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The BRussells Tribunal:

*  A Hearing on the Project For The New American Century (PNAC) - Opening Session of the World Tribunal on Iraq  

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The BRussells Tribunal are intellectuals, artists and activists who denounce the logic of permanent war promoted by the American government and its allies, affecting for the time being particularly one region in the world: the Middle East. It started with a people's court against the PNAC and its role in the illegal invasion of Iraq, but continued ever since. It tries to be a bridge between the intellectual resistance in the Arab World and the Western peace movements.      Members of the BRussells Tribunal Committee

 Ghent Charter in Defense of Iraqi Academia (Richard Falk 04 Jan 2011)


The shocking portrait of what occupation has meant for academicians and students is depicted by the Ghent Charter that has been endorsed by prominent educators in Europe and elsewhere, including the Rector of the University of Ghent. The BRussells Tribunal has played a leading part in exposing these realities afflicting Iraqi universities, and has organized a seminar to take place in Ghent, Belgium, March 9-11, 2011, with the title “Defending education in times of war and occupation.” It is important that all of us, especially those paying taxes in the United States to pay for this occupation, understand that our silence is complicity. Especially those of us associated with teaching and research in American universities bear an additional responsibility to exhibit even now our solidarity with those who have suffered and are suffering in Iraqi academic communities. We know that many faculty members have been murdered since 2003 (over 500 confirmed cases), particularly those who spoke out and acted against the occupation, and many more have fled the country permanently. The departure of university personnel is part of a wider exodus of middle class Iraqis, estimates are over two million, leaving the country deprived of the sort of national social fabric essential to avoid predatory forms of foreign economic exploitation of the country. We who devote our lives to higher education realize the importance of educated and dedicated young people for the wellbeing of a country. If Iraq’s future is to be restored to some semblance of decency, its institutions of higher learning will need to become safe and hospitable for students and faculty.

In the meantime, read the Ghent Charter and weep!


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* Click here for the BRussells Tribunal [PDF] dossiers, containing essential information on Iraq 


* The University At War - Universities and the Costs of the Iraq Wars (Hugh Gusterson, 15 September 2011)

* Not the Left. Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours? (Jean Bricmont, 16 August 2011)

* Libya in face of Humanitarian Imperialism (Jean Bricmont, 18 April 2011)

* Libya and the Return of Humanitarian Imperialism (Jean Bricmont, 08 March 2011)

* Israel only knows war and killing - Stand with Palestine and Egypt against aggression (Statement 20 August 2011)

* Decline of Iraqi Women Empowerment Through Education Under the American Occupation of Iraq 2003-2011 [PDF] - Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi - Paper presented in the International Seminar on the Situation of the Iraqi Academics. Ghent University, Belgium. March 9-11, 2011.

* Do WikiLeaks and Iraq Body Count tell the same story? No! A Comparison of the Reports of Iraqi Civilian Deaths (Les Roberts 05 March 2011)

* Dying education in the “blossoming” Iraqi democracy (Dirk Adriaensens, 16 Feb 2011)

* Four Polygamous Families with Congenital Birth Defects from Fallujah, Iraq  - A study by Samira Alaani , Mozhgan Savabieasfahanil, Mohammad Tafash and Paola Manduca (04 Jan 2011) [PDF]

* Enforced Disappearance. The Missing Persons of Iraq (Dirk Adriaensens, 28 November 2010)

*  Special Information Session of Extra-territorial Abuses of Human Rights by the United States (Geneva, 03 November 2010)

* Wikileaks Iraq War Logs: Legal Action is Unavoidable (USGenocide 30 Oct 2010) [Spanish]

* PARTITION BY CENSUS - Statement of The BRussells Tribunal Committee (08 October 2010) [Spanish] - [Français] - [Arabic] - [Turkish]

* Hans von Sponeck, UN humanitarian co-ordinator from 1998-2000, demands answers from Tony Blair to a simple question: Why is Iraq in such a mess? (23 September 2010)

* Fallujah, a disgrace for the USA, an eternal curse on humanity (Dirk Adriaensens, 21 September 2010) - Testimonies of Crimes Against Humanity in Fallujah - Towards a Fair International Criminal Trial [PDF REPORT] - Monitoring Net of Human Rights in Iraq (MHRI) - 15th Session of the Human Rights Council - Geneva (17 September 2010)

* Genetic damage and health in Fallujah Iraq worse than Hiroshima - Press Release 02 July 2010 - Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009 (Full Report) [PDF]

* New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful detentions and torture in Iraq - [PDF]- Amnesty International Report (13 September 2010)

* THE IRAQI CATASTROPHE IN FIGURES  [PDF] (Ikraam Center For Human Rights july 2010)

* Ousted Iraqi Minister – J. B. Morgan chokes our economy and forces us to join American sanctions (Saieb Khalil, 24 August 2011)

* Why don’t they arrest them? (Saieb Khalil, 14 May 2011 - Reflections on the assassination of Osama Bin Laden)


 Support Iraqi protests! (20 February 2011)

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their struggle against state terrorism and repression, generalised corruption, a falsified political process and its state apparatus, generalised lack and collapse of public services, poverty and unemployment, systematic abuse of human rights by the government and its militias, illegal contracts, treaties and a constitution imposed under occupation, and foreign plans to destroy Iraqi culture, economy and unity. Read more.

Take action ! Support this statement.

* What you won’t read in the mainstream press regarding Iraq’s “National Day of Rage (Dirk Adriaensens, 25 February 2011)

* DAY OF THE MARTYR,  04 March 2011 - Second National day of Rage in Iraq. Western media: deaf, dumb and blind (Dirk Adriaensens, 04 March 2011)

* Iraq, 15 April: The Friday Of The Free (Dirk Adriaensens, 15 April 2011)





*Egypt: Only democracy is legitimate (10 February 2011)

*The Arab Spring of democracy (16 January 2011)

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, Hana Al Bayaty and Ian Douglas (The BRussells Tribunal )

* Egypt back against the wall. A tyrant embraces anarchy (February 2, 2011)

* Swarm Intelligence: How to begin to understand the squared circle of Tahrir Square? (February 20, 2011)

Lieven De Cauter (The BRussells Tribunal )


* STOP THE DEATH PENALTY IN IRAQ - Read and sign the statement (14 Dec 2009)

 * Terror and repression in the "new" Iraq


"I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man."  Harold Pinter, honorary member of the BRussells Tribunal - Nobel Lecture - 07 Dec 2005 (+24 Dec 2008) - Selected Political Writings


“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” Howard Zinn,  member of the BRussells Tribunal  advisory committee (+ 27 Jan 2010)


"We live in a dark age, when freedoms are diminishing, when there is no space for criticism, when totalitarianism — the totalitarianism of multinational corporations, of the marketplace — no longer even needs an ideology, and religious intolerance is on the rise. See Aquilah's article & review of laser hair removal machines for more. Orwell’s ‘1984’ is already here." Jose Saramago, honorary member of the BRussells Tribunal (+ 18 June 2010)



To order a copy of CULTURAL CLEANSING IN IRAQ for £13.49 - click here.

The BRussells Tribunal collaborated on the book Cultural Cleansing in Iraq - Why museums were looted, libraries burned and academics murdered. Published by Pluto Press, the book contains serious allegations about the erasure and destruction of the cultural heritage of the Iraqi people, proven with facts and evidence. 

Why did the invasion of Iraq result in cultural destruction and killings of intellectuals? Convention sees accidents of war and poor planning in a campaign to liberate Iraqis. The authors argue instead that the invasion aimed to dismantle the Iraqi state to remake it as a client regime.

Post-invasion chaos created conditions under which the cultural foundations of the state could be undermined. The authors painstakingly document the consequences of the occupiers' willful inaction and worse, which led to the ravaging of one of the world's oldest recorded cultures. Targeted assassination of over 400 academics, kidnapping and the forced flight of thousands of doctors, lawyers, artists and other intellectuals add up to cultural cleansing.

This important work lays to rest claims that the invasion aimed to free an educated population to develop its own culture of democracy. ORDER HERE and receive a discount.

Read the reviews: Michael Parenti - François Houtart - Noam Chomsky - Denis Halliday - Hans von Sponeck - Samir Amin - Lieven De Cauter - Roger Van Zwanenberg - Al Quds - KifKif - Saudi Gazette - The Irish Times - Times Higher Education Supplement - Al-Ahram weekly - Al Jazeera

More information and reviews about this book. Click here



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The Executive  Committee   Honorary members  
Lieven De Cauter Belgium Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Malaysia
Patrick Deboosere Belgium Noam Chomsky USA
Dirk Adriaensens Belgium Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann Nicaragua
Jean Bricmont Belgium José Saramago + 18 June 2010 Portugal
Ward Treunen Belgium Harold Pinter + 24 Dec 2008 UK
Hugo Wanner Belgium Eduardo Galeano Uruguay
Saad Naji Jawad Iraq Dr. Rafil Dhafir USA
Souad Naji Al-Azzawi Iraq Cindy Sheehan USA
Naji Haraj Iraq Richard A. Falk USA
Haifa Zangana UK    
Sabah Al-Mukhtar UK    
Asma Al-Haidari Jordan    
Abdul Ilah Al-Bayaty France    
Hana Al Bayaty  Egypt    
Ian Douglas  Egypt    
Stephan Galon Belgium    
The  Advisory  Committee  
Amy Bartholomew Canada Hashim Al-Tawil Iraq
Anne Morelli Belgium Khalid Al Maaini Syria
Brendan Smith USA Imad Khadduri Canada
Christina Abraham USA Ismail Kaidar Jalili UK
Curtis F.J. Doebbler USA Laith Al Saud USA
Cynthia McKinney USA Malak Hamdan Iraq / UK
Dahlia Wasfi USA Mohammed Aref Iraq
Dahr Jamail USA Muhamad Tareq Al-Deraji Iraq
David Miller UK Mundher Al-Adhami UK
David Swanson USA Naji Sabri Ahmad Al-Hadithi Iraq
Denis Halliday Ireland Nermeen Al-Mufti Iraq
Dennis Brutus USA Omar K. Al-Kubaissi Iraq
Diana Johnstone France Rashad Salim UK
Edward S. Herman USA Riadh Al-Dabbagh Iraq
Felicity Arbuthnot UK Saeed Al Musawi Iraq
Francis A. Boyle USA Salam Al Jubourie Iraq
François Houtart Belgium Salam T. Ismael Iraq
Gideon Polya Australia Sami Ramadani UK
Hans von Sponeck Germany Sami Rasouli USA
Herman De Ley Belgium Sawsan Al Assaf Iraq
Hisham Bustani Jordan Tareq Aldelaimi Syria
Howard Zinn + 27 Jan 2010 USA Tareq Ismael Canada
Immanuel Wallerstein USA Wadood Fawzi Iraq
James E. Jennings, PH.D. USA Zuhair Al-Sharook Iraq
James Petras USA Ahmed Bouda Belgium
Jan Fermon Belgium Anne Montgomery RSCJ USA
Jeffrey Blankfort USA Bernard Genet France
Jennifer Van Bergen USA Bert De Belder Belgium
Jim Harding USA Carla Goffi Belgium
John Pilger Australia Carlos Varea Spain
John Saxe-Fernández Mexico Cecile Harnie Belgium
Karen Parker USA Charles Ducal Belgium
Lucas Catherine Belgium Charles Jenks USA
Margarita Papandreou Greece Colette Moulaert Belgium
Max Fuller UK Corinne Kumar Tunesia
Michael Mandel Canada David Rovics USA
Michael Parenti USA Dirk Tuypens Belgium
Michel Chossudovsky Canada Elias Davidsson Iceland
Michel Collon Belgium Frank Vercruyssen Belgium
Niloufer Bhagwat India Geert Van Moorter Belgium
Nusrat Chagtai UK Gilad Atzmon UK
Pierre Galand Belgium Hussein Al-Alak UK
Raymond William Baker Cairo Iman Abou Atta UK
Sami Zemni, Phd Belgium Inge Van De Merlen Belgium
Samir Amin Senegal Jaime Ballesteros Spain
Santiago Alba Rico Spain Joachim Guilliard Germany
Sarah Meyer + 03 March 2010 UK John Bart Gerald Canada
Serene Assir Spain John Catalinotto USA
Socorro Gomes Brasil Jos Hennes Belgium
Stephen Eric Bronner USA José Reinaldo Carvalho Brasil
Stephen Lendman USA Larry Everest USA
Stephen Soldz USA Ludo De Brabander Belgium
Thomas M. Fasy USA Luk Brusselaers Netherlands
William Blum USA Manuel Raposo Portugal
Abdul Wahab Al Obeidi Iraq Manuel Talens Spain
Ahmad Kamal Iraq Marion Kuepker Germany
Ahmed Manai Tunesia Mohammed Ali Hassan Belgium
Amal Al-Khedairy Iraq Nadia McCaffrey USA
Amir Al Ani France Nicolas J.S. Davies USA
Basim Al-Janabi Iraq Paola Manduca Italy
Eman Ahmed Khammas Iraq Paul Vanden Bavière Belgium
Fadhil Al Bedrani Iraq Pedro Rojo Spain
Faleh H.M. Al Khayat Iraq Peter Algoet Belgium
Fouad Elhage Australia Pol De Vos Belgium
Ghali Hassan Australia Rudy Demeyer Belgium
Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar Iraq Sigyn Meder Sweden
Hana Ibrahim Iraq