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Monday, December 05, 2005

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- The LA Times continues its recent series of investigative work on Iraq:

"Private security contractors have been involved in scores of shootings in Iraq, but none have been prosecuted despite findings in at least one fatal case that the men had not followed proper procedures, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Times.

"Instead, security contractors suspected of reckless behaviour are sent home, sometimes with the knowledge of U.S. officials, raising questions about accountability and stirring fierce resentment among Iraqis."

- A series of striking and disturbing photos from Iraq.

- Anti-Jewish attacks in Australia have decreased this year. Let's hope anti-Zionism continues its recent, small advances in the public domain.

- The US and Europe are embroiled in a controversy surrounding "rendition." Evidence is now overwhelming that the US uses Europe as a staging ground - aided by various friendly regimes - to transfer "terror" suspects to countries where torture is utilised and encouraged.

- Associated Press report on yet more failings of the Bush administration:

"The U.S. is at great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress and the White House have failed to enact several strong security measures, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said Sunday."

- Thailand is cracking down on over 800,000 websites in the name of protecting the country's youth. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is hardly a believer in human rights and true freedom of speech, so this move should cause concern.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

I believe in an unfettered internet as much as you, but if this is the only thing going on that concerns you, I got news for you.

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:31:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Mate, you believe in torture and celebrating state sanctioned torture.

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:32:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Where did I say that?

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:41:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

When have you ever spoken against it - other than when it's perpetrated by Arabs.

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:43:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

You support torture by never speaking out against it, making fun of any allegations about it etc etc. And, more hilariously, thinking somehow that the US still have moral authority when it comes to these matters.
As for celebrating state sanctioned murder, the case of Van Nguyen and a host of other times when the US kills civlians. Mate, you're not unlike many Western exceptionalists and Orientalists.
Your bigotry has been clear for all to see for some time.
But be proud! You're defending freedom, remember?

Monday, December 05, 2005 12:50:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Well, this is real "when did you stop beating your wife?" stuff here...I support it because I don't speak out against it? C'mon, that's pretty weak, coming from you - there's a million things I think are anywhere from counterproductive to downright evil in this world, do I need to list all of them? What you can't do is go dig up a post where I said torture was a good idea - in fact, I don't think I've said much one way or the other on the topic here.

Am I a Western exceptionalist? Absolutely - I proudly believe that 5,000 years of Western civilization have produced the highest ideals of humanity. And I would note that Western thinking encompasses and continues to absorb a vast number of often contradictory ideas, which gives it is continued dynamism. And yes, there are plenty of other great cultures and civilizations out there, but one can make distinctions without being evilly prejudiced, can't one? "Orientalist" is just a carckpot term thrown around by Said-o-philes, and calling people "bigots" and "racists" is the hallmark of someone who has run out of arguments.

Monday, December 05, 2005 1:08:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

More on shootings of Iraqis by private contractors. This didn't get much mention around the MSM - wonder why...

'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers

See the video here

Monday, December 05, 2005 1:24:00 pm  
Blogger neoleftychick said...


Clearly it is a very bad thing to be an "Orientalist" or a "Western exceptionalist!" One thing I have found from these rabid anti-Israel sites is that they sure do go overboard on the cliches and the gobbledegook.

This makes me very suspicious of them. It is very cogent evidence that they are trying to hide the fact that they do not have much to say.


Monday, December 05, 2005 8:55:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"rabid anti-Israel sites" Lefty?

Your grip on reality is seriously waning.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 12:15:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Hey in other news, I see that Chavez has had another "successful" election...

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 7:53:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Evidence of election fraud Shab? You're damn good at throwing up dust and making noise that amounts to nothing. Get your arse over to the US in 2006 - I'm sure the repugs could use your help.

What's really impressive abnout Chavez is that he continues to win, in spite of the financial help tthe oppoistion keeps getting from Washington.

Open Goole and so a search on "ohio vote rigging". Do some reading and get educated.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 8:57:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Sore loser, Addamo - what vote rigging? The Guardian trying to influence the Clark County election?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 9:55:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

The Guardian is a bloody newspaper, you muppet, not officials rigging the vote.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:05:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I suggested you Google "Ohio vote rigging". I suppose for you watching an election being decided by a court stacked by right wing judges is the epitome of democracy and representative goverment.

What does the poor turnout of a vote in Venezuela have to do with the legitimacy of the government?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:31:00 am  

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