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    Inside Iraq’s Green Zone Left Turn March 01, 2006
      Inside the heavily fortified Green Zone (GZ) near Baghdad—Iraq’s politicians, imposed leaders, and occupation generals plan the future of the country. The GZ is where all major decisions are made, including the drafting of the Iraqi constitution. Supreme power is thought to reside in the GZ. Left Turn interviewed a “European Official” currently working and living inside the GZ about the disconnect between the life of Iraqis under occupation and the place where their rulers live. The official agreed to the interview under the condition of guaranteed anonymity.

    LT: Regarding life in Baghdad’s Green Zone—do policymakers there have a grasp of daily life and life-affecting issues for ordinary Iraqis?

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    American Methods:Torture and the Logic of Domination Dan Horowitz de Garcia February 01, 2007

    American Methods is the latest from the author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. In his latest book, Williams has produced a well-documented and extremely readable, if also extremely disturbing, piece of work that seeks to lay out the idea that torture works. He explains that torture is not something used to get information or punish, but is rather a system designed to control populations and is a base characteristic of state power. He writes, “Torture doesn’t represent a system of failure; it is the system.”

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    Iraq, the Media, and the Art of the Apology Eric Laursen September 14, 2004

    The apology, coming from powerful institutions like the White House or a major metropolitan daily, is an art form. The art lies in crafting a mea culpa that confesses just enough to sound sincere, but without cutting so deeply as to call the institution’s motives into question. In the case of corporate news media, Rule No. 1 goes like this: Admit to being duped by your sources if you must, or even to editorial incompetence. But never admit to having made a willful, selective use of the evidence in front of you. In other words, that the institution itself must change. The editors of the New York Times made a dramatic apology on May 26.

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    The Iraq War’s Oil Timeline Antonia Juhaz June 01, 2006
      “Although the final decision for inviting foreign investment ultimately rests with a representative Iraqi government, I believe in due course the invitation will come.” ––Peter J. Robertson, Chevron Vice Chairman, 2003

    Amid all the talk of training Iraqi soldiers, heading off a civil war, and protecting Iraq’s fledging democracy, one overriding agenda has been ignored in the debate over the time-table for bringing US troops home: President Bush will not withdraw US forces until US oil companies have secure access to Iraq’s oil. The process of securing this access involves four steps.

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    Body Count Cawill James February 01, 2005
      Two recent research teams has shown violence has become the leading cause of death in Iraq with some 100K “excess” deaths occurring in Iraq under US occupation.

    A growing record of studies indicate that tens of thousands of Iraqis, soldiers, civilians, and children had their lives cut short by the ongoing US/UK occupation. As combat continues in an endless sequence of besieged towns and cities, firebombed police stations, and villages struck from the air, these chronicles of death force the reality of war and the choices of empire onto our minds. From the beginning of the invasion, Iraqbodycount.net has provided a base level reading of the toll of war. As of November 25, 2004, IBC’s estimate stood at 14,515 to 16,673 civilian deaths.

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    Occupation on the Rocks: Three Views on War and Liberation Rayan El-Amine February 01, 2005
      The US occupation of Iraq is passing through a critical stage that may very well decide its fate. The November attack on Fallujah was intended to cripple the Iraqi resistance enough to clear the way for the January 30 elections. Instead it may have inflamed the insurgency and alienated the Sunni population, casting doubt on the legitimacy of any new Iraqi government. Who is the resistance and can it be overcome? What is the state of the occupation going into the elections and can a legitimate government be created under foreign occupation? Rami El-Amine asked several commentators for their views.

    Juan Cole is professor of modern Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan and author of Sacred Space and Holy War.

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    Tip of the Iceberg Bilal El-Amine February 01, 2005
      The US elections revealed the unfortunate fact that a large section of the American population does not appreciate the profound mess created by the Bush administration in Iraq. Fresh figures of US casualties for November easily matched the record set last April (2003) when occupation forces besieged Najaf and Falluja. And December looks just as grim - the first weekend alone harvested 80 Iraqi deaths, mostly national guardsmen or police, who are being slaughtered by the dozens at the hands of the resistance. No doubt, the road to the Iraqi elections set for the end of January will be paved with blood. Much of the American public's ignorance is probably due to media manipulation or Pentagon spin.
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    The Death of #58: Last Days in the Life of Abdul Kareem Sean Sullivan August 01, 2005
      The information in this article was acquired by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Physicians for Human Rights, Veterans for Common Sense, and Veterans for Peace in a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Request. Through the story of one Iraqi’s death, and the indifference of military authorities, a vivid picture emerges of the every day treatment of prisoners in U.S. military custody.


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    From No Man’s Land to Displacement Dar Jamail August 01, 2005
      The Iraqi/Jordanian border is a land of desolation. Coils of razor wire stretch into the desert whilst sun-grayed plastic bags caught in their sharpness flap in the hot, dry winds. In No Man’s Land, Jamail exposes yet another face of the human consequences of the US occupation of Iraq — the suffering and resistance of displaced Kurdish-Iranian and Palestinian refugees.

    Long columns of trucks wait at the Jordanian border to carry their loads of supplies into war-torn Iraq. When Iraqi drivers wish to enter Jordan, they now wait up to 18 days to be allowed in. The al-Karama border is a land of waiting, but not just for the truck drivers. There have been others waiting to enter Jordan for far longer.

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    Putting the Brakes on Privatization in Iraq James O'Nions August 01, 2005
      Hassan Juma’a Awad, the President of the General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE) in Basra, Southern Iraq, visited Britain in February as a guest of U.K.-based Iraq Occupation Focus. James O’Nions spoke to him.

    No anti-war activist can be unaware of the importance of oil to Iraq’s economy — and to its occupiers. No sooner had the occupation begun than oil workers started forming unions. The General Union of Oil Employees (GUOE), formed by federating a number of oil sector unions, is politically independent and represents approximately 23,000 workers. The GUOE is built from the grassroots and is not linked to any of the political parties involved in running the occupation.

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