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|World Focus: Many U.S. My Lai-Type Massacres in Vietnam|
Tuesday, January 29 @ 17:38:04 UTC
|Covered Up by Pentagon, Reporter Charges
By Sherwood Ross
January 29, 2013
Massacres of civilians by U.S. forces in Vietnam were not rare aberrations but everyday occurrences, an authoritative new book on the subject charges.
Worse, the massacres were a result of deliberate Pentagon policies handed down from the very top, often to build false “body count” figures that could lead an officer to promotion. The inflated body counts reported civilian dead as combatant Viet Cong when they were actually women, children and old men.
The massacre of more than 500 civilians at My Lai on March 15, 1968, by the Americal division’s Charlie company, 1st battalion, 20th infantry, has long been portrayed as a solitary episode ordered by Lieutenant William Calley. He was the only one of 28 officers involved who was convicted and although sentenced to life imprisonment was paroled after just 40 months.
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|War and Terror: |
Wednesday, December 01 @ 00:01:37 UTC
|By Neil A. Lewis, New York Times|
WASHINGTON - The International Committee of the Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the United States government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount to torture" on prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
The finding that the handling of prisoners detained and interrogated at Guantánamo amounted to torture came after a visit by a Red Cross inspection team that spent most of last June in Guantánamo.
The team of humanitarian workers, which included experienced medical personnel, also asserted that some doctors and other medical workers at Guantánamo were participating in planning for interrogations, in what the report called "a flagrant violation of medical ethics."
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|World Focus: The Burning Legacy of Ronald Reagan|
Friday, June 11 @ 14:35:11 UTC
By CHRIS FLOYD
Some cynics say that Heaven's newest sunbeam, Ronald Reagan, was called "The Great Communicator" because he delivered his innumerable lies in words of one syllable. But this is just a typically vicious liberal canard.
For Reagan truly was a great communicator, though not with words - or with facts, which he once called "stupid things." No, his genius lay in the manipulation of symbols to convey powerful messages that could no longer be voiced openly in polite society - messages of hate, envy, fear and violence.
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|Latin America: A Nicaraguan Priest Remembers the CIA's Contra War|
Wednesday, June 09 @ 22:16:16 UTC
|Reagan was the Butcher of My People|
By Fr. MIQUEL D'ESCOTO
as told to Democracy Now!
Editors' Note: Fr. Miguel D'Escoto is a Catholic priest in Managua, Nicaragua. He was Nicaragua's Foreign Minister under the Sandinista government of the 1980s, when the US was arming and supporting the Contra death squads. Ronald Reagan said of the Contras: "They are our brothers, these freedom fighters and we owe them our help. They are the moral equal of our founding fathers." The following text is drawn from an interview with Fr. D'Escoto on the national radio/TV show Democracy Now!
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|Invasion of Iraq: CNN to Al Jazeera: Why Report Civilian Deaths?|
Thursday, April 15 @ 20:51:12 UTC
As the casualties mount in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah,
Qatar-based Al Jazeera has been one of the only news networks broadcasting
from the inside, relaying images of destruction and civilian victims--
including women and children. But when CNN anchor Daryn Kagan interviewed
the network's editor-in-chief, Ahmed Al-Sheik, on Monday (4/12/04)-- a
rare opportunity to get independent information about events in Fallujah--
she used the occasion to badger Al-Sheik about whether the civilian deaths
were really "the story" in Fallujah.
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|War and Terror: Is Killing Part of Pentagon Press Policy?|
Thursday, April 10 @ 22:40:37 UTC
The Pentagon has held up its practice of "embedding" journalists with
military units as proof of a new media-friendly policy. On April 8,
however, U.S. military forces launched what appeared to be deliberate
attacks on independent journalists covering the war, killing three and
injuring four others.
In one incident, a U.S. tank fired an explosive shell at the Palestine
Hotel, where most non-embedded international reporters in Baghdad are
based. Two journalists, Taras Protsyuk of the British news agency Reuters
and Jose Cousa of the Spanish network Telecino, were killed; three other
journalists were injured. The tank, which was parked nearby, appeared to
carefully select its target, according to journalists in the hotel,
raising and aiming its gun turret some two minutes before firing a single
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|War and Terror: Tons of 'Shock' but Little 'Awe'|
Tuesday, April 01 @ 12:43:23 UTC
|by Ben Roberts|
Interested in seeing the 'shock' of Bush and his cohorts? Read The Washington
Post issue for this past Saturday, March 29, 2003. Find the section 'War In Iraq,'
There right before your eyes is the photo of an Iraqi child, possibly no more than
five years old. We are used to seeing children animated with activity and
boundless spirit. Not here. This child is lifeless, lying on a cold slab in an Iraqi
morgue. He was killed by the US Army missile strike on the Iraqi marketplace. In
America we value our children highly, and strive to provide them with a full and
happy life. Are Iraqi parents damned to see their children's spirits extinguished
and their bodies and minds amputated before they have had a chance to even
begin living, while ours enjoy a long and comfortable life? 'Katie Couric I
remember your tear stained face on that fateful morning of September 11, and
your words, "Why do they hate us?" Be sure to take a look at that picture, and
maybe you will have your answer.' This is 'shock.' No 'awe' here, just a definite
guarantee that we would be even more resented and despised for what we do.
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|War and Terror: Of Lies, Liberation and American Self-Delusion|
Thursday, March 27 @ 19:16:19 UTC
|by Tim Wise |
Iraqis must think the American definition of liberation a strange one.
First, we destroy all of the key government buildings that we can find in a search for Saddam Hussein.
Then we relentlessly attack the Iraqi military, which of course counts among its troops, members of tens of thousands of Iraqi families.
Then we launch a cruise missile that destroys an urban market in Baghdad, claiming that it was intended to hit a battery of rocket launchers placed in the area by the Hussein regime.
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|War and Terror: If we care about Elizabeth Smart, why not the children of Iraq?|
Friday, March 14 @ 19:46:21 UTC
|By Kurt Nimmo|
Yesterday America received good news.
Elizabeth Smart, 15, was discovered alive, unharmed, and in good health. She was apparently abducted nine months ago by a mentally deranged homeless preacher, Brian David Mitchell. Today the newspapers all across America ran photographs of a smiling and rosy-cheeked Elizabeth, her father Ed, and younger sister Mary Katherine. Today America celebrates the return of this innocent child to her loving parents.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, people were not so happy with the fate of their children. In the days before Utah police found Elizabeth Smart, Anglo-American aircraft bombed Basra, Iraq, a not uncommon occurrence. Six children in Al Jumohria, a poor section of town, were killed while they slept.
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|War and Terror: Paying through the nose to kill Iraqi children|
Friday, February 28 @ 03:19:36 UTC
|By Kurt Nimmo|
According to some estimates, Bush's Iraq attack will cost each and every American $320. Now, for the Waltons and Gates and Buffetts, this isn't a whole lot of scratch, but for most of us it's a decent chunk of change. For instance, I need a new computer for writing these articles and $320 would be a nice start. Instead, that money will go toward killing innocent children, pregnant women, grandmas, grandpas, and a whole lot of other people in Iraq. The money is siphoned off before my employer cuts me a check. Most of it goes right to Donald Rumsfeld.
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|War and Terror: Why People Hate America and Americans|
Monday, November 11 @ 14:35:39 UTC
|Dr. Kwame Nantambu|
One of the most significant questions to emerge after the very tragic
terrorist attacks on September 11 is : Why do people hate America and
In a nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress, President George Bush answered as follows:
"They hate what they see right here in this chamber: A democratically
elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our
freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom
to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."
At the outset, it must be stated quite categorically that contrary to
President Bush's assertion, one of the reasons that people hate America and Americans is not because they are jealous of America's freedoms and/or way of life.
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|Israel-Palestine: Of Occupation and Apartheid, Do I Divest?|
Saturday, October 19 @ 08:27:19 UTC
| by Desmond Tutu, Oct. 17, 2002|
The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure-- in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation.
Divestment from apartheid South Africa was fought by ordinary people at the grassroots. Faith-based leaders informed their followers, union members pressured their companies' stockholders and consumers questioned their store owners. Students played an especially important role by compelling universities to change their portfolios. Eventually, institutions pulled the financial plug, and the South African government thought twice about its policies.
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|War and Terror: Cry for Bali-Cry for Palestine|
Monday, October 14 @ 11:07:09 UTC
|By Davy de Verteuil|
Media horrors from Palestine to Bali
While the death tolls were unmatched numerically the horrors are equally terrifying.
In fact both acts this weekend tantamount to actions of terrorist.
Perhaps the aggrieved would NOW agree that terrorism is terrorism abhorrent miserable and unpardonable.
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|Israel-Palestine: The Father of All Terror: Occupation|
Tuesday, September 24 @ 17:10:03 UTC
|by Saifedean Ammous, Wednesday September 11, 2002|
A closer look at the horribleness of life under occupation and curfews
While the world is turning all its attention towards the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, all of humanity seems to be so determined and adamant to fight terrorism and eradicate it from this world. People are even following the traces of terrorism to the highest mountains of Afghanistan and the tightest straits of Tora Bora. All this is well; however, before going through all this trouble to fight terrorism, people should turn their attentions into other forms of terrorism, more evident, public, and insulting to humanity, namely, occupation.
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