Patrick Cockburn


Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and author of the book Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq, discusses the recent bombing attacks against Shia pilgrims in Iraq, the continued political impasse over which alliance of parties will be able to form a government, the question of whether whoever comes to power will insist upon the Dec. 2011 deadline for U.S. withdrawal or bow to Pentagon plans to retain bases there and the continuing humanitarian crisis there.

MP3 here. (20:09)

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 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.

7 thoughts on “Patrick Cockburn”

  1. We are supposed to be there for the next 100 years according to McCain. Isn't that what our one billion dollar embassy is all about.

  2. Why doesn't Antiwar Radio consider having Robert Fisk on to discuss the current situation in the Middle East? Just a suggestion.

  3. Former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea in Bulgaria and on land in Poland and Romania: "Whether on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". The only answer is Launch On Warning.

  4. All withdrawal talks are pure electoral propagandas. keeping 50,000 foreign troups in a county that has an army of 100,000 is nothing but a permanent occupation. What are those troups going to be doing in the desert after the official withdrawal? Withdrawal is just a way of saying that the troup numbers will be reduced – it doesn't mean that the country will be freed!!

  5. Every country where the U.S. has ever overthrown the govt is left much worse off for the natives. Kinzer's Overthrow details 14 of them.

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