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Western Media Ignore Iraqi Demand for Freedom  - by Dr Gideon Polya

http://www.countercurrents.org/polya250211.htm

"US and Zionist-beholden Western media have been reporting the Arab Revolutions underway in countries including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain. However, while pro-Zionist, Western media and politicians admirably support the courageous protests for democracy  in these countries, there is extraordinary silence in relation to the demands for democracy in Occupied Palestine and Occupied Iraq in which the indigenous inhabitants live under the tyrannical rule of genocidal European invaders rather than under they tyrannical rule of Western backed indigenous dictators..."


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The Rosy Crucifixion: Iraqi Reality Behind the Filter  - by Chris Floyd

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2095-...

"First, notice that US media, especially the New York Times and Washington Post, cover Iraq with barely a mention that the country is occupied and has been occupied since 2003. Second, notice that every article about repression and protests in Iraq has to maintain that the country is a 'democracy', as if to express amazement at the willingness of Iraqis to protest against it...

Thirdly, notice that any protests against the occupation and its puppet forces are instantly conflated with Al Qa'ida terrorism.."


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Operation Silent Partner: Canada's Quiet Complicity in the Iraq War

http://coat.ncf.ca/P4C/65/65.htm


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ElBarradei Urges ICC Trial of BUsh

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/176217.html

"Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei says former US President George W Bush and his administration's top officials should be put on trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for waging war on Iraq.."

Bush is visiting Surry BC on May 2, demos and protests are planned as Canadian law calls for 'credibly suspected' war criminals to be turned away from entry or arrested and tried. The law is scrupulously unenforced in such cases - the last time Lawyers Against War attempted to interest parliamentarians, they receieved communications from Jack Layton that 'no further communications will be entertained on this matter'.


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Iraqis get another reminder of what democracy looks like.

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On May 28, soldiers in four Humvees and two other unmarked vehicles approached the offices of the human rights group Where Are My Rights in Baghdad's Bab al Mu'adham neighborhood, as members met with fellow protest organizers from the February 25 Group. Members of both groups told Human Rights Watch that soldiers raided the building with guns drawn, took away 13 activists in handcuffs and blindfolds, and confiscated mobile phones, computers and documents.

Iraq: Protest Organizers Beaten, Detained

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I've been looking through the archives...

sheep wrote:

 

Wait a minute. Didn't Afghanistan used to be, prior to the American invasion, this country full of fierce and mythical warriors that no foreign invader could ever conquer? I mean, I must have heard about 3000 times how they drove out the British (twice) and the Russians, and with the aid of their "trusty Kalishnikov's" (actual babble quote) they would do the same to the Yanks.

Now they're a bunch of pushovers? A defenceless country against which the US was sure to prevail? My how things change.

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Didn't they say the same thing in Gulf War 1? Iraq had, at the time, after all, the world's fourth largest army, and I can recall pundit after pundit going on about how, the casualties the US used to see each week in Vietnam, they were going to see each day in Iraq.

Pro-war rally!

 

minigun wrote:

 

If there is nothing to hide, then why has Saddam refused the inspectors for years when admitting them would have cleared the air immediately AND gotten the sanctions lifted?

This is a man who is capable of paving over live human beings (Kurds) with asphalt. He has started muliple wars, invaded his neighbors and threatened to annihilate Israel. Iraq is linked conclusively with the first WTC bombing, and suspected in hundereds of terrorist incidents before and after. As for "Daddy", well Saddam tried to assassinate George Sr. Wouldn't you be at least a tad pissed off at the person who tried to off one of your parents?

Let me ask you this: why are you so eager to take Saddam's side rather than believe what is supposed to be your "closest ally"? How would you feel if we questioned your every move, doubted your honesty, and denounced you in front of the whole world on a regular basis? Is your (seeming) assumption that Saddam is just a misunderstood old grouch after all really worth the risk to millions of lives if you are wrong?

 

U.S wants Canadian troops for Iraq war


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It Might Be Stolen! US Continues Searching For $7 Billion Oil Money  - by Dina Al-Shibeeb

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/06/15/153439.html

"Around $7 billion of Iraq oil money channeled to rebuild the country may have been stolen..."

A Wound That Will Never Heal  -  by Layla Anwar

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2011/06/wound-that-will-never-heal.html

"...What for is the question I keep asking myself...No WMDs, no ties to Al Qaeda...literally an innocent people and an innocent country...What for? Oil, your alternative websites cry...drink the fucking oil. Drink it."

#2, #3 Yes, Canada, You WERE There Too

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?134032-JTF2-2-in-Iraq

 

 


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Iraq: 'We Are Ruled By Criminals!'

http://zerocracy.blogspot.com/2011/08/we-are-ruled-by-criminals.html

"And the horrible crimes of the [Western imposed puppet] criminal Iraqi government against Iraqi people continue. Is this how Iraq has become the 'Number ONE country in the field of Human Rights,' as stated by the UN Envoy in Iraq?

warning: graphic video and pictures attached


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Rachel Maddow on Letterman just now: "Invading Iraq was idiotic".  :applause   

 

And she said tax cuts in a time of war (ten years so far) doesn't make sense - her point being if the military is going to make sacrifices fighting these wars, then, at home, citizens and corporations need to make sacrifices as well to pay for these wars.
 

 

 

(if the country had instead raised taxes to pay for these wars - instead of just adding them to the national debt -  then the outcry might have put an end to these wars)


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US Iraq War, Greatest 'Modern Atrocity' (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/215629.html

"The US war on Iraq is the 'greatest atrocity' of the modern era and the past decade by far and the 'legacy of the US government', an American Iraq war veteran tells Press TV.."

 

Persistence Behind Shadows  -  by Layla Anwar

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2011/12/shadows.html

"...You will not get away with it. Not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow, not after the famous deadline for a 'withdrawal'...your good conscience Coitus Interruptus, when we are to swallow the morning after pill...abort monsters before they are due...the new birthpangs of your New World Order..of your new Middle East..that you are forever trying to invent and reinvent...

A bit of democracy here and there, toilet paper publications and congresses for the good abiding Arab/Muslim. Lulling us with religion, handpicked scholars and 'open minded' preachers, shoving band aids on our wounds...like some comedian being ushered on a stage, at gunpoint - make them smile and laugh - he is ordered.

No, and a thousand No's. Iraq is not a clown.

The Face of the Killer Who is Your President  by Arthur Silber

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2011/12/face-of-killer-who-is-your-...

"...This is a man without a soul in any healthy positive sense. He murders - - and he's proud of it. More than a million innocent Iraqis were murdered as the result of the United States' criminal war of aggression on that country. Obama has heralded America's 'success' in Iraq as 'an extraordinary achievement.'


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Saddam Hussein and Capital's Moral Defeat  -  by Richard Marsden

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/30/saddam-hussein-and-capitals-moral...

"Saddam Hussein threatened Anglo-American interests, not because he possessed WMD or because he sponsored global terrorism - he did neither - but because he was unafraid of Israeli-Anglo-American military might and was the only Arab leader to risk confronting its wrath by actively supporting the Palestinian cause.."


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I can't think of one single country that is more democratic after years worth of US-led "democracy assistance." It's been nothing but one large human rights disaster after another since WW II. It's as if the Nazis won the second world war.


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Impasse...    - by Layla Anwar

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2011/12/impasse.html

"Not a very nice title to start the new year. But an impasse it is. And it shall remain so. The deadlock of the Iraqi political process is not a coincidence, nor a mishap, nor wrong strategy, nor miscalculations. The Iraqi impasse is a natural outcome, a planned outcome, a wished outcome. Failure to understand that, will always lead to a skewed view...

What looks like our Impasse, is in fact yours."


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Fallujah Babies: Under A New Kind of Siege  -  by Dahr Jamail

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/01/2012126394859797.html

"Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah's newborns. 'We have all kinds of defects now, ranging from congenital heart disease to severe physical abnormalities, both in numbers you cannot imagine', Dr Samira Alani told Al Jazeera at her office in the hospital, while showing countless photos of shocking birth defects.

'There are not even medical terms to describe some of these conditions because we've never seen them until now,' she said."

You were there Canada

http://rabble.ca/comment/876103


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Iraqi Torture Scandal Touches Highest Levels of NATO

http://truth-out.org/iraqi-torture-scandal-touches-highest-levels-nato/1...

"A scandal unfolding in Denmark over the transfer of Iraqi prisoners by Danish forces to Iraqi authorities, even as they knew they would be tortured, threatens to implicate the current Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, formerly prime minister of Denmark from 2001-2009.."

obviously, unlike Canada, not all the relevent parties agreed on an effective coverup strategy. Remember the Afghan detainee issue?


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Extraordinary Measures: Shredding the Curtain of an Enduring Atrocity  - by Chris Floyd

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2206-...

"...Blum also quotes the Peace Laureate's final judgment of this vast swamp of carnage and corruption, in the Fort Bragg speech that Obama gave to some of the crime's factotums and cannon fodder on the occasion of the withdrawal of all the American armed forces (except of course for the ones, in uniform and out, who remain behind in their thousands):

'This is an extraordinary achievement, nearly nine years in the making. And today, we remember everything that you did to make it possible...Years from now, your legacy will endure. God bless you all, God bless your families, and God bless the United States of America.'

And as we noted here last month, the American war crime in Iraq just keeps rolling on.."


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A Soldier in the Shadows: On the Dark Side in Al Doura (and vid)

http://vimeo.com/33755968

Lethal allies - how they fight.

Yes, Canada, you were there...

* must watch *

http://rabble.ca/comment/876160

http://rabble.ca/comment/1265238

"Ironically, the Canadians indirectly provide more support for us in Iraq than most of those 46 countries that are fully supporting us. It's kind of an odd situation.." - Paul Cellucci, US Ambassador

 


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UN Rights Chief Shocked at Numerous Iraq Executions

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-un-iraq-rights-idUSTRE80N17...

"The top UN human rights official criticized Iraq on Tuesday for carrying out a large number of executions, including 34 on a single day last week, and voiced concern about due process and the fairness of trials...

'Given the lack of transparency in court proceedings, major concerns about due process and fairness of trials, and the very wide range of offences for which the death penalty can be imposed in Iraq, it is a truly shocking figure,' [UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, in a statement referring to executions carried out on Jan 19]"

But at least the UN and the West brought democracy and rid Iraq of that 'brutal dictator' Saddam Hussein who was 'killing his own people.'


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One Million Killed

http://informationclearinghouse.info/article30399.htm

"OVER a million Iraqis are dead from America's war.

That sentence is a cognitive litmus test. Noam Chomsky one wrote that the 'sign of a truly totalitarian culture is that important truths simply lack cognitive meaning and are interpretable only at the level of 'Fuck You' so they can then elicit a perfectly predictable torrent of abuse in response.."

If Chomsky is right and I suspect he is - Canada is well possessed of 'signs.


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Just watching Shadow Company right now, about private military companies in Iraq and elsewhere.

USG spent up to $25,000/month per man to keep these units in Iraq. Companies were awarded contracts with no bidding process. Wonder where the $3 trillion US debt came from?

Insane. Great doc.

 


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Here's another...

Censored: Fallujah - A Lost Generation

http://tv.globalresearch.ca/2012/03/censored-fallujah-lost-generation

Introduction by Dr Chris Busby

Full Documentary: Fallujah - A Lost Generation

http://vimeo.com/38175279

download this for 'safe-keeping' and pass it on..


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'Psywar', The Documentary (and vid)

http://youtu.be/lZiAV6fU2NM

'The real battlefield is your mind..'


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Anthropology of War (podcast)

http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/if-you-love-planet/2012/05/anthropology-war

"Anthropology prof and author Hugh Gusterson from George Mason University talks about the culture of war and the psychology of weapons' designers.."

 

An Education in Occupation - by Hugh Gusterson

http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/hugh-gusterson/educati...

The effects of the Iraq war and occupation on Universities and education


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Meanwhile next door in Kuwait:

Kuwait's former parliament has been reinstated after the country's latest election was declared "illegal".

The constitutional court ruled that a move to dissolve the previous government, ordered by Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, was unconstitutional.

Sheikh Sabah suspended parliament for a month earlier in the week, following a row between the cabinet and lawmakers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18518537


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"No Blood for Oil": The Unfinished Story of Iraq's Oil Law

Greg Muttitt wrote:
 The way one of the oil workers in Basra put it to me was, "Look, we Iraqis have rebuilt our oil industry three times. We rebuilt it in the late 1980s after the war with Iran; we rebuilt it after the 1991 Gulf War, and we did so then under sanctions, when it was especially difficult; and we rebuilt it again after 2003. Halliburton was getting paid for doing it, but essentially doing nothing. We have rebuilt our oil industry three times, and that gives us a sense of ownership over, and belief in, our oil industry. This is something we rebuilt. It's very different from when you pay someone to come in and rebuild it for you. And that’s not something we will willingly hand over."

Support Iraqi oil workers struggling for union rights - sign up to the LabourStart campaign

Viva la revolucion!


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Edmonton Terrorism Suspect Ordered Extradited to NY for Iraq Bombing Trial

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/judge-rules-evidence-to-ext...

"An Edmonton judge has ruled there is enough evidence to extradite a Canadian citizen to the United States to face terrorism charges. Sayfildin Tahir Sharif is accused to conspiracy to kill Americans and supporting a terror group that took part in a 2009 suicide bombing in his native Iraq.

A truck filled with explosives was detonated at a military checkpoint, killing five US soldiers."

 

What a miscarriage of justice! One always has the right, indeed obligation, to resist a criminal invasion/occupation. Canada is such a disgusting accomplice...


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Iraqi Yasser Al-Samarra'i Hits Paul Bremer With His Shoes Twice in London (and vid)

http://www.brussellstribunal.org/article_view.asp?id=771#URiKXfL_rdJ

"My name is Yasser Al Samarra'i, I came to London in 2005 after the war, after the USA destroyed my country. I have two messages, one from Saddam Hussein the ex President of Iraq adn another from the Iraqi people. This is the first message [and he threw the shoes]...You destroyed my country...F*** you and F*** your democracy!"

and they most certainly did and continue to do just that...


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The Crucifixion of Tomas Young  -  by Chris Hedges

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_crucifixion_of_tomas_young_20130...

"...Young will die for our sins. He will die for a war that should never have been fought. He will die for the lies of politicians. He will die for war profiteers. He will die for the careers of generals. He will die for a cheerleader press. He will die for a complacent public that made war possible. He bore all this upon his body. He was crucified.

And there are hundreds and thousands of other crucified bodies like his in Baghdad and Kandahar and Peshawar and Walter Reed medical center. Mangled bodies and corpses, broken dreams, unending grief, betrayals, corporate profit, these are the true products of war. Tomas Young is the face of war they do not want you to see.."


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Your Model Democracy in the New Iraq  -  by Layla Anwar

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.ca/2013/01/your-model-democracy-in-new-ir...

"So you crossed oceans, with thousands of men, the greatest movement of troops since the second world war, to 'liberate' [us] from a 'dictatorship' and what a liberation it was, is..."

 

Iraq War: An Eight Year Massive Crime - But The US Political Class & Press Ask, 'Was it Worth It?'

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/03/18/iraq-war-an-eight-year-massi...

"...There should be no reflection on the crime that was the Iraq war. No persons have ever been held accountable for the war."

 

Iraq: War's Legacy of Cancer

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/03/2013315171951838638.html

"...Chemist Chris Busby said that the Fallujah health crisis represented 'the highest rate of genetic damage in any population ever studied."


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Ooops... posted already.


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