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31 January, 2005

"Dangerous" Global Warming Possible By 2026
By Alister Doyle

World temperatures could surge in just two decades to a threshold likely to trigger dangerous disruptions to the earth's climate, the WWF environmental group said on Sunday

Iraq Elections Set Stage For Deeper Crisis
By Patrick Martin

Even the combined propaganda powers of the US government and the corporate-controlled media machine cannot transform an election held at gunpoint and under military occupation into a genuinely democratic event

Hollow Election Held On Bloody Sunday
By Dahr Jamail

Many Iraqis who had intended to vote stayed indoors as gunfire echoed around the downtown area of Baghdad. Mortar attacks on polling stations continued through the day

The Shia Will Inherit Iraq
By Robert Fisk

Shias are about to inherit Iraq, but the election that will bring them to power is creating deep fears among the Arab kings and dictators of the Middle East that their Sunni leadership is under threat

A Dalit Experience At WSF
By Zeynep Toufe

The experiences of a woman activist who participated a dalit panel discussion at WSF

Oil Market Looks Volatile Through 2005
By Adam Porter

A combination of events seem destined to maintain high prices and market volatility throughout 2005

Israel's Fantasy Stands In The Way Of Peace
By Saree Makdisi

The recent election of Mahmoud Abbas as the new President of the Palestinian Authority has renewed speculation that 2005 will bring genuine peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Insofar as it depends on Israel's own intentions, however, such hope is entirely misplaced

28 January, 2005

Iraq Election: A Travesty Of Democracy
By James Cogan

Millions of Iraqis will refuse to vote on Sunday, not because of fear, but because they understand the election to be a sham designed to give a “democratic” gloss to an illegal neo-colonial occupation

Some See Hope, Others Civil War
By Dahr Jamail

Some Iraqis are hoping for a new unity following elections on Jan. 30, but others seem convinced that existing divisions will increase, leading possibly to civil war

Iraqi Democrats Can't Win
In This Desperate Election

By Jonathan Steele

Sunday's election will show that you can manage to hold an election in the midst of an insurgency. It will therefore be hailed as a logistical and democratic triumph. But it will not solve Iraq's central problem: how to restore the country's sovereignty

Criminals The Lot Of Us
By Scott Ritter

The invasion of Iraq was a crime of gigantic proportions, for which politicians, the media and the public share responsibility

Rise Of Dalit Assertion Is The First Sign Of
Defeat Of Brahmanical System

By V.B.Rawat

Tsundur’s Dalits set an example for others to emulate in their fight against the tyranny of the upper castes

Calamity And Prejudice
By Subhash Gatade

All of us have been witness as well participant in the campaign to help the victims of Tsunami at some level or the other. But it is a moot question why ‘Tsunami faced by the dalits daily’ has escaped our attention till date

27 January, 2005

Global Warming Is 'Twice As Bad'
By Steve Connor

Global warming might be twice as catastrophic as previously thought reveals a new study

The Denial Lobby
By Bob May

The climate change denial lobby - funded by the US oil industry - has now moved to the UK

Here Comes “The Freedom”
By Dahr Jamail

Whereas Baghdad is filled with Fallujah refugees, now villages and smaller cities on the outskirts of Baghdad are filling up with election refugees

24 January, 2005

Countdown To Global Catastrophe
By Michael McCarthy

The global warming danger threshold for the world is clearly marked for the first time in an international report to be published tomorrow - and the bad news is, the world has nearly reached it already

Warming Approaching Point Of No Return
By Geoffrey Lean

Global warming has already reached the level of dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and should make immediate and "very deep" cuts in the pollution if humanity is to "survive"

Iraqis Discuss Voting, Or Not,
In Elections Held Amidst Chaos

By Dahr Jamail and Brian Dominick

With confusion, obscurity and disarray defining the lead up to Iraq’s elections, even people who have not decided to boycott or stay away in fear of violence have a reason to dismiss participation in the Jan. 30 polls

The Invasion Of Falluja: A Study
In The Subversion Of Truth

By Mary Trotochaud and Rick McDowell

The illegal invasion, occupation, and subsequent violence perpetrated on the people of Iraq has lent considerable evidence to the assertion that truth is the first casualty of war

19 January, 2005

Condy Rice Names 'Outposts Of Tyranny'

Condoleezza Rice, President George W Bush's nominee as secretary of state, has identified "outposts of tyranny" where the US must help bring freedom. They are Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Burma and Belarus

Car Bombs
By Dahr Jamail

In a span of just 90 minutes five car bombs detonated in Baghdad killing at least 26 people

Odd Happenings In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail

“In the center of the Julan Quarter they are removing entire homes which have been bombed, meanwhile most of the homes that were bombed are left as they were. The military use bulldozers to push the soil into piles and load it onto trucks to carry away

Open-Source Biology Evolves
By David Cohn

To push research forward, scientists need to draw from the best data and innovations in their field. Much of the work, however, is patented, leaving many academic and nonprofit researchers hamstrung. But an Australian organization advocating an open-source approach to biology hopes to free up biological data without violating intellectual property rights

Police Repression In Kashipur

The Fishing Community in India Protest Against Police Repression on Adivasis in Orissa

18 January, 2005

Iraq Violence Spreads To 'Safe' Areas
By Rory McCarthy & Brian Whitaker

Insurgents in Iraq intent on derailing elections due in less than two weeks stepped up a campaign of violence across the country yesterday, claiming dozens more lives in shootings and car bombings

Destroying Babylon
By Dahr Jamail

US has failed to take into account the requirements of the Hague convention ... to protect major archaeological sites. So Babylon is being destroyed. Along with the Iraqi people

Not Even Saddam Could Achieve The
Divisions This Election Will Bring

By Robert Fisk

The greatest threat to "democracy" is that with four provinces containing around half the population of Iraq in a state of insurgency and many of its towns under rebel control, this election is going to widen the differences between Sunnis, Shias and Kurds in a way that not even Saddam Hussein was able to achieve

Hotel Journalism Gives American Troops A Free Hand
By Robert Fisk

"Hotel journalism" is the only way to describe it. More and more, Western reporters in Baghdad are reporting from their hotels rather than the streets of Iraq's towns and cities

US 'Making Secret Plans To Attack Iran'
By Rupert Cornwell

Seymour Hersh, the journalist who uncovered the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, reports in The New Yorker magazine that the Pentagon has been conducting secret reconnaissance of potential target sites inside Iran

17 January, 2005

Sharon Orders Unlimited Operations
By Aljazeera

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has given orders for troops to carry out unlimited operations against Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip

The Tsunami Of Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Nobody knows who these dead people are. The coolers are full. Others are full too, in the other hospitals. He finishes and begins to pray as I start my shower, trying to wash the bodies away. It helps, some.But it’s the eyes that got me. And they won’t go away

Collective Punishment
By Dahr Jamail

I just phoned the military press office in Baghdad and asked them if they can provide me information on why they are blocking roads, firing weapons, plowing down date palm groves, and cutting electricity in the Al-Arab Jubour Village in Al-Dora, as several of the residents there claim.The spokesman, who won’t give me his name, said he knew nothing about such things, but that there were ongoing security operations in the Al-Dora area

The Phantom Weapons...
By Baghdad Burning

The weapons never existed. It's like having a loved one sentenced to death for a crime they didn't commit- having your country burned and bombed beyond recognition

My Return To Baghdad
By Robert Fisk

The brush fires are already being lit but fear not, Bush and Blair will tell us they knew things would get violent on polling day

Pakistan Shows The Way
By Salil Kader

Pakistan Supreme Court recently banned serving of meals at hotels, clubs and marriage halls for marriage ceremonies in an effort to curb ostentatious expenditure and give relief to poor people

Rehana’s Fight
By V.B.Rawat

Rehana Khan, a 37 years old social activist in the Gangoh block of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, face one of the toughest battle of her life. Her social battles against orthodoxy are in no way less than the battle for her rights in her own family

15 January, 2005

Sharon Cuts Links To Abbas
By Donald Macintyre

The Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, ordered a halt to all contacts with the Palestinian Authority yesterday after the bombing and shooting attack in Gaza which killed six Israeli terminal workers and three Palestinians

Human Rights Watch Indicts Israel
By Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch in its "World Report 2005" severly indicts Israel for its human rights violations in Occupied palestine

The Facade Of Arab Passivity Will Fall
By Ghali Hassan

The heroic Iraqi resistance stands in stark contrast to the cowardly self-styled and US-installed Arab leaders. The Arab peoples are unlikely to remain passive, artificially divided and undeveloped. The façade will fall soon, and the Arab peoples will be free of despotism and imperialism

The Challenge Of Change
By Crispin Tickell

Climate change will force us to rethink the fundamental precepts on which we base our societies

Crackdown In Aceh Continues
By Allan Nairn & Amy Goodman

With Tsunami death toll in Indonesia possibly rising over 200,000, military crackdown In Aceh continues

Death And Life In the Andaman Islands
By Gary Leupp

Five aboriginal tribes inhabiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, our last missing link with early civilisation , have emerged unscathed from the tsunamis because of their age old 'warning systems

14 January, 2005

US Prepares "Salvador Option" For Iraq
By Bill Van Auken

Faced with intractable and growing armed resistance in Iraq, the Pentagon has drafted plans for the organization of death squads to assassinate political opponents of the US military occupation and terrorize the civilian population

A Restless Calm…
By Dahr Jamail

Baghdad feels restless during this “calm” time. There is an expectant energy in the air as the days tick off leading to January 30th. It’s as if we are all waiting for the bombs and fierce clashes to kick off at anytime

We Won't Go Home And We Won't Vote
By Robert Fisk

They live beneath old fly-blown tents in the car-park of the Mustafa mosque and their canvas-roofed kitchen stands next to a pool of raw sewage, but the refugees from Fallujah will not return home.And they are very definitely not going to vote in the January 30 elections

A global Gulag For You
By Jonathan Steele

Bush is now thinking of building jails abroad to hold suspects for life

13 January, 2005

Fear Stalks Baghdad
By Robert Fisk

Baghdad is a city of fear. Fearful Iraqis, fearful militiamen, fearful American soldiers, fearful journalists

City Of Ghosts
By Ali Fadhil

What really happened in the siege of Falluja? In a joint investigation for the Guardian and Channel 4 News, Iraqi doctor Ali Fadhil compiled the first independent reports from the devastated city, where he found scores of unburied corpses, rabid dogs - and a dangerously embittered population

Iraq Fighting Belies Bush's Claim
By Scott Taylor

Despite the inability of the American troops and Iraqi security forces to quell the violence, Iraq's Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and his cabinet have repeatedly committed themselves to meeting the 30 January election deadline

Trapped Like Mice
By Jamal Juma

Palestinians under the new Israeli "Disengagement Plan"

Why Boycott Coca Cola
By Mohammed Mesbahi

Coca Cola’s appalling human rights record, combined with its high boycott vulnerability ratio make it the ideal target for a boycott. Max Keiser, investment activist, and Zak Goldsmith, editor of the Ecologist, have formed a partnership to target Coca Cola by bringing down the value of its shares

Dalits Fight Tsunami Daily
By Udit Raj

Caste continues to batter Dalit tsunami victims in India. Most of the Dalits have not been allowed to share the relief material like food, shelter, medicine, toilets and others. Dalits are forced to carry water in plastic bags and are not allowed to use the water from tanks put up by the UNICEF

12 January, 2005

Palestine Election: A Travesty Of Democracy
By Jean Shaoul and Chris Talbot

It was unique in the world to have general elections conducted democratically under foreign military occupation

“This Is Not A Life”
By Dahr Jamail

“Look at what has become of Baghdad Dahr,” he tells me as the traffic finally begins to inch forward again, “All of us are suffering now. This is not a life.”

Abu Ghraib Inmates Recall Torture

A Syrian witness described Specialist Charles Graner as Abu Ghraib's "primary torturer", and said he was force-fed pork and alcohol, against Islamic law

Russians Wonder What's Happened
To "General Winter"

By Oliver Bullough

As snow and ice melt away into puddles of dirty water months earlier than usual, Russians are asking what's happened to their once-dreaded winter

1000 Days Of Hell
By Robert Verkaik

After three years' incarceration, Guantanamo Britons are set to be freed

How Free Is 'Free Trade'?
By Ghali Hassan

On the first of January Australia's Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US that could have the effect of undermining Australia's health care system and Australia's national sovereignty has come into effect

"The End Of Suburbia"
By Adam Porter

One of the surprises in the oil world in 2004 was the success of an underground documentary on the perilous state of world energy."The End of Suburbia" has sold more than 10,000 DVDs and has been aired on TV around the world

11 January, 2005

Iraq Elections Loom As Debacle For Occupation
By James Cogan

The elections in occupied Iraq, scheduled to take place on January 30, are looming as a political debacle for the Bush administration. The US objectives are being thwarted by the mass opposition to the American presence in the country and the entrenched insurgency against the occupation

Baghdad, As Usual
By Dahr Jamail

The horrible catastrophe that is occupied Iraq is getting worse by the day

Gift Of Food
By Vandana Shiva

How to solve the agricultural crisis, the health crisis and the crisis of poverty

Cry Of Christ
By Dr. Udit Raj

American President George W. Bush is a devout Christian, but is he up to the mark to the teachings of Christ?

Looking At India Through African Eyes
By Runoko Rashidi

A travel perspective

10 January, 2005

Yet Another Historic Day
By Ali Abunimah

Once again, the media and the international peace process industry have declared that it is an "historic day" for the Palestinian people. The occasion this time is the election of Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied territories

The Politics Of Lebanon
By Robert Fisk

How Can Syria Keep Lebanon While Condemning Israel?

The Other, Man-made Tsunami
By John Pilger

The west's crusaders, the United States and Britain, are giving less to help the tsunami victims than the cost of a Stealth bomber or a week's bloody occupation of Iraq

The USA And The El Salvador Elections Of 2004
By James A. Lucas

The reputation of the U.S. as a nation that promotes democracy in other nations has been tarnished by its behavior in the election in El Salvador

On The Passing Of Susan Sontag
By Am Johal

We are all diminished with the passing of Susan Sontag

Communalism 2004
By Ram Puniyani

2004 was a year that saw tremendous set back for hate driven Hindutwa politics in India

Non-Reportage Of Mass Murder
By Gideon Polya

The latest updated UNICEF report (December 2004) reveals massive under-5 infant mortality in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan totalling over 0.4 million for the year 2003. However Anglo-American-dominated global media will simply not report this horrendous mortality in these US-occupied countries

The State Of The World's Children
By Jeremy Lovell

Globally, 640 million children had no adequate shelter, 500 million had no sanitation, 400 million had no access to safe water, 270 million had no access to health care services, 140 million had never been to school and 90 million were starving

Hedge Fund To Target Coca-Cola
By Adam Porter

American Max Keiser has teamed up with some other "high net worth individuals" to create a boycott-based financial assault on Coca-Cola

Fallujah Pictures
By Dahr Jamail

Two weeks ago someone was allowed into Fallujah by the military to help bury bodies. They were allowed to take photographs of 75 bodies, in order to show pictures to relatives so that they might be identified before they were buried. Here are the pictures

“Somebody Has To Do It"
By Dahr Jamail

While billions of US taxpayer dollars have been awarded in lucrative contracts to companies such as Bechtel and Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown and Root, there are few signs that any reconstruction has actually taken place in war torn Iraq











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