Albion Monitor Issue 112 JUNE, 2003

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Rachel Corrie
In January, 23 year-old American Rachel Corrie came to the Palestinian town that some call "the bottom of the dungeon" to set up a sister city relationship with her hometown. She planned to stay in Rafah for at least two months, but she didn't expect that an Israeli soldier would kill her
In Iraq, Now Everyone Needs Food Aid
Largest emergency operation in 40 year history of UN aid program

U.S. Reported In Secret Peace Talks With Taliban
Extremists control much of Afghanistan amid growing attacks on U.S. forces

Iraq Guerrilla War Leads U.S. Launch Of "Project Desert Scorpion"
Echoes of Vietnam War buildup

Bush Peace "Road Map" In Doubt As Mideast Violence Explodes
A week after peace summit, Israel's war on Hamas threatens everything

Tony Blair Bets Everything On Finding Iraqi WMD
Accused of "sexing up" intelligence material

Rights Groups Want U.S. Tried For Iraq War Crimes
Suits filed over deaths of civilians, journalists

Doubts Cast On U.S. Explanation Of Iraqi Protesters' Deaths
No evidence of guerrilla attack prior to Army opening fire and killing at least 20 Iraqis

Newly-Released Documents Show Enron Ties To Bush White House
Treasury, State Dept, even National Security Council called on to lobby for Enron

Bush Euro Tour Anything But A Victory Lap
An empire that is in trouble, and on virtually every front

FCC To Relax Media Ownership Restrictions
Wave of media buyouts expected

Iraqi, Afghan Refugees Find No Welcome In France Or UK
Over 100k asylum applications to England last year, most from refugees living in France

Saddam Atrocities Top Story In Arab Media
New willingness by Arab leaders to make peace with Israel

Law Experts Call U.S. Plans For Terrorist Trials Illegal
Some bar associations warn lawyers against participating

U.S. Court Says Nothing Wrong With 9/11 Detentions
"For the first time ever, a U.S. court has sanctioned secret arrests"

Rightwing Think Tank Attacks Independent Orgs
Favorite Bush think tank wants to snuff non-corporate advocacy groups

Delegation From Postwar Iraq Grilled By UN Press
"Who do you really represent?" "Who paid for your trip?"

U.S. Reveals Blueprints To Open Iraq To Multinationals
Free markets will solve everything

Canada's Relationship With Bush Now Ice Cold
In retaliation for no support of Iraq invasion, Bush may be first president to not visit Canada in 60 years

Poll Finds Muslim World View Of U.S. At New Low
Bad opinion of U.S. now widespread from Indonesia to Africa

Bush Hawks Eye Northern Iran
Meeting with dissedents in Azerbaijan

Iraq Chaos Still Threatens UN Relief Ops
Carjackings, organized looting plagues cities as criminals roam streets

Does Iraqi General Hold Key To Why Baghdad Fell Quickly?
Saddam's cousin and top general absent from U.S. card deck of 55 most-wanted Iraqis

Rumsfeld money laundering
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld dodged the question about Saddam's use of offshore banking, also heavily used by U.S. corporations, at a May 27 appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York
Iran Sees British Conspiracy Behind Every Mullah
Popular view that the English are the wits and brains behind American actions

Iran Blames Student Protests On U.S.
Khamenei compares events to 1952 CIA-instigated riots

Iraq Should Heed Lessons From U.S. Occupation Of Japan
Japan's social order was key to peaceful occupation

Russia And U.S. Square Off Over Iran
Russia behind construction of Iran's first nuclear reactor

Burma In Crisis Over Arrest Of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
Army's top ranks want nothing to do with democracy

Western bank and corporate secrecy system used to launder bribes

Burma Junta Arrests Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
Dictatorship cracks down on democracy movement

The "Great Game" Continues -- With U.S. In Charge
Bush trying to nudge Russia out of what used to be its backyard

Phony Jessica Lynch Story Nearly Same As 1897 "War Outrage"
Hearst newspapers cooked up similar tale for Spanish-American War

Australia Govt. Fighting Probe Of Pre-War Iraq Intel
Joint parliamentary committee will investigate if nation was misled about Saddam's WMD

Top Australian Leader Wants Media Crackdown For Iraq War Criticism
"I think there were some examples of Saddam Hussein being treated very gently"

Merry Go Round
Washington Merry-Go-Round Conservation Voters Report Card Gives Bush An "F"FREE!
Called worsst assault on environment in U.S. history

U.S. Nearly At Cold War Arms Spending
Pentagon expecting $390 billion next year

In A Nation Of Laws, Bush Must Be Impeached FREE!
A con that makes Watergate or Iran-Contra look like petty crimes

Bush Seeks Power To Appoint Foreign Aid Czar FREE!
Unprecedented power for White House to decide which countries get aid

Iran Could Be Key To Bush Re-Election
Parallel to Nixon 1972 landslide after making nice with China

Loss Of Key Aide Marks New Setback For Colin Powell
Targeted by neo-cons and Cheney

Elusive Iraqi Weapon Evidence Looking More Like Coverup
"What did they know, when did they know it" echoes Watergate

Inability To Find Iraqi WMD Puts Bush Hawks On Political Hot Seat
Bush & Co. face hostile Congressional hearings, CIA investigation

The Neoconservatives

Few Americans are aware of the radical philosophies behind the neoconservative movement that is embraced by the Bush Administration. Founder Leo Strauss hated individualism, liberalism and relativism, because those traits that might encourage dissent. "You want a crowd that you can manipulate like putty." Strauss believed those who are fit to rule are those who realize there is no morality and that there is only one natural right, the right of the superior to rule over the inferior. Michael Ledeen, whose ideas are repeated daily by such figures as Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, preaches "creative destruction" and "total war." His views virtually define the stark departure from American foreign policy philosophy that existed before the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. "The sparing of civilian lives cannot be the total war's first priority ... The purpose of total war is to permanently force your will onto another people."

 + Leo Strauss: The Strong Must Rule The Weak

 + Neocon Guru Michael Ledeen Sets Sites On Iran And "Total War"

Michael Ledeen
Michael Ledeen
Leo Strauss
Leo Strauss
GOP Senate Seeks To Undermine Endangered Species Act FREE!
Consulting with nature experts called too costly and time consuming

Israeli wall of apartheid
The security fence that Israel is building between itself and the West Bank has become another flashpoint between the two warring sides. The first phase of the fence along the northern part of the West Bank is in an advanced stage of construction. The ultimate plan is to build the barrier along the entire 365- kilometer border of the West Bank
Radical Israelis Prepared For Confrontation Over Outposts
"We will wage a battle even over a tent"

Israel Presses On With Its Own Berlin Wall
"Security" barrier compared to South Africa's apartheid

Bush Set To "Protect" Forests By Building More Roads FREE!
Called an "unbelievably shameless attack on our national forests"

One Week After Agreement, Israel Pushes Bush Aside
Sharon again pounds occupied territories after peace agreement

Palestinians Wary Of "Road Map To Peace"
Would make any suicide bombing a breach of trust

Israeli Colonists Wary Of "Road Map To Peace"
Many near broke, would need payout to leave settlements heavily subsidized by government

Crime, Violence On Increase In S America Cities
Business booming for security services, turning homes into fortresses

Pakistan Region Moves Toward Taliban Police System
"Virtue Police" would enforce strict Islamic law

Iraqi Farmers Face Uncertain Future FREE!
Hard to plant spring crops while country under invasion

Industry Finds New Angle To Beat Injury Suits: Dispute Science FREE!
1993 court ruling being used to discourage expert testimony

USDA biotech conference
Police in riot gear blocked protesters from a Department of Agriculture conference touting genetically modified food

Industry claiming to be saving the world from hunger -- again

France Gloats As Bush & Blair Squirm Over Missing Iraqi WMD
Newspapers devote whole sections to alleged lying by U.S. and UK

U.S. Bars UNESCO From Iraq Because Team Had French Librarian
Bars UN scholars out of spite for opposition to war

White House Pressured EPA to Whitwash Environment Report FREE!
Bad news about global warming, rising pollution not mentioned at all

Aceh And The Grim Shadows Of Civil War FREE!
Indonesia crackdown on seperatists creates wave of refugees, killings

Bush Terror War Threw Refugees Worldwide Into Limbo
U.S. accepted only 27k refugees last year, lowest number in over two decades

Iraq War Deceptions Spell Trouble For Bush
Americans want their acts of war to be justified

David Horowitz Gets It All Wrong
Lashing out at Sid Blumenthal and old enemies

Bush Uses Iran War Threats To Distract From Mideast Roadblocks
Grandstanding easier than meaningful peace process

Bush Counting On Weak Dollar To Assure Re-Election
Benefits both U.S. producers and big multinational corporations

Robert St. John, Peaceful Warrior FREE!
The pacifist who was a war correspondent for 5 decades

MOLLY     IVINS Molly Ivins

 + White House Edits Out The Bad News
 + Prescription Drug Political Stalemate
 + The Great Iraq Gold Rush Is On
 + Blumenthal's "Clinton Wars" Required Reading
 + Necessities Cut With Tax Cuts
 + Bet The Farm On Wind
 + Setting Up The Photo-Op, Not Peace, At Conference
 + Whom Is Deceiving Whom

 + No, Newt, the Ends Don't Justify the Means
 + What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?
 + Bad Iraq Data From Start to Finish
 + How Their Big Lie Came to Be

 } Robert Scheer

 + Howard Dean No Progressive's Champion
 + The Media Politics Of Impeachment
 + No Comparison Between U.S. And British Media
 + Trust, War and Terrorism

 } Norman Solomon

 + Do We REALLY Want "Anyone But Bush?"
 + Why Do Africans Get AIDS?
 + After The Fact Baying Of The Press
 + The Road Map Hoax

 } Alexander Cockburn

Liberals and progressives may hate conservative gasbags like Rush Limbaugh, but his ilk have had little competition

You, Too, Can Be A Conservative Gasbag FREE!

Karl Rove's Nightmare: Liberal Talk Radio FREE!

Albion Monitor
Issue 112

Editor: Jeff Elliott (
Publisher: Darryl Trujillo (

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