Daily Archives: May 22, 2004

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Christian Soldiers and Iraq

by Brendan Lalor It is interesting to note the diverse appeals to Christianity in Iraq: Decent folks: Whistle-blower specialist Joseph M. Darby, who informed authorities about abuses at Abu Ghraib, said, “The Christian in me says it’s wrong.” (New York Times, 22 May 2004) Ass holes: Abu Ghraib prisoner Ameed Saeed al-Sheikh reports, “They ordered me to curse Islam and because they started to hit my broken leg, I cursed my religion,” he said, referring to an injury he previously suffered in circumstances not made clear. “They ordered me to thank Jesus that I’m alive. And I did what they […]

Agri-giant Monsanto Wins Patent Case Against Farmer

[ Agri-giant Monsanto sued a Canadian farmer into whose fields its canola seed drifted by accident — and won. Although the Canadian Supreme Court did not award Monsanto the farmer’s profits, the precedent is set: “wherever a gene wanders, it’s under Monsanto’s control.” Worse, it appears the case leaves open the possibility that in future cases of accidental genetic drift, Monsanto might be entitled to profits. –BL ] Monsanto Wins Patent Case on Plant Genes May 22, 2004 | New York Times by BERNARD SIMON TORONTO, May 21 – In a case central to the international debate over the right to […]

Military: “Justifiable Homicides”?

[ Quite apart from the thousands of dead prisoners in the “war on terror” denied by the U.S. military, it admits that numerous prisoners have died in its custody, several of which it claims are “justifiable homicides.” From the article: Altogether, a senior military official said at a Pentagon briefing on Friday afternoon, 37 prisoners have died in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2002, all but five in Iraq. Of these, 15 prisoner deaths have been determined by the Army to be cases of death by natural or undetermined causes, and 8 as justifiable homicides…. The Pentagon […]

U.S. Military Whistleblowers Face Retribution

[ Statistically, those who blow the whistle on abuse in the military face serious retribution by the military, despite the so-called Whitle-Blower Protection Act. –BL ] 21 May 2004 | National Public Radio NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling examines two cases of military whistleblowers who faced retribution for exposing wrongdoing. In the first case, an Army captain was sent to Haiti in 1994 to protect human rights, but when he tried to expose the fact that U.S. military was standing by while political dissidents were being killed, he was court-martialed and lost his job and benefits. In the second case, a young Navy […]