US Policy vs. Reality
US focuses on patriotism, Arabs see horrors, British have eyes on west and Iraq favours Saddam
The following excerpts from three different news stories illustrate the difficulties in building a true Iraqi democracy that is simultaneously supportive of US interests in the region.
by Celeste Moore
Oregon Muslims Protest Monthlong Detention Without a Charge
PORTLAND, Ore., April 18 — Behind the metal doors of a federal penitentiary near here, Maher Hawash has been imprisoned for 29 days without charge, linked to a terrorist plot in ways that the government refuses to describe.
BBC Chief Attacks U.S. Media War Coverage
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. broadcasters' coverage of the Iraq war was so unquestioningly patriotic and so lacking in impartiality that it threatened the credibility of America's electronic media, the head of the BBC said on Thursday.
US Military Reveals Its Priorities in Iraq
Since US forces rolled into central Baghdad a week ago, one of the sole public buildings untouched by looters has been Iraq's massive oil ministry, which is under round-the-clock surveillance by troops.
Taking Freedom for Granted?
Questions and Answers about the USA PATRIOT ACT
Is "USA PATRIOT" an acronym? What does it stand for? Yes, it's an acronym for the formal title of the Act: "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001."
Israel seeks pipeline for Iraqi oil
US discusses plan to pump fuel to its regional ally and solve energy headache at a stroke
Plans to build a pipeline to siphon oil from newly conquered Iraq to Israel are being discussed between Washington, Tel Aviv and potential future government figures in Baghdad.
The Dash for Cash
Public financing is the only way to end the unfair tilt of the 'wealth primary'
WASHINGTON — The Democratic convention won't be held for more than a year, but the party's nominee for the 2004 presidential race is being selected right now, in a handful of living rooms and salons in Georgetown, the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Hollywood. That's where the "wealth primary" — the quadrennial dance between fund-raisers and fat cats — is taking place, a competition that determines who will be anointed the party's front-runner and what issues will make it onto the table.
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