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Abducted Aid Worker in Iraq Begs for Life
By : ROBERT H. REID - Sunday October 24, 2004
By ROBERT H. REID BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Trembling, haggard and weeping into a tissue, Margaret Hassan, the kidnapped British aid worker who has spent nearly half her life delivering food and medicine in Iraq, begged Britain on Friday to help save her by withdrawing its troops, saying these "might be my last hours." The gaunt, 59-year-old woman’s wrenching, televised statement - delivered between sobs - puts new political pressure on Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government, a day (...)
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Beheadings now routine for Iraqi pathologist
By : Michael Georgy - Wednesday October 13, 2004
By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The beheading of hostage Ken Bigley horrified the world. It sickened Iraq’s top pathologist too, but he is getting used to seeing severed heads. "It was barbaric, but we see all kinds of things here in forensic pathology and beheadings are on the rise. It is the biggest trend by far. Iraq is totally out of control," Faik Bakr told Reuters at his morgue in Baghdad. Bigley, a 62-year-old engineer, was beheaded with a knife on Thursday after his (...)
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Eggs In One Basket
By : URI AVNERY - Monday October 11, 2004
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What would happen if Americans started to wonder about the roots of the terrorism of Islamic fanatics? Won’t there be some who would argue that America got into the Clash of Civilizations with the Muslim world only because of Israel? by URI AVNERY About a hundred years ago, the Russian Czar’s secret police cobbled together a document they called the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion". The "authors" were not particularly original - they took a satire, written decades earlier (...)
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Freed Italian Hostage Says Iraq Rebels ’Justified’
By : Rome - Monday October 4, 2004
ROME (Reuters) - An Italian aid worker held hostage last month in Iraq said guerrillas there were right to fight U.S.-led forces and their Iraqi "puppet government." In comments that were bound to annoy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government, Simona Torretta also called on Rome to withdraw the troops it sent to Iraq to support its U.S. ally. "I said it before the kidnapping and I repeat it today," she told Corriere della Sera newspaper in an interview published Friday. "You (...)
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When the Rabbits Get a Gun
By : William Rivers Pitt - Wednesday September 15, 2004
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By William Rivers Pitt This is the comforting fiction: Osama bin Laden is a monster who sprang whole from the fetid mire. He had no childhood, no influences, no education, no experiences to form his view of the world. He did not exist, and then he did, a vessel into which the universe poured the essence of evil. It is a simple, straightforward story of a man who hates freedom and kills for the pure joy of feeling innocent blood drip from his fingers. This is the fairy tale by which (...)
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ANOTHER LOOK AT 9-11 MORE PNAC PLOTTING?
By : Ted Lang - Wednesday September 15, 2004
By: Ted Lang Increasingly, evidence continues to mount against our own government. Parts of what were formerly viewed as disjointed, confusing and disconnected pieces of a puzzle are beginning to fall into place. The Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal was bad enough, but the Bush administration’s cover-up is much worse. The same can be said for the 9-11 Commission that never really addressed how it was possible for our skies to be so vulnerable on that day. We are to believe that nary (...)
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Nausea in New York
By : William Rivers Pitt - Thursday September 2, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt "One of the interesting things people ask me, now that we are asking questions, is, ’Can you ever win the war on terror?’ Of course you can." George W. Bush, April 13 2004 You just can’t make this stuff up. George W. Bush, in an interview broadcast Monday by the ‘Today’ show, told host Matt Lauer that he doesn’t think his ‘War on Terror’ is winnable. "I don’t think you can win it," said Bush. "But I think (...)
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Journalist From Italy Killed in Iraq by Captors
By : JOHN F. BURNS - Friday August 27, 2004
By JOHN F. BURNS BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Arab news channel Al Jazeera reported early Friday that it had received a videotape from a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq showing the killing of an Italian journalist, Enzo Baldoni, who disappeared last week while traveling to Najaf. Italy’s Ansa news agency quoted Italian officials in Iraq as confirming the Al Jazeera report. A spokesman for Al Jazeera, Jihad Ballout, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying that the satellite (...)
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PM was told war would spur terrorism
By : Tom Allard - Monday August 23, 2004
by Tom Allard The Federal Government was warned repeatedly by intelligence analysts before the Iraq war that the conflict would harm the war on terrorism by fanning Islamic extremism and spurring terrorist recruiting. An investigation by the Herald, which has included interviews with several serving and retired intelligence figures, has uncovered that John Howard and his senior colleagues were briefed on the dangers, verbally and in written reports. Yet the Prime Minister told (...)
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Terror by video: How Iraq’s kidnappers drew their inspiration from horrors of Chechnya
By : Robert Fisk - Tuesday July 27, 2004
by Robert Fisk The pictures are grainy, the voices sometimes unclear. But when Kim Sun-il shrieks "Don’t kill me" over and over again, his fear is palpable. As the heads of Iraq’s kidnap victims are sawn off, Koranic recitations - usually by a well-known Saudi imam are played on the soundtrack. At the beheading of an American, the murderer ritually wipes his bloody knife twice on the shirt of his victim, just as Saudi officials clean their blades after public executions in (...)
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Egyptian diplomat in Iraq taken captive
By : Aljazeera - Saturday July 24, 2004
By Aljazeera An Egyptian diplomat has been seized in Baghdad by a group calling itself "Lions of God Battalions in Iraq". The capture was in response to comments by Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Nazif that Egypt is ready to offer its security experience to the interim Iraqi government, a videotape aired on Aljazeera channel said The captive has been identified as Muhammad Mamduh Hilmi Qutb, the television said based on the videotape sent to it by the group on Friday. Egypt reaction (...)
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Militants kidnap six more in Iraq
By : Ravi Nessman - Friday July 23, 2004
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By Ravi Nessman in Baghdad A MILITANT group said today it had taken six more hostages — three Indians, two Kenyans and an Egyptian — and would behead them if their countries did not immediately announce the withdrawal of their citizens from Iraq. The US death toll since the start of the war rose to 900 when a roadside bomb killed a soldier. The seizure of the hostages came a day after a Filipino truck driver was released in exchange for Manila’s withdrawal of its (...)
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Family of American beheaded in Iraq say U.S. government ignoring them
By : WEST CHESTER - Sunday July 18, 2004
Family members of slain U.S. businessman Nicholas Berg are being stonewalled by their government as they try to find out exactly what happened in the weeks before he was kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq in May, Berg’s father said. Among other details, the Bergs want to know whether Berg, who had been in Iraq seeking work for his fledgling telecommunications company, was being held by allied or Iraqi forces before his kidnapping, The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper reported. "If it (...)
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Only Cowards Cancel Elections
By : William Rivers Pitt - Thursday July 15, 2004
By William Rivers Pitt A number of trial balloons have been floated in recent days, from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge specifically, about canceling or postponing the national election because of a terrorist attack. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., the Bush-appointed chairman of the newly minted U.S. Election Assistance Commission, apparently got the ball rolling with Ridge by writing a letter to him. In it, he bade Ridge ask Congress for the power to put off the November election in the (...)
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The view from the editorial pages
By : Stephen W. Stromberg - Saturday June 19, 2004
by Stephen W. Stromberg President Bush may still believe in the pre-war Iraq-al Qaida connection as much as a 5-year old does in Santa Claus, but the editorial boards of several major newspapers are no longer deluded — thanks in large part to this week’s revelation by the 9/11 commission that Iraq and al-Qaida had no working relationship. The Financial Times: "Whether the Osama and Saddam thesis was more the result of self-delusion or cynical manipulation, it — along (...)
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An illegal and immoral war, betrayed by images that reveal our racism
By : Robert Fisk - Saturday May 8, 2004
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by Robert Fisk First, our enemies created the suicide bomber. Now, we have our own digital suicide bomber, the camera. Just look at the way US army reservist Lynndie England holds the leash of the naked, bearded Iraqi. Take a close look at the leather strap, the pain on the prisoner’s face. No sadistic movie could outdo the damage of this image. In September 2001, the planes smashed into the buildings; today, Lynndie smashes to pieces our entire morality with just one tug on the (...)
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11 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq; hostage escapes
By : Collective Bellaciao - Monday May 3, 2004
American truck driver flees captors three weeks after being abducted Eleven U.S. troops were killed in attacks across Iraq, including a mortar barrage today in which six Americans died and 30 others were wounded. Meanwhile, kidnapped U.S. truck driver Thomas Hamill escaped his Iraqi captors, prying open a door of the house where he was held when an American patrol passed by. Running a kilometre to the patrol, Hamill identified himself and led the soldiers to the house, where two Iraqis (...)
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Sharon’s "Courageous" Plan Bush Legitimizes Terrorism
By : ROBERT FISK - Sunday April 18, 2004
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So President George Bush tears up the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and that’s okay. Israeli settlements for Jews and Jews only on the West Bank. That’s okay. Taking land from Palestinians who have owned that land for generations, that’s okay. UN Security Council Resolution 242 says that land cannot be acquired by war. Forget it. That’s okay. Does President George Bush actually work for al-Qa’ida? What does this mean? That George Bush cares more about (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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