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Mayor Sanders

San Diego Mayor Backs Gay Marriage

Inspired by care for his daughter and an eleventh-hour decision, as he put it, to “lead with my heart,” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (a Republican, as a Truthdig reader pointed out) said Wednesday that he would “take a stand on equality and social justice” and come out, as it were, in favor of gay marriage.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


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msnbc.com

Civil War Escalates With Shootings and Immolation

Following the Thanksgiving massacre that left hundreds dead, violence has escalated in Iraq, including an attack on six Sunnis who were burned alive near a group of Iraqi soldiers.  The soldiers did not intervene.  Elsewhere, 21 Shiite men were executed in front of their relatives after they had been dragged from their homes.  All told, at least 87 people died on Friday.

Posted on Nov 25, 2006 READ MORE


General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


brothers
Flickr/YourLocalDave

Hiding in Plain Sight

Iraqis have been taking great pains to conceal their identities in order to avoid sectarian violence.  Because personal information, such as a name and province of origin, can hint at whether they are Shiite or Sunni, the fake ID trade is booming and worried Iraqis sometimes even change their license plates.

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Report: Civilian Casualties Up by 50%

Civilian casualties in Iraq rose by 50% during the last three months, according to a report released by the Pentagon.  The report on security and stability in Iraq examined the sectarian violence that grips the country, saying ?Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq? but that the fighting does not meet the ?strict? definition of a civil war.

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Illustration by Peter Scheer

Civil War Leaves No Sanctuary for Wounded

Shiite militias have been conducting death raids on Iraqi hospitals, signaling an escalation in the sectarian violence that plagues the country.  Many Sunnis, some seriously wounded, have been forced to seek medical attention at home, or in illegal clinics.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


Ann Beeson
AP / Carlos Osorio

Truthdigger of the Week: Ann Beeson

Truthdig salutes Ann Beeson, the American Civil Liberties Union officer and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in ACLU v. NSA, the case that persuaded a Detroit judge to order a halt to the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


Bombs Are Mileposts on Road to Civil War

More roadside bombs were planted in July than in any other month during the Iraq war, indicating a sharp rise in violence as the country moves toward all-out civil war.  According to data obtained by The New York Times, 2,625 devices either exploded or were discovered in July, compared with 1,454 in January.

Posted on Aug 17, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Bubble
From Newsweek

Bush’s Iraqi Civil War Bubble

In the last week alone, those warning of a civil war in Iraq included: America’s top commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace; Centcom commander Gen. John Abizaid; and Britain’s ambassador to Iraq. But what does Bush hear? “Yadda yadda yadda.” (more…)

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Gen. George Casey

Top U.S. General in Iraq: Civil War ‘Most Significant Threat’

Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said a civil war ?certainly is possible” and is ?the most significant threat right now? in Iraq. He is the latest in a series of top generals to say so. (Earlier: Gen. Abizaid and Gen. Pace)

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Gen. Abizaid

Top Pentagon General: Civil War Possible in Iraq

Gen. John Abizaid, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told a congressional committee this morning that “the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I?ve seen it in Baghdad in particular, and ... if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


UK Confidential Memo: Civil War ‘Likely’ in Iraq

Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Baghdad warned in a leaked confidential memo, “The prospect of a low-intensity civil war and a de facto division of Iraq is probably more likely at this stage than a successful and substantial transition to a stable democracy.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


The Brutality of Iraq’s Civil War Deepens

According to the AP: “Masked Shiite gunmen stopped cars in western Baghdad Sunday and grabbed people off the streets, singling out the Sunni Arabs among them and killing at least 41.”

  • And lest you think it is only progressives who are calling it a “civil war,” check out what Colin Powell just told Arianna Huffington: ?We’re not going to leave behind anything we like because we are in the middle of a civil war.?

    Posted on Jul 9, 2006 READ MORE


  • Cardinal McCarrick
    From NBC4

    D.C. Cardinal: Gay Civil Unions Acceptable

    The leader of the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., lent his support to same-sex civil unions, but not same-sex marriage.

    Posted on Jun 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Gunmen Seize 50 at Iraq Security Firm

    This incident—coming on the heels of the discovery of 20 bodies dumped in Baghdad—is the face of urban civil war on the model of the Battle of Algiers.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Patriot Act Renewal Passes by Two Votes

    The cliffhanger vote caught Republican leaders by surprise. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law before Friday.
    With the nation’s attention trained squarely on the Dubai Ports fiasco (not that it’s an unimportant issue), Congress has passed the most sweeping abridgement of American freedoms in a generation—with barely a peep from the public.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Two Grim Assessments of Iraq’s Future

    America’s top envoy to Iraq: “The possibility is there” for sectarian violence to lead to civil war and all-out war in the region.
    A BBC reporter in Baghdad: “It gives me no pleasure today to forecast further doom and gloom here in Iraq. But, as in Iran in 1978, the facts on the street contradict the assertions of the generals, the politicians and the diplomats.”

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times Calls Spy Program Patently Illegal

    The Gray Lady, in an editorial, eviscerates Bush’s defense of his spying program, point by point. | editorial

    Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


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