Daily Archives: April 21, 2004

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Negroponte, a Torturer’s Friend

April 20, 2004 | The Progressive by Matthew Rothschild Bush’s announcement that he intends to appoint John Negroponte to be the U.S. ambassador to Iraq should appall anyone who respects human rights. Negroponte, currently U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., was U.S. ambassador to Honduras in the 1980s and was intimately involved with Reagan’s dirty war against the Sandinistas of Nicaragua. Reagan waged much of that illegal contra war from Honduras, and Negroponte was his point man. According to a detailed investigation the Baltimore Sun did in 1995, Negroponte covered up some of the most grotesque human rights abuses imaginable.

Death By Slow Burn: How America Nukes Its Own Troops

[ This article is a decent primer on the human rights issues surrounding the military’s use of depleted uramium. Thanks to Barbara Geary for passing this article along. –BL ] What “Support Our Troops” really means April, 2003 | The Idaho Observer by Amy Worthington On March 30, an AP photo featured an American pro-war activist holding a sign: “Nuke the evil scum, it worked in 1945!” That’s exactly what George Bush has done. America’s mega billion dollar war in Iraq is indeed a NUCLEAR WAR. Bush-Cheney have delivered upon 17 million Iraqis tons of depleted uranium (DU) weapons, a […]

New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq — “October Surprise”?

[ The Iranian press is insinuating that the Bush Administration may have an “October Surprise” in store, to boost Bush’s ratings just before the election: the discovery of WMDs in Iraq, which the Administration may have begun planting after the invasion (see the article below). Nor would this charge be refutable, because the Bush Administration “has refused to allow the [International Atomic Energy A]gency’s weapons inspectors into the country, saying that the alliance has taken over responsibility for illicit weapons searches.” This is not the only potential October Surprise. Bob Woodward’s recent revelations suggested that Bush and Saudi Prince Bandar […]

Exxon Still Has Not Paid the $5.2 billion It Owes Alaskans

Whatever It Takes April 5, 2004 | The Nation by ASHLEY SHELBY Shortly after the catastrophic 1989 Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Exxon sent Don Cornett, the company’s top official in Alaska at the time, to the fishing port of Cordova to reassure the fishers that the company would make things right. “You have my word,” Cornett told them then. “I said it, Don Cornett. We will do whatever it takes to keep you whole. We do business straight.”

US Christian fundamentalists are driving Bush’s Middle East policy

Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power US Christian fundamentalists are driving Bush's Middle East policy April 20, 2004 | The Guardian by George Monbiot To understand what is happening in the Middle East, you must first understand what is happening in Texas. To understand what is happening there, you should read the resolutions passed at the state's Republican party conventions last month. Take a look, for example, at the decisions made in Harris County, which covers much of Houston. The delegates began by nodding through a few uncontroversial matters: homosexuality is contrary to the […]