IRAQ: OCCUPATION

The Iraqi Uprising

 
According to a report filed from Baghdad, Iraqi soldiers, trained and controlled by coalition forces, opened fire on a demonstration there on Sunday. As the protesters returned to their homes in the poor neighbourhood of Sadr City, the US army followed with tanks, helicopters and planes, firing at random on homes, shops, streets, even ambulances. According to local hospitals, 47 people were killed and many more injured. In Najaf, the day was also bloody: 20 demonstrators dead, more than 150 injured. [photo essay] The Shiite uprising comes from the followers of Moqtada al-Sadr, the younger, more radical rival of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, following the closing of Sadr's newspaper last week.

The US media are groping in the dark for a new narrative. Even for supporters of the occupation, it is no longer believable to suggest that Iraq is on an inevitable path towards democracy; that the Iraqi people are overwhelmingly grateful for the American presence in their country; that attacks against American forces are the work of a few "dead-enders" or Islamic extremists allied with al Qaeda. This is clearly a popular uprising against an illegitimate occupying army.

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on the economic front

Kurai Tsuki 07.Apr.2004 01:21

America has already annoucned plans to begin selling Iraqi corporations to American ones, and to privatize Iraq's medical care system.

Meanwhile, over at the Occupation Press Office

randy repost 07.Apr.2004 02:13

When the Treasury Department issued a
statement
about how John Kerry's tax proposals would affect "hard-working
individuals and married couples," the Kerry campaign responded angrily
-- and correctly -- that Treasury officials ought to stick to their
jobs. After all, we supposedly believe in a professional government.
That's why we have civil servants, who are protected by the Hatch Act
from political pressures and so free to speak uncomfortable truths --
and free to do their jobs, instead of politicking on the public's dime
-- instead of an army of craven loyalists who are dumped out of office
every four or eight years.

In this light, consider the flagrant Hatch Act abuse that is the U.S. Iraqi
coalition press office. As The
Associated Press reports from
Baghdad, the press office is lead by "Republican Party operatives" who
"promote mostly good news about Iraq."

Like the April Fool's Day press release the office just put out under
the headline -- I kid you not -- "Optimists Club Organizes Baghdad Chapter." (You
can skim similarly wistful press release headlines here.)

AP says the
press office is "packed with former Bush campaign workers, political
appointees and ex-Capitol Hill staffers," and headed up by Dan Senor --
a one-time employee of the Carlyle Group, the Bush
family's pet military-industrial-complex of investment holdings. Senor
is a former press secretary for Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham and, AP
reports,
often sports a "Bush-Cheney 2004" T-shirt. AP also says that several CPA
press office officials worked on Bush's last presidential campaign "or
are related to Bush campaign workers."

"The US team stands in deep contrast to the British team that works
alongside it," AP notes, "almost all of whom are civil or foreign
service employees, not political appointees. Many of the British in Iraq
display regional knowledge or language skills that most of the Americans
lack."

Then again, unlike the Brits we don't need professionalism or regional
knowledge or language skills, because we've got that Optimist's Club
thing going.

clash of what?

irrt 07.Apr.2004 02:14

what is this clash of civilisations crap? this is the same line as bush and blair, that there are 2 different civilisations that are opposed. Why let the both the islamic extremists and capitalist extremists set the agenda. i though indymedia was about breaking down those barriers, not setting them up. the clash of civilisations is manufactured bullshit, lets create a space apart from that as indymedia, bot re-enforce it.

Feature hidden temporarily

rabble with www-features 07.Apr.2004 10:28

We've hidden this feature because we are waiting to get one directly from indymedia activists in Baghdad instead of posting text which isn't from a local Iraqi perspective. Also there will be some debate about the value of using the 'Class of Civilizations' motif in describing the conflict between the Iraqi people and the Anglo-American occupation.

Fucking Americans

IRAQI 07.Apr.2004 16:16

Plain and simple, Fucking Americans - GET OUT!

Peace: the design of the 21st century is a tree:)

Canadian peacemaker 10.Apr.2004 16:18

Good morning beautiful people,

I have to share some wonderfully good news with all of you. Companies around the world with over $1 trillion in annual sales are redesigning the products, ways of production, and their factories to work with nature instead of against nature! For perspective with $1 trillion we could build 10% of every human city!

This means that the Nazis of 20th century business using the bottom line strategy are becoming the Mothers and Trees of 21st century business by using the triple top line of business. Which means business becomes a healing act!!

I am astonished by how few people know about eco-effectiveness. I know it sounds hugely utopian, it is and it is real and the corporate media does not report this stuff.

Resources:
 http://thunderbay.indymedia.org/ in search enter Cradle to Cradle

Books:
Silent Spring (1962), The Ecology of Commerce (1994), Natural Capitalism (1999),
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002),
Biomimcry: Innoviation Inspired by Nature (1999),

Online Lectures:
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/Multimedia/lectures/mcdonough.ram (Feb 2003)
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/multimedia/Lectures/Benyus.ram (Jan 2003)

Audio:
 http://talktotara.com/health_mind_body.php under Cradle to Cradle
 http://evworld.com/view.cfm?section=article&storyid=378
 http://www.savvytraveler.org/show/features/2002/20020628/interview1.shtml
 http://wpr.org/webcasting/ideas_audioarchives.cfm?Code=hoe under McDonough
 http://www.kpbx.org/news/poverty/mcdonough.htm
 http://www.paulagordon.com/shows/mcdonough/

Academic Journal on the Triple Top Line (2002):
 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6VNW-46SFFYP-8-1&_cdi=6189&_orig=search&_coverDate=08%2F31%2F2002&_sk=999909996&view=c&wchp=dGLbVtz-zSkWW&_acct=C000051238&_version=1&_userid=1067228&md5=ff0cfd505daa841c5537b6610d8f357e&ie=f.pdf

Articles:
 http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/98oct/industry.htm,  http://www.time.com/time/reports/environment/heroes/heroesgallery/0,2967,mcdonough,00.html,  http://www.noetic.org/ions/HTML/Online|0Library/nsrev/review_archives/issue64/r64holland.pdf ,  http://www.greenmac.com/bioneers/McDonough/

In addition, though I have not confirmed this, NESARA, US peace legislation, was announced in Sanfanisco this morning from 730-8am. www.nesara.us

Our entire world is waking up to waging full scale peace!! Pass this on to everyone:)

Peace, Love, Opportunity:)

Peace: 21st century design is a tree:)

Aaron Vallejo 10.Apr.2004 18:43

I have to share some wonderfully good news with all of you. Companies around the world with over $1 trillion in annual sales are redesigning the products, ways of production, and their factories to work with nature instead of against nature! For perspective with $1 trillion we could build 10% of every human city!

This means that the Nazis of 20th century business using the bottom line strategy are becoming the Mothers and Trees of 21st century business by using the triple top line of business. Which means business becomes a healing act!!

I am doing my whole undergrad thesis on eco-effectiveness. I am astonished by how few people know about this. I know it sounds hugely utopian, it is and it is real and the corporate media does not report this stuff.

Resources:

 http://thunderbay.indymedia.org/ in search enter Cradle to Cradle

Books:
Silent Spring (1962), The Ecology of Commerce (1994), Natural Capitalism (1999),
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002),
Biomimcry: Innoviation Inspired by Nature (1999),

Online Lectures:
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/Multimedia/lectures/mcdonough.ram (Feb 2003)
 http://wesley.stanford.edu/multimedia/Lectures/Benyus.ram (Jan 2003)

Audio:
 http://talktotara.com/health_mind_body.php under Cradle to Cradle
 http://evworld.com/view.cfm?section=article&storyid=378
 http://www.savvytraveler.org/show/features/2002/20020628/interview1.shtml
 http://wpr.org/webcasting/ideas_audioarchives.cfm?Code=hoe under McDonough
 http://www.kpbx.org/news/poverty/mcdonough.htm
 http://www.paulagordon.com/shows/mcdonough/

Academic Journal on the Triple Top Line (2002):
 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6VNW-46SFFYP-8-1&_cdi=6189&_orig=search&_coverDate=08%2F31%2F2002&_sk=999909996&view=c&wchp=dGLbVtz-zSkWW&_acct=C000051238&_version=1&_userid=1067228&md5=ff0cfd505daa841c5537b6610d8f357e&ie=f.pdf

Articles:

 http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/98oct/industry.htm,  http://www.time.com/time/reports/environment/heroes/heroesgallery/0,2967,mcdonough,00.html,  http://www.noetic.org/ions/HTML/Online|0Library/nsrev/review_archives/issue64/r64holland.pdf ,  http://www.greenmac.com/bioneers/McDonough/



In addition, though I have not confirmed this, NESARA, US peace legislation, was announced in Sanfanisco this morning from 730-8am. www.nesara.us

Our entire world is waking up to waging full scale peace!! Pass this on to everyone:)

Peace, Love, Opportunity:)

Aaron Vallejo

ATTANTION IRAQ!

Sended by Yusuf Kupeli 10.Apr.2004 23:30

ATTANTION IRAQ! Falluja- People flee
Friday 09 April 2004, 15:12 Makka Time, 12:12 GMT

 http://engforum.pravda.ru/showthread.php3?s=&threadid=70743
US occupation forces have bombed the Iraqi town of Falluja, belying administrator Paul Bremer's announcement that his forces were suspending military operations there.
US tanks too reached central Falluja and bombed the Golan area as well as Nazzal, Zubat and Askari.The bombardment destroyed 10 houses while three went up in flames. Our correspondent witnessed a large family arriving at the hospital with two of its members dead.
Men, women and children were fleeing on foot through backstreets and paths that cut through fields, carrying small bags, food and medicines.
Most were seen heading toward the nearby village of Naimiyah, south of Fallujah, which has been under effective US siege since Monday.
Bodies were left to rot in the streets as people cowered indoors.
On Thursday, the US marines tried to enter the neighbourhoods of Zubat and Nazzal but the Shia militia pounded them with anti-tank rockets and mortar fire, forcing them to retreat.
The fierce confrontations have left more than 300 people dead and over 500 wounded, our correspondent reported, citing hospital sources.
Aljazeera + Agencies

 http://www.sinbad.sida.nu/

ATTANTION IRAQ! Iraqi cities are being sieged and bombed by missiles and tanks. Sadr, Adamiya, Kufa, Falloja, Shula and others. Civilians are being killed.
The high way to Falluja is closed. News from Falluja say that bodies
are lying in the streets, no ambullances, no water, no electricity.
Journalists are not allowed in, cameras are smashed. They say this
will go on for days. pls help.
Eman
Eman- Irak işgal gözlem merkezi 2004-04-10

 http://www.sinbad.sida.nu/

The war in Iraq

Jochannan Anhar 28.Apr.2004 08:24

You and yours are such space cadets it's unbelievable.

I've been traveling all over the world for a while now because of my work and I see how much the American liberal left media has been lying to the population in general because they know that most of them don't have the same opportunity to travel as I do.

I help top corporate executives from European countries improve their English language capabilities, which gives me access to top circles to see how much the media is lying but at the same time allows me enough free time to go out onto the streets and see for myself how many of the stories in the media are telling the truth and how many are a lie.

I saw American reporters paying money to Iraqi civilians to start throwing rocks and actually start shooting at soldiers from their own country so they could film it and get the story back to the States so that they would have something to sell.
Talk about capitalism as being dirty, you should check out the liberal media and their hypocrisy. I didn't hang around to see if any of the soldiers were killed, I hope not, but if so I hope one of the reporters lost a relative.

Jock