Inspired by Noam Chomsky's book "Hegemony or Survival", the Movements of South America, the World Social Forum, and the Continental Cry of the Excluded, a website called the InterContinental Cry For Unity has recently been created.
The website is among other things, a response to the need for more dialogue in a number of areas fundamental in our common walk. For instance, while there is no shortage of declarations, protests or clear voice about what we do not like or approve of (e.g. what Governments and corporations are doing) there is very little about just what our goals are, or what exactly we need to do for ourselves--after all, our work is not to benefit Empire, but each other.
While the US and British governments have spent the 30 months of occupation arguing for the legality of chemical weapons and the "usefulness" of torture to extract information, Iraqis have been engaged in a different struggle: to survive the increasingly harsh occupation, and to define democracy and human rights accordingly. Experiences of collective punishment, random arrest and killing are the defining features.
1/15/05 "The Guardian" -- -- Did US troops use chemical weapons in Falluja? The answer is yes. The partial proof is to be found in the documentary broadcast on Italian TV last week, which has generated gigabytes of hype on the internet. It's a turkey, whose evidence that white phosphorus was fired at Iraqi troops is flimsy and circumstantial. But the bloggers debating it found the smoking gun.
||Note From Jigsaw: I heard a part of the interviews being referred to in transcript. Shocking. This post contains various articles on Fallujah. If you wish to have access to an extremely long list of supplimentry sources please leave a comment and I will send them to you||
"Waste the motherfuckers!" screamed across the screen in the outrageous and hateful film "Rules of Engagement" (2000), and into the streets and neighborhoods of Fallujah in November 2004. The film is a Samuel L. Jackson military vehicle that celebrates US war crimes from Vietnam to the Middle East, the US slaughter of Muslim civilians, young children included, and Arab bloodletting in general. It is, of course, one film, among many, that prepares US audiences for real manifestations of US aggression and war crimes: torture, slaughter of civilians, children included, and Iraqi bloodletting, as was the case in the "wasting" of Fallujah.
My son and I were talking recently about the bizarre double standard of treatment from America towards North Korea and Iraq. American officials said they *thought* there were nuclear weapons being made in Iraq by Saddam, so we have spent several years and billions of dollars on a war there now. Yet in North Korea, where we *know* there are nuclear weapons, our military is nowhere to be seen.
In the wake of a United Nations investigation implicating a number of Syrian and Lebanese officials in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Bush administration is calling for international sanctions, and leaking dark hints of war. But the United States is already unofficially at war with Syria. For the past six months, U.S. Army Rangers and the Special Operations Delta Force have been crossing the border into Syria, supposedly to "interdict" terrorists coming into Iraq. Several Syrian soldiers have been killed.
George Monbiot | Guardian | Nov 8, 2005
The press has been minimising the death toll in Iraq
We can expect the US and UK governments to seek to minimise the extent of their war crimes. But it’s time the media stopped collaborating.
11/07/05 "La Repubblica"
Veteran admits: Bodies melted away before us.
White phosphorous used on the civilian populace: This is how the US "took" Fallujah. New napalm formula also used.
Daily Times | November 08, 2005
CALCUTTA: The US and Indian air forces began joint exercises on Monday at a base in eastern India amid protests by [70,000] people who object to closer military ties with Washington.
At least nine people were killed and several others injured on Sunday when a convoy of cars carrying interim Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi was ambushed in a Mogadishu suburb, sources in the Somali capital said on Monday.
"A remote-controlled device went off as the vehicle carrying the prime minister was passing by," said Abdirahman Dinari, the government spokesman.
Come to the first serving of the newly resurrected FNB in Vancouver. It will be this Friday, November 11 in Victory Square at 5:00pm.
If you miss the serving there will be a meeting on Saturday the 12th at 4pm. If you're interested in attending, please call the number below, or email us, so one of our members can get back to you to give you the exact address (it will be in East Vancouver in the Broadway/Commercial area).
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We have a planning and information meeting happening at 4pm on Sunday, November 6th, 2005. It will be a vegan potluck, so bring a dish to share! If you're interested in attending, please call our answering service and leave a message, or email us, so one of our members can get back to you to give you the exact address (it will be in East Vancouver in the Broadway/Commercial area).
We are still looking for donations of reusable, non-breakable plates and bowls, folding chairs, and materials for a banner! As well as always being on the lookout for donations of vegetarian foods, both perishables and non-perishables. If you know of a dumpster that has good scores or of a business willing to donate to our group, let us know by phone or email! Thanks a lot and keep checking back for updates!
Food Not Bombs GVRD
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The German judge who is leading the international investigation into the assassination of Hariri might have indeed been accurate and honest in his assessment that led him to construe a Syrian role in the murder. But one should be wary of overstating the rapport between that alleged involvement and the campaign to pressure Syria on a vast range of issues, of which Hariri's death is a minor detail, a pretext at best.
Maysan province...(is) a small Shia area in southeastern Iraq abutting Iran. Maysan is not in the "Sunni Triangle," so it is not in the eye of the Sunni resistance hurricane. It is not occupied by American troops but (by) the British Staffordshire Regiment, renowned for its non-aggressive approach to occupying Iraq...For the past two-plus years (Maysan) has been the site of a low-intensity, low-visibility war that may be a better measure of the fate of the occupation than higher profile battles in cities like Falluja and Tal Afar.
By Tom Regan | CS Monitor | 2005/10/31
In an interview to be broadcast today in Italy, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, one of George Bush's closest allies, said he tried repeatedly to persuade the president not to go to war. The Guardian reports that, in a "behind the scenes effort" he even asked Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to help him.