Earth Day in the Shadow of War from TomPaine.com
The environment has long been a silent casualty of war, suffering before, during, and after actual combat takes place. And, from assaults on ecosystems in the Persian Gulf to regulatory exemptions for US military activities here at home, the current war provides fresh lessons about how militarism goes hand in hand with ecological destruction.
The Life of an Iraqi Translator from YouthRadio.com
20-year-old Tahseen Taha, a translator in Northern Iraq, describes what it's like to be putting his life in danger working with journalists. He talks about his own fears, and the fears of his family, after an Australian journalist was killed in Northern Iraq.
Seeing is Not Always Believing from Wiretap Magazine
Millions of Americans are now confident that Operation Iraqi Freedom is coming to an end after seeing TV images of jubilant Iraqis cheering as Saddam's statue was pulled down by American troops on April 9 -- a day that has now been given the name "Liberation Day" and "V-I Day" by the US news media. But could it be a media hoax?
Privatization in Disguise from Alternet.org
On April 6, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz spelled it out: There will be no role for the United Nations in setting up an interim government in Iraq. The US-run regime will last at least six months, "probably . . . longer than that."
Anthrax, Biological Weapons, and Other Smoking Guns We Never Found in Iraq from The Village Voice
25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard [gas] ...
Waiting for the Anti-Sadaam Revolt from The LA Weekly
Why aren't more Iraqis rising up against President Saddam Hussein? Most likely, many remember what happened the last time they followed US instructions to rise up against him.
The Rape of Iraq from Counterpunch
When the Anglo-American rape of Iraq began, we so desperately searched the Iraqi faces on our televisions for a smile. And that is why, when after three weeks of horrendous carnage, we finally got more than three Iraqis in one place to smile at our handsome invading army and help them to topple a statue of our mutual accursed enemy, we declared the war to be, virtually, over.
International Law a La Carte from Consortiumnews.com
The Bush administration is voicing outrage over alleged Iraqi violations of the Geneva Conventions in broadcasting videotapes of US POWs. But the complaint comes after George W. Bush ignored warnings from US veterans that his own contempt for international law might lead to just this predicament.
The Business of War from CorpWatch.org
After 14 days of heavy pounding, US military forces so far have dropped over 8,700 bombs, including more than 3,000 missiles, and also fired millions of rounds of ammunition on military and civilian targets inside the country. ... The US military will have to replace all of these weapons -- worth billions of dollars -- giving a tremendous boost to the US military industry, which has been on the skids since the last Gulf War in 1991.