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NSA Uses Corporate News to Spread Propaganda and Silence Dissent

Investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald published an expose this week detailing how the NSA has been feeding “propaganda” to various news publications, which have happily played along.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

U.K. Troops Suspected of Murdering Iraqi Civilians

British soldiers are suspected of murdering a number of Iraqi civilians in the wake of the 2003 invasion. But military prosecutors have resisted filing any charges, saying there is no realistic prospect of winning convictions.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


Iraq violence
AP / Khalid Mohammed

Iraqi Death Toll Hits 13-Month High in August

Perhaps it was to be expected after the mass exodus of American forces in late June, but August was a cruel month in terms of the Iraqi death toll caused by insurgent violence—the worst in 13 months. Unfortunately, the trend might continue as Iraqis navigate the aftermath of U.S. troop withdrawal and anticipate their national elections early next year.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE


Rose Barracks
canada.com

U.S. Soldier Gets Life in Killing of Iraqi Prisoners

He was one of three U.S. soldiers implicated in the execution-style shooting of four Iraqi prisoners near Baghdad in March 2007, but 40-year-old Army Master Sgt. John E. Hatley was also believed to have been the main instigator in the incident. On Thursday, Hatley was sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE


Iraqis walking
warnewsradio.org

Business Stirs in a Walled Neighborhood

In this first installment in her series of stories from Iraq for Truthdig, veteran foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen reports about the civilian costs of war, life under occupation and the precarious state of a Baghdad burger joint.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Woman Fleeing With Child
nytimes.com / Michael Kamber

Preparations Made for Sadr City Assault

After a seven week surge in violent street clashes and an estimated 1,000 civilian deaths in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad alone, U.S. and Iraqi forces are now preparing an overwhelming military offensive they hope will completely annihilate active Shia resistance movements and pacify the area, making it safe for occupation.

Posted on May 7, 2008 READ MORE


Ted Turner
AP Photo / Ric Feld

Ted Turner’s Take on Iran, Pandas, Nudgy Publicists

Ever wonder what Ted Turner might be thinking about, say, Mideast politics, or how to squeak by on just “a couple billion” dollars?  How about bunnies?  If so, you’re in luck—this GQ interview with the ever-rowdy media mogul has it all, along with a rather startling spat with his publicist captured on the record.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq to Scrutinize Private Security Firms

The Iraqi government is taking a close look at all private security firms still involved in the ongoing conflict there following Sunday’s shootout in Baghdad, after which several contractors from Blackwater USA were accused of killing innocent bystanders while guarding U.S. officials.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


More Insufficiently Grateful Iraqis

More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the U.S. in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


sunset
iraqirocker.blogspot.com

Iraqi Bloggers Cope With the Violence

In this powerful collection of blogs from recent days, Iraqis react to the violence sweeping their nation. Here’s Meemo, a 19-year-old from Baghdad who’s getting out: “I leave Baghdad in two days…. I’m not going to see death anymore; I’m not going to hear car explosions again; I will come back to life again.”

Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


Human Rights Watch: Hussein Trial ‘Flawed and Unsound’

Still wondering whether the trial of Saddam Hussein might have been a miscarriage of justice? Take a look at the HRW report (pdf) and make up your mind. Hussein’s chief defense lawyer, Khalil al-Dulami, recently complained to the BBC that he has been prevented from filing appeal papers.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-U.S. attack video

Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on Internet

Videos showing attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq have started appearing on sites like YouTube. The company is taking many down, but it can’t keep up with the volume, and they abound.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Arabic T-Shirt Keeps Man Off Plane

An Iraqi architect at JFK Airport was wearing a shirt that read “We Will Not Be Silent” in Arabic and English. Security officers said it was upsetting other passengers, and said he couldn’t board until he turned it inside-out or put on something else. He chose the latter. (Read his reaction after the jump) (h/t: Raw Story)
This is pretty ridiculous: If security guards were worried that he was a terrorist, a new shirt wouldn’t have thwarted his plot. And if they didn’t suspect he was a terrorist, why can’t he wear a shirt of protest?

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Rape-Murder Hearing Reveals Horrifying Details

The specifics of this case are made more sickening by the fact that they did not occur in a vacuum. Several cases of U.S. forces killing unarmed Iraqi civilians are pending in military courts, and they have badly mangled America’s already bad image in the region.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


As U.S. Shifts Policing Power, Baghdad Strife Rises

As U.S. forces have given Iraqi security officers responsibility for policing Baghdad, violence has notably increased, undercutting America’s premise that Iraqis are capable of securing their own country.

Posted on Aug 6, 2006 READ MORE


Ex-G.I. Charged in Slayings of 4 and Rape in Iraq

The 21-year-old former Army private first class was recently discharged because of a “personality disorder.” Four other members of his former platoon are also implicated in the killing of the Iraqis and are being held at a U.S. base in Iraq.

Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


Marines Charged With Murder of Iraqi Civilian

Seven Marines and a sailor have been charged in the April death.

Posted on Jun 21, 2006 READ MORE


Cheney whitewashes history

Cheney Tries to Whitewash Warnings About Iraqi Insurgency

Speaking at a press conference today about the Iraqi uprising, the vice president said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered….”

Problem is, Cheney’s statement seems patently false…

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


From U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a Grim Report

A private report made by the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, obtained by the Washington Post, paints a portrait of increasing danger faced by its Iraqi employees who live outside the Green Zone: “harassment, threats and the employees’ constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Leader Accuses U.S. of ‘Daily’ Attacks Against Civilians

The Iraqi prime minister issued the sharply worded criticism in the wake of rising outrage over the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Iraqi Ambassador to America, Samir al-Sumaidaie

Iraqi Ambassador to America: Marines Killed My Cousin

Watch the exchange on CNN in which Al-Sumaidaie makes the startling accusation.

Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


Dead Iraqi civilians
From Lucian Read / WorldPictureNetwork

Military Report: Evidence Points to Marine Massacre in Haditha

A military investigator reportedly has evidence that the Iraqi civilians killed in Haditha last November were the victims of bullet wounds, not a roadside bomb, as the Marines implicated in the crime had claimed.

  • Earlier: Rep. Murtha alleges military coverup on massacre.
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    Posted on May 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Ambassador
    From Americablog

    Iraqi Ambassador to U.S.: Marines Killed My Cousin

    The new Iraqi ambassador to America, fresh after meeting Bush in Washington for the first time, told CNN that U.S. Marines killed his cousin in cold blood in Haditha five months before the November massacre there. (h/t: The Dan Report)
    This is huge: The ambassador of a newly minted “friendly” country went on national TV to accuse the U.S. of murdering a relative. Diplomatically speaking, it’s a violent smack across Bush’s face.

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Even Shiite-Held Basra Is Safe Zone No More

    The crash of a British helicopter in the southern Iraqi city of Basra led to a crackdown by British soldiers and five Iraqi deaths. A melee ensued—stone-throwing, Molotov cocktails…. A BBC correspondent called the worsening situation a “dramatic change in attitude” toward the British presence.

    Posted on May 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Ray McGovern
    From prisonplanet.com

    Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

    Truthdig salutes Ray McGovern, the 27-year CIA veteran who articulated the outrage of a nation by publicly and heroically challenging Donald Rumsfeld’s lies about Iraqi WMD.
    Click here for the full report.

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld grilled

    Former CIA Agent Calls Rumsfeld Out on Iraq Lies

    The secretary of defense was unable to defend himself when a 27-year CIA veteran confronted him with a false claim Rumsfeld made in 2003 about Iraqi WMDs. Stunning.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert Kristol

    Colbert to Kristol: ‘Which Dictator Do We Take Down Next?’

    “The Colbert Report” host achieves what few traditional media interviewers can do: make neocon leader William Kristol stammer and sweat about his support for the Iraq invasion.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Almost 50 U.S. Troops Dead in Iraq Since April 1

    The high number of fatalities marks this as one of the bloodiest periods for the military since the invasion.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 READ MORE


    McClellan Still Ducking Queries on Weapons Trailers

    The presidential spokesman won’t say at what point the president learned of a Pentagon report which concluded that Iraqi weapons trailers discovered after the invasion were not—as Bush later claimed—WMD factories.
    No wonder McClellan won’t answer. This could amount to proof positive that Bush outright lied about WMD.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE


    McClellan Wants Media to Apologize for Trailers Story

    The White House spokesman said news networks should apologize for reporting on the Washington Post’s story about the phony Iraqi weapons trailers. But when reporters quizzed him on what Bush knew and when he knew it, McClellan ducked the question.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    With Chaos Reigning, Bush Tells Iraqis: Build Your Government

    Bush tells Iraqis in a speech: “It’s about time you get a unity government going.” Maybe they had trouble hearing him, what with some 25,000 fleeing their homes amid the continuing sectarian violence.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Two Reports: U.S. Soldiers Killed Many Iraqi Civilians

    Two separate claims of American soldiers murdering Iraqi civilians have arisen. One report involves the alleged killing of 15 people, including a 3-year-old girl; the second involves the alleged murder of 11, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant.

    Posted on Mar 21, 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


    Amnesty Says Iraq Prison Abuses Continue

    Even in the wake of Abu Ghraib, reports of torture in American-run Iraqi prisons continue to “pour out of Iraq,” according to Amnesty International.

    Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Death Squads and Prison Abuse in Iraq

    In a big story that is receiving scant media attention, the U.S. claims that Iraqi police forces are acting as “death squads” to wipe out Sunnis.
    At the same time, the Iraq parliament is condemning the U.S. for the newly released pictures of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib.

    Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Thousands Riot in Pakistan Over Cartoons

    At least two people died in the rampage. Also, the Iraqi city of Basra demands the withdrawal of Denmark’s military contingent from southern Iraq until an apology for the cartoons is proffered.
    Will this madness ever end?

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE



    From News of the World

    Video Shows British Soldiers Beating Iraqi Teens

    The News of the World (UK) publishes images and releases a video of a squadron of English soldiers savagely beating a group of rioting Iraqi teenagers in 2004. | story or watch video
    UPDATE: British authorities have arrested a serving soldier in connection with the incident. | story

    Posted on Feb 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr.
    AP

    U.S. Soldier Gets No Jail Time for Killing Iraqi General

    The American interrogator sat on the general’s chest and covered up his mouth—both of which were apparently approved techniques. The defense claimed that the actions did not directly cause the general’s death. | story
    We can’t help but suspect that much of the Arab world might come to a different conclusion.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Insurgents Break With Al Qaeda Over Civilian Killings, Report Says

    Iraqi guerrillas tell a Saudi-backed London newspaper that they won’t unite with Zarqawi after recent bombings. | Juan Cole translates and comments

    Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Troops Seize Acclaimed Iraqi Journalist

    Award-winning reporter was investigating alleged U.S. misappropriation of Iraqi funds; bullets fired into a bedroom containing his wife, children | more

    Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

    The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


    How Do the Iraqis Treat Their Prisoners?

    A maverick U.S. Army major finds that some of his Iraqi counterparts have fewer scruples about going “over the line” while interrogating suspected insurgents. U.S. News & World Report has the story.

     

    Posted on Jan 1, 2006 READ MORE



    Pandis Media/Corbis

    Dr. Germ and Mrs. Anthrax Set Free

    Why is it not bigger news that those infamous Iraqi female scientists once routinely referred to in the media as “Dr. Germ” and “Mrs. Anthrax” have been quietly released from imprisonment in Iraq without any charges being brought by their U.S. captors?

    Posted on Dec 27, 2005 READ MORE


    Mr. Fish - Iraqi Voting

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    Iraqi voting: theocracy, democracy, other
    Posted on Dec 22, 2005 READ MORE    


    Hussein on Trial

    My enemy’s enemy was my friend. . . . In the early 1980s, the U.S. was shaking hands with Saddam Hussein after he had committed crimes for which he’s now on trial.

    Posted on Dec 9, 2005 READ MORE


    U.S. Occupation Is Worse Than Hussein

    It is time we called a halt to our mindless messing in the Iraqi people’s lives.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE



    National Security Archives / CNN

    At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial

    With the gravest charges facing the former Iraqi dictator, Americans are implicated either through acts of commission or omission.

    Posted on Nov 29, 2005 READ MORE


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