Jun 28, 2004 | Reuters by James Vicini WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court placed the first limits on President Bush’s war on terrorism on Monday and ruled that terror suspects can use the American judicial system to challenge their confinement. The historic moves on the day before the end of the high court’s term marked a bitter defeat for Bush’s assertion of sweeping presidential powers to indefinitely hold “enemy combatants” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It was the court’s first rulings on Bush’s terrorism policies. In one ruling, the court said the nearly 600 foreign terror suspects held […]
June 18, 2004 | Foreign Policy In Focus by Arnold J. Oliver Democracy has been much in the news of late. At the G-8 Summit in Georgia, one of the main items on the agenda was the democratization of the Middle East, and the recent commemoration of the D-Day anniversary and the passing of President Reagan both generated discussion concerning the defense and spread of democracy. But amidst all the hoopla, the anniversary of a decisive event in the modern history of democracy has somehow escaped notice. Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1954, the government of the United States […]
June 27, 2004 | Washington Post by Emily Wax MORNAY, Sudan — There are tents here that no parent wants to visit. They are called feeding centers, shady rectangular units where children fight death. Sitting on a mat and holding his son’s frail hand, Mohammed Ishaq and his wife, Aisha, have been here five days, nursing 9-month-old Zohar on drops of water from a large pink cup, praying that somehow he will survive. Zohar spits up the water. His cough is rough, and his thin skin clings to his ribs. His withered left arm is connected to an IV. He […]
by Brendan Lalor To briefly follow up an earlier article on the new book “by a senior CIA analyst who headed the agency’s task force on Osama bin Laden,” Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror (Brassey’s, 2004), the Washington Post’s Walter Pincus reports: The author, who writes under the name “Anonymous,” argues it is not dislike of freedom, democracy and Western culture that led bin Laden to wage war against America, but rather his disdain for U.S. policies and actions in the Muslim world, particularly America’s relationship with Israel. Senior U.S. leaders, the book argues, […]
[ Alexandra Dadlez asks: IS IT THAT COLIN POWELL WAS WRONG, OR THAT ARE THEY ACTUALLY GOING TO STAGE AN ELABORATE HAND-OVER WITH U.S. SOLDIERS & IRAQI POLICE PARADING ABOUT WITH A HANDCUFFED SADDAM, TAKING HIM TO AN IRAQI JUDGE & THEN JUST HANDING HIM BACK TO THE AMERICANS? IT SEEMS HE WILL BE RETURNED TO SAME CELL FROM WHICH HE WAS TAKEN… LIKELY … AN AMERICAN-CONTROLLED CELL. HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK PEOPLE ARE? –BL ] Saddam to Be Given to Iraq Police Soon, CBS Says 27 June 2004 | Reuters WASHINGTON – Saddam Hussein will be handed over to […]
excerpted from 27 June 2004 | Washington Post “When we returned to camp that afternoon, me and my gunners were all shaking,” [Lt. Jon] Silk [whose platoon pushed into Kufa in May] said. “It was the first time we’d ever seen what our guns were doing to them.” Capt. Geoff Wright, who commands a tank company, was in the fight with Silk that day in Kufa. And he, too, was taken aback after seeing the faces of his enemy, much younger than he had imagined, up close.
Michael and them: Moore foes hold fest June 25, 2004 | Hollywood Reporter by Paul Bond Just as his “Fahrenheit 9/11” opens nationwide, several filmmakers are readying documentaries aimed at debunking Michael Moore, and a new film festival is being planned that will feature such works as well as other movies well to the right of Moore’s films. Scheduled Sept. 9-11 in Dallas, the American Film Renaissance, as the festival will be known, has just been announced by co-founder Jim Hubbard, who said it is bankrolled primarily by some “big-time conservative donors.”