Dahr Jamail Returns to Iraq to Find Rampant Torture and a Failed State Living in “Utter Devastation” + Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers

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democracynow·Mar 20, 2013

www.democracynow.org/ – Investigative journalist Dahr Jamail reported for Democracy Now! throughout the early stages of the U.S. invasion of Iraq 10 years ago. Now with Al Jazeera, Jamail has just returned from Iraq once again, finding what he calls a “failed state” living in “utter devastation.” In part one of our interview, Jamail discusses the harrowing security situation for Iraqis living in fear of bombings, executions, and kidnappings, the widespread torture in Iraq’s prisons, and the breakdown of security in what he calls a “a lawless state.”

Jamail is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq” and “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Continue reading

Five Invasion Plots, Three Continents, Identical Lies by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
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London, England
December 22, 2012

LIES

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I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. We have definitely adopted the position at the Peace Conference of arguing in favour of the retention of gas as a permanent method of warfare…. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes. — Winston S. Churchill, 1874-1965, from War Office  minute,  May 12, 1919

As the sabre rattling against Syria gets ever louder, the allegations ever wilder and double standards, stirring, plotting and terrorist financing (sorry, “aiding the legitimate opposition”) neon lit, it is instructive to look at the justifications presented by US Administrations for a few other murderous incursions in recent history.

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Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Fossil Fuel, Nuclear Fission, Central Banking, War by Rand Clifford

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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June 16, 2012

Sense those hooves pounding around the world?

Little surprise that these four bedfellows have in their reins the fate of humanity, even life on Earth. Profit and conquest are all that matter; there is no such thing as enough, only, more.

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An Attack On Iran’s Nuclear Facilities Would Be A Nuclear War by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Dandelion Salad
Featured Writer
March 9, 2012

An attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, by Israel, the United States, or both, would be a nuclear war for two important reasons:

1. The GBU-28 “bunker buster” bombs which would be used to destroy hardened Iranian nuclear sites use depleted uranium to penetrate concrete. This means lethal radioactive contamination from those exploding bombs would be spewed into the air, ground, and water of Iran, with long-term health consequences to all the people of Iran as well as those in surrounding regions. The people of Fallujah, Iraq, already suffer these horrible consequences from the criminal U.S. & NATO use of depleted uranium there, war crimes which remain unpunished.

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The New Libya: Assassination, Ruination, Broken Promises and Body Snatching by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
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London, England
26 October 2011

“As usual, we swim in a pile of dishonorable politicians. An Arab poem describes how the rotten rubbish floats to the top of the water while all the gems – corals and precious fish – stay at the bottom.” (An Arab friend.)

If events of the past few days are anything to go by, the UN-NATO insurgent allies are set to bring a grim, lawless, murderous and fundamentalist future to the “New Libya.”

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Paul Thompson: The 9/11 Timeline + Dahlia Wasfi: The Destruction of Iraq

Updated: Sept. 22, 2011 added the transcript

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Sept. 11, 2011

9/11 = inside job

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(SOAPBOX #108) – It’s been 10 years since the fall of the towers, and America has been “shifted right” – far to the right; into the realms of Eternal War. To my mind, the formerly generous and caring American spirit has been transformed into distrustful and suspicious fear of anything that’s “alien” and “different”, coupled with a lust to punish all “miscreants”. And that’s not to even mention the growth of the national Security State and our declining/decaying civil rights! (See this on civil rights.) Continue reading

“Why do American mothers send their children to kill others?” by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
August 6, 2011

Corporate Greed

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I am not the only international guest speaking at the rallies against nukes and for world peace here in Hiroshima, Japan—a pediatrician from Iraq was also invited—Dr. Hassan.

Dr. Hassan has seen and is treating numerous cancers and other problems in children stemming from the US invasion and occupation and the use of conventional weapons coated with depleted uranium, or DU.

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A Tribute to Anti-War Campaigner Brian Haw, Driven by Revulsion at the Murder of Innocents by Andy Worthington

Updated: Jan. 4, 2015

by Andy Worthington
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
19 June, 2011

Brian Haw

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When I was a child, I read the Guinness Book of Records, and marvelled at the stories of the people who, in ancient times, removed themselves from everyday reality, like Saint Simeon Stylites, a Christian ascetic who lived on a tiny platform on top of a pillar in Aleppo, Syria for 37 years in the 5th century AD.

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The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Perspective by Dr. Helen Caldicott

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by Dr. Helen Caldicott
Global Research
May 12, 2011

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Dr. Helen Caldicott’s March 18th press conference in Montreal, sponsored by the Centre for Research non Globalization (CRG)

Our thanks to Felton Davis for the transcription from the GRTV Video recording and for the annotations.

This press conference organized by Global Research was held in the context of Helen Caldicott’s public lecture to Montreal on March 18, 2011.

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Madeleine Albright: We think the price is worth it by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
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11 May, 2011

the hand that feeds

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Dedicated to Madeleine Albright, on Behalf of the Children of Iraq, whose Lives were a “Price Worth It.” (“60 Minutes”, 12th May 1996)

” … war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.” — Howard Zinn. (1922-2010)

It was Kathy Kelly – relentlessly, lovingly, committed to the people of Iraq, constantly risking the draconian wrath, jail terms, and impossible fines of the US., government for her compassion – who alerted me. The ‘phone rang, it was 12th May 1996, and Kathy was calling from Chicago, stunned. Madeleine Albright, then US., Ambassador the the UN., had just appeared on “Sixty Minutes.”

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Small Press with Big Ideas by Ralph Nader

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Growing Red Raspberries

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 3, 2011

Among the vast daily news sources bidding for our readership, I find four little-heralded publications representing major causes worthy of attention.

Spotlighting the dwindling survival of the family farm and ranch is the monthly OCM News published by the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM). OCM is opposed to the concentration of power in a few megacorporate hands such as the four giant meatpackers and the giant seed company, Monsanto. The effect on farmers is to increase their costs of supplies and decrease their right, under neglected federal law, to receive competitive bids for their product, such as beef.

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Bahrain: Two men being assaulted by masked police, Photo essay by Finian Cunningham

These photos are from a Bahraini photographer whose name cannot be given for personal safety. The Bahraini regime is trawling through media interviews and broadcasts identifying people who have spoken out against the US-backed monarchy, and subsequently detaining these people in unknown conditions. Over 600 people have been unlawfully detained in Bahrain since the US-supported Saudi-led military crackdown was launched on March 16 against the pro-democracy movement. Up to 100 persons remain missing, according the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. At least four people have died in custody, their bodies showing signs of torture. Caption details by Finian Cunningham.

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Iraq: Toppling a country: From Statue to Legality Part II by Felicity Arbuthnot

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This article and links to other websites may contain words/graphics depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be read/viewed by a mature audience.

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
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crossposted at Global Research
8 November, 2010

“The abused are only Iraqis”, a US General to General Antonio Taguba.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the latest, vast cache of documents from Wikileaks, is that anyone was surprised at the revelations. For Iraqis, Afghans and the region, and Iraq and Afghanistan watchers across the globe, countless millions of words have been written and eye witness reports sent since day one of the highly questionable legality of the Afghan invasion the absolute illegality of that of Iraq.

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Toppling a country: from Statue to Legality by Felicity Arbuthnot

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
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21 October, 2010

“The welfare of the people, in particular, has always been the alibi of tyrants.” (Albert Camus, 1913-1960.)

Throughout Iraq, Americans bringing “freedom from tyranny”, with their British auxiliaries, and their few arm twisted “coalition”, largely morphed in to tyrants overnight. As with Saddam Hussein’s statue, the U.S., simply covered legality with an American flag – and toppled it. And as across the country, indiscriminate, unaccountable killing sprees started early on – and continue still.

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The Nightmare by Felicity Arbuthnot

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by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
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9 October, 2010

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” François-Marie Arouet -“Voltaire” (1694-1778.)

I have a deeply held belief that the duty of a commentator is, to the best of one’s ability, to record, to shine light in often dark places, to act as a voice for those whose own voice, fears, plights might not be heard or known. To write about the emotions one sometimes feels when doing it, is an anathema and anyway a redundancy. The purpose is to attempt to draw attention to wrongs, not to whinge about the effects they can have – and any way, a private life should be just that. If politicians wish to strip themselves of their dignity and allude to everything from their sex life, to using private grief to gain sympathy votes, those with a shred of self-respect do not wish to emulate them. Here, I am breaking my taboo, for a reason.

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