declaration of war allowed the administration to do two things: first, on the surface, to...
Did 9/11 Really Change Everything?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
The American people are told, again and again, that 9/11 “changed everything.” Is this really true? The answer is both yes, and no. Yes, because 9/11 prompted policies of regime change, preemptive strike, and humanitarian intervention, which, in turn, tr...
The Enemy That Barely Exists
PATRICK COCKBURN
What was the most devastating attack by al-Qa’ida in the past few months? Despite all the pious talk this weekend about combating “terrorism”, few will have heard of it. It happened on 15 August when bombers killed 63 people in 17 cities up and down Iraq...
Reflections on a Savage Decade
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The September 11, 2001 attack on America produced extraordinary human reaction as most events involving great violence and mass casualties do. Shock, anger, defiance and an instinct for retribution are the usual ingredients of that reaction, but societies that allow this ...
Who Wants Those Troops to Stay in Iraq?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The United States is negotiating to keep several thousand troops in Iraq beyond the official withdrawal date at the end of the year, but its influence in the country is being eclipsed by Iran and Turkey. The US and Iraq are discussing whether some 10,000 American s...
Rev. King and Today’s Wars
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
This weekend it has taken a hurricane to postpone the dedication of the long-awaited monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington — the first time a man who is not a president, not white man and not a war leader has been so honored on the Mall. Major corp...
Petraeus and Clinton
MICHAEL BRENNER
General David Petraeus, newly installed Director of the CIA, is now the most influencial figure on issues at the top of the American foreign agenda. He has unrivaled prestige in Washington and among the public at large, he has close allies in the Pentagon and White House,...
Imperial Rounding Error in Iraq
PETER LEE
For students of the IMF vs. Chinese theories of economic development, I think  the details of the Chinese struggle to keep its Congo copper project going in  the teeth of  Western disapproval strikingly illustrates some conspicuous  and interesting  d...