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Archive | September, 2008

The Biggest Hospitals Become Sick

BAGHDAD — Not even the elevators work now at Baghdad Medical City, built once as the centre for some of the best medical care.

One of the ten elevators still does, and the priority for this is patients who have lost their legs — and there are many of them. The rest, the doctors, patients and students at the four specialised teaching hospitals within the building complex, just take the stairs, sometimes to the 18th floor.

This is in a city that had been given dreams of great development five years back, around the time of the U.S.-led invasion. And much of the corporate-led media in the U.S. and Europe still insists that the situation in Baghdad has “improved”.

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Nazzal/Jamail story voted #1

“Iraq: Not our country to Return to” for Inter Press Service, by Maki al-Nazzal and Dahr Jamail, voted #1 most censored story of 2008 by Project Censored.


More information about the story:

#1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation
in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009

Sources:
After Downing Street, July 6, 2007
Title: “Is the United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? Or Is It More?”
Author: Michael Schwartz

AlterNet, September 17, 2007
Title: “Iraq death toll rivals Rwanda genocide, Cambodian killing fields”
Author: Joshua Holland

AlterNet, January 7, 2008
Title: “Iraq conflict has killed a million, says survey”
Author: Luke Baker

Inter Press Service, March 3, 2008
Title: “Iraq: Not our country to Return to”
Authors: Maki al-Nazzal and Dahr Jamail

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Iraq War Vets Transforming Trauma

MARFA, Texas — By using the written word and art, veterans of the U.S. occupation of Iraq are transforming their trauma into a message of both healing and resistance to the failed U.S. adventure.

“If I say nothing, I have failed,” writes veteran Drew Cameron, “If I do nothing, I am guilty. If I live by these ideals of democracy I can see that war is failure.”

Cameron began writing about his experiences in Iraq after he turned against the occupation when he had several personal realisations.

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Dahr on Antiwar Radio

From the Antiwar.com intro: Dahr Jamail discusses the Winter Soldier testimonies, the critical dehumanization process in waging war, the intentional tactics the military uses to foment these views, the complete black-out of the Winter Soldier testimonies by the U.S. corporate media, “drop-weapons” used by soldiers to frame dead civilians as enemies in Iraq, lies told by recruiters to brainwash young soldiers, the lie of the success of the “surge” in a much more fragmented political situation in Iraq and the horrific situations soldiers deal with everyday in Iraq.

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