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Archives: April 2008

Moyers and Wright at PBS, Parts 3-4

The other two parts of Bill Moyers’ interview with Reverend Wright are below. Journalism should be about explaining things and setting them in context, not about ‘gotcha’ moments. As the Web becomes…

Karzai Attacked in Kabul

Afghan President Hamid Karzai escaped unharmed from a guerrilla assassination attempt on Sunday. US politicians who keep saying that Afghanistan is the good war would be well advised to consider whether the…

Bush Team Pushed Torture behind Myers’ Back

The Guardian, basing itself on a soon-to-be-published book by Philippe Sands (Torture Team) reveals that torture was implemented at Guantanamo Bay in the face of opposition from Chair of the Joint Chiefs…

Palestinian Children

Call me suspicious. Bound bodies found floating in a lake just don’t seem to me very likely to be the victims of suicide. Riad’s friend writes: ‘ A friend of mine, Austin…

Sunni-Shiite Divide in Baghdad Worsens

Aljazeera English reports on the increased Sunni-Shiite divide in Baghdad. The video of blast walls and closed bridges is worth the price of admission. My only puzzlement is why they did not…

Bombs, Violence Kill 60 in Northern Iraq

The massive violence in Iraq on Tuesday underlines that in the north, the US is mainly fighting Sunni Iraqis, some of them neo-Baathists. It is a misnomer to call the resistance “al-Qaeda,”…

Allam: Chalabi in Sadr City

The intrepid Hannah Allam of the McClatchy news service has more on the visit of Ahmad Chalabi to Sadr City to present his condolences to the slain Sadrist aide Nuri al-Riyadh, killed…

Petraeus, Iraq and the Lebanon Analogy

Gen. Petraeus is clearly convinced that Iraq needs US troops to shore up the government and security. He has done the most responsible job yet seen by an American official in Iraq…

al-A`raji: Arbitrary Arrests Continue (OSC)

The USG Open Source Center translates a discussion by Iraqis about Muqtada al-Sadr’s ceasefire with the government of PM Nuri al-Maliki, carried in Arabic on the Iranian al-Alam satellite channel. ‘Iran: Al-Alam…