Media Bias 'Threat' To Iraq (by Ahmed Janab)
  Information about Iraq propagated by Western media is often woefully 
inaccurate or downright wrong, according to leading Arab figures, and such 
distortions are damaging any chance of peace in the country.

Tariq al-Hashimi, Iraq's Sunni Arab vice-president, says that one idea - widely 
accepted in the West as true but which lacks evidence to support it - has upset 
the balance of power in Iraq to such an extent that violence was an inevitable 
  Has Regime Change Boomeranged? (by M. Shahid Alam)
  In the early 1990s, the fall of the Soviets produced a surge of triumphalism 
in the US. After defeating the fascist challenge in the 1940s, liberal 
capitalism had trumped its last adversary, global communism. This triumphalist 
mood was caught pithily in Francis Fukuyama’s claim that mankind -- of course 
led by the West -- had reached ‘the end of history.’

This quickly produced a global regime change. Within a few years, the 
capitalist centers stripped most countries in the periphery of the autonomy 
they had gained in stages, starting in the 1930s. In this latest wave of 
integration, the periphery would not be ‘colonized,’ but Washington would 
define their economic rules. Most countries in the periphery would now be 
forced to open their doors to foreign capital, privatize their economy, scrap 
their plans, and dismantle their welfare systems. In all but name, they began 
to look like the Open Door economies of the nineteenth century.
  Attack on Iran could bring devastation to Arab world (by Patrick Seale)

  ALTHOUGH peering into the future is a hazardous business, it would not be 
rash to say that of all the potential man-made catastrophes that might afflict 
the world this coming year, for sheer destructiveness none would surpass a US 
or Israeli attack on Iran. Is such an attack probable or even possible? 
Regrettably, it is. In the current confrontation with Iran, the military option 
remains very much on the table. In both the US and Israel, the same military 
planners, political lobbyists and armchair strategists that pressed the US to 
attack Iraq are now urging it to strike Iran — and for much the same reasons. 
These reasons may be briefly summarised as the need to control the Middle 
East’s oil resources and deny them to potential rivals, such as China; the wish 
to demonstrate the US’s ability to project military power across the globe; and 
Israel’s determination to maintain its supremacy over any regional challenger, 
especially one as recklessly provocative as Iran’s
 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. An effective US or Israeli strike against Iran 
would have to destroy not only its nuclear facilities but also its ability to 
hit back — its entire military-industrial complex.

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