The US inadvertently helped Egypt's Islamists make strong electoral gains this month and is now rethinking the wisdom of pressing rapid democratic change in a major Arab country. The secular opposition parties which Washington favored have perfor
Leaders of Iraq's Sharply Divided Groups Call for Timetable for Withdrawal of U.S.-Led Forces
President Bush planned to bomb pan-Arab television broadcaster al-Jazeera, British newspaper the Daily Mirror said, citing a Downing Street memo marked "Top Secret". Blair talked Bush out of launching a military strike on the station.
"All of Washington is consumed with debate over the direction of the war in Iraq." The debate – long overdue – is a serious blow to the war makers, but the war will go on for years unless the antiwar movement gains sufficient momentum to st
WASHINGTON - With public support for the Iraq war and the president's credibility fading, Vice President Dick Cheney pressed the counterassault Monday, accusing critics of "corrupt and shameless" revisionism in claiming the president mi
Staying the course in Iraq is not an option or a policy. We must begin an immediate re-deployment of U.S. forces from Iraq. It can be accomplished in 6 months consistent with the safety of U.S. troops.
Japan is to once again call its armed forces its "military", 6 decades after the US stripped it of the right to keep an army, in the first revision of its post-World War II constitution.
Iraqis face the dire prospect of losing up to $200 billion of the wealth of their country if an American-inspired plan to hand over development of its oil reserves to US and British multinationals comes into force next year.
Many adults in the US remain dissatisfied with George Bush’s approach to the coalition effort, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. 51 per cent of respondents rate the president’s handling of the situation in Iraq as poor.
I don't know if you are just trying to pull my chain or if you actually agree with the sentiment expressed in "Things to make you think a little" by someone who obviously has not yet begun.
Another slam dunk forgery is being used to convict Syria. The UN's inquiry into the murder of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafiq Hairri depends on a witness who is accused of being a swindler and embezzler. Saddik was referred by Syrian
On the eve of the war in Iraq, there was a shocking moment of clarity in the Commons when Jack Straw revealed that when it was all over, France and Germany would not be allowed to "get their snouts in the trough".
Vice President Dick Cheney summoned three Republican senators to his ornate office just off the Senate chamber. The Republicans - John W. Warner, John McCain and Lindsey Graham - were making trouble for the Bush administration, and Mr. Cheney let the
What's wrong with our Congress? 2½ years after the fall of Hussein, they still refuse to vote against the war. When it comes time to vote to bring the troops home they absolutely refuse: the latest vote stood at 403-3.
Ministers have been accused of turning a blind eye to "torture flights" refuelling at UK airports, despite warnings that they may breach international law. Hundreds of flights through UK airports which may be carrying terror suspects to des
In testimony before a U.S. military tribunal, Saifullah Paracha said he met Osama bin Laden on a charity mission to Afghanistan in 1999.
Iraq never attacked the US or even threatened to do so. Neither the Iraqi people nor their government participated in the 9/11 attacks. In this war, the United States was the aggressor nation.
German Islamic extremist Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been locked in a dungeon in Damascus for the past four years as part of Washington's "extraordinary renditions" program. The US is allowing Damascus to commit torture so that it doesn
In a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill, Virginia's John Warner, with Democratic Senators Carl Levin and Mark Dayton, sat across the table from 10 military officers chosen for their experience on the battlefield rather than in the political aren
Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record), the Democrat whose call for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq set off a furor last week, on Sunday predicted U.S. forces would leave Iraq before next year's U.S. congressional elections.
HORRIFIED U.S. allies are investigating secret CIA prisons that have been operating on European Union territory. The Bush administration is skewered for hypocrisy as it insists that "we don't torture" while fighting to preserve its righ
American troops will begin to leave Iraq and be redeployed; at least 50,000 troops. In 2007, a significant number of the remaining 100,000 American soldiers will follow. Will we leave Iraq with our fundamental security interests intact or will
The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand.
The military is conducting DNA tests on flesh and blood recovered from the scene, but indications are that al-Zarqawi is not among those killed. "The information was solid. We just missed him," said one Pentagon source.
Faced with US torture, killing and collective punishment of civilians, support for the Iraqi resistance is growing
The Bush administration has put together all the elements it needs to justify the impending military action against Iran. We will wake up one day to learn that facilities in Iran have been bombed in a joint U.S.-Israeli attack, using nuclear bombs.
The Senlis Council, an international drug policy think-tank with operations in Afghanistan, says the planned deployment of 3,000 British troops to smash the narcotics trade there is doomed to fail.
2 former British government employees have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. The Official Secrets Act is useful for protecting the British government from accountability as anyone who reveals government wrongdoing can be charged u
If anyone other than John Murtha had called for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, it wouldn't have been that big a deal. Murtha not only supported the war, he has been one of the biggest supporters of the Pentagon in Congress, praised by n
John Reid, the Secretary of State for Defence, admits that he knows of "alleged deaths in custody" and other "serious prisoner abuse" at al-Jamiyat police station, which was reopened by Britain after the war.