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It's Not Just the LAPD: The Big Lie About Police Brutality is That it's Not Rampant

 

By Dave Lindorff


Police brutality is in the news, thanks to the widespread availability of amateur video.

We've seen scene after scene of police beating the crap out of, and even shooting and killing unarmed or minimally dangrous students, women, old men and crazy people, many of them after they have been handcuffed and checked for weapons.

Dear Syria, Please Consider What a Paradise We've Made Iraq

Iraqis wait to see gains from oil boom

By Adam Schreck - The Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq is fast becoming an oil producing powerhouse, but you’d never know that by looking at the faded Unknown Soldier gas station in downtown Baghdad. There’s no repair garage or mini-mart, just a cramped office with tattered vinyl couches. Horns blare as a string of waiting cars backs up into busy Sadoun Street, slowing traffic.

Electricity from the power grid is available only for a few hours a day, so a noisy generator burns through 200 liters (53 gallons) of fuel daily just to keep the lights on and pumps running. That eats into what little profit is left over after government-imposed price caps, says manager Anmar Abdul-Sattar.

We Don’t Need No Bloody Treaties: Britain Blows a Fuse over Ecuador’s Asylum Grant to Wikileaks’ Assange

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The concerted and orchestrated campaign to capture Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and ultimately to hand him over to the tender mercies of a kangaroo court in the US, where he would likely be tried for spying and other possibly capital offenses, continues as Britain threatens the Ecuadoran Embassy with a police assault.

 

Democracies Don't Start Wars, But Fake Democracies Sure Do!

 

 

By Dave Lindorff


We’ve all heard it said by our teachers when we were in school, we’ve all heard it said by politicians, including presidents: “Democracies don’t start wars.”


Soldiers Who Refuse to Kill

One of the most inspiring events thus far at the Veterans For Peace National Convention underway in Miami was a presentation on Thursday by several veterans who have refused to participate in war. Typically, they have done this at the risk of significant time in prison, or worse. In most cases these resisters avoided doing any time. Even when they did go behind bars, they did so with a feeling of liberation.

Gerry Condon refused to deploy to Vietnam, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, escaped from Fort Bragg, left the country, and came back campaigning for amnesty. President Jimmy Carter pardoned resisters as his first act in office. Condon never "served" a day, in either the military "service" or prison.

America a Democracy? Really?

By Dave Lindorff

This article was originally written forPressTV

We Americans are taught it in school. The propaganda put out by Voice of America repeats the idea ad nauseum around the globe. Politicians refer to it in every campaign speech with the same fervor that they claim to be running for office in response to God’s call: America is a model of democracy for the whole world.

But what kind of democracy is it really that we have here? 

Iraq: Britain's War Against Truth

http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/08/iraq-britains-war-against-truth/#more-45399

   Iraq: Britain’s War Against Truth

I think most people who have dealt with me think I am a pretty straight sort of guy, and I am.

— Tony Blair, November 2007

In the last several days, the shreds of Britain’s threadbare claim to democracy have been ripped away.

The refusal by the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government to disclose documents integral to the decision to join the US in invading, occupying, destroying and dismantling the entire civil authority and infrastructure of the very State of Iraq, follows their Labour predecessors, the invasion’s co-architects.

The Iraq Inquiry findings under Sir John Chilcot’s Chairmanship will now be delayed for over another year.

Video: Greg Muttitt on the Untold Story of the War on Iraq for Oil

Greg Muttitt Speaks About His Book "Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq"
Charlottesville, VA
July 24, 2012
Random Row Books

Will Downing St. Memo Recur on Iran?

By Annie Machon and Ray McGovern, Consortium News

Recent remarks by Sir John Sawers, who heads Britain’s MI6 (the Secret Intelligence Service that is Britain’s CIA counterpart), leave us wondering if Sawers is preparing to “fix” intelligence on Iran, as his immediate predecessor, Sir John Scarlett, did on Iraq.

Greg Muttitt in Charlottesville, VA, on Tuesday, July 24th

Greg Muttitt, visiting from the U.K., is the author of the brand new book on Iraq that is making a lot of news.  It's called Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq.

"Nothing short of a secret history of the war" -- Naomi Klein.

Democracy Now aired this interview of Greg this week.

Greg will speak and answer your questions:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7 p.m.

Random Row Books
315 West Main Street 
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 295-2493
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About Fuel on the Fire:

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years, while most Iraqis, Britons, and Americans desperately wanted it to end? And why did the troops have to leave?

Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated US and UK foreign policy over the last decade, investigative reporter and activist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer some of these questions and reveals the previously untold story of the oil politics that played out
through the occupation of Iraq.

Drawing upon hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive interviews with senior American, British, and Iraqi officials, Muttitt exposes the plans and preparations that were in place to shape policies in favor of American and British energy interests. But he also tells the inspiring story of how Iraqi trade unions organized not only to defend their members’ rights, but also to thwart many of the USA’s oil plans  -- with remarkable success. Through their stories, we begin to see a very different Iraq from the one our politicians have told us about.

In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya, and renewed threats against Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq and of the global consequences of our persistent oil addiction.

"Excellent... a textbook example of how international pressures are put on politicians to get them to buckle" - The Guardian

"Set to turn our understanding of the war on its head" - The Independent

"Will trouble the most ardent liberal interventionist" -
Petroleum Economist

"The Iraqi civil society voices resound with dignity in this brilliant, comprehensive account" - New Internationalist

About Face

Are Drones Moral Killing Machines? NY Times National Security Journalist Says Yes

 

By Dave Lindorff


Are weaponized drone aircraft more moral than the more traditional killing machines used in warfare? In an opinion published in Sunday’s New York Times, the paper’s national security reporter, Scott Shane, argues that they are.


Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Published July 2012 by the New Press

"Nothing short of a secret history of the war"
- Naomi Klein

Tour dates (details):
WASHINGTON, DC: Tuesday, July 10
NEW YORK: Thursday, July 12
MADISON, Wisconsin (TBC): Tuesday, July 17
PORTLAND, Oregon: Wednesday, July 18
SAN FRANCISCO: Thursday, July 19 AND Sunday, July 22
BOSTON: Thursday, July 26

The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years, while most Iraqis, Britons, and Americans desperately wanted it to end? And why did the troops have to leave? Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated US and UK foreign policy over the last decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer some of these questions and reveals the previously untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation of Iraq.

Drawing upon hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive interviews with senior American, British, and Iraqi officials, Muttitt exposes the plans and preparations that were in place to shape policies in favor of American and British energy interests. We follow him through a labyrinth of clandestine meetings, reneged promises, and abuses of power; we also see how Iraqis struggled for their own say in their future, in spite of their dysfunctional government and rising levels of violence. Through their stories, we begin to see a very different Iraq from the one our politicians have told us about. In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya, and renewed threats against Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq and of the global consequences of our persistent oil addiction.

www.fuelonthefire.com

The Longest War: Overcoming Lies and Indifference

by Kathy Kelly
(first published by the Mobilizing Ideas website)

In April of 2003, I returned from Iraq after having lived there during the U.S. Shock and Awe bombing and the initial weeks of the invasion.  Before the bombing I had traveled to Iraq about two dozen times and had helped organize 70 trips to Iraq, aiming to cast light on a brutal sanctions regime, with the “Voices in the Wilderness” campaign.  As the bombing had approached, we had given our all to helping organize a remarkable worldwide peace movement effort, one which may have come closer than any before it to stopping a war before it started.  But, just as, before the war, we’d failed to lift the vicious and lethally punitive economic sanctions against Iraq, we also failed to stop the war, and the devastating civil war that it created. 

One Nobel Laureate Blasts Another -- And They’re Both Americans

 

By Dave Lindorff


There are two US presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now one of those Nobel laureate leaders is accusing the other, though without naming him, of actions that qualify as war crimes and impeachable crimes against the US Constitution.


Drones of Love

 

By Gary Lindorff

 

Let us bomb your neighborhood,

Let us target your neighbor

Out of our love and concern –

 

Not you, not your children.

Drones of love!

 

Won’t you love us

After the dust settles?

After the evil has been exploded?

After the crater in the market-place

Has been filled in and paved

We will explode our way into your hearts!

 

We might miss our intended target;

The Vietnam War and the Struggle For Truth

 

By John Grant


Vietnam, a story of virtually unmitigated disasters that we have inflicted on ourselves and even more on others.

           -Bernard Brodie, 1973
 

This Memorial Day Let’s Start Caring for Our Nation’s Veterans: No More Ducking the Real Cost of US Wars!

 

By Dave Lindorff


Whether he ever said it or not, I’m going to borrow from a quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln and alter it a bit to say: “American politicians must love war veterans -- they keep making so many more of them.”


MEMORIAL DAY 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

 


by WALTER BRASCH


 


Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves.


But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of Summer, just as Labor Day has become a three-day picnic-filled weekend that laments the end of Summer. 


 There will be memorial concerts and parades. The media, shoving aside political and celebrity news, will all have stories. Among those who will be the first to patriotically salute those who died in battle are those who enthusiastically pushed for them to go to war.

Americans Love a Good Killer

 

 

By John Grant

 

The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer.
- D.H. Lawrence

The realist in murder writes of a world in which gangsters can rule nations … where a judge with a cellar full of bootleg liquor can send a man to jail for having a pint in his pocket … where no man can walk down a dark street in safety because law and order are things we talk about but refrain from practicing.
- Raymond Chandler
 
 
American pop culture is certainly not unique in having a love affair with killers. Since the first cave man cracked his neighbor’s head open to control a water hole, eliminating others has been top on the list of problem-solving techniques.

Colin Powell's Tangled Web

“I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying -- of knowing the information was false. I didn’t.” -- Colin Powell.

Can you imagine having an opportunity to address the United Nations Security Council about a matter of great global importance, with all the world's media watching, and using it to… well, to make shit up – to lie with a straight face, and with a CIA director propped up behind you, I mean to spew one world-class, for-the-record-books stream of bull, to utter nary a breath without a couple of whoppers in it, and to look like you really mean it all? What gall. What an insult to the entire world that would be.

Colin Powell doesn't have to imagine such a thing. He has to live with it. He did it on February 5, 2003. It's on videotape.

Real Politics Must be in the Streets: The Constitutional Crimes of Barack Obama

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

As we slog towards another vapid, largely meaningless exercise in pretend democracy with the selection of a new president and Congress this November, it is time to make it clear that the current president, elected four years ago by so many people with such inflated expectations four years ago (myself included, as I had hoped, vainly it turned out, that those who elected him would then press him to act in progressive ways), is not only a betrayer of those hopes, but is a serial violator of his oath of office. He is, in truth, a war criminal easily the equal of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and perhaps even of Bush’s regent, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

 

Let me count the ways:

 

A Conspiracy of Whores

 

By John Grant

 

Whore: (verb) To debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money.

-The New Oxford American Dictionary

 

It’s a challenge to make adult sense of the absurdities coming out of Colombia right now.

Iraqing Iran: They Lied Last Time, They're Lying Now

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright to speak in Charlottesville, Va.

City Council Members Dave Norris and Dede Smith will be present, and we will thank them and their colleagues for having passed a resolution urging reductions in military spending and opposing any attack on Iran.

7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2012
Albemarle County Office Building - Fifth Street Extended
Room A
Charlottesville, VA
Directions: http://www.albemarle.org/page.asp?info=dir
( Ridge Street becomes 5th Street SW. Continue on 5th Street and pass over I-64. Turn Left into the parking lot for COB-5th Street located at corner of Old Lynchburg Road and 5th Street.)

This past weekend, the United States and other major nations finally spoke with Iran. In the space of 10 hours (or 5 with language translation), Iran was able to do what it has attempted in the past: agree to a framework for ensuring that its nuclear program is only used for peaceful means. This prospect for peace was immediately denounced by Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, and other members of the United States Congress, who may try to block further talks as early as this week. War is the only option ever considered by many in Washington, but it is always presented to the public as a last resort. Nothing is more dangerous to such fraud than the supposedly irrational enemy rationally agreeing to peace. A Senate effort to prevent the talks that have just been held had been blocked by Senator Rand Paul. Now Congress is coming back with more deadly sanctions, ultimatums, and resolutions requiring war.

Now is the time to raise our voices in support of peace.  Who better than Ann Wright to point us in the right direction?


Ann WrightAnn Wright is a former U.S. Army Colonel and a career diplomat who received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand people during the civil war in Sierra Leone.  She served the State Department in Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. She helped reopen the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan in 2001 and publicly resigned the day the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. Wright has been a fulltime peace activist since 2003, and a member of Veterans for Peace.  She managed Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas, in 2005, participated in Camp Democracy in Washington, D.C., in 2006, and has been part of countless nonviolent campaigns for peace and justice since. 

Wright has repeatedly gone to jail for justice.  She has repeatedly interrupted Congressional hearings.  Wright served as one of five judges at the January 2006 sessions of the International Commission of Inquiry On Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.  She was also one of three recipients of the first annual Truthout Freedom and Democracy Awards.  She testified at an Article 32 hearing on behalf of U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy to Iraq.

She was one of 38 arrested in 2007 at the Nevada Test Site protesting U.S. development of nuclear weapons.  She was one of the Hancock 38 arrested in New York State in 2011 protesting the U.S. development and use of killer drones and was arrested for protesting the deplorable conditions in which alleged whistle blower Bradley Manning was held in Virginia.  She has been a leading organizer of the Gaza Freedom March and other efforts to break the blockade of Gaza. She was on the Gaza Flotilla in 2010 and was an organizer for the 2011 Gaza Flotilla and the US Boat to Gaza, the Audacity of Hope

Wright is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience, subtitled Government Insiders Speak Out Against the War in Iraq, which includes a forward by Daniel Ellsberg. 

Ann will sign copies of her book.
 
Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice.

WarIsACrime.org.

Charlottesville Ron Paul Revolution.

Socialist Party of Central Va.

Middle Eastern Leadership Council.


Print Flyer PDF http://warisacrime.org/sites/afterdowningstreet.org/files/annwrightad.pdf

Iranian Hospital Treating Iraqi Children Born With Defects from U.S. Depleted Uranium

Surely this must be some kind of a crime on the part of Iran?  Or can the children perhaps be charged with trading with the enemy?

From Information Clearing House:

"The waiting list for treatment in Baghdad is endless and time is never on the side of the patients," says Al- Sailhi from the barracks that host his NGO headquarters next to the hospital.

"Besides, these children's diseases also lead to economic ruin of their families. Those who can afford it pay up to 7,000 dollars in Syria or up to 12,000 dollars in Jordan for treatment. The cheapest option is Iran, with rates at an average of 5,000 dollars. 

"Today, families are flocking to Tehran for their children to be treated. Many of them are sleeping in the streets because they can't afford to pay a hotel room."

Trolling for Kids: The Empire is Using Hard Times to Help it Recruit More Imperial Troops and Cannon Fodder

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

In the militarist society in which we live in these latter days of American Empire, all soldiers are “noble heroes” who have signed up at “great personal sacrifice” to “defend our freedoms,” and we are all expected to pay homage and a great deal of our hard-earned money to support them, both in their brutal efforts to subjugate people in desperately poor parts of the world, and (when they leave the service, either to take jobs in the private sector or to live out broken lives if they were wounded) as veterans.

 

But let’s be honest about all this.

 

The Current People's Nonviolent Uprising in Iraq

Iraq Now: Reports from the WarResistersLeague

Since February 25th, 2011 Iraq has seen the rise of a nation-wide protest movement against the US occupation, as well as Nouri al-Maliki’s dysfunctional, sectarian government. Keep following this page for reports, analysis and interviews on the evolution of this movement compiled by WRL field-organizer Ali Issa. For up-to-the-minute news, see the Iraqi facebook pages here (for Arabic) and here (for English.)

Iraq: The Forgotten Uprising Lives On – 3/5/2012

“The Friday of Occupation’s Defeat”: Celebration, Vigilance, and a New Front – 12/9/2011

Message of Solidarity to Occupy Wall Street from the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq – 11/3/2011

OWFI Report: Hawija in Crisis and the Legacy of US Bases – 10/5/2011

Hadi al-Mahdi: Yearnings of an Assassinated Artist – 9/20/2011

“Stands Against Its Oppressor”: Iraqi-Syrian Solidarity – 9/16/2011

Exoneration, Electricity, and the Movement on TV – 7/22/2011

Thurgham al-Zaidi Freed – 7/3/2011

Iraqi Feminists Sexually Assaulted During Pro-Democracy Protests – 6/13/2011

Iraq Protest Movement Reaches Turning Point: After Maliki’s 100 Days – 6/11/2011

“We Weren’t Really Waiting”: A Fuse 100 Days Long – 6/7/2011

Mosul Sit-in Grows Massive Amidst Violent Crackdowns – 5/19/2011

“We will protest until the occupiers leave.” – An Interview with Uday al-Zaidi – 5/15/2011

Iraqis Continue Protests as Tactics Evolve in Mosul – 4/22/2011

Occupying the Bases: April 9th and Iraq’s ‘Day of Salvation’ – 3/29/2011

Defying Iraq’s Police State – 3/22/2011

If Bush and Cheney Are Shamelessly on Tour, Why Shouldn't Curveball Be?

By Jonathan Owen, The Inependent

A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 1,000,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.

"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war.

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