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The Guardian

At Least 65 Mohamed Morsi Supporters Killed in Cairo

Corrected: Egyptian security forces opened fire on a Muslim Brotherhood protest early Saturday morning, killing roughly 65 supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE

Justice Dept. Closes Probe of CIA Prison Deaths

The U.S. Justice Department ordered a “complete whitewash” of accountability in the torture and killing of prisoners in CIA custody at the end of a three-year investigation on Thursday, announcing it will not prosecute anyone involved in those cases, says Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 31, 2012 READ MORE

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Breivik Declared Sane, Given Maximum Sentence

Anders Behring Breivik, “the Norwegian far-right extremist” who killed 77 people and wounded hundreds during twin attacks in Norway last summer, was Friday declared to have been sane throughout the course of his rampage. A court sentenced him to at least 21 years in prison.

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AP / Bilal Hussein

Syrian General Killed by Gunmen in Damascus

A Syrian military general and hospital director was killed in an attack by three gunmen in a residential street in Damascus on Saturday in an assassination that marks a move away from the anti-government uprising’s nonviolent roots. The killing came ahead of a meeting of Arab League members in Cairo to consider a new response to the violence in Syria.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Apologizes for Killing 3 Egyptian Soldiers

Israel apologized to Egypt on Saturday for killing three soldiers on Egyptian soil as it chased gunmen responsible for the deaths of eight Israelis. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Chris Hedges Speaks on Osama bin Laden’s Death

Chris Hedges, speaking at Truthdig’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles, responds to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Gerald Herbert

Cops on Trial in Post-Katrina Killing

In an event that pretty much defines the lawlessness and racial tension that existed in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, five current or former policemen are on trial for murder after the officers allegedly shot, burned and then shot again resident Henry Glover.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE

Mosque Attacks Kill 80 in Pakistan

Simultaneous attacks on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan, killed more than 80 people Friday morning as militants targeted a minority Islamic sect.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


State Dept. Gave Blackwater Shooters Immunity

Three senior law enforcement officials have revealed to the Associated Press that the State Department gave all of the Blackwater guards involved in the Sept. 16 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE

Attacks Kill 80 Iraqis, 6 Americans

The scary thing about this death tally: It’s not even unusually high. December was the deadliest month for U.S. forces in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: The Killing Fields of Iraq

A top medical journal’s report that the killing of innocents in Iraq is 10 times higher than a year ago completely contradicts Bush & Co. contentions that U.S. troops are stabilizing the country.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE

Anna Politkovskaya

Courage in Journalism

Anna Politkovskaya, a veteran Russian journalist and outspoken critic of the Putin administration, was found dead in her apartment building on Saturday, the victim of an apparent contract killing.  Mikhail Gorbachev described the murder as “a blow to the entire democratic, independent press…. It is a grave crime against the country, against all of us.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE

Baghdad Death Toll Triples

It appears that a much-heralded drop-off in the number of killings in Iraq last month didn’t actually happen. ABC News reports that the original reported figure of 550 has now been revised to 1,535—which is in line with the blood-drenched months of June (1,595) and July (1,855). No word yet on the reason behind the initial discrepancy.

Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE

Sri Lankan Flag
Illustration by Peter Scheer

Sri Lankan Government Accused of Aid Worker Massacre

Cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka have blamed government security forces for the slaughter of 17 humanitarian aid workers earlier this month.  Although government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels both claim to be sticking to the cease-fire, violence has escalated in recent months.

Posted on Aug 30, 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

... by killing people

Three Little Words

Blogger “Surfeited” has a novel suggestion: “Whenever a neoconservative says something should be done ... you can finish the thought for him by adding three little words: by killing people.” Skeptical? Check out the samples.

Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE

Haditha Investigation Reveals Possible Coverup

The Marines implicated in the killings of 24 Iraqis in Haditha may have attempted to conceal evidence, according to a secret report.  Based on an investigation of the incident, the report suggests that the Marines may have tampered with their unit logbook and withheld incriminating footage captured by an aerial drone.

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE

U.S. Troops Reportedly ‘Smiled Before Killing’ Detainees

Four U.S. paratroopers charged with murdering three detainees in Iraq smiled before shooting them, according to the BBC.

  • Separately, in the Haditha massacre, a Pentagon official says evidence supports the claim that U.S. troops deliberately killed some two dozen civilians.

  • Atrocities like these are further poisoning America’s already toxic image in the Middle East, and a continued occupation is likely to produce more of the same.

    Posted on Aug 2, 2006 READ MORE

    Deadly Israeli Airstrike Kills 37 Children, Ignites Arab Fury

    The Israeli missile attack on a southern Lebanese village, which killed at least 57, has thrown the incipient peace process into complete disarray.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled her trip to the region after the Lebanese prime minister told her not to come unless she was willing to press for a complete cease-fire—which she wasn’t.
  • Israel expressed deep regret for the incident but vowed to continue its campaign for 10 days to two weeks more.

  • Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE

    Killings Rose in Iraq After Zarqawi’s Death

    Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies last month, 16% more than in May, showing that the pace of killing has actually increased since the death of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

  • This is some of the most disheartening news to come out of Iraq in a long time. It’s yet more proof that we’re fighting a Vietnam-like insurgency that can survive and even prosper after the death of its leaders.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE

    The face of the occupation

    The Occupation of Iraqi Hearts and Minds

    Truthdig contributor Nir Rosen, an American reporter who has lived for the last three years in Iraq and who can pass as Middle Eastern, describes what it’s like to live under the boot of a culturally callous—and sometimes criminal—occupying force in Iraq.

    Posted on Jun 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Mr. Fish - Deadly Training

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE    

    Suicide Bombers Kill 57 in Iraq

    The carnage continues—this time near a Sunni prayer service.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Jack Abramoff

    Abramoff Gets Almost Six Years in Prison

    The disgraced lobbyist and a business partner get five years and 10 months on fraud charges—the minimum they faced. Abramoff faces more jail time in connection with a corruption probe.

    Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE

    Muqtada al_Sadr

    The Roots of the Iraqi Civil War

    This excellent article from the Boston Review opens with a brutal killing and goes on to stitch together the disparate threads of the sectarian violence now wracking the country.

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE

    Claim: U.S.-Trained Iraqi Police Abetting Massacres

    Time magazine says evidence is mounting that the Shiite-dominated police force has become a corps of shock troops bent on killing Sunnis.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    ‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

    With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE

    Death: The Big Story That’s Rarely Covered Well

    Public acceptance of killing thrives on abstractions. And, in turn, those abstractions are largely facilitated by news media.  Solomon examines how words can mask the ugly truth of state-sponsored killing.

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE

    Girl Will Hang for Killing Would-Be Rapist

    An 18-year-old Iranian has been sentenced to death for killing one of three men who were trying to rape her and her niece. The Nation sheds light on this shocking travesty.
    Before you work up a xenophobic rage, remember that right here in America we execute the underage and mentally retarded.

    Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE

    High School Teacher Beheaded in Afghanistan

    Suspected Taliban insurgents targeting educated community leaders | more

    Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE

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