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HOLLYWOOD, CA-- The 2012 Golden Globe Awards this Sunday will take a moment to honor the one million plus Iraqis who died during the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq since 2003. Once all the guests and stars arrive and are seated, a formal announcement will be made asking everybody to bow their heads in silence and remember the dead men, women, and children of Iraq.
"There are plenty of observances held for the fallen U.S. troops," a Golden Globes spokesperson said, "yet nobody seems to be tilting their hats toward those who suffered as their country was invaded and torn apart. We were going to ask the crowd to observe one second of silence for every dead Iraqi, but that would be over one million seconds, and we realize nobody has that kind of time."
To honor one million dead Iraqis with one second would require the Golden Globe attendees to sit for 278 hours, or for 11.5 days.
The commemoration of slain Iraqis comes on the heels of the official ending of the Iraq invasion. "I'm sure the troops will get a parade with ticker tape," the spokesman said.
Although Golden Globe Awards directors will be criticized for honoring Iraq, they are not off base with their claims that over one million Iraqis met violent deaths during the U.S.-led invasion during March 2003. The numbers hash out according to Opinion Research Business (ORB), a prestigious British polling group.
As Project Censored reports: "These numbers suggest that the invasion and occupation of Iraq rivals the mass killings of the last century—the human toll exceeds the 800,000 to 900,000 believed killed in the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and is approaching the number (1.7 million) who died in Cambodia’s infamous “Killing Fields” during the Khmer Rouge era of the 1970s."
This year's Golden Globe Awards will take place on Jan 15. Check official site for details.
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January 02, 2012 MSNBC
"You will leave with great pride - lasting pride-secure in knowing that your sacrifice has helped the Iraqi people to begin a new chapter in history."
That was one of U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's memorable messages to the few thousands of troops participating in a ceremony at Baghdad International Airport that marked the formal end to the nine-year war in Iraq that reportedly claimed about 4,500 American lives, wounded another estimated 32,000 and cost more than $800 billion. Nearly 100,000 Iraqis have died as well.
Panetta and several other U.S. diplomatic, military and defense leaders, including Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, made remarks during a symbolic ceremony in which the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq was officially retired, or "cased," according to Army tradition. The flag was furled around a flagpole and covered in camouflage and will be brought back to the United States.
During a stop in Afghanistan this week, Panetta described the nine-year mission in Iraq as "making that country sovereign and independent and able to govern and secure itself," which, Panetta added, was "a tribute to everybody - everybody who fought in that war, everybody who spilled blood in that war, everybody who was dedicated to making sure we could achieve that mission."
Perhaps in what summed up the entire war, Panetta said later that the war was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy.
Iraqi citizens had a different take on it all, though, according to reports.
"The Americans are leaving behind them a destroyed country," said Mariam Khazim of Sadr City. "The Americans did not leave modern schools or big factories behind them. Instead, they left thousands of widows and orphans."
"The American ceremony represents the failure of the U.S. occupation of Iraq due to the great resistance of the Iraqi people," said Sadrist lawmaker Amir al-Kinani.
As of Thursday, there were two U.S. bases and about 4,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, a stark drop from the roughly 500 bases and 170,000 troops during the surge ordered by President George W. Bush in 2007, when the war reached its boiling point. All U.S. troops are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year, but reports say officials are likely to meet that goal a little bit before then. Over the coming days, the final few thousand U.S. troops will leave Iraq in orderly caravans and tightly scheduled flights, according to Fox News Latino.
Nevertheless, an early exit might make some military leaders worry about the strength of Iraqi security forces that are still maturing and are facing continuing struggles to develop logistics, air operations, surveillance and intelligence sharing capabilities.
Before Thursday's ceremony, Panetta acknowledged the difficulties Iraq will face in the coming years.
"They're going face challenges in the future," Panetta said Wednesday during his visit with troops in Afghanistan. "They'll face challenges from terrorism, they'll face challenges from those that would want to divide their country. They'll face challenges from just the test of democracy, a new democracy and trying to make it work. But the fact is, we have given them the opportunity to be able to succeed."
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/268046/20111215/iraq-war-ends-9-year-mission-struggles.htm"You will leave with great pride - lasting pride-secure in knowing that your... more
By David Edwards
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said on Monday that President Barack Obama should have ordered an “air strike” on Iran after they recently captured a U.S. drone.
Earlier on Monday, President Barack Obama had explained that U.S. officials asked Iran to return the RQ-170 Sentinel surveillance drone.
“The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it,” Cheney told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “You can do that from the air. You can do that with a quick air strike, and in effect make it impossible for them to benefit from having captured that drone.”
“I was told that the president had three options on his desk. He rejected all of them,” the former vice president added.
“They all involved sending somebody in to try to recover it, or if you can’t do that, admittedly that would be a difficult operation, you certainly could have gone in and destroyed it on the ground with an air strike.”
For their part, Iran has called on the U.S. to apologize, saying the U.S. broke international laws by violating their airspace.
Watch this video from CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, broadcast Dec. 12, 2011.
"He's Back!!!!!"By David Edwards Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Former Vice President Dick Cheney said... more
The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.
The landfill dumping was concealed from families who had authorized the military to dispose of the remains in a dignified and respectful manner, Air Force officials said. There are no plans, they said, to alert those families now.
Senior Air Force leaders said there was no intent to deceive. “Absolutely not,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell D. Jones, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for personnel.
his week, after The Post pressed for information contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.
An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700.
A separate federal investigation of the mortuary last month, prompted by whistleblower complaints, uncovered “gross mismanagement” and documented how body parts recovered from bomb blasts stacked up in the morgue’s coolers for months or years before they were identified and disposed of.
more at link...
They'll probably take the families' death benefits too.The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops... more
Dear Dirty Newswire
PAKISTAN -- 24 dead Pakistani troops magically returned to life Saturday after U.S. Gen John Allen apologized "to the families and loved ones of any member of the Pakistani security forces who may have been killed or injured."
The soldiers were killed by a NATO helicopter attack, and would have been one of the deadliest attacks for Pakistani security forces by the U.S.-led coalition, had the apology not brought back to life the dead service members.
An anonymous source close to Allen admitted he didn't think the General's apology would actually mean anything. "Nobody could have predicted that these soldiers would have come back to life, but I guess that's the best possible scenario. I wouldn't be surprised if we started apologizing more often for civilian and friendly-fire casualties," he told reporters.
The bloody incident, which was being investigated, has now been closed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also weighed in. "This could have been really bad for the United States' rapport with Pakistan and the world, had Gen Allen not apologized. I want to apologize to the families of the dead, or once dead, Pakistani soldiers. The U.S. and NATO never actually means to kill any innocent people."
Gen Allen went on to say, "I apologized real hard, and we closed this matter without further incident. I'm glad, too, because this could have started a war with one of our battered allies."
Before its soldiers were resurrected by the General's apology, Pakistan had closed its border crossings to NATO in retaliation for an "unprovoked" and "gross violation of their country's sovereignty."
For more news, see the Dear Dirty Newswire:
http://deardirtyamerica.blogspot.com/2011/11/24-pakistani-soldiers-brought-back-to.htmlDear Dirty Newswire PAKISTAN -- 24 dead Pakistani troops magically returned to life... more
Source: Raw Story / Press TV
Malaysian ‘tribunal’ finds Bush, Blair guilty of war crimes
By David Edwards
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A symbolic tribunal in Malaysia ruled unanimously Tuesday that former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair were both guilty of “crimes against peace” for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, part of an initiative by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad – a fierce critic of the Iraq war – found the former leaders guilty after a four-day hearing.
While the court is modeled after the post-World War II Nuremberg Tribunal, it carries no legal weight.
“War criminals have to be dealt with — convict Bush and Blair as charged,” a statement from Mahathir’s Perdana Global Peace Foundation said. “A guilty verdict will serve as a notice to the world that war criminals may run but can never ultimately hide from truth and justice.”
Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/23/malaysian-tribunal-finds-bush-blair-guilty-of-war-crimes
"Somebody get the handcuffs out! This has been long over due!!!"Source: Raw Story / Press TV Malaysian ‘tribunal’ finds Bush, Blair... more
The practice of enforced disappearances has increased dramatically since Pakistan joined the US-led "war on terror" in 2001. Disappearances occur across the country but especially in Balochistan province in the south-west, which faces violence from ethnic and religious armed groups and state security forces. Activists, journalists, and students have been especially targeted and an increasing number have been found dead with their bodies showing signs of torture.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqilC8r73cUThe practice of enforced disappearances has increased dramatically since Pakistan... more
Voice in the Wilderness: If You Vote In Another "Upper-Class" President, I Promise You This Will ContinueStop The Insanity and vote in a "middle-class" president in office
http://charliebigfeet.blogspot.com/2011/10/if-you-vote-in-another-upper-class.htmlStop The Insanity and vote in a "middle-class" president in office... more
Well, if by lost you mean not flying around aircraft carriers within sight of San Diego showing off your meager junk in a codpiece with a "Mission Accomplished" banner the size of New Mexico behind you, then yes, he lost the war.Well, if by lost you mean not flying around aircraft carriers within sight of San... more
Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller held a press conference about a foiled terror plot involving the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Israeli Embassy, a Mexican drug cartel and more. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
"This just gets Stranger everyday!!!"Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller held a press conference... more
Me- long isn’t it? But, fairly easily understood. The injured are sorted out and helped according to the severity and the odds of surviving . Is it fair? Nothing much in life is fair but this way the most lives are saved.–-i-first-learned-the-word-from-mash/ Me- long isn’t it? But, fairly... more
For nine and a half years – almost as long as the “war on terror” has been providing an excuse for paranoia about Muslims in general – the case of US citizen Jose Padilla has demonstrated, to those willing to pay attention, that something has gone horribly wrong in the United States of America.For nine and a half years – almost as long as the “war on terror”... more
Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation Magazine & Maria LaHood, Center for Constitutional Rights join Thom Hartmann. Al-Qaeda's top recruiter, Anwar Al-Aulaki is dead at the very hands of the country which he is a legal citizen...the United States of America! But while majority of the nation is giving the President thumbs up on yet another terrorist six feet under...some are wondering if out War on Terror has officially crossed a dangerous line.
The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann on RT TV & FSTV "live" 9pm and 11pm check www.thomhartmann.com/tv for local listings
"I agree with Ron Paul and Thom Hartmann, Hmmm, what's your take???"Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation Magazine & Maria LaHood, Center for Constitutional... more
'The War You Don't See' is a powerful and timely investigation into the media's role in war, tracing the history of 'embedded' and independent reporting from the carnage of World War One to the destruction of Hiroshima, and from the invasion of Vietnam to the current war in Afghanistan and disaster in Iraq. As weapons and propaganda become even more sophisticated, the nature of war is developing into an 'electronic battlefield' in which journalists play a key role, and civilians are the victims.
http://www.johnpilger.com/dvds/the-war-you-dont-see-uk-'The War You Don't See' is a powerful and timely investigation into the... more
In her book, A Woman among Warlords, Malalai Joya speaks out on the real purpose of the United States’ occupation, and the war’s disastrous consequences
The Afghanistan war is not the good war we should have fought instead of Iraq. It is not about making us safer from terrorism. It is not about suffocating the rising tide of Islamic extremism. It is not about spreading women’s rights. And it is certainly not about exporting democracy. The war is a part of the grand chess game being played out by the United States and its rivals in what state planners have long regarded as “the most strategically important area in the world”— the Middle East. In A Woman Among Warlords, the Extraordinary Story of an Afghan who Dared to Raise Her Voice, Malalai Joya—a young Afghan who has served in Parliament, stood up to the warlords and faced countless assassination attempts while heroically leading the struggle for her country’s freedom— describes in graphic detail the true nature of the war, and the disastrous consequences it has wrought.
“The real purpose” of the occupation, she writes, “is for the United States and its allies to establish permanent bases to serve their strategic aims.” Joya explains that “Central Asia is a key strategic region, and the United States wants to have a permanent military presence there to counteract China’s influence in particular.” Furthermore, “Central Asia is also very rich in oil and natural gas resources. One of the reasons that NATO wants to stay in Afghanistan is to ensure that the West has better access to these riches.” For example, “it was recently announced that a pipeline is to be built from the Caspian Sea, through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, and then on to Pakistan and India. The West does not want these resources flowing through Iran or Russia.” Finally, “Afghanistan has many other untapped natural resources,” such as “massive deposits of copper,” “iron,” and “other metals in Eastern Afghanistan.”
Continue reading: http://thebloodycrossroads.com/the-true-nature-of-the-war-in-afghanistan/221235/In her book, A Woman among Warlords, Malalai Joya speaks out on the real purpose of... more
For anyone interested in marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by learning more about it I recommend the History Commons as a good place to start. Not a collection of conspiracy theories but a well researched timeline of over 6,000 events that made up that day and the trail of events leading up to it.
Or as they put it in their own words.
“This timeline is meant to be a comprehensive resource for anyone attempting to understand 9/11 and the “war on terrorism” in general. Polls show that Americans are extremely uninformed about 9/11. A third of Americans can’t even correctly guess the year 9/11 took place and about half of all Americans mistakenly believe Saddam Hussein had a role in the attacks.
But it is vital for everyone to understand 9/11, what led to it, and what the fallout from it has been. Terrorism directly and indirectly affects our lives in many ways and dominates the political discourse. Those of us working on the 9/11 timeline are striving to boil the news on terrorism down to a reasonable level so citizens can stay well informed.
We strive to be objective and keep any layers of interpretation as thin as possible. If you see specific examples of bias anywhere in the timeline, please point them out so we can make changes. But at the same time, we unabashedly focus on failures, problems, and controversies instead of success stories. That’s because those are the things we need to learn from and fix and hold people responsible for when necessary.
9/11 and terrorism generally are flashpoints for what people call “conspiracy theory.” This 9/11 investigative project contains no conspiracy theories. In fact, it does not offer any theories at all. Rather it simply lays out the facts so readers can come to their own conclusions. Biases may show at times because no human being is completely objective and judgments have to be constantly made; for instance, to include this particular fact or that one when editing decisions have to be made to keep the length down. We rely on each other and ask readers to point out when we are missing important facts or skewing the information.”
And now here we have an odd thing. It is the morning of 9/11 and I thought share this would be a great thing to share here on Current. When I went to check on the link am now finding that I can't get on the site at all. I've never had any problems before, hmm. So hopefully it's because so many people are trying to access the site and not for some "darker" reason.
Another good resource for exploring the deeper causes of9/11 is this great 3 hour tv special called The Power of Nightmares now playing on our Mindsi2 YouTube station. Where we examine the growth of the American empire.
http://www.youtube.com/user/Mindsi2?feature=mheeFor anyone interested in marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by learning more about... more
Ten years after 9/11 the images of the Twin Towers crashing down are still as powerful as ever.
This weekend on Current is devoted to the best documentaries about the attacks and the wars that followed.
On Saturday the 10 September at 9PM we are showing a new moving film called Children of 9/11: Revealed. It's the first time the children who lost a parent in the attacks have spoken about their loss as adults. All of them experienced the same tragedy; each has responded in a remarkably different way.
We are especially proud to present you with a network premiere of Michael Moore's controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 on Saturday 10 September at 10pm and again Sunday 11 September at 9pm.
Here's an exclusive interview with Michael Moore about the film.
Our Current.com community has been posting great stories about the 9/11 anniversary, here are a selection of the best ones:
Keith Olbermann and Markos Moulitsas discuss George W. Bush's anniversary interview with National Geographic Channel.
Interactive map: 10 years of terrorist attacks since 9/11. (The Guardian)
Moving animation about a man who lost both his sons in the 9/11 attacks - one was a police officer and the other a fireman.
The best movie cameos by the Twin Towers.
The 9/11 light tribute story: pillars of light.
The sky cowboys who built the Twin Towers. Ten years after 9/11 the images of the Twin Towers crashing down are still as powerful... more
An examination of the expansion of the "war on terror", and it's effects on the economy....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8tilMSFSm0An examination of the expansion of the "war on terror", and it's... more
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