Nasty Letters To Crooked Politicians

As we enter a new era of politics, we hope to see that Obama has the courage to fight the policies that Progressives hate. Will he have the fortitude to turn the economic future of America to help the working man? Or will he turn out to be just a pawn of big money, as he seems to be right now.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Chimp_junta is the Suspect in the Kidnapping of Italian Journalist

Al-Ahram Weekly | International | Shattered bridges: "Is there more to the abduction of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena than meets the eye? Samia Nkrumah, in Rome, reports.

Three weeks after the kidnapping of Giuliana Sgrena, the journalist with the Italian leftist daily Il Manifesto the Italian Embassy in Baghdad advised all Italian journalists in Iraq to leave within 48 hours.

According to the Italian ANSA news agency, a tip-off from the Italian military secret service or Sismi, was behind the decision. Government officials here have denied a link between Sgrena's abduction and the call for the journalists' withdrawal. A few days earlier, in the only released video of Sgrena since her capture, she was shown pleading for her life and urging all journalists to leave Iraq.

At a 'marathon' session of speeches by journalists in the Rome-based headquarters of the National Federation of the Italian Press (FNSI), the federation's secretary complained, 'It's a worrying scenario because there are no more testimonies.' From now on information will be obtained through official informers, the last thing one would expect following national elections.

'We are either manipulated or pushed into silence,' said the editor-in-chief of Il Manifesto, Gabriele Polo, at the same meeting. Expressing the bewilderment and helplessness of his colleagues, he questioned, 'Why must we wonder every minute if what we write might harm Giuliana?' That same day Polo's paper came out with the headline 'Without News' in reference not only to Sgrena's situation but also to the future lack of first hand reports from Iraq.

The 'peace correspondent' as she is mostly referred to by her colleagues, Sgrena has been the quintessential anti-war activist, writer, and journalist throughout her long career. She was captured outside a mosque in Baghdad while waiting to interview Falluja refugees for a story on the impact of the raid on their lives. Like many female correspondents, Sgrena tended to focus on"



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