This week for Tomdispatch Nick Turse, author of The Case for Withdrawal From Afghanistan, reveals a disturbing trend in Iraq that counters Obama's August 31st announcement of the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," showing it as another potential "mission accomplished" moment:
The construction projects are sprouting like mushrooms: walled complexes, high-strength weapons vaults, and underground bunkers with command and control capacities—and they're being planned and funded by a military force intent on embedding itself ever more deeply in the Middle East.
The Big Issue
in Scotland talks to Gareth Peirce about her new book Dispatches from the Dark Side
and her tireless work representing people from a changing suspect community, including the Birmingham Six, the Guildford Four, Moazzam Begg and Guantanamo Bay detainees today. Benedict Birnberg, with whom she now runs a London practice, says Peirce "transformed the criminal justice scene in this country almost single-handedly."
Sir Raymond Carr, the renowned historian of Spain, has reviewed Ronald Fraser's In Search of a Past for the Spectator. While Fraser and Carr may differ somewhat in their views on the aristocracy, Carr finds the book "a compelling read."
Chalmers Johnson, whose critiques of the American Empire and its unsustainability—Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis—grow more powerful and uncanny each year, has passed away. We have lost a giant, but his work will continue to reverberate for a long time to come.
Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, gets to grips with the distinctive perspective of Hervé Juvin's The Coming of the Body for the New Humanist:
The promise of the perfectibility of the human being, the forging of a new man through industry and technology, has long been considered a Communist or at least Modernist notion that we have sensibly discarded, but Juvin sees it fulfilled under neoliberal capitalism, in its postmodern culture ...