WikiLeaks’ Iraq War Documents Reveal Unreported Civilian Deaths and Extensive Torture by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
23 October, 2010

Announcing the release of the largest collection of classified US military documents leaked by an insider — 391,832 field documents relating to the war in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said at a press conference in London today, “This disclosure is about the truth. We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war, and which has continued on since the war officially concluded. While I am not sure we have achieved the maximum possible [political impact] I think we are getting pretty close.”

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Toxicologist Riki Ott: Serious Health Risks in Gulf of Mexico + Gina Solomon on Dangerous Lack of Seafood Testing

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange walks out on CNN interview + Iraq war logs: civilian deaths

By Stephen C. Webster
Raw Story
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010


“This interview is about something else,” he said. “I will have to walk if you are… If you are going to contaminate this extremely serious interview with questions about my personal life.”

The reporter persisted, so Assange calmly got up, removed his mic, apologized and left.


“The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends,” he said. “We hope to correct some of that attack on the truth that occurred before the war, during the war and which has continued on since the war officially concluded.”


via Raw Story

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‘Class’ with Joe Bageant

The Hitching Post

How did hemp go from being a popular industrial material to a banned substance in 1937? Author Joe Bageant describes how the non-psychoactive plant was once used in everything from paper to automobiles, until a targeted PR campaign forever tied hemp’s image to it’s cousin, marijuana.

Joe Bageant is a renowned commentator on the politics of class in the US. His previous novel, Deer Hunting with Jesus, has been been turned into a play and an upcoming tv series. His regular online columns have made him a cult hero among political progressives and gonzo-journalism junkies. Bageant’s latest book Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir is a coming-of-age story set in post-World War II America in the small white tribes of West Virginia, where a massive social and economic shift from agrarian to urbanization has meant the heavy loss of meaningful work and community. Representing the ‘hillbilly’ class as a minority, Bageant laments ‘the piece of the rainbow pie’ promised to the working class of his forefathers, which never materialized. He praises the ‘white trash’ trucker heroes, who stood up to the corporate oppressors by unionizing, helping to form a middle class, and finally affording an education for their children.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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