Daily Archives: April 15, 2004

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CNN to Al Jazeera: Why Report Civilian Deaths?

April 15, 2004, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) As the casualties mount in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, Qatar-based Al Jazeera has been one of the only news networks broadcasting from the inside, relaying images of destruction and civilian victims– including women and children. But when CNN anchor Daryn Kagan interviewed the network's editor-in-chief, Ahmed Al-Sheik, on Monday (4/12/04)– a rare opportunity to get independent information about events in Fallujah– she used the occasion to badger Al-Sheik about whether the civilian deaths were really “the story” in Fallujah. Al Jazeera has recently come under sharp criticism from U.S. […]

Heads Up… from Michael Moore

[ FYI: Here’s the latest from Michael Moore. –BL ] April 14th, 2004, www.michaelmoore.com Friends, I have never seen a head so far up a Presidential ass (pardon my Falluja) than the one I saw last night at the “news conference” given by George W. Bush. He’s still talking about finding “weapons of mass destruction” — this time on Saddam’s “turkey farm.” Turkey indeed. Clearly the White House believes there are enough idiots in the 17 swing states who will buy this. I think they are in for a rude awakening. I’ve been holed up for weeks in the editing room […]

How Will the U.S. Respond to Genocide?

[ From the article: “And what should parents do when the Janjaweed seize their children, or gang-rape their daughters? Should they resist, knowing they will then be shot at once in front of their children? Or what about the parents described by Human Rights Watch who were allowed by the militia to choose how their children would die: burned alive or shot to death? …. We can save many tens of thousands of lives in the coming weeks — but only if Mr. Bush and Mr. Annan speak out more boldly, if the U.N. Security Council insists on humanitarian access […]

Remember Rwanda, but Take Action in Sudan

[ From the article: “Today, roughly 1,000 miles north of Rwanda, tens of thousands of Africans are herded onto death marches, and Western leaders are again sitting in offices. How sad it is that it doesn’t even seem strange.” –doclalor ] April 6, 2004, New York Times by Samantha Power Ten years ago this week, Rwandan Hutu extremists embarked on a genocidal campaign in which they murdered some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus — a genocide more efficient than that of the Nazis. On this anniversary, Western and United Nations leaders are expressing their remorse and pledging their resolve to prevent […]

US Marines Shoot Ambulances in Fallujah

[ Although the U.S. has sought to prevent news agencies such as Al-Jazeera from covering the U.S. massacre of Fallujah, a number of independent and alternative media have managed to get stories and footage out — including this story Free Speech Radio filed with Democracy Now!, this coverage by ahr Jamail, and by Voices in the Wilderness. Below is another such report. –doclalor ] Pacifica Network Reports from Iraq, April 13, 2004 BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Speaking from his ranch in Crawford, Texas the President the United States, George W. Bush told reporters American soldiers have acted against, quote: “lawlessness and gangs” […]

Iraqi ‘beaten to death’ by US troops

14apr04, The Australian AN Iraqi has died of his wounds after US troops beat him with truncheons because he refused to remove a picture of wanted Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr from his car, police said today. The motorist was stopped late yesterday by US troops conducting search operations on a street in the centre of the central city of Kut, Lieutenant Mohamad Abdel Abbas said. After the man refused to remove Sadr’s picture from his car, the soldiers forced him out of the vehicle and started beating him with truncheons, he said. US troops also detained from the same […]