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July 5th, 2010

Bomb Blasts Overshadow Biden Speech In Iraq

Vice President Joe Biden urged rival Iraqi politicians Sunday to end months of delays and select new leaders for their wobbly democracy, predicting a peaceful transition of power even as suicide bombers struck government centers in two major cities. The attacks in Mosul and Ramadi underscored persistent fears that insurgents ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

Al-Qaida front group says it bombed Baghdad bank

An al-Qaida front group claimed responsibility Wednesday for bombing a state-run investment bank, gloating over its ease in penetrating security in an attack that killed at least 18 people.Sunday's attack on the Trade Bank of Iraq was meant to expose the weakness of the country's stalled government, according to a ... continue reading

March 13th, 2010

Green Zone

"Green Zone" looks at an American war in a way almost no Hollywood movie ever has: We're not the heroes, but the dupes. Its message is that Iraq's fabled "weapons of mass destruction" did not exist, and that neocons within the administration fabricated them, lied about them and were ready ... continue reading

October 25th, 2009

Baghdad car bombs near government offices kill 136

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two suicide car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 136 people and delivering a powerful blow to the heart of the fragile city's government in the worst attack of the year, officials said.While violence has dropped dramatically in the country since the height of ... continue reading

July 27th, 2009

Casualties of War, Part II: Warning signs

By Dave Philips / Colorado Springs GazetteAfter coming home from Iraq, 21-year-old medic Bruce Bastien was driving with his Army buddy Louis Bressler, 24, when they spotted a woman walking to work on a Colorado Springs street. Bressler swerved and hit the woman with the car, according to police, then ... continue reading

July 10th, 2009

Twenty-First-Century Colonialism in Iraq ...by Michael Schwartz

There's a new American posture in Iraq—and it doesn't look like that of an occupying power preparing to head for home.TomDispatchHere's how reporters Steven Lee Myers and Marc Santora of the New York Times described the highly touted American withdrawal from Iraq's cities last week: "Much of the complicated work ... continue reading

July 10th, 2009

Twenty-First-Century Colonialism in Iraq

There's a new American posture in Iraq—and it doesn't look like that of an occupying power preparing to head for home.By Michael Schwartz / TomDispatchHere's how reporters Steven Lee Myers and Marc Santora of the New York Times described the highly touted American withdrawal from Iraq's cities last week: "Much ... continue reading

July 5th, 2009

Refusing to Comply: The Tactics of Resistance in an All-Volunteer Military ...by Dahr Jamail

Tom Dispatch[Research support for this article was provided by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.] On May 1st at Fort Hood in central Texas, Specialist Victor Agosto wrote on a counseling statement, which is actually a punitive U.S. Army memo: "There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. ... continue reading

June 9th, 2009

Slain Iraqi's family sues Blackwater

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA and its founder Erik Prince have been named in a lawsuit alleging a war crime in Iraq, documents indicate. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., accuses Blackwater, now known as Xe, and Prince of allowing ... continue reading

June 7th, 2009

Five U.S. contractors held in slaying of another in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Five American security contractors were detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor last month inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Saturday. Iraqi and U.S. personnel took the five into custody in an operation inside the Green Zone ... continue reading

May 24th, 2009

Two Pentagon workers die in Baghdad's Green Zone

BAGHDAD (AFP) — One American civilian and a person working for the Pentagon died inside central Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone in unrelated incidents, the US military said on Saturday. The body of a US citizen working for the US Department of Defence (DoD) was found dead in the Green ... continue reading

May 24th, 2009

American Killed in Baghdad's Green Zone Identified

By Ernesto Londono and Steve Fainaru / Washington Post BAGHDAD, May 23 -- The man found dead Friday morning in Baghdad's Green Zone has been identified as Jim Kitterman, the president of Janus Construction, a small company he formed last year. Kitterman, 60, lived in Houston, Texas. Kitterman worked in ... 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 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 1st, 2009

Soldier sees three kinds of war in Iraq

By Geoff Ziezulewicz / Stars and Stripes KIRKUK, Iraq — With the Iraq war in its seventh year, the historic milestones vary. But they exist: a premature declaration of victory aboard an aircraft carrier; subsequent years of carnage and loss; a tentative peace that appears to solidify by the day. ... continue reading

March 12th, 2009

Iraqi Shoe Thrower Gets Three Years

By Marc Santora / New York Times BAGHDAD — An Iraqi journalist who gained widespread acclaim throughout the Arab world for hurling his shoes at President Bush during a visit here in December was sentenced to three years in jail by a court on Thursday. The journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, had ... continue reading

February 19th, 2009

Bush's "icy smile" enraged Iraq shoe-thrower

By Khalid al-Ansary BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush said in the past he had videotaped himself practicing the Arab insult to use against the president whose "icy smile" had filled him with uncontrollable rage. Muntazer al-Zaidi said on Thursday at the ... continue reading

February 18th, 2009

A 'fraud' bigger than Madoff

Senior US soldiers investigated over missing Iraq reconstruction billions By Patrick Cockburn / Independent In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed ... continue reading

February 15th, 2009

Inquiry on Graft in Iraq Focuses on U.S. Officers

By James Glanz, C.J. Chivers and William K. Rashbaum / New York Times Federal authorities examining the early, chaotic days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have significantly broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program, according to interviews with senior government ... continue reading

February 6th, 2009

Congressman Twitters an Iraq Security Breach

By John M. Donnelly / CQ Politics A congressional trip to Iraq this weekend was supposed to be a secret. But the cat’s out of the bag now, thanks to a member of the House Intelligence Committee who broke an embargo via Twitter. A delegation led by House Minority Leader ... continue reading

January 18th, 2009

Iraqi shoe thrower turns 30

The journalist's brother visits him in jail and says he is in good health. By Kim Gamel / Associated Press BAGHDAD — The Iraqi journalist jailed after he threw his shoes at President George W. Bush got a visit from his brother Friday and a birthday party from his guards ... continue reading

January 15th, 2009

Family and Lawyer Fear for Reporter Who Threw His Shoes at Bush

By Timothy Williams / New York Times BAGHDAD — More than a month has passed since an Iraqi television reporter threw his shoes at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference held to highlight what Mr. Bush called a successful American military effort to pacify Iraq. The journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, ... continue reading

January 1st, 2009

Green Zone Handed Off With Little Fanfare

Private Ceremony Hints at Uncertainty By Amit R. Paley / Washington Post BAGHDAD, Jan. 1 -- The handover of the Green Zone from U.S. to Iraqi control Thursday presented such a powerful symbol of the waning American presence in Iraq that it would have been nearly impossible for both sides ... continue reading

December 30th, 2008

Trial Delayed for Iraqi Who Threw Shoes at Bush

By Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad has been postponed pending an appeal over whether the incident amounted to an assault, his lawyer said on Wednesday. TV journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi is ... continue reading

December 19th, 2008

Iraqi judge says shoe-throwing reporter was beaten

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press BAGHDAD — A judge announced a probe Friday into the beating and bruising of an Iraqi journalist's face moments after he hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush, and said investigators destroyed the shoes in their search for explosives. The statement to The ... continue reading

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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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Apr 3rd
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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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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 21st
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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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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 3rd
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