Only two hospitals are functioning in Baghdad after all the looting and robbing after the city was "liberated". The only building that has been protected from looting was the Iraqi Ministry of Oil.
But that is just a coincidence. In the meantime, the history of civilization, and the history of Iraq has been destroyed, set on fire. And the Bush administration is distracting people now with an increased set of verbal attacks on Syria.
The era of dictatorship has ended in Iraq. The new century of idiocy reigns on the world.
Posted on 15 Apr 2003
A couple of interesting photographs from the fall of Baghdad.
John Pilger on Blair's responsibility
on war crimes:
A BBC television producer, moments before he was wounded by an
American fighter aircraft that killed 18 people with "friendly fire",
spoke to his mother on a satellite phone. Holding the phone over his
head so that she could hear the sound of the American planes overhead,
he said: "Listen, that's the sound of freedom."
OrbitaFM, my favorite mexican radio station is broadcasting on the Internet. Finally I can keep up.
I used to wait for Robert Fisk's coverage to reach the sites I track (CommonDreams, ZMag and Jornada), but with his daily coverage from Baghdad, covering the other side of the story, I have been tracking him directly on the Independent newspaper.
The latest articles from Robert Fisk (which Duncan and I had the priviledge of listening to at MIT two months ago):
Michael Moore's has an awesome letter on his web page. The best bits: his movie, his books, and his web site are getting more hits now than ever. His book (Stupid White Men) has jumped for the fourth time to the New York Times bestseller list (very unusual); His documentary Bowling for Columbine has been ordered more than Chicago;
He looks over various cases of people who criticize the war, and finds that the media is not telling you the truth: there is no backlash against those who protest the war, but quite the opposite. But I guess that is what we get for consuming news from a single source.
My new book from John Pilger, arrived this week. The first chapter talks about Indonesia and the dictatorship that was established there on the 60's (Guess who was behind sponsoring it?) and the mass killings of dissenters. I had heard the stories about East Timor, but never got into the details of what happened. Corporate greed, and just like in the case of Vietnam: the desire to control one of the most resource rich parts of the world (tin, oil, rubber, coal).
The IMF and the World Bank appear once again as the stars of the show: sinking Indonesia into deep poverty, and promoting what can best be described as an enslaved society.
I strongly recommend the two books above. Do not wait, just get them today (or come by my office to grab them)
Today's miggy-economic advise to countries all over the world: keep the World Bank and the IMF loans away; Do not cave to pressure to change your laws in favor of foreign investment; Do not erode your civil rights, and civil liberties in favor of a unproven economic plans (do not forget to ask for references, because there is not a single good reference); Do not sign any free-trade agreements; Push for high tariffs if you want to survive; Provide state-sponsored social programs. (Hint: Chile does not count, they smartly cheated on the IMF/WorldBank)
Posted on 12 Apr 2003
One of the fundamental findings of cognitive science is that
people think in terms of frames and metaphors -- conceptual
structures like those we have been describing. The frames are in the
synapses of our brains -- physically present in the form of
neural circuitry. When the facts don't fit the frames, the frames are
kept and the facts ignored.
Third, it must have a clearly articulated moral vision, with
values rather than mere interests determining its political
As the war begins, we should look ahead to transforming the
anti-war movement into a movement that powerfully articulates
progressive values and changes the course of our nation to
where those values take us. The war has begun a discussion
about values. Let's continue it.
First, the anti-war movement, properly understood, is not
just, or even primarily, a movement against the war. It is a
movement against the overall direction that the Bush
administration is moving in. Second, such a movement, to be
effective, needs to say clearly what it is for, not just what
it is against.
Third, it must have a clearly articulated moral vision, with values rather than mere interests determining its political direction.
As the war begins, we should look ahead to transforming the anti-war movement into a movement that powerfully articulates progressive values and changes the course of our nation to where those values take us. The war has begun a discussion about values. Let's continue it.
Posted on 09 Apr 2003
Robert Fisk reports from Baghdad, on the American/British invasion.
|Ali Ismail Abbas, 12, wounded during an airstrike according to hospital sources, lies in a hospital bed in Baghdad, April 6, 2003. Abbas was fast asleep when war shattered his life. A missile obliterated his home and most of his family, leaving him orphaned, badly burned and blowing off both his arms.|
More photos of the victims of the invasion.
Posted on 08 Apr 2003
300 new pictures of slogans, but I will spare the audience the download.
I share Ettore's
frustration. I have avoided watching/reading the
minute-by-minute war analysis, which is just dehumanizing. On
the other hand, I have kept up with the events by tracking Common Dreams as well
as Robert Fisk's
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Laughed off stage: The following video from C-SPAN is amazing. It is worth listening to the whole thing, Ari is a professional question dodger. But check the video, and go to minute 28, and listen ;-)
Also the American Embassador in Athens resigns to his post due to the administration push for war against Iraq.
In the meantime, an interesting analysis of the new hatered being promoted in the US towards the French.
Posted on 28 Feb 2003