Embedded in a Media Fantasy World: The case against objective reporting By William Bowles

26 September 2004

I recently had a brief exchange with the Washington correspondent for the Independent, Andrew Buncombe over his ‘paper’s coverage of events in Iraq. Now although I’ve never actually met Andy, and I’m sure he’s a decent fellow, I brought to his attention a recent ‘War Report’ compiled by an Iraqi journalist that itemizes the horrors being visited on the Iraqi people eg, 14 enormous cluster (anti-personnel) bombs each of which contains 2000 so-called bomblets as well as napalm bombs dropped on the village of Zaydan, 20km south of al-Fallujah. At least forty-four people were massacred in the small village. According to the report 15 of the dead were children, 10 women, and nine were elderly persons. Seven children are in critical condition, and eight women and five men were also wounded. Also killed in the raid was ‘Adil ‘Ali Hamdan the General Administrative Director of al- Fallujah General Hospital. His wife and two of his children were killed as well, and two other children of his were wounded. [1]

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Of cluster bombs and piss: two sides of the same coin By William Bowles

1 May 2004

General Vo Nguyen Giap

“Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will certainly face defeat,” General Vo Nguyen Giap, on the anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. May 7, next Friday is also the fiftieth anniversary of the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu. Yesterday the 30th April was the anniversary of the fall of Saigon and what better way to celebrate it than with one of ‘Uncle Ho’s’ very apposite poems.


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