As British troops withdraw from Basra, Robert Fisk writing for The Independent draws lessons from history to conclude that it is only 'till next time'.
Basra, Fallujah, Mosul, Kirkuk, Baghdad – names and places and associations of nameless and faceless numbers of the dead and the dying, history’s witnesses to the stories of death, destruction, plunder and subjugation. Six years of war and occupation justified by lies, six years of complicity of the ‘international community’ and six years later an illusory pullout scheme and 138,000 troops according to one report and 142,000 according to another.
This blog post is to alert our readers towards an excellent website -- Media Lens -- which brings out regular updates of the bias, political corruption and incompetence of the British mainstream media. With the slogan: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media, this website has been at the forefront of exposing the manner, often subtle and sometimes direct, in which 'independent' media in Britain has been complicit with the agenda of imperialism.
Pakistan Daily has published the list of Iraqi academics assassinated by US and allied occupation forces. The objective of these targeted assassinations is to "kill a nation", the destroy Iraq's ability to educate its people, to undermine its research and scientific capabilities in literally all fields of endeavor, to transform a nation into a territory, and ultmately to destroy civilization.
Of particular significance is the assassination of prominent scientists and physicians, professors of medicine in the country's leading academic institutions, its social scientists and historians, its physical scientists, its biologists, its engineers.
we are dealing with a carefully devised covert operation. The plan to kill the nation's scientists and intellectuals emanates from US intelligence and the military. It is a deliberate process.
Is the new Obama administration going to turn a blind eye to this diabolical and criminal agenda?
"In its lofty attempt to restore wisdom to war, Project Minerva promises to harness the formidable intellectual powers of the American university to the anti-intellectual gambits of the “war on terror.” Darkness has fallen, and the initiative heralds the proverbial flight of Minerva’s owl; the DoD has finally confessed it is out of its depth and issued a belated SOS to the wise denizens of the ivory tower." Writes Priya Satia
Before hurling his leather-soled missiles, al-Zaidi certainly had Bush's true legacy in Iraq in mind, which includes hundreds of thousands of dead and "disappeared", over 4 million internally and externally displaced, 70% unemployment, a lack of electricity, a lack of drinking water, a cholera epidemic, the balkanization of Baghdad - a shabby, dangerous collection of Sunni and Shi'ite ghettos separated by high blast walls - and the horrendously incompetent kleptocracy that calls itself the Iraqi parliament,says Pepe Escobar
The young journalist who took on Bush has become a unifying Iraqi symbol, a national hero,says Sami Ramadani
IFJ Backs Calls for Release of Journalist in Shoes Protest
The International Federation of Journalists says the reporter who threw shoes at United States President George Bush over America's role in Iraq should be set free. His protest, says the IFJ, reflected deep anger at the treatment of Iraqi civilians during the US occupation over the past four years of which journalists have been major victims.
On November 27 the Iraqi parliament voted by a large majority in favor of a security agreement with the US under which the 150,000 American troops in Iraq will withdraw from cities, towns and villages by June 30, 2009 and from all of Iraq by December 31, 2011. The Iraqi government will take over military responsibility for the Green Zone in Baghdad, the heart of American power in Iraq, in a few weeks time. Private security companies will lose their legal immunity. US military operations and the arrest of Iraqis will only be carried out with Iraqi consent. There will be no US military bases left behind when the last US troops leave in three years time and the US military is banned in the interim from carrying out attacks on other countries from Iraq. Writes Patrick Cockburn
Tony Lagouranis never expected to become a torturer. He didn't even really want to be a soldier. But at 30, he was bored and broke. He had a facility with languages, fancied learning Arabic, and figured the US army would teach him for free and help him clear his student debts. When he started his training, the Twin Towers were still intact and no one expected the US to go to war in Iraq.