TomDispatch: "Given that we were (by administration definition) at war, it should have been self-evident that those we captured in our 'war' on terrorism would then be 'prisoners of war,' but no such luck for them, since their rights would in that case have been clearly defined in international treaties signed by the United States.... Continue Reading →

Past Arguments Don't Square With Current Iran Policy (washingtonpost.com): "Estimates of Iran's oil reserves were smaller then than they are now, but energy experts and U.S. intelligence estimates continue to project that Iran will need an alternative energy source in the coming decades. Iran's population has more than doubled since the 1970s, and its energy... Continue Reading →

Past Arguments Don't Square With Current Iran Policy (washingtonpost.com): "Lacking direct evidence, Bush administration officials argue that Iran's nuclear program must be a cover for bomb-making. Vice President Cheney recently said, 'They're already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas. Nobody can figure why they need nuclear as well to generate energy.' Yet... Continue Reading →

Asia Times - Asia's most trusted news source: "'Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I'll tell you what I think the real threat [is] and actually has been since 1990 - it's the threat against Israel,' Zelikow told a crowd at the University of Virginia on September 10, 2002, speaking... Continue Reading →

10 Things to Know about U.S. Policy in the Middle East: "The U.S. justifies the nearly $3 billion in annual military aid to Israel on the grounds of protecting that country from its Arab neighbors, even though the United States supplies 80 percent of the arms to these Arab states. The 1978 Camp David Accord... Continue Reading →

10 Things to Know about U.S. Policy in the Middle East: "The Middle East is the destination of the majority of American arms exports, creating enormous profits for weapons manufacturers and contributing greatly to the militarization of this already overly-militarized region. Despite promises of restraint, U.S. arms transfers to the region have topped $60 billion... Continue Reading →

MediaChannel.org - A Global Network of More Than 1,000 Media Issues Groups: "Not surprisingly, the absence of members of the political elite in the streets was mirrored by the paucity of coverage in the elite press -- which is not particularly partial to covering grass roots activism. The New York Times focused on one small... Continue Reading →

MediaChannel.org - A Global Network of More Than 1,000 Media Issues Groups: "The picture they are painting is of US soldiers killing whole families, including children, attacks on hospitals and doctors, the use of napalm-like weapons and sections of the city destroyed. 'One of the few reporters who has reached Falluja is American Dahr Jamail... Continue Reading →

Critical Montages: "Senior US administration officials are working on a policy to 'contain' Hugo Ch?vez, the Venezuelan president, and what they allege is his drive to 'subvert' Latin America's least stable states. A strategy aimed at fencing in the government of the world's fifth-largest oil exporter is being prepared at the request of President George... Continue Reading →

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