Next test: insurgents
By Frank Smyth, February 1, 2005, Newsday

The Bush administration looks like it has finally scored a ringing success in Iraq. But, if one objective of Sunday’s elections was to help defeat Iraq’s ongoing insurgencies, then the exercise failed.

The question now is how Iraq’s next government will handle the insurgents. Before Sunday, they threatened voters. But U.S. troops led the effort to secure polling stations, while more than half of Iraq’s eligible voters defied insurgent threats and exercised their first real chance for self-empowerment in history.

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Kven er dei progressive i Irak?
By Frank Smyth, October 14, 2004, Dilettant

Ei hending i Irak denne månaden (september 2004, red.anm) vart ikkje nemnd i verken mainstream media eller i den alternative pressa, dette til trass for at hendinga gjev signal om at amerikansk kontroll over Irak si politiske framtid allereie…

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Chi sono i progressisti in Iraq?
By Frank Smyth, October 10, 2004, Amisnet

Sia la stampa “alternativa” che quella ufficiale hanno dimenticato di riportare un evento che dimostra come il controllo americano sul futuro dell’Iraq sta forse tramontando.

Ad agosto, la Casa Bianca ha sostenuto la nascita di un Consiglio Nazionale Iracheno, formato da oltre cento gruppi tribali, etnici, religiosi, nella speranza di influenzare la composizione di un corpo elettorale. Durante il mese scorso, due grandi partiti politici, entrambi guardati da sempre con sospetto a Washington, hanno guadagnato terreno.

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Hasty elections could divide Iraq
By Frank Smyth, October 8, 2004, Newsday

No matter which candidate wins in November, he will face his first challenge in Iraq. President George W. Bush keeps promising that Iraq’s first national elections will be held in January, even if they only take place, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said…

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Quienes son los Progresistas en Irak?
By Frank Smyth, September 30, 2004, Desde El Salvador

Un evento en Baghdad pasó sin ser reportado por la tradicional prensa escrita, e incluso la “alternativa”, a pesar de que ello implica que el poder de Estados Unidos sobre el futuro político de Irak puede estar menguando.

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Who Are the Progressives in Iraq?: The Left, the Right, and the Islamists
By Frank Smyth, September 21, 2004, Foreign Policy in Focus

One event in Baghdad went unreported this month, not only by the mainstream media but also by the “alternative” press, even though it implies that U.S. control over Iraq’s political future may already be waning…

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ABU GHRAIB: Within the Horror
By Frank Smyth, May 23, 2004, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Like everyone else, I am riveted by the images from Iraq of humans being abused and humiliated in U.S.-run prisons. But I also find myself studying the backgrounds of the photographs, looking for something familiar. Thirteen years ago a French journalist named Alain Buu and I spent two weeks…

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