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GAO Report Gives Iraq Gov’t an ‘F’

Well, it’s not as bad as last week’s leaked version, but the Government Accountability Office’s Iraq progress report is still pretty grim.  According to the GAO’s findings, the current Iraqi government has failed to meet 11 out of 18 benchmarks set last May by U.S. officials.

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Chemical Ali
AP Photo / Darko Vajinovic

‘Chemical Ali’ Death Sentence Confirmed

The remaining days of Ali Hassan al-Majid, aka “Chemical Ali,” are numbered.  More specifically, after an Iraqi court upheld his June sentence, al-Majid, who earned his nickname by playing a key role in the gassing deaths of some 100,000 Kurds in 1988, has 30 days or less to live.

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Orwell
guardian.co.uk

For Orwell, Life Imitated Art

It turns out that George Orwell, famed author of “1984” and originator of the term “Big Brother,” was spied on by his government for more than 10 years. Members of Britain’s MI5 suspected the writer of being a communist, until they bothered to read him, and were apparently baffled by his “bohemian” clothes.

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Iraq Reality Check

The Washington Post has three excellent reports that refute the rosy depiction of Iraq by so many politicians and pundits these days. After such a lousy prewar performance for the media in general, it’s nice to see one of the most mainstream of outlets dig in and investigate what’s really going on while the administration tries to pass off hype as genuine progress.

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elderly smoker
medecineworld.org

Bad News for Older Smokers

Cigarette smoking is even worse for your health than previously thought. Dutch researchers have found that smokers over the age of 55 are 50 percent likelier to develop some form of dementia.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Got Debt?  Head to Iraq

Being heavily in debt is prompting some U.S. military members to volunteer to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan. Take Air Force Capt. Nick Sloan, who admits that the need to get out of debt was a significant factor in his choice to go to Iraq.

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Bush confused
kotaku.com

Bush Can’t Remember Why He Blew It

The disbanding of the Iraqi army shortly after the U.S. began its occupation is widely considered one of the biggest blunders of the war. So why did the administration make such a disastrous decision? Don’t ask President Bush: He can’t remember.

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Brits Bid Basra Cheerio

British forces have relocated to the Basra airport, leaving Iraq’s No. 2 city in the hands of Iraqis for the first time since the invasion. For many locals, it was a welcome withdrawal: “We are pleased that the Iraqi army are now taking over the situation. We as an Iraqi people reject occupation. We reject colonialism. We want our freedom,” one resident told the AP.

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Bush in Iraq
AP Photo / Charles Dharapak

Bush Drops In on His Mideast Timeshare

The “What, me worry?” president paid a cheerful visit to U.S. troops in Iraq’s Anbar province, an auspiciously timed trip (his third since the war began in 2003) that falls mere days before Congress is scheduled to hear Army Gen. David Petraeus’ Iraq “progress” report.  For another status report (read: reality check), follow this link.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Real-Life Violence

Director Brian DePalma says “Pictures are what will stop the war,” and he’s out to prove it. His new film “Redacted,” which focuses on the brutal rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family, uses graphic images from the war that he says media outlets have been too timid to show.

Posted on Sep 2, 2007 READ MORE


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