Archive for August, 2002

Quote of the day

August 26th, 2002 – 9:53 pm
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“Bush, himself the most intellectually backward American president of my political lifetime, is surrounded by advisers whose bellicosity is exceeded only by their political, military and diplomatic illiteracy.” — Gerald Kaufman, MP and former foreign affairs spokesman of Britain’s ruling Labour party

Atrocities in Afghanistan

August 26th, 2002 – 9:36 pm
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“But stories of a deeper horror came from the prisoners themselves. However awful their conditions, they were the lucky ones. They were alive. Many hundreds of their comrades, they said, had been killed on the journey to Sheberghan from Konduz by being stuffed into sealed cargo containers and left to asphyxiate. Local aid workers and […]

Trying to shut the door on a peaceful solution

August 26th, 2002 – 9:26 pm
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“The UN’s chief weapons inspector yesterday slammed George Bush and Tony Blair for talking up the prospect of war with Iraq. Hans Blix made clear he was not willing to accept US and British claims over Saddam Hussein’s terror arsenal until he had seen it for himself. And Mr Blix also attacked Mr Bush’s threat […]

America as the puppet, with Israel’s right as the puppeteer

August 26th, 2002 – 9:14 pm
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“On no issue is the JINSA/CSP hard line more evident than in its relentless campaign for war–not just with Iraq, but ‘total war,’ as Michael Ledeen, one of the most influential JINSAns in Washington, put it last year. For this crew, ‘regime change’ by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the […]

The U.S. in decline

August 26th, 2002 – 9:01 pm
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“The United States in decline? Few people today would believe this assertion. The only ones who do are the U.S. hawks, who argue vociferously for policies to reverse the decline. This belief that the end of U.S. hegemony has already begun does not follow from the vulnerability that became apparent to all on September 11, […]

The war on France

August 26th, 2002 – 8:18 pm
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This week’s This Modern World is especially good… both insightful and funny. Check it out.

The continuing slide in support for another war against Iraq

August 25th, 2002 – 11:15 am
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“President George Bush found himself dealing with an unaccustomed degree of dissent yesterday with the publication of a poll showing growing opposition to an invasion of Iraq and a near-riot outside the hotel in Oregon where he was speaking.” While this story mentions the Portland protests against Bush [read more about those here], it’s main […]

An excuse to cut down trees

August 25th, 2002 – 11:06 am
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“President George Bush left his holiday ranch in Texas yesterday to head not to the Johannesburg earth summit to discuss saving the planet but in the opposite direction, both geographically and spiritually: to America’s Pacific north-west to pick another fight with environmentalists. He flew to Oregon to announce a new plan to curb forest fires, […]

Secret court rebukes Ashcroft

August 25th, 2002 – 10:41 am
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“The secretive federal court that approves spying on terror suspects in the United States has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times, according to an extraordinary legal ruling released yesterday. A May 17 opinion by the court that oversees […]

Bombing cover-up?

August 5th, 2002 – 10:55 pm
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“The Afghan Government has warned against any cover-up in the investigation into a US airstrike which killed nearly 50 people at a wedding party at the start of July. The warning came amid reports that a preliminary United Nations investigation into the bombing had found that US officials removed vital evidence from the site after […]