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The United States-led assault on Fallujah signals the political failure of the attempt to stabilise Iraq by re-empowering supporters of Saddams Baath party and the Sunni elite it represents, says Sama Hadad.
What is it like to be swept on a whirlwind tour scene of one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world? The director of a western aid organisation describes a recent visit to Darfur in western Sudan.
The demise of the Palestinian national leader also marks the symbolic end of the anti-colonialist politics that dominated the third world after 1945, says Stephen Howe.
The death of three young Scots soldiers in central Iraq may, says a grieving Stephen Howe, be the decisive moment for Scotlands democratic nationalism to assert itself over the imperial militarism that sent its sons into a killingfield.
The United Statess overwhelming force will enable it to declare victory after its assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah. But at what long-term cost?
The assault on Fallujah is inflicting great political as well as humanitarian damage, reports Dahr Jamail from Baghdad.
The skilful rhetoric as well as the politicallycharged content of Osama bin Ladens latest videotaped message carries a potent warning to the reelected President Bush.
Americas occupation of Iraq is making real an imagined link.
The United States is planning to escalate its already intense assaults on key urban centres in Iraq. But is this strategy based on a fundamental misreading of the insurgency?
Anatol Lievens misunderstanding of nationalism, inconsistent liberalism, and personal prejudices deform his judgment of the relationship between Israel, the United States, and the Arab world, says Emanuele Ottolenghi.
Anatol Lieven responds to Emanuele Ottolenghis fierce criticism of him in openDemocracy.
The alliance between the United States and Israel has become a fusion of regressive nationalisms that carries great dangers for both states and for the world, says Anatol Lieven in an edited extract from the Israel chapter of his book, America Right or Wrong.
Washington is sending mixed signals over Irans planned development of nuclear weapons. Will Israel preempt its decision by launching an attack?
A young Iraqi returns to his devastated homeland and commits himself to help rebuild its future.
The sheer intensity of Iraqs insurgency is leading the United States to escalate its military assaults. The impact on the war against alQaida may be ominous.
A troubled Washington faces urgent choices in Iraq. With exit no option, and victory nowhere in sight, the commandment of a second Bush administration may be: follow the oil.
Are the Americans and British facing a humiliating retreat from Iraq? If so, what will be the impact on Iyad Allawis government and the timetable for elections in January 2005? Robert Fox, an experienced correspondent who recently met senior military personnel in Iraq, hears their concerns and assesses Iraqs political prospects.
A Jordanian terrorist in Iraq is using the wests emotional weakness for satanic ends. Time to stand firm against the hostagetakers, says Douglas Murray.
An escalating Iraqi insurgency is inflicting severe damage on United States forces. The political timetable in Washington will determine the scale and timing of their response.
After eighteen months of tumult in Iraq, it is clear that United States military strategy has resoundingly failed. How, why, and what comes next?
The savage wars in Chechnya and Iraq continue to deplete Russian and American morale, but recent events in Pakistan equally expose the contradictions of the war on terror.
The terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 wrenched minds and hearts, but also tested moral and political judgment. Two openDemocracy voices, Todd Gitlin and Paul Rogers, responded with quiet, acute, compelling insight. Three years on, we republish their contributions, unchanged.
The lessons of the Najaf siege, and events elsewhere - Russia, Afghanistan, Israel, and elsewhere in Iraq - suggest that the war on terror remains in deep trouble.
The revival of the ideological spearhead of United States anti-communism in the 1980s, the Committee on the Present Danger, mirrors the shifts in American military strategy and anticipates the consequences of a John Kerry victory.
The resistance of Muqtada al-Sadrs angry young men to United States forces in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf reveals the failures of post-Saddam reconstruction.
The current epicentre of the war on terror is the Shia holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq.
As United States military forces besiege the Shia holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, their political masters in Washington are calculating whether to extend the war on terror to Iran.
Thirty-three months after the Talibans fall, Afghanistan prepares for a national election amid domestic political turmoil, bravura attempts at voter registration, attacks on aid workers, and endemic insecurity. The war on terror is far from won here.
A United Nations resolution calls on Sudans government to halt the catastrophe in its Darfur region. But Gareth Evans, head of the International Crisis Group, tells Caspar Henderson of openDemocracy that the international community must do even more to press Sudans leaders including holding them criminally accountable.
The International Court of Justice ruling that Ariel Sharons barrier across the West Bank breaches international law is both alarm-call and opportunity to the world community, says Eóin Murray in Gaza.
The Democratic National Convention in Boston has dominated the American media in the past week, while a range of domestic issues has dominated the European. As a result, coverage of the security situation in Iraq has until a day of explosive violence on 28 July declined markedly outside the Arab world. This in no way reflects an easing of the insurgency, which persists in many parts of the country.
The United Statess continuing false optimism over Iraq, and the potential length of the conflict, are making a comparison between the early years of the Vietnam war and the current Iraqi imbroglio unavoidable.
Official reports in the United States and Britain confirm that United Nations weapons inspectors were effective in dismantling Iraqs arsenal in the early 1990s. Ron Manley, who helped supervise much of this process, reads the latest British report and sees how its very success later created political problems for the countrys intelligence services.
The damning findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee report in Washington on Iraqs weapons of mass destruction highlight larger political failures, says Charles Peña.
On 7 July 2004, The United States Senate Intelligence Committee issued a scathing report of the CIAs prewar assessments of Iraqs weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
You have asked SWISH to undertake an independent analysis of the progress of your campaign, as of mid–July 2004. The report is for your consideration as the SPC, but may also be shown to elements of the leadership. You have asked us to be candid in assessing current threats and opportunities, and also to suggest changes in strategy that may be appropriate in pursuant of your aims.
Al–Qaida aims and context
As we understand it, you have three short–term aims and one long–term strategic objective. The short–term aims are:
As the court appearance of Saddam Hussein reinforces Iraqs tense political and security situation, Israelis military assistance to the Iraqi Kurds adds a potent element to the precarious regional power-balance.