October 2006

Robert Parry consortiumnews.com 10/18/06

History should record October 17, 2006, as the reverse of July 4, 1776.

From the noble American ideal of each human being possessing “unalienable rights” as declared by the Founders 230 years ago amid the ringing of bells in Philadelphia, the United States effectively rescinded that concept on a dreary fall day in Washington. (more…)

Slandering Sound Science

By Dr. CURRAN WARF, MD Counterpunch 10/18/06

Last week the medical journal The Lancet released an epidemiological study concluding that 655,000 Iraqis died from war-related injury and disease from March 2003 to July 2006. This shockingly high figure has drawn attacks from the Bush administration and right-wing pundits. (more…)

An Economy of Buccaneers and Fantasists

by Gabriel Kolko Le Monde diplomatique 10/16/2006

Last month a major US hedge fund, Amaranth Advisors, lost more than half its assets in a week, speculating on natural gas prices. The company proved correct the chief worry of such major financial institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund: that financial reality is now out of control. (more…)

The Collapse of Iraq’s Health Care Services

By DAVID WILSON Counterpunch 10/16/06

The Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) contains specific provisions pertaining to the delivery of healthcare services in occupied territories. (more…)

The government will do all it can to discredit the latest estimate of civilian casualties since the invasion: 650,000

Richard Horton Guardian 10/12/06
Thursday October 12, 2006

Many people refused to believe the Lancet report in 2004 (more…)

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for US Senate, called today for Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl to give civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart a sentence of home confinement with no time behind bars. (more…)

Will be shown on the PBS documentary series Points of View (POV) on October 25th 2006

Working alone in Iraq over eight months, filmmaker Laura Poitras creates an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. Her principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor (more…)

By William Fisher Truthout 10/12/06

This has to be the non-surprise of the week: Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, the Navy lawyer who led the recent successful Supreme Court challenge of the Bush administration’s military tribunals for Guantánamo detainees, has been passed over for promotion to full commander and will have to leave the military. (more…)

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