Archive for May 2, 2004
I finished on the plane yesterday Bob Woodward’s Plan of Attack. I have read all of his previous books (including the one on John Balushi and the one on the Supreme Court). Typically, full of details (some can be interesting and juicy) but short on analysis. He is just incapable of analysis, any analysis. And [...]
Details of Iraq liberation: The prisoner, aged 18-20, begged for mercy as he was battered with rifle butts and batons in the head and groin, was kicked, stamped and urinated on, and had a gun barrel forced into his mouth.
“Beyond the president’s glaring absence at military funerals; beyond the Pentagon’s self-serving ban on photographing the returning flag-draped coffins at Dover; beyond playing down the thousands of wounded and maimed American troops and the thousands of hurt and dead Iraqi civilians, now comes the cruel arithmetic of Paul Wolfowitz.” M. Dowd.
Ten times as many Iraqis have been killed in Iraq this past month as Americans.
“Amnesty International has received frequent reports of torture or other ill-treatment by Coalition Forces during the past year. Detainees have reported being routinely subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment during arrest and detention. Many have told Amnesty International that they were tortured and ill-treated by US and UK troops during interrogation. Methods often reported [...]
“To Arabs, photos confirm brutal US: Amnesty International says it has uncovered a ‘pattern of torture.’ US officials say there’s no systematic abuse.”
Angry Ex-Detainees Tell of Abuse: Iraqis Say They Endured Physical, Psychological Hardship in U.S. Custody
‘Modern-Day Slavery’ Prompts Rescue Efforts: Groups Target Abuse of Foreign Maids, Nannies
International May Day Photo Collage (great job Nico)
On world stage, critics of US grow louder
Iraqis are disgusted but not surprised at PoW abuse
Three young girls in eastern Afghanistan were in critical condition in hospital last night after being poisoned, apparently by militants as punishment for attending school.
The Vatican will not allow Muslims to pray once more in the Mezquita, the former mosque that is now the cathedral of Cordoba, telling them they must “accept history” and not try to “take revenge” on the Catholic church.
Torture commonplace, say inmates’ families
US officer says prison guards tried to cover up abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
Peter Singer: “But the story, sadly, does not end there. Also playing a role in this deeply disturbing episode – in which Iraqi prisoners were beaten, raped and forced to perform simulated sexual acts – were private contractors, hired to serve as interrogators. “
Iraqi Prisoner Details Abuse by Americans
When one Iraqi prisoner was so stressed by questioning Ã¢â‚¬â€œ possibly by CIA officers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that he died, his body was packed in ice for a day and then taken from the jail with a mock intravenous drip in his arm to disguise his death.
Many Westerners in Saudi packing their bags. Who can blame them?
I am told that I only bear bad news. How about this: “ChevronTexaco, the second-biggest oil and gas company in the US, on Friday reported record first-quarter net income – $2.56bn, or $2.40 a share, up 33 per cent on the year.”