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Unpacking Abu Ghraib: A Reading List on the Torture of Iraqi Civilians by the US Military

In 2004, images of the torture of Iraqi prisoners in the notorious prison of Abu Ghraib by American soldiers sent shockwaves through the world that such an exercise was carried out by the United States. A decade later, a detailed report on the exact techniques used to extract “intelligence” from Iraqi detainees was made public. Who is responsible for the torture? How did America get off the hook? And 17 years later, who remembers Abu Ghraib?

Calcutta Diary

The world is a great harlotland and the Indians jolly well have to play the role of strumpets. Should they behave to the contrary, they will be guilty not only of unfriendliness to the hyperpower but of unfaithfulness to the tenets of neoclassical economics.

Undermining Nuclear Non-Proliferation

WEEKLYECONOMIC AND POLITICAL Undermining Nuclear Non-Proliferation Over the last few months the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been in the news for a variety of reasons. Its incomplete mission in Iraq as mandated by the Security Council is yet to resume; its role in ensuring that the Democratic People

Iraq, UN and Changing Bases of World Order

'Regime change' lies at the intersection of two major trends under UN auspices. The first is the progressive universalisation of the human rights norm carried out through a large number of legal conventions and promoted, however imperfectly, through a substantial legal machinery. The second is the central and irreplaceable role of the Security Council as the core of the international law enforcement system. Except in cases of selfdefence, only the Security Council can decide whether or not it is lawful to go to war. The US victory in Iraq has come at the price of re-legitimising wars of choice as an instrument of unilateral state policy and will usher in more determined efforts by many countries to acquire weapons of mass destruction, since nothing else is capable of deterring external attack.

Iraq: Media Challenge

In Iraq alongside the military campaign, a media tussle emerged between some of the western channels and their Arab counterparts. Differing representations of the war in this semiotic battle not merely gave scope to varied interpretations, but also provoked controversy.

Brutal Wars and a Malevolent Peace

The cost of a botched peace in Iraq would be even higher than the price of a bloody war. The world community has to decide how best it can hold the US accountable for its crimes in Iraq. The alternative - acquiescence in the hit and run strategy that the US has raised to a fine art in the last few decades - would be an unaffordable luxury in the current state of international relations.

Disobedience and Social Sciences

One way of expressing solidarity with the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have suffered in this war is to reject offers of collaboration and support in research in the social sciences and humanities from governments that do not know the meaning of accountability.

West Asia : Market for Mangoes and More

Market for Mangoes and More The Indian mango has been an unexpected casualty of the US war on Iraq. The conflict has left mango exports to the Gulf region stranded in transit, dealing a blow to exporters as west Asian countries, mainly Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, account for 70-80 per cent of India

Calcutta Diary

The vocal sections of Indians have their priorities sorted out in excellent detail. The nation, the part of it that matters, lives for cricket and is prepared to die for it. Entertain no illusion, these sections do not have the slightest inclination to pledge themselves either for Iraq or for global peace.

Iraq - Sanctions: How Saddam Gained Upper Hand

The continuation of sanctions against Iraq has meant the virtual elimination of international trade with that country for over a decade and the severe of the Iraqi people. Yet Saddam remains in power. Moreover, he is now closer than ever of achieving his cherished objectives of eliminating the sanctions and becoming once more a power to reckon with internationally.
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