Tales from Yes-we-can-istan

By William Blum, The Anti-Empire Report, December 9, 2009
All the crying from the left about how Obama “the peace candidate” has now become “a war president” … Whatever are they talking about? Here’s what I wrote in this report in August 2008, during the election campaign:
“We find Obama threatening, several times, to attack Iran if […]

Monty Python in Afghanistan

Victory at Last!
Monty Python in Afghanistan
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, December 3, 2009
Let others deal with the details of President Obama’s Afghan speech, with the on-ramps and off-ramps, those 30,000 U.S. troops going in and just where they will be deployed, the benchmarks for what’s called “good governance” in Afghanistan, the corruption of the Karzai regime, […]

Muddying the waters over torture

by Brian Stewart, CBC News, November 25, 2009
Torture in a far off, turbulent land such as Afghanistan seems grimly foreign to us.
Yet parts of the allegations raised by diplomat Richard Colvin have an utterly familiar Canadian air about them.
For one, there is the effort by senior Canadian officials to — when confronted with a difficult […]

Restorative Justice and the Middle East

Sandy Tolan’s Lemon Tree
by Paul S. Graham, November 26, 2009

I don’t normally recommend a book before I have finished reading it, but I will this time. Sandy Tolan’s award winning book, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East, is a delight. It is the true story of the […]

Ceasefire.ca campaigns for a torture inquiry

The news from Ottawa is shocking. Senior intelligence officer Richard Colvin repeatedly warned the government about the routine use of torture in Afghan prisons, yet the Canadian Forces continued to hand over their prisoners to brutal Afghan authorities.
Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, rather than taking the charges seriously, has instead used a smear campaign to attack […]