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August 30th, 2010

Iraq withdrawal: Amid heat and broken promises, only the ice man cometh

On a pot-holed backstreet in eastern Baghdad, Saad Turki is sweltering under a corrugated tin roof, manning a giant pulley. The grime of yet another merciless summer day has stained his shirt ochre and he is parched from the rigour of a Ramadan fast.But Turki – unlike the stream of ... continue reading

August 30th, 2010

AP IMPACT: US wasted billions in rebuilding Iraq

KHAN BANI SAAD, Iraq – A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million waste water treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.As ... continue reading

Michael Prysner

Iraq War Veteran, Anti-War Activist

August 22nd, 2010

The truth about the 'end of combat operations'

Early in the month, on Aug. 7, Army Specialist Faith Hinkley dove for cover from a rocket propelled grenade while on her base in Iraq. She was hit with shrapnel from the explosion, and bled to death in Baghdad. She was 23 years old.A week later, on Aug. 15, Army ... continue reading

May 17th, 2010

Afghanistan war: Kandahar offensive is now in the slow lane

Kandahar, Afghanistan — Although it's just beginning, the U.S.-led effort to pacify Kandahar – the Taliban's spiritual capital in southern Afghanistan – already appears to be faltering.Key military operations have been delayed until the fall, efforts to improve local government are having little impact, and a Taliban assassination campaign has ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

VIDEO: Fallujah Birth Defect Spike Thought to Be Result of U.S. Chemical Weapons

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April 8th, 2010

Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us"

On Monday, April 5, Wikileaks.org posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh. The US ... continue reading

March 4th, 2010

Disturbing story of Fallujah's birth defects

Six years after the intense fighting began in the Iraqi town of Fallujah between US forces and Sunni insurgents, there is a disturbingly large number of cases of birth defects in the town.Fallujah is less than 40 miles (65km) from Baghdad, but it can still be dangerous to get to. ... continue reading

December 3rd, 2009

Iraq sees alarming rise in cancers, deformed babies

BAGHDAD, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The guns are gradually falling silent in Iraq as a fragile stability takes hold, turning the spotlight on a stealthier killer likely to stalk Iraqis for years to come. Incidences of cancer, deformed babies and other health problems have risen sharply, Iraqi officials say, and ... continue reading

November 13th, 2009

Welcome Home, War!

In his approach to National Security Agency surveillance, as well as CIA renditions, drone assassinations, and military detention, President Obama has to a surprising extent embraced the expanded executive powers championed by his conservative predecessor, George W. Bush. This bipartisan affirmation of the imperial executive could "reverberate for generations," warns ... continue reading

August 29th, 2009

US faces smaller, smarter enemy in Afghanistan

By Lara Jakes / Associated Press NOW ZAD, Afghanistan – After three tours in Iraq, U.S. Marine Sgt. Andre Leon was used to brutal shootouts with enemy fighters and expected more of the same in Afghanistan. Instead, what he's seen so far are anonymous attacks in the form of mines ... continue reading

July 27th, 2009

Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home

By Dave Phillips / Colorado Springs GazetteBefore the murders started, Anthony Marquez’s mom dialed his sergeant at Fort Carson to warn that her son was poised to kill. It was February 2006, and the 21-year-old soldier had not been the same since being wounded and coming home from Iraq eight ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2009

U.S. soldier captured by insurgents in Afghanistan; American Marines launch major offensive in area

By Brian Kates and Stephanie Gaskell / New York Daily News U.S. troops are scouring eastern Afghanistan for an American soldier captured by insurgents, military officials said. A Taliban spokesman said the terror group had the missing soldier - and vowed to release a video of him with their demands. ... continue reading

June 1st, 2009

The Return of the Resistance ...by Dahr Jamail

TruthOut At least 20 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq in May, the most since last September, along with more than 50 wounded. Iraqi casualties are, as usual - and in both categories - at least ten times that number. Attacks against US forces are once again on the ... continue reading

May 28th, 2009

Woman in Air Force killed in Afghanistan

By Henry Cuningham / Fayetteville ObserverSenior Airman Ashton L.M. Goodman, who loved animals and driving big, noisy trucks, was killed by a homemade bomb Tuesday in Afghanistan. The 21-year-old airman from Indianapolis was the first woman from Pope Air Force Base to die in a combat zone. Goodman also was ... continue reading

May 28th, 2009

Iraq car bomb blast kills five, including US soldier

BAGHDAD (AFP) — A roadside car bomb blast targeting a US patrol killed five people, including an American soldier, west of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, an interior ministry official and the US military said. Ten other civilians were wounded in the explosion as the US patrol passed in the ... continue reading

May 26th, 2009

Former ICC chairman killed in Iraq

Associated Press CHICAGO - Former Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Terry Barnich was killed Monday by a roadside bomb while traveling in a U.S. convoy in western Iraq, according to the State Department. The blast also killed a U.S. soldier and a civilian contractor working for the Defense Department, the military ... continue reading

May 17th, 2009

And He Shall Be Judged

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly. But as he waits for that day, a new group of critics—his administration peers—are suddenly speaking out for the first time. What they're saying? It isn't pretty By Robert Draper ... continue reading

May 11th, 2009

Concerns white phosphorus used in Afghan battle

By Jason Straziuso and Rahim Faiez / Associated Press KABUL – Doctors voiced concern over "unusual" burns on Afghan villagers wounded in an already controversial U.S.-Taliban battle, and the country's top human rights groups said Sunday it is investigating the possibility white phosphorus was used. The American military denied using ... continue reading

April 20th, 2009

Shells hit Baghdad's Green Zone after 3-month lull

By Brian Murphy / Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Suspected militants shelled Baghdad's protected Green Zone on Saturday in the first such bombardment in more than three months. The back-to-back strikes reverberated across the Tigris River to a popular promenade, sending families packing up from fish restaurants and abruptly halting a ... continue reading

April 17th, 2009

Iraq war video game ignites a firestorm

By David Ranii / McClatchy RALEIGH, N.C. | A North Carolina company that plans to release a video game about one of the Iraq war’s bloodiest battles is running into a buzzsaw of criticism. The game, “Six Days in Fallujah,” is being made with the help of Marines who fought ... continue reading

April 16th, 2009

Iraq air raids hit mostly women and children

Report urges review of military strategy when targeting urban areas By Kim Sengupta / Independent Air strikes and artillery barrages have taken a heavy toll among the most vulnerable of the Iraqi people, with children and women forming a disproportionate number of the dead. Analysis carried out for the research ... continue reading

April 8th, 2009

The War is Not a Game ...by Gold Star Families Speak Out

Gold Star Families Speak Out Expresses Outrageat Video Game Based on Deadly Battle in Iraq Nationwide -- Members of Gold Star Families Speaks Out (GSFSO), family members of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, are expressing outrage at two companies that plan to release a video game that graphically recreates ... continue reading

April 7th, 2009

Obama Says Iraqis Should 'Take Responsibility for Their Country'

President Makes First Trip to Iraq as Commander in Chief By Ernesto Londono, Michael D. Shear and William Branigin / Washington Post BAGHDAD, April 7 -- President Obama made a previously unannounced trip to Iraq on Tuesday, his first as commander in chief, and drew wild cheers from U.S. troops ... continue reading

April 3rd, 2009

The Growing Storm ...by Dahr Jamail

TruthoutLast weekend, the Iraqi government arrested an Awakening Group leader of a Baghdad neighborhood, then moved into the area. With the help of US occupation forces, they disarmed the militiamen under his control, but only after fighting broke out between US-backed Iraqi government security forces and the US-formed Sunni Awakening ... continue reading

March 31st, 2009

Freed Iraqi detainee vows to keep fighting Americans

By Leila Fadel / McClatchy Newspapers "Are my people aware of what's happening to me? "Ask the river, does it still remember me? "And the people, do they still hold their noses high? "Are they sleeping in comfort and in peace? "With an unembarrassed smile upon their lips, "Tell them ... continue reading

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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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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...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

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'

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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