June 2007


The Iraq Sanctions and the Case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir:
Criminalizing Compassion in the “War on Terror”

By Katherine Hughes Washington Report On Middle East Affairs May-June 2007

AT PRECISELY 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, 17 federal prisoners across the country were taken out of their cells, held in isolation for two days, then bused to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Terre Haute, Indiana. Here the government quietly began implementing the first stages of a secret new program (more…)

Scare Canada

By FAISAL KUTTY Counterpunch 6/14/07

“Nothing personal sir, but your packages are not allowed on passenger airlines,” said a United Parcel Service customer service agent, sitting in an American call centre. (more…)

In Latin America, populist movements are rising up against western intervention. John Pilger explains why only the cinema was big enough to tell their story

John Pilger Guardian 6/13/07

In the 1960s, when I first went to Latin America, I travelled up the cone of the continent from Chile across the Altiplano to Peru, mostly in rickety buses and single-carriage trains. It was an experience my memory stored for life, especially the spectacle of the movement of people. (more…)

I highly recommend this audio, USA vs. Al-Arian, with a diversity of voices from the case. Dr. Al-Arian was arrested the week before Dr. Dhafir and held without bail. He faced charges of terrorism and was acquitted after a six-month trial. Despite being acquitted, the government continues to hold him. People featured in the audio are Linda Moreno (one of Al-Arian’s lawyers), a juror, a Fox news producer, a pastor, Al-Arian’s son and others. (more…)

By Chris Hedges The Philadelphia Inquirer 6/3/07

Armed units from the private security firm Blackwater USA opened fire in Baghdad streets twice in two days last week. It triggered a standoff between the security contractors and Iraqi forces, a reminder that the war in Iraq may be remembered mostly in our history books for empowering and building America’s first modern mercenary army. (more…)

By William Fisher Truthout.org 6/12/07

    Six prominent human rights groups are charging that US authorities are secretly holding 39 terror suspects. One of the groups, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, has filed a lawsuit in US federal court demanding the disclosure of information concerning disappeared detainees, including ghost detainees and unregistered prisoners. (more…)

By Andrew J. Bacevich Special to The Washington Post from The Salt Lake Tribune 5/25/07

Parents who lose children, whether through accident or illness, inevitably wonder what they could have done to prevent their loss. When my son was killed in Iraq earlier this month at age 27, I found myself pondering my responsibility for his death. (more…)