World tribunal on Iraq: making the case against war

TitleWorld tribunal on Iraq: making the case against war
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSökmen, Müge Gürsoy
Number of Pages562
PublisherOlive Branch Press
CityNorthhampton, U.S.A.

This book is that testimony, expertly introduced by activist Muge Gursoy Sokmen, Booker Prize winner and peace activist Arundhati Roy, and the noted human rights scholar Richard Falk. As Roy notes in her introduction, this is an attempt to "correct the record-to document the history of the war not from the point of view of the victors but of the temporarily-and I repeat the word "temporarily"--Vanquished." Every aspect of the war is examined-from its legality, to the effects of cluster bombs and depleted uranium, to its ecological impact, to the history of US and British military interventions of Iraq, to the role of international institutions and corporations in the occupation, to the use of torture, and to strategies of resistance. [From the publisher.]

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Opening speeches. Opening speech of the spokesperson of the Jury of Conscience, by Arundhati Roy.
Opening speech on behalf of the Panel of Advocates, by Richard Falk.
First Session: The Role of International Law and Institutions. The illegality of preventive attack and unilateral use of force, by Phil Shiner.
The conduct of the UN before and after the 2003 invasion, by Hans von Sponeck.
The history of US and UK interventions in Iraq, by Larry Everest.
The doctrine of humanitarian intervention and the neocolonial implications of its revival in our unipolar world, by Jim Harding.
Empire's law and human rights as swords of empire, by Amy Bartholomew.
Law's empire and empire's lawlessness: beyond the Anglo-American law, by Issa Shivji.
The violation of the will of the global anti-war movement as a crime against peace, by Anthony Alessandrini.
Second Session: The Responsibility of Governments.
Turkey's situation and politics in the US's assault on Iraq, by Baskin Oran.
The responsibility of Arab governments in the war on Iraq, by Khaled Fahmy.
The responsibility of European governments, by Guglielmo Carchedi.
The role of the "Coalition of the Willing" in the violation of international law and universal human rights, by Walden Belo.
Third Session: The Accountability of the Media. Economic-political connections of media, by Saul Landau.
Media wrongs against humanity, by David Miller.
The moral responsibility of war journalism, by Mete Cubukcu
Media wrongs against truth and humanity, by Jaya Nayar
The quest for an alternative media, by Omer Madra.
Fourth Session: The Invasion and Occupation of Iraq.
Testimony on war crimes and the recent situation in Iraq, by Dahr Jamail.
The use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons, by Akira Maeda, Sayo Saruta, and Koihi Inamori.
The health effects of DU weapons in Iraq, by Thomas Fasy
The UN and its conduct during the invasion and occupation of Iraq, by Denis Halliday.
Gender-based violence, by Hana Ibrahim.
The ruin of daily life, by Eman Khammas.
The conduct of the US army, by Tim Goodrich.
Detentions and prison conditions, by Amal Sawadi.
Collective punishment, by Fadhil al-Bedrani.
"Shock and awe" therapy: how the US is attempting to control Iraq's oil and pry open its economy, by Herbert Docena.
The Iraqi legal system under the occupation, by Mohammed al-Rahoo.
The transfer of power in Iraq, by Abdul Ilah al-Bayaty.
The privatization of war, by Niloufer Bhagwat.
The occupation as prison, by Nermin al-Mufti.
Covert practices in the US war on terror and the implications for international law: the Guantánamo example, by Barbara Olshansky.
Testimony on Falluja, by Rana M. Mustafa.
Human-rights violations and the disappeared in Iraq, by Abdul Wahab al-Obeidi.
Human rights and the US/UK illegal attack on Iraq, by Johan Galtung.
Fifth Session: Cultural Heritage, Environment, and World Resources.
The destruction of cultural heritage: a report from the Istanbul Initiative, by Gül Pulhan.
Testimony on the destruction of cultural heritage, by Amal al-Khedairy.
The ecological implications of the war, by Joel Kovel.
Environmental damage of military operations during the invasion of Iraq (2003-2005), by Souad Naji al-Azzawi.
Sixth Session: The Global Security Environment and Future Alternatives.
Militarism and the culture of violence, by Ay e Gül Altinay.
Gender and war: the plight of Iraqi women, by Nadje al-Ali.
Creating racism and intolerance, by Liz Fekete.
The militarization of economy and the economy of militarization, by Samir Amin.
The relationship between Iraq, Palestine, and Israel, by Ahmad Mohamed al-Jaradat.
Polarization and the narrowing scope of political alternatives, by Wamidh Nadhmi.
Collateral damage: the Mexican example, by John Ross.
Human security vs. state security, by Christine Chinkin.
Next steps for the peace movement, by Ken Coates.
Towards a new political imagery, by Corinne Kumar.
Alternatives for an alternative future, by Biju Matthew.
The WTI as an alternative: an experimental assertion, by WTI Istanbul Coordination.
Closing Speeches.
Closing speech on behalf of the Panel of Advocates, by Richard Falk.
Closing speech on behalf of the Jury of Conscience, by Arundhati Roy.
Declaration of the Jury of Conscience.
Appendix I: International law.
Appendix II: List of legal documents.
List of WTI sessions held worldwide.
Biographies of the contributors.
Biographies of the Jury of Conscience.

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