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Profile: Iraq’s feared Shiite militia chief

"Hadi Farhan Abdullah al-Ameri (alias Abu Hassan al-Ameri) was born in 1954 in Iraq’s key eastern province of Diyala. The relatively short, dark-skinned al-Ameri graduated from Baghdad University in economic management and married a Kurdish emigrant woman in neighbouring Iran’s western Ilam Province."

Books on War

"The manifest failure of the Iraq War is no isolated phenomenon. As Murray Rothbard again and again emphasized, wars almost never serve the interests of the people. To the contrary, war is a chief means to advance the power of the state and its allied groups. Court intellectuals do their best to disguise these facts by enveloping wars with specious justifications. Fortunately, a number of books are available that enable the interested reader to understand what is at stake. What follows is a selection of these books. The list is not confined to books that adopt a libertarian viewpoint. I have included historical works that question particular wars and various works of theology, philosophy, and political science as well. I welcome suggestions for additions."

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Bigotry and Ignorance of Islam

By Charley Reese

08/29/06 "Information Clearing House" -- -- President George Bush's ignorance of the Middle East and its people is well-known. So also is his habit of parroting words and sentences given to him by other people. He hit a new low when he referred to "Islamic fascists."

No two more opposite concepts are to be found. Fascism glorifies the nation-state; Islam is transnational. Fascism demands slavish devotion to a national leader; Muslims are far too independent-minded to be slavish followers of anybody. Virtually all the people Saddam Hussein murdered were people trying to overthrow him. Fascism is militaristic. Islam is not.

Mr. Bush, who has dubbed himself the "war president," has made a pathetic and absurd effort to picture himself as Winston Churchill facing off against evil. He is no Churchill. Most of the enemies he imagines, he has created himself.

The West faces no threat from Islam. Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in t…

The Big Lie About 'Islamic Fascism'
By Eric Margolis

08/29/06 "Lew Rockwell" -- -- The latest big lie unveiled by Washington’s neoconservatives are the poisonous terms, "Islamo-Fascists" and "Islamic Fascists." They are the new, hot buzzwords among America’s far right and Christian fundamentalists.

President George W. Bush made a point last week of using "Islamofacists" when recently speaking of Hezbullah and Hamas – both, by the way, democratically elected parties. A Canadian government minister from the Conservative Party compared Lebanon’s Hezbullah to Nazi Germany.

The term "Islamofascist" is utterly without meaning, but packed with emotional explosives. It is a propaganda creation worthy Dr. Goebbles, and the latest expression of the big lie technique being used by neocons in Washington’s propaganda war against its enemies in the Muslim World.

This ugly term was probably first coined in Israel – as was the othe…

A Guantánamo lawyer reports from a parallel legal universe

Views > February 13, 2007
Inside America’s Gulag

By H. Candace Gorman

According to the U.S. government, Guantánamo Bay is leased to Uncle Sam by the Cuban government. However, Cuba does not recognize U.S. claims to the Bay and has not accepted lease payments for decades. Therefore, while Guantánamo is officially Cuban territory, it is effectively a fiefdom of the United States military. Guantánamo’s bizarre political status makes it a perfect haven for the parallel legal universe the Bush administration has created for “enemy combatants.”
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8 Reasons to Close Guantánamo Now

Features > February 12, 2007

By Karen J. Greenburg

"The first detainees arrived in Guantánamo four months to the day after the 9/11 attacks. From the opening of Camp X-Ray—the first site of imprisonment, notorious for its tin-roofed open-air cages—to the recently completed permanent prison known as Camp 6, critics have called for its closure. Even President Bush has said, “I’d like to end Guantánamo. I’d like it to be over with.” Yet he refuses to close it because, he says, it holds detainees who “will murder somebody if they are let out on the street.”

It’s time to look at the powerful reasons to close Guantánamo, both the standard ones enumerated below—and also what may be the most compelling, if unspoken, one of all: Guantánamo must be closed because the United States needs to indicate that it has decided to change course. Closing Guantánamo will help to restore America’s standing in the world and in the eyes of its own citizens."

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