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May 2006

February 2006

Iraq's death squads: On the brink of civil war

by mikepower
Most of the corpses in Baghdad's mortuary show signs of torture and execution. And the Interior Ministry is being blamed.

TomPaine.com - Washington's Iraq Blindness

by mikepower
The Iraq that exists in President Bush’s imagination and the real Iraq, the one in which 160,000 U.S. troops occupy a nation sliding into civil war, have never seemed further apart.

January 2006

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Israel's shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians

by mikepower
Israeli soldiers killed twice as many Palestinians last week alone - both of them children - as the number of Israelis killed by Hamas all last year.

Bush has backward view of dissent

by mikepower
Did Bush deliberately deceive the American people to justify the war in Iraq? I don't know...and neither do you. But here's what we do know: The president doesn't think we should be asking in the first place. And that might be the biggest scandal of all.

Independent: Palestinian with Aids barred from Israeli hospital

by mikepower
A Palestinian Aids patient has been denied permission to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel despite warnings by senior Israeli clinicians that the case is urgent.

D-squared Digest

by mikepower
Literally people have been asking me: "How is it that you were so amazingly prescient about Iraq? Why is it that you were right about everything at precisely the same moment when we were wrong?"

August 2005

Prospect - A muslim Journey

by mikepower
British Islam is dominated by culturally and theologically conservative south Asians. But the London bombs may help to make it more open to those who want to engage with the modern world

July 2005

June 2005

Do you people live on planet earth?

by mikepower
Why is it that we Europeans can no longer understand our own peace and contentment and safety and our extraordinary luxury and our futuristic living standards and our God-like good fortune and our long, wonderful lives?

Blinded by the light at the end of the tunnel

by mikepower
The American public is increasingly disillusioned by the Iraq war, and Bush's triumphalism only makes things worse

April 2005

ei: The Case Against Alan Dershowitz: The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel vs. Alan Dershowitz

by mikepower
Alan Dershowitz is a well-known lawyer and professor at Harvard Law School, a prolific author, and makes regular appearances in the media

Jonathan Freedland: Reviled as outsiders

by mikepower
"This is so wrong. We should be on the same side."

Jewish MP pelted with eggs at war memorial

by mikepower
The sheer ignorance never mind the lack of respect is shocking. They have no idea where their freedom came from and who gave it to them.

Ian Rutledge in the Financial Times:

by mikepower
US appears to have fought war for oil and lost it

Lecturers may boycott Israeli academics

by mikepower
Israeli academics who refuse to condemn their government's actions in the occupied territories risk a boycott by the UK's leading lecturers' union.

March 2005

As war stretches on, recruiters scramble

by mikepower
Last month, the US Army missed its monthly recruiting target for the first time since 2000. The Army National Guard and Reserve haven't reached their monthly targets since October.

A military tribunal determined last fall that Murat Kurnaz, a German national seized in Pakistan in 2001, was a member of al Qaeda and an enemy combatant whom the government could detain indefinitely at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

by mikepower
The three military officers on the panel, whose identities are kept secret, said in papers filed in federal court that they reached their conclusion based largely on classified evidence that was too sensitive to release to the public.

Dead Iraqis; Why an Estimate was Ignored, The Lancet Study Why an Estimate was Ignored

by mikepower
To the extent it was covered at all, the reports were short and usually buried far from the front pages of major newspapers. The results of the study could have played an important role in future policy decisions, but the press’s near total silence all

A revolution made for TV

by mikepower
Tuesday, half a million people demonstrating in the streets of Beirut, chanting and waving flags. You probably assumed that they were protesting against the Syrian presence in Lebanon. In fact it was a rally organised by Hezbollah in support of Syria

February 2005

Johann Hari: Don't let the Livingstone row blind us to the real and growing threat of anti-Semitism

by mikepower
It seems that human rights abuses committed by Jews provoke more rage than abuses committed by others

Sunday Times: Putting the fear of God into Holland

by mikepower
The Dutch have rejected liberalism in response to Islamic immigration. Some say they are now too hardline. So what can the rest of Europe learn from their crisis?The Dutch have rejected liberalism in response to Islamic immigration. Some say they ar

Amygdala on Professor Juan Cole:

by mikepower
Virulently anti-American, and negative...Oh, wait....

Learning to Love the Neocons

by mikepower
The neocons ought not be taken lightly, especially since they have pilfered something from the arsenal of the left even as they are misusing it. What they have pilfered, simply, is the idea that the world can be changed.

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