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Mosul Leaders Threaten To Join

Mosul Leaders Threaten to Join Guerrilla Movement Protest Firing of Police Commissioner Al-Zaman: Cabinet member Adil Abdul Mahdi’s brother was assassinated on Sunday. A government oil company official in Kirkuk was assassinated.…

Top Five Resignations American People

Top Five Resignations the American People Should Demand In the Wake of Libby’s Indictment Apologize? Apologize? Is that all the US Democratic leadership can demand from George W. Bush after it was…

26 Killed By Car Bomb North Of Baquba

26 Killed by Car Bomb North of Baquba 3 US GIs Killed Guerrillas in a Shiite village near Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, detonated a huge truck bomb on Saturday, killing at least…

Sistani May Call For Us Withdrawal

Sistani May Call for US Withdrawal Party Coalitions are Finalized The intrepid Hamza Hendawi of AP gets the scoop: Aides around Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the chief spiritual leader of Iraqi Shiites,…

Sunni Shiite Warfare Breaks Out In

Sunni-Shiite Warfare breaks out in Southeast Baghdad Sadr Joins United Shiite Coalition Al-Hayat: Exhibit A in the case for seeing what is going on in Iraq as a low-intensity civil war: On…

All Vice Presidents Men My Article On

All the Vice President’s Men My article on the Neoconservatives running Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney’s foreign policy shop is out today in Salon.com. An excerpt: All the vice president’s men The…

Larry Johnson On Plame Scandal I Think

Larry Johnson on the Plame Scandal I think this interview by Wolf Blitzer with Larry Johnson on CNN’s Situation Room on Wednesday is extremely important and worry that it may be missed.…

Cockburn Misrepresents Cole Alexander

Cockburn Misrepresents Cole Alexander Cockburn says in his piece in The Nation: ‘Cole says to The Nation Institute’s Tom Engelhardt that for the United States to “up and leave” Iraq would be…

Sunni Arabs Launch Political Campaign

Sunni Arabs Launch Political Campaign to Kick US Out Three small Sunni parties formed a coalition list on Wednesday. The Iraqi Islamic Party, the National Dialogue Council and the People’s Gathering will…

More On Niger Gate Part One Of Article

More on Niger-gate Part One of an article in La Repubblica about the Niger uranium forgeries has been translated and made available. Part two has been made available here. And this is…

Amazing Shrinking Donkey Arianna

The Amazing Shrinking Donkey Arianna Huffington nails it: the Democratic leadership is continuing to make a big mistake on the Iraq issue by refusing to provide the alternative voice that the American…

Shining Beacon On Hill Iraq And

A Shining Beacon on a Hill Iraq and Israel/Palestine The Neoconservatives promised us that an American-dominated Iraq would become a model for the rest of the Middle East. Iraq has been turned,…

Iraq Requires More Sacrifice Bush

Iraq requires more sacrifice: Bush Constitution Enacted, According to Electoral High Commission It takes an Aussie newspaper to put the headline so bluntly. As the milestone of 2,000 US military deaths in…

Ship Of State Springs Leak James

Ship of State Springs a Leak James Ridgeway of the Village Voice recalls the ghost of corrupt vice presidents past in the light of the NYT’s revelations Tuesday that Richard Bruce Cheney…

37 Dead As Palestine Hotel Is Attacked

37 Dead as Palestine Hotel is Attacked A set of 3 powerful bombings in Baghdad, along with other attacks and violence, left 37 dead and dozens wounded on Monday. Among the dead…

Rupert Murdoch And Judith Miller

Rupert Murdoch and Judith Miller The extraordinary exchanges between New York Times editor Bill Keller and reporter Judith Miller over her role in the Plame scandal and reporting on non-existent weapons of…

Wave Of Assassinations Bombings Oil

Wave of Assassinations, Bombings Oil Exports Halted Here’s the headline of The Times of Baghdad [al-Zaman] for Monday, October 24, 2005: Wave of Assassinations in Tikrit, Baqubah, Ramadi, and Mahawil; Oil Exports…

Syria And Fundamentalist Crescent Some

Syria and the Fundamentalist Crescent? Some kind readers have requested that I say something about the report of UN-appointed German diplomat Detlev Mehlis concerning the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, the former prime…

Galbraith On Iraqi Army Partition

Galbraith on Iraqi Army, Partition Former Ambassador Peter Galbraith wrote in response to a posting of last Thursday, and has kindly agreed to allow me to reprint the letter here: ‘ Dear…

Sistani Supports Conference For

Sistani Supports Conference for National Reconciliation Al-Hakim, Sadr Opposed Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has thrown his weight behind the Arab League initiative for a national reconciliation conference in Iraq. Sistani has all…

Great Iran Crock Blair And Aei Mahan

The Great Iran Crock, Blair and AEI Mahan Abedin demolishes the Blair government’s case for Iran giving bombs to Iran’s enemies in Iraq. By the way, this thing about the Lebanese Hezbollah…

Four Gis Killed Khamenei Praises Iraq

Four GIs Killed Khamenei Praises Iraq Constitution Guerrilla violence killed 4 US GIs on Friday, three west of Baghdad and one at Heet (Hit). Iran’s Supreme Jurisprudent, Ali Khamenei, on Friday praised…

Us Military Desecrates Bodies Of

US Military Desecrates bodies of Afghans to Uproar Or, what in the World do they Think they are doing there? The burning and desecration of Taliban bodies as a technique of intimidation…

Iran Rejects Rice Overture Arab League

Iran Rejects Rice Overture Arab League Mission in Iraq How mean do you have to be to fire mortar shells at a school and kill a child? A car bombing killed four…

Ninevah And Constitutional Referendum

Ninevah and the Constitutional Referendum A kind reader in Iraq writes: ‘ I was in Iraq during the recent elections . . . It is possible – probable – that the Kurdish…

29 Dead Questions About Referendum

29 Dead Questions about Referendum Fraud Guerrilla violence killed 29 in Iraq on Wednesday. Attacks included guerrillas raining mortar fire on civilian homes in Samarra, and guerrillas in Iskandariyah going into a…

Italian Parliamentary Report Justin

Italian Parliamentary Report Justin Raimondo has developed a source in Washington who has named for him three US citizens who were involved in cooking up the forged documents that alleged recent Iraqi…

Cheney Resignation And Frege Us News

Cheney, Resignation and Frege US News and World Report says that rumors are flying in Washington that Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney may resign because he was closely involved in the discussions…

Us Soldier Killed Constitution Vote

US Soldier Killed Constitution vote count Delayed Early Wednesday a roadside bomb had already taken the life of one GI and wounded several others. Final results from the Iraqi constitution will be…

Voting Tallies Provoke Investigation

Voting Tallies Provoke Investigation As US Jets Kill 70 The US military launched air strikes around Ramadi on Monday, killing 70 persons. Iraqi police maintained that 20 of them were innocent civilians,…

Peace In Iraq Still Elusive After

Peace in Iraq Still Elusive after Constitutional Referendum Al-Hayat reports that 643,000 votes were cast in Ninevah Province (capital: Mosul). At the time it filed, 419,000 had been preliminarily counted, and the…

Achchar Guest Editorial On Sunni Vote

Achchar Guest Editorial: On the Sunni Vote in the October 15 Constitutional Referendum Gilbert Achcar writes: ‘ The major difference between the October 15 vote and the January 30 election as is…

Levine Guest Editorial Iraqs Oslo

LeVine Guest Editorial: Iraq’s Oslo Moment Mark LeVine writes: ‘ Iraq’s Oslo Moment With the approval of the revised Constitution on Saturday by a strong majority of its citizens, Iraq would seem…

Arato Guest Editorial Constitution And

Arato Guest Editorial: The Constitution and a Pot of Porridge Andrew Arato of the New School writes: ‘ We can now assume that in Saturday’s referendum the 2/3 negative votes will not…

Threads Of Scandal Iraq Niger

The Threads of Scandal: Iraq, Niger, Plamegate and Franklin Norman Dombey asks acute questions about the various scandals in Washington concerning the false documents alleging Iraqi purchase of Niger uranium. These forgeries…

Constitution Likely To Pass 6 Us

Constitution Likely to Pass 6 US Marines Killed Six US GI’s were killed by roadside bombs Saturday and Sunday, according to wire services, five of them in Ramadi. The early returns from…

Sunni Arabs Reject Constitution Anbar

Sunni Arabs Reject Constitution Anbar province to the west of Baghdad has about 1.2 million residents, almost all of them Sunni Arabs. It had the lightest turnout in the referendum Saturday on…

Zawahiri Letter Other Thing That

Zawahiri Letter The other thing that struck me as odd about the Zawahiri letter was that at the end he raises the question of whether a non Iraqi should be leading the…

Referendum On Constitution Iraqis Are

Referendum on Constitution The Iraqis are voting Saturday in a referendum on the new constitution. It was again endorsed by Shiite preachers and clerics on Friday. Sunni preacher were more divided. Sunni…

Zawahiri Letter To Zarqawi Shiite

Zawahiri Letter to Zarqawi: A Shiite Forgery? The Arabic text of the recently released letter alleged to be by Zawahiri (al-Qaeda’s number two man) to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq raises questions…

Grand Ayatollahs Urge Yes Vote Sunni

Grand Ayatollahs urge “Yes” Vote Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party attacked Over its acceptance of Constitution Guerrillas managed to launch a few attacks on Wednesday and Thursday as the country began being locked…

More Wmd Pie In Sky According To

More WMD Pie in the Sky According to Douglas Jehl of the New York Times, , in a January, 2003 conversation with Tony Blair, George W. Bush said that he “wanted to…

Miller And Neocons My Article On

Miller and the Neocons My article on Judith Miller and the neocons is out in Salon.com. Excerpt: ‘ Miller began to uncritically parrot even some of the neocons’ loonier claims. On CNN’s…

Albin Guest Editorial From Japan Model

Albin Guest Editorial: From a Japan Model to a Decent Interval Roger Albin of the University of Michigan Medical School writes: ‘ Gilbert Achcar gives the Bush administration too much credit. This…

Iraq Anarchy Grows Constitution Deal

Iraq Anarchy Grows Constitution Deal May attract IIP Veteran British reporter Robert Fisk, according to the Independent, finds much of Iraq to have significantly deteriorated since his last visit and to be…

46 Killed In Guerrilla Attacks

46 Killed in Guerrilla Attacks Compromise on Constitution accepted by IIP 46 persons were killed by guerrilla bombings and attacks on Tuesday and dozens wounded. A big bombing at Tal Afar killed…

Achcar Guest Editorial Gulliver In

Achcar Guest Editorial: Gulliver in Iraq Gilbert Achcar writes ’1) Gulliver in Iraq—-for how long? US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, best epitomizes the actual status of the US occupation of Iraq,…

18 Killed Arab League Convoy Attacked

18 Killed Arab League Convoy Attacked Last Minute Negotiations on Constitution Guerrilla violence killed 18 persons in Iraq on Monday, including one US GI. Protesters in Ramadi said they had not yet…

30000 Dead In Pakistan 2

30,000 Dead in Pakistan 2.5 Million Homeless The Pakistani government is now estimating 30,000 dead in the earthquake, and incidents of civil violence are being reported by AP. CNN is suggesting that…

Guest Editorial By Gilbert Achcar Us

Guest Editorial by Gilbert Achcar: The US and Shiite Politics in Iraq Gilbert Achcar writes: 1) How US and British Forces help Iraqis recover their sovereignty For any person believing in good…

Basra Bombing Targets Badr Jaafari

Basra Bombing Targets Badr Jaafari Rejects Conference of National Reconsiliation Someone detonated a car bomb in Basra outside an office of the Badr Corps, the paramilitary of the Supreme Council for Islamic…

At Least 18000 Dead In Major

At Least 18,000 Dead in Major Earthquake The death toll in Saturday’s massive earthquake keeps climbing, and will probably be higher yet by Sunday afternoon. Some 17,000 are feared dead in Kashmir,…

2 Us Troops Killed Sistani Sits This

2 US Troops Killed Sistani Sits this one Out Basra Governor: British troops Destabilizing the South Two more US troops were killed in Iraq on Saturday. So was a city council member…

Iraq War Generating Threats To New

Iraq War Generating Threats to New York 6 GIs Killed 22 Bodies Found So much for the theory of ‘fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here.’ (which has…

Iraqi Vice President Shiite United

Iraqi Vice President: Shiite United Iraqi Alliance has not Broken Up: al-Hayat BBC World Monitoring presents a translation of an interview in al-Hayat with Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul Mahdi, a member…

Arguing With Bush And Gwot Bush

Arguing With Bush And Gwot Bush

Arguing with Bush and the GWOT Bush articulated his War on Terror yet again on Thursday. But I think the American public has heard all this over and over again and it…

21 Killed Around Baghdad Jaafari

21 Killed around Baghdad Jaafari denies Allegations against Iran Guerrilla violence killed 21 persons, including a US soldier, around Baghdad on Thursday. Reuters reports the following violence outside Baghdad: ‘ KIRKUK –…

Guest Editorial Arato On Iraqi

Guest Editorial: Arato on Iraqi Constitution If I Were an Iraqi……. Andrew Arato, New School University ‘ Had I been A French citizen during the referendum on the European Constitutional Treaty in…

Iranian Editorial Iraq Must Heed Al

Iranian Editorial: ‘Iraq must heed Al-Sistani to avoid US “conspiracy”‘ Editorial of Iranian Newspaper Jomhuri-yi Islami, 4 Oct. 05, via BBC World Monitoring for Oct. 5 05: Iranian paper says Iraq must…

36 Dead Nearly 100 Wounded In Hilla

36 Dead, Nearly 100 Wounded in Hilla Mosque Attack Cheney: ‘Get Used to It’ A guerrilla detonated his bomb amidst a Shiite mosque in Hilla on Wednesday, at the beginning of the…

Parliament Reverses Referendum Rule

Parliament Reverses Referendum Rule The United Nations has succeeded in convincing the Iraqi parliament to reverse itself. The interim constitution provides that if any three provinces reject the constitution by a 2/3s…

5 Us Troops Killed In Sweep Of West

5 US Troops Killed in Sweep of West Sunnis threaten Boycott on new Constitution Five US soldiers have been killed by bombings and a sniper since Monday, in the course of a…

Sunni Arabs Enraged At Law On 3

Sunni Arabs Enraged at Law on 3-Province Veto UN Begins Distributing Constitution The Sunni Arabs of Iraq have for some time had a sneaking suspicion that the Shiites and the Kurds whom…

Iraq Press Roundup Tom Engelhardt

Iraq Press Roundup Tom Engelhardt writes about “Withdrawal Symptoms”– the increasing urge of Americans to get out of Iraq and the arguments for it. Jesse Jackson is eloquent on the need to…

Ammar Al Hakim Iranian Influence Over

Ammar al-Hakim: Iranian Influence Over-Stated Admits Iraqi Government has Performed Poorly From Al-Sharq al-Awsat (“The Middle East”), London: An Interview by Ma`d al-Fayyad with Ammar al-Hakim, the son of the powerful Iraqi…

Welsh In Maysan Anything But Quiet

The Welsh in Maysan: Anything but Quiet This article from last week was published obscurely but it is eloquent about the claim that the “problem” of insecurity is “only in four provinces.”…

Bush Dunnit George Stephanopolous

Bush Dunnit George Stephanopolous dropped a bombshell on his show on Sunday. Toward the end, as Judd notes, he said, ‘ Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you…

Talabani Calls For Jaafaris

Talabani Calls for Jaafari’s Resignation Iraq Unravels President Jalal Talabani called Sunday for Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari to step down. Jaafari is the leader of the fundamentalist Shiite Dawa Party and was…

Guest Editorial Smith On Libertarians

Guest Editorial: Smith on Libertarians and Iraq Jan Smith of Ohio Wesleyan University writes: ‘ Thanks for today’s link to Justin Raimondo’s webpage. It is fascinating to see a libertarian blaming Israel…

Iraqi Government Totters Us Goes It

Iraqi Government Totters US Goes it alone Against Mighty Sadah British Leave Basra Base The wrangling between President Jalal Talabani (a Kurd) and Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari (a religious Shiite) may after…

Those People In Washington Are Such

Those People in Washington are Such Cutups Is Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald planning to bring criminal conspiracy charges against Karl Rove and Lewis Libby (I don’t like calling him “Scooter”; I don’t…

Government Of War Criminals Press Of

A Government of War Criminals A Press of Agents Provocateurs A Bureaucracy of Foreign Spies Just reading ordinary press reports on the state of government and the press in Washington is like…

110 Shiites Dead In 2 Days Talabani

110 Shiites Dead in 2 Days Talabani Blasts Jaafari for Illegalities AP reports that guerrilla violence in Iraq has taken the lives of 110 Shiites in two days. Sounds like a sectarian…