Sunday, July 10, 2005


Have you heard of the WTI? I hadn't, until a little while ago while I was reading "Lest We Forget; These Were Blair's Bombs" in Truthout, and came across a couple of sentences that perked up my inner ears:

Over the past two weeks, the contrast between the coverage of the G8, its marches and pop concerts, and another "global" event has been striking. The World Tribunal on Iraq in Istanbul has had virtually no coverage, yet the evidence it has produced, the most damning to date, has been the silent spectre at the Geldoff extravaganzas.

The tribunal is a serious international public inquiry into the invasion and occupation, the kind governments dare not hold. Its expert, eyewitness testimonies, said the author Arundathi Roy, a tribunal jury member, "demonstrate that even those of us who have tried to follow the war closely are not aware of a fraction of the horrors that have been unleashed in Iraq." The most shocking was given by Dahr Jamail, one of the best un-embedded reporters working in Iraq.

The key words, to me, are "virtually no coverage". I haven't heard a thing about this in the LMSM, which means they are doing their job, as usual: blowing Georgie by filtering out that pesky "rest of the world" stuff that might hurt our woolly little heads and make Fearless Leader look bad. Who cares what everybody else thinks anyway? Nuthin' but a bunch o' damn furriner commies anyhow.

I did a little clickin' around and found out that this WTI has had meetings in about fifteen cities worldwide, including two in New York. New York? Isn't that in the United States? So we're not even hearing about this deal when it's goin' on in Fixer's back yard? Amazing.

I suggest you take a few minutes and go click around the World Tribunal on Iraq site. Bookmark it. It's pretty extensive. Then go read Code Pink's posts.

Let me know what you think.

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