Category: International

President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials. BY ERIC SCHMITT and MARK MAZZETTI New York Times Posted by Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 32, September 14-20,…

A leaked version of last month’s draft of the proposed US-Iraq status of forces agreement (SOFA) suggests that the Iraqi parliament may not be consulted before it is signed, despite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s promises to do so. The pact would govern the future US presence in Iraq. The draft indicates no intent to set…

Dr. Ayad Allawi, the former interim Iraqi prime minister previously referred to even by US Congress members as a “Bush puppet,” voiced his strong support for a US withdrawal timeline during a Wednesday Congressional hearing. BY MAYA SCHENWAR, T r u t h o u t Posted by Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 31, September 7-13,…

Violence against women is “epidemic.” Eighty-seven percent of women complain of domestic violence. Half of those cases involve sexual violence. Sixty percent of marriages are still forced. Fifty-seven percent of brides are still under the legal age of 16. What would you call this massive use of force, complete with torture, if not “war” –…

The Military and the Monetary, they get together whenever they think its necessary, they’ve turned our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet, into a cemetery (Gil Scott-Heron) BY AZIZ CHOUDRY GATT Watchdog Contributed to Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 In the late 1990s, well before Bush’s ‘war on…

BY GILL H BOEHRINGER Division of Humanities, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia Contributed to Bulatlat.com Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II [Act 4, Sc.2] “First they came for the lawyers…” News commentator, re Musharraf’s sacking of Pakistan judges, 2007 “If they…

BY MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY Global Research, August 10, 2008 ALTERNATIVE READER Posted by (Bulatlat.com) Vol. VIII, No. 28, August 17-23, 2008 During the night of August 7, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Georgia’s president Saakashvili ordered an all-out military attack on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia. The aerial bombardments and ground…

“In the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement, particularly articles twenty-eight and twenty-nine in the agreement, outlines that huge fishing fleets from Japan will be allowed to explore our national waters in the Philippines, particularly our exclusive economic zones.” BY STEFAN CHRISTOFF Contributed to Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 27, August 10-16, 2008 Opposition to a bilateral trade…

The first part of this paper will delve into how the Philippine government has adopted GDP accounting, while the second section will analyze the historical background and ideological basis of this capitalist criterion of development. Finally, alternative methods of measuring development vis-à-vis the GDP will be discussed. BY PROF. EDILBERTO M. VILLEGAS Contributed to Bulatlat…