Scott Horton Interviews Patrick Cockburn

Scott Horton, October 14, 2009

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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the greatly diminished news coverage of Iraq, the al-Maliki regime’s authoritarian behavior, the fate of Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities and indications that Iraq’s national culture – if not the country itself – is dying.

MP3 here. (32:03)

Patrick Cockburn was awarded the 2009 Orwell Prize for political writing in British journalism. He is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.org. Cockburn is the author of The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq and Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Battle for the Future of Iraq.

5 Responses to “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. Yes, the war mongers are on the move and there appears to be no end it sight… But there are alternatives.

  2. There need to be some tipe of under ground movement like the blacks did in amrica.To save good harted poeple.I was born in the US. I am for the good of the planet.To get bomed is one thing, but to have evey one around the target have napalm rain down on them is wrong. Just like me being burn here. I am serounded by so much wrong and bull shit i cant wash it off ether. And I am black I heard how we did it. We need to find a way to help the inacent.

  3. No suicide bombings in Iraq before the U.S. invasion? Holy sh!t.

    I wonder what the Middle East would look and be like if the existing forced state boundaries were revised by the people that live there?

  4. "There needs to be some type of underground movement like the blacks did in America. To save good hearted people. I was born in the US. I am for the good of the planet. To get bombed is one thing, but to have everyone around the target have Napalm rain down on them is wrong. Just like me being burned here. I am surrounded by so much wrong and bullshit I can't wash it off either. And I am black, I heard how we did it. We need to find a way to help the innocent."

    Perhaps this what you meant to say? Or perhaps your post was a joke designed to serve some unknown purpose? Regardless, everyone who views this link should read the article at the "alternatives" site in my other post. Most people who are protesting war have no idea of who or what they are protesting….

  5. DC's Ivy-League inebriates–i.e., drunk on Power–are making life-and-death decisions (the lives and deaths of those we have "other"-ized) in their debilitated state.

    We may owe war reparations to ten countries–via Robert Jackson and the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal's metric–at this point in the stomach-turning saga called "Empire."

    Empire: through a glass, darkly

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