All hands are dirty

American dissenter Scott Ritter publishes his latest book, Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of America’s Intelligence Conspiracy: “The CIA coup plan went like this: if Unscom inspections could somehow be used to trigger a crisis, that would create a pretext for a US military attack against the Special Republican Guard, then Saddam’s personal security force…

Dedicated to peace

“Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, major violations of human rights continue to result from its occupation of Palestinian territories, construction of barriers and expansion of settlements, according to the United Nations official monitoring that situation in his latest report to the General Assembly.” UN News Centre, 28 September UPDATE: Amira Hass continues to expose Israel’s…

They’re afraid

Independent journalist Dahr Jamail: “A contractor I know working in Iraq wrote me recently. He gives me periodic updates about how life is on the base where he works in support of the military. He wrote: ‘”Another convoy hit hard-3 drivers killed and many others wounded – I don’t know if it’s my friends yet.…

The sick system

“I want to thank the political and media establishment for the way in which they have received The Latham Diaries. When John Howard, the Australian Labor Party, the Canberra press gallery, and the Packer and Murdoch empires combine, as they have over the past fortnight, to tell people not to read this book, it sends…

Issue goes international

US-based Counterpunch publishes my article on the recent controversy regarding attempts by Federal Labor MP Michael Danby to censor my forthcoming book on Israel/Palestine. Read it for a perspective on the wider issues at play. Since publication, I’ve received dozens of emails from around the world, including Australia, Iceland and America. And I’ll be appearing…

News bytes

– What exactly is the US military doing in Paraguay? Blogger Benjamin Dangle wonders if they’re trying to secure the country’s oil fields. – Beyond Right and Left is a new book by academic David McKnight that looks at Australia’s culture wars and the rise of the Right. The Left gets a justified serve as…

Tit for tat

The Guardian reports: “The US military told an al-Jazeera cameraman being held at Guantanamo Bay that he would be released as long as he agreed to spy on journalists at the Arabic news channel.” Perhaps the Iraqi government would like to demand American troops report on the shameless profiteering and war-mongering of Fox News.

Independence?

“…Israel needs no one but itself. If Israel does not resolve the conflict of its own free will and at its own initiative, it will not be resolved. If Israel does not establish the Palestinian state, it will not arise.” Alon Liel, former director general of the Foreign Ministry and member of the Council for…