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02 February, 2014

The Continuing Deterioration Of Women's Rights In Iraq
By Haifa Zangana

Presentation in the European Parliament on 29th Jan 2014

19 July, 2013

Who Is Killing The People Of Iraq?
By Hussein Al-alak

The United Nations has recently warned, that the ongoing turmoil inside of Syria and Iraq has formed a situation, where "the battlefields are merging” into one

14 February, 2013

Iraq At The Brink: A Decade After The Invasion
By Ramzy Baroud

UK-based Iraqi writer Hussein Al-alak wrote on the upcoming tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasion with a tribute to the country's 'silent victims,' the children. According to Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, he reported, there is an estimated 4.5 million children who are now orphans, with a “shocking 70 percent” of them having lost their parents since the 2003 invasion

19 December, 2012

Iraq : General Prosecutor Confirms Torture
And Rape of Detained Women

By Dirk Adriaensens

The chairman of the Iraqi List, Hamid al-Mutlaq, said in a press conference in Baghdad on 18 December: " Iraqi prosecutors have submitted today a report to the Chairman of the Iraqi judiciary Medhat al-Mahmoud that confirms the occurrence of torture and violations and rape of women detained in Iraqi prisons. The report is based on confidential testimonies of female prisoners in Iraqi jails."

04 December, 2012

The Dark And Secret Dungeons Of Iraq: Horror Stories Of Female Prisoners
By Wijhat Nadhar

When women in Iraq are arrested, they routinely go through three gruesome phases, starting with humiliation, followed by torture, and often ending with rape. I have received disturbing information from two different, well informed sources: one from qualified social workers in Al-Kadimiyah Women Prison, the other from three national guards officers who worked in the prison

Legal Protection Of Children In Armed Conflict: The Iraqi Children Genocide
By Francis A. Boyle

This is the text version of a speech delivered by Francis A. Boyle at The International Conference on War-affected Children Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22, 2012

05 November, 2012

People Have Changed: A Legacy Of
The U.S. War In Iraq

Photo & Text By Cathy Breen

The father is looking for work. They too asked me if they could be resettled in the United States . Once again I spoke of the obstacles they would face in the United States . “People have changed,” the father said sadly. “The war has destroyed the inside of humanity.”

01 October, 2012

The Children Of Iraq , Killed And Maimed Twice
By Dirk Adriaensens

Once by the forces that invaded and occupied Iraq and once by the International Human Rights Bodies

23 August, 2012

Iraq: The Children Are Still Dying
By Ramzy Baroud

Iraq’s desolation continues. On August 16, 90 people were killed and more were wounded in attacks across the country. Media sources reported on the bloodbath (nearly 200 Iraqis were killed this month alone), but without much context. Are we meant to believe that violence in Iraq has transcended any level of reason? That Iraqis get blown up simply because it is their fate to live in perpetual fear and misery?

Iraq: Mission Accomplished For Big Oil?
By Greg Muttitt

How an American Disaster Paved the Way for Big Oil’s Rise -- and Possible Fall -- in Iraq

10 May, 2012

The Children Of Iraq:
Was The Price Worth It? (PDF)

By Bie Kentane

This is a presentation given at the side event of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. Iraq has turned into one of the worst places for children in the Middle East and North Africa with around 3.5 million living in poverty, 1.5 million under the age of five undernourished and 100 infants dying every day

10 February, 2012

The Iraqi People: Criminally Neglectedby the International Community (PDF)
By Dirk Adriaensens

Open Letter to The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights NaviPillay

19 January, 2012

Western Oil Firms Big Winners In Iraq
By Sherwood Ross

Western oil producers have emerged as the big winners of the Iraq war. A group led by BP will receive $2 billion per year to develop Iraq’s Rumalia field and a Shell-led group is to get $913 million per year. An Exxon-led group is to get $1.6 billion per year

10 January, 2012

No Free Press In Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

Attacks on both local and international journalists across Iraq have not stopped to this day

08 January, 2012

Western Oil Firms Remain As US Exits Iraq
By Dahr Jamail

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

Tareq Aziz: Life Hanging In The Balance
By Felicity Arbuthnot

As the US occupiers leave Iraq the fate of former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Tareq Aziz's fate hangs in the balance

06 January, 2012

Fallujah Babies: Under A New Kind Of Siege
By Dahr Jamail

Doctors and residents blame US weapons for catastrophic levels of birth defects in Fallujah's newborns

05 January, 2012

Seven Years After Sieges, Fallujah Struggles
By Dahr Jamail

With their city largely destroyed by two US military assaults, residents of Fallujah continue to suffer

23 December, 2011

Bombings Heighten Sectarian Tensions In Iraq
By Joseph Kishore & James Cogan

Bombings ripped through sections of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 63 people and injuring nearly 200. The attacks, which mainly targeted Shiite Muslim areas, took place in the midst of intensifying sectarian conflicts, as different factions of the Iraqi elite battle over political and economic power in the wake of the departure of US combat troops

22 December, 2011

Iraq Lurches Toward Sectarian Warfare
By James Cogan

Just four days after the official withdrawal, the always tense relations between the Shiite- and Sunni-based factions within the country’s government have led to an open split along sectarian and geographical lines, raising the prospect of a civil war that could draw in neighbouring states or be exploited to justify the return of US forces

The U.S And Iraq After The War
By Jack A. Smith

President Obama bid farewell to the Iraq war after nearly nine years of conflict in a Nov. 14 speech to troops of the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He virtually damned the war with the faintest of praise. The problem was that he couldn't claim victory and had to conceal an historic defeat — but at least it wasn't his war, as Afghanistan has become. Meanwhile in Iraq, a perhaps inevitable major political crisis is brewing between the Shi'ite-led government and Sunni ministers in the regime

02 December, 2011

Further Destruction Of Iraq's Higher Education:
Blazing Fires, Forged Degrees And Silencer Guns

By Dirk Adriaensens

This article is yet again proof of the doublespeak by the Iraqi puppet government and of the dangers the current situation presents for the Iraqi academic community

17 February, 2011

Dying Education In The “Blossoming”
Iraqi Democracy

By Dirk Adriaensens

One of the best means of bringing closer an end to their suffering is to participate in efforts to propose, map, plan and outline the steps necessary for rehabilitating Iraq’s educational system. Saving Iraqi academics is a keystone in stemming any further destruction of Iraq and its people, and to rebuilding what remains

30 November, 2010

The Missing Persons Of Iraq
By Dirk Adriaensens

Always someone’s mother or father, always someone’s child. Iraq has the most disappeared persons in the world (PDF)

23 November, 2010

The Deadly Lie Of Democracy In Iraq
By Ahmed Habib

Elected officials are nothing more than glorified pimps that are holding down Iraq's head while it is being violated by dozens of dollar-driven demons. In the absence of a progressive, radical, grassroots political program, the death of Iraq will continue to evolve from one election booth to the next

01 November, 2010

Wikileaks Exposures Deepen Political Crisis In Iraq
By James Cogan

The publication of thousands of US military reports by Wikileaks on October 22 has added to the tensions that underlie the ongoing failure of the main Iraqi political factions to form a new government nearly eight months since the March 7 election

25 October, 2010

Deaths Revealed By Wikileaks Are
Tip Of An Iceberg

By Nicolas Davies

These 15,000 deaths are only the tip of an iceberg of hundreds of thousands of unreported Iraqi deaths that have already been detected by more serious and scientific epidemiological studies, but the U.S. and British governments have successfully suppressed these studies by confusing the media and the public about their methods and accuracy

24 October, 2010

The Shaming Of America
By Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk delivers a searing dispatch after the WikiLeaks revelations that expose in detail the brutality of the war in Iraq - and the astonishing, disgraceful deceit of the US

23 October, 2010

Iraq - War Logs Reflections- Part1
By Layla Anwar

This is what happened yesterday to Iraqis who felt so alone with their Truth - they sighed a little relief and hoped to sleep with a little peace, hoping like I did, that maybe, just maybe they will be woken up from their solitary nightmare....

04 October, 2010

Iran Wins Iraqi Elections Seven Months Later
By Juan Cole

Although it make take some time yet to form a government in Iraq, Friday may have been a turning point. If so, it was a turning point in which Iran won decisively and managed to rebuild a Shiite fundamentalist coalition led by incumbent PM Nuri al-Maliki that, in partnership with the Kurds, could dominate Baghdad for the next four years

Iraq's Kurds Hold Political Cards For Al-Maliki
By Yahya Barzanji & Brian Murphy

Kurdish lawmakers began Saturday to plot their course as Iraq's kingmakers with enough seats to secure a second term for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and press key demands, including a greater say over the oil riches in the country's north

Washington Moves To Thwart Sadrist Role
In A New Iraqi Government

By Barry Grey

The decision of the anti-US Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to throw his support behind caretaker Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the months-long stalemate over the formation of a new government in Iraq has set off a flurry of political jockeying within the country and sparked alarm in Washington

Lawless Arrests, Detentions And Torture In Iraq
By Stephen Lendman

Thousands of civilians are victimized by imperial Washington's lawlessness. Human lives and welfare are thus sacrificed, a shocking indictment of America's true aim and employed means, abroad and at home. Obama is as culpable as Bush. Both are unindicted war criminals

29 September, 2010

Testimonies of Crimes Against Humanity
in Fallujah - Towards A Fair International
Criminal Trial

Conservation Centre of Environmental & Reserves in Fallujah (CCERF) & Monitoring Net of Human Rights in Iraq

A report

26 September, 2010

Iraq: One of History's Greatest Crimes
By Stephen Lendman

America and Britain are responsible "for exposing a whole nation to the risk of continually receiving high radioactive and toxic persistent contaminants," including DU and many others, a noxious brew leaving no one untouched and many lethally harmed. "This is a crime against humanity (because of) its undifferentiated harmful health impacts on civilians long (after) military operations" are concluded

22 September, 2010

Fallujah, A Disgrace For The USA,
An Eternal Curse On Humanity

By Dirk Adriaensens

I'd like to stress that the people of Fallujah have all the right, according to International law, to defend themselves against the illegal invasion and occupation of their city, their country. Their right to resist should be defended by all

20 September, 2010

Iraq: The Age Of Darkness
By Dirk Adriaensens

In 2007, there were 5 million Iraqi orphans, according to official government statistics. More than 2 million Iraqis are refugees and almost 3 million internally displaced. 70 percent of Iraqis do not have access to potable water

Crimes Of The Century: Occupation And
Contaminating Iraq With Depleted Uranium

By Dr. Souad N. Al- Azzawi

A report

27 August, 2010

Rebranding Iraq: Playing With Numbers
And Human Lives

By Ramzy Baroud

War is not about numbers and dates. It’s about people, their rights, their freedom and their future. Re-branding the army and the war will provide none of this for grief-stricken and vulnerable Iraqis. The fact is, no one has won this war. And the occupation is anything but over

26 August, 2010

The Postwar War In Iraq
By Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder explains what we should--and shouldn't--expect from the "end of combat operations" in Iraq proclaimed by the Obama administration

22 August, 2010

What You Will Not Hear About Iraq
By Adil E. Shamoo

Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq

20 August, 2010

Don’t Call It Combat: US Troops Still Fighting
Iraq War In Everything But Name

By Jason Ditz

Even Claim That Last Official Combat Troops Left Yesterday Wasn't True

09 August, 2010

How Many Iraqis Did We "Liberate"
From Life On Earth?

By Robert Naiman

How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from the companionship of their loved ones? How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from dwelling in the houses and towns and the country of their birth? How many Iraqis did we "liberate" from life on Earth?

03 August, 2010

Obama Hails Iraq War in “Withdrawal” Speech
By Bill Van Auken

In a speech to a disabled veterans group in Atlanta Monday, President Barack Obama claimed credit for winding down the US war in Iraq, even as tens of thousands of troops remain there, and his administration continues to escalate the war in Afghanistan

No, The Combat Troops Are Not All Leaving Iraq
By Casual Observer

Obama did not say that all the combat troops were leaving this month. He certainly didn’t say this today in Atlanta, and to my knowledge he has never said it

23 July, 2010

Cancer Rate In Fallujah Worse Than Hiroshima
By Tom Eley

The Iraqi city of Fallujah continues to suffer the ghastly consequences of a US military onslaught in late 2004. According to the authors of a new study, “Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009,” the people of Fallujah are experiencing higher rates of cancer, leukemia, infant mortality, and sexual mutations than those recorded among survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the years after those Japanese cities were incinerated by US atomic bomb strikes in 1945

11 July, 2010

Cancer, Infant Mortality And Birth Sex-Ratio
In Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009

By Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan & Entesar Ariabi

Full Report

Fallujah: Anatomy Of An Atrocity
By David Rothscum

Chris Busby, Malak Hamdan Entesar Ariabi have gathered scientific evidence of the genocide the people of Fallujah are suffering from at the hands of the imperialists that invaded Iraq

27 June, 2010

Mission Accomplished? Not For The Iraqi People
By Hadani Ditmars

Almost a fifth of Iraq's population are refugees or internally displaced, and almost half live in abject poverty - despite $53 billion in "aid" spent since the 2003 invasion

14 May, 2010

Iraq: Soldiers ‘Joked About Killing
Women And Children’

By Gavin Dahl

An Iraq War veteran who served with the company shown in the "Collateral Murder" video released by whistleblower web site Wikileaks says the military trained him to dehumanize Iraqis

The Silence In Covering Iraq
By Layla Anwar

I will defy anyone to produce one article in which the current Iraqi carnage is mentioned and there is no mention of Saddam Hussein....even though he's been dead and over 180, 000 Baathists have been murdered....but you will always see a line or two, mentioning them

07 May, 2010

Genetically Modified
By Layla Anwar

Thousands of Iraqi mothers are being asked not to get pregnant at all.The reason for this pregnancy dissuasion stems from the fact that the West who cares so much about its own little infants, had absolutely no qualms into pouring tons of lethal chemicals as in Weapons of Mass Destruction over the people of Basra and Falluja, weapons like depleted uranium and phosphorus which caused cancer rates to soar among children and which produced the most ugly looking monsters -- genetically modified by "freedom and democracy"...

Iraq…It's An Iranian Alliance
By Tariq Alhomayed

There is no other way to describe the electoral alliance that was announced on Tuesday between the State of Law Coalition and the Iraqi National Alliance except as an Iranian one. What’s considered a purely sectarian alliance made sectarianism prevail over the nation, with the aim of excluding half of the Iraqi society, and of course the consequences will be detrimental

06 May, 2010

Iraq In Pieces
By Hadani Ditmars

Hadani Ditmars returns to find a broken Baghdad, still reeling from sectarian divisions and facing an uncertain future

04 May, 2010

The “New” Iraq
By Ghali Hassan

Seven years after the illegal invasion of Iraq by the Anglo-American fascist armies, it is clear today that the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Iraqi nation was premeditated and unprovoked act of naked aggression aimed at expanding U.S.-Israel Zionist power

03 May, 2010

Iraq: Bloody Policies And Criminal Authorities:
Arrests, Assassinations, Deportation Of Millions

By The BRussells Tribunal

Appeal to Stop Repression and State Crimes in Iraq

30 April , 2010

Secret Baghdad Prison Detainees Describe
Brutal Torture, Rape, Humiliation

By Little Alex

Dozens of men corroborate extensive torture toward false confessions during their prolonged, indefinite detention in a Baghdad prison—kept secret for months—after village raids from September through December 2009 by the Iraqi government, interviews with Human Rights Watch reveal. The men were kidnapped during raids in Sunni Arab areas in Nineveh

29 April, 2010

Iraq's Political Turmoil Could Lead To Civil War
By Firas Al-Atraqchi

The decision by an Iraqi court to disqualify dozens of candidates -- including one winner from the Iraqiya coalition led by former premier Iyad Allawi -- for alleged ties to the Baath party could push the country closer to civil war

Life Is Hell For Iraqis
By Layla Anwar

The title on the Al-Jazeera English website is mild --- they call it "Life is Difficult for Iraqis". Bullshit and a thousand bullshits!!! Life is Hell for Iraqis and it's been on ongoing Hell since 2003...year of our so-called "liberation"

Iraq: Detainees Describe Torture In Secret Jail
By Human Rights Watch

Detainees in a secret Baghdad detention facility were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraq should thoroughly investigate and prosecute all government and security officials responsible, Human Rights Watch said

22 April, 2010

Women and Birth defects, Assassination of
Iraqi Academics, Torture and Detainees
(Prisoners of War)

By Malak Hamdan & Abdulmunaem Almula

A comprehensive PDF report

21 April, 2010

Iraq: Imam Assassination Sparks Fears Of Violence
By Abdu Rahman & Dahr Jamail

The assassination of Sheikh Ghazi Jabouri, a prominent Sunni Imam in the Al- Adhamiya district of Baghdad, has raised fears of renewed sectarian violence in the wake of the Mar. 7 elections

17 April, 2010

Allawi’s Mean Streak
By Greg Guma

Those in the US who consider the current president a dictator might want to consider how a real “strongman” operates. To do so, they need go no further than the “fragile” democracy installed in Iraq since the US invasion and take a good look at Ayad Allawi, slated to become the country’s next prime minister. With a pre-election resume that includes coordinating “hit squads” and allegedly shooting handcuffed prisoners, he makes Dick Cheney look like Gandhi

13 April, 2010

Iraq Vet From WikiLeaks Video Unit:
"This Is What War Looks Like"

By Liliana Segura

Josh Stieber on the truth behind the WikiLeaks video: "Compared to things that I was being taught in basic training ... the language in the helicopter was relatively mild."

Iraq Vets: Coverage Of Atrocities Is
Too Little, Too Late

By Dahr Jamail

The WikiLeaks video footage from Iraq taken from an Apache helicopter in July 2007 showing soldiers killing 12 people and wounding two children has caused an explosion of media coverage. But many Iraq vets feel it is too little and too late

08 April, 2010

US Military 'Cannot Find Iraq Tape'
By Aljazeera

The US military has said it cannot find its copy of a video showing two helicopters involved in a deadly attack in Baghdad in 2007. US military lawyers are also reviewing the video and, depending on their findings, could reopen an investigation into the incident, Pentagon officials told the Reuters news agency

07 April, 2010

Iraq Outrage Over US Killing Video
By Aljazeera

Families of Iraqi civilians, seen being shot and killed by US forces in a leaked video, are seeking justice for their deaths. Victims' relatives have said that they want the military personnel responsible for the deaths to be taken to court

"After Hiroshima And Nagasaki, There Was Fallujah"
By William Blum

The United States takes the matter of three-headed babies very seriously

06 April, 2010

Collateral Murder In Iraq
By Wiki Leaks

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded

02 April, 2010

Life Of An Iraqi Blogger
By Wamith Al-Kassab

Help Iraqi bloggers, with support and protecting. Do not leave us fighting windmills alone, because we will fight like heroes and die without trace. Help us leave a trace in this struggle

Red Cross Iraq: Coping With Violence
And Striving To Earn A Living

By Nur Hussein Ghazali

The beginning of 2010 was marred by acts of violence that claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians, mainly in Baghdad, the central governorates and Najaf. In Mosul, families fled violence and sought refuge in safer areas. Although recent violence-related displacement has been sporadic, there remain some 2.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq who had to leave their homes over recent years in search of safety

30 March, 2010

Chalabi Moves To Disqualify Six Elected MPs,
Demote Allawi's Party To Runner-Up

By Juan Cole

The Justice and Accountability Commission (formerly the Debaathification Commission), headed by Ahmad Chalabi, is moving to disqualify 6 elected candidates in the March 7 election for their ties to the banned Baath Party of Saddam Hussein. Three of those to be banned are from the Iraqiya list of Iyad Allawi, which would reduce his seat total from 91 to 88, making his list second in number of seats after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition, which has 89 seats

Iraq: The Exodus Continues ‎
By Roland Flamini

Eight years after the U.S.-led invasion, with the phased American military withdrawal already underway and following elections this month that the Obama administration hopes will mark the closing chapter of U.S. involvement in Iraq, there are still more Iraqi refugees leaving their country than returning to it

29 March, 2010

Iraq: National Unity Government
Or Return To Sectarianism?

By Juan Cole

Of 325 seats, 91 went to the National Iraqi List ("Iraqiya") of former interim prime minister Iyad Allawi. The State of Law grouping of incumbent Nuri al-Maliki came in at 89. The Shiite fundamentalist coalition, the Iraqi National Alliance, which includes the followers of clerics Ammar al-Hakim and Muqtada al-Sadr, garnered 70 seats. The Kurdistan Alliance won only 43 seats

Iraq After The Elections
By Robert Dreyfuss

It's tempting to point to the March 7 elections in Iraq as a sign that an American-fostered democracy has put down roots in that shattered nation. But the reality is different. Despite signs that many Iraqis are disenchanted with ethnic and sectarian politics and long for a secular and nationalist Iraq, the vote still broke sharply along communal lines, leaving simmering and potentially violent divisions unhealed

24 March, 2010

Destroying Educational Institutions or Using Them
For Military Purposes Is A War Crime

By Dirk Adriaensens

As a result of U.S. ongoing Occupation of Iraq, today Iraq is more illiterate than it was five or a twenty-five years ago, because the U.S. Administration and U.S. forces occupying Iraq began to root and destroy every aspect of Iraq's education

22 March, 2010

Iraqi Mother's Day
By Hussein Anwar

The Iraqi women deserve the best like all other decent women, because the Iraqi women have suffered the most and nothing will heal their wounds, the least you can do is embrace them, compensate them and make them feel appreciated. Have some sense of humanity... Compassion... Love... Passion... and appreciation...

21 March, 2010

Iraq Invasion - 7th Anniversary
By Felicity Arbuthnot

Inspite of an estimated thirty million people marching, world-wide against the invasion - five million more than Iraq's population at the time - the illegal carnage went ahead. But, as a correspondent wrote in response to my article cited at the top: "Those thirty million who marched for peace throughout the world need not feel it was worthless. Peace will come when all the world's people wake up and march for an end to conflict (and) unrestrained material aquisitiveness." On this grim, shameful, anniversary, all of the same mind should vow to double their efforts

Depleted Uranium: A War Crime Within a War Crime
By William Bowles

As if destroying a country and its culture ain't bad enough, how about destroying its future, its children? I want to scream it from the rooftops! We are complicit in crimes of such enormity that I find it difficult to find the words to describe how I feel about this crime committed in my name! In the name of the 'civilized' world?

20 March, 2010

Violations Of Iraqi Children Rights Under
The American Occupation

By Souad Al Azzawi

The American occupation violated children's rights on all levels, including health care, education, social security, family unity and non separation of children from their parents through detention, imprisonment and exile. For two decades, Iraqi children, along with all other elements of Iraqi society, have been subjected to grave violations of human rights

19 March, 2010

Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide And 7th Anniversary
Of Invasion Of Iraq

By Dr Gideon Polya

It is the 7th anniversary of the illegal and war criminal invasion of Iraq by US, UK and Australian forces on 20 March 2003. What has been the human cost? As of 20 March 2010 post-invasion violent deaths in Occupied Iraq total 1.4 million. Post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.8 million and post-invasion non-violent excess deaths total 1.1 million

Operation Enduring Occupation
By Dahr Jamail

What reason is there to doubt our commander in chief 's assertion that there is need to maintain an (approximately 50,000 strong) US "strike force" in or near Iraq to guarantee US interests in the Middle East, to allow Washington to move quickly against jihadists in the region and to make clear to "our enemies" that the US will not be "driven from the region"?

Targeted Assassination Of Iraqi Academics
By Prof. Lieven De Cauter

Reflections on the targeted assassination of academics on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the war on Iraq

16 March, 2010

Iraq Election Entrenches Communalist Divisions
By James Cogan

With still less than 50 percent of the votes counted in the March 7 election in Iraq, initial reports indicate that none of the major political coalitions has won an outright majority in the parliament. Instead, the election has underscored the extent of the ethno-communal divisions that the US occupation has fomented and exploited to control the country

Who’s To Blame For The Iraq War?
By Maidhc Ó Cathail

Maidhc Ó Cathail presents a detailed 20 question quiz with answers at the end. This quiz clarifies many points about the Iraq War

07 March, 2010

Paul Craig Roberts Owes Iraqi People An Apology
By Qais Nawwaf

It is frustrating enough when the operators of the US war machine and their mouthpieces in mainstream media refer to Iraqis in demeaning sectarian language. It is far more disappointing when those involved in the “anti-war” movement, who are supposedly in solidarity with Iraqis, use such divisive, disrespectful discourse

03 March, 2010

Iraq's Fearful Christian Candidates
By Afif Sarhan

A spike in violence against the Christian community in northern Iraq is leading many of their candidates to consider dropping plans to contest the March 7 general elections

01 March, 2010

Major Iraqi Parties Anxious Over Possible
Massive Ballot Fraud

By Juan Cole

Al-Hayat writes in Arabic that the National Iraqi Alliance, a coalition of Shiite religious parties, has alleged that there are 800,000 imaginary voters' names on the election rolls. Member of parliament for the National Iraqi Alliance, Qasim Da'ud, told al-Hayat that his coalition has already detected numerous instances of attempted fraud in the upcoming election. He said that there is evidence that the Independent High Electoral Commission has come under undue pressure in this regard

Violations of Iraqi Children Rights
Under the American Occupation

By Dr. Souad N. Al-Azzawi

For two decades, Iraqi children, along with all other elements of Iraqi society, have been subjected to grave human rights violations. Here is a detailed study on the suffering of Iraqi children

Jordan: Where Iraqi Women Are Also Fathers
By Hanan Tabbara

According to UNHCR estimates, over 4.7 million Iraqis have been displaced since the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, with at least 700,000 of them settled in refugee camps in Jordan. Iraqi refugee women are bearing a disproportionate burden of family responsibilities. Many have had their husbands either killed, disappeared or seriously injured. The onus is now on the women to find a way to secure income

26 February, 2010

Iraq Election: Poll Shows Al-Maliki's Party Getting
1/3 Of Seats

By Juan Cole

Al-Hayat reports via AFP Arabic on the poll just released by the National Media Center, which reports to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office. According to this Maliki's party will get 1/3 of seats in parliament, with Allawi's Iraqiya at 1/5

25 February, 2010

US Using Iraqi Political Discord To Justify
Continuance Of Occupation

By Dahr Jamail

As Iraqi national elections on March 7 approach, violence and political discord in the country have escalated dramatically. On February 22, Gen. Ray Odierno, the top US commander in Iraq, announced that the US was preparing contingency plans to delay the withdrawal of all combat forces from Iraq if violence or political instability increases after the national elections scheduled for March 7

20 February, 2010

Kidnapping And Trading In Iraqi Children
By Layla Anwar

This criminal activity is taking place throughout Iraq and according to some of the figures obtained from Lieutenant Dia Sahee of the Ministry of Interior responsible for investigating such crimes : from January 1, 2009 until October 1, 2009, there has been 177 REPORTED cases of child kidnapping in different provinces excluding 72 reported cases in Baghdad alone

19 February, 2010

"Mass Casualties": The Dark Underbelly Of
Occupation, An Army Medic's Account

By Dahr Jamail

"Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception and Dishonor in Iraq." 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

18 February, 2010

U.S. – Iran Power Struggle Over Iraq
By Nicola Nasser

De-Baathification, which was originally a U.S. trade mark of Paul Premer, the first civil governor of Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion of 2003, is merely a pretext to disqualify whoever opposes Iran or its sectarian agenda in Iraq. A pro-Iran sectarian regime is evolving to exclude not only secularism and democracy but to cement an Iranian power base in Iraq that will sooner or later spread sectarianism all over the region, instead of turning the country into a launching pad for democracy in the Middle east, as promised by the U.S. neoconservatives to justify their invasion of the country seven years ago

14 February, 2010

Iraqi Appeals Court Upholds Ban On Secular,
Nationalist Candidates:
Bombings Target Campaign HQs

By Juan Cole

A string of bombings on Sunday targeted political offices of those parties willing to contest the March 7 parliamentary elections, including secular Sunnis. The violence comes as one more worry in the course of Iraq's most controversial election. Over a hundred (145) candidates for parliament were disqualified from running by the Appellate Board for their alleged ties to Baathism

10 February, 2010

Everything You Need To Know
About Iraq's "Elections"

By Layla Anwar

Ground reality from Iraq's most famous blogger

03 February, 2010

The Iraqi Oil Conundrum
By Michael Schwartz

The end is not in sight and the outcome still unclear. Will the vast Iraqi oil reserves be developed and sent into the hungry world market any time soon? If they are, who will determine the rate of flow, and so wield the power this decision-making confers? And once this ocean of oil is sold, who will receive the potentially incredible revenues? As with so much else, when it comes to Iraqi oil, the American war has generated so many problems and catastrophes -- and so few answers

17 January, 2010

Iraq Political Fissures Widen As March Vote Nears
By Dahr Jamail

National elections in Iraq, originally scheduled to take place this month, but postponed until March 7, rather than possibly bringing greater stability to war-torn Iraq, now threaten to reignite a powder keg of political tensions that has been simmering for years

09 January, 2010

Cancer - The Deadly Legacy Of The Invasion Of Iraq
By Jalal Ghazi

Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment

01 January, 2010

Iraq 'To Appeal Blackwater Verdict'
By Aljazeera

The Iraqi government will push to appeal a US court ruling dismissing charges of murder against five security guards of the private Blackwater firm

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