The Downing Street Memo and the press
1986 Iraq bond issued during Iran-Iraq war
Whatever government ends up in control of Iraq, it will have to repay a debt of staggering proportions. Although the "Paris Club" of industrialized nations forgave part of the debt last year, about $20 billion is still owed the IMF, and is tied to yet unspecified "conditionalities" set by the Fund.
A far greater debt is owed to Arab states:
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and others. But all those bills fall in the shadow of the
billion Iran reportedly has claimed in reparations from Iraq for damage caused during the Iran-Iraq war
Bush's Iraq Speech Falls Flat
Appeal to 9/11 patriotism to pursue Iraq war without limit
Billion$ Missing From Iraq Trust Fund Managed By U.S.
Report finds "appalling level of incompetence, mismanagement, waste, fraud, and greed"
Another Mad Cow Found - USDA Wants To Add New Test
Cow had gone through 3 tests with inconclusive or negative results
Taliban Resurgent: Is Afghanistan Or Pakistan To Blame?
Pakistan blames former U.S. ambassador, now transferred to Iraq
Fewer Latinos Signing Up For U.S. Army
Almost 15 percent of U.S. casualties in Iraq are Latin American
Los Alamos Whistleblower Hospitalized After Assault
Scheduled to testify before Congress later this month about fraud
International Poll: View Of U.S. Sinking Since Bush Re-Election
Traditional European allies, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, all rate China above U.S.
Bush Has No Intention Of Diplomacy With Iran
And Iranian officials have dug in their heels on this issue because they correctly feel that they have been unfairly singled out for attack
IRAN ELECTS "TALIBAN FASCIST" PRESIDENT
Mahmud Ahmadinejad, the hard-line mayor of Tehran, has won the runoff for Iran's presidential election with 61.8 percent of the vote, far ahead of moderate rival, Ayatollah Rafsanjani. His supporters praise him for living a simple life and being a man of the people with good management skills and say he is a true follower of Islamic values. But his opponents call him a "fascist" who favors segregation of the sexes in public and say that his presidency will lead to a clampdown on the already limited freedoms they enjoy now. Ahmadinejad said Iran is the target of a destructive Western cultural onslaught.
Shortly after becoming mayor of Tehran in April 2003, Ahmadinejad imposed a system in his office building of segregated elevators for men and women, shut down popular fast-food restaurants, converted several cultural centers into prayer halls, and banned pictures of international soccer star David Beckham from appearing on advertising billboards. That he even made a strong showing in the first election shocked most journalists and bloggers, who envisioned significant support for
reformist Mostafa Moin, who finished fifth in a seven-man race. "It is hard to write. Everyone is in ultimate shock of these unprecedented, unbelievable and horrible results."
TWO FACES OF IRAN
Left: Two Iranian policewomen (in black) attempt to break up a women's protest near Tehran University June 13.
Iranian girls supporting moderate presidential candidate Rafsanjani wear stickers with his name as they walk in Tehran June 14. (PHOTOS: Assafir)
Richest Nations Willing To Write-Off Poorest Nation's Debt - With A Catch
$2 billion debt forgiveness would depend on vast privatization of economy
Big Pharma Ignoring Diseases Of Poorest Nations
90% of all R&D on allergy, cancer therapy, and cholesterol lowering drugs
Public Television's Mystery Mann
Why Bush Wants To Harbor Terrorist Who Downed Airliner
CPB Chairman secretly paid GOP consultant to monitor Bill Moyers
CIA involvement in 1976 bombing that killed all 73 crew members and passengers
Three Top Leaders Visit Bush, Come Away With Nothing
Britain, South Korea, and Turkey get lunch, but no thanks for taking risks for U.S.
Video Of Alleged War Killings Shakes Serbia
Serb paramilitaries disbanded in 1995, but no prosecutions
Deep Throat's Crimes: Mark Felt And COINTELPRO
Little or no mention of Felt's prime role in COINTELPRO -- or that in the early '70s, Felt appeared
repeatedly on national TV news shows trying to whip up
a climate of security hysteria
by painting the anti-Vietnam war left as agents of foreign powers
Deep Throat Critics See Accountability As Crime
The press today wouldn't touch a story such as Mark Felt revealed
DRUGS, U.S. MILITARY BASES, AND JAILS
If Iraq has been the disaster zone of Bush foreign policy, Afghanistan is still generally thought of as its success story -- to the extent that anyone in our part of the world thinks about that country at all any more.
Since a burst of media attention last October for the Afghan presidential election, what news Americans have gotten about Afghanistan has consisted largely of infrequent reports on the deaths of small numbers of American troops there; statements, interviews, and press conferences by various American generals or officials on the ever-improving situation in the country. What's really happening in Afghanistan is anything but a good-news story
G8 Climate Plan Weakened At U.S. Demand
Document so watered-down as to be meaningless
Bush Acknowledges Darfur Genocide - But No Plans To Stop It
"It's a completely insufficient response to genocide to say that you're sending a transport plane"
Bush Raises Stakes In N Korea Confrontation
Diplomats blaming Bush strong-arm tactics for lack of progress
Bush Foreign Policy Leading To An Anti-American Century
Interview with Dr. John Brown, former senior Foreign Service officer
Backlash To Euro, Globalization Killed EU Constitution
"Too Anglo-Saxon" also a factor
French No Vote On EU Presents Chirac With Crisis
Strong vote against neo- liberalization and deregulation
Distrust As Wolfowitz Takes Command Of World Bank
Expected to follow Bush Admin script for hegimony
SHOWDOWN AT GUANTANAMO BAY
A month after Amnesty International's called the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as "the gulag of our times," and said it evoked images of Soviet repression, the Bush administration has retaliated with attacks on Amnesty, the Red Cross, and other critics. Digging in its position on the facility, the government even awarded a $30 million contract to help build a new permanent prison for terror suspects, leading Amnesty to comment, Bush "plans to memorialize in bricks and mortar its decision to operate outside of the law."
In this undated photo, prisoners are tied down and hooded on a military transport plane enroute to Guantanamo Bay
But the chorus of Guantanamo critics is growing.
On June 10, long-time Bush crony and Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, who served as Housing Secretary during his first term, suggested that closing the prison may indeed be the appropriate thing to do. Without explicitly endorsing Guantanamo's closure, Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, another likely presidential candidate, also noted that the facility had become a serious "image" problem. "It's identifiable with, for right or wrong, a part of America that people in the world believe is a power, an empire that pushes people around: We do it our way; we don't live up to our commitments"
MORE on White House attempts to justify torture
Senate Bill Would Form Commission On Prisoner Abuse
Provision in anti-terrorist bill would create independent panel like 9/11 Commission
Amnesty Says Violence Against Women Widespread
In Bangladesh, women accounted for the large majority of acid attack victims
Homeland Security State Leaves Wrongly Accused In Limbo
Cases shrouded in secrecy, marked by closed hearings and sealed declarations
Sweden Bowed To U.S, Rendered Suspect To Torture
Asylum seeker stopped at airport and sent to Egypt at urging of U.S. agents
THE CIA'S ECLIPSE
The nomination of Negroponte as DNI comes at a time when new CIA chief Goss has signaled that he intends to rid the agency of those who do not fall into line with Bush administration policies in the Middle East and elsewhere, leading some high officials to leave the agency and to widespread morale problems. In the view of one former intelligence official, "The CIA is a wounded gazelle on the African plain. It's a pile of bleached bones."
Neo-Nazis Seek To Exploit German Feelings of WWII Victimization
Helped by wartime defeat being a taboo subject in Germany
Russians Look Back On Stalin Era With Nostalgia
Memories of WWII victories, Soviet Union ascendant
Big U.S. Banks Seek Takeover Of Mexican Money Transfer Business
Out with Western Union and Moneygrams, in with credit card committments
Mexican Enviros Fighting Loggers Killed
Campesino (peasant farmer) environmentalists systematically attacked
Crisis In Bolivia Over Foreign Control Of Nation's Oil
IMF forced Bolivia to privatize its oil and gas in the mid-1990s
Pinochet Loses Immunity in Tax Fraud Case
But court rules Pinochet is mentally unfit to stand trial for human rights abuses
Flood Of U.S. Rice Into Haiti Drives Farmers Into City Slums
IMF pressure to open trade in 1980s led to subsidized U.S. rice destroying industry
Palestinian Unemployment Hits 26 Percent
40% among youths ages of 14 and 24, most likely to be radicalized
Nepal Stunned As King Cracks Down On Media
No criticism allowed of government, extended royal family
IRAQ-INJURED HALLIBURTON WORKERS DENIED BENEFITS
KBR employee Samuel Walker, says KBR denied him medical leave after he was injured in the Camp Merez bombing. His only options at that point were to quit or stay in Iraq. He recalls that he was eating French fries when the explosion blasted through the mess tent.
"Body parts were flying all over and pieces of flesh flying in my face," Walker says.
When it was over, the former contractor was drenched in the blood of the victims around him and rescue workers took him for dead. "I was so close to the bomber," he adds. "There was copper wire from the bomb embedded in my jacket."
Walker took a full blast to the side of his head and shrapnel pitted his body. But when KBR medics treated him following the bombing, he says they merely rubbed Vaseline on his burns and gave him Motrin for pain. Walker quit and headed home to Houston, where he's in physical therapy for his neck, back and right knee. Walker also believes suffers from PTSD.
Walker knows it's unlikely that he'll be able to re-enter the workforce. In the meantime, he's waiting on his claim for disability and medical bills.
"I haven't gotten one red cent from them," Walker says