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Commentary :: Peace & War

Iraqi Insurgents Responsible for Fewer "Collateral" Casualties than American Forces

In a much publicized article in The Atlantic Monthly, William Langewiesche wrote: "For the most part, . . . the insurgents' attacks are less nihilistic than they are logical and precisely focused, whether against the American coalition and its camp followers or their Iraqi agents and collaborators. The truth is that however vicious or even sadistic the insurgents may be, they are acutely aware of their popular base, and are responsible for fewer unintentional 'collateral' casualties than are the clumsy and overarmed American forces" ("Letter from Baghdad," January/February 2005).

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News :: Health & Drugs

"Political Paranoia" to be included in next edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Still thinking about election fraud in Ohio? Worried that voting machines in Florida may have been hacked? If some Republicans get their way, there may soon be an official diagnosis of what really ails you: political paranoia disorder.

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Announcement :: Education & Youth : Environment & Food : Technology

NSF Funding for Tsunami Research

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of the recent Indian Ocean disasters, the
Human and Social Dynamics priority area (HSD) announces that it will
accept Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) proposals. (For
additional information about SGER proposals, see the Grant Proposal Guide,
Section II.D.1. http://nsf.gov/pubs/gpg/nsf04_23/2.htm#IID1)

Researchers interested in submitting SGER proposals to HSD should contact
one of the following program directors, PRIOR TO SUBMISSION, to discuss
their ideas.

Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE): Jacqueline
Meszaros jmeszaro@nsf.gov (703) 292-7261

Directorate for Engineering (ENG):
Dennis Wenger dwenger@nsf.gov (703) 292-7014

Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE):
Larry Weber lweber@nsf.gov (703) 292-7240

NOTE: Submission of an SGER to HSD does not preclude a researcher from
being on a proposal submitted to the HSD FY 2005 competition (NSF 05-520).

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News :: Peace & War

Desolate Falluja

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Desolate Falluja

The other day I posted a Dahr Jamail piece entitled, Iraq: The Devastation, but another word has recently come to mind that, I suspect, might apply no less aptly to Iraq and other areas where the Bush administration is exerting its muscle. That word is "desolation."

Let's forget for a minute the recent Newsweek report that the Pentagon is considering funding 1980s El Salvador-style "death squads" in Iraq, an article which caused enough of a stir to be addressed both by the Secretary of Defense ("somebody has been reading too many spy novels and went off in flights of fancy, which I hope have been put to rest") and by the White House press spokesman; or the urge among administration hardliners to extend a failing war and occupation across a border in the next few weeks with strikes into Syria; or the fact, just revealed in a front-page New York Times piece that the "we don't torture" administration sent Condoleezza Rice on a special mission to Capitol Hill to oppose the imposition of Congressional restrictions on, and oversight of, what the two Times reporters politely call CIA "extreme interrogation measures." Instead, what stays in my mind is a single incident reported recently that caught for me the desolation the Bush administration is spreading in its wake: a desolation of place, of our military, of our values, of our language.

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Commentary :: Peace & War

A Video Message from the Iraqi Resistance

Reuters obtained from Iraqi guerrillas "an English-language video urging U.S. troops to lay down their weapons and seek refuge in mosques and homes" (Michael Georgy, "Iraq Rebels in Video Taunt," January 12, 2005), promising protection to soldiers who heed their call. The Information Clearing House has made the video and a transcript of its content available: "A Message from the 'Iraq Resistance.'"

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Commentary :: Peace & War

The Politics of Fear: "The Power of Nightmares" and "Hijacking Catastrophe"

Here are two useful documentaries for activists: "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear": and "Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire."

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:: Arts & Culture

Artist Carol Bowie and son Aaron


Artist Carol Bowie cradles her 21-year-old brain-damaged son Aaron. Her paintings, like the one at right, reflect her love and caring for her child.

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Announcement :: Media Criticism

LEFT-WING COALITION TRIES TO HIT SINCLAIR IN POCKETBOOK

LEFT-WING COALITION TRIES TO HIT SINCLAIR IN POCKETBOOK

The group, led by Media Matters for America, has launched a national letter-writing campaign to Sinclair Broadcast Group's advertisers that charges the company with misusing the public airwaves.

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