Iraq: A Country in Shambles – Dahr Jamail

10th January 2012

(AlJazeera) – Despite promises made for improvements, Iraq’s economy and infrastructure are still a disaster.

As a daily drumbeat of violence continues to reverberate across Iraq, people here continue to struggle to find some sense of normality, a task made increasingly difficult due to ongoing violence and the lack of both water and electricity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq – Dahr Jamail

10th January 2012

(AlJazeera) – While the US military has formally ended its occupation of Iraq, some of the largest western oil companies, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell, remain.

On November 27, 38 months after Royal Dutch Shell announced its pursuit of a massive gas deal in southern Iraq, the oil giant had its contract signed for a $17bn flared gas deal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help – Dahr Jamail

17th January 2011

(IPS) – In an emotionally charged meeting this week sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, fishermen, Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long disaster.

“Today I’m talking to you about my life,” Cherri Foytlin told the two commissioners present at the Jan. 12 meeting. “My ethylbenzene levels are 2.5 times the 95th percentile, and there’s a very good chance now that I won’t get to see my grandbabies…What I’m asking you to do now, if possible, is to amend [your report]. Because we have got to get some health care.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tragic State of the Gulf of Mexico: Sampling Reveals Oil and Dispersants on Mississippi Coast – Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld

13th January 2011

(Truthout) – In October 2010, Truthout tested several water and soil samples from the Gulf of Mexico for chemicals in BP’s crude oil and toxic dispersants. One sample of dead marine life was also tested.

Truthout also obtained and had analyzed a sample of pure Corexit 9500, one of the toxic dispersants used to sink the crude oil. The dispersants BP has used in the Gulf of Mexico are banned in at least 19 other countries. BP has used at least 1.9 million gallons of the dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico to sink their 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Illnesses linked to BP Oil Disaster: Widespread Sickness due to Toxic Chemicals – Dahr Jamail

6th January 2011

(GlobalResearch) – Doctor attributes widespread sickness to toxic chemicals from the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Military sexual abuse ‘staggering’: the often hidden world of rape and abuse in the US military – Part II – Dahr Jamail

23rd December 2010

(AlJazeera) – Sexual abuse happens in the US military at rates twice the national average, according to reports [GALLO/GETTY]

Every year, rape increases at an alarming rate within American military institutions – and even males are victims of the cycle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rape rampant in US military – Dahr Jamail

21st December 2010

(AlJazeera) – Statistics and soldiers’ testimonies reveal a harrowing epidemic of sexual assault in the US military. Read the rest of this entry »

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BP blamed for toxification – Fishermen, cleanup workers and residents of Gulf Coast believe they are being sickened by toxic chemicals from BP spill – Dahr Jamail

9th November 2010

(AlJazeera) – James Miller, a commercial shrimper, lifelong fisherman in Mississippi and former BP oil response worker, is horribly sick.

“I’ve been vomiting, my head feels like it’s going to explode, diarrhoea, and I keep passing out,” Miller, who worked in BP’s so-called Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) oil response programme, said from his bed at Biloxi Regional Hospital on November 5.

Four days earlier, Miller, his wife and dog were boating on the Gulf of Mexico near one of Mississippi’s barrier islands when all three of them fell ill. Read the rest of this entry »

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BP Dispersants ‘Causing Sickness’ – Dahr Jamail

28th October 2010

(AlJazeera) – Nearly five million barrels of oil had gushed from BP’s well, according to official estimates. Despite the capping, the impact of the spill continues.

An investigation by an Al Jazeera online correspondent has found a growing number of toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along the Gulf coast.

Dahr Jamail, author of the special report, told Al Jazeera why BP took such measures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soldier with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Punished by Army – Dahr Jamail

6th June 2010

(Truthout) – Iraq war veteran Eric Jasinski, after seeking treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is being punished by the Army.

Jasinski turned himself in to the Army late last year, after having gone absent without leave (AWOL) in order to seek help for his PTSD. Help, he told Truthout, he was not receiving from the Army, even after requesting assistance on multiple occasions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq War Vet: “We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us” – Dahr Jamail

8th April 2010

On Monday, April 5, Wikileaks.org posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us" – Dahr Jamail

8th April 2010

On Monday, April 5, Wikileaks.org posted video footage from Iraq, taken from a US military Apache helicopter in July 2007 as soldiers aboard it killed 12 people and wounded two children. The dead included two employees of the Reuters news agency: photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver Saeed Chmagh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Soldier of Conscience Granted Clemency – Dahr Jamail

27th March 2010

(Truthout) – Last August, Travis Bishop refused to serve in Afghanistan. Having filed for Conscientious Objector (CO) status, Bishop, based at Fort Hood, Texas, in the US Army’s 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, was court-martialed and sentenced to 12 months in a military brig. He was released from the brig today. Read the rest of this entry »

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The New ‘Forgotten’ War: Iraq Occupation Falls Into Media Shadows – Dahr Jamail

16th March 2010

“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”
-Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst
As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. occupation of Iraq has fallen into the media shadows. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the US Occupation of Iraq Destroy and Undermine Women’s Rights – Dahr Jamail and Abdu Rahman

15th March 2010

(IPSNews) – Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year’s maternity leave; that is now cut to six months. Under the Personal Status Law in force since Jul. 14, 1958, when Iraqis overthrew the British-installed monarchy, Iraqi women had most of the rights that Western women do.

Now they have Article 2 of the Constitution: “Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation.” Sub-head A says “No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.” Under this Article the interpretation of women’s rights is left to religious leaders – and many of them are under Iranian influence. Read the rest of this entry »

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How the US Occupation of Iraq Destroy and Undermine Women's Rights – Dahr Jamail and Abdu Rahman

15th March 2010

(IPSNews) – Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year’s maternity leave; that is now cut to six months. Under the Personal Status Law in force since Jul. 14, 1958, when Iraqis overthrew the British-installed monarchy, Iraqi women had most of the rights that Western women do.

Now they have Article 2 of the Constitution: “Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation.” Sub-head A says “No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.” Under this Article the interpretation of women’s rights is left to religious leaders – and many of them are under Iranian influence. Read the rest of this entry »

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"Mass Casualties": The Dark Underbelly of Occupation, an Army Medic's Account – Dahr Jamail

20th February 2010

“Look around,” the drill sergeant said. “In a few years, or even a few months, several of you will be dead. Some of you will be severely wounded or so badly mutilated that your own mother can’t stand the sight of you. And for the real unlucky ones, you will come home so emotionally disfigured that you wish you had died over there.”
“It was Week 7 of basic training … eighteen years old and I was preparing myself to die,” said Michael Anthony in “Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception and Dishonor in Iraq.”
(Truthout) – The book is more than a simple memoir about a difficult experience. It is an insider’s scathing testimony of an ongoing illegal and unethical military action in a distant, once-sovereign state, by the US. Perhaps, this fresh account will raise some outcry over an issue that has all but dropped out of the American public’s radar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: US Army Imprisons Iraq War Veteran Over Song – Dahr Jamail

3rd February 2010

Army Specialist and Iraq war veteran Marc Hall was incarcerated by the US Army on December 11, 2009, in Liberty County Jail, Georgia, for recording a song that expresses his anger over the Army’s stop-loss policy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tracking the Sound of Revolution – Dahr Jamail

31st December 2009

The band Junkyard Empire does not differentiate among music, message and life.

Political Affairs magazine said, “A jazz version of Rage Against the Machine, Minnesota-based Junkyard Empire blends jazz instrumentals, hip hop, and socially conscious lyrics to create a fresh sound … this new Midwestern band has something to say.” Read the rest of this entry »

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A Military Health Care System Over-Stretched by Two Ongoing Wars – Dahr Jamail

15th December 2009

(IPS) – With a military health care system over-stretched by two ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more soldiers are deciding to go absent without leave (AWOL) in order to find treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read the rest of this entry »

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The Psychological Implosion of Our Soldiers – Dahr Jamail

8th December 2009

US Army Specialist Lateef Al-Saraji, a decorated combat veteran, came back from the occupation of Iraq with severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group

18th November 2009

(DahrJamail) – According to a soldiers’ advocacy group at Fort Hood, the U.S. base where an army psychiatrist has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 30 in a Nov. 5 rampage, the official suicide figures provided by the Army are “definitely” too low. Read the rest of this entry »

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Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan – Dahr Jamail

14th November 2009

U.S. Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Will They Get the Troops? – Dahr Jamail and Sarah Lazare

9th November 2009

As the Obama administration debates whether to send tens of thousands of extra troops to Afghanistan, an already overstretched military is increasingly struggling to meet its deployment numbers. Surprisingly, one place it seems to be targeting is military personnel who go absent without leave (AWOL) and then are caught or turn themselves in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Video: Alex Jones Interviews Dahr Jamail

25th July 2009

(7-24-09) – Dahr Jamail, one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation. Jamail is the recipient of the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Occupation of Iraq Continues Unabated – Dahr Jamail

7th July 2009

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
- George Orwell

On July 4 in Baghdad, Vice President Joe Biden, who campaigned with Barack Obama on a platform of ending the occupation of Iraq, found himself in one of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s lavish buildings, the Al-Faw Palace. Read the rest of this entry »

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Provoking the Inevitable – Dahr Jamail

23rd May 2009

As several of my previous articles for this web site have been outlining, the ongoing attacks by the Maliki government against the Sahwa continue to destabilize the situation in Iraq and allow overall violence to increase with each passing week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who Rules America? – Paul Craig Roberts

14th May 2009

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups? Read the rest of this entry »

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And So It Goes … – Dahr Jamail

28th April 2009

Last week found Iraq swimming in blood once again. Attacks last Thursday brought the worst violence Iraq has seen in over a year, with at least 96 Iraqis killed and 157 wounded in two massive suicide bombings. Over 35 bombings have rocked Baghdad this month alone. There appears to be no end in sight for the escalating violence. For an Obama administration that plans to keep at least 50,000 US troops in Iraq indefinitely, look no further for a justification in doing so. Read the rest of this entry »

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