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The US seven-year war and occupation of Iraq is driven by several major political forces and informed by a variety of imperial interests. However these interests do not in themselves explain the depth and scope of the sustained, massive and continuing destruction of an entire society and its reduction to a permanent state of war.... Read More
He was the Financial Times reporter in Baghdad, Andy Rubber-Ali, earnest, energetic and deeply embedded, who occasionally wandered off a good hundred and fifty to two hundred meters from the ”Bunker” to pick up ”human interest” stories. Given the summer heat - over 48 degrees Celsius - he decided to interview a municipal garbage man... Read More
The major mass media in the United States and Europe joined the White House in celebrating the capture of Saddam Hussein. Predictably the Western masses joined in jubilation — with visions of a quick and successful end of the colonial war. In Iraq however, anger is rising throughout the country as the US and satellite... Read More
The account of the US invasion of Iraq is cloaked in lies and distortions, which magnify the successes of the US military command. The story of a rapid victory, with a minimal number of casualties is cited as illustrative of the superior military power of the US, the genius of Pentagon strategists and the collapse... Read More
In the midst of the nationwide uproar over President Tush’s fabrication of the threat of weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq, a fiery debate broke out in scientific and journalistic circles over what has come to be known as the ”The Great Defecation Controversy”. With passions running high, there is hardly... Read More
The bombing of the United Nations compound in Iraq has provoked anger, sorrow, bombastic bluster from the Bush Administration and unreflective promises to ”carry on the humanitarian mission” from the Secretary General Kofi Annam. Debate and discussion, to the degree that it has appeared in the mass media focuses on who was responsible for the... Read More
There is growing debate and criticism in the US Congress and media of the Bush Administration’s fabricated evidence of Iraq’s possession of weapons of mass destruction. Even more serious the investigation and testimony of top US military and civilian officials in the Pentagon and State Department reveals profound differences and divisions between themselves and the... Read More
Millions of US citizens protested before the war and when it was launched but as the US war machine proceeded to conquer Iraq, the movement declined, the number of protestors decreased to the thousands, and was mostly composed of committed activists. In its place, hundreds of thousands of US flags began to sprout from car... Read More
Among the most insidious lies and distortions which the Bush/Blair regimes and their mass media outlets have spouted to justify this genocidal war is the notion that the Iraqi people would welcome the invaders as liberators and they (especially the Shiites) would rise up to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein. When neither events took... Read More
As the U.S. war against Iraq is prolonged, as Iraqi civilian and military resistance hardens, as guerrilla and militia attacks become more audacious, and the Anglo-American military casualties mount and supply lines become more tenuous the U.S. military-civilian command escalates the war from rapid ground-based offensive promoted by Rumsfeld to the sustained air campaign developed... Read More
Iraq has become an inferno. While billions of people throughout the world watch, millions of Iraqis crowd into destroyed shelters, markets, hospitals and schools, radiated by new weapons of mass destruction, roasted by napalm, vaporized by ’MOAB’ - a 9.5 ton bomb; and hear the voice of death Rumsfeld declaring to journalists, \”However you tell... Read More
The Pentagon announced that it had tested the biggest non-nuclear bomb in history., 9.5 tons in weight, in preparation for its use in Iraq. Two weeks earlier, General Richard Meyers, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated that US policy was to “shock” Iraq into surrendering by unleashing 3,000 guided bombs and... Read More
What is at stake?
According to UN estimates over 10 million Iraqis will be killed, injured, displaced or traumatized by the U.S. war of aggression. It is highly likely that U.S. military intelligence figures coincide. Washington has put in place a military plan involving hundreds of war planes and a sea armada directed to dropping thousands of tons of... Read More
James Petras
About James Petras

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York.

He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages, and over 600 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, and Journal of Peasant Studies. He has published over 2000 articles in nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.

His publishers have included Random House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from the American Sociological Association’s Marxist Sociology Section, the Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation, Western Political Science Association in 1968. His most recent titles include Unmasking Globalization: Imperialism of the Twenty-First Century (2001); co-author The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000), System in Crisis (2003), co-author Social Movements and State Power (2003), co-author Empire With Imperialism (2005), co-author)Multinationals on Trial (2006).

He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

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