Middle East in Conflict Archives

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Marines Employ Iraqi Mercenary Force to Crush Rebellion

3/4/05

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

Citing failure utilizing the traditional US military counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq, one Marine unit has set up a special Iraqi commando outfit reminiscent of notorious Latin American paramilitaries forces.

State Dept. Report Ignores U.S. Crimes, Tisk-tisks Iraqi Authorities

3/4/05

News Report

Civil / Human Rights || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Chris Shumway

In its annual public report on human rights abuses around the world, the US was quick to criticize Iran and Syria, among others, but only lightly admonished the new Iraqi government and overlooked its own violations.

Iraq Occupation Ran On Policy of Corruption, Witnesses Say

2/15/05

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Media

Brian Dominick

Prompted by an absence of standard oversight, congressional Democrats heard testimony Monday about policies of massive waste and mismanagement involving a mercenary firm and a US-funded propaganda TV network.

Iraqi Elites May Award Oil Contracts Before New Assembly Sits

2/8/05

News Report

Military / War || Corporate Globalization

NewStandard Staff

In what looks like a pre-arranged fire sale, Iraq’s outgoing, unelected interim government may hand out lucrative petroleum deals to Western corporations.

Public Can Force Iraq Troop Withdrawal, Lawmakers and Critics Say

1/28/05

News Article

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Social Movements / Activism

Michelle Chen

As proposals for exiting Iraq hit Capitol Hill, critics like Howard Zinn, Matt Rothschild and some members of Congress speak out on alternatives to continued US military presence, which some say is a catalyst of civil war.

U.S. Turning ‘Blind Eye’ to Saddam-style Torture in ‘New’ Iraq

1/25/05

News Report

Civil / Human Rights || Law Enforcement / Prison System

NewStandard Staff

A new human rights report shakes down the sole rationale behind Bush’s invasion, showing that pre-war policies of indiscriminate detention, beatings and lack of due process are alive and well in the “free” Iraq.

Iraqis Discuss Voting, Or Not, in Elections Held Amidst Chaos

1/17/05

News Article

Elections / Democracy || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Dahr Jamail(et al)

With confusion, obscurity and disarray defining the lead up to Iraq’s elections, even people who have not decided to boycott or stay away in fear of violence have a reason to dismiss participation in the Jan. 30 polls.

Iraq Torture Investigators Reveal Scores of New Cases

12/31/04

News Article

Law Enforcement / Prison System

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

A legal team looking for evidence of involvement by US corporations in the torture, abuse, rape in US-run prisons in Iraq continue to uncover indications that the mistreatment is profound and systemic.

President Authorized Abu Ghraib Torture, FBI Email Says

12/21/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

NewStandard Staff

Among a new batch of documents rights groups have forced the gov't to release, a Bureau communication refers to a presidential Executive Order endorsing some forms of torture witnessed at Iraq prison.

U.S. Forgives Iraq Debt To Clear Way for IMF Reforms

12/19/04

News Article

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Economy

Brian Dominick

While Washington pats itself on the back for forgiving Iraqi debt owed since the 1980s, critics say the relief comes with dangerous strings attached and argue that the debt should have been null and void.

Controversial U.S. Groups Operate Behind Scenes on Iraq Vote

12/13/04

Feature Article

Elections / Democracy || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke(et al)

Washington-funded organizations are hard at work providing assistance to political campaigns in the lead up to next month’s nationwide elections, but critics suggest their participation is anything but benevolent.

Troops Vent Frustration, Fear at Rumsfeld During Kuwait ‘Town Meeting

12/8/04

News Report

Military / War

NewStandard Staff

At a public appearance by Donald Rumsfeld, troops destined for Iraq pressed the secretary on matters including lack of sufficient armor, inequity of equipment allocation and the hotbutton 'backdoor draft.'

Fallujah Refugees Tell of Life and Death in the Kill Zone

12/3/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

Journalists and residents who have fled Fallujah share accounts of US troops killing unarmed and wounded people; Dahr Jamail continues interviewing survivors as images of a city under US assault further emerge.

Jan. Elections Remain Misunderstood in U.S., Tenuous in Iraq

12/2/04

News Article

Elections / Democracy || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

With politicians and the media distorting news of the upcoming Iraqi elections, most Americans have no idea how the process will work. Meanwhile, informed skeptics look at recent history and wonder if it will work at all.

Rumsfeld, Others May Be Investigated, Tried by German Court

12/1/04

News Article

Law / Courts || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Jessica Azulay

In a daring application of a new German law, a US-based group has asked German prosecutors to probe and indict 10 top American officials for tortures committed in Iraq -- crimes from which they have thus far been insulated.

Iraqi Critics Speak Out on Occupation, Elections

11/20/04

Feature Article

Elections / Democracy || Military / War

Dahr Jamail

On questions about the future of Iraq, the voices marginalized most in the Western press are those of Iraqis outside elite political circles. Dahr Jamail asks important questions of important people: the Iraqi public.

Troops Raid Abu Hanifa Mosque, Kill Worshippers

11/20/04

News Report

Military / War || Religion

Brian Dominick

For the fifth time since the fall of Baghdad, US and Iraqi forces stage an assault on a prominent Sunni mosque, killing at least 3 and wounding many others before making numerous arrests.

Fallujah’s Political Fallout Threatens Security Throughout Iraq

11/12/04

News Report

Military / War

Lisa Ashkenaz Croke

As what may prove the war's biggest battle rages on in Fallujah, violence has spiked nationwide, causing political rifts and leading to increased criticism of Iraqi and US governmental efforts.

In Fallujah, U.S. Declares War on Hospitals, Ambulances

11/9/04

News Report

Health / Safety || Military / War

Brian Dominick

US troops appear to be including the restriction of civilian health care services as a primary objective in the current assault on Fallujah, including the bombing and seizure of clinics and confiscation of ambulances.

Critics Weigh In On Alternative U.S.-Iraq Policies

11/7/04

Feature Article

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Military / War

Saadia Iqbal

Western analysts take on difficult subjects such as foriegn military presence, the prospect for elections and alternative ways forward, arriving at a range of proposals that differ from the current US outlook.

Fallujah Invasion Nears; Bombings and Dissent Pick Up

11/6/04

News Report

Military / War || Elections / Democracy

Brian Dominick

Bombings of Fallujah this week became constant as US Marines and undertrained Iraqi troops move into position around Fallujah. But vocal opposition to the assault from many quarters accompanies final preparations.

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