[APR-news] Alternative Press Review - April 2, 2004

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Fri Apr 2 21:38:29 EST 2004

Alternative Press Review - Your Guide Beyond the Mainstream
Friday - April 2, 2004

The Press and Fallujah: Barbaric Relativism
By Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch

The way this event was covered by the Western press shows a marked tendency
to view the war through politically, culturally and journalistically biased
eyes. It may well be appropriate to call the mutilation of corpses barbaric,
grisly and savage, or even, as the White House said, "despicable," but then,
one has to recall that American troops have long done the same kind of
thing. Remember those photos of severed ears and noses hanging from GIs'
belts during the Vietnam War, and the bodies of suspected Viet Cong
partisans being dragged behind personnel carriers?

Air America Radio: Democratic Party Business as Usual
by The Glorious Revolutionary Federation of Fortune 500 Killers

Scholars at the Glorious Revolutionary Federation of Fortune 500 Killers's
Research Bureau announced their Preliminary Federation Assessment of Air
America Radio, the new self-described "liberal" radio network that debuted
today. "It sounded like an 11-hour ad for the Democratic Party," said one
Senior Federation Research Analyst. "We hope it fails."

Resisting the Occupation ("Liberation") of Iraq
by Jacob G. Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation

Imagine that the Chinese occupation ("liberation") troops embark on a
campaign to pacify America, including curfews, surprise searches of homes
and businesses, gun confiscation, pat-down searches of men, along with their
wives and daughters, and roundups and indefinite detentions without trial of
suspected Americans insurgents who, for whatever reason, don't like Chinese
troops in America telling Americans what to do and what not to do. Imagine
also that the Chinese occupation ("liberation") authorities shut down
American newspapers that question or criticize the occupation ("liberation")
of America, shoot protestors and demonstrators, and react angrily and
indignantly to Americans who fail to appreciate the sacrifices that the
Chinese are making in order to liberate the American people.

Mercenaries 'R' U.S.
by Bill Berkowitz, WorkingForChange

On March 31, four retired Special Operations forces employed by the private
security firm Blackwater Security Consulting were ambushed, killed, and
their bodies mutilated in Fallujah. According to the San Francisco
Chronicle, an estimated 15,000 "private security agents" are currently
operating in Iraq. With the U.S. casualty toll ticking ever upward, and its
troops stretched thin on the ground, the Bush administration is looking to
mercenaries to help control Iraq. These soldiers-for-hire are veterans of
some of the most repressive military forces in the world, including that of
the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and South Africa's apartheid

Kosovo and Iraq: Same Bombs, Different Lies
by David Edwards and Media Lens, Dissident Voice

What is so striking about the US-UK government case for war against Serbia
is the familiarity of much of the propaganda. In a key pre-war speech on
March 18 last year, Blair said of Iraq: "Looking back over 12 years, we have
been victims of our own desire to placate the implacable... to hope that
there was some genuine intent to do good in a regime whose mind is in fact
evil." ("Tony Blair's speech" The Guardian, March 18, 2003)

Tortured at Guantanamo Bay: Washington's concentration camp
Nicole Colson, Socialist Worker

Locked up in a concentration camp. That's the only way to describe what
Jamal al-Harith says that he endured over the past two years that he spent
locked in a metal cage, beaten and tortured psychologically--all in the name
of protecting U.S. "freedom."


Israeli officials boast that they now have only to call CNN headquarters in
Atlanta to pull any story they do not like

The Whistleblower the White House wants to silence: 'I saw papers that show
US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes'

Book investigating links between rich Saudis and US politicians suppressed
by giant publishing firm Random House

World Poll Reveals Growing Hostility Toward USA

Poll: Most say they are less safe since 9/11

Brazil marks 40th anniversary of military coup; declassified documents shed
light on US role

GOP Lockdown looms for NYC Convention

Brit Hume to families of dead US soldiers: "Just get over it"

As death toll mounts, Americans change view of Bush, war

Grim Milestone: American Fatalities Reach 600

March was second deadliest month for GIs

Medical evacuations in Iraq war hit 18,000

US military teaching journalism to Iraqis

Guantanamo: Maybe none of them are terrorists

The absurdities of Gitmo

Sharon threatens to kill Arafat

US armed and trained groups that rose against former Haitian President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Talk radio show prompts IRS agent to quit

Ageing populations 'will create crippling debt'

Fossil-Fuel Dependency - Do Oil Reserves Foretell Bleak Future?

Argentina energy crisis threatens to upset region

Consumers feel the burn of natural-gas prices

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