Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena’s letter to Hillary Clinton


This video from the USA says about itself:

March 16, 2007

Giuliana Sgrena, Italian journalist, press conference in Judson Church New York.

From United Stated weekly Socialist Worker:

Too late to unravel the truth?

December 11, 2009

Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was shot and nearly killed by a U.S. soldier in Iraq on March 4, 2005, just hours after she was released by Iraqi insurgents who had kidnapped her. Nicola Calipari, the Italian intelligence agent who helped negotiate her release, was killed while shielding Sgrena from U.S. gunfire that raked their car as they traveled toward the Baghdad airport.

In 2007, a trial in absentia began in Italy for the U.S. soldier who fired on the car–Spc. Mario Lozano of the U.S. Army’s 69th Infantry Regiment. The U.S. refused to hand over Lozano and dismissed all calls from the Italian government for action. The trial was later suspended after a judge ruled that the Italian court didn’t have jurisdiction.

In her book Friendly Fire, Sgrena recounted her story of being kidnapped in Iraq, rescued by agents of the Italian government, and then shot by U.S. forces.

Here, she addresses an open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling for justice.

Attn: Secretary of State
Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Washington, D.C.

I BELONG to the group of Italians who hoped for a change in the American administration and welcomed President Barack Obama’s election with joy. The end of the Bush age was refreshing for us all, above all for those among us who were accused of being anti-American only because we opposed the political line of one president.

The allegation of being anti-American has resurfaced in these last few days, not toward individuals, but toward the Italian judiciary, in the case of Amanda Knox. I know from personal experience that verdicts are not always just, and in any case, a guilty verdict against a young lady is always a tragedy. But I do not believe that discrediting the Italian justice system in its entirety is a good strategy, especially in light of the forthcoming appeal process.

However, I am not writing to you about this matter. You were ready available to listen to Sen. Maria Cantwell on the Knox case, while I tried, to no avail, to be heard by an American authority (and those who questioned me did not pay any consideration to this matter) about a case that I was personally involved in while in Iraq: the shooting by American soldiers that resulted in the death of Nicola Calipari, an agent of the Italian secret services.

Nobody ever wanted to hear us out because Calipari’s death, and the wounds I suffered myself, as well as to another agent, were considered normal in a theater of war like Iraq.

Now, the United States is withdrawing some of its troops from Iraq. U.S. policy toward Iraq has been reviewed, and some mistakes have been acknowledged. It might be too late to unravel the truth about what happened on the night of March 4, 2005, but the possibility of being heard by a person such as yourself would be an important form of compensation for moral damages, not so much for myself, but at least for the Calipari family.

Yours truly,

Giuliana Sgrena

Anglican leader criticized about gay rights


This video from the USA is called NY Protests Uganda’s Anti-Gay Policy.

By Jessica Geen, Pink News, Britain:

Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop

December 11, 2009

Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop.

Three thousand people have joined a Facebook group set up two days ago to call for Williams to speak out instead about anti-gay laws proposed in Uganda.

Williams responded to the selection of bishop-elect Mary Glasspool within hours but on Uganda, Lambeth Palace released a short statement last week saying he was in “private” talks with the country’s Anglican Church.

Although Ugandan ministers have said provisions for executions and life prison sentences for gays will be dropped, it will still lead to imprisonment for those ‘promoting’ homosexuality or having gay sex.

The Facebook group says: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has failed to exercise moral leadership to protect gays and lesbians in Uganda and has instead exercised political pressure to attack a bishop-elect in Los Angeles because she is a lesbian.

“As Anglicans who treasure their Communion and expect more from their Archbishop, in the Advent spirit of John the Baptist’s cry to the religious leaders of his time, we call on Rowan Williams to repent of his earlier statement.”

The Facebook group was set up by Susan Russell, a former president of Anglican gay group Integrity.

She told the Guardian that signatories include bishops and former staff of Lambeth Palace.

Yesterday, one of the most powerful Christian pastors in the US condemned the law, leading many liberal Anglicans to question why Williams has not spoken publicly about it.

Rick Warren, who is firmly against gay marriage, said the law was “terrible” and called on Ugandan church leaders to condemn it.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams apologised today for statements he has made about gay people in the church: here.

Outrage at BBC’s Ugandan gay debate: here.

The Unite union has called for the resignation of two Church of England bishops, claiming they allowed a Worcester vicar to suffer years of abuse, here .

Afghan war escalation


This video from the USA is called Afghanistan + more troops = catastrophe.

In the most bellicose Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in living memory, President Barack Obama made an argument Thursday in Oslo for ever-widening war and neo-colonial occupation: here.

The French government has backed Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan, defying broad popular opposition: here.