Iraq

Human Rights Watch Report on Iraq: Vulnerable Citizens at Risk

"Eight years after the US invasion, life in Iraq is actually getting worse for women and minorities, while journalists and detainees face significant rights violations"

Human Rights Watch:

(Beirut) - The rights of Iraq's most vulnerable citizens, especially women and detainees, are routinely violated with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Human Rights Watch conducted research in seven cities across Iraq during 2010 and found that, beyond the country's continuing violence and crimes, human rights abuses are commonplace.

The 102-page report, "At a Crossroads: Human Rights in Iraq Eight Years After the US-led Invasion," calls on the government to protect the rights of vulnerable groups and to amend its penal code and all other laws that discriminate against women and violate freedom of speech. The report also urges Baghdad to open independent and impartial investigations into all allegations of abuse against detainees, minorities, and journalists.

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March 17-19 Iraq War Protests

'Obey or Die' by Christopher Brown - more at Peace Vigil Paintings

'Obey or Die' by Christopher Brown
more at Peace Vigil Paintings

By Debra Sweet

I’m listening to an MLK speech from 1967, where King says that the United States, at that point, had committed “more war crimes than almost any other nation.”

Add 44 years of invasions, CIA-engineered coups, and occupations, from Vietnam through Afghanistan.  Add the development of weapons and training for modern counter-insurgency — night vision, drones, depleted uranium, cluster bombs — means that an even higher percentage of civilians are dying and suffering in these aggressive wars the U.S. pursues.

People, it’s time to put political opposition to these wars back on the map, in a mass, visible, and determined way.

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A World in Flames: the Endless Echoes of America's Atrocities

By Chris FloydWounded Child

For years, I have been writing about the American use of chemical weapons in the savage assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in late 2004. The results of this deployment of WMD began emerging a few months later.

The clear evidence of chemical weapons damage among the civilians of the city -- uncovered by Iraqi doctors working for the American-backed government -- was scorned and dismissed at that time, including by many stalwart anti-war voices, apparently frightened that such "extremist" charges would somehow detract from their own "reasonable" opposition -- perhaps even cost them their perches in the mainstream media.

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Nine Years of War and Occupation: Horrifying Amorality, 150,000 US/NATO Troops in Afghanistan

By libbyliberal 

Eric Margolis writes on what he calls "the over-militarization of US foreign policy" and the political opportunism of generals and political leaders shamelessly and callously continuing to risk countless lives and the quality of countless lives to justify another wrong-headed war.
 
Margolis: "... a political whitewash issued by the Obama White House claiming the war was going well and some US troops might be withdrawn next year.
 
This 'don't worry be happy' summary was trumpeted by the pro-war New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other members of the government-friendly US media..."

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Down a Path of Infamy

By William Rivers Pitt 
I've been writing about the war in Iraq for going on ten years now. My first words on the subject were published eight months before the invasion was undertaken, and the war has been a grim drumbeat in my work ever since. I've been thinking a lot lately about those writers who were tasked to cover the war in Vietnam.
After ten years chronicling the same grim topic, did they wish for a day when they could write about something else, finally? I know I do. Iraq has been like a tumor in my mind, always there, always growing, and by all appearances totally inoperable and incurable.

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Pentagon Hides Iraq War Deaths

By Rory O’Connor 

In July, the United States military issued its largest release of raw data ever on deaths during the Iraq war. The Pentagon’s tally of the number of Iraqis killed in that country between January 2004 and August 2008 amounts to almost 77,000 people – both civilians and security forces – who died in the carnage.

As the Associated Press reported, the information went unnoticed for months after being “quietly posted on the Web site of the United States Central Command without explanation.” It was only recently discovered by the AP “during a routine check…for civilian and military casualty numbers,” which the news agency had first requested in 2005 through the Freedom of Information Act.

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The Petraeus Bait And Switch Maneuver

By Gareth Porter

In interviews in recent weeks, Gen. David Petraeus has been taking a line on what will happen in mid-2011 that challenges President Barack Obama's intention to begin a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by that date. This new Petraeus line is the culmination of a brazen bait-and-switch maneuver on the war by the most powerful military commander in modern US history.

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US ‘Non-Combat’ Mission in Iraq: Heavily Armed US Troops Clash with Insurgents

By Jason Ditz 

US troops, which officials are forever reminding us are in Iraq purely in a non-combat role, engaged in heavy combat again yesterday, underscoring the realities of a war that is still going on in everything but name.
 
The exact details of the fighting were kept somewhat quiet yesterday, but today reports came out of heavily armed US troops, wielding machine guns and firing mortars, attacking insurgents who responded by throwing hand grenades. One US soldier was wounded.

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Turning Iraq Into a "Good War"

By Gareth Porter

In an interview on the PBS NewsHour last Wednesday, Joe Biden was unwilling to contradict the official narrative of the Iraq War that Gen. David Petraeus and the Bush surge had  turned Iraq into a good war after all.  That interview serves as a reminder of just how completely the Democratic Party foreign policy elite has adopted that version of the war.

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Obama Officials: US Will ‘Almost Certainly’ Keep Troops in Iraq Past 2011

By Jason DitzTroops

Despite top Obama Administration officials insisting that the Iraq War is already “over,” combat operations in the nation continue. But at least the “end of 2011″ deadline for a full pullout is set in stone, right?

Not so, apparently, as a growing number of US officials are privately acknowledging that the US will “almost certainly” keep a significant number of troops in Iraq past the deadline, which was negotiated in the Status of Forces Agreement.

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The Legacy of the Iraq War: Over 100,000 Dead, 20,000 Unidentified

By Andy WorthingtonBombing Iraq

As combat operations officially end in Iraq, nearly seven and a half years after the Bush administration’s illegal invasion, it is difficult to know how to summarize succinctly the tragic cost of the enterprise.
 
I retain nothing but disdain — and a desire for accountability — for those who initiated this criminal, and criminally ill-conceived attempt at nation-building — primarily, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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