Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei
 

In 2005, Mohammad El Baradei was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding work in the international control of nuclear weapons.  In 2003, El Baradei had proposed a verifiable ban on the production of weapons grade fissile material - a positive move that would severely limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.  

In a vote of the Disarmament Committee of the United Nations (UN), one and only one nation voted against El Baradei's proposal - George Bush's America.  In that same vote, Israel abstained, apparently fearing international interference with their own outlaw nuclear weapons programme, and Britain abstained in an act of diplomatic fealty to the 'special relationship' between Tony Blair and George Bush.  The final tally was 147 nations to one with the two abstentions.  In a later vote of the entire UN General Assembly, Israel and Britain abstained, while America and Palau voted against El Baradei's verifiable ban on fission, and 179 nations voted in favor of his proposal.  The final vote on that occasion was 179 in favor, 2 opposed (US and Palau) and 2 abstentions (Israel and Britain).

El Baradei's proposal would monitor all nuclear fission and guarantee that non-nuclear weapons states would be able to obtain adequate supplies for their non-military usage of enriched plutonium.

Israeli billionaire Haim Saban endorses the ‘Governator’ - and so do Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Israeli billionaire Haim Saban endorses the ‘Governator’ - and so do Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg

Israeli billionaire Haim Saban endorses the ‘Governator’ - and so do Stephen Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg

As Israel prepares for round two in its battle against Hizbullah, and Iran moves onto a war footing with a defensive mobilization and with the US already at war in the Middle East, the California governor's race has become a crucible of American politics.  In the politically charged world of Hollywood, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has triggered a minor realignment on the Democratic right and some familiar names are now in the process of moving across the partisan divide.   

Led by billionaire media mogul, Haim Saban, several prominent Hollywood Democrats:  James Campbell, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jerry Zucker and and Bud Yorkin have announced their support for the Republican ‘Governorator,’ Arnold Schwarzenegger, who once pitched a film that featured an unlikely hero, an "Everyman" characterized as a kind and decent Nazi caught up in the violent conflict of the Second World War.  How Schwarzenegger planned to treat his character’s anti-Semitism remains obscure.

Andy Rowell, 9 May 2005

No matter how long he stays Prime Minister, whether it is just for one year or a full term of office, one thing is certain. Tony Blair will continue to be haunted by the legacy of the Iraq war and the ghosts of dead British servicemen. They follow him everywhere he goes. And now they could land him in jail as a war criminal.
Tuesday, 28 June 2005 23:15

Iraq: Lies, Half-truths & Omissions

By
David Morrison, 28 June, 2005

In this pamphlet David Morrison provides a comprehensive account of the series of lies, half-truths and omissions employed by the British government to rationalize its planned aggression against the sovereign nation of Iraq.

Thursday, 30 June 2005 07:15

Blair’s Big Lie

By
David Morrison, 30 June 2005

In the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq, the Prime Minister continually stated that his objective was the disarmament of Iraq as laid down in Security Council resolutions, and not regime change.  For example, on 25 February 2003, he told the House of Commons:

 

“I detest his [Saddam Hussein’s] regime – I hope most people do – but even now, he could save it by complying with the UN's demand. Even now, we are prepared to go the extra step to achieve disarmament peacefully.”

 

In fact, a year earlier, the Prime Minister had already offered his wholehearted support to President Bush in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

Sunday, 03 July 2005 05:20

Blairs Big Lie - More

By
David Morrison, 2 July 2005
Monday, 07 November 2005 09:38

Only the Dead See the End of War

By
Andy Rowell, 7 November

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato once wrote:  “only the dead have seen the end of war”. In Iraq this is true: for it is becoming a war with no end in sight. It is a war without end. And the number of dead continues to grow.

Last month was the most bloody for US servicemen since January this year. The gruesome milestone of 2,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq was passed. It made headlines across the globe and added to President Bush’s problems at home. However, the 2,000 figure is already out of date. Last Monday, another six US soldiers were killed by two separate bombs. Their death brings to at least 2,027 the number of US military personnel now killed.

The bad news for Bush is that it took the insurgency some eighteen months to kill the first 1,000 US troops, but only fourteen months the second. Death is coming quicker to American soldiers in Iraq, many of whom are on their third or fourth tour of duty.
David Morrison, 17 November

"I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq" Paul Wolfowitz, Baghdad, 21 July 2003


"There is no justification for
Iran or any other country interfering in Iraq …" Tony Blair, Downing Street, 6 October 2005

Julie-ann Davies, November 25, 2005

On November 7, 2004 the American-led siege of the Iraqi city of Fallujah began. The attack continued for two weeks and it was estimated that over 1,200 insurgents were killed and up to 250,000 civilians were displaced.

 

Hospitals, schools, power supplies and water lines were destroyed as the city was dragged to its knees. Reports filed from the area were scant. Most journalists present were embedded with troops and their movements were tightly controlled. Allegations that American forces were using chemical weapons in Fallujah were widely ignored by the mainstream media.

Jonny Burnett and Dave Whyte, 7 December 2005

In January 2005 a British and an Iraqi civilian were killed just north of Baghdad whilst working for security contractors Janusian Security Risk Management Ltd.   The employees were apparently riding in a convoy near to the power station they worked at when they were ambushed.  Janusian is one firm amongst multitude of private military companies providing armed guard and escort services in Iraq who, according the US Department of Defence, now employ around 25,000 people.  It was apparently the first Western private military outfit to have an operational office and manager stationed permanently in Iraq.