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  1. Iraqs Wmd

    Salaam More on Saddam Hussein’s attempts to buy uranium from Niger in an attempt to build nuclear weapons. In the latest twist to this saga, the UK Foreign Office has managed to make a set of documents relating to Iraq’s non existent WMD appear. . then disappear. Dr Lynne Jones, the Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak who is pursuing the basis for Tony Blair’s pre war claim that Iraq was seeking nuclear material from Africa, received a letter last summer from Foreign Office Minister Baroness Symons. In it Symons said the government believed in the illicit Iraq-Niger uranium deal because ‘our assessment was made on the basis of documents other than those which have been subsequently found to have been forged’. Really? Dr Jones was surprised by the claim that the government had reliable documents other than the Italian forgeries (see Eyes passim) which outlined the apparent WMD deal. No other government, for example, claims to have credible documents outlining the uranium deal that never happened. Nor had British intelligence ever made such a claim before. Indeed, the 2003 report of the Commons intelligence and security committee made it clear that the intelligence service was relying on non documentary ‘intelligence’ – a telephone call, say, or a report by an agent or the comments of another foreign intelligence service – to continue believing that Iraq had tried to procure Nigerian atomic ore. Dr Jones wrote to Symons successor, Foreign Office Minister Kim Howell, for an explanation. After some reminding the Minster replied just before Christmas. . .and promptly made Symons’ ‘documents’ disappear. Howells wrote ‘I agree that the wording of the letter you received was not as precise as it should have been. Instead of stating ‘our assessment was made on the basis of documents. . .’ the letter should have read ‘our assessment was made on the basis of information. . .’ I hope this helps clarify the issue for you.’ And how. Howells letter makes it clear that ministers still don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to Iraq supposed weapons of mass destruction.
  2. Scotland

    TITLE: Scotland: A New History Author: Michael Lynch ISBN: 0712698930 This full length history of Scotland is made up of 25 chapters spanning 18 centuries, from the Picts to the 1980s and is designed for the general reader. A particular feature of the book is the attention it gives to social and cultural history, including life in towns, the changing role of the nobles, and the shifting images of Scottish identity through the ages. The landmarks of Scottish history - the Wars of Independence, the Reformation, the Union of Crowns and the Union of Parliaments, the Jacobite rebellions, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, are all covered. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0712698930/202-5847112-1383854"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0...5847112-1383854[/url]
  3. Vietnam

    TITLE: For Reasons of State AUTHOR: Noam Chomsky ISBN: 1565847946 An essential record of Chomsky's political and social thought as it was sharpened during the upheavals in domestic and international affairs of the early 1970s, For Reasons of State includes articles on the war in Vietnam and the "wider war" in Laos and Cambodia, an extensive dissection of the Pentagon Papers, reflections on the role of force in international affairs, essays on civil disobedience and the use of the university, and a now-classic introduction to anarchism. These essays reveal very different facets of Chomsky's power as a thinker, from his uncanny ability to join abstract philosophical considerations with the concrete political realities of his time, to his singular capacity to mount withering, fact-based critiques of American foreign policy. Following the recent release of American Power and the New Mandarins, For Reasons of State is a major addition to the intellectual history of the Vietnam era. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1565847946/102-3645889-3226514?v=glance"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/exec/obidos/tg/detai...226514?v=glance[/url]
  4. Chavez Tells Us Religious Group To Leave Country

    Controversial leader Correspondents says the Venezuelan president has cultivated ties with other countries that have strained relations with the US - chiefly Cuba and Iran. Washington officially sees him as an unfriendly head of state in South America. Mr Chavez, 55, first came to prominence as a leader of a failed coup in 1992. After being released from prison, he embarked on a political career that swept him to power in 1998, with a promise to transform Venezuela. Relations with Washington reached a low when he accused it of "fighting terror with terror" during the war in Afghanistan after 11 September. The situation hardly improved when Mr Chavez accused the US of being behind the failed coup to oust him in 2002, and of funding opposition groups. The country's vast oil reserves - the largest in the Americas - have given it a strategic importance, but the US state department denies trying to overthrow the president. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4359386.stm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4359386.stm[/url]
  5. Chavez Tells Us Religious Group To Leave Country

    US planning invasion, says Chavez Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, says he is in possession of intelligence showing that the United States plans to invade his country. In a BBC interview, Mr Chavez said the US was after his nation's oil, much as it had been after Iraq's. But he stressed that any invasion would never be allowed to happen. Mr Chavez, who faces strong domestic opposition, has long accused Washington of being behind what he describes as a coup - claims the US denies. An attempt to unseat him three years ago was aborted. The Venezuelan president was interviewed by the BBC's Robin Lustig in Paris, while on an official visit to France. Asked why he thought the US was trying to invade Venezuela, Mr Chavez said: "We have denounced intentions. "A coup happened in Venezuela that was prepared by the US. What do they want? Our oil, as they did in Iraq. "We have detected with intelligence reports plans of a supposed invasion, one that would never happen. But we have to denounce it," Mr Chavez said. Recently a US TV evangelist, Pat Robertson, called for his assassination. Mr Chavez said this would be "cheaper than invading Venezuela". Mr Robertson's remarks were described by the US State Department as "inappropriate", and Mr Robertson later apologised for them. 'No threat' Mr Chavez went on to describe the US as a terrorist government. "It is an imperialist government, one that says it fights against terrorism but protects it. The US throws stones to Latin America. "But apart from that, Venezuela is the world's fifth oil exporter, and we send a million and a half barrels to the US every day," he added. "We sell oil to people. Another thing is our political differences that I wish could be toned down." He also denied claims that Venezuela was a threat to the international community, saying that his country wanted open relations with the whole world - a multi-polar world - but "with respect". "George W Bush should not have any reason to fear. If he does it is because he has a dark ghost in his subconscious," he said.
  6. Vietnam

    TITLE: American Power and the New Mandarins AUTHOR: Noam Chomsky ISBN: 156584775X American Power and the New Mandarins is Noam Chomsky’s first political book, widely considered to be among the most cogent and powerful statements against the American war in Vietnam. Long out of print, this collection of early, seminal essays helped to establish Chomsky as a leading critic of United States foreign policy. These pages mount a scathing critique of the contradictions of the war, and an indictment of the mainstream, liberal intellectuals—the "new mandarins"—who furnished what Chomsky argued was the necessary ideological cover for the horrors visited on the Vietnamese people. As America’s foreign entanglements deepen by the month, Chomsky’s lucid analysis is a sobering reminder of the perils of imperial diplomacy. With a new foreword by Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, American Power and the New Mandarins is a renewed call for independent analysis of America’s role in the world. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/gp/product/156584775X/102-3483920-5949719?v=glance&n=283155&v=glance"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.amazon(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/gp/product/156584775...283155&v=glance[/url] One of his most famous esssays is in this book The Responsibility of Intellectuals (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.chomsky.info/articles/19670223.htm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.chomsky.info/articles/19670223.htm[/url]
  7. Salaam President Hugo Chavez has ordered a US-based Christian missionary group working with indigenous tribes to leave the country, accusing the organisation of "imperialist infiltration". Mr Chavez, speaking at a ceremony in a remote Indian village, Barranco Yopal, said the New Tribes Mission, based in Sanford, Florida, was no longer welcome. Presenting property titles to indigenous groups, he accused the missionaries of building luxurious camps next to impoverished villages and circumventing Venezuelan customs authorities as they freely flew in and out on private planes. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/0,12716,1591788,00.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/venezuela/story/...1591788,00.html[/url]
  8. Syrian State Inquiry Finds Minister Killed Himself

    The foreign minister, Farouk al-Sharaa, told reporters that some media outlets had pushed Kanaan to commit suicide - an apparent reference to anti-Syria campaigns by Lebanese newspapers and broadcasters. Mr Sharaa said he was sure the UN report would find Syria innocent of Mr Hariri's killing. In Beirut yesterday, the Lebanese government formally asked the UN to extend the mandate of its investigation into the Hariri assassination until December 15. Speaking after a cabinet meeting, the information minister, Ghazi Aridi, told reporters the government wanted the extension "to provide support and assistance to the Lebanese judiciary". Backstory The former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri died in an explosion in his car in February. Many Lebanese blamed Syria and took to the streets in protests which toppled Lebanon's Syrian-backed government and led to Syrian troops pulling out. The UN set up a team, headed by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, to investigate Hariri's killing. In August three of Lebanon's pro-Syrian security chiefs and the head of the presidential guard were arrested. UN investigators later questioned Syrian officials, including interior minister Ghazi Kanaan. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,13031,1591941,00.html"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.guardian.co.uk/syria/story/0,13...1591941,00.html[/url]
  9. Salaam An official investigation into the death of the Syrian interior minister, Ghazi Kanaan, has found that he committed suicide, government newspapers in Damascus reported yesterday amid growing international scepticism. The minister shot himself with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver shortly after returning to his office from a short trip home on Wednesday, Tishrin newspaper said, quoting a statement from the chief public attorney, Muhammad al-Louji. After an examination of the body, and interviews with witnesses, "it was confirmed that ... Kanaan placed the tip of the revolver in his mouth and fired it", the newspaper said. Office staff "heard the muffled sound of a gunshot" and a manager found the minister "sprawled on his back behind his desk, his finger on the trigger of the revolver, a hand on his chest". Gen Kanaan was still alive, breathing quickly and his body twitching, Mr Louji told the paper. He was taken to Shami Hospital but efforts to revive him failed. Many observers believe Gen Kanaan's death is connected to the UN investigation into the assassination last February of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri - an attack widely blamed on Syria or its allies in Lebanon. Gen Kanaan, who spent 20 years as Syria's military intelligence chief for Lebanon, had been interviewed by the UN investigators, though reportedly he was not a suspect. There is speculation among experts and internet bloggers who follow Syrian affairs that his "suicide" - if true - was not voluntary and that he may have been made a scapegoat for Hariri's assassination. "The timing is extraordinarily coincidental," the former US Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross told Associated Press. "It certainly would look as if someone was trying to create the impression the person responsible for (the Hariri murder) is dead." Other speculative theories in circulation suggest Gen Kanaan had been passing unauthorised information to the UN investigators or that he had been preparing to oust President Bashar Assad in the event that UN report accused the Damascus regime of killing Hariri. Gen Kanaan's death came hours after a Lebanese TV station said he had received $10m (£6m) in bribes from Hariri - implying that he had a financial interest in keeping the former Lebanese prime minister alive. Yesterday, Syrian cabinet ministers and military officers watched as Gen Kanaan's four sons carried his coffin from the hospital to an ambulance. A wreath from the president's office was fixed to the front of the ambulance, which led a cortege of 50 black cars.
  10. Sciences Or Arts?

    Salaam Arts and Humanities for me. . .
  11. Torture And Misery In Name Of Freedom

    You may say at this point: what about the Iraqi elections? Well, President Bush himself answered this question when he said: "We cannot accept that there can be free democratic elections in a country under foreign military occupation". I had to read that statement twice before I realised that he was talking about Lebanon and Syria. What do Bush and Blair actually see when they look at themselves in the mirror? I believe Wilfred Owen would share our contempt, our revulsion, our nausea and our shame at both the language and the actions of the American and British governments. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/article319540.ece"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_news.independent.co.uk/world/politi...ticle319540.ece[/url]
  12. The great poet Wilfred Owen articulated the tragedy, the horror - and indeed the pity - of war in a way no other poet has. Yet we have learnt nothing. Nearly 100 years after his death the world has become more savage, more brutal, more pitiless. But the "free world" we are told, as embodied in the United States and Great Britain, is different to the rest of the world since our actions are dictated and sanctioned by a moral authority and a moral passion condoned by someone called God. Some people may find this difficult to comprehend but Osama Bin Laden finds it easy. What would Wilfred Owen make of the invasion of Iraq? A bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of International Law. An arbitrary military action inspired by a series of lies upon lies and gross manipulation of the media and therefore of the public. An act intended to consolidate American military and economic control of the Middle East masquerading - as a last resort (all other justifications having failed to justify themselves) - as liberation. A formidable assertion of military force responsible for the death and mutilation of thousands upon thousands of innocent people. An independent and totally objective account of the Iraqi civilian dead in the medical magazine The Lancet estimates that the figure approaches 100,000. But neither the US or the UK bother to count the Iraqi dead. As General Tommy Franks of US Central Command memorably said: "We don't do body counts". We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery and degradation to the Iraqi people and call it " bringing freedom and democracy to the Middle East". But, as we all know, we have not been welcomed with the predicted flowers. What we have unleashed is a ferocious and unremitting resistance, mayhem and chaos.
  13. The Prince

    TITLE: The Prince (Penguin Classics) (Rev ed) AUTHOR: Niccolo Machiavelli ISBN: 0140449159 "The Prince" shocked Europe on publication with its ruthless tactics for gaining absolute power and its abdonment of conventional morality. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) came to be regarded by some as an agent of the devil and his name was taken for the intriguer "Machevill" of Jacobean tragedy. For his treatise on statecraft, Machiavelli drew upon his own experience of office under the turbulent Florentine republic, rejecting traditional values of political theory and recognizing the complicated, transient nature of political life. Concerned not with lofty ideals, but with a regime that would last, "The Prince" has become the bible of realpolitik and still retains its power to alarm and instruct. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.sprintbooks.co.uk/scripts/browse.asp?ref=0140449159&source=K84"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.sprintbooks.co.uk/scripts/brows...9159&source=K84[/url]
  14. Republic

    Title: Republic (Oxford World's Classics) (New ed) Author: Plato ISBN: 0192833707 Republic is the central work of the Western world's most famous philosopher. Essentially an inquiry into morality, Republic also contains crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy. It is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for the ordinary reader, who is carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato's unforgettable images of the human condition. This new, lucid translation by Robin Waterfield is complemented by full explanatory notes and an up-to-date critical introduction. (www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.sprintbooks.co.uk/scripts/browse.asp?ref=0192833707&source=K84"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.sprintbooks.co.uk/scripts/brows...3707&source=K84[/url]
  15. Salaam Yes Ignatius has made a good point. The liberal media is generally pretty hostile to faiths like Christanity, Islam etc. It can come in many shapes and forms. You have the more honest liberals who are open and direct about their hostility to Islam. Then you get the other type, who appear more friendly but in the end wish to accomplish the same objectives as the person above.
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