OMNI NEWSLETTER ON
WARS #15, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013.. BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE & JUSTICE TO REPLACE
THE CULTURE OF WAR and EMPIRE, Dick Bennett, Editor. (#14 March 19, 2013; #13, Nov. 3, 2012; #12
March 19, 2012; #11 Feb.9, 2012; #10,
October 18, 2011; #9 August 8, 2011; #8 March 19, 2011; #7, April 29, 2010; #6
March 17, 2010, # 5 June 1, 2008; #4 April 3, 2008; #3 March 24, 2008, #2 Jan. 16, 2008, #1 Nov.
2, 2007.) IRAQ
MARCH 19, 2013: 10th ANNIVERSARY OF
INVASION OF IRAQ 2003
For a full list of US military deaths in
go to: casualties.usatoday.com. But where
are the Afghanistan
and Afghan lists?? This is nationalism
and ethnocentrism devoid of compassion except for our own. Iraq
GLOBAL IS LOCAL, LOCAL GLOBAL
“Conflicts in our age have become both local and global, blurring the distinction between the two. We can no longer speak of local and national conflicts without considering their international implications, nor can we ignore the impact of global trends and relations on local issues.” Ibrahim Kalin, “Islam and Peace,” in Crescent and Dove, ed. by Qamar-ul Huda (USIP, 2010, p. 30).
My blog: War Department/Peace Department
See OMNI Patriotism Forum, Patriot Day
Nos. 10, 11 at end.
Contents #12, March 19, 2012, Invasion Anniversary
Dick Bennett, Harms of
Wars, Embargo, Occupation
Best Novel about
War? The Yellow Birds
Miller, Blood Money
IVAW Trauma Posters
Schwartz, War Without End
Powell’s New Book: No Debate by Bush Admin.
New Film on Cheney, War Criminal
Tutu Urges Bush/Blair Prosecution
Contents #14 , March 19, 2013
Mass Killing in the Two Invasions
Abdul Haq al-Ani, Tarik al-Ani: Genocide, Gulf War, Decade of Sanctions 1990s, 2003 Invasion, Occupation
New Film on Fallujah Massacre
Dick, Cost of the War, Fraudulent Hidden Costs
Al-Ani and Baker: Book on Uranium Poisoning
Independent Photo-journalists Report War
Breen, the Suffering of Individual Iraqis
Iraq in the Democrat-Gazette 2012 Arkansas
Google Search: Commemorating Invasion of
March 18-19, 2003 Iraq
David Hare’s Play, Stuff Happens
Bennis, Challenging Empire
Tomas Young, Last Letter to Bush, Cheney, March 18, 2013
Young Documentary, “Body of War”
Young, Google Search May 4, 2013
Khawaja, Failure and Complicity of US Media
Kamber, Photojournalists Tell Untold Stories
The Yellow Birds, Google Search
Davies, CIA and Other War Crimes
2013 Violence Highest Since 2008
WRL, Reparations and Healing
OPERATION DESERT STORM, CHAPTER 4, RICHARD PAYNE, THE CLASH WITH DISTANT CULTURES
GOOGLE SEARCH, STUFF HAPPENS, September 30, 2013, page one
David Hare's Stuff Happens is a play about the events that led up to the 2003 Iraq War, beginning at about the time of George W. Bush's election in
in ... America
Apr 14, 2006 - This invigorating new production of David Hare's drama about the road to war in
is conducted on the scale of a town-hall meeting. Iraq
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's Public Theater. The play tells
the story of ... New York
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CHALLENGING EMPIRE BY PHYLLIS BENNIS
Sep 16, 2012 - However flawed the UN of the 21st century may still be, it remains a crucial part of any potentially successful effort to mount a serious challenge ...
Third Anniversary of Global Protest Against
War, A Look at "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN
May 27, 2013 | STORY
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Today marks the third anniversary of the February 15th global anti-war protest, the day tens of millions of people took to the streets in some 600 cities around the world to protest the Bush Administration’s plans to invade
. Author Phyllis Bennis talks
about how the anti-war movement has evolved into a major force for global
change. [includes rush transcript] Iraq
Hundreds of marches and rallies took place in up to 60 countries. In
over two million people marched. Rome London, Madrid and
each saw over a million people take to the streets. In Barcelona , half a million rallied. In New York City , a quarter
of a million people marched. And hundreds of other protests were held across
every continent in the world. Sites included San Francisco Australia,
Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Syria, Tokyo, Bangladesh, South
Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, ,
East Timor, India, and even the South Pole. Puerto
· Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in
DC, specializing in Middle
East and United Nations issues. She is the author of several
books. Her newest book is "Challenging Empire: How People, Governments,
and the UN Defy U.S. Power.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: Phyllis Bennis has a new book, arguing the anti-war movement has evolved into a major force for global change. The book is called Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the U.N. Defy
Power. She joins us from
Washington D.C. Welcome to Democracy Now! U.S.
PHYLLIS BENNIS: Thanks, Amy. Good to be with you.
AMY GOODMAN: It’s good to have you with us, Phyllis. Talk about the significance of this movement. The subtitle of your book is How People, Governments, and the UN Defy
Power. But it’s
three years later, and the U.S. U.S.
is deeply involved in the occupation and war in still. Iraq
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Tomas Young, Dying
War Veteran, Pens 'Last
Letter' To Bush, Cheney On War's 10th Anniversary, and Film Body of War Iraq
Days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Tomas Young, then a 22-year-old from
made a decision repeated by many other Americans around the country: He was
going to enlist in the military in hopes of getting even with the enemies who
had helped coordinate the deaths of nearly 3,000 men, women and children. Kansas City, Mo.
Less than three years later, Young's Army service placed him not in Afghanistan -- where then-President George W. Bush had told the nation the terrorist plot had originated -- but in Iraq. On April 4, 2004, just five days into his first tour, Young's convoy by insurgents. A bullet from an AK-47 severed his spine. Another struck his knee. Young would never walk again, and in fact, for the next nearly nine years, he would suffer a number of medical setbacks that allowed him to survive only with the help of extensive medical procedures and the care of his wife, Claudia.
The incident turned Young into one of the most vocal veteran critics of the Iraq War. He has, however, saved his most powerful criticism for what he claims will be his last. Young says he'll die soon, but not before writing a letter to Bush and former Vice President Cheney on the .
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in
Iraq and the Middle East,
know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our
eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of
murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow
veterans—whose future you stole.
Young goes on to attack the "cowardice" of Bush and Cheney for avoiding military service themselves, and to encourage them to "stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness."
Young was the subject of the 2007 documentary "," which was about his recovery process and the Iraq War. At a February screening of the film, Young told the audience in April.
According to the , Young announced that he would stop taking all nourishment and life-extending medications at that time. He's since said that the deterioration to his body from the injury and ensuing complications would make it physically impossible for him to commit suicide in any other way.
"It's time," he told the audience over Skype, while seated beside his wife. "When I go I want be alert and aware."
“I made the decision to go on hospice care, to stop feeding and fade away," he said. "This way, instead of committing the conventional suicide and I am out of the picture, people have a way to stop by or call and say their goodbyes. I felt this was a fairer way to treat people than to just go out with a note."
Body of War is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25 years old, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine – wounded after serving in
for less than a week. Iraq
Body of War is Tomas’ coming home story as he evolves into a new person, coming to terms with his disability and finding his own unique and passionate voice against the war. The film is produced and directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, and features two original songs by Eddie Vedder. Body of War is a naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man.
Body of War unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. And on the other, we see the historic debate unfolding in the Congress about going to war in
The film opens as Tomas and his fiancé Brie prepare for their wedding. However, because of his disability, we see how the simple everyday activities for Tomas are involved and challenging. War is personal and the film takes us into the skin and bones of what it means to have no control over basic bodily functions. In many remarkable scenes, we directly experience how vulnerable and open Tomas is as he interacts with his wife, family, and friends.
Watch the full documentary now (playlist – 1 hour, 28 minutes)
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The pundits and most of the politicians who were involved in spreading the lies that led to the colossal disaster in
held accountable. None of the political leaders from either major political
party were put on trial for their roles in the war crimes against Iraq . In
addition, most of the media 'experts' escaped accountability for abetting these war
“Lies of the Iraq War” the 10th anniversary of the
's genocide approximately 3 million human beings massacred and human habitats
destroyed under the false pretext of WMD. This week, the global news media
hurriedly doing the damage control of its complacent image and showing the
belated facts of the bogus “War on Terror.” The facts were facts in March 2003,
when George Bush, the Congress and Tony Blair planned aggression against the
innocent people of Iraq
, the Western news media served as a weapon to launch the cruel war. Now it
wants to distance itself and perhaps repair the self-inflicted and well sponsored
atrocities carried out against the mankind Iraq
B. Photojournalists on War
The Untold Stories
By Michael Kamber
Introduction by Dexter Filkins
With visceral, previously unpublished photographs and eyewitness accounts from the front lines, three dozen of the world’s leading photojournalists reveal the inside and untold stories of the
war in this groundbreaking
oral history. Iraq
With previously unpublished photographs by an incredibly diverse group of the world’s top news photographers, presents a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America’s nine-year conflict in the Middle East. Michael Kamber interviewed photojournalists from many leading news organizations, including Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, the , the , , , the , , Reuters, , the , VII Photo Agency, and the , to create the most comprehensive collection of eyewitness accounts of the Iraq War yet published. These in-depth interviews offer first-person, frontline reports of the war as it unfolded, including key moments such as the battle for Fallujah, the toppling of Saddam’s statue, and the Haditha massacre. The photographers also vividly describe the often shocking and sometimes heroic actions that journalists undertook in trying to cover the war, as they discuss the role of the media and issues of censorship. These hard-hitting accounts and photographs, rare in the annals of any war, reveal the inside and untold stories behind the headlines in
[The excerpt from the book’s Introduction published in Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2013) emphasizes censorship as “the starting point for this book,” both official (dead troops, Iraqi prisoners, et al., off limits) and professional (editors of media as censors). –Dick]
KEVIN POWERS’ THE YELLOW BIRDS, GOOGLE SEARCH 9-25-13
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The CIA: Keepers of the Hit Lists
by DOUGLAS VALENTINE and NICOLAS J.S. DAVIES
In February the Guardian and BBC Arabic unveiled a documentary exploring the role of retired Colonel James Steele in the recruitment, training and initial deployments of the CIA advised and funded Special Police Commandos in
The documentary tells how the Commandos tortured and murdered tens of thousands of Iraqi men and boys. But the Commandos were only one of
America’s many weapons of mass destruction in .
Along with US military forces – which murdered indiscriminately – and various
CIA funded death squads – which murdered selectively – and the CIA’s rampaging
palace guard – the 5,000 man strong Iraq Special Operations Forces – the
Commandos were part of a genocidal campaign that killed about 10% of the Sunni
Arabs of Iraq by 2008, and drove about half of all Sunnis from their homes. Iraq
2013 VIOLENCE HIGHEST SINCE 2008
“July Deaths Most Since 2008 in
.” Iraq Democrat-Gazette (8-2, 13). “More than 1,000 people
were killed in Arkansas
in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the United Nations said..
. . .Violence has been on the rise all year.”
Cause? “sectarian tensions”
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Occupation and Resistance in
Pew Poll of US Troops: War Not Worth It
War Continues Iraq
100 Poets Against the War
Violence Follows Withdrawal?
When Promised Iraq
Van Buren: We Meant Well?
Contents of #11 Feb. 9, 2012
IVAW Winter Soldier Film
Four Articles from HAW
Engelhardt: US Weakness
Cindy Sheehan on Leaving
Hedges and Al-Arian on Killing Innocents
Van Buren, on US Aid
Shear, Novel About Returned Marine
Zunes, Those Responsible
Hayden, Sectarian Future
Vets for Peace: Obama Declares End of War
Casualties and Deaths
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