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Guerrillas Kill 25 Sistani Supports

Guerrillas Kill 25 Sistani supports Gradual US Withdrawal Bombings and assassinations left some 25 persons dead in Iraq on Saturday, including 17 who just showed up in the street dead, with some…

Susan Sarandon And Death Threats Susan

Susan Sarandon and Death Threats Susan Sarandon’s description of how alone and obviously afraid she felt as she received death threats and faced massive hostility from the public over her opposition in…

Iaea Finds No Proof Of Iranian Nuclear

IAEA Finds no Proof of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program In its April 28 report, the International Atomic Energy Agency mentioned the UNSC mandate to Iran of last February: ‘ • re-establish full…

Iraq Vp Warns Bush Against Iran Attack

Iraq VP Warns Bush against Iran Attack Ramadi Fighting Leads to Evacuation of One District Adil Abdul Mahdi, whom the Americans wanted for the prime minister of Iraq, warned Washington Friday not…

Iraq And Oil Crunch Update See Alan

Iraq and the Oil Crunch? Update: See Alan Richards’s reply at end Jim Krane of the Associate Press quotes analysts who seem to blame the high price of petroleum in part on…

Petition To Conference Of Presidents_29

Petition to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations My readers who teach or have taught in post-secondary education continue kindly to be invited to sign the petition against stigmatizing…

Kaplan In Slate On Global Americana

Kaplan in Slate on Global Americana Many, many thanks to Fred Kaplan for his write-up in Slate of the Global Americana Institute project to translate American political thought and history into Arabic.…

30 Dead In Baqubah Battles Shiites

30 Dead in Baqubah Battles Shiites Seek to Keep Interior A battle between 100 guerrillas and Iraqi army forces in Baqubah (northeast of Baghdad) on Thursday left 30 persons dead, with casualties…

Petition To Conference Of Presidents

Petition to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (I’ve set up a new petition site at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/875967959 because the first one was overwhelmed with trolls.) The troll attack will…

31 Killed In Guerrilla Violence

31 Killed in Guerrilla Violence Kurdish Situation Angers Turkey AP reports Iraq violence Tues-Weds. There were major car bombings in Baghdad, and some 15 bodies showed up dead there and in Karbala.…

Zarqawi Makes Recruitment Tape

Zarqawi Makes Recruitment Tape Crackdown on Mahdi Army in Najaf Reuters reports 18 deaths during a relatively light day of violence in the Iraqi civil war. With regard to American casualties, the…

Blogger David Versus Wsj Goliath This

Blogger David Versus Wsj Goliath This

Blogger David versus WSJ Goliath This is day three since John Fund of the Wall Street Journal did a nationally-read hatchet job on me in which he made up quotes and falsely…

Nearly 60 Dead 80 Wounded In Bombings

Nearly 60 Dead, 80 Wounded in Bombings, Assassinations 34,000 Shiites Have Fled Guerrilla violence killed 25 in Iraq on Monday, 10 of them in a coordinated set of 7 car bombs in…

Dahab Bombings Did Not Involve

Dahab Bombings did Not Involve Kamikazes Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reports that Egyptian police are saying that the Sinai resort bombings on Monday do not appear to be the work of suicide bombers. Rather,…

John Fund Libel Of Juan Cole Still Not

John Fund Libel of Juan Cole Still Not Retracted John Fund of the Wall Street Journal attacked me in a column on Monday in which he alleged that I had called Israel…

Breaking News Bombing At Dahab 30_24

Breaking News Bombing At Dahab 30_24

Breaking News: Bombing at Dahab 30 appear to be dead, 100 wounded in the bombings of a Red Sea resort. Although Egyptian secret police have for some years controlled the radical fundamentalists…

Fund Smears Cole With Barrage Of Lies

Fund Smears Cole with Barrage of Lies John Fund of the Wall Street Journal editorial page has published a large number of falsehoods about me. The most egregious is this: ‘ He…

Bin Laden Urges Jihad In Sudan In

Bin Laden Urges Jihad in Sudan In another reminder that George W. Bush has still not caught the man responsible for September 11, while he has mired tends of thousands of US…

3 Gis Slain 27 Iraqis Slavery Revived

3 GIs Slain, 27 Iraqis Slavery Revived by Contractors on US Military Bases A car bomb aimed at a police patrol in Baghdad killed three and wounded at least 25 persons Monday…

All Right Not All Right Today At

All Right Not All Right Today At

All Right, Not All Right Today at Informed Comment, we are going to play the game of “All Right, Not All Right,” known in Washington, DC, as “business as usual,” but otherwise…

President Talabani Asks Al Maliki To

President Talabani asks al-Maliki to Form a Government; 6 Dead in Sunday Mortar Barrage; 5 US Troops, 26 Iraqis Killed Saturday The guerrilla movement replied to the political developments in Iraq on…

17 Killed In Guerrilla Violence Un

17 Killed in Guerrilla Violence UN: thousands Detained Illegally Guerrilla violence took the lives of 17 Iraqis on Friday, with major bombings in Mosul and Baghdad. At Baiji, guerrillas captured 6 troops…

Al Maliki Acceptable Say Kurds Sunni

Al-Maliki Acceptable, Say Kurds, Sunni Arabs The Financial Times reports on the reaction of the Kurdish and Sunni Arab blocs to the selection of Jawad al-Maliki, 56, as the candidate for prime…

Maliki Shiite Candidate Breaking News

Maliki the Shiite Candidate Breaking news: CNN is reporting that United Iraqi Alliance has informally decided to replace Ibrahim Jaafari with MP Jawad al-Maliki of the Islamic Dawa Party as its candidate…

Jaafari Seeks Party Re Vote On His

Jaafari seeks Party Re-Vote on his Candidacy AP reports that Ibrahim Jaafari, nominated in February for a second term as prime minister by the United Iraqi Alliance (Shiite religious parties), has agreed…

Cost Of War Heading Toward One

Cost Of War Heading Toward One

Cost of War Heading toward One Trillion Dollars Some less ethical automobile salesmen will deploy a tactic called “low-balling.” The young naive couple comes in and sees a coupe they like. They…

Wsj 20 Billion Year In Lost Arab

WSJ: $20 Billion a Year in Lost Arab Tourism Meanwhile, hassling Arab visitors and making their visas difficult to get and being mean to them while they are here is costing the…

20000 Kidnapped Parliament To Open

20,000 Kidnapped? Parliament to Open Amid Continued Violence Guerrilla violence killed at least 19 persons on Wednesday in Iraq. Some reports say that among the victims were two school teachers in a…

James Aronson Award For Social Justice

James Aronson Award For Social Justice

James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism 2005 I kept meaning to blog the nice award ceremony held April 12 in New York at Hunter College, at which the 2005 James Aronson…

Golden Oldie Character Assassination

A Golden Oldie: Character Assassination You really only have to write the reply once; the smears don’t change over time. From December 2004: Yes, I’m aware that Daniel Pipes of the so-called…

Political Crisis Worsens As Sectarian

Political Crisis Worsens as Sectarian War Threatens The Financial Times reports further on the fighting in Adhamiyah on Monday and Tuesday, asking whether the incident suggests greater Sunni Arab backing for the…

Shiites Stick With Jaafari 26 Dead

Shiites Stick with Jaafari 26 Dead, with clashes in Adhamiyah, Ramadi 26 Iraqis died in guerrilla violence on Monday. 17 corpses surfaced in Baghdad, and another 9 persons died in violence around…

Americana In Arabic Library

Americana in Arabic Library There has been a wonderful public response to my plea for contributions to the Global Americana Institute and our hopes to get the works of Ben Franklin, Thomas…

Canadian Fix For Iran Crisis Can Do Or

A Canadian Fix for the Iran Crisis? Can do, or CANDU? Guest Editorial by Jim Borynec ‘ Iran and the USA are involved in a major diplomatic tussle over nuclear technology. USA…

Salon

Salon.com on Mearsheimer and Walt My article on the Mearsheimer and Walt piece, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” is out in Salon.com. Actually, my discussion focuses on the noise around…

Americana In Arabic Challenge To

Americana in Arabic A Challenge to Philadelphia Long-time readers know that as a result of the September 11, 2001, attacks and subsequent events, I decided a couple of years ago that something…

Government Talks Postponed As 35 Die

Government Talks Postponed as 35 Die Shiites Reject Hard Line Sunni Speaker The Shiite religious parties of the United Iraqi Alliance took revenge Sunday on the Sunni Arab religious parties that had…

Afghanistan Between Opium And Taliban

Afghanistan Between Opium and Taliban Yes, there still is a war in Afghanistan. Seven were killed in it on Sunday, and over 40 on Saturday. Accusations against the US are swirling of…

Iraq Swindled Of Millions By Us Firms

Iraq Swindled of Millions by US Firms Instability Spills over onto Lebanon’s Nasrullah Guerrilla violence killed 11 in Iraq on Saturday, including a British soldier in Basra. Guerrillas set off two car…

Christian Muslim Riot In Egypt Coptic

Christian-Muslim Riot in Egypt Coptic protests in Alexandria, Egypt, got so out of control on Saturday–turning into a Christian-Muslim riot– that Egyptian police intervened to arrest 15 persons. The protests were against…

Guerrilla Attack Kills 2wounds 22

Guerrilla Attack Kills 2,Wounds 22 Marines in Anbar Sunni Mosques Bombed in Baqubah US Marines appear to have fought a major engagement with a company of guerrillas in Anbar Province, which left…

Retired Generals Besiege Rumsfeld

Retired Generals Besiege Rumsfeld

Retired Generals Besiege Rumsfeld Retired Major General John Batiste said Friday of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “We went to war with a flawed plan that didn’t account for the hard work…

65000 Displaced In Iraq 52 Killed And

65,000 Displaced in Iraq 52 Killed and Another Shiite Shrine Blown Up Major violence in Iraq on Thursday: *Guerrillas set off three bombs in Baqubah, destroying the dome of the Imam Rida…

Kiriyenko Irans Method Unfeasible For

Kiriyenko: Iran’s Method “Unfeasible” for Fissionable Material Here is what a nuclear official who has no interest in getting up a war on Iran says about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claims earlier…

65 Killed Including At Shiite Mosque

65 Killed, including at a Shiite Mosque Pachachi calls Parliament A car bomb killed 30 and wounded 70 near a Shiite mosque in Huwaidir, near Baquba northeast of Baghdad (-KarbalaNews.net). Shiite tempers…

Poll Bush Cant Be Trusted On Iran Good

Poll: Bush Can’t be Trusted on Iran The good news is that a majority of Americans does not trust George W. Bush to deal with Iran and its nuclear program. The bad…

Top Reasons You Wouldnt Want Mobile

Top Reasons You Wouldn’t Want a Mobile Biological Weapons Lab Not only did Bush and Cheney and Libby tell bare-faced lies about the alleged “mobile biological weapons labs” in Iraq, the idea…

50 Dead In Violence Jaafari Refuses To

50 Dead in Violence Jaafari Refuses to Step Down Robert H. Reid of AP reports on deaths in Iraq on Tuesday: * The US announced the deaths of 5 US soldiers, 3…

Iran Can Now Make Glowing Mickey Mouse

Iran Can Now Make glowing Mickey Mouse Watches Despite all the sloppy and inaccurate headlines about Iran “going nuclear,” the fact is that all President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday was that…

3 Us Troops Killed Muqtada Al Sadrs

3 US troops Killed; Muqtada al-Sadr’s Bloc backs alternative to Jaafari The Pentagon announced Monday that 3 US soldiers had been killed. Sunni Arab leaders in Iraq affirmed again on Monday their…

Political Gridlock Violence Continue

Political Gridlock, Violence, Continue Protests Against “Liberation” Day Violence left 16 dead and others wounded on Sunday, the anniversary of the fall of Saddam (see below). Shiite leaders met Sunday to attempt…

Another Shrine Hit With 6 Dead Mubarak

Another Shrine hit, with 6 Dead Mubarak Warns on Civil War, US Withdrawal Reuters reports that guerrillas hit yet another Shiite shrine on Saturday this one at Musayyib, killing 6 and wounding…

3 Us Troops Killed Al Saghir Blames

3 US Troops Killed Al-Saghir Blames Sunni Arab Parties, Press for Mosque Bombing The US military announced the deaths of 3 GIs in Iraq on Friday. Jalal al-Din al-Saghir is the Shiite…

Breaking News 78 Dead Dozens Wounded

Breaking News 78 Dead Dozens Wounded

Breaking News: 78 Dead, Dozens Wounded in Shiite Mosque Attack Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that suicide bombers detonated their bombs at the Shiite Buratha in the northwestern Baghdad just after Friday prayers ended…

Wounded Us Troops Face Lifetime Of

Wounded US Troops Face Lifetime of Disabilities Karbala Province breaks off Relations with US Reuters reports the other guerrilla violence in Iraq besides the car bombing in the holy Shiite city of…

Bush Leaker In Chief Bush As Johnson

Bush: Leaker-in-Chief? Bush as Johnson + Nixon Irv Lewis Libby, the former chief of staff for trigger-happy VP Richard Bruce Cheney is now alleging that Cheney told him that W. himself authorized…

Breaking News Najaf Carbombing Kills

Breaking News: Najaf Carbombing Kills 15, Wounds 40 Unknown assailants set off a car bomb in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Thursday, killing 15 and wounding 40, according to local…

Uia Divisions Endanger Security In

UIA Divisions Endanger Security in Shrine Cities Iraqi politicians said on Wednesday that the visit to Iraq of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw had proved counter-productive.…

Exit Plans Senator John Kerry Argues

Exit Plans Senator John Kerry argues that the United States should set a May 15 deadline for the formation of a national unity government in Iraq, and then set a December 31,…

21 Killed Dozens Wounded Jaafari

21 Killed, Dozens Wounded Jaafari refuses to Resign The Iraq Civil War ground on Tuesday. Guerrilla violence killed 21 in Iraq on Tuesday, including 10 who died in a car bombing in…

Endowment Effort For Knight Wallace

Endowment Effort for Knight-Wallace Middle East Fellows Here’s an extremely important announcement: The Knight-Wallace Fellows in Journalism at the University of Michigan is opening an endowment drive to benefit journalists from the…

9 Us Troops Dead Truck Bomb At Shiite

9 US Troops Dead Truck Bomb at Shiite Mosque The CBC reports that 9 US troops were announced dead on Monday, the highest one-day total this year. Guerrillas killed 4, a flash…

Violence Kills 50 Health Food Security

Violence Kills 50 Health, Food, Security Situations Spiral Down Sunni guerrillas blew up a small Shiite mosque in Baquba northeast of the capital on Sunday. Guerrillas killed another two US GIs and…

Political Maneuvers In Baghdad Saudi

Political Maneuvers in Baghdad The Saudi-backed London daily al-Hayat [Life] [Ar.] argues that the visit (demarche would be more like it) of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and her British counterpart Jack…

Guest Comment Paying Price At Un For

Guest Comment: Paying the Price at the UN for Iraq Ambassador Gerald B. Helman writes: ‘ At some point, historians, scholars and foreign affairs practitioners will undertake an evaluation of the consequences…

42 Bodies Found In Iraq 19 Others

42 Bodies Found in Iraq 19 Others Killed in Separate Incidents In a macabre harvest, 42 bodies were found in various places in Iraq on Saturday, killed in night-time sectarian reprisals. AP…

Uia Member Calls For Jaafari To Step

UIA Member Calls for Jaafari to Step Down A member of the United Iraqi Alliance called publicly Saturday for Ibrahim Jaafari to step down as candidate for prime minister from the coalition.…

Ayatollah Yaqubi Demands Khalilzads

Ayatollah Yaqubi Demands Khalilzads

Ayatollah Yaqubi Demands Khalilzad’s Expulsion Maliki: “US Will Destroy Iraq” Mortar shells, bombings and assassinations killed 9 in Iraq on Friday, in Baghdad and Kirkuk. A US soldier was killed in Anbar…

Neocon Imaginary Middle East Again

The Neocon Imaginary Middle East: Again Speaking of political frauds, the Web site Newshog has nailed Kenneth R. Timmerman for falsely alleging that Iran has bought nuclear warheads from North Korea. In…