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Frontline on the Iraq War

Don’t miss part II of Frontline’s (PBS) special on the Iraq War tonight. Part I, aired last night, is or will be available in streaming video, as will the whole thing.

Sadrists’ Civil Disobedience Campaign

On Tuesday morning, major clashes broke out between government security forces and local Basra militias (including the Mahdi Army) that sent black smoke billowing in the air above the oil port. A…

Problems in Firefox with Text Blanked Out

Problems in Firefox with Text Blanked Out

Some readers have complained that occasionally postings are partially obscured when viewed with the Firefox browser. I haven’t seen this effect in Firefox myself, so I assume it is a setting problem.…

Unger: The Iraq War was a Conspiracy

Craig Unger’s email, part of an interchange on a private discussion group, is reprinted here with permission: [A critic, let us call him X, objected] to Jim Lobe’s suggestion that Iraqi WMDs…

Militia Blues

A US soldier was killed and four wounded by rocket fire south of Baghdad. Courtesy ABC News The Guardian video does a report, streamed below, on the prospect that some of the…

Bush Lies about Iran on Now-Ruz

Bush Lies about Iran on Now-Ruz

On Thursday, Bush lied about Iran again: “President Bush said the Iranian government has “declared they want to have a nuclear weapon to destroy people . . .” The Iranian leaders have…

Egyptian Politics

For my class, reports on Mubarak’s Egypt: Journeyman pictures clip on the Muslim Brotherhood and Kefaya in Egypt, 2005 Journeyman Pictures clip on Islamic Jihad and other oppositional groups in Egypt. Aljazeera:…

5 Years, 5 Lies: Cole in Salon

My fortnightly column for Salon.com is now up, commemorating the 5th anniversary of Bush’s invasion of Iraq: “Five years of Iraq lies:” How President Bush and his advisors have spent each year…

Obama, Race and the Dynamism of America

I listened to Senator Barack Obama’s speech on race issues as a resident of the Detroit area. Barack Obama was talking about something very personal to him, about being rooted in family…

Obama: "A More Perfect Union"

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama“A More Perfect Union”Constitution CenterPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania First the video, then the text of the speech, below: “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two…

US Soldier Killed; US Second to Eurozone;

I can still remember, as a child, the other children on the playground boasting that the US was the greatest country in the world, and the pride we all took from that.…

Iraq: $3 Trillion War

Aljazeera English on the $3 Trillion War in Iraq, as argued by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and his co-author Linda J. Bilmes. Note to US corporate media: Notice how the…

1799: French Pillage Palestinians

At the Napoleon’s Egypt blog, Gen. Berthier describes how the French, having failed to take the fortress at Acre, destroy the city’s aqueduct in revenge and then pillage and loot the Palestinian…

Iranian Daily Sees ties consolidating between Iran, Iraq

The USG Open Source Center translates an Iranian op-ed on the significance of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq. Daily sees ties consolidating between Iran, Iraq, urges unityResalat (Internet Version-WWW)Monday, March 3,…

Ahmadinejad in Baghdad, Day II

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began the second day of his state visit to Iraq on Monday. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called Iran’s stance toward Iraq “helpful,” contradicting his American allies. The entire…