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Day 31: Day of the Jackals
Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2003

The new dark age
The looting and burning of Iraq's museums and libraries has left us all losers

The day of the jackals
You may not be surprised, either, that shortly before the invasion of Iraq, and with the spoils of war on their mind, some of these people formed themselves into a lobbying organisation called the American Council for Cultural Policy (ACCP). This group want a 'relaxation’ of Iraq's tight restrictions on the ownership and export of antiquities. They object to what they call Iraq's 'retentionist' policy towards its archaeological treasures. (I love the pejorative use of the word 'retentionist' in this context; 'Goddam sand-niggers want to retain all their history!')

The looting of Baghdad's museum and library
US government implicated in planned theft of Iraqi artistic treasures

Looted paintings seized by customs
Jordanian customs officials have seized 42 paintings believed to have been looted from Iraq's national museum. The paintings were taken earlier in the week at al-Karameh border post from unidentified journalists entering Jordan from Iraq and were sent to the main Customs Department in Amman, said the officials, well-informed on the confiscated items.

Israeli troops storm Gaza camp killing 5
Five Palestinians have been killed and at least 20 others injured following an invasion into Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops, hospital officials say.

Prove Iraqi guilt, MPs tell Blair
Tony Blair is facing the threat of a fresh rebellion from Labour backbenchers who are growing increasingly alarmed that the failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq will confirm that the war was illegal.

On Native Ground THE WAR I SAW

Iraqis Protest U.S. Military Presence
Only nine days after U.S. troops toppled President Saddam Hussein, thousands of Iraqis demanded an end Friday to the American military occupation of their country. But reflecting Iraqis' divisions on the issue, the protests came from only one of the country's three main communal groups.

Ex-spies slam US over failure to find WMD
The US government should be "embarrassed" over the apparent failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the main justification for going to war, retired intelligence officials said Thursday.

Australians found MiGs Iraq never had?

US has no legitimate right to Iraqi oil
and lifting of sanctions must wait, say neighbours

In a joint statement released early Saturday morning, Iraq's neighbours said US has no right to Iraqi oil and that sanctions cannot end until Iraq has a legitimate government

Thousands join Baghdad protests
Thousands join Baghdad protests

Finding their voices in free Iraq
Now, says a Shiite named Tariq, "everyone is practising taqiya against the Americans, because we are under occupation. The Shiite leadership is divided and confused; they’re trying to find their bearings. Shiites in Baghdad have repeatedly told me they will fight the Americans if they don’t leave."

A dangerous groundswell of resentment is building up on the streets of Baghdad
Without American power, Iraqis would still live in fear of Saddam. With American power, they feel weak and humiliated

Baghdad's banks stripped as US soldiers stand by

AP Cameraman Shot and Killed by Israeli Troops

Iraq - Did Portugal have all the facts?
The Portugal News has received a full transcript of a report by a former CIA senior political analyst that states that Iran was responsible for the mass murder of 5,000 Kurds by chemicals at the Iraqi township of Halabja in 1988.

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