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The Mass Destruction of Iraq

Dahr and co-author William Rivers Pitt, “provide the definitive history of what happened to Iraq” in their new e-book The Mass Destruction of Iraq. The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening, And Who Is Responsible.

iraq-ebook-cover_smFrom Truthout: “Once again, violence and mayhem in the shattered nation of Iraq is making headlines. Meanwhile, the George W. Bush-era authors of that nation’s ongoing war have taken to the airwaves and the editorial pages in an effort to distance themselves from the carnage and misery their actions have wrought.”

“In The Mass Descruction of Iraq [Pitt and Jamail] prove the definitive history of what happened to Iraq, why it happened, and who is responsible.”

Order The Mass Destruction of Iraq now.

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The Brink of Mass Extinction

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.

— Native American Proverb

March through June 2014 were the hottest on record globally, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. In May – officially the hottest May on record globally – the average temperature of the planet was .74 degrees Celsius above the 20th century baseline, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The trend is clear: 2013 was the 37th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures, and since the Industrial Revolution began, the earth has been warmed by .85 degrees Celsius. Several scientific reports and climate modeling show that at current trajectories (business as usual), we will see at least a 6-degree Celsius increase by 2100.

In the last decade alone, record high temperatures across the United States have outnumbered record low temperatures two to one, and the trend is both continuing and escalating.

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A Nation on the Brink: How US Policies Sealed Iraq’s Fate

Family members grieve for a Sunni relative allegedly executed by members of a Shiite militia outside their home in Baghdad, June 25, 2014. (Photo: Aymann Oghanna / The New York Times)

Family members grieve for a Sunni relative allegedly executed by members of a Shiite militia outside their home in Baghdad, June 25, 2014. (Photo: Aymann Oghanna / The New York Times)

In a Truthout and TomDispatch collaboration, Truthout staff reporter Dahr Jamail has written a searing analysis covering the ongoing disaster in Iraq. Jamail has covered the story extensively for both Truthout and TomDispatch since 2005, and now provides this current perspective on how the legacy of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq continues to destroy lives.

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Salvadoran Farmers Successfully Oppose the Use of Monsanto Seeds

(Photo: Edgardo Ayala)

(Photo: Edgardo Ayala)

Farmers across El Salvador united to block a stipulation in a US aid package to their country that would have indirectly required the purchase of Monsanto genetically modified (GM) seeds.

Thousands of farmers, like 45-year-old farmer Juan Joaquin Luna Vides, prefer to source their seeds locally, and not to use Monsanto’s GM seeds.

“Transnational companies have been known to provide expired seeds that they weren’t able to distribute elsewhere,” said Vides, who heads the Diversified Production program at the Mangrove Association, a community development organization that works in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador.

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