Archive for April 8, 2004
From ABC News: Hospital Chief: Over 280 Iraqis Killed
THOUSANDS of Sunni and Shiite Muslims forced their way through US military checkpoints Thursday to ferry food and medical supplies to the besieged Sunni bastion of Fallujah where US marines are trying to crush insurgents.
When fear turns to anger
Political economy of rebellion in Kut.
Shiites Rally to Sunni ‘Brothers’ in Iraq (Bush united them)
Bush, in case you forgot, had also “liberated” Afghanistan: Civil war fear as Afghan city falls to warlord
A coalition showing signs of fracture: but the Micronesian soldier will stay.
What is Iraq like now a year after “liberation”? Chaos, killing and kidnap
Tomorrow’s (Friday) issue of Al-Hayat is reporting about a peace initiative by the Iraqi Shi`ite Ad-Da`wah Party. The initiative, which received the blessing of Grand Ayatollah Sistani–who has not left his house in 6 years–stipulates that US forces withdraw from cities and return to their bases, and that the issue of the arrest warrant of [...]
I felt bad. A reporter called me from Japan asking whether I know the identity of the group that kidnapped the 3 Japanese in Iraq. I worry about this kidnapping phemenon. When it started in Lebanon in the 1980s, it became a cottage industry of sorts.
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times confirm today what Arabic stations said yesterday, that indeed an F-16 fighter jet (one?) was used in Falujah yesterday to drop bombs. If America plays by Israeli rules in dealing with Arabs it will only get the kind of status that Israel has in Arab (and Muslim) [...]
I read the New York Times daily, and I read it as a homework, unlike the Economist, which I enjoy. I do not enjoy reading it, although I even save the copies I miss when I am away from home. But I read it because I find it to be an important source about US [...]