May 19, 2004 | NBC News BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraqi officials said a U.S. helicopter fired on a wedding party Wednesday in western Iraq, killing more than 40 people, including children. Senior Pentagon officials confirmed that approximately 40 were killed in an airstrike near the Syrian border, but they told NBC News that the incident involved an AC-130 warship — not a helicopter — and that the aircraft returned fire after coming under attack from militants. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the divergent accounts or even verify that both descriptions were of the same incident. Lt. Col. Ziyad […]
[ This article is one of the better recaps and analyses of the Sudan crisis. –BL ] 17 May 2004 | World Socialist Web Site by Brian Smith The ongoing conflict in Sudan?s Darfur region has increasingly taken the form of ethnic cleansing, with numerous reports of the direct targeting of civilian populations. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have just released reports revealing the extent of the atrocities. HRW believes that there can be ?no doubt about the Sudanese government’s culpability in crimes against humanity in Darfur.?
The road to Abu Ghraib began after 9/11, when Washington wrote new rules to fight a new kind of war. A NEWSWEEK investigation Officials in Colin Powell’s State Department were ‘horrified’ by the Bush administration’s apparent willingness to ignore Geneva protocols Tough tactics: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pushed for a Gitmo style approach to prisoner interrogations in Iraq May 24, 2004 | Newsweek by John Barry, Michael Hirsh and Michael Isikoff It’s not easy to get a member of Congress to stop talking. Much less a room full of them. But as a small group of legislators watched the images […]
1,300 OHIOANS JOBLESS May 18, 2004 | THE DAILY MIS-LEAD Last April, President Bush visited a Timken Company manufacturing plant in Ohio to press for passage of new tax cuts that he said would spur the economy. During the speech Bush said that "the future of this company is bright and therefore, the future of employment is bright for the families that work here" (1). Less than a year after the tax cuts for the wealthy passed, that same factory is shutting down — putting about 1,300 people out of work (2) and inflicting a "devastating" blow to the Canton […]