By Phil Scraton
The remarkable and tragic occasions in ny, Washington and Pennsylvania left an indelible mark on global politics. Civilian deaths in awful conditions caused an uncompromising reaction from the U.S. management and its allies: an open-ended 'war on terrorism'. This anthology comprises a few of the world's top commentators - Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Naomi Klein, John Pilger, Paul Foot and A.Sivanandan. It offers available, specific and sometimes deeply own bills of the aftermath, the bombing of Afghanistan and the doubtful claims for its legality. From investigative reporters to severe lecturers, human rights legal professionals and anti-racist campaigners, the members are united of their competition to army intervention in Afghanistan and past and to the assault on civil liberties within the US, the united kingdom and Europe. From the U.S. and Canada, Herman and Julia Schwendinger, Jonathan Farley, Tony Platt, Cecilia O'Leary, Christian Parenti and Michael Mandel are between serious teachers who verify the validity, lawfulness and political effects of the Bush/Blair time table. ecu established commentators comprise Martti Gronfors and Thomas Mathiesen. analyzing the the context and rhetoric people vengeance -- ennobled through the symbolic name 'Enduring Freedom' -- they problem political and renowned definitions, constructions,pathologisation and reporting of terrorism. In wondering the illustration of conflict as 'just', the anthology makes a speciality of civilian deaths in Afghanistan, proof of US/allied atrocities, violations of prisoners' rights and US decision to enhance army offensives, despite international destabilisation.
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How appropriate that John Negroponte is Bush’s ambassador at the United Nations. This week, he delivered America’s threat to the world that it may ‘require’ to attack more and more countries. As US ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980s, Negroponte oversaw American funding of the regime’s death squads, known as Battalion 316, that wiped out the democratic opposition, while the CIA ran its ‘contra’ war of terror against neighbouring Nicaragua. Murdering teachers and slitting the throats of midwives were a speciality.
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Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent by Phil Scraton