Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "war crimes" and called for those responsible to be held to account.
The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that
"...there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Taguba wrote. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."
Taguba, whose 2004 investigation documented chilling abuses at Abu Ghraib, is thought to be the most senior official to have accused the administration of war crimes. "The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture," he wrote.
The Physicians for Human Rights report.
McClatchy's investigation of
“Broken Laws, Broken Lives”: Medical Study Confirms Prisoners in US Custody Were Physically & Mentally TorturedThis interview is available in transcript form, video, or audio. - S
A new report by the Physicians for Human Rights has, for the first time, found medical evidence corroborating the claims of former prisoners who say they were tortured while in
Dr. Allen Keller, medical expert for the Physicians for Human Rights study. He evaluated five of the detainees and co-wrote the report. He is the director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.
DR. ALLEN KELLER: ...when we examined these individuals, we found clear evidence, both physical and psychological, of what they endured. And as a result of what they endured, they had lasting physical and psychological scars.
They Came With The Intention of Staying
Iraq, the sovereign colony?
Boston Globe Editorial
PRESIDENT BUSH has been treating
Though Bush speaks of
The contents of the agreements were not cast in the form of a treaty because a treaty would have to be ratified by the US Senate. Bush plainly does not want senators asking troublesome questions about the implications of an open-ended Iraqi approval for 58 American military bases on Iraqi soil.
Five of the 58 are sprawling megabases that replicate the amenities of an American town. Balad Air Base, north of
By Ramzy Baroud, Jordan Times
....White House, State Department and US military spokespeople ventured into endless predictable talk about democracy, freedom and security in order to woo an increasingly agitated American public. But US actions on the ground spoke of another reality: an imperial quest with monopoly on violence and disregard of international law, of the national sovereignty of
Now the Bush administration is ready to crown its
By Ali Allawi, The Independent
In 1930 the Anglo-Iraqi treaty was signed as a prelude to
The Oil Factor
(It's all about dominating other countries by controlling the oil supply. - S)
Controlling Iraqi oil
"Americans remain optimistic that a last minute deal can be reached," reported The Wall Street Journal in its June 14-15, 2008 edition, describing an impasse over an extraordinary long-term "security" deal between the
Gina Chon, reporting from
Oil was not mentioned in connection with Satterfield's negotiations. Nor was oil mentioned in the negotiation reports in The New York Times or Financial Times. In fact, it has been the practice of the major media to avoid mentioning oil in connection with military activity in
But it is no coincidence that news of negotiations over the "security" agreement comes with news on June 19 that the occupied Iraqi government is getting ready to sign contracts with ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and Total to assist in developing
That they are no-bid contracts given to these Western firms over Russian, Chinese and Indian competitors is exceptional and clearly a matter of an occupied government responding to pressure from the occupier.
What the Bush administration and the major oil companies are striving for is a "security" agreement that will be locked into place before the November election, enabling U.S. troops to protect U.S. oil interests in Iraq and to control the Iraqi government for years to come....the terms, some acknowledged by
-- Permanent military bases in
-- Complete control of Iraqi air space below 29,000 feet.
-- Complete freedom to conduct military operations as the
-- Immunity from prosecution for
-- Freedom to jail and interrogate Iraqis at will.
The Iran Factor
By Sam Gardiner
For almost three months,
This kind of message is very similar to the one meant for the people of
He said that the desperate attempts made by the US media aimed at justifying prolongation of occupation and sow discord between the Iranian and Iraqi governments and nations have failed so far.
"The desperate efforts are considered only justification for the continued presence of occupied forces in
The Human Factor
by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
As statistics go, at least 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the occupation, now in its fifth year. Every one of them has left behind once loved ones to mourn the loss and to think of what might have been.
This is the land of the Arabian Nights, and of love stories that became fables far and wide. In these stories, in the traditions of which they were born, the lover thought nothing of giving up his life for a beloved. But no one thought death would come to this land under the present circumstances.
All who have died had their own love stories, if not all romantic ones. And that must be a million of them. The figure of 655,000 – of Iraqis who died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation – came from the British medical journal Lancet based on a study in July last year. The number would have risen significantly after one of the bloodiest years of the occupation.
"The country of the Arabian Nights and of wonderful poetry is no longer good for love," Maki al-Nazzal, political analyst and poet, told IPS. "All Iraqi poetry under occupation is now about death and separation."
By KIM GAMEL
Last Updated: Friday, Jun 20 2008 11:47 AM
Women and children have been hit especially hard in
A biannual regional survey by the International Organization for Migration paints a bleak picture of
But women and children who have been forced to flee their homes are particularly vulnerable...
Displaced children, meanwhile, have suffered from malnutrition and skin diseases due to a lack of clean water and sanitation, the report said. They also frequently lack access to education because they must work or beg on the streets instead of going to school. (And this in a country that once boasted one of the best education systems and one of the most highly educated populations in the region - S)
Conflict has defined life for an entire generation of Iraqi children
Conflict has undermined the potential of an entire generation of Iraqi children, UNICEF said today. The organisation urged new momentum to reach vulnerable children inside the country with assistance.
'A child turning 18 in
Cumulative impact of conflict
Children's social services, eroded by lack of investment during the 1990s, have been further weakened by prolonged insecurity and the exodus of Iraqi professionals. Only 40 per cent of
The toll on education is a particular concern. As the school year ends this week in
Violence, isolation and lack of opportunity have also put children at greater risk of exploitation and abuse, including the use of children by armed groups. More children are also being detained on suspicion of connection with such groups.
Robert Fisk: Snapshots of life in Baghdad
The dangerous face of ordinary life has been captured by Iraqis on their mobile phones – reaching the places Western photographers can no longer go. Robert Fisk reportsThis collection of pictures is therefore an indictment of us, as well as of the courage of Iraqis. The madness is summed up in an email message sent to Van Kesteren by a Baghdad Iraqi. "This summer," he wrote, "a workman wanted to quench his thirst by putting ice in his tea. A car pulled up, the driver stepped out and began to beat and kick the man, cursing him as an unbeliever. 'What do you think you're doing? Did the Prophet Mohamed put ice in his water?'
The man being attacked was furious and asked his assailant: 'Do you think the Prophet Mohamed drove a car?'"
Quote of the Day:
"After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account." Maj. General (Ret. - forcibly) Antonio Taguba