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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass


Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps.

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The Northern Front
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: The Northern Front

The Northern Front is an eyewitness account of the Iraqi opposition's preparations for the American invasion, the Kurdish planning in northern Iraq and the early stages of the war when some of the opposition moved to the south.

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The Tribes Triumphant
by Charles Glass


The Tribes Triumphant completes the story of Charles Glass' earlier Middle East adventure, Tribes With Flags, after his kidnapping by Hizballah in Lebanon.

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Tribes With Flags
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Charles Glass: Tribes With Flags

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Money For Old Rope
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Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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Outsiders have not improved life in either Syria or Iraq
The State of Syria: Past, Present and Future 
This month Iraq and Syria are both noting, but not celebrating, anniversaries of violence that transformed the two societies....

"The Warrior Class": The Blackwater Videos
Harper's Magazine 
The April 2012 issue of Harper's Magazine includes "The Warrior Class," a feature by Charles Glass on the rise of private-security contractors since 9/11. The conclusion to the piece describes a series of videos shown to Glass by a source who had worked for the private-security company Blackwater (now Academi, formerly also Xe Services) in Iraq. Clips and photos from...

The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier
Harper's Magazine 
Tim Spicer's career as a soldier of fortune seemed over by 2001, when he attended a lunch at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Founded in 1927 to train officers and diplomats for imperial service, the college, now housed in a Belgrave Square mansion, provides a discreet venue for current and former military officers to meet high-fliers from...

War: Still a Racket
Taki's Magazine 
Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise to end the war in Iraq and "finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan." More than two years after he took the oath of office, American forces remain in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instead of eliminating two wars, he has lunged into a third in Libya. How is it that a nation...

Britain can never atone for its colonial past
The National 
David Cameron spoke with unusual candour for a British prime minister a few days ago when he told university students in Islamabad: "I don't want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world's problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place." He was speaking of Kashmir, but he...

The Drifting Capital of Terror
Taki's Magazine 
The printer cartridge bombs which nearly blew up U.S.-bound commercial jets have turned Sana'a, Yemen, into the new world terror capital. Terror, which the United States treats as if it were a state, has had many capitals and will undoubtedly have many more in this seemingly perpetual battle against evil. Right before September 11, 2001, terrorism's capital was Kabul. Since...

Let it Leak: Wikileaks and Patriotic Whistle-Blowing
Taki's Magazine. 
Spare a kind thought for my old friend Michael Morrell's oldest son, Geoff, the Pentagon's Press Secretary. The Defense Department has tasked poor Geoff with providing its public reaction to Julian Assange's Wikileaks disclosure on Saturday of 391,832 documents relating to America's war in Iraq. The new flood of "Pentagon Papers"-style documents detail a pattern of US soldiers murdering civilians...

Saddam's Most Dangerous Legacy
Taki's Magazine 
While Saddam Hussein was still ruling Iraq, he went to a village to award a new Kalashnikov rifle to a young boy. The boy had come to the tyrant's attention after reporting the private conversations of his mother and father to the secret police. It seemed the parents had criticized the tyrant, whom the youngster had been taught in school...

Covering up American War Crimes, From Baghdad to New York
Taki's Magazine 
BBC correspondent John Simpson reported on March 4 that the number of defects in newborn babies in the Iraqi town of Fallujah had risen dramatically since the American assault there at the end of 2004. Some people in the town blame the abnormalities in their children on whatever chemicals the US Marines may have used in their conquest of the...

An antidote to the lies about Iraq
The First Post 
If you want the truth about the 'Iraq War', two books by Patrick Cockburn are a good place to start, says Charles Glass...

Stay the course
Taki's Top Drawer 
There was enough brass in the room to forge a cannon. The generals were all there, the joint chiefs and the commanders from the front lines. They came along to tell the senators why America could not quit now....

Iraq's founding mother
The Nation 
During the frozen winter of 2003 in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, Ahmad Chalabi was waiting for the United States to invade his country. He was reading, among other books, a biography of Gertrude Bell, prima inter pares of the British founders of modern Iraq. The book, Desert Queen by Janet Wallach, included a passage that Chalabi liked so much...

London Review of Books Vol. 28, No. 5 
When I was five years old, the first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Nikita Khrushchev, threatened to bury me. That was in 1956, when he buried the Hungarian Revolution. In California we welcomed Hungarian victims of Soviet brutality while finding no room for the Guatemalans whose democracy the CIA had crushed two years earlier. We were trained to ignore...

Saddam's Underpants are not the Issue. The law is.
Independent on Sunday, London,  
In Robert Bolt's play "A Man for All Seasons," Sir Thomas More is confronted by Richard Rich, whose perjury will lead to More's execution. More's son-in-law, William Roper, urges More to arrest Rich. More answers that Rich has broken no law and is free to go. "And go he should if he was the devil himself until he broke the...

Socialist Worker 
Socialist Worker interviews Charles Glass. Revelations on the illegal occupation of Iraq Question: Revelations reported in the Guardian last week show that the war on Iraq was less legal than the government argued in March 2003. Where does that leave the arguments for war? The first thing to say is that the war was always illegal. The second is that...

London Review of Books 
Mosul, said by some to be modern Iraq's second and by others its third most populous city, was originally awarded to France as part of Syria under the infamous Sykes-Picot Agreement. Fran├žois Georges-Picot, the French delegate at the secret negotiations that divided the Ottoman Empire into British, French and Russian satrapies, laid out France's dubious claim to Mosul and the...

Welcome to Kurdistan (while it lasts)
The Independent 
Iraq's Kurds want full independence from Baghdad and all the trappings of statehood, but as Charles Glass reports from Irbil, their political leaders know that civil war and tragedy would be the inevitable consequence. They know the only way to avoid a civil war is to embrace a form of federalism....

America Declares the battle for Fallujah is won. But in Mosul, mortar attacks continue
The Independent 
By Charles Glass in Mosul The mortars flew into the governor's compound from the neighbouring houses. They found an oil tanker, which erupted in flames. Elsewhere in this northern city, rocket-propelled grenades strucka US convoy....

US and Kurds attack insurgents in Mosul
The Independent 
Kurdish forces and Iraqi Arab insurgents exchanged fire yesterday in the latest phase of the battle to control Mosul in northern Iraq. The Americans and Kurds probed insurgent positions and insurgents launched retaliatory assaults on the Kurds....

Insurgents take fight north and spread fear among Kurds
The Independent 
By Charles Glass in Suleimania, northern Iraq With American forces claiming to have subdued most of Fallujah, insurgents have moved their rebellion to Iraq's third-largest city, Mosul, and other cities in the north. In Mosul, they attacked American and Kurdish positions and Iraqi police....

Violence grips Iraq as Fallujah battle rages
The Independent 
By Kim Sengupta in Camp Dogwood and Charles Glass in Suleimania, Iraq Waves of devastating violence swept through Iraq yesterday with US forces still mired in streetfighting in their attempt to capture the rebel stronghold of Fallujah....

America failing test of history as offensive compared to terror tactics of pariah states
The Independent 
Muslim fundamentalist insurgents seeking to topple the government are holed up in a conservative city with little sympathy for secularism or pluralism. They raise the banner of Islam, and they call on the rest of the country to rise up and expel the oppressors. The government reacts by massing forces around the city. It demanded that the militants surrender or...

Comment: America Could Have Saved Ken Bigley
The Observer 
Kidnappers have beheaded another foreign captive in Iraq. For Ken Bigley, there was hope that he would avoid the fate of more than 30 other non-Iraqi hostages murdered by insurgents and criminals....

Negotiation is the only way to free the hostages
The Independent 
Tony Blair may have put his finger on the obstacle to freeing Ken Bigley from his captors in Iraq when he said: "There is no need in raising false hopes, because of the nature of the people we're dealing with." The people he is dealing with, of course, are in Washington. It would be difficult to design policies more certain...

Iraqis need people like James Brandon to tell their story
Independent on Sunday 
The gunmen who kidnapped the British journalist James Brandon from his hotel late on Thursday probably had no idea they would have to release him a few hours later. Nor, I suspect, did James Brandon. The foreigners taken, both by insurgents and by the common criminals who have flourished since the March 2003 US invasion of Iraq, have suffered various...

Americans need to look through Iraqi eyes
The Independent 
On the videotape, the American hostage stands in front of a flag with Arabic writing on it. His appearance is of a man in shock. He speaks. "I hope to return home one day, and I want my family to know that these people are taking care of me, and provide me with food, water and a place to sleep."...

There are so many echoes of Vietnam in Iraq
The Independent 
The US armed forces launched their first air raid against post-war Iraq last week, when F-16 fighter-bombers dropped 500-pound bombs on Tikrit. The new campaign against Iraq's resistance fighters, dubbed Operation Ivy Cyclone, recalls President Lyndon Johnson's Operation Rolling Thunder over Vietnam in 1965. That campaign of bombing Vietnam would eventually see Indochina devastated by 7 million tons of aerial...

Iraq 2003, Lebanon 1982
People cheered when the United States Marines marched into the capital. At last, someone would restore order, remove the thugs and murderers from the streets and force an end to the chaos. Then a new government arrested and tortured dissidents. The U.S. ordered the dissident's outside backers, Syria and Iran, to stay away. Britain joined the U.S. in policing the...

Iraq Must Go!
The London Review of Books 
Charles Glass considers the history of 'regime change' in the Gulf There is a dry wind blowing through the East, and the parched grasses wait the spark. John Buchan, Greenmantle (1916) As Lloyd George's wartime Director of Information, John Buchan urged Britain to support an incomprehensible Eastern war with the cry: 'The Turk must go!' At the beginning of 1916,...

The art of hypocrisy - biased position of UN on Iraq
The New Statesman 
There is one rule for Iraq and another for the rest of the world when it comes to UN Security Council resolutions The retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency, James Woolsey, understands well the arrangement between the United Nations and Iraq. "This is a brief pause at best."...

The emperors of enforcement - implementation of UN mandates for air strikes on Iraq
The New Statesman 
There's a strong smell of double-talk around American and British pressure for air strikes on Iraq. After all, who armed Saddam? Why, we did, of course...

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