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Iraq: Analysis of unjust war based upon lies: 10 years later

George W. Bush. Tony Blair. Dick Cheney. Paul Wolfowitz. Donald Rumsfeld. Karl Rove. Richard Perle. Irving Kristol. Richard Pipes. Colin Powell. Condoleezza Rice. Ahmed Chalabi. Kanan Makiya. Where are these architects of the Iraq war today, over ten years after the invasion was launched? Most of them are in either comfortable retirement, or in well-paid jobs with right-wing think-tanks, or the academia. Some have written best-selling memoirs. Chalabi is a major Iraqi power-broker, having made millions by cashing in on his contacts in Baghdad. Almost all of them are frequent guests on Fox TV chat shows. And certainly, not a single one has been indicted or jailed for launching a war based on lies. Despite the death of over 4,000 Americans and at least 100,000 Iraqis, nobody has been called to account.   25:01 Inside Story - Iraq: Ten years after the invasion by  Al Jazeera English 2 months ago 10,655 views Was the  Iraq war  a success? What has chan

Obama`s drone speech misses the mark

US President Barack Obama`s speech on drones and counterterrorism at the National Defence University in Washington on Thursday falls far short of my expectations. To be blunt, his arguments were deeply flawed and full of contradictions. ------------------------------------------------ Barack  Obama : ' drone strikes  have saved lives' - video | World news | - The Guardian ► 1:49 ► 1:49 ›  World news  ›  Drones The US president defends his country's use of unmanned   drones   as part of their continued counter-terror policy. --------------------------------------------------- In what has been described as his new policy to restrict the scope of these counterterrorism operations, Obama continued to justify the drone strikes, or target killing, as `effective` and `legal` although that kind of legality is widely challenged both in the United States and abroad, and that kind of `effectiveness` is contrad

Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism on the rise: US State Department report

Ultra-orthodox Jews pray during Passover in Jerusalem on March 25, 2013 while a woman in Egypt used an Egyptian flag as a tradition Muslim face covering at a demonstration for International Women's Day in Cairo's Tahiri Square on March 8, 2013. A new report from the US State Department claims that anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise world wide. Photo by: UPI and Reuters Anti-Semitism is on the rise in many parts of the Middle East and in pockets of South America while corresponding Anti-Muslim sentiments are increasing in Europe an Asia, according to an annual US State Department report. The 2012 report on religious freedom said expressions of anti-Semitism by government officials and religious leaders were of great concern, particularly in Venezuela, Egypt and Iran. At times, such statements led to desecration and violence, the report said. While anti-Semitism is on the rise in some corners of the globe, Islamophobia has gained a foothold i

Islam is monolith or not? An other perspective

According to scripture and  interpretations ., the Muslims are one nation  , though they belong to different ethnic groups,  tribes and races,  but how its seen on ground Mohsin Hamid explains: There are more than a billion Muslims in the world, each with an individual view of life. So why are they viewed as a unified group, asks Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist Riz Ahmed as Changez with Kate Hudson as Erica in the film The Reluctant Fundamentalist In 2007, six years after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, I was travelling through Europe and North America. I had just published a novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and as I travelled I was struck by the large number of interviewers and of audience members at Q&As who spoke of  Islam  as a monolithic thing, as if Islam referred to a self-contained and clearly defined world, a sort of Microsoft Windows, obviously different from, and considerably incompatible with, the App