Thursday, October 07, 2004

Occupation Watch --Observers in IRAQ!

About this wonderful coalition IN IRAQ:

An international coalition of peace and justice groups, together with Iraqi counterparts, has launched a Baghdad-based International Occupation Watch Center and the website The purpose of Occupation Watch is to:

*Monitor the economic and reconstruction policies under occupation, including the activities of international corporations, and advocate for the Iraqis' right to control their own resources, especially oil;

*Pressure the occupying forces to fulfill their financial responsibilities to rebuild Iraq;

*Monitor the political transition to Iraqi self-rule;

*Work collaboratively with other human rights groups to document violations of human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly by the occupation administration and governing council, and advocate for the elimination of these violations;

*Research the dynamics, programs, and composition of the Iraqi movement to resist occupation in order to provide a more comprehensive picture to the international community;

*Examine any changes in the rights and freedoms of Iraqi women under occupation, disseminate this information, and help facilitate links between local and international womens groups;

*Monitor the impact of the occupation on employment and working conditions, disseminate this information and help facilitate links between local and international worker rights groups;

*Monitor the impact of the occupation on daily life, including access to the basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, education and health care, and advocate on behalf of the social and economic rights of the Iraqi people;

*Host fact-finding missions and international delegations that are visiting Iraq for purposes compatible with the center's mission.

Founding organizations of the International Occupation Watch Center are:
Bridges to Baghdad
CodePink: Women for Peace
Global Exchange
Focus on the Global South
United for Peace and Justice

Vsist their site for information and testimony in all areas of social concern. It is updated every day and the facts posted have proven verifiable and timely. p.swartzfager

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Today's stories and links:

1) If anyone finds a link to this actual footage,
please forward it to me:

Take them out, dude: pilots toast hit on Iraqi
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
06 October 2004

The Pentagon said yesterday it was investigating
cockpit video footage that shows American pilots
attacking and killing a group of apparently unarmed
Iraqi civilians.

The 30-second clip shows the pilot targeting the group
of people in a street in the city of Fallujah and
asking his mission controllers whether he should "take
them out". He is told to do so and, shortly
afterwards, the footage shows a huge explosion where
the people were. A second voice can be heard on the
clip saying: "Oh, dude."

The existence of the video, taken last April inside
the cockpit of a US F-16 fighter has been known for
some time, though last night's broadcast by Channel 4
News is believed to be the first time a mainstream
broadcaster has shown the footage.

At no point during the exchange between the pilot and
controllers does anyone ask whether the Iraqis are
armed or posing a threat. Critics say it proves war
crimes are being committed.

2) Why the insurgency won’t go away
Ahmed S. Hashim

8 The stealthy manner in which power was formally
handed over to the Iraqis two days ahead of schedule
on June 28, 2004, was designed to forestall the
widespread violence that coalition forces expected for
the original date. It was also an acknowledgment by
coalition officials that the violent insurgencies they
insisted would not derail Iraq’s reconstruction now
threaten the emergence of a sovereign nation.

3) How US fuelled myth of Zarqawi the mastermind

By Adrian Blomfield outside Fallujah

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terrorist leader believed to
be responsible for the abduction of Kenneth Bigley, is
'more myth than man', according to American military
intelligence agents in Iraq.

4) US Casualty Counts on the Web:

5) Support our troops -- by reading these letters from

Dear Mike, Iraq sucks

Civilian contractors are fleecing taxpayers; US troops
don't have proper equipment; and supposedly liberated
Iraqis hate them. After the release of Fahrenheit
9/11, Michael Moore received a flood of letters and
emails from disillusioned and angry American soldiers
serving in Iraq. Here, in an exclusive extract from
his new book, we print a selection

Tuesday October 5, 2004
The Guardian

6) Mystery of the Islamic Scholar Who Was Barred by
the U.S.:

October 6, 2004

Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss theologian of Egyptian descent,
has been chased by allegations that his public face of
moderation conceals an extremist core.

7) On Academic Freedom:

What's Not To Like About
The Academic Bill of Rights
Dr. Graham Larkin
Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History
CA-AAUP VP for Private Colleges and Universities

Locking up my bike on the way to the office on May 3,
2004, I noticed that events were underway in the large
pavilion pitched in front of the Hoover Center, the
right-wing think tank overshadowing my office in the
Nathan Cummings Art Building at Stanford University.
The voice on the microphone was introducing prominent
ultra-conservative intellectual David Horowitz. As the
representative for private universities on the
steering committee of the California Conference of the
American Association of University Professors
(CA-AAUP), I had recently taken a pressing interest in
Mr. Horowitz's activities. He is, after all, the
brains behind the mischievously-named-and-crafted
Academic Bill of Rights--a document which co-opts
post-modern ideas on the situated nature of truth and
knowledge, along with politically inclusive language,
to counteract what Horowitz depicts as the
stranglehold of progressive politics on university

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