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Imperial Sunset? - Threats to US Hegemony

04-04-2007 14:07

The Iraq and Lebanon wars have shown up the limits of the latest in military technology. Relatively small militias, armed with rudimentary weapons, fought the U.S. and Israeli armies to a standstill; one withdrew hastily, the other doesn't even know how to retreat or even avoid slow attrition. This imposes severe limits on U.S. capabilities and projects for seeking military solutions to political problems. If the U.S. repeats in Iran the folly it committed in Iraq, the myth of its military prowess shall be in full ruin.

On the other side of the globe are the mass movements of Latin America. They are neither "terrorists", nor "rogue states"; hence not even fictitious targets for invasions. Not even a spectre of communism. Just millions of the poor on the march for equality, justice, and redistribution of wealth. Not a cauldron of religious millenarianism, sectarian strife and ethnic divisions, as in so much of the Muslim world. But a direct revolt against neoliberalism and imperialism as such.

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A Bogus “Hostage Crisis”

04-04-2007 11:52

On March 31, the President of the United States made a statement pertaining to the 15 British sailors and marines unfortunately detailed in Iran: “The Iranians must give back the hostages. They’re innocent. The Iranians took these people out of Iraqi waters. It’s inexcusable behavior.”

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Robin Hood blockades the Base

04-04-2007 11:22

On Sunday April the 1st, a team of outlaws from Nottingham blockaded the main gate of Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base for 4 hours.

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UK Issued Two Different Coordinates for Gulf Incident

04-04-2007 08:21

The UK Ministry of Defence website still contains their widely quoted press release [1] , issued on the 28th March, which attempts to clearly establish that the arrest of the fifteen British sailors and marines by Iran took place in Iraqi waters. Unfortunately for the MOD, it appears that they have used two different sets of position coordinates to fix the site of the incident.

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Open Letter To Middle East Scholar Daniel Pipes

04-04-2007 05:33

In response to article posted on titled: "Recruiting Soldiers Against Radical Islam" at:

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Just where were those 15 brits?

04-04-2007 03:32

British MOD Issued Two Different Coordinates for the Gulf Incident

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Seized explosives 'four times bigger' than Bali bomb Megablast in 2002?

04-04-2007 01:16

It seems the CIA, Indonesian and Australian authorities are trying to cover their tracks with propaganda. Now they say that they have found explosives 'four times bigger' than the Bali bombs in 2002. But that is not possible because the biggest blast was a [mini nuke] Megablast. And there is ample evidence of it from eyewitness accounts.

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The Long history of British and American covert provocation and action in Iran

03-04-2007 22:54

Britain and the US have a long history of covert action against and provocation of Iran in their bid to aggressively control the region. Our governments have continually violated Iranian territory covertly for decades and then covered up the fact.

Nothing has changed. These facts and past precedents are exactly the reason why we should be questioning our own governments on the authenticity of the current seizure of the British marines by Iran. It seems that we are once again witnessing the unfolding of ongoing covert military action by our governments against (whether you agree with it or not) a democratically elected foreign government in Iran.

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War on Iran and Responsibilities of a People

03-04-2007 20:09

I wrote this as the Introduction chapter to my book "Prisoners of the Cave" in 2003 - almost exactly 4 years ago as the bombing of Iraq was underway and the American peoples were mesmerized by the "shock and awe" of a defenseless civilization on their television screens. Is another one about to commence on another defenseless nation - Iran? How relevant is this introduction today after all that has been disclosed over the past 4 years? Are the voices that are actually heard in the American mainstream only to be of those wearing the distinguished garb of "scholarship" lining the streets of Washington DC and the well walked hallways of the Ivys? When will the voices of the ordinary peoples themselves be allowed to inform the ordinary peoples? After all, it is us who are the ultimate enablers of "shock and awe", and also us who pay the heavy price. It is indeed only our profound complicity through our uncourageous silence and inaction that bestows the unspeakable power on the minority of opinion makers and the handful of hectoring hegemons which in turn enables them to send America's sons and daughters to new heights of barbarism while visiting the munificence of their high-tech "shock and awe" upon defenseless human beings. How can a civilization claiming to be a "populist democracy" permit such "imperial mobilizations"? Did "Good Germans" only live in Germany? How about the public living in the rest of the "civilized world" in Western nations hoisting their "democratic" ideals on the rest of humanity? Of the 6 billion peoples on the planet, at least 2 billion live in these "democracies". Where are their voices? Shame!

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America's Profound Shame

03-04-2007 17:28

Excerpt from the Preface to the book "Prisoners of the Cave" to be available shortly at

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The AEI's attack dogs jump onto the 'Iran hostage crisis' bandwagon

03-04-2007 15:21

The attack dogs at neoconservative headquarters in Washington, DC, are at it again. They have seized on the ‘crisis’ that was brought about by the capture of the 15 British sailors and marines by the Iranians inside Iranian waters to call again for confrontation and war against Iran.

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London Counter-Recruitment Picket, Friday April 13th 1pm

03-04-2007 15:04

Next Friday - 13th April – at the Bloomsbury armed forces recruitment centre, people will be going armed with placards and fliers to give a counter view of what life is like in the army. The Bloomsbury recruitment centre is located in the same building as the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO), the government's arms sales agency.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raging the chances of being killed and injured have increased dramatically over the past few years. But even if ex-services personnel make it back alive many are still scared for life from their experiences.

We encourage everyone to help us hand out fliers and let people know what it's really like in the military!

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War Crimes Video Evidence: US Troops Randomly Killing Iraqi Civilians

03-04-2007 09:59

Home made video by US forces in Iraq shows trigger happy troops shooting anything that moves on an Iraqi street, then attacking a building where civilians try to take cover.

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UN Security Council Helps Disarm a Prospective Further Victim of U.S. Aggression

03-04-2007 00:28

Now, four years later, the Security Council has outdone itself. Not only has it failed to condemn the U.S. and Israeli threat to attack Iran—the threat itself a violation of the UN Charter,[4] and one made ever-more real by the U.S. invasions of neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq during this decade alone, now followed by a huge U.S. naval buildup near Iran's coast to levels not seen since the U.S. launched its war on Iraq four years ago in what the New York Times just called a "calculated show of force."[5] But even worse, the Council has aided and abetted these potential aggressors by adopting three resolutions in the past eight months under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, each of which affirms that Iran's nuclear program is a threat to international peace and security, and reserves for the Council the right to take "further appropriate measures" should Iran fail to comply—that is, should Iran not cave-in to U.S. demands on exactly the terms demanded.[6]

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Has the UK lost its 'edge' in foreign policy?

02-04-2007 21:28

The recent story of the arrest of 15 British sailors in the Persian Gulf has revealed interesting and often hidden facts regarding the current administration in Britain.

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Land Day in Bil in

02-04-2007 17:36

This is part of a series of reports from a Brighton based activist from occupied Palestine

I will be here for the next month making links with grassroots groups in the Tubas/Jordan Valley Region with other activist from the Brighton Tubas Friendship and Solidarity Group ( and working with the International Solidarity Movement (

I will be sending short reports about the effect of the Israeli occupation on everyday life and Palestinian resistance to the occupation…


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Blockading Agrexco UK Is Legal Say Met Police

02-04-2007 14:37

Agrexco UK Valentines Blockade Case Dropped by Met Police

Israeli War Criminals Cornered as Blockade of Israeli export company is deemed legal by Met police.

2 April 2007

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Beyond Munich: The UN Helps Disarm a Prospective Further Victim of US Aggression

02-04-2007 13:49

Imagine that when Hitler was threatening to invade Poland, after having swallowed Czechoslovakia—with the help of the Western European powers' appeasement of Hitler at Munich in September 1938—the League of Nations imposed an arms embargo on Poland, making it more difficult for the imminent victim to defend itself, and at the same time suggested that Poland was the villainous party. That didn’t happen back in 1939, but in a regression from that notorious era of appeasement something quite analogous is happening now.

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A wanton cover-up: No British soldiers found guilty in murder of Iraqi worker

02-04-2007 13:24

On September 14, 2003, Baha Musa, a 26-year-old hotel receptionist and father of two, was detained along with several others in a raid by the Queens Lancashire Regiment in the Haitham Hotel in Basra. Over the course of the next 36 hours, Musa was humiliated, starved, robbed, forced to drink his own urine, choked and repeatedly pummeled by perhaps dozens of British soldiers. He died as a result of the sadistic abuse.