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April 12, 2003

All The News That's Fit To Print?

The War from Outside the Box

As was to be expected, some of the e-mails I've received in the last few weeks have brought up the subject of the war in Iraq. I won't air my own views here, since this site was never intended as a political soap-box or forum, but I must say that I found myself a little perplexed by people in the U.S. who asked in seemingly genuine puzzlement and curiosity what there is about it that anyone could object to. Well, I'm in Ireland at present, so I don't know how the American mainstream media have been telling it. But from my experience with other subjects, some of which I've touched on here, my guess would be that anyone relying solely on such sources would end up with a picture, shall we say, falling somewhat short of total. As it was put in the Australian Sidney Morning Herald (full article here).

Perhaps Americans will have to wait another eight years to see an unfiltered picture of what is happening now in Iraq. Unfortunately, the rest of the world is watching images and hearing voices that Americans can't, because US media handlers - the Government and the mainstream news outlets - decided that Americans are too sensitive to be exposed to them.
So, in case it's of help to others who might be harboring similar questions, here is a selection of links that I've found pretty comprehensive in bringing together reports and opinions from many independent sources. It's by no means exhaustive, of course, but the further links listed on these sites quickly lead to a good coverage of what's out there.
www.rense.com -- Recommended. Worth browsing through the columnists as well.

www.antiwar.com -- Recommended. Worth browsing through the columnists as well.

www.iraqwar.ru -- Russian news -- link to English-language version

english.aljazeera.net -- Al-Jazeera Independent Arab news service.

www.guardian.co.uk -- Guardian Unlimited, UK

www.counterpunch.org -- Newsletter of political essays and views

www.informationclearinghouse.info -- "Information You Won't See on CNN or Fox"

www.smh.com.au -- Australia -- SMH home page

www.islam-online.net -- IslamOnline, from the other side.

"Oh wad some power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!"

Robert Burns, 1759-1796
Note added June 14, 2003
A (free) subscription service for a regular roundup of news and comments on related topics and the other sides of issues usually accorded only politically correct coverage is offered by the Institute for Historical Review. Click on the "News & Views" link.
 
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