Archive for July, 2009


Posted in ANALYSIS on July 20, 2009 by aelag
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Posted in ANALYSIS on July 16, 2009 by aelag
Did Mr. Obama say anything about the Congo?
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Come Clean 4 Congo
Is your cell phone fueling the deadliest war in the world?

We need the electronics companies to come clean about the conflict minerals in our cell phones and other gadgets.

The world’s deadliest war is raging in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and our insatiable demand for electronics products such as cell phones and laptops is helping drive that conflict. Eastern Congo is the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman or girl, and the sexual violence there is often fueled by militias warring over “conflict minerals,” the ores that produce tin, tungsten, and tantalum—the “3 Ts”— that end up being used in our electronic devices. To find out more LOOK here.

Hands from Congo miners
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White man’s burden.

Posted in ANALYSIS on July 13, 2009 by aelag
Teach the ragheads
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British army in new Iraq inquiry after boy claims sexual abuse

Photo showing the severe beating suffered by Iraqi civilian Baha Mousa who died in UK custody

The Ministry of Defence paid £2.8 million in compensation to the family of Baha Musa, who died in British custody

The Royal Military Police are investigating a new allegation against British
troops in Iraq after a 14-year-old Iraqi detained in 2003 with a group of
looters claimed he was sexually abused.

The abuse came to light when one of the accused soldiers took photographs of
the incidents at Camp Bread Basket and handed them to a shop back in Britain
to be processed. A shop assistant called the police. The photographs caused
an outcry when they were published around the world.

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Posted in ANALYSIS on July 5, 2009 by aelag
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Warschawski describes the atrocities of the occupation—from the sack of
Ramallah to the massacre in Jenin, the razing of houses and refugee camps,
shooting at ambulances and hospitals, the use of Palestinian civilians as human
shields—showing how each of these pushes back the boundaries of what was
previously thinkable. He documents the resulting shifts in Israeli political
thought, citing Ariel Sharon, army officers and even rabbis who begin by
describing Palestinians as Nazis and end by relying on the German army’s
tactics for subjugating the Warsaw ghetto. Toward an Open Tomb then
seeks to explain the forces within Israeli society and culture that are leading
to this self-defeating result.

Towards an Open Tomb
The Crisis of Israeli Society
“A meticulously documented, yet intensely personal
meditation by a leading dissident on the political psychosis currently gripping
large segments of the Israeli population. Highly recommended.”— NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
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Posted in ANALYSIS on July 5, 2009 by aelag
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Yet the Obama administration, like its predecessors, regularly celebrates him as a key ally and a crucial mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Does Obama really not understand that Mubarak’s interest is not in peace, but rather in an unending peace process that ensures his continued relevance and billions of dollars in no-strings-attached American aid?

Then he jailed his main opponent, Ayman Nour, for more than three years for election fraud just to make sure everyone got his point.

Undemocratic election techniques

Saudi Arabia remains our most crucial Arab ally despite the fact that its government is among the world’s most repressive and undemocratic (about which Obama has had nothing to say since becoming president).

The substance of Obama’s foreign policies in the Middle East and North Africa remain in many key areas strikingly similar to, and are in some cases more aggressive than, those of George Bush, his predecessor.

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