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Interview with Senior Ba'ath Party Member
On Sunday April 15th Dahr Jamail interviewed a high ranking member of Iraq's baath Party in Damascus, Syria.

The questions he asked him included exactly who are the insurgents , are they responsible for killing iraqis and what do they want.

U.S. Losing Control Fast
The U.S. military has lost control over the volatile al-Anbar province, Iraqi police and residents say. Eyewitnesses in Ramadi say many of the attacks are taking place within their city. They say that the U.S. military recently asked citizens in al-Anbar to stop targeting them, and promised to withdraw to their bases in Haditha and Habaniyah (near Fallujah) soon, leaving the cities for Iraqi security forces to patrol.

Another Face, Another Raid
It could be called perhaps just another raid. Early in the morning on Sunday, Jun. 18, U.S. military helicopters landed near the home of Sinan Abdul-Ilah al-Mashadani in the al-Jughaifi district of Fallujah. Within two minutes the doors of his home were blasted open and "a strange looking group of people" stormed inside, according to Said Walid Ahmed, a 40-year-old teacher who lives in the neighbourhood. "This force is not totally unknown to us here in Fallujah," Ahmed, who witnessed the incident from a nearby house told IPS.. "They are a special force of Americans that assassinates more people than it arrests"...

"Packing It In"
We are in a very bad situation. It is so bad now. Please help, is all that I ask as we need help now. We are living, just waiting for our turn to die ... Please help us if you can ... I don't have any one to ask but you.
So while Iraqis are being killed or fearing death as they suffer through the daily hell that is the US occupation, Cheney, the real force behind this "administration," tells CNN, "No matter how you carve it - you can call it anything you want - but basically, it is packing it in, going home, persuading and convincing and validating the theory that the Americans don't have the stomach for this fight."

Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans
While we were discussing the US-propagated myth of Zarqawi, I decided to
ask Napoleoni to comment on the absurd statements made by Western
corporate media outlets claiming that Zarqawi was in control of Fallujah
during the November 2004 massacre in the city.

Rebuilding Not Yet Reality for Fallujah

More Gruesome Abu Ghraib Photos Posted

The new Iraq: Are women, specificaly, and civilians, generally, better off?
Contrary to U.S. and U.K government propaganda, six surveys prove, when taken as a whole, that: (a) the number of Iraqi civilians who've suffered violent deaths during the Iraq War is now well above 128,000, and possibly above 285,000; (b) the majority of these violent deaths were caused by Coalition air strikes; (c) 55 percent of these violent deaths were inflicted upon women and children; and (d) this doesn't include the large number of people who have simply disappeared without a trace amid the violence and chaos.]:

"Reason for Their Death Is Known"
Know what it is like when scores of your fellow citizens are being killed every single day while the world proceeds unheedingly on? As a journalist I've had but a taste of that poison during my eight months in Iraq. Try it out: be an Iraqi for a day, into your fourth year of being occupied, humiliated, tortured and killed, doing all you can just to survive.

Subject to the Penalty of Death
This weekend I received an email from a friend in Iraq. It read, "Salam
Dahr, I was in Ramadi today to ask about the situation. I was stunned
for the news of a father and his three sons executed in cold blood by US
soldiers, then they blasted the house. The poor mother couldn't stand
the shock, so she died of a heart attack."

How Massacres Become the Norm
US soldiers killing innocent civilians in Iraq is not news. Just as it was not news that US soldiers slaughtered countless innocent civilians in Vietnam. However, when some rare reportage of this non news from Iraq does seep through the cracks of the corporate media, albeit briefly, the American public seems shocked. Private and public statements of denial and dismissal immediately start to fill the air. We hear, "American soldiers would never do such a thing," or "Who would make such a ridiculous claim?"

Learning to Count: The Dead in Iraq
How many Iraqis have died as the result of the Anglo-American invasion
and occupation of their country remains an unresolved question in the
anti-war movement. It is a question the pro-war camp avoids. Yet what
more important question is there?

The above quote made by the "compassionate conservative" shows a
disturbing trend in the corporate media and amongst the spokespersons of
the current powers that be, to camouflage the true cost of the illegal
occupation of Iraq - the cost in blood paid by Iraqis. It is a trend
that ensures that the enormity of the atrocity goes unnoticed.

An "Alliance" of Violence
US military directed to launch the first, and eventually failed, revenge assault in retaliation for the four Blackwater USA mercenaries killed on March 31st. The siege caused severe casualties among the people of Fallujah, killing 736 people, over 60% of whom were women, children and the elderly, according to the director of Fallujah General Hospital.

*Operation Swarm of Lies*
Operation Swarm of Lies also effectively distracted media attention from
the arrest of an American "security contractor" in Tikrit last week.
According to the Joint Coordination Center between the US and Iraqi
military in Tikrit, "the man is described as a security contractor
working for a private company," and he "possessed explosives which were
found in his car" when he was arrested last Tuesday

Iraq: Permanent US Colony
Why are we hearing such ludicrous and outrageous statements from the
highest ranking military general in the United States, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, who when asked how things were
going in Iraq on March 9th in an
interview on "Meet the Press" said, "I'd say they're going well. I
wouldn't put a great big smiley face on it, but I would say they're
going very, very well from everything you look at."

Tracing the Trail of Torture: Embedding Torture as Policy from Guantanamo to Iraq
of Defense Donald Rumsfeld responded to accusations about American
atrocities at our prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He accused the
detainees there of manipulating public opinion by lying about their
treatment. He said, in part:

"They're taught to lie, they're taught to allege that they have been
tortured, and that's part of the [terrorist] training that they
received. We know that torture is not occurring there....

"Freedom in action"
Yesterday Mr. Bush warned U.S. citizens of more violence in Iraq.again.

He called it the "price of progress" as Iraq "moves toward democracy."

In the shady, smoke and mirror filled world of Mr. Bush where violence
is progress and Iraq inches ever closer to their elusive "democracy,"
truth remains ever distant from the rhetoric of his speech writers.

Democracy' Brings Bleak Days
"We used to love the American people but not any more," she said.
"Hatred is spreading all over now, and everyone wants revenge on them.
You (Bush) are bringing disasters to the people of your own country, not
only to Iraqis."

Iraqis Reject Increased Fuel Costs
While black market prices are already eight times the amount of those at
petrol stations, some stations in Baghdad were charging 11 times the
amount of the normal price ûa phenomenon which led many Iraqis to
believe some of the stations were taking advantage of the already huge
price increase.

Ahmed Chalabi, accused of providing false information to the Bush
Administration which led to the invasion of Iraq and who is now Iraq's
deputy Prime Minister, justified the government's decision by stating
that 330 million dollar of the funds generated by the increase would
''be redistributed to poor families''.

A bad year for Occupied Iraq
The majority of Iraqis in Baghdad now fear the security forces, as
dozens of people each week are "disappeared" by police and soldiers
around the city and new torture chambers have been discovered recently.

"Nothing is good in Iraq now," said the doctor. "Torture, detained
friends, pillaging of houses, seeing neighbors suffering from poverty,
no electricity, no water and gun fights everywhere. We have no relief
from this suffering now."

Behind the Steel Curtain: The Real Face of the Occupation
The Bush Administration uses double barrel propaganda today, with Mr.
Bush using a prime time television address to say things like "My fellow
citizens: Not only can we win the war in Iraq - we are winning the war
in Iraq," and responding to negative news by saying "It does not mean
that we are losing."

Electricity is cut for more than a month now, after the main station was
bombed, and the converters were bombed and the wires were cut. In the
morning Al-Qa'im looked horrible. The General Hospital was 90%
destroyed, the medical care centers, the schools, shops, houses.

People Concerned More About Own Lives than Saddam's
*BAGHDAD, Dec 22 (IPS) - Most Iraqis are more concerned with finding
jobs, putting food on the table, personal safety and the removal of the
occupation forces than the ongoing trial of former dictator Saddam
Hussein. *

Where People Cannot Afford Their Country
"Everything has gone up in price so many times," Abu Mushtaq told IPS.
"Petrol, kerosene, even the price of bread has gone up so many times
since the invasion. The invaders only came to Iraq to fill up their own

Growing bored of the carnage … as crime of the century unfolds
We’ve all familiar now with “compassion fatigue”, when we become inured to the plight of disaster victims in uncharismatic parts of the world such as Kashmir. Well, I fear we are now developing a kind of “atrocity fatigue” over Iraq.

Hospitals Come Under Siege
By Dahr Jamail and Harb Al-Mukhtar

Similar problems have been evident in Baghdad since last year. "We had a
power outage while someone was undergoing surgery in the operating
room," Ahlan Bar, manager of nurses at the Yarmouk Teaching Hospital in
Baghdad told IPS. "He died on the table because we had no power for our

Iron Fisted America
By Charles Sullivan

When we invade sovereign nations we are told that we are liberating its oppressed people from the throes of tyranny. When we enslave and torture Islamic people we are told that they are terrorists who mean us harm. In true Machiavellian terms, the ends justify the means. This also explains why we cannot come to grips through honest reckoning with the horrors of the national tragedy we call history. We have unelected leaders who lie, maim and murder and we call them Christian. Isn’t that strange?

Seymour Hersh: US government has videotapes of children being raped at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Seymour Hersh says the US government has videotapes of boys being sodomized at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

""The worst is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking," the reporter told an ACLU convention last week. Hersh says there was "a massive amount of criminal wrongdoing that was covered up at the highest command out there, and higher."

Who Murdered 32 Iraqi Children? (Truth Comes Out)
the evidence and interviews revealed what was obvious from the very start...That this evil crime was perpetrated by occupation forces with the objective of murdering Iraqi children and blaming the national Resistance so as to lessen its base of support (sounds like Vietnam tactics all over again - Phoenix).

Iraq's Child Prisoners
A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture
By Neil Mackay