Iraq

The « new » and « liberated » Iraq is heading down an old path

It has been 8 years since the US invaded Iraq to depose the tyrant Saddam Hussein. What has changed since then? Not much really. The Iraqi people still suffer, whether it’s at the hands of local insurgents, who plant bombs and kill indiscriminately, or at the hands of US military, or at the hands of the government itself. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s seems to have consolidated more power than is necessary in his hands as he now directly commands « key security forces, including Iraq’s 54th and 56th brigades, as well as an elite counterterrorism force trained and supported by the U.S. Special Operations Command » according to an article written by Ben Van Heuvelen featured at the Foreign Policy magazine. Maliki, under the guise of fighting the insurgency and elements of the old regime of Saddam Hussein, has gone further to antagonize an silence would be activists and journalists in covert activities. More recently, his goons stormed the office of the Journalistic Freedom Observatory, which is a small group associated with international human rights and journalistic organizations. There is always cause to worry when a government begins silencing the media. It usually implies a broader coercive project by the state to stifle ... >>>

15 juin 2011