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Nuclear Dual Standards

The US administration’s double standards in dealing with the intensifyingnuclear crisis in North Korea further strengthens the argument thatPresident George W Bush’s colonial designs are either exasperated by thevulnerability of his foes or deterred by their lethal preparedness.

Considering the US-North Korea protracted standoff, one can only imagine howfoolishly disposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein must now feel that hedidn’t pursue a more determined programme of weapons of mass destruction.Even if one would accept Iran‘s claims that its nuclear programme isconstructed for peaceful purposes, one has to wonder if Iranian PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad is willing to reconsider the overriding intent of hisnuclear ambitions.  read more


Remembering a Valiant Journalist: Atwar Bahjat

A few weeks ago I learned that a journalist who was one of my colleagues was kidnapped, then, five days later, released unharmed with his driver in Baghdad. I was shocked, then relieved. I somehow managed to find some humor in the not-so-humorous event. Prior to his Iraq trip, my colleague, a young British reporter, had asked me if he "could use my name" as a reference should he be kidnapped. Despite the fact that I was unsure how my name - little known in Arabic press that dominated Iraq - would be of any help, I agreed.