#. 130. February 2007

Electronic Journal & Daily Weblog

BEHIND THE "SOLDIERS OF HEAVEN"
The Shi'ite "Cult" Militia and Iraq's Apocalypse
by Sarkis Pogossian, WW4 REPORT

GUATEMALA: MINERAL CARTEL EVICTS KEKCHI MAYA
Security Forces Burn Peasant Settlements for Canadian Nickel Firm
by Bill Weinberg, Indian Country Today

PRESIDENTS IN THE DOCK
An End to Africa's Reign of Impunity?
by Michael Fleshman, Africa Renewal

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION IN RUSSIA
The Chechnya War and the Right Not to Kill
from War Resisters International

From Weekly News Update on the Americas:

VENEZUELA: TOWARDS "21st CENTURY SOCIALISM"
ECUADOR: END TO "LONG NIGHT OF NEOLIBERALISM"
ARGENTINA: "DIRTY WAR" DEATH SQUADS BACK?
CENTRAL AMERICA: ECOLOGISTS ASSASSINATED IN HONDURAS;
LAND CLASH, ASSASSINATIONS IN GUATEMALA

Book Review:
THE LONG ARC OF REGIME CHANGE
Stephen Kinzer Traces a Century of Destabilization
by Tom Cornell, The Catholic Worker

AN URGENT APPEAL TO OUR READERS....

"We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell. Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous. Make our troops know we're for them and trying to get them out of there. Hit the streets to protest Bush's proposed surge... We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"

—Molly Ivins, 1944-2007, in her final column, Jan. 12, 2007

Exit Poll: Why are Africa's ex-dictators Charles Taylor and Hissène Habré facing the dock, while Guatemala's equally genocidal ex-tyrant Rios Montt is free to run for that country's Congress?

Extra Credit: How is it possible that Taylor and Habré face the dock, while the Darfur genocide continues and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir remains in power, raking in petro-dollars and aspiring to lead the African Union?

Extra Extra Credit: Would it merely be juvenile to even bring up George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, etc.? And, oh yeah, Vladimir Putin?

Just asking.

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