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May 18th, 2009

U.S. military probes Blackwater Kabul killing

By Peter Graff / Reuters KABUL - The U.S. military is investigating a shooting incident in which four contractors from the re-named firm formerly called Blackwater are accused of killing an Afghan man after a traffic accident, a spokesman said on Sunday. The military said it had asked the firm ... continue reading

May 9th, 2009

Did Blackwater Mercs Try to Smuggle Weapons Used in Massacre Out of Iraq? ...by Jeremy Scahill

A government informant says Blackwater operatives wanted to 'get rid of' the guns used at Nisour Square 'before an investigation ensued.'Rebel Reports This is a pretty explosive development in the investigation into Blackwater’s Nisour Square massacre that killed 17 Iraqis and wounded more than 20 others on September 16, 2007: ... continue reading

May 9th, 2009

Informants say Blackwater guards tried to unload arms

By Bill Sizemore / Viriginian-Pilot Shortly after a 2007 shooting incident in a Baghdad traffic square that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, Blackwater contractors allegedly transferred a number of machine guns to another contractor who is now charged with trying to smuggle them out of Iraq. The Blackwater contractors wanted ... continue reading

May 9th, 2009

Blackwater, now Xe, era ends in Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 7 (UPI) -- The era of Blackwater Worldwide, now called Xe, providing security to U.S. personnel in Iraq is over as another firm took over duties in Baghdad. Triple Canopy, of Herndon, Va., picked up the security contract after the U.S. State Department did not renew Xe's contract ... continue reading

April 21st, 2009

Iraqi victims outraged at slow Blackwater exit

By Brian Murphy / Associated Press BAGHDAD – Some Iraqis wounded in the September 2007 shootout by guards for the former Blackwater Worldwide security firm expressed anger and dismay Tuesday after reports that the company will continue work in Iraq longer than previously thought. Hussein Jabir, a Baghdad lawyer hit ... continue reading

February 2nd, 2009

Iraqi Translators Fear Retribution

By Spencer Ackerman / Washington Independent In the United States, it would be a mundane tax form, with standard provisions for cataloging an employee’s tax obligations. Full name. Citizen ID number. Address. Phone. Specifications about any children. But Form D/4a from the Iraqi Ministry of Finance is sending waves of ... continue reading

January 13th, 2009

Accountability ...by Gold Star Mother Amy Branham

Today I write as an American -- an American who is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. I am the daughter of a Vietnam Vet and the mother of a dead soldier. I am the mother-in-law of a soldier serving active duty in Iraq. I am a ... continue reading

September 12th, 2008

Looking For the Truth? ...by Gold Star Dad, John Scripsick

Norman Transcript My son died in Iraq one year ago and it has made me study the reasons we went to war, as any parent would do looking into the loss of their child. George W. Bush is coming to Oklahoma City today to raise money for John McCain. I ... continue reading

July 3rd, 2008

Iraq Hints at Delay in U.S. Security Deal

By Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times BAGHDAD — Declaring that there will not be “another colonization of Iraq,” Iraq’s foreign minister raised the possibility on Wednesday that a full security agreement with the United States might not be reached this year, and that if one was, it would ... continue reading

May 20th, 2008

Aguirre finds fault in permits for facility

Sanders halts work at Blackwater site By Tanya Mannes / San Diego Union-Tribune OTAY MESA – Mayor Jerry Sanders yesterday ordered work to stop on Blackwater Worldwide's proposed military training facility in Otay Mesa. The mayor was prompted by a legal opinion issued earlier in the afternoon by San Diego ... continue reading

May 7th, 2008

Blackwater inquiry sought

How city permits obtained at issue By Tanya Mannes / San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to know whether Blackwater Worldwide misrepresented itself when it sought city permits to set up an indoor military training facility in Otay Mesa. Blackwater has leased an industrial building near Brown ... continue reading

April 24th, 2008

Peace-activist mother brings her message to San Marcos

By Gideon Marcus / Coast News SAN MARCOS — Peace activist Cindy Sheehan visited Cal State San Marcos to speak on her experiences, first as an anti-war movement leader, and more recently, as a congressional candidate, on April 17. It was her first visit to San Diego in two years. ... continue reading

April 15th, 2008

Five Years On, Fallujah in Tatters

By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail* / IPS FALLUJAH - Fallujah remains a crippled city years after the November 2004 U.S.-led assault. Unemployment, and lack of medical care and safe drinking water in the city 60 km west of Baghdad remain a continuous problem. Freedom of movement is still curtailed. ... continue reading

April 4th, 2008

40 and 4: April 04, 2008 ...by Cindy Sheehan

Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Martin Luther King, Jr. Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence April 04, 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr, delivered his brilliant speech: Beyond Vietnam at ... continue reading

March 21st, 2008

Protest draws doves, hawks and one rooster

By Joseph Marks / Grand Forks Herald GRAND FORKS, ND -- Iraq war protesters filed out of the UND Memorial Union Loading Dock to the sound of hip-hop music Thursday, chanting “support the troops; bring them home,” and carrying signs that read “War is not a solution,” and “Blackwater (a ... continue reading

March 14th, 2008

Potrero is trying to put rift behind it

Community looking beyond Blackwater By Anne Krueger / San Diego Union-Tribune For more than a year, Blackwater Worldwide's proposal for a military and law enforcement training camp tore apart the tiny East County community of Potrero. Since Blackwater officials announced last week that they are dropping plans for the facility, ... continue reading

March 7th, 2008

Security contractor Blackwater ends bid for Calif. training site

By Allison Hoffman / Associated Press SAN DIEGO, CA -- Military security contractor Blackwater Worldwide has pulled its plans to build a training facility in a remote area about 45 miles east of San Diego. Company project manager Brian Bonfiglio said in a letter submitted Friday to the San Diego ... continue reading

March 7th, 2008

Blackwater pulls application for Potrero training center

By Anne Krueger / San Diego Union-Tribune Blackwater Worldwide officials have announced they are pulling their application to build a training center on an 824-acre site in the East County community of Potrero. The North Carolina-based company dropped off a letter to the county planning department today notifying officials of ... continue reading

February 27th, 2008

Veteran calls for end to Iraq War

By Michael Yoder / Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Paul Abernathy has seen firsthand the horrors of the war in Iraq, and he's devoted his life to seeing the war come to an end. "This war must end, and it must be ended at a local level," the 28-year-old Pittsburgh native and ... continue reading

January 10th, 2008

2005 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions

By James Risen / New York Times WASHINGTON — The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel. Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American ... continue reading

October 25th, 2007

Under Siege, Blackwater Takes On Air of Bunker

By Paul von Zielbauer and James Glanz / New York Times BAGHDAD, Oct. 24 — The Blackwater USA compound here is a fortress within a fortress. Surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall of concrete topped by a chain-link fence and razor wire, the compound sits deep inside the heavily defended Green ... continue reading

October 23rd, 2007

U.S. cannot account for billion-dollar Iraq contract

By David Morgan / Reuters WASHINGTON - The State Department does not know specifically what it received for a billion-dollar contract with security firm DynCorp International to provide training services for Iraqi police, a U.S. watchdog agency said on Tuesday. The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction ... continue reading

October 15th, 2007

Iraq Demands Expulsion Of Contractor Blackwater, Compensation for Killings

By Amit R. Paley / Washington Post BAGHDAD, Oct. 14 -- The Iraqi government has demanded that Blackwater Worldwide, the private security firm that guards top U.S. diplomats in Iraq, be expelled from the country within six months and pay $8 million in compensation to the family of every civilian ... continue reading

October 15th, 2007

A month after killings Iraq insists Blackwater quit

By Sabah Jerges / AFP BAGHDAD - Iraq insisted on Monday that US private security firm Blackwater and "other companies who commit crimes" leave Iraq after its guards opened fire in Baghdad a month ago killing up to 17 civilians. "From the beginning, the government wanted to replace this company ... continue reading

October 15th, 2007

Matthew 7:3 (Look it up) ...by Cindy Sheehan

It is truly touching the way First Lady Laura Bush cares about the people of Burma and is using her officiousness (oops...I think that may be the wrong word...or is it?) to bring attention to the admittedly horrible situation there. There are very few people in the world that would ... continue reading

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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

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Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko' www.youtube.com

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many? ...by Ray McGovern www.michaelmoore.com Is “regime change” in Ukraine the bridge too far for the neoconservative...

Mar 2nd
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Latest from David Sirota on Enron billionaire John Arnold smuggling anti-pension propaganda into "neutral" institutions like PBS and now, the...

Mar 1st
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Second Guessing a Life: US Health Care System Robs Security and Human Dignity ...by Donna Smith michaelmoore.com The dysfunction of the US health care system...

Feb 27th
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