Thursday: 97 Iraqis Killed, 148 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 11:50 a.m. EST, Mar. 7, 2008At least 97 Iraqis were killed and 148 more were injured in the latest attacks, which included a major double bombing in central Baghdad. Meanwhile, 2000 American soldiers are scheduled to return home as part of a drawdown in troops. Also, the Interior Ministry is researching how to […]

The China Syndrome

On February 4, President Bush announced a baseline military budget of $515.4 billion for the next fiscal year, not including funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the largest one-year Pentagon request in real, uninflated dollars since World War II. This Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 figure represents a 7.5% increase over the 2008 […]

US’ Latin American Diplomacy Sidelined by Loyalty to Uribe

Washington’s strong backing for President Álvaro Uribe has all but removed it from playing any significant diplomatic role in defusing the crisis sparked by Saturday’s attack by Colombia on anti-government guerrillas on Ecuador’s territory, according to analysts here. The incident, which resulted in the death of at many as 22 members of the Revolutionary Armed […]

Sahwa Forces Challenge Govt, and Win

BAQUBA – The conflict between Sahwa forces and the Iraqi government in Diyala has resulted in more power for the Sahwa. Tensions rose in early February when men dressed in Iraqi security personnel uniforms kidnapped two women. Their naked bodies were found later. Before and after that incident, Sahwa forces have accused the police chief […]

Australia’s Hidden Empire

When the outside world thinks about Australia, it generally turns to venerable clichés of innocence – cricket, leaping marsupials, endless sunshine, no worries. Australian governments actively encourage this. Witness the recent "G’Day USA" campaign, in which Kylie Minogue and Nicole Kidman sought to persuade Americans that, unlike the empire’s problematic outposts, a gormless greeting awaited […]

The State Is A Lie

It has been than three weeks since the occupied Serbian province of Kosovo declared dependence, and gained recognition from a handful of countries presuming themselves above international law. Serbia has refused to accept this seizure of its territory. Serbs in Kosovo are engaging in civil disobedience to the Albanian-dominated regime and the EU mission sent […]

Canada’s Muddled Afghan Mission

Canada should have a federal election. The most urgent issue is Afghanistan, and the fundamental question is whether Canadians want to be governed by politicians interested in honesty and clarity, or by those who prefer focus groups and public relations. (Canadian soldiers exposed to "explosively formed penetrators" might have their own priorities.) Afghanistan has cost […]