Archive for 'Foreign affairs'

Kill journalists, then cover it up.

April 5th, 2010 – 9:02 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

Wikileaks released video today of two journalists from Reuters (and several other people) being killed by American troops in Iraq in 2007: [Warning: Video contains graphic violence.] Dan Froomkin observes: Calling it a case of “collateral murder,” the WikiLeaks Web site today released harrowing until-now secret video of a U.S. Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad […]

A Palestinian father’s anguish

January 17th, 2009 – 10:25 am
Tagged as: Palestine,Terrorism

From the L.A. Times [via Informed Comment] Minutes away from a scheduled phone interview on Israeli TV 10 with newscaster Shlomi Eldar, Aboul Aish called Eldar’s cellphone, screaming and weeping in Arabic and Hebrew. The doctor’s home had been struck by a shell: “Oh God, oh my God, my daughters have been killed. They’ve killed […]

“They are bombing one and a half million people in a cage.”

January 5th, 2009 – 8:48 pm
Tagged as: Palestine

Via Informed Commment: CBS News broadcasts an interview with a Norwegian physician on the scene in Gaza. He says he has seen one military casualty come into the hospital. Of 2500 wounded, 50% are women and children. Doing surgery around the clock. There are injuries you do not want to see– children coming in with […]

Stop the D.C. Establishment

September 10th, 2007 – 7:46 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Media,Politics

I just signed this petition to help push Congress to carry out its 2006 mandate to end the occupation in Iraq. It’s clear that our leaders, journalists, and so-called experts in DC aren’t going to do anything about this war unless they hear massive public outrage. It’s our duty as citizens to express our anger […]

Same old song and dance

January 10th, 2007 – 9:25 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

As I write this President Bush is giving his big speech about sending another twenty-thousand troops to Iraq. He’s disguising the fact that what he’s proposing is merely a change in tactics, rather than any sort of change in strategy. He’s brushing aside the fact that only 12% of American’s (and few in the military) […]

A disproportionate response

July 16th, 2006 – 2:31 pm
Tagged as: Foreign affairs

Over the past few days, as Israeli bombs drop on Lebanon and Hezbollah rockets fall on northern Israel, I’ve had the beginning of a post running through my head. Today though, I saw this editorial from The Nation, which began with a paragraph that pretty much summed up my feelings on the matter: With the […]

The Al-Jazeera Memo

December 4th, 2005 – 3:36 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Politics

I’ve joined those who are willing to publish the infamous memo about bombing al Jazeera if it becomes available. Heard the Word of Blog? Of course, since I’m in the United States, this wouldn’t risk quite the same consequences that it would for a U.K. blogger, but I thought I’d add my name to the […]

Taking on Bush’s propaganda

October 9th, 2005 – 9:26 pm
Tagged as: Iraq,Terrorism

Professor Cole has a few issues with President Bush’s speech this past Thursday about the war on terror: Mr. Bush, I don’t recognize the world you paint. I find your speech a form of sheer propaganda, having almost no relationship to reality. And I am very, very worried that you will allow to happen to […]

Bush policies still getting Iraqis killed too

September 14th, 2005 – 7:44 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

While the focus is on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, things are still going pretty badly over in Bush’s other big screwup. The death toll in Wednesday’s eight bombings in Baghdad rose to 150, with one bomb in Kadhimiyah accounting for about 114. I can only imagine that hundreds were wounded. It is the second […]

Four years later

September 11th, 2005 – 1:27 pm

Juan Cole on this fourth anniversary of 9/11. Bush has given us the worst of all possible worlds– a half-finished job against al-Qaeda, an Iraqi imbroglio that could still explode into civil or even regional war– and which serves as an al-Qaeda recruiting tool–, a government starved for funds, an enormous windfall for the rich […]