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PATRICK COCKBURN – Why Everything You’ve Read About Syria and Iraq Could be Wrong

The Iraqi army, backed by US-led airstrikes, is trying to capture east Mosul at the same time as the Syrian army and its Shia paramilitary allies are fighting their way into east Aleppo. An estimated 300 civilians have been killed in Aleppo by government artillery and bombing in the last fortnight, and in Mosul there are reportedly some 600 civilian dead over a month. Despite …

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Anup Shah – Today, around 21,000 children died around the world

Some 21,000 children die every day around the world. That is equivalent to: 1 child dying every 4 seconds 14 children dying every minute A 2011 Libya conflict-scale death toll every day A 2010 Haiti earthquake occurring every 10 days A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring every 11 days An Iraq-scale death toll every 19–46 days Just under 7.6 million children …

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Warrior Connection-11.20.16

The November 20 edition of Warrior Connection was a discussion with John Ketwig who is Vietnam veteran and author of the exceptional book on the Vietnam War: “and a hard rain fell—A GI’s true story of the War in Vietnam”. (contact: publicity@sourcebooks.com ) John’s exceptional book is available from most bookstores and is in still in print.

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Tom Engelhardt – Tomgram: Engelhardt, Through the Gates of Hell

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination.  So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its …

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Eric Zuesse – Increased Poverty in 96% of U.S. House Districts, During Obama’s Presidency

On November 3rd, Morning Consult’s Jon Reid bannered, “Poverty on the Rise in Nearly All House Districts” and he reported that, “A Brookings Institution study, released less than a week before the election, shows that the number of people living in poverty has increased in 96 percent of congressional districts between 2000 and 2010-2014.” That finding fits along with others, such as that the …

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Emma Daly – Journalists at Risk

For reporters at risk around the world – because they’re exposing corruption, covering conflict, or afflicting the comfortable – today matters: it’s the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. You’d think a group of professional communicators could have come up with a catchier name, but whatever it’s called, the day itself is recognition of an issue that …

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PATRICK COCKBURN – This is What Will Happen to Mosul After ISIS is Evicted

I visited Mosul on the day it fell to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and a small detachment of US Special Forces on 11 April 2003. As we drove into the city, we passed lines of pick-up trucks piled high with loot returning to the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Iraq. US soldiers at a checkpoint, over which waved the Stars and Stripes, …

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Harriet Agerholm – Iranian girls ‘given eight lashings each because their parents could not pay school fees’

A group of schoolgirls in Iran have been flogged because their parents owed less than eight pounds in school fees, according to an opposition group in the country. Ten girls from the Mokhtarabad village in the country’s southern province of Kerman reportedly endured eight lashings each from their school principal after they failed to pay 300,000 riyals in fees. There …

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DAVID HOWARD – Army Vets Are Turning Into Organic Farmers Thanks To This Innovative Program

When they were children in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the Greendeer girls loved to slip out of the house just after sunrise during summer to plunge into neighboring Mirror Lake State Park, where in the mornings the water was still and the forest was warm and dewy. The sisters were born into the Ho-Chunk Nation 23 months apart, Jessika followed by Kristen, …