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31 December, 2006

Saddam Becomes A Martyr Of Imperialist Resistance
By Karthika Thampan

If Saddam's execution was a warning sent out to the empire, what the empire got was a martyr who perhaps could inspire thousands of youngsters to rise up and act. And when they act, will that be the way the empire expect?

Saddam At The End Of A Rope
By Tariq Ali

Saddam's hanging might send a shiver through the collective, if artificial, spine of the Arab ruling elites. If Saddam can be hanged, so can Mubarak, or the Hashemite joker in Amman or the Saudi royals, as long as those who topple them are happy to play ball with Washington

The Execution Of Saddam Hussein
By World Socialist Web

The execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein serves not justice, but the political purposes of the Bush administration and its Iraqi stooges. The manner in which the execution was carried out—hurriedly, secretively, in the dark of night, in a mockery of any semblance of legal process—only underscores the lawless and reactionary character of the entire American enterprise in Iraq

A dictator Created Then Destroyed By America
By Robert Fisk

But history will record that the Arabs and other Muslims and, indeed, many millions in the West, will ask another question this weekend, a question that will not be posed in other Western newspapers because it is not the narrative laid down for us by our presidents and prime ministers - what about the other guilty men

Storm Rages Over Trial, Sentence
By Olivia Ward

Human rights advocates say process that saw three lawyers murdered amounted to a travesty of justice

Saddam Hussein - R.I.P.
By David Caputo

Saddam Hussein is dead, along with another sixty six other Iraqis, six American GIs, and a Brit from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. And that's just today. What do we do tomorrow? I've got a suggestion... Leave

30 December, 2006

End Of Another Year
By Baghdad Burning

Here we come to the end of 2006 and I am sad. Not simply sad for the state of the country, but for the state of our humanity, as Iraqis. We've all lost some of the compassion and civility that I felt made us special four years ago

More Troops But Less Control In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

Through the occupation, each time the U.S. has increased troop levels, there has been a corresponding increase in attacks on the forces, and consequently an increase in civilian casualties. Or, troop levels have been increased in response to rising attacks. By either pattern, next year could get much worse

28 December, 2006

Is There a Sunni Majority In Iraq?
By Dal LaMagna

In the two articles below Dal LaMagna, the founder of Progressive Government, and Faruq Ziada, a former Iraqi Ambassador, raise the question of whether there is really a Sunni majority population in Iraq

When Iraqis Gave Up On Government
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

The Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki, like earlier governments assigned by U.S. occupation authorities in Iraq, appears to have killed Iraqi dreams of a brighter future

Children Pick Their Christmas Toys
By Dahr Jamail and Ali Al-Fadhily

Ahmed Ghazi has little reason to stock Christmas toys at his shop in Fallujah. He knows what children want these days."It is best for us to import toys such as guns and tanks because they are most saleable in Iraq to little boys," Ghazi told IPS. "Children try to imitate what they see out of their windows."

27 December, 2006

The Great Game On A Razor's Edge
By M K Bhadrakumar

The accidental killing of Alexander Ivanov, a Kyrgyz fuel-truck driver, by Corporal Zachary Hatfield, a US serviceman, at the Manas Air Base on the outskirts of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek in December is threatening to snowball into a first-rate crisis for the United States' regional policy in Central Asia

26 December, 2006

When It Became Their Fault
By Joseph Grosso

One of the more vulgar turns discourse over Iraq has taken over the past year is the bi-partisan, self-righteous way the bloody debacle is blamed almost entirely on the Iraqi people. The near universal sentiment, from California democrat Barbara Boxer to neocon Charles Krauthammer, is one of ungrateful, incapable Iraqis spurning generous American assistance

24 December, 2006

Iraqi Hopes Dim Through
Worst Year Of Occupation

By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

Despite promises from Iraqi and U.S. leaders that 2006 would bring improvement, Iraqis have suffered through the worst year in living memory, facing violence, fragmentation and a disintegrated economy

21 December, 2006

Iraqi Women's Bodies Are
Battlefields For War Vendettas

By Kavita N. Ramdas

Almost four years into the Bush Administration's ill fated adventure in Iraq, Iraqi women are worse off than they were under the Baathist regime in a country where, for decades, the freedoms and rights enjoyed by Iraqi women were the envy of women in most other countries of the Middle East

20 December, 2006

It's Either Occupation Or Education
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

Two in three children in Iraq have simply stopped going to school, according to a government report.Iraq's Ministry of Education says attendance rates for the new school year, which started Sep. 20, are at an all-time low

19 December, 2006

Configuring The Iraq’s Occupation
By Ghali Hassan

To cover up the daily suffering and massacres of innocent Iraqi civilians, the U.S. is embarking on a campaign of pacifying the public. In the recent report (The Way forward) prepared by the Iraq Study Group (ISG), a group of American ruling elites chaired by James Baker and Lee Hamilton, the Iraqi people had neither been consulted nor treated as anything except as a moral pretext. It is a coup prepared specifically for U.S. domestic consumption

The Baker- Hamilton Study:Pluses And Minuses
By William R. Polk

“. . . in the quest for a short-term solution to America’s Iraqi dilemma, Baker-Hamilton may have opted for long-term catastrophe” by emphasizing Iraqi military strength over the strength of civil society

Bush Administration Elaborates
Plans For Bloodbath In Iraq

By Bill Van Auken

Reports on the Bush administration’s discussions on a change of course in Iraq indicate that Washington is preparing a major new bloodbath as part of a desperate attempt to salvage its nearly four-year-old bid to conquer the oil-rich country

08 December, 2006

Iraq Report Sees "Grave And Deteriorating" Crisis
By Arshad Mohammed & Steve Holland

U.S. troops should begin withdrawing from combat and Washington should launch a diplomatic and political push to halt a "grave and deteriorating" crisis in Iraq,Iraq Study Group report said on Wednesday

Widows Become The Silent Tragedy
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

Hundreds of thousands of widows are becoming the silent tragedy of a country sliding deeper into chaos by the day.Widows are the flip side of violence that has meant more than a million men dead, detained or disabled, Iraqi NGOs estimate. These men's wives or mothers now carry the burden of running the families

07 December, 2006

Death Toll Rises As Iraq War Grinds On
By James Cogan

With Iraqi deaths already estimated at around 650,000 and the American death toll moving toward 3,000, the US ruling elite’s actions will necessarily intensify the violence in Iraq, resulting in even greater casualties

It's Hard Being A Woman
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

Once one of the best countries for women's rights in the Middle East, Iraq has now become a place where women fear for their lives in an increasingly fundamentalist environment

"Out Of Iraq"
By Kevin Zeese

When U.S. Occupation in Iraq Ends the Violence is More Likely to Subside Half Measures Seem Less Dangerous, But Are Often More so. An Interview with William Polk, Author of "Out of Iraq"

06 December, 2006

Shias Too Lose Faith In Iraqi Govt
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

The noisy demonstration that greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki on his visit to Sadr City last week was more than just a protest. It meant that the leader of a Shia-dominated government was being rejected by an angry and influential group of Shias

04 December, 2006

Iraq’s Death Squads: An Instrument
Of The Occupation

By Ghali Hassan

The longer the U.S. forces stayed in Iraq, the more violence they generate. Only full and immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces and mercenaries will contribute to the end of violence and ongoing suffering of the Iraqi people

02 December, 2006

Bush-Maliki Summit: White House Rejects
Any Withdrawal From Iraq

By Patrick Martin

The location of the summit was itself of symbolic significance: the chief of state of the world’s strongest military power could not visit the country he targeted for invasion and occupation, more than three years after his notorious boasting of “Mission Accomplished.” Bush dared not risk even a few hours’ stay inside the heavily protected Green Zone in downtown Baghdad

Iraq: Business Becomes A Big Casualty
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

The business and economic morass Iraq finds itself in today is evident in the market places across the capital city."There is no Iraqi brand any more. Iraqi products flourished during the quarter century before occupation, but now we only sell imported products of the lowest quality, and people have to buy them because there is no alternative."

28 November, 2006

Slaughter House Iraq
By Patrick Cockburn

Iraq is rending itself apart. The signs of collapse are everywhere. In Baghdad, the police often pick up more than 100 tortured and mutilated bodies in a single day. Government ministries make war on each other

Cut And Run, The Only Brave Thing To Do ...
By Michael Moore

We demand the Democrats listen to us and get out of Iraq now

27 November, 2006

The Lives And Deaths Of Iraqi Gays
By Peter Tatchell

Another five gay men were abducted at gun-point by Iraqi police in Baghdad on 9 November. Nothing has been heard of them since then. It is feared that they may have been murdered.These disappearances are the latest "sexual cleansing" operation mounted by Islamist death squads who have infiltrated the police. They are systematically targeting gays and lesbians for extra-judicial execution, as part of their so-called moral purification campaign

25 November, 2006

UN Report Documents Huge
October Death Toll In Iraq

By James Cogan

The human rights report released on Wednesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) describes a nation that has been plunged into barbarism since the US-led invasion in March 2003. The Bush administration’s illegal war for oil and world power, cynically code-named “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” has turned Iraq into a slaughterhouse and mass graveyard

24 November, 2006

Iraq:Death Toll Rises And Rises
By Mohammed A. Salih

More than 150 people died in the Shia Sadr area of Baghdad in a spate of car bombings and mortar attacks Thursday morning

Iraq:Medical System Becomes Sickening
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

After three and a half years of occupation, Iraq's medical system has sunk to levels lower than seen during the economic sanctions imposed after the first Gulf war in 1990

Iraq's Fate Hanging On A New Axis
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

While the US is actively exploring alternative options to salvage its intervention in Iraq, regional realities are dictating their own dynamic, not necessarily in tune with the United States' objectives. Slowly but surely, a new realignment is shaping up that is making Washington nervous - a Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus axis

23 November, 2006

Sectarian Rifts In Iraqi Government Intensify
By James Cogan

The kidnapping on November 14 of dozens of Sunni Arab employees at Iraq’s higher education ministry and government threats to arrest a leading Sunni cleric have sparked another bloody escalation in sectarian violence across the country. Sunni political parties are under pressure to walk out of the “national unity” cabinet of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad

22 November, 2006

Iraq: “At A Minimum Negligence In
The Commission Of A Fraud”

By Kevin Zeese

Interview with Michael Isikoff co-author of Hubris

21 November, 2006

Saddam Trial Fundamentally Flawed: HRW
By Human Rights Watch

The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven other defendants before the Iraqi High Tribunal for crimes against humanity was marred by so many procedural and substantive flaws that the verdict is unsound, Human Rights Watch said in a 97-page report

Support Gathers For Sunni Leader
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

The arrest warrant issued last week by the Iraqi government for Sunni leader Dr. Harith al-Dhari has sent shockwaves through the government, and galvanised much of the Sunni population

20 November, 2006

Education Under Siege
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

The recent kidnapping of scores of academics in Baghdad highlights the desperate situation of the educational system in occupied Iraq

18 November, 2006

Massacre In Ramadi
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

U.S. military tank fire killed scores of civilians in Ramadi, capital of Al-Anbar province, late Monday night, according to witnesses and doctors. Anger and frustration were evident at the hospitals and during the funerals in the following days

Farmers In Dire Straights
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

Despite the Iraqi prime minister's optimism for the agricultural sector, the farmers who are struggling to survive tell another story

14 November, 2006

Bechtel Departure Removes More Illusions
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

The decision of the giant engineering company Bechtel to withdraw from Iraq has left many Iraqis feeling betrayed. In its departure they see the end of remaining hopes for the reconstruction of Iraq

10 November, 2006

Saddam’s Trial In Context: Episode Of Victors’ Injustice
By Nicola Nasser

American and European official and public opinion reactions to Saddam Hussein’s guilty verdict on Sunday artificially removed both the trial and the death sentence out of context and focused instead on “flaws” in the legal technicalities of a fair trial and on death penalty as a punishment

09 November, 2006

Protecting Neither Facilities Nor People
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

The Facilities Protection Service (FPS) created after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 has become the principal set of death squads in Iraq

A Trial Giving Kangaroos A Bad Name
By Stephen Lendman

This proceeding should only have taken place in the sole independent venue constituted for this purpose - the International Criminal Court. Saddam wasn't sent there because allowing him a legitimate trial might have exposed the culpability of US administrations and the West in his crimes and would also have denied the Bush administration the ability to have the show trial it wanted and not a fair one according to international laws and norms

The Bigger Thugs To Hang The Smaller Thug
By Javed I. Chaudry

Why Saddam Hussain trial was not taken to the Hague? The answer to the question is self evident. The proceedings of an international court could mean the exposure of the involvement of well known, powerful international forces. The complicity of these forces would no doubt bring Washington to the fore front

08 November, 2006

Saddam Verdict Could TearIraqis Apart
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

The death sentence for former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could deepen a divide that threatens to tear Iraqis apart.Iraq is being ripped apart by sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias, and many fear that if Saddam Hussein is executed Iraq could slide into civil war

Saddam's Unindicted Co-Conspirator:
Donald Rumsfeld

By Norman Solomon

Saddam Hussein has received a death sentence for crimes he committed more than a year before Donald Rumsfeld shook his hand in Baghdad. Let's reach back into history and extract these facts

Victor's Justice: The Trial Of Saddam
By Paul Wolf

The Iraqi high tribunal has just announced the death sentence of Saddam Hussein. This should surprise no one. In fact, no other outcome was ever possible. From the moment he was captured in his underground hideout, Saddam's fate was sealed

07 November, 2006

Saddam's Death Sentence: A Note From Baghdad
By Riverbend

It’s not about the man- presidents come and go, governments come and go. It’s the frustration of feeling like the whole country and every single Iraqi inside and outside of Iraq is at the mercy of American politics. It is the rage of feeling like a mere chess piece to be moved back and forth at will

This Was A Guilty Verdict On America As Well
By Robert Fisk

If Saddam's immorality and wickedness are to be the yardstick against which all our iniquities are judged, what does that say about us? We only sexually abused prisoners and killed a few of them and murdered some suspects and carried out a few rapes and illegally invaded a country which cost Iraq a mere 600,000 lives. We can't be put on trial. We can't be hanged

Saddam Hussein’s Death Sentence:
A Travesty Of Justice

By James Cogan

The entire process has been a shameless show trial. The Iraq Special Tribunal was established by an edict issued by US proconsul Paul Bremmer in 2003. Its judges and prosecutors were selected by American officials and instructed by American advisors

06 November, 2006

NATO Fighting The Wrong Battle In Afghanistan
By M K Bhadrakumar

The pre-dawn attack on the Zia-ul-Uloom madrassa in Pakistan's Bajour tribal region on Monday killing 80 people, mostly students, is bound to impact on the course of the Afghan war. No matter the repeated assertions by Islamabad to the contrary, widespread suspicions of US involvement in the attack have arisen

05 November, 2006

Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Hang
By Aljazeera

Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, has been sentenced to death by a Baghdad court after being found guilty of crimes against humanity

Amnesty International Deplores Death Sentences
In Saddam Hussein Trial

By Amnesty International

Amnesty International deplores the decision of the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal (SICT) to impose the death sentence on Saddam Hussein and two of his seven co-accused after a trial which was deeply flawed and unfair

03 November, 2006

U.S. Military Adopts Desperate Tactics
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

Increased violence is being countered by harsh new measures across the Sunni-dominated al-Anabar province west of Baghdad

Iraq: The Program Of Liberation And Independence
By Ibrahim Ebeid

To arrive to an honorable solution for an exit from Iraq, as stated by the Program, the United States must accept serious, honest and constructive negotiations with the Resistance leadership or with any one representing the Resistance based on the rights and the non-negotiable principles of the homeland and liberation, in order to reach an agreement of the total liberation and independence

Relations Between US And Iraq
Government At Breaking Point

By James Cogan & Peter Symonds

Tensions between the US and Iraqi governments further intensified this week. In an unprecedented action, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a press release on Tuesday afternoon stating that he had “ordered” the US military to end the cordon it had maintained around Sadr City for close to seven days

02 November, 2006

Baghdad Is Under Siege
By Patrick Cockburn

Sunni insurgents have cut the roads linking the city to the rest of Iraq. The country is being partitioned as militiamen fight bloody battles for control of towns and villages north and south of the capital

01 November, 2006

Iraq Is Burning? Enjoy The show!
By Gabriele Zamparini

Numbers and winners of the so-called Iraq war

30 October, 2006

Genocide And denial
By Gabriele Zamparini

As soon as the British medical journal the Lancet published a new scientific study estimating 655,000 excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, the propaganda machine started to work full time to discredit it as it did with the other Lancet study published in 2004

Halliburton Motto - Its Cost Plus Baby
By Evelyn Pringle

Halliburton's contracts for work in Iraq are what's known as costs plus contracts, meaning that after all the costs for labor, materials and other expenses are added together, the company makes its profit based on a percentage of that total.It certainly does not take a financial genius to figure out that under the terms of such a contract, a company has every motive in the world to increase the costs of every project to increase profits

27 October, 2006

The Case For Iraqi Genocide
By Ghali Hassan

For nearly sixteen years, U.S. and British forces have been killing Iraqis with impunity. The number of Iraqis killed is increasing rapidly and could easily reach 3 millions if the U.S. refuses to end the Occupation

Active-Duty US Troops Voice
Opposition To The Iraq War

By Joanne Laurier

More than 100 serving members of the US military have to date sent “Appeals for Redress” to members of Congress, urging “the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq.”

23 October, 2006

1.6m Iraqis Have Fled Since The War
By Patrick Cockburn

Out of the population of 26 million, 1.6 million Iraqis have fled the country and a further 1.5 million are displaced within Iraq, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In Jordan alone there are 500,000 Iraqi refugees and a further 450,000 in Syria. In Syria alone they are arriving at the rate of 40,000 a month

The Lancet Study...
By Baghdad Burning

The latest horror is the study published in the Lancet Journal concluding that over 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the war. Reading about it left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it sounded like a reasonable figure. It wasn't at all surprising. On the other hand, I so wanted it to be wrong. But... who to believe? Who to believe....?

21 October, 2006

Medics Beg For Help As Iraqis Die Needlessly
By Jeremy Laurance

The disintegration of Iraq's health service is leaving its civilians defenceless in the continuing violence that is rocking the country. As many as half of the civilian deaths, calculated at 655,000 since the 2003 invasion, might have been avoided if proper medical care had been provided to the victims

Govt. Death Squads Ravaging Baghdad
By Ali Al-Fadhily & Dahr Jamail

Death squads from the Ministry of Interior posing as Iraqi police are killing more people than ever in the capital, emerging evidence shows

Hospitals Now A Battleground
In The Bloody Civil War

By Patrick Cockburn

Iraqi hospitals are dangerous places. Policemen and soldiers carry their wounded comrades into operating theatres and demand immediate treatment, forcing doctors at gunpoint to abandon operations on civilians before they are completed

20 October, 2006

US Military And Iraqi Deaths Soar Amidst
Preparations For Major Offensive

By Joe Kay

Ten US troops died on Tuesday in Iraq and at least one more on Wednesday, bringing the monthly death toll for October up to 70. At the current rate, US casualties for the month will be the highest since November 2004, and the third highest since the invasion in March 2003. The latest surge in casualties brings the total US death toll to at least 2,786

The Killing Fields Of Iraq
By Robert Scheer

An occupation initially advertised as a “cakewalk” war to disarm a tyrant is now, according to our politically desperate president, a fight for the soul of the world—good versus evil, democracy versus tyranny.But the carnage we have visited upon Iraq represents nothing of the sort. We are not building democracy, we are creating mayhem

14 October, 2006

This Terrible Misadventure Has
Killed One In 40 Iraqis

By Richard Horton

The best hope we can have from our terrible misadventure in Iraq is that a new political and social movement will grow to overturn this politics of humiliation. We are one human family. Let's act like it

Excess Death In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

In the context of the horror stories that have reached us over the three-plus years of the occupation, this latest figure is not nearly as shocking as when the first Lancet report was published in October of 2004. It has been abundantly clear since then that the number of Iraqis being killed by and because of the occupation has continued to increase exponentially

Resistance Growing Up At School
By Ali Al-Fadhily & Dahr Jamail

"How can we teach them forgiveness when they see Americans killing their family members every day," the teacher in the classroom who gave her name as Shyamaa told IPS. "Words cannot cover the stream of blood and these signs of destruction, and words cannot hide the daily raids they see."

12 October, 2006

654,000 Deaths Tied To Iraq War
By Jonathan Bor

In an update of a two-year-old survey that sparked wide disagreement, Johns Hopkins researchers now estimate that more than a half-million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and its bloody aftermath

Provocative US Attack On Shiite Militia In Iraq
By James Cogan

An attack over the weekend in Diwaniyah, a city to the south of Baghdad, signals a major intensification in the operations of US forces in Iraq against the Mahdi Army, the armed wing of the Shiite fundamentalist movement nominally headed by the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr

Iraqi Journalists Stare Death In The Face
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

Iraq's translators, journalists and cameramen are living on borrowed time as they repeatedly come under attack in the war-ravaged nation

11 October, 2006

Baquba: An Unknown City Erupts
By Ali Al-Fadhily & Dahr Jamail

The little known city of Baquba is emerging as one of the hotbeds of resistance in Iraq, with clashes breaking out every day

07 October, 2006

The Two Faces Of Iraq
By Sami Moubayed

As head of state, though, Maliki (and his rebel ally Muqtada) should be blamed and punished for the chaos in Iraq, rather than supported by the encouraging words of Rice

The US Occupation Of Iraq:
Casualties Not Counted

By Dahr Jamail

Civilian contractors in Iraq, though they are paid handsomely for their time there, are easily lost in a legal no-man's-land if tragedy strikes. Their families are then left in the lurch as well. With an estimated 100,000-125,000 American contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can safely assume there are thousands of stories similar to Tim's and still counting. To each story is attached an individual and a family

04 October, 2006

New Militias Push Govt Back Further
By Ali Al-Fadhily & Dahr Jamail

Reports of the setting up of U.S.-backed Sunni militias have brought new uncertainty to deepening chaos within Iraq.The occupation forces now back both Shia and Sunni militias in different areas of the country

02 October, 2006

Iraq: The Breaking Point
By Mike Whitney

Whatever transpires, the first phase of the Iraqi fiasco is nearly over. The Bush administration will be compelled to protect its interests while limiting the exposure of its troops. They may choose to minimize their activities to bombing raids and counter-insurgency operations, further destroying the threadbare fabric of Iraqi society

28 September, 2006

A Broken, De-Humanized Military In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

While the deranged chicken-hawks who "lead" the US continue their efforts to wage another unprovoked war of aggression, this time against Iran, what's left of their already overstretched military continues to be bled in Iraq

Giving Terrorism A Reason To Exist
By Camilo Mejia

According to a report by 16 U.S. Spy agencies leaked to The New York Times, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped create more global terrorism and energize jihadist ideology throughout the world since the 9/11 attacks

Resistance And Liberation
By Ghali Hassan

Let us be very straight. The promotion of “al-Qaeda” as the face of the Iraqi legitimate Resistance is a fraud. Nor was the U.S. invaded Iraq to “liberate” the Iraqi people and “build democracy” true. Equally fraud is the argument that U.S. troops are in Iraq to “prevent civil war” and fight “terrorism”

27 September, 2006

Overstretched Army Bring Bush New Grief
By Jim Lobe

With the U.S. intelligence community agreed that the invasion and occupation of Iraq have made this country less safe from terrorist threats, President George W. Bush appears now to be facing a growing revolt among top military commanders who say U.S. ground forces are stretched close to the breaking point

25 September, 2006

Where Iraqis Live In Virtual Self-Exile
By Ali Shaker Ali

As US and Iraqi security forces hint at a series of trenches, moats and berms to cordon off the capital Baghdad in hopes of stemming the daily violence, many Iraqis are shrugging the measures off. Security measures come and go, they say, but the daily death rates continue to increase

A Doctor's Day In Baghdad
By Dr. Anon

It is not a miserable life. If there is a grade more than miserable, then it will be ours!

24 September, 2006

Torture And civilian Deaths Reach
Record Levels In Iraq

By Peter Symonds

The latest UN findings on Iraq provide a devastating picture of torture, escalating civilian deaths and lawlessness that represents a damning indictment of US-led occupation

23 September, 2006

AP Propaganda About Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

It is important to note that the board of directors of AP is composed of 22 newspaper and media executives that include the CEOs and presidents of ABC, McClatchy, Hearst, Tribune and the Washington Post. Two of the directors are members of very conservative policy councils that include the Hoover Institute. The Hoover Institute is a Republican policy research center that has been referred to as "Bush's brain trust." Its fellows include Condoleezza Rice and Newt Gingrich, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, along with George Shultz

22 September, 2006

Bush Wants A Bloodbath In Baghdad
By Bill Van Auken

Increasingly desperate over the deteriorating situation in Iraq, the Bush administration is demanding that the US-installed government in Baghdad support a savage intensification of repression or give way to a dictatorial regime that will

Home Raids Provoke Increased Unrest
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

Renewed raids at Iraqi homes by joint U.S.-Iraqi security forces are angering Iraqis -- while failing to improve the worsening security situation

19 September, 2006

US Resorting To 'Collective Punishment' In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily

U.S. forces are taking to collective punishment of civilians in several cities across the al-Anbar province west of Baghdad, residents and officials say

18 September, 2006

Kirkuk: The Potential Spark For Civil War
By Ahmed Janabi

Kirkuk, Iraq's oil-rich northern city, is probably the most critical area for the future of Iraq, but the least covered by international media

16 September, 2006

US Defense And Oil Company Executives
Reap Windfalls From Iraq War

By Naomi Spencer

The US oil industry has conspicuously benefited from the war in Iraq, at the expense of the lives tens of thousands of Iraqis and the livelihoods of millions. Within the US, ordinary workers are struggling with drastically higher retail gasoline and residential fuel prices. Meanwhile, chief executives at the fifteen largest American oil companies have received record pay in the years since the “war on terror” was declared

15 September, 2006

In Iraq, Iran’s Arab Credentials Are Made
By Nicola Nasser

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s latest visit to Tehran was just another occasion to highlight that Iran is compromising its Arab credentials in Iraq, and to raise more questions about whether Tehran and Washington are in collusion or in collision in Baghdad

08 September, 2006

Pentagon Report On Iraq Reveals
A Deepening Catastrophe

By James Cogan

The Pentagon report to the US Congress on August 29 provided a frank assessment of the sectarian and communal divisions that have been fomented since the 2003 US invasion

06 September, 2006

U.S. Losing Control Fast
By Dahr Jamail & Ali Al-Fadhily

The U.S. military has lost control over the volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say. The area to the west of Baghdad includes Fallujah, Ramadi and other towns that have seen the worst of military occupation, and the strongest resistance

31 August, 2006

US Military Escalates Confrontation
With Shiite Militia In Iraq

By Peter Symonds

Two days of fierce fighting in the Iraqi city of Diwaniyah is one more sign that the US military is preparing for a bloody showdown with the militia forces of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. The target of any new offensive will be not just Sadr’s Mahdi Army, but the Shiite urban poor who are overwhelmingly hostile to the US occupation

25 August, 2006

'I Can't Go To Iraq. I Can't Kill Those Children'
By Cahal Milmo

Jason Chelsea,the 19-year-old infantryman, from Wigan had even told his parents that he had been warned by his commanders that he could be ordered to fire on child suicide bombers.It was a fear that he never confronted. Within 48 hours of confessing his concerns to his family, Pte Chelsea was dead after taking an overdose of painkillers and slashing his wrists

22 August, 2006

"I Was a Propaganda Intern In Iraq"
By Willem Marx & Amy Goodman

"I Was a Propaganda Intern in Iraq" - Fmr. Lincoln Group Intern Describes Paying Iraqi Press to Plant Pro-American Articles Secretly Written by U.S. Military

19 August, 2006

'Misunderestimating' Bush's Iraq
By Sami Moubayed

In July, the number of Iraqis killed in sectarian violence - and what else can one call it? - was a staggering 3,438 - two times the number of Lebanese civilians killed during the 30 days of daily air raids by Israel, and more than 100 deaths a day

07 August, 2006

Iraq:Shias Going Their Own Way
By Mohammed A. Salih

Amid failed moves for a peace deal between the government and insurgents through a national reconciliation plan, the Shia majority in Iraq are pushing ahead for creating a federal region for themselves in the southern part of Iraq

05 August, 2006

Iraq Faces Civil War And Sectarian Partition
By Julie Hyland

Iraq is sliding into civil war and sectarian partition. That is the view of leading personnel in the British foreign service, the US military and the government of Iraq itself

Summer Of Goodbyes...
By Baghdad Burning

I sometimes wonder if we’ll ever know just how many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis left the country this bleak summer. I wonder how many of them will actually return. Where will they go? What will they do with themselves? Is it time to follow? Is it time to wash our hands of the country and try to find a stable life somewhere else?

01 August, 2006

Iraq’s Destiny
By Ghali Hassan

While most people have reached a (false) conclusion that the U.S. has “failed” to shape Iraq according to its planned agenda, it is not hard to see that the U.S. is carrying out its original plan to destroy Iraq and colonise its people and national resources

21 July, 2006

The Iraq War Is A Huge Success
By Aseem Srivastava

Is there reason to believe that the war, far from being a disaster, has actually proceeded quite well from Washington’s point of view? That the view that the war has been a fiasco is merely a convenient smokescreen of innocence helpful to keep in check public perceptions of the monstrous crimes of leaders in Washington and London?

13 July, 2006

Another Face, Another Raid
By Dahr Jamail and Ali Fadhil

Sinan Abdul-Ilah al-Mashadani, who was a student at al-Mustansiriya University and the sole supporter of his mother and younger brother and sister, was killed in the raid, apparently by a special operations team supported by the U.S. military, according to witnesses. "They are a special force of Americans that assassinates more people than it arrests."

By Baghdad Burning

Rape. The latest of American atrocities. Though it's not really the latest- it's just the one that's being publicized the most. The poor girl Abeer was neither the first to be raped by American troops, nor will she be the last

12 July, 2006

Iraq: Raped
By Raed Jarrar

What is happening in Iraq is a rape of a nation, not just a rape of a 12-year-old girl, and it has to be stopped as soon as possible

11 July, 2006

Iraq Civilians: 50,000 Dead-But Who's Counting?
By Juliana Lara Resende

After famously telling reporters that they "don't do body counts," Pentagon officials now say that they have in fact been keeping a record of civilian casualties in Iraq for one year. And while that number remains classified, independent estimates suggest that at least 50,000 people have died in the country since the 2003 invasion

Iraq's Civil War Turns More Violent
By Joshua Frank

No matter how many troops the US and its allies shovel at the ever-growing sectarian flames, the fighting is sure to spread. The US military is only fueling the fire. And if there were ever a reason why the troops should be brought home immediately, this would be it

"Packing It In"
By Dahr Jamail

So while Iraqis are being killed or fearing death as they suffer through the daily hell that is the US occupation, Cheney, the real force behind this "administration," tells CNN, "No matter how you carve it - you can call it anything you want - but basically, it is packing it in, going home, persuading and convincing and validating the theory that the Americans don't have the stomach for this fight."

12 May, 2006

Re-shuffling The Cards In Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

Unless the U.S. is forced to withdraw from Iraq immediately, no re-shuffling of the same cards will change the situation on the ground in Iraq. The only option remains for people around the world is to provide moral support for the Iraqi people Resistance to self-determination and national independence

09 May, 2006

Is US Provoking Civil War In Iraq?
By Robert Fisk

The Americans are trying to provoke an Iraqi civil war so that Sunni Muslim insurgents spend their energies killing their Shia co-religionists rather than soldiers of the Western occupation forces

"Reason For Their Death Is Known"
By Dahr Jamail

The numbers are being hidden … and the Badr, operating out of the Ministry of Interior, which is funded by the US, are making sure the numbers remain shrouded.Yet on Tuesday of this week, a spokesman at that same hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity of course, announced that in the last 48 hours alone Yarmouk Hospital had received 65 bodies, most of them slaughtered by death squads in execution-style murders. That day they had received 40 bodies, and Monday, 25

25 April, 2006

Baghdad Slipping Into Civil War
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

The new clashes between Shia militiamen dressed in Iraqi military and police uniforms and resistance fighters and residents from the Sunni Adhamiya district of Baghdad have convinced many that what Baghdad is witnessing is no less than a civil war

22 April, 2006

Shiite Leader Bows To US Demands As
Iraq Slides Further Into Civil War

By James Cogan

Shiite leader Ibrahim al-Jaafari has bowed to the campaign against him led by the Bush administration and announced that he is prepared to step aside as the prime ministerial candidate of the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament

20 April, 2006

The Billion-Dollar Baghdad Embassy
By Leigh Saavedra

That's the estimate, though only half of it has been appropriated so far, a billion dollars to build a new embassy in Iraq. It will be the largest on the globe, the largest the world has ever seen, the size of Vatican City in Italy

19 April, 2006

Civil War In Iraq?
By Dahr Jamail

The armed wing of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the Badr Organization, and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army have been launching ongoing attacks against fighters in the neighborhood. There is a shorter version of this description. Civil war

05 April, 2006

How Massacres Become The Norm
By Dahr Jamail

US soldiers killing innocent civilians in Iraq is not news. Just as it was not news that US soldiers slaughtered countless innocent civilians in Vietnam. However, when some rare reportage of this non news from Iraq does seep through the cracks of the corporate media, albeit briefly, the American public seems shocked

04 April, 2006

US-British Diktat Makes Mockery Of
“Democracy” In Iraq

By Peter Symonds

The unannounced trip by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to Iraq over the past two days has again underscored who is calling the shots in Iraq. For all of the Bush administration’s empty rhetoric about “democracy” in Iraq, it is the White House rather than the votes of Iraqis that will decide the shape of the next government in Baghdad

03 April, 2006

Thought Control
By Ghali Hassan

Like all imperialist forces, the US is heavily relaying on misinformation propaganda campaign to promote and enhance its imperialist ideology. The mass murder of Iraqi civilians by US forces is normalised and welcomed with deafening silence. The purpose is thought control

01 April, 2006

Iraq Is Not In Civil War (Yet) -
Iraq Is Under Occupation

By Laith Al-Sud

The inability to talk about Iraq in an appropriate context has been one of the greatest setbacks to the anti-war movement here in the United States of America, and to describe Iraq solely in terms of being in civil war contributes to this problem. Iraq is under occupation and the current rivalry between what are indeed Iraqi factions has to be interpreted within this context

31 March, 2006

Cheney And Halliburton Hold Title -
Top Earners In Iraq

By Evelyn Pringle

A study released in June 2005, originating from the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), revealed that overall, Halliburton had received roughly 52% of the $25.4 billion that has been paid out to private contractors since the war in Iraq began

30 March, 2006

An "Alliance" Of Violence
By Dahr Jamail

A disturbing trend noticeable in Iraq for quite some time now is that each aggressive Israeli military operation in the occupied territories results in a corresponding increase in the number of attacks on US forces in Iraq

Another Day, Another Sorrow
By Fayrouz In Beaumont

Two years ago, my friend and fellow Iraqi blogger Al-Baghdadi packed his bags and moved his family to Jordan. The least he knew at the time is that sadness will follow him to Jordan. Last June, thugs roaming streets of Baghdad kidnapped and later killed his younger brother. Yet, that wasn't the end of his sorrows

29 March, 2006

Uncertainty In Iraq
By Baghdad Burning

“The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area.”That’s how messed up the country is at this point

Mosque Massacre Deepens Occupation’s Crisis
By Bill Van Auken

The massacre of as many as 40 unarmed worshipers in a northeast Baghdad mosque Sunday has triggered a political crisis that threatens to accelerate Iraq’s descent into civil war while sharply intensifying the hatred of millions of Iraqis for the three-year-old US occupation of their country

28 March, 2006

Iraq Told To Rebuild Itself
By William Fisher

Last week’s announcement that Iraq will now have to pay for its own reconstruction has left some observers wondering whether the yet-to-be-formed government there will be up to the task

25 March, 2006

Iraq A Move Toward Open Dictatorship
By James Cogan

The announcement on March 19 that steps are being taken to form an extra-parliamentary “National Security Council” (NSC) is a warning that the Bush administration is moving toward an openly dictatorial regime in Iraq

Bush Didn't Bungle Iraq, You Fools
By Greg Palast

On the third anniversary of invasion, we can say the attack and occupation is, indeed, a Mission Accomplished. However, it wasn't America's mission, nor the Iraqis'. It was a Mission Accomplished for OPEC and Big Oil

It's Criminal
By Scott Ritter

Impeachment is the only recourse that can bring a halt to the madness in Iraq, and the insanity being planned in Iran and elsewhere

22 March, 2006

Bush Says US Troops To Remain In Iraq Indefinitely
By Jerry White

At a White House press conference Tuesday morning President George W. Bush suggested that the US would continue the occupation of Iraq for years, if not decades, to come

Operation Swarm Of Lies
By Dahr Jamail

Operation Swarm of Lies is part of yet another Cheney administration media blitz to put a happy face on this horrendously failed misadventure in Iraq. All too aware of the plummeting US public support for the war effort, and with approval ratings for the so-called president at an all time low, Bush had been sent out on the campaign trail to apply fresh gloss to the tattered sheen of the US occupation of Iraq

The Iraq War: Three Years On
By Robert Fisk

Even today the occupation powers tell awesome lies. Democracy is taking hold when the "Iraqi" government controls only a few acres of Baghdad greensward. The insurgency is being crushed when 40,000 armed Iraqis are ripping into the greatest army on Earth; freedom is taking hold when thousands of Iraqis are dying each month

20 March, 2006

Three Years Of Occupation And Bloodshed
By Baghdad Burning

Three years later and the nightmares of bombings and of shock and awe have evolved into another sort of nightmare. The difference between now and then was that three years ago, we were still worrying about material things- possessions, houses, cars, electricity, water, fuel… It’s difficult to define what worries us most now

Death Squad Democracy
By Mike Whitney

The notion that Iraq is now consumed by civil war depends on a number of assumptions that are inherently false

15 March, 2006

Accepting Reality: America Lost The War In Iraq
By Remi Kanazi

America has lost the war in Iraq. The chance for victory vanished long ago with the hearts, minds, arms, legs and lives of the Iraqi people. The insurgence hasn't won; rather the American government never obtained the formula to win

Remembering A Valiant Journalist: Atwar Bahjat
By Ramzy Baroud

According to Reporters Without Borders, a total of 82 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of US war on Iraq and the subsequent invasion and occupation in March 2003. Seven of those were killed this year alone. One of the seven is Al-Arabiya correspondent, Atwar Bahjat, a young Iraqi journalist and most certainly one of the best

14 March, 2006

Iraq: Permanent US Colony
By Dahr Jamail

US policymakers have replaced the Cold War with the Long War for Global Empire and Unchallenged Military Hegemony. This is the lens through which we must view Iraq to better understand why there are permanent US bases there

13 March, 2006

The British Companies Making
A Fortune Out Of Iraq

By Robert Verkaik

British businesses have profited by at least £1.1bn since coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein three years ago, the first comprehensive investigation into UK corporate investment in Iraq has found

Iraq: A Cluster Of Torture Prisons
By Ghali Hassan

The $20 billion initially appropriated by the US administration to “reconstruct” Iraq were a gift to US corporations and the Bush cronies. The only visible construction in Iraq today is the rise in the construction of prisons

10 March, 2006

See Dick Loot
By Dahr Jamail

Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have been making hay in the burning Iraqi sun for years now. It is, of course, no coincidence that the man sitting as vice president played a key role with his influence in obtaining the lion's share of contracts in Iraq for the company he was CEO of prior to his self-appointed position. Yet none of this is news

03 March, 2006

Somebody Is Trying To Provoke A Civil War In Iraq
By Robert Fisk & Tony Jones

I'd like to know what the Americans are doing to get at the people who are trying to provoke the civil war. It seems to me not very much. We don't hear of any suicide bombers being stopped before they blow themselves up. We don't hear of anybody stopping a mosque getting blown up. We're not hearing of death squads all being arrested. Something is going very, very wrong in Baghdad. Something is going wrong with the Administration

02 March, 2006

Iraq: A Solution To Nothing
By Scott Ritter

As the United States and Iraq approach the third anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it might do all Americans well to take some time out and reflect on how we got where we are, as well as where we are going in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole

Caught In The Crossfire
By Mike Whitney

It’s going to be "militia-rule" for quite a while in the new Iraq. America can either withdraw now or prepare to get caught in the crossfire

United Iraqi Protests Against US
Divide And Rule Policy

By Dahr Jamail and Simon Assaf

The recent killings in Iraq are not due to entrenched divisions between Sunni and Shia. Dahr Jamail and Simon Assaf explain what’s fuelling hatred – and the battle for unity

Atwar Bahjat: A believer In Iraq
By May Ying Welsh

A tribute to Atwar Bahjat, the Al-Arabiya correspondent who was shot and killed in Samarra the day al-Askari shrine in Samarra was destroyed

01 March, 2006

Iraqi Blogs Tell Of Violence, Hope
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

A new force in Iraq news coverage is coming of age – the Iraqi blogosphere

Iraq: The Wages Of Chaos
By Mark LeVine

As Iraq spirals deeper into chaos and perhaps civil war in the wake of the attack on the Golden Mosque, critics of the US-led invasion and occupation will no doubt refocus attention on the role of Israel in the march to war and the conduct of the occupation

27 February, 2006

Mosque Outrage Also Brings Solidarity
By Dahr Jamail And Arkan Hamed

Widespread sectarian violence generated by the recent bombing of the Shia Golden Mosque in Samarra has also brought widespread demonstrations of solidarity between Sunnis and Shias across Iraq

Political Motives Behind Attacks Surface
By Brian Conley And Isam Rashid

The political motivations behind the bombing of the Shia shrine in Samarra have begun to surface through several accounts

Volatile Days...
By Baghdad Burning

It does not feel like civil war because Sunnis and Shia have been showing solidarity these last few days in a big way. I don’t mean the clerics or the religious zealots or the politicians- but the average person

The Neo-Conned And Neo-Conned Again
By Ibrahim Ebeid

A book in two Volumes "Neo-Conned and Neo-Conned Again" have come out exposing the neocon complicity in the war on Iraq

25 February, 2006

Sectarian Violence Engulfs Iraq
By James Cogan

The bombing of the Al-Askariya mosque in the city of Samarra on Wednesday is a deliberate provocation that has immediately unleashed widespread sectarian violence and threatens to take US-occupied Iraq to a new level of savagery and barbarism

Payback Time In Iraq
By Sami Moubayed

With violence escalating in the wake of Wednesday's explosives attack on the Shi'ite Golden Mosque in Samarra, the situation in Iraq is as close to civil war as it has been since the downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003

24 February, 2006

Human Rights First Report Documents Deaths
Of Iraqis And Afghans In US Custody

By Tom Carter and Barry Grey

A report issued Wednesday by Human Rights First (HRF) documents the deaths of 98 people while in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report gives details of some of the killings, putting names and faces on the victims of US imperialism. The HRF report, coming on the heels of the newly released Abu Ghraib photos, provides a devastating exposure of systematic torture, abuse and murder

Death-Squad “Democracy” In Iraq
By Eric Ruder

In mid-February, Iraq’s Interior Ministry announced that it was launching an official investigation into reports that death squads targeting Sunni Muslims are operating from within its own police forces

21 February, 2006

IMF Measures Wreak Havoc On Iraqi People
By James Cogan

The disastrous social conditions that exist for the Iraqi people after decades of war and nearly three years of US occupation are being dramatically worsened as a result of International Monetary Fund (IMF)-dictated economic restructuring

Crime Becomes Another Occupation
By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid

Iraqis live amidst the excesses of the occupation, death squads, shooting and terrorist bombing — but that is not all. They have learnt to live increasingly with crime that often enters homes without anyone to check it

20 February, 2006

Shias Pick Kingpin
By Nermeen Al-Mufti

The nomination of Al-Jaafari came about through a democratic vote among the Shias, but will it be acceptable to other parliamentarian blocks?

18 February, 2006

Abu Ghraib Photos- Interview With SBS Reporter
By Amy Goodman & Olivia Rousset

The Australian news program Dateline aired a report earlier this week that showed new photographs of Iraqi detainees being tortured inside Abu Ghraib.Here is an interview with the reporter who obtained these photographs Runs Abu Ghraib Torture Photos
Leaked from Internal Army Source

By Amy Goodman & Mark Benjamin published even more torture photographs from Abu Ghraib a day after the Australian report aired on SBS public broadcasting. The online publication obtained photos, video and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation. We speak with reporter Mark Benjamin, who obtained the files and other electronic documents

17 February, 2006

Outrage Spreads over New Images
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

New footage of British soldiers beating up young Iraqi men in Amarah city in 2003, and the release of more photographs of atrocities by U.S. soldiers against Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib prison has spread outrage across Iraq

Eyes Wide Open
By Chris Floyd has obtained a cache of torture photos and videos from Abu Ghraib, along with previously unreleased investigation reports which detail "a total of 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse, 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse, 660 images of adult pornography, 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees, 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts, 20 images of a soldier with a Swastika drawn between his eyes, 37 images of Military Working dogs being used in abuse of detainees and 125 images of questionable acts."

16 February, 2006

More Photos; More War Crimes
By Mike Whitney

The photographs illustrate in excruciating detail the commitment to physical coercion that the Bush administration has vigorously defended in its legal memoranda and justified in terms of its war on terrorism. The battered faces and hooded victims of American brutality attest to the shocking inhumanity of the present campaign

Australian TV Airs More Photos Of
US Torture At Abu Ghraib

By Bill Van Auken

These photographs and videotapes are evidence of a grave crime against humanity. Murder, rape, the sodomizing of children, sexual torture, the use of dogs to tear the flesh of prisoners, all of this was carried out as a matter of state policy

Goodbye Iraq, Hello Afghanistan
By Pepe Escobar

Washington neo-conservatives, from Cheney to former deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz, may have dreamed of unlimited strategic power by controlling Iraq. What they got instead is a loose Iran/Iraq alliance. And they still could get something even more nightmarish

15 February, 2006

Who Will Possess Iraq’s Oilfields?
By Karen Button

The modern investment model being promoted in Iraq during these secret meetings is production sharing agreements, or PSAs. Mostly political in nature, PSAs maintain the technicality—and just as importantly, the appearance—of keeping oil ownership in government hands, yet the majority of profits goes to private companies

Iraqis Learn To Live With Abductions
By Maki Al-Nazzal

While the world focuses on high-profile kidnappings, Iraqis face the daily threat of abductions for ransom

Siniyah Isolated And Simmering
By Brian Conley and Isam Rashid

Twice now, an IPS correspondent has been refused entry to this town that has become a prison for its inhabitants. Contact with residents of the town came only at the checkpoint

13 February, 2006

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
By Dahr Jamail

If one watches corporate media or listens to Cheney Administration propaganda, one is either not getting information about Iraq at all, or hearing that things are looking up as the U.S. approaches another “phase” in the occupation

11 February, 2006

The Raid...
By Baghdad Burning

Who do you call to protect you from the New Iraq’s security forces?

09 February, 2006

The Corporate Plunder Of Iraq
By Dave Whyte

The largest part of the money spent by the US-British occupation was not US or international donor funds, but oil revenue that belongs to the Iraqi people. During the period of direct rule the US spent, or committed to spend, around £11.3 billion, most of which was disbursed to US corporations

An Appeal From A Women's Organisation From Iraq

There is an organization in north of iraq in a city which is called Irbil and we want to know the other organizations in the world .This is the first organization in north of iraq .we want to defend iraqi women rights if u can or u know any organizations that can come here to visit ours we will be very happy

03 February, 2006

Shias Head For Uncertain Govt
By Dahr Jamail

Six weeks after parliamentary elections, occupied Iraq is still struggling for a viable government, as violence and instability worsen

Election Results...
By Baghdad Burning

I try not to dwell on the results too much- the fact that Shia religious fundamentalists are currently in power- because when I do, I’m filled with this sort of chill that leaves in its wake a feeling of quiet terror

27 January, 2006

Iraqi Journalist Murdered By US Troops
By Truth About Iraqis

Yesterday, news emerged that an Iraqi journalist was killed by US troops in Ramadi. The journalist's body was riddled with bullets - some 20 of them

26 January, 2006

Killing The Messenger: The Silencing
Of Journalism In Iraq

By Ghali Hassan

The Occupation has many ways to silence independent journalists, distort the images of the Iraqi Resistance, and tarnish the name of Islam. In the unprovoked U.S. aggression against Iraq, truth continues to be the deliberate casualty

25 January, 2006

Destruction Easier Than Reconstruction
By Brian Conley And Isam Rashid

While politicians deliberate over Iraq’s future, Iraqis are dealing with the reality of the present. They are looking at the debris of a country where reconstruction has come to a standstill

21 January, 2006

A Town Becomes A Prison
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

"Our city has become a battlefield," 35 year-old engineer Fuad Al-Mohandis told IPS at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city. "So many of our houses have been destroyed, and the Americans are placing landmines in areas where they think there might be fighters, even though most of the time it is near the homes of innocent civilians."

19 January, 2006

A Tribute To Iraqi Ingenuity...
By Baghdad Burning

Now, nearly three years after this war, the buildings are still piles of debris. Electricity is terrible. Water is cut off for days at a time. Telephone lines come and go. Oil production isn’t even at pre-war levels… and Iraqis hear about the billions upon billions that come and go

12 January, 2005

Thank You For The Music...
By Baghdad Burning

All I knew was that a journalist had been abducted and that her Iraqi interpreter had been killed. Theysay he didn't die immediately. It is said he lived long enough to talk to police and then he died. I found out very recently that the interpreter killed was a good friend- Alan, of Alan's Melody, and I've spent the last two days crying

“Freedom in action”
By Dahr Jamail

In the shady, smoke and mirror filled world of Mr. Bush where violence is progress and Iraq inches ever closer to their elusive “democracy,” truth remains ever distant from the rhetoric of his speech writers. Mr. Bush referred to “a good deal of political turmoil” in Iraq as “freedom in action.”

11 January, 2006

“Violent Insurgency”
By Ghali Hassan

The 2003 U.S. aggression against Iraq has taken Western “progressive” élites, particularly those on the Left by surprise, not because of the violent and criminal nature of U.S.-orchestrated terror against the Iraqi people, but because of the instant rise of the Iraqi Resistance against the unprovoked military and economic against Iraq

'Democracy' Brings Bleak Days
By Dahr Jamail and Arkan Hamed

Many Iraqis see dismal days ahead in the face of rising violence and the decision by the U.S. administration not to seek any further funds for reconstruction

10 January, 2006

US Propaganda vs. Iraqi Reality
By Dahr Jamail

The reality in Iraq is the opposite of that generated by the Cheney administration as the carnage and chaos in Iraq worsens each day

One Morning In Baghdad...
By Sabah Ali

Baghdad streets, and Iraq highways, are private properties now of the American troops. to pass, you need their permission, which is not easy at all

07 January, 2006

By Baghdad Burning

I guess the Iraqis who thought the US was going to turn Iraq into another America weren’t really far from the mark- we too now enjoy inane leaders, shady elections, a shaky economy, large-scale unemployment and soaring gas prices

06 January, 2006

Terror And Resistance
By Ghali Hassan

Since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, there have been three elections and one “transfer of sovereignty”. However, the situation on the ground in Iraq has further deteriorated. What have changed are the pretexts for ongoing terror and occupation

03 January, 2006

The Guerilla War For Iraq’s Oil
By Mike Whitney

A war is raging in Iraq that will determine the outcome of the present occupation as well as the shape of future conflicts. It is the war for control of Iraqi oil

Open Letter From Baghdad
By An Iraqi citizen

A letter from an Iraqi citizen who lives in Baghdad. It is written as an open letter to Mr. Bush


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