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October 25th, 2010

U.S. says did not under-report Iraq civilian deaths

[...]Pentagon spokesman Colonel Dave Lapan said the U.S. military never claimed to have an exact count of the number of civilians killed in Iraq. Lapan noted that estimates made by private organizations of civilian deaths in Iraq also have varied."Over the years, it has been impossible for the various organizations, ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

US Denies Downplaying Iraq Civilian Deaths, Condoning Prisoner Abuse

The U.S. Army general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq for 2 1/2 years denied allegations on Monday based on the WikiLeaks documents published last week that his forces undercounted Iraqi civilian casualties and condoned the abuse of prisoners by Iraqi forces.General George Casey, who is now Chief of Staff ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

9/11 Families Call for Immediate Acknowledgement of Civilian Deaths in Iraq and a Cessation of Civilian Deaths

NEW YORK – October 23 – The following statement may be attributed to Colleen Kelly, a founding member of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows The information made public by Wikileaks (NY Times, A Grim Report…10/22/10) emphasizes that 9/11 families have much in common with Iraqi civilians. In the more ... continue reading

October 25th, 2010

UK calls for US response to Iraq dossier on WikiLeaks

BRITAIN said yesterday that the allegations against US-led forces for previously unreported civilian deaths and ignoring torture carried out by Iraqi forces, contained in “leaked” military documents on whistle- blower website WikiLeaks, were “extraordinarily serious”.British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told BBC television people were waiting for an official response ... continue reading

September 8th, 2010

US soldiers 'killed Afghan civilians for sport and collected fingers as trophies'

Twelve American soldiers face trial over an secret "kill team" that allegedly blew up and shot Afghan civilians at random and collected their fingers as trophies.Five of the soldiers are charged with murdering three Afghan men who were allegedly killed for sport in separate attacks this year. Seven other soldiers ... continue reading

September 2nd, 2010

Support grows for arrest soldier Bradley Manning

The Bradley Manning Support Network is calling on individuals and activists to join in a global action day in support of the 22-year-old US soldier accused of leaking classified information. Bradley, a former pupil of Tasker Milward School, has been held by the American army since May after allegedly releasing ... continue reading

September 1st, 2010

VIDEO: Wichita soldier speaks about leaked Iraq video

WICHITA, Kan. — It's a video Ethan McCord says he doesn't have to watch, he see it every time he closes his eyes. But since it was leaked in April, and posted on the website "wikileaks," millions have seen it, including everyone in the conference room at the Wichita library ... continue reading

August 25th, 2010

US Drone strike kills 20 people in Pakistan

Pakistan, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Missiles fired from a U.S. pilotless drone aircraft killed 13 militants and 7 civilians in Pakistan's North Waziristan on Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the missiles were fired at a militant hideout. Most of the militants killed were members of the Afghan Taliban. ... continue reading

August 21st, 2010

VIDEO: Local Woman Leads Support For Military Whistleblower

SAN DIEGO, CA -- A San Diego woman is leading the nationwide effort in support of the soldier accused of being behind the WikiLeaks revelations.For some, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is the face of betrayal.But for Loraine Reitman, if Manning is in fact the man behind the leaked information, she ... continue reading

August 15th, 2010

Last Afghan WikiLeaks out in 'couple of weeks'

STOCKHOLM — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange vowed Saturday to publish the last batch of secret documents on the Afghan war in "a couple of weeks", despite Pentagon pleas they would put further lives at risk.Asked at a press conference in Stockholm when the final batch of 15,000 classified files on ... continue reading

August 13th, 2010

US wants Iraq to pay bill for war victims

RAMADI, Iraq — Off a dusty street flanked by piles of rubble and bombed-out car skeletons, the Saleh family is rebuilding their home with American aid money they got because three family members were accidentally killed in crossfire between U.S. forces and insurgents.In another neighborhood of the battleground city of ... continue reading

August 12th, 2010

Civilian death toll rises by a third in Afghanistan

More civilians were killed or injured in Afghanistan in the first half of this year than in any six-month spell since the war began, a United Nations report released yesterday said.The total number of casualties soared by 31 per cent in comparison with the same period in 2009, according to ... continue reading

August 7th, 2010

Wikileaks vs the Pentagon: Phony Fingerpointing

Consider the following statement offered by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a news conference last week.  He was discussing Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks as well as the person who has taken responsibility for the vast, still ongoing Afghan War document dump at that site. "Mr. Assange,” Mullen ... continue reading

August 7th, 2010

NATO acknowledges civilian deaths in Afghan clash

KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO acknowledged an undetermined number of Afghan civilians were killed yesterday in fighting with the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan and promised to provide compensation to their families.The civilian deaths occurred in two attacks before dawn yesterday in Nangarhar province, local officials said.Eight members of an extended family ... continue reading

August 6th, 2010

Afghan civilians killed in nighttime raid by U.S. troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — As many as “a dozen or more” Afghan civilians died during a nighttime raid by U.S. troops hunting for Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan, military officials acknowledged Thursday. The episode, which took place Wednesday in Nangarhar province, comes amid escalating tensions between the Western military and the ... continue reading

Joan Wile

Founder, Grandmothers Against the War

July 29th, 2010

The Disappointment

Barry, things have run amokTake the blinders off your eyesDon't you see that we're stuckin a lethal, tight'ning viseYou helped us hope once moreGot us wired and inspiredWe expected there'd be no more warFear and despair were retiredBut, things didn't change as expectedWhere did the promises go?Bad policies stayed uncorrectedYour ... continue reading

Cindy Sheehan

Gold Star Mom, Activist

July 29th, 2010

I Have Become Uncomfortably Numb

I am numb, I think. Since the U.S. Corporate Military Industrial Complex forced me into the World of the Aware after my son’s murder in Iraq, I feel that the news freshly assaults me on a daily basis. I am numb, I think, from being abused by this Empire on ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

Afghan president: NATO rocket killed 52 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's president says that a NATO rocket attack killed 52 civilians in the south of the country on Friday.Hamid Karzai's statement issued Monday says the Afghan intelligence service determined that a NATO rocket hit Regi village in Helmand province's Sangin district. The dead included women and children. ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

Karzai says 52 Afghan civilians killed in NATO strike

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai asserted Monday that up to 52 civilians had been killed by NATO rocket fire in southern Afghanistan, a controversy that erupted just as thousands of leaked military documents depicted a pervasive pattern of underreported civilian deaths and injuries in the course of ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

Afghanistan war logs: Wikileaks founder rebuts White House criticism

The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks today defended his decision to publish thousands of secret US military files about the war in Afghanistan, faced with criticism from the White House for placing troops in danger.Julian Assange said his organisation was currently working through a backlog of further secret material ... continue reading

July 26th, 2010

WikiLeaks: More US documents coming on Afghan war

LONDON – The release of some 91,000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised Monday, adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.The White House, Britain and Pakistan have all condemned the online whistle-blowing group's release ... continue reading

July 20th, 2010

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor

The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respected security organisation said today in a bleak report warning of record Taliban violence and rising civilian deaths across the country.The report by the Afghanistan NGO ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

VIDEO: Afghans protest killing of civilians

Kabul:  Hundreds of Afghans took to the streets of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday to protest against mounting civilian deaths, while five US and Nato troops died in separate insurgent attacks on a bloody day of fighting across the country.Protesters chanted slogans against foreign forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai after US troops ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Gen. Petraeus confirmed as new U.S. Afghan commander

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as commander of the troubled Afghan war, pinning U.S. hopes on the four-star general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.Petraeus, seen by some analysts as President Barack Obama's last, best hope to salvage the Afghan ... continue reading

June 25th, 2010

June deadliest month for troops in Afghan war

KABUL – The deaths of another four NATO troops in an accident in Afghanistan made June the deadliest single month for US-led foreign forces in nearly nine years of conflict, according to an AFP tally Thursday.The grim landmark followed the sacking of NATO's commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, which ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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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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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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