|Wednesday, January 24|
|·|| Nothing is More Important Than This Moment in History |
|Wednesday, January 03|
|·|| The Fatal Hazing of a Dictator |
|·|| Hang 'em High in Baghdad |
|Tuesday, January 02|
|·|| CYA for the USA: The Coverup of Complicity Continues |
|Sunday, December 31|
|·|| Dying for Our Sins |
|Saturday, December 30|
|·|| Hanging Saddam |
|·|| The execution of Saddam Hussein |
|·|| Robert Fisk: A dictator created then destroyed by America |
|Wednesday, December 06|
|·|| Making the Connection Between Iraq and Israel |
|Monday, November 27|
|·|| They lied their way into Iraq. Now they are trying to lie their way out |
|·|| Would Jesus Get Out of Iraq? |
|Sunday, November 26|
|·|| Contracting 'Clean Break' Chaos in Iraq |
|Wednesday, November 22|
|·|| The Price of Imperial Arrogance |
|Tuesday, November 14|
|·|| US troops revolt against Iraq war |
|Friday, November 10|
|·|| Episode of the Victors' Injustice |
|Tuesday, November 07|
|·|| A Guilty Verdict on America, as Well |
|Wednesday, October 18|
|·|| The Killing Fields of Iraq |
|Monday, October 16|
|·|| More Deadly Than Saddam |
|Wednesday, October 11|
|·|| The High Cost of Order Out of Chaos in Iraq |
|Wednesday, October 04|
|·|| One Policy, Two Parties |
|Invasion of Iraq: Oil & Politics - The Real Situation in Iraq|
Wednesday, May 30 @ 16:15:05 AST
By Daniel J. Graeber|
May 30, 2012
A delegation from the International Energy Agency spent two days in Baghdad speaking with high-ranking officials in preparation for an end-of-year report on the country's oil sector. By some estimates, Iraq could hold some of the largest oil reserves in the world and an international auction for oil and natural gas blocks is planned for May. Without a hydrocarbon law, and considering the fractured political system, the IEA's report may be more about political obstacles than oil potential, however.
Baghdad announced triumphantly this week that oil production increased to more than 3 million barrels per day for the first time in more than 30 years. Exports, the government said, should increase substantially once a new floating oil terminal starts operations later this week. The IEA in December said crude oil production in Iraq could reach an average of 4.36 million bpd by 2016, about half of what Riyadh produces. The agency warned, however, that Iraq's fractured political system might be as much of an obstacle as anything.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Hope in 2011: Peoples, Civil Society Stand Tall|
Thursday, December 30 @ 18:54:19 AST
|By Ramzy Baroud|
December 30, 2010
When the Iraqi army fell before invading US and British troops in 2003, the latter’s mission seemed to be accomplished. But nearly eight years after the start of a war intended to shock and awe a whole population into submission, the Iraqi people continue to stand tall. They have confronted and rejected foreign occupations, held their own against sectarianism, and challenged random militancy and senseless acts of terrorism.
For most of us, the Iraqi people’s resolve cannot be witnessed, but rather deduced. Eight years of military strikes, raids, imprisonments, torture, humiliation and unimaginable suffering were still not enough to force the Iraqis into accepting injustice as a status quo.
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|Invasion of Iraq: U.S. Troops Told To Return Fire Even When Civilians Present|
Friday, August 13 @ 09:21:46 AST
|By Sherwood Ross|
August 13, 2010
Three former U.S. soldiers involved in the infamous “Collateral Murder” helicopter gunship attack on Baghdad civilians in July 2007, say that attack was nothing out of the ordinary. The massacre---that killed more than a dozen Iraqis, two of them employed by Reuters News Service---ignited a wave of international revulsion against the U.S. military when a video of the massacre was released by WikiLeaks last April.
“What the world did not see is the months of training that led up to the incident, in which soldiers were taught to respond to threats with a barrage of fire---a “wall of steel,” in Army parlance---even if it put civilians at risk,” report Sarah Lazare and Ryan Harvey in the August 16th issue of The Nation magazine.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Who cares how many 'camel drivers' are being massacred in Iraq...?|
Thursday, August 12 @ 16:46:39 AST
| Capitalist Education for Barbarism vs Human Emancipation in the Epoch of Globalization|
By Franz J. T. Lee
August 12, 2010
Over the last decades, here in
Venezuela and elsewhere, we have learned the hard way that nothing that
capitalists and their loyal followers do or say is innocent or naive.
Somewhere there is always hidden a quid pro quo. Education in global
imperialism is not to liberate or to inform anybody about anything
human, humane or humanist, especially it is not to emancipate the
billions of 'speaking tools' (Aristotle), that is, not to enlighten the
modern, already by and large, docile, ignorant wage-slaves. Global
'correct', ruling class education, generated and controlled by the
'Hitlerite' think tanks, by the State, by the 'Ministry of Education'
that is, by the Orwellian 'Ministry of Love', massively aids in the
capitalist production, distribution, consumption and destruction of
wares; it helps to realize capital and super profits, but it also
serves ideologically to destroy natural and social resources in times
of social crisis or economic collapse, of open fascism.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Tony-Gate: Blair Strikes Oil in Iraq|
Sunday, March 28 @ 02:46:50 AST
|By Jayne Lyn Stahl|
March 24, 2010 - smirkingchimp.com
Here in the States when someone mentions "UI," most of us think of Unemployment Insurance, but not former UK prime minister Tony Blair.
Late last week came word of a major scandal from the UK Daily Mail. In the three years since he stepped down as prime minister, Blair pocketed more than $30 million in oil revenues from his secret dealings with a South Korean oil consortium, UI Energy Corporation. Despite all his best efforts to keep his connection to UI secret, word is spreading like wildfire throughout the U.K.
Now, you might ask, that he's no longer in government and has his own company, Blair Associates, why would anyone care what his business dealings are? Well, for openers, Mr. Blair is also the West's envoy to the Middle East. Of concern to British politicians, too, is that a former prime minister has been stone cold silent about being on the payroll of an immense multinational oil corporation, specializing in oil exploration in Iraq, and one that coincidentally happens to find itself in another challenging part of the globe.
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|Invasion of Iraq: The Story of My Shoe|
Tuesday, September 15 @ 16:31:15 AST
|My Flower to Bush, the Occupier|
By Mutadhar al-Zaidi
September 15, 2009 - counterpunch.org
Mutadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi who threw his shoe at George Bush gave this speech on his recent release.
In the name of God, the most gracious and most merciful.
Here I am, free. But my country is still a prisoner of war.
Firstly, I give my thanks and my regards to everyone who stood beside me, whether inside my country, in the Islamic world, in the free world. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Obama's Iraq withdrawal plans and MoveOn|
Wednesday, March 04 @ 10:49:50 AST
|By Stephen Gowans|
March 01, 2009
Michael D. Yates wrote an MRZine article accusing Fox and CNN journalists, and Michael Steele, the first black person to be selected to chair the Republican National Committee, of being complete boneheads. That Yates chose MRZine as his vehicle for launching a diatribe against the intellectual failings of the likes of Lou Dobbs and Wolf Blitzer means he must have been looking for an easy sell. He might as well have told Palestinians that Zionists are not their friends.
Everyone on the Left knows there are plenty of right-wing morons, but rarely acknowledged is the plenitude of liberal morons. Progressives, for obvious reasons, don't talk about them, though liberal morons are no less deserving of invective than Dobbs, Blitzer and Steele are.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Iraq: New US plan for total control|
Sunday, June 08 @ 17:31:33 AST
|June 03, 2008|
Revealed: George Bush’s plan to impose ‘security accords’ that will mean 400 permanent military bases and US personnel given green light to kill George Bush is ending the pretence that Iraq is a “democratic state”. He is imposing new “security accords” that will strip the country of its sovereignty and allow it to be used as a platform to launch more wars.
This is the thrust of a secret treaty – known as the Status of Forces Agreement – that is being imposed on the country.
Even the puppet Iraqi parliament and its pro-occupation allies have found it difficult to stomach.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Cheney's Oil Law For Iraq Is Neocolonial Theft|
Tuesday, October 09 @ 02:56:43 AST
|by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach, Global Research|
October 8, 2007
Although a great deal more is at stake in the Iraq war than oil, there can be no doubt that the rich petroleum reserves of the country have stood high on the agenda of the war party since long before the 2003 invasion, and continue to be the focus of policy for the occupying powers. Alan Greenspan, of all people, recently let the cat out of the bag, when he reported in his autobiography, The Age of Turbulence, that the war was "largely about oil." Brenan Nelson, the Minister of Defense of Australia, one of the "coalition of the willing," also admitted this when he stated on July 5, that "resource security" was one of his country's priorities for defense and security, and that Iraq was part of that equation.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Greenspan, Kissinger: Oil Drives U.S. in Iraq, Iran|
Tuesday, September 18 @ 04:17:35 AST
|by Robert Weissman|
September 17, 2007
Alan Greenspan had acknowledged what is blindingly obvious to those who live in the reality-based world: The Iraq War was largely about oil.
Meanwhile, Henry Kissinger says in an op-ed in Sunday’s Washington Post that control over oil is the key issue that should determine whether the U.S. undertakes military action against Iran.
These statements would not be remarkable, but for the effort of a broad swath of the U.S. political establishment to deny the central role of oil in U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Iraq: Divide et Impera|
Thursday, August 23 @ 02:18:52 AST
|The US is using a hoary imperial tactic dating back to the Romans to dominate Iraq and to justify a long-term military presence in the country|
By Stephen Gowans
August 22, 2007
A US-financed program to build a Sunni paramilitary Guardian organization in Iraq, and US proposals for a soft partition of the country, are the latest steps in a divide and rule strategy the US is pursuing to keep Iraqis fighting among themselves so they won't fight the occupation. Sectarian strife also provides the US with the pretext it needs to establish a long-term military presence in the country.
The US occupation authority has made ethnicity and religion salient in Iraq, where once it was a matter of little moment in the daily political lives of Iraqis. The US organized elections and the army along sectarian lines. It decided which parties could run in elections, favoring those that emphasized religious affiliations (Sunni vs. Shia) and ethnicity (Arab vs. Kurd), while banning the largest non-sectarian party, the Baath party. Key government positions were doled out along sectarian lines. The interior ministry was turned over to the Badr Brigade, a sectarian Shia paramilitary organization. From head to toe, Iraq has been transformed from a secular society into one in which religious and ethnic identity matter. Imagine the Department of Homeland Security being turned over to the KKK, the Pentagon to Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, while the Democrat and Republican parties are banned and replaced by religious and ethnic parties. If ever there was a recipe to get people fighting among themselves, this is it.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Resisting the plans to control Iraq's oil|
Friday, July 20 @ 13:09:33 AST
|By Simon Assaf|
July 20, 2007
Iraqi uni0n leader Hassan Jumaa Awad recently visited Britain to raise awareness of the US's attempts to grab hold of his country's oil resources
The US wants to get it hands on Iraq's oil wealth and is pressuring the Iraqi government to pass a law that will mortgage the country's future, says Hassan Jumaa Awad, the leader of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Uni0ns.
The uni0n, which represents 26,000 oil workers in southern Iraq, recently staged a series of strikes in protest at the proposed oil law.
The US has made passing the law one of its "benchmarks" to judge the success of its "surge" strategy to regain control of the country.
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|Invasion of Iraq: The Iraq War Is Over. It Is The Moment for Democrats To Show Real Leadership|
Monday, April 30 @ 17:48:03 AST
|If President Bush's Veto Is Not Challenged Tomorrow, Thousands of Iraqis and Hundreds of US Troops Are Certain to Perish |
by Gary Younge, The Guardian/UK
April 30, 2007
There is no overestimating the popular reverence Americans have for their men and women in uniform. A direct translation of "squaddie", a term steeped in class contempt which betrays as much antipathy and ambivalence as it does admiration in the UK, simply does not exist in the US. Fighting for your country is generally regarded as the ultimate form of public service.
Flight attendants will announce the presence of an active service man or woman to cheers from the rest of the plane. At anti-war demonstrations, protesters wave banners proclaiming "Support the troops, oppose the war." The nation may be irrevocably split on the moral value of any war, but when it comes to backing the people who are executing it, they speak as one.
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|Invasion of Iraq: George Galloway: 'The Iraq war has scarred the world'|
Sunday, February 25 @ 12:00:21 AST
|Hundreds of people attended a Stop the War rally in central London on Thursday of last week. Respect MP George Galloway spoke at the meeting about the disaster of the war on Iraq|
'Not only have 655,000 Iraqis died, there are also hundreds of thousands of maimed Iraqis, hundreds of thousands of homeless Iraqis, millions of Iraqis with no electricity and no water.
According to the United Nations, four million Iraqis have fled the country or fled their homes to live elsewhere in Iraq.
That's the scale of the disaster that these criminals, George Bush and Tony Blair, have taken us into. This is a disaster that has scarred the face of the world forever. It has disfigured the entire legal, diplomatic, economic face of the world.
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|Invasion of Iraq: UK Telegraph Reveals Brit Terrorist Ops in Iraq|
Wednesday, February 07 @ 04:04:33 AST
|By Kurt Nimmo, kurtnimmo.com|
February 04th 2007
It is interesting the Telegraph.co.uk, "Lord" Conrad Black's online version of a neocon newspaper, would publish a story admitting that the Joint Support Group, described as "a cell from a small and anonymous British Army unit," manages "covert human intelligence sources or agents," including double agents, that is to say the Brits are engaged in terrorist operations, as long suspected.
"During the [Irish] Troubles, the JSG operated under the cover name of the Force Research Unit (FRU), which between the early 1980s and the late 1990s managed to penetrate the very heart of the IRA. By targeting and then 'turning' members of the paramilitary organization with a variety of 'inducements'" ranging from blackmail to bribes, the FRU operators developed agents at virtually every command level within the IRA," explains Sean Rayment.
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