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Sadr: Obama has subtle plans to control world

Posted by seumasach on June 5, 2009


5th June, 2009

Iraq’s senior cleric Moqtada al-Sadr says Barack Obama’s speech indicates that the US wants to take a different avenue to bring the world under its control. 

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Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plans and MoveOn

Posted by seumasach on March 5, 2009


By Stephen Gowans

What’s Left

1st March, 2009

Michael D. Yates wrote an MRZine article accusing Fox and CNN journalists, and Michael Steele, the first black person to be selected to chair the Republican National Committee, of being complete boneheads. That Yates chose MRZine as his vehicle for launching a diatribe against the intellectual failings of the likes of Lou Dobbs and Wolf Blitzer means he must have been looking for an easy sell. He might as well have told Palestinians that Zionists are not their friends.

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Ship Of Fools

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2009

Paul Craig Roberts

2nd February, 2009

Is there intelligent life in Washington, DC? Not a speck of it.

The US economy is imploding, and Obama is being led by his government of neconservatives and Israeli agents into a quagmire in Afghanistan that will bring the US into confrontation with Russia, and possibly China, American’s largest creditor.

The January payroll job figures reveal that last month 20,000 Americans lost their jobs every day.

In addition, December’s job losses were revised up by 53,000 jobs from 524,000 to 577,000. The revision brings the two-month job loss to 1,175,000. If this keeps up, Obama’s promised three million new jobs will be wiped out by job losses. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maliki says era of US Iraq dominance is over

Posted by seumasach on February 10, 2009

Channel News Asia

10th Febrauary, 2009

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday that the era of US dominance in Iraq was over, in a broadside to Washington almost six years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
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US military ‘to defy’ Iraqi pact

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2008


Gareth Porter

Asia Times

20th December

WASHINGTON – United States military leaders and Pentagon officials have made it clear through public statements and deliberately leaked stories in recent weeks that they plan to violate a central provision of the US-Iraq withdrawal agreement requiring the complete pullout of all US combat troops from Iraqi cities by mid-2009 by reclassifying combat troops as support troops.

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The shoes we longed for

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2008


Sami Ramadani


17th december, 2008

Within a few unlikely seconds, a pair of size 10 shoes have become the most destructive weapon the people of Iraq have managed to throw at the occupying powers, after nearly six years of occupation and formidable resistance. One Iraqi writer called the shoes, hurled by a journalist at George Bush, “Iraq’s weapon of comprehensive destruction”.

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The US / UK road to Iraq and the corrupting influence of the Anglo-American “special relationship”

Posted by seumasach on December 13, 2008


Christopher King


10th  December, 2008

Christopher King examines the corrosive effects of the Anglo-American “special relationship” on British politics and argues that, if Britain is to safeguard its civil liberties, democracy and independence, it must bring former Prime Minister Tony Blair to account for that ultimate symbol of the “special relationship”, the Iraq war.

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Sadr denounces U.S. withdrawal plan

Posted by smeddum on August 24, 2008

By Tina Susman and Caesar Ahmad
Los Angeles Times
Article Launched: 08/23/2008 01:31:30 AM PDT

BAGHDAD – The debate over a deal that would chart the future of U.S. troops in Iraq has reignited the rhetoric coming from Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who denounced the plan Friday for not setting a firm date for a U.S. withdrawal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq:A House of Cards

Posted by smeddum on August 22, 2008


Outside of the blackout accounts of the genocidal destruction,this a more honest account of how things are in Iraq than we usually get from the US mainstream press. There is ultimately a break in logic. ”A full circle” leaves us with the idea that Iraq was a threat to the US; a false premise

This post was written for The New York Times by a Western security
adviser who has worked for journalistic and non-journalistic
organizations in Iraq. His name has been withheld for safety reasons.

I have been involved in looking after commercial clients since early
1997, working across a variety of industries and many countries,
including mining and oil operations in volatile regions throughout
Africa and with journalists and other organizations in Iraq since

Iraq is far and away the most complex scenario, for sure. Right from
the get-go in 2003, while journalists and other clients were traveling
right across the country, Iraqis were very welcoming. But what was
very obvious to me was that there was very little progress in the
reconstruction of their country. That manifested itself in the lack of
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Former “Bush Puppet” Iraqi PM Calls for US Withdrawal

Posted by seumasach on July 25, 2008

Maya Shenwar

Truth Out

24th July, 2008

Dr. Ayad Allawi, the former interim Iraqi prime minister previously referred to even by US Congress members as a “Bush puppet,” voiced his strong support for a US withdrawal timeline during a Wednesday Congressional hearing.

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You need Uncle Sam, Iraq told

Posted by seumasach on July 25, 2008

“Both the Bush administration and the US military appear to harbor the illusion that the US troop presence in Iraq still confers effective political control over its clients in Baghdad.

However, the change in the Maliki regime’s behavior over the past six months, starting with the prime minister’s abrupt refusal to go along with General David Petraeus’ plan for a joint operation in the southern city of Basra in mid-March, strongly suggests that the era of Iraqi dependence on the US has ended.”

By Gareth Porter

Asia Times
26th July, 2008
WASHINGTON – Instead of moving toward accommodating the demand of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for a timetable for United States military withdrawal, the George W Bush administration and the US military leadership are continuing to pressure their erstwhile client regime to bow to the US demand for a long-term military presence in the country.

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