Thursday, November 7, 2002

  • Iraq Journal: As the United Nations Security Council Prepares to Ok the New U.S.-Drafted Iraq Resolution, Citizens in Basra Prepare for the Worst

    If and when the US decides to carry out a massiveattack on Iraq, the southern port city of Basra willbe one of the major frontlines. In many ways italready is. Basra lies within the so-called no flyzones imposed by the US and Britain and the peoplelive under regular US bombing. George W Bush touts theShi’ites of the south as potential U.S. allies in afuture U.S. attack, but it is this area of the countrythat has suffered the most from US policy. Basra hasbeen one of the most fought-over territories in theworld and was at the frontlines of both the Iran-Iraqwar and the Gulf War. Once again its citizens arebracing for the worst. Democracy Now! correspondentJeremy Scahill and filmmaker Jacquie Soohen filed thisreport in the latest installment of Democracy Now!’sexclusive Iraq Journal.

  • A Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with a Pakistani Human Rights Attorney Minutes Before He Is Deported On Election Day; Organizers Estimate Between 3-4 People Are Deported Every Day From New York C

    Today we’re going to talk about an Election Day storythat has not yet been reported by any media outlet.

  • Canada Warns Its Citizens About Traveling in the United States After Seizing of Maher Arar

    The travel advisory was directed toward Canadian citizens born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Yemen. The advisory came after the U.S. secretly detained a man who is both a Canadian and Syrian citizen in NewYork. On September 26, the man, Maher Arar was in JFK airport on a stopover flight from Tunisia to Montreal. Arar was detained and interrogated for nine hours without a lawyer. Officials claimed Arar had ties to a terrorist organization. Arar was then detained at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.

    No one heard from him until Oct. 3 when Arar made a desperate and emotional phone call to his mother-in-law telling her that he had been jailed and needed help. None of his relatives have heard from him since. Around October 10, US officials deported him. He was sent first to Jordan and then to Syria where he has not lived in 14 years. He is now being held in a Syrian prison. His family was never informed. Canadian officials were not informed but have met with Arar inSyria. His family have been denied contact.

    While the Canadian government has backed away from its travel advisory, the family of Maher Arar are still fighting for his release and to learn what has happened.

    Meanwhile the Justice Department announced Wednesday that thousands of men from five countries identified as high risk for terrorism and who arrived in theUnited States on or before Sept. 10 must be fingerprinted and photographed.

    The rules are part of the National Security Entry/ExitRegistration System implemented by Attorney General Ashcroft and the Justice department. Men over 16 years of age from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Sudan will be specifically targeted.

  • Runners Carry a Torch From Mexico City to New York: Activists Honor the Many Undocumented Workers Who Have Died in the US and Draw Attention to the Rights of Immigrants
  • On October 13th, while the mainstream media wascovering the DC Sniper 24 hours a day, the bodies of11 Mexican and Honduran undocumented immigrants werediscovered in an airless train car in Iowa.

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