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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 18, 2013 US drone strikes violate international law, says UN: Report says 33 CIA attacks led to civilian deaths and casualties and says US protocols are 'hurdle to transparency'
QUOTE: A United Nations investigation has so far identified 33 drone strikes around the world that have resulted in civilian casualties and may have violated international humanitarian law. The report by the UN's special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, calls on the US to declassify information about operations co-ordinated by the CIA and clarify its positon on the legality of unmanned aerial attacks.
Guardian Unlimited Mar 13, 2012 Iraq’s Tribal Chiefs Step Into the Breach With Swift Justice
QUOTE: in the interplay among tribal chiefs, elected officials and security forces, a new Iraq is taking shape. It may be buttressed by new ideas of democracy, but it is still very much dominated by the centuries-old customs and swagger of tribal leaders, quick to welcome outsiders with offers of sweet chai and platters of kebab and chicken but capable of swift acts of justice that can supersede those of any court.
New York Times Jan 25, 2012 No jail for marine? Haditha massacre verdict stuns Iraqis.
QUOTE: Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich will receive only a demotion to the rank of private for involvement in the 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 17, 2011 Political turmoil flares in Iraq as U.S. pulls out
QUOTE: Iraqiya accuses al-Maliki of trying to consolidate his own power rather than share it....[al-Mutlaq] said al-Maliki has flouted the power-sharing deal's provisions by refusing to name permanent ministers to lead the defense and interior ministries, which concentrates control over the military and police in the prime minister's hands.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 02, 2011 Tugging at Threads to Unspool Stories of Torture
QUOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture… has treated 20,000 torture victims from around the world… Iraqis at the center have described being kidnapped, beaten, given electric shocks, raped and burned… The torturers… have included the Iraqi Army, American forces, Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the sectarian groups.
New York Times Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy
QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.
New York Times May 11, 2010 Iraqi Deal to End De-Baathification
QUOTE: Iraqi politicians have reached an agreement to halt a four-month campaign to bar candidates from politics for ties to the Baath Party, American and Iraqi officials said, papering over the sectarian tensions it unleashed, at least for now, and removing an obstacle in the long-delayed process of forming a new government.
New York Times Apr 21, 2010 Secret Baghdad Jail Held Sunnis From the North
QUOTE: An Iraqi security force under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s direct command held hundreds of detainees from northern Iraq in an undisclosed prison in Baghdad, torturing dozens of them, until the country’s human rights minister and the United States intervened late last month...
New York Times Apr 15, 2010 The Living and the Dead
QUOTE: a clear demarcation line separates regions able to look forward, even over history’s wounds, and those unable to escape the clutches of the dead. Yehuda Amichai, the fine Israeli poet, once observed of Jerusalem that it is “the only city in the world where the right to vote is granted even to the dead.” The Middle East holds pride of place when it comes to morbid retrospection.
New York Times Oct 22, 2009 In Iraq, battling an internal bane: Spate of crime underlines need to purge corruption, extremists from security forces
QUOTE: A recent spate of high-profile crimes... has forced [Iraqi] Interior Ministry officials to confront head-on the corruption within the ranks of the 663,000-strong security forces.
Washington Post Sep 13, 2009 In Iraq's prisons, a culture of abuse
QUOTE: ...Iraq's national detention system as a whole has been harshly criticized by Western human rights organizations.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 17, 2009 Gay Men Targeted In Iraq, Report Says: Militias Blamed for Scores of Killings
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch will urge in a report to be released Monday that the Iraqi government do more to protect gay men, saying militiamen have killed and tortured scores in recent months as part of a social cleansing campaign.
Washington Post Aug 12, 2009 Iraqi Immigrants Face Lonely Struggle in U.S.
QUOTE: A report released in June by the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement organization in New York, said that many Iraqi immigrants have been unable to find jobs, are exhausting government and other benefits and are spiraling toward poverty and homelessness.
New York Times Aug 11, 2009 The Sheik Down: How the Pentagon bought stability in Iraq by funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to the country's next generation of strongmen.
QUOTE: Eifan is a beneficiary of what some American personnel call the "make-a-sheikh" program, a semiofficial, little discussed policy that since late 2006 has bankrolled Sunni sheikhs who are, in theory, committed to defending American interests in Iraq... It was also a reinstitution of a strategy started by Saddam Hussein, who picked out tribal leaders he could manipulate through patronage schemes.
Mother Jones Aug 10, 2009 Refugees' plea to US forces in Iraq: protect us: Human rights lawyers say the US should intervene to safeguard the Iranians at Camp Ashraf, which was raided by Iraqi security forces July 28.
QUOTE: Human rights lawyers for a group of Iranian refugees living in Iraq who appear to have been brutally beaten by Iraqi security forces last month want the US military to intervene on their behalf.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 07, 2009 Nicotine-Loving Iraqis Deride Smoking-Ban Plan: Residents Question Maliki's Priorities
QUOTE: a bill being presented to the Iraqi parliament by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's cabinet would rewrite rules in a way that many Iraqis who were interviewed described as inconceivable, by banning smoking in government buildings and public indoor areas.
Washington Post Aug 06, 2009 Iraqis Freed by U.S. Face Few Jobs and Little Hope
QUOTE: He [Alaq Khleirallah] is one of roughly 90,000 detainees who have been released from American detention centers in the past six years, a process that will end sometime next year, when the last center is to be transferred to Iraqi control. Almost 10,000 detainees remain in American custody. They have received a grim welcome.
New York Times Aug 03, 2009 Iraq Censorship Laws Move Ahead
QUOTE: the Iraqi government moves to ban sites deemed harmful to the public, to require Internet cafes to register with the authorities and to press publishers to censor books.
New York Times Jul 31, 2009 As Iraq war ends, why isn't the US in on more business deals? Countries that opposed the American intervention now top the list of those probing economic opportunities in post-Hussein Iraq.
QUOTE: Iraq is signing billions of dollars in contracts with foreign firms to help rebuild the country, while private companies are forging partnerships with Iraqi businesses to provide the country with a lengthy backlog of needed goods. But Americans are largely absent from the bidding and the dealmaking, according to Iraqi officials.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 27, 2009 'Multiple' failures led to Iraq electrocution, Pentagon says
QUOTE: Nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by "improper grounding or faulty equipment," including the January 2008 death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, the Defense Department's inspector-general found.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 26, 2009 Reviews prompt suspension of Iraqi jobs program
QUOTE: The top U.S. aid agency has suspended a $644 million Iraq jobs program after two outside reviews raised concerns about misspending, including an inspector general's audit that found evidence of phantom jobs and money siphoned to insurgents.
USA TODAY Jul 22, 2009 Blackwater Seeks Gag Order
QUOTE: On July 20, the company's [Blackwater] high-powered lawyers from Mayer Brown... filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to impose a gag order on Iraqi civilians suing the company.
Nation Jul 12, 2009 W. Va. soldiers sue firm for chemical exposure in Iraq: Seven soldiers from a W.Va. unit are suing a U.S. contractor for chemical exposure in Iraq
QUOTE: lawsuit alleges that KBR managers knew about the site contamination [in Iraq] and the threat it posed, and "disregarded and downplayed the extreme danger" to West Virginia National Guardsmen.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jun 27, 2009 A Sickening Situation
QUOTE: Since hearing [Josh] Eller's story, lawyer Elizabeth Burke has signed on 190 additional clients with complaints about burn pits at 18 military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. Burke was shocked to learn what her clients saw incinerated [at the garbage pits] : Humvees, batteries, unexploded ordnance, gas cans, mattresses, rocket pods, and plastic and medical waste...
Newsweek Jun 19, 2009 Christian Soldiers: The growing controversy over military chaplains using the armed forces to spread the Word.
QUOTE: Al-Jazeera broadcast clips filmed in 2008 showing stacks of Bibles translated into Pashto and Dari at the U.S. air base in Bagram and featuring the chief of U.S. military chaplains in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Gary Hensley, telling soldiers to “hunt people for Jesus.” ...example of what critics call a growing culture of militarized Christianity in the armed forces.
Newsweek Mar 06, 2009 Why 10,000 Ugandans are eagerly serving in Iraq: Thousands of men and women from poverty-stricken Uganda risk their lives for $600 a month in Iraq.
QUOTE: the Ugandan government says there are more than 10,000 men and women... working as private security guards in Iraq. ...they risk their lives seeking fortunes protecting US Army bases, airports, and oil firms.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 24, 2008 Afghans and U.S. Plan to Recruit Local Militias
QUOTE: Taking a page from the successful experiment in Iraq, American commanders and Afghan leaders are preparing to arm local militias to help in the fight against a resurgent Taliban. But along with hope, the move is raising fears here that the new armed groups could push the country into a deeper bloodletting.
New York Times Dec 07, 2008 Iraqi Women, Figting for a Voice; Activists Confront Dual Powers of Religion, Tribalism
QUOTE: In their quest for stability in Iraq, U.S. officials have empowered tribal and religious leaders, Sunni and Shiite, who reject the secularism that Saddam Hussein once largely maintained. These leaders have imposed strict interpretations of Islam and enforced tribal codes that female activists say limit their freedom and encourage violence against them.
Washington Post Dec 06, 2008 In Iraq, 'a Prison Full of Innocent Men'
QUOTE: As the U.S. military detention system here begins to come under Iraqi control, a complicated joint effort is underway to determine which of the men are safe to release and which may be insurgents. "Most of the people they detain are innocent," said Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2008 'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughter
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of Kurds had fled to Turkey. Survivors described blinding, burning clouds of poison gas that dropped people in their tracks....In the end, the House of Representatives killed Galbraith's sanctions bill with backing from the Reagan administration. Politics had trumped principle.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 06, 2008 Female fighters: We won't stand for male dominance
QUOTE: The PKK has an idealistic philosophy, one that combines Kurdish nationalism with certain communist goals, such as equality and communal ownership of property. The fighters here say that their cause has evolved beyond a desire for a Kurdish state -- that they are now fighting to generate dramatic social change. Today, the PKK's ideology revolves around a belief that global crises and injustice are a result of millennia of male-dominated rule.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.
QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 03, 2008 Panel Questions State Dept. Role in Iraq Oil Deal
QUOTE: The release of the documents comes as the administration is defending help that United States officials provided in drawing up a separate set of no-bid contracts, still pending, between Iraq’s Oil Ministry in Baghdad and five major Western oil companies to provide services at other Iraqi oil fields. In the no-bid contracts, the administration said it had provided what it called purely technical help writing the contracts. The United States played no role in choosing the companies, the administration has said.
New York Times May 30, 2008 Marine in Iraq Suspended Over Coins Quoting Gospel
QUOTE: criticized U.S. troops, whom many in the city view as occupiers, for acting like Christian missionaries. He said the coins were part of a pattern of insensitivity toward Muslims, citing the outcry this month over a U.S. sniper in Baghdad who used a Koran, Islam's holiest book, as a target for practice.
Washington Post May 28, 2008 Human Rights Report Assails U.S.
QUOTE: “World leaders are in a state of denial but their failure to act has a high cost,” Irene Khan, the secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement accompanying the report. “As Iraq and Afghanistan show, human rights problems are not isolated tragedies, but are like viruses than can infect and spread rapidly, endangering all of us.”
New York Times May 23, 2008 Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says
QUOTE: The new report is especially significant because while other federal auditors have severely criticized the way the United States has handled payments to contractors in Iraq, this is the first time that the Pentagon itself has acknowledged the mismanagement on anything resembling this scale.
New York Times Feb 13, 2008 Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults
QUOTE: ...a number of American women [have] reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.
New York Times Dec 19, 2007 Unprepared Government Strands Returning Iraqi Refugees
QUOTE: The government’s widely publicized plan to run free buses from Damascus, Syria, to Baghdad was suspended after just two runs. Thousands of Sunni refugees get no aid because they fear registering with the Shiite-led government. While aid organizations are distributing emergency packets that include utensils, blankets and food, deeper structural issues, like securing neighborhoods, supplying housing and creating jobs, remain unresolved and largely unaddressed.
New York Times Nov 06, 2007 Scientist at Work | John Holcomb: Army’s Aggressive Surgeon Is Too Aggressive for Some
QUOTE: Colonel Holcomb also strongly advocates conducting clinical trials to improve trauma care. It is an ethically tricky area, because trauma research can involve trying novel treatments on severely injured patients who cannot give informed consent. But he argues that any ethical problems pale in comparison to the toll that traumatic injuries take on civilians and soldiers every day.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad
QUOTE: Iraq’s Christians have fared poorly since the toppling of Saddam Hussein, whose government treated them well, needing their support. They have been persecuted primarily by Sunni Arab extremists, who brand them apostates and in some areas have bombed their churches and burned their homes.
New York Times Oct 03, 2007 Chief of Blackwater Defends His Employees
QUOTE: Mr. Prince disputed a Congressional staff report that detailed several instances of Blackwater employees killing Iraqis, fleeing the scene and then the company trying to cover up the violent episodes by whisking the Blackwater employees out of the country and quietly paying off the families of the victims.
New York Times Oct 03, 2007 Shiite Bloc Condemns U.S. Policy Of Recruiting Sunni Tribesmen
QUOTE: U.S. forces have given wide support to thousands of Sunni tribesmen across the country who have pledged to fight al-Qaeda in Iraq. U.S. officials describe the effort as promoting grass-roots reconciliation that brings disenfranchised Sunnis into the government and provides protection for their neighborhoods.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2007 Report Depicts Recklessness at Blackwater
QUOTE: The report, based largely on internal Blackwater e-mail messages and State Department documents, depicts the security contractor as being staffed with reckless, shoot-first guards who were not always sober and did not always stop to see who or what was hit by their bullets.
New York Times Sep 24, 2007 Iraq Oil Deal Gets Everybody's Attention
QUOTE: The oil deal signed between Hunt Oil and the government in Iraq's Kurdish region earlier this month has raised eyebrows, in no small part because it appears to undercut President Bush's hope that Iraq could draft national legislation to share revenue from the country's vast oil reserves.
Washington Post Sep 23, 2007 U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater Complaints
QUOTE: Senior Iraqi officials repeatedly complained to U.S. officials about Blackwater USA's alleged involvement in the deaths of numerous Iraqis, but the Americans took little action to regulate the private security firm until 11 Iraqis were shot dead last Sunday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.
Washington Post Sep 17, 2007 Iraq battle was self-defense, security firm says
QUOTE: The weekend's incident raised concerns in the U.S. Congress about the use of private security guards. Rep. Henry Waxman, whose House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on contractor operations in February, said he will hold new hearings into the issue in light of Sunday's shootings.
CNN (Cable News Network) Sep 03, 2007 Cleric Issues Warning on Karbala Investigation
QUOTE: Mr. Sadr complained that the inquiry had already gone too far, with arrests of more than 200 of the group’s followers “in a Saddam-style measure,” Mr. Sadr’s statement said. It went on to claim that at least two witnesses saw gunfire coming from behind the walls of the shrines, suggesting that soldiers in the army units were responsible for much of the killing.
New York Times Aug 29, 2007 Colonel Is Acquitted in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case
QUOTE: Colonel Jordan’s acquittal on most charges means that no officers have been found criminally responsible for the abuses at the prison. Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the military intelligence officer who ran Abu Ghraib, was punished administratively...Janis Karpinski, the brigadier general who was the military police commander at Abu Ghraib, was reprimanded and demoted.
New York Times Aug 28, 2007 Few Iraqis Reach Safe U.S. Havens Despite Program
QUOTE: To that end, the administration has set up a special program for a small number of Iraqis, which gives preferential treatment to full-time employees of the American Embassy, about 125 in Baghdad, and to 500 interpreters by allowing them to skip the lengthy United Nations refugee process once they leave Iraq.
New York Times Aug 24, 2007 An intensifying US campaign against Iran: Amid US charges of Iran's hand in Iraq's instability, some counsel caution.
QUOTE: US charges against Iran's role in Iraq are mounting. But analysts say that a history of unsubstantiated US claims against Iran should serve as a cautionary tale. The lesson to be drawn is not that Iran is guiltless in Iraq, they say, but one of restraint as a familiar drumbeat sounds.
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