July 2004 ;
Foreign Policy In Focus ; By Antonia Juhasz
The U.S. occupation of Iraq officially ended on June 28, 2004 , in a secret
ceremony in Baghdad . Officially,
Posted by-Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha
By Melissa Kite and Patrick Hennessy
Downing Street secured vital changes to the Butler Report before its publication, watering down an explicit criticism of Tony Blair and the way he made the case for war in the House of Commons.
American Elie Wiesel is a distinguished and well-respected scholar and moralist, who is also a Holocaust survivor and former Nobel Laureate. As such, his views on issues of morality and ethics carry a lot of weight.
However, as Mickey Z. notes below, Wiesel has also been a steadfast apologist for Israeli militarism and human rights abuses. In a recent interview in Parade magazine, he opines that "(The U.S.), for two centuries, has stood as a living symbol of all that is charitable and decent to victims of injustice everywhere...where those who have are taught to give back."
Allawi shot inmates in cold blood, say witnesses
by Paul McGeough; Sidney Morning Herlad; July 18, 2004
Iyad Allawi, the new Prime Minister of Iraq, pulled a pistol and executed as many as six suspected insurgents at a Baghdad police station, just days before Washington handed control of the country to his interim government, according to two people who allege they witnessed the killings.
The Independent (UK)
18 July 2004
Sophie Goodchild and Andrew Johnson
Satellite technology will be used to track 5,000 career criminals who are
responsible for one in every 10 crimes in Britain, the Home Secretary David
Blunkett will announce tomorrow.
The radical new technology, which has been developed in the US, will enable
law enforcement officers to pinpoint the exact location of criminals who
have been released early from prison and fitted with electronic tags.
Vancouver Sun ; July 16, 2004
By Scott Simpson
The B.C. New Democrats want to shed their confrontational past and form an
unprecedented partnership with the province's business community, leader
Carole James said Thursday in an address to some of her party's toughest
Inter Press Service ; July 2, 2004
Evidence offered by a top CIA man could confirm the testimony given by
Saddam Hussein at the opening of his trial in Baghdad Thursday that he knew
of the Halabja massacre only from the newspapers.
Forward ; July 16, 2004
By Eric J. Greenberg
In an unprecedented victory for pro-Palestinian activists, leaders of the
largest Presbyterian denomination officially equated the Jewish state with
apartheid South Africa and have voted to stop investing in Israel.
The Guardian ; August 14, 2003
Iraq was not the first illegal US-led attack on a sovereign state in recent
times. The precedent was set in 1999 in Yugoslavia writes Kate Hudson
Did Vancouver police fail to save Roman Andreichikov's life? Or did they have a hand in killing him? The mystery may centre on a factor called 'excited delirium'.
1. OPP OFFICER ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
demoted for smashing unmarked swine car...
2. TRANSEXUAL COP SEVERELY HARRASSED ON JOB
toronto pigs can't control their homophobia...
3. PART OF ANARCHIST OWNED CAFE DESTROYS SWINE CAR!!
flash flood hammers peterborough ontario...
4. PRO-PIG COLLABORATOR STILL TRYING TO CONTROL KANEHSATAKE
jimmy gabriel attempts to set up shop in Oka...
"Yes, World War II had a strong moral aspect to it--the defeat of fascism, (but) I deeply resent the way the so-called good war has been used to cast its glow over all the immoral wars we (the U.S.) have fought in the past fifty years: in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan. I certainly don't want our government to use the triumphal excitement surrounding World War II to cover up the horrors now taking place in Iraq."
Like the rest of Latin America over the last 15 years, Bolivia has been subjected to neo-liberal policies designed to fail the poor and benefit the rich. Hypocrisy at the imperial centre and in the neo-colonial periphery about poverty reduction in Latin America has never been clearer or more obnoxious. In Bolivia, the US marionettes are now openly criminalizing legitimate protest in order to cover up popular rejection of their policies.
by Steve Ammidown; July 16, 2004
Steve Ammidown is a 29 year old office worker for a publicly traded company just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (who is) getting active because (he's) tired of being fed up.
I was at "the (pro-choice) March" on April 25th, 2004. On that particularly warm spring day, I remember yelling a lot, holding signs and how sore my feet were by the end. But the thing that will stay with me always is that feeling- the feeling of being at a complete loss for words when I realized how many people were there. The feeling that, my god, maybe we young'uns weren't as apathetic as we had been so persistently painted. For a couple of hours that day, slogans were the only words that flowed easily out of my mouth. I just didn't have the vocabulary to express how I felt.
As a guy, it's hard sometimes to have an opinion on women's health issues. I've never had an abortion, I have never had my insurance company decide to bill me more to see my gynecologist because he or she is considered a "specialist". I have never had to choose between birth control and food. All I could do was empathize, shake my head and donate what I could afford to organizations like Planned Parenthood. Anything else, I felt, would be viewed with suspicion or maybe even anger.
Posted by-Mohammad Basirul Haq Sinha
by Gerald Kaufman ;
Monday July 12, 2004 ;
The bomb attack in Tel Aviv yesterday highlights the desperate need to achieve a peace settlement. It highlights, too, the futility of the wall Israel is building in Palestinian land, a wall condemned by the international court of justice last Friday and whose route was condemned by Israel's supreme court last month.