Tuesday, November 6, 2001

  • A Deliberate Strategy of Disruption: Secrecy and Confusion Surround the U.S. Government’sroundup of More Than 1,000 Potential Terror Suspects

    An article that ran in the Washington Post this weekend described some of the stories of a massive secretivedetention effort that has ensnared more than 1,100 people in the hunt for terrorists. It is a campaign that involveslocking up large numbers of Middle Eastern men, using whatever legal tools they can. To try to illuminate this hiddencampaign, the Post looked at the cases of 235 detainees.

  • Reports From the War Zone: What We Won’t Hear From CNN Reporters in Afghanistan

    Since September 11, US and European reporters have been clustered in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Quetta andalong the border of Afghanistan. But the high costs and risks of being there mean most US reporters in the arearepresent a network or news agency. Living expenses for Westerners in Pakistan have been pushed extremely high: hotelroom rates have gone up three times since September 11th in Islamabad.

  • Iranian Filmmaker Faces Execution

    Almost daily, Iranian officials offer conflicting pronouncements about whether the country should deal directly withAmericans in their war on terrorism, confine such discussions to the United Nations or keep its back turned on theU.S. Some reformists among Iran’s leaders see this an opportunity to heal the rift between the two countries createdwhen the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized in 1979. Iran’s conservative clerics, however, who maintain control overthe armed forces, the judiciary and the media, blasted the idea of U.S.-Iran talks. Iranian lawmakers have formed aspecial commission to consider engaging in talks with the U.S. Iranian President Ayatollah Khamenei has quashed anynotion of dealing with the United States, which he described as pursuing "illegitimate interests in Afghanistan."Iran’s foreign minister said the UN should exclude the US and Afghanistan’s neighbors from any post-Talibanpeacekeeping mission or risk even greater instability in central Asia.

  • Violent Crime Rising Sharply Since September 11th Attacks

    Violent crime has spiked dramatically since the September 11th attacks. The homicide rate has jumped by more than athird, but city officials disagree on whether the increase occurred because local police officers have been divertedto help with other security duties. The DC police chief says he doesn’t think the increase can be linked solely tothe redeployment of officers. Could it be because an atmosphere of violence condones violence? When the Columbinehigh school shootings happened in Colorado, President Bill Clinton urged parents to teach their children thatconflicts can be resolved peacefully; this, as he was dropping bombs on Yugoslavia.

  • Police Raid Homes of Turkish Hunger Strikers with Armored Personnel Carriers, Guns, Tear Gas; Four Dead, at Least a Dozen Wounded

    In Istanbul yesterday Turkish police raided the homes of activists engaging in fasts to the death to protest thecountry’s prison conditions. At least four people died and 14 were wounded in the attacks.

  • Gay Human Rights Groups Condemn Anti-Gay Scrawls On a Bomb About to Be Dropped On The Taliban- But What About Dropping the Bomb?

    Last week on Democracy Now, we discussed how gay men and lesbians fit into the new world chaos, after the release ofan AP photograph of a bomb on the USS Enterprise scrawled with the words: "HIGH JACK THIS FAGS" Within hours of the photo’s worldwide release, GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation was on the case. Almost every major US gay, lesbian and transgender human rights group-including the Service members Legal Defense Network—mounted a campaign against homophobia during wartime. The AP removed the photograph from the wires a day later. But what these groups did not mention was that the bomb was going to be dropped on the Taliban.

  • Russia Says It Will Allow the US to Use Bases in Tajikistan and May Back Down On Missile defense–We’ll Look at the Evolving U.S.-Russian Relationship Since September 11th and What It Means

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said yesterday that Russia and the United States have come closer to ending their dispute over Washington’s missile defense plans, raising expectations for a possible agreement when Vladimir Putin visits Bush in Texas next week. In previous remarks on the subject, both Putin and Ivanov have insisted the ABM treaty is a "cornerstone" of strategic stability and should remain in place.

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