5 February 2006 | By Andy McSmith | The Independent (UK)
George Bush considered provoking a war with Saddam Hussein's regime by flying a United States spyplane over Iraq bearing UN colours, enticing the Iraqis to take a shot at it, according to a leaked memo of a meeting between the US President and Tony Blair.
The two leaders were worried by the lack of hard evidence that Saddam Hussein had broken UN resolutions
The day Hamas won the Palestinian democratic elections the world's leading democracies failed the test of democracy. Rather than recognise the legitimacy of Hamas as a freely elected representative of the Palestinian people, seize the opportunity created by the result to support the development of good governance in Palestine and search for a means of ending the bloodshed, the US and EU threatened the Palestinian people with collective punishment for exercising their right to choose their parliamentary representatives...Our message to the US and EU governments is this: your attempt to force us to give up our principles or our struggle is in vain.
U.S. concern about the pro-Iranian leanings of the militant Shi'ite parties that will dominate the next government has grown as the administration presses a campaign to take Iran's nuclear program to the UN Security Council, with the military option "on the table." A Western diplomat told Associated Press that the United States needed to find "some other allies who will not turn against them if things heat up with Iran"...Even the possibility of a separate peace between the United States and the Sunni insurgency, which is inherent in these negotiations, signals to the Shi'ites that the United States is no longer wedded to the option of supporting Shi'ite military and police.
Large numbers of new Canadian soldiers have begun arriving in perilous southern Afghanistan, where they will be deployed in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar...The Canadian troops are set to take over control of the coalition operations in the troubled province from the United States.
Afghanistan is Bush's dystopia, a failed narco-state run by American puppets, Islamic fundamentalists and human rights abusers. The corporate media has done the American people a grave disservice by characterizing this drug-dependent settlement as a burgeoning democracy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Karzai regime has no popular mandate and will vanish in the first hours after the American occupation ends...And, it should end immediately.
Since the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in March 2005, the U.S. Administration has played an increasingly imperious role in Lebanon, exacerbating divisions in an already fiercely sectarian country...Lebanon is now sharply polarized into two camps: one resolutely opposed to the growing American presence in their country; the other united through its opposition to Syria...One camp welcomes American and French meddling but considers relations with Syria and Iran a violation of sovereignty. The other sees the U.S. engagement in the context of a pro-Israeli onslaught against the Palestinian cause and its last remaining allies Syria and Iran.
January 27, 2006 | by Dru Oja Jay | Dominion Paper
Canada's force in Afghanistan is set to expand to 2,200 troops from 650 in February. The incoming Canadians will replace outgoing US soldiers. Meanwhile, the Canadian occupation of Afghanistan is a subject of intense debate in Canada's media. While commentators in the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail call for Canada's military to stay the course, accounts that remain critical of Canada's occupying force are largely found outside of the major news outlets.
by Derrick O'Keefe, Seven Oaks | Jan 25, 2006
What would have had to happen in Haiti over the course of the election campaign to have compelled NDP leader Jack Layton to bring up Canada’s shameful involvement in the plight of the western hemisphere’s poorest country?
There are still more consequences to the wave of assassinations targeting Sunni political and religious figures participating in the political process, and the killing of 42 police recruits in Ramadi by extremist Islamist followers of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of "al-Qaeda's Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers." A new escalation took the form of additional Arab Sunni tribal clans joining the campaign aimed at liquidating this organization...Six armed groups belonging to "the Iraqi resistance" recently declared war on Zarqawi's "terrorist" organization.
(John) Bolton is Bush's unconfirmed ambassador to the United Nations. Bolton, a neoconservative warmonger, has managed to get the UN Security Council on January 23 to instruct Syria to disband and disarm the Lebanese militias...How is Syria to meet this demand? Last year Syria complied with US demands to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. As Syria has no military presence in Lebanon, it could not disarm a local police force, much less the Shia militias that defeated the Israeli army and drove it out of Lebanon and that have representatives in the Lebanese parliament.
What matters for an understanding of the Israel/Palestine conflict is what the expression 'a Jewish state' would mean to any reasonable person. What, in particular, could the Palestinians reasonably expect when they heard that such a state was to be established in Palestine?...A Jewish state would...be a state run by and for Jews. In such a state, Jews would be sovereign. The state would be run in their interests.
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11:55 PM CST on Saturday, January 14, 2006
By RANDY LEE LOFTIS / The Dallas Morning News
First of two parts
On a warm and windy Tuesday last spring, armed federal agents assembled for an early-morning raid on suburbia.
When the order came, some headed to a small, nondescript accounting firm in Richardson where a candy dish tempted visitors and a framed print of the Declaration of Independence hung on the wall.
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1965)
A film, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, on the Algerian war of independence against the French occupation.
Free Movie Night:
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|Bullet hole in the children's ward of a Haitian hospital left by UN forces.|
by Aaron Lakoff | January 20, 2006,
In a shocking image that will never leave my mind, there was a large bullet hole in a glass window looking in on cribs in the children's ward. Eyewitnesses told us that at around 11pm the previous night, the hospital came under heavy fire, and the perpetrators were MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) troops. Opening fire on a hospital is a serious war crime under the Geneva Convention, and here, in Cite Soleil, we were looking at the evidence of war crimes committed by the very body which is supposed to uphold international law.
The Irish Times - Jan 20, 2006
EAST TIMOR: Indonesia killed up to 180,000 East Timorese through massacres, torture and starvation during its 24-year occupation, a report to be handed to the United Nations has found, an Australian daily said yesterday.
Napalm and chemical weapons were used to poison food and water and some victims were burned or buried while still alive, and others sexually mutilated, the Australian newspaper quoted the report as saying.