Archive for May 10, 2004
Apartheid-era Killers Hired by U.S. Firm to Protect Iraqi Oil
A year ago, just 17 percent of Iraqis wanted the troops gone, according to Dulame’s respected research center in Baghdad. Now, the new results mirror what most Iraqis and many international observers have said for months: Give it up. Go home. This just isn’t working.
Few details emerge from inquiry of Iraqi, Afghan prisoner deaths
Iraq’s first human rights minister launched a blistering attack yesterday on America’s chief administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, saying that he had warned him repeatedly last year that US soldiers were abusing Iraqi detainees.
Why torture must lead to defeat
The Israeli Torture Template
Racism & Torture as Entertainment: From Hollywood to Abu Ghraib, by Robert Fisk.
UN Forum: Indigenous Women Need Rights, Health Care
Secret World of U.S. Interrogation: Long History of Tactics in Overseas Prisons Is Coming to Light
Problems in the U.S.-run detention system in Iraq extended beyond physical mistreatment in prison cellblocks, involving thousands of arrests without evidence of wrongdoing and abuse of suspects starting from the moment of detention, according to former prisoners, Iraqi lawyers, human rights advocates and the International Committee for the Red Cross.
Rape survivor educates Pakistan: Victim of tribal sentence pushes for justice, builds school to fight status quo
A Double Ordeal for Iraqi Women: “BAGHDAD, Iraq — One woman told her attorney she was forced to disrobe in front of male prison guards. After much coaxing, another woman described how she was raped by U.S. soldiers. Then she fainted. A U.S. Army report on abuses at Abu Ghraib prison documented one case of [...]
You know what? The recent US torture scandal in Iraq only confirms the validity of the arguments of radical feminists. Liberal feminism argues for legal equality and representation; it does not seek to overthrow the patriarchal power structure. It merely calls for representation and equality within its walls. Radical feminism aims at the very overthrow [...]
From the land of milk, honey, and $billions of US aid: the number of poor families in Israel apparently grew last year by more than five percent and stood at 18.5 percent of the families in the country. This means that some 15,000 families joined the cycle of poverty to bring the number to approximately [...]
“British and American soldiers yesterday faced further accusations of abuses against Iraqi prisoners in a report on human rights violations released by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The report details incidents of pistol whippings and beatings as well as threats to send prisoners to America’s military detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”
“I, too, was tortured in Abu Ghraib”
Everywhere I turn in the US (movies, books, popular culture), I see celebration of god, family, and homeland. I grew up in Lebanon where the fascist party in Lebanon (the Phalanges Party) summed up its ideology (and any fascist party’s ideology) by its motto: god, homeland, and family. What does that say?
Coalition military intelligence officials estimated that 70 percent to 90 percent of prisoners detained in Iraq since the war began last year “had been arrested by mistake,” according to a confidential Red Cross report.
This is from a piece by Evan Thomas (one of the few serious journalists) “Donald Rumsfeld likes to be in total control. He wants to know all the details, including the precise interrogation techniques used on enemy prisoners. Since 9/11 he has insisted on personally signing off on the harsher methods used to squeeze suspected [...]
I will be interviewed on Syrian TV live (via phone) at around noon (Pacific Time)today. Like other Middle East media, Syrian TV also assumed (when they called at 6:00AM) that the US is under one time zone (Eastern Time Zone to boot). We need to do something about that.