February 29, 2004

U.S. policy toward Cuba is dominated by one man, a scandal-plagued Cold War relic who has no business being President Bush's chief adviser on Latin America.
That's what U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, has to say about Otto Reich.


February 27, 2004

Discovering Why We are in Iraq

Separate statements by Ahmed Chalabi, the head of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), and U.S. retired Gen Jay Garner, who was in charge of planning and administering post-war reconstruction from January through May 2002, suggest that other, less public motives were behind the war, none of which concerned self-defence, pre-emptive or otherwise.


February 25, 2004

UN Global Compact undermines corporate accountability

February 24, 2004, Washington, DC – The Alliance for a Corporate Free UN has written a letter to the heads of five UN agencies asking them to withdraw from the UN’s Global Compact. The letter details specific ways in which the Compact undermines corporate accountability, and follows several years of correspondence with the Global Compact Office by the Alliance.

February 17, 2004

Bush Appoints Iran-Contra Figure To Head Up Iraq "Intelligence" Probe


"The impartiality of the commission has...
...come into question. The co-chairs named to head up the inquiry will be federal appeals court Judge Laurence Silberman and former Virginia Democratic Senator Charles Robb.

Judge Silberman has been described as a longtime Republican operative and is widely thought to have helped orchestrate Ronald Reagan's1980 "October Suprise" when Reagan secretly made contacts with the Iranian government before he was elected.

More about the return of the contras at DOGSPOT

February 14, 2004

A New Contra Arms Scandal in Haiti?

Otto Reich is a known quantity when it comes to controlling the press and manipulating events to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives in Latin America and the Caribbean...

...Otto Reich? Is this the same Otto Reich who once used taxpayer dollars under the Reagan administration, from within his shadowy Office of Public Diplomacy, to cajole the U.S. press into supporting the Contra war against the Sandinistas in Nicaragua?


Revolution in Haiti

Haiti's President Arisitide Faces Overthrow

Reversal in US Policy may lead
to overthrow of reform leader



Haiti’s “armed opposition” launched its most lethal offensive yet last week, creating the civil strife that may be used by the US State Department to justify military intervention. On Feb. 10, State Department officials gave their first public hints that they would favor President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s resignation...

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February 06, 2004

Unocal Still on Trial for Rights Abuses

Cheney ruled on January 23 that Unocal cannot be held liable under one legal theory, the "alter ego" theory. However, plaintiffs have asserted two other theories of liability, which means that Unocal may yet be held liable for gross human rights pipeline area.

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Unocal Faces Liability for Human Rights Violations

plaintiffs will present evidence to a jury directly connecting Unocal to the brutal Burmese military’s use of forced labor, rape and murder while providing security for their pipeline.
(12-08) Earthrights International
(12-09) 18:08 PST LOS ANGELES (AP)

“the methods of the Burmese military were well known, and Unocal knew when it joined the Project that these abuses were certain to be committed for its benefit.”

AP Story
Earthrights Coverage

Prepare for Another Whitewash

In the wake of an investigation that largely cleared Prime Minister Tony Blair of falsifying intelligence that was used to justify the invasion of Iraq, President Bush now calls for a similar inquiry into the "sources" that lead to our involvement. As the New York Times blighthly notes, this undertaking is awash with difficulties. Some would say flawed form the outset. Notably Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the senate committee tasked to investigate this type of failure.

continued at DOGSPOT