Saddam Hussein: A Tyrant 40 Years in the Making
Forty years ago, the Central Intelligence Agency, under President John F. Kennedy, conducted its own regime change in Baghdad, carried out in collaboration with Saddam Hussein.
Former US Official Says CIA Aided Iraqi Baathists
The CIA had a hand in two coups in Iraq during the darkest days of the Cold War, including a 1968 putsch that set Saddam Hussein firmly on the path to power.
US Pact with Rebels Blamed for Iraqi Terrorism
A senior Iraqi official lashed out at the United States yesterday after a spectacular assassination in Baghdad, saying a deal with insurgents has turned the city of Fallujah into a staging ground for attacks on the capital.
Afghanistan, the CIA, bin Laden and the Taleban
The Economist magazine noted soon after September 11, ” [U.S.] policies in Afghanistan a decade and more ago helped to create both Osama bin Laden and the fundamentalist Taliban regime that shelters him.”
The Friends of Pol Pot
It is all too easy to remember Pol Pot as a unique monster. What is remarkable about the U.S. coverage of his death is the omission of U.S. complicity in his rise to power, a complicity that sustained him for almost two decades.
US Foreign Interventions
Chile 1973… El Salvador 1980-1992… Chad 1982… Lebanon 1982-1984… Philippines… Guatemala… Portugal… Nicaragua… Honduras… the Congo… Bulgaria… Angola… Indonesia…
Torture and Truth
“For Fallujans it is a shame to have foreigners break down their doors. It is a shame for them to have foreigners stop and search their women. It is a shame for the foreigners to put a bag over their heads, to make a man lie on the ground with your shoe on his neck. This is a great shame, you understand? This is a great shame for the whole tribe.
“It is the duty of that man, and of that tribe, to get revenge on this soldier–to kill that man. Their duty is to attack them, to wash the shame. The shame is a stain, a dirty thing; they have to wash it. No sleep — we cannot sleep until we have revenge. They have to kill soldiers.”
He leaned back and looked at me, then tried one more time. “The Americans,” he said, “provoke the people. They don’t respect the people.”