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Monday, August 23, 2004
"US forces renewed their assault yesterday on Mehdi Army positions in and around Najaf's old city with an early morning bombing raid and an advance which brought tanks at some points to within 400 metres of the shrine of Imam Ali," Donald Macintyre writes in today's Independent. "The renewed fighting came amid fresh violence elsewhere in Iraq and growing fears about the welfare of three Western journalists who disappeared on the road between Baghdad and Najaf. There was a prison break-out in the southern city of Amarah, the corpse of a kidnapped Iraqi intelligence agent was found in Basra and fighting flared in and near Baghdad."
"A US bombing raid on the Iraqi town of Falluja has left five people dead and wounded six, while two US soldiers have been killed near Samarra city," says Aljazeera (August 21). "A journalist from Falluja, Abu Bakr al-Dulaimi, told Aljazeera on Friday that four Iraqi women were among the wounded when US warplanes bombed a milk factory in the town west of Baghdad in an overnight raid."
God Bless America!
Wait there's more...
Aljazeera writes (August 21), "At least two Iraqi civilians - including a child - have been killed and five others wounded in a blast in Baquba, amid deadly clashes across Iraq."
"Army investigators believe that some of the military interrogators who were implicated in the abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were involved in earlier deaths and abuses of detainees held by U.S. forces in Afghanistan," writes Elise Ackerman of Knight Ridder Newspapers in an August 20 story.
Johann Hari's profile of Antonio Negri (The Independent, August 17) is compelling because of just how bad it is. This graf is typical:
I try to think of a polite way to remind him of the fact that every communist revolution of the 20th century lead to tyranny and mass murder. And a nice way to say that communism was a betrayal of the democratic values of the left. I fail. I blurt it out. "These communist regimes are waiting for a historical revision. They may not be seen so negatively in the next century," he says, as though this was perfectly obvious.Well Hari does admit to having not finished Empire...