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Shattered future Fiancées are Iraq’s forgotten survivors
By : Katya Cengel - Thursday October 21, 2004
By Katya Cengel kcengel@courier-journal.com More than 1,000 men and women from the U.S. military, the majority of them Army, have been killed since the war in Iraq began in March 2003. The wives and husbands, or parents, of the fallen are usually offered flags, medals and counseling. Fiancées often aren’t even notified. Sometimes the Army doesn’t even know they exist. Unless a soldier has made a point of listing a fiancée on an emergency data card, this loved one is (...)
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N.J. Mom Vows to Keep Protesting Iraq War
By : JOHN P. McALPIN - Tuesday October 19, 2004
by JOHN P. McALPIN HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. - When President Bush and the first lady come looking for votes in New Jersey, Sue Niederer vows to be nowhere near them. She doesn’t want to risk finding herself in handcuffs again. Last month, police escorted Niederer from a rally after she demanded to know why her son, Army 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, was killed in Iraq. Dvorin died in February while trying to disarm a bomb. Video footage of Niederer holding a sign with the words "President (...)
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Marchers demand Iraq withdrawal
By : london - Tuesday October 19, 2004
Thousands of protesters, including the grieving parents of killed soldiers, have marched in London to demand the removal of British troops from Iraq. Up to 100,000 people joined in the rally at Trafalgar Square, organisers the Stop The War Coalition said. Police estimated about 20,000 people took part. Rose Gentle, whose soldier son Gordon was killed in Iraq, said: "It’s time for Tony Blair to pull the troops out, innocent people are getting killed." ’Government to (...)
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Gen. Vows Review of Iraq Safety Measures
By : BAGHDAD - Tuesday October 19, 2004
U.S. General Vows to Review Protective Measures After Army Reservists Refuse Iraq Mission BAGHDAD, Iraq Oct. 17, 2004 - The U.S. Army will study protective measures for supply vehicles and add steel plating to vehicles if necessary, a general said Sunday, after members of a Reserve unit refused to deliver supplies down a dangerous route in Iraq partly because they were concerned their vehicles were in poor shape. Brig. Gen. James E. Chambers, commanding general of 13th Corps Support (...)
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Marine returns from Iraq to emotional ruin, suicide
By : BELCHERTOWN, Mass - Tuesday October 19, 2004
By Associated Press Jeffrey Lucey was just an ordinary kid from small-town America. He grew up loving his parents, his high school sweetheart and backyard whiffle ball games in this quiet, picturesque community bordering the Quabbin Reservoir. Even his decision to enlist in the Marine Reserves in 1999 was run-of-the-mill, uncluttered by the anxious sense of patriotism that inspired many others to join the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ``He just wanted (...)
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This is a Massacre, Not a War in Iraq
By : Sam Hamod - Tuesday October 19, 2004
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By Sam Hamod This is a massacre, not a war in Iraq. The U.S. bombing Samarra, Fallujah, Baghdad and other cities, killing hundreds of civilians and calling them terrorists is like the massacres of the Native Americans during America’s push westward. In this case, it has to do with America’s push eastward. What is also troubling is that no major media outlet, no major politician—none are callig this what it is, an immoral, unmitigated killing of hundreds of Iraqi (...)
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Platoon defies orders in Iraq
By : Jeremy Hudson - Tuesday October 19, 2004
By Jeremy Hudson jehudson@clarionledger.com A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel, the troops’ relatives said Thursday. The soldiers refused an order on Wednesday to go to Taji, Iraq - north of Baghdad - because their vehicles were considered "deadlined" or extremely unsafe, said Patricia McCook of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Larry O. McCook. Sgt. McCook, a (...)
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Maimed in Iraq, then mistreated, neglected, and hidden in America
By : Frederick Sweet - Tuesday October 19, 2004
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by Frederick Sweet Combat veterans wounded in Iraq were left waiting weeks and even months for proper medical attention at military bases. According to an officer, their living conditions were so unacceptable for injured soldiers he said they "were being treated like dogs." Then the Pentagon underreported the number wounded. The Bush administration, referring to veterans of the war in Iraq, told a House panel that they would avoid last year’s "mistakes" of leaving sick and injured (...)
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TV Ad Focuses on U.S. Military Wounded in Iraq
By : WASHINGTON - Tuesday October 19, 2004
Robert Acosta lost his arm when his Humvee was attacked in Iraq. (NYT Photo/Ruth Fremson) WASHINGTON - A new television ad sponsored by U.S. veterans strongly questions President Bush’s case for war in Iraq, but the group behind it said on Wednesday the spot was not meant to benefit either presidential candidate. First aired hours before the last presidential debate between Republican Bush and Democratic Sen. John Kerry, the ad shows a U.S. Iraq war veteran talking about the (...)
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Iraq : contamination caused with depleted uranium will last for 4.5 billion years
By : Pravda - Tuesday October 19, 2004
Pentagon uses depleted uranium shells in its raid against Iraq Increased radioactivity was found in destroyed and abandoned Iraqi tanks. The radiation level may testify to the fact that the US army used uranium-cored projectiles in the raids. Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported from Baghdad, a group of specialists had found several radioactive tanks in the area of the Iraqi town of Samawa, where the Japanese contingent was stationed. The abandoned military hardware is dangerous (...)
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Platoon defies orders in Iraq
By : Jeremy Hudson - Friday October 15, 2004
A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel, the troops’ relatives said Thursday. The soldiers refused an order on Wednesday to go to Taji, Iraq - north of Baghdad - because their vehicles were considered "deadlined" or extremely unsafe, said Patricia McCook of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Larry O. McCook. Sgt. McCook, a deputy at the Hinds County Detention Center, and (...)
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Iraq faces soaring toll of deadly disease
By : Jeremy Laurance - Thursday October 14, 2004
By Jeremy Laurance Soaring rates of disease and a crippled health system are posing a new crisis for the people of Iraq, threatening to kill more than have died in the aftermath of the war. Deadly infections including typhoid and tuberculosis are rampaging through the country, according to the first official report into the state of health in the country. The alarming evidence is the legacy of years of neglect, crippling sanctions and two bloody conflicts. Iraq’s network of (...)
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James Baker’s Double Life : A Special Investigation
By : Naomi Klein - Thursday October 14, 2004
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by Naomi Klein When President Bush appointed former Secretary of State James Baker III as his envoy on Iraq’s debt on December 5, 2003, he called Baker’s job "a noble mission." At the time, there was widespread concern about whether Baker’s extensive business dealings in the Middle East would compromise that mission, which is to meet with heads of state and persuade them to forgive the debts owed to them by Iraq. Of particular concern was his relationship with merchant (...)
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Germany Softens Stance on Sending Troops to Iraq
By : Erik Kirschbaum - Wednesday October 13, 2004
By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said Wednesday it could not rule out sending troops to Iraq, dropping its firm refusal to consider any deployment to the country whose invasion last year it staunchly opposed. Defense Minister Peter Struck said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper that Germany might deploy troops if conditions in the country, now riven by insurgency, changed. "At present I rule out the deployment of German troops in Iraq," Struck told the paper. (...)
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Beheadings now routine for Iraqi pathologist
By : Michael Georgy - Wednesday October 13, 2004
By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The beheading of hostage Ken Bigley horrified the world. It sickened Iraq’s top pathologist too, but he is getting used to seeing severed heads. "It was barbaric, but we see all kinds of things here in forensic pathology and beheadings are on the rise. It is the biggest trend by far. Iraq is totally out of control," Faik Bakr told Reuters at his morgue in Baghdad. Bigley, a 62-year-old engineer, was beheaded with a knife on Thursday after his (...)
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An exhibition of Iraq war
By : TAMPA - Wednesday October 13, 2004
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An exhibit that speaks directly to our hearts and reminds us of the human cost of war. by Mary Ellen McNish Over 1,000 pairs of empty combat boots tagged with the names of U.S. soldiers who died in the Iraq war ­ will be displayed, together with a 24-foot “wall” of names and incidents identifying Iraqi civilian deaths. The Eyes Wide Open exhibition is a multimedia journey through the words, images, and sounds of the Iraq war. Visitors move through a vivid memorial to the (...)
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Bush and Cheney on Iraq intel: FALSE
By : Michael Berglin - Wednesday October 13, 2004
Bush and Cheney seem to be following Rumsfeld in his creativement faux mea culpa. by Michael Berglin The administration is trying to pass off a faux mea culpa in telling the US and the world that the intel on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction was bogus. Layer by layer, the administration’s justifications for the war in Iraq are crumbling. More intel has surfaced to indicate that Iraq’s WDM program had been sunset as early as 1991. Even as late as one week ago, both (...)
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Carlton Sherwood said Dems ’gleeful’ over US casualties in Iraq, in Nov 2003
By : jus' walkin' the dawg - Wednesday October 13, 2004
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Here’s some fresh background on Carlton Sherwood. He’s the producer of ’Stolen Honor’, the documentary attacking John Kerry which is due to get an airing on the 62 TV stations owned by Bush-friendly media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group - just a few days before the election. Not a lot of people know this: * Sherwood had a post in the Reagan administration. * In Nov 2003, Sherwood said in a radio program that Democratic presidential primary candidates were (...)
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Iraq Disaster Will Haunt Future Generations
By : ROBERT FISK - Tuesday October 12, 2004
Unforgivable Betrayals and Broken Promises by ROBERT FISK I am writing a book about our need to escape from history—or rather about our inability to escape the effects of the decisions taken by our fathers and grandfathers. My father was a soldier in the First World War or, as it says on the back of his campaign medal, "The Great War for Civilisation’’—which is the title I’ve chosen for my book. In the space of just 17 months after my father’s war (...)
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REALITY CHECK : John Kerry’s Iraq attack
By : PHILIP GOUREVITCH - Tuesday October 12, 2004
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by PHILIP GOUREVITCH Despite a pre-debate “memorandum of understanding” between the Bush campaign and the Kerry campaign that there would be no televised “cutaways” or reaction shots, more than sixty-two million Americans watched George W. Bush appear to come unglued while hearing, for the first time, John Kerry’s forceful voice of opposition. Bush’s face betrayed him on the very first cutaway. He had insisted that the focus of his initial encounter (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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