Monbiot: “I was Wrong about Trade”

“George Monbiot’s”: latest article makes for “interesting reading”: The gist of the article is: “So let us campaign not to scrap the World Trade Organisation, but to transform it into a Fair Trade Organisation, whose purpose is to restrain the rich while emancipating the poor.” My conversion came on the day I heard a speaker … Read moreMonbiot: “I was Wrong about Trade”

Why Israel and Palestine are not morally equivalent

Good article on Israel/Palestine at “Pedantry”: Lots of good reading… go see archives. There is a very simple notion in political science, one that goes back to Max Weber: A state possesses, by definition, a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, and it protects that monopoly. When a state is unable to protect that … Read moreWhy Israel and Palestine are not morally equivalent

Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy

(Buy One, Get One Free)

by Arundhati Roy

Presented in New York City at The Riverside Church

May 13, 2003

Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Published on Sunday, May 18, 2003 by

In these times, when we have to race to keep abreast of the speed at which our freedoms are being snatched from us, and when few can afford the luxury of retreating from the streets for a while in order to return with an exquisite, fully formed political thesis replete with footnotes and references, what profound gift can I offer you tonight?

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Depleted Uranium

It seems the weapons used in Iraq by the US will be killing people long after the war. Common Dreams has a good article about it. The Guardian has a good overview of the whole depleted uranium issue. There is even a campaign against depleted uranium.

So it seems all those stores about gulf war syndrome do have a solid scientific reason for them. What worries and suprises me is that all over the western media they are worried about the effects of DU on the American and British troops. They were just firing the damn things! What about the the entire country littered with hundreds of tons of the damn things? It’s going to be there for centuries. Even newspapers like the Christian Science Montior are investigating the effects of DU.

This website has good links to discussion of the effects and implications of the use of DU. Especially the impact of its use in the Gulf War and effect on the Iraqi population.Read A POST-WAR DISASTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH. There’s also a pdf version of this article. It’s worth printing and reading.

There’s even a website called Stop Nato with a Depleted Uranium Watch section.

Most likely they US will just not bring up the topic ever. Its the same tactics they used to deal with Agent Orange in Veitnam. Till I read this article I had no idea of the extent of the chemical warfare to which the US had engaged.

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