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Monday, June 28, 2004

  • U.S. Transfers "Sovereignty" to Iraq Two Days Early


    In a surprise move the U.S. held a brief ceremony in Baghdad earlier today to mark the so-called handover of power to the new unelected government of Iraq. The handover was scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 30 but the US moved up the date with hopes that it would pre-empt further attacks by members of the Iraq resistance to coincide with the handover.

    Technically the handover of power ends the 14-month occupation of Iraq, but many questions remain as to how much power the US has actually handed over. The U.S. will keep 130,000 troops on the ground. US Ambassador John Negroponte will head up the largest embassy in the world. The new government will be barred from amending the interim constitution that was drawn up by the US and the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council. The US has put in place numerous laws to protect US forces and contractors.

    We go to Baghdad to speak with correspondents Patrick Cockburn of the London Independent and Christian Parenti of The Nation, electroniciraq.net founder Ali Abunimah joins us from Jordan and independent reporter Rahul Mahajan.[includes transcript]

  • From Kansas City to Ireland: A Response to the So-Called Transfer of Power in Iraq


    We speak with Kansas City Star columnist Lewis Diguid about the situation in Iraq as well as local politics in Kansas, Irish peace activist Ciaron O’Reilly in Dublin discusses Ireland’s response to Bush’s recent visit and former U.S. Army captain and Gulf War resistor Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn discusses U.S. foreign policy and her reasons for saying no to war.[includes transcript]