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Pollution Chokes the Tigris, a Main Source of Baghdad’s Drinking Wate

6/6/04

News Article

Health / Safety || Environment / Ecology

Dahr Jamail

Water from the Tigris River -- consumed by Iraqis in Baghdad every day -- is contaminated with war waste, and much of it goes untreated despite obligations of a US company to reconstruct vital facilities.

Pattern Emerges of Sexual Assault Against Women Held by U.S. Forces

6/6/04

News Report

Gender / Sexism || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Chris Shumway

Human Rights groups report that US troops are committing systemic acts of sexual abuse and humiliation against Iraqi women held in facilities throughout Iraq. For many rape survivors, the violence only begins there...

New Iraqi President Holds Tentative Grassroots Respect, Little Power

6/1/04

News Article

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Politics / Legislation

Dahr Jamail

As its final act, the Iraqi Governing Council installs a relatively popular Sunni sheikh as interim president. Iraqis in Baghdad welcome the move, but doubt even a man known for standing up to the US can make a difference.

Concern Over Mercenaries’ Role in Iraq Rises With Private Spending

6/1/04

News Report

Military / War || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Chris Shumway

As private security spending in Iraq increases, the role of heavily-armed mercenaries takes on new dimensions, but these soldiers of fortune and their parent companies are not subject to the same regulations as the regular military.

Iraq Contract Goes to Firm with links to Chalabi, Pentagon

5/31/04

News Report

Military / War || Business

Pranjal Tiwari

A firm founded in 2003 for the express purpose of obtaining Iraq reconstruction money may have won some large contracts through ties to Washington's once-favorite former Iraqi exile.

Mehdi Army Grows as Tempers Rage Over ‘Wedding Massacre’

5/25/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

US assaults against Muqtada Al-Sadr's Mehdi militia spread once again to Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, where Shi'ites and Sunnis outraged by recent atrocities are reportedly joining the resistance in droves.

As U.S. Cuts Chalabi’s Funds, Raids Home and Offices, Rumors Abound

5/21/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Law Enforcement / Prison System

Brian Dominick

Major new developments suggest a sour if murky climax to the once-cherished relationship between Washington and repatriated Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, but tight lips have already sparked significant speculation.

Records show US failing to keep promises in Iraq

5/21/04

News Report

Foreign Policy / International Relations || Labor Issues

Chris Shumway

Government records and recent news reports show that the US is falling short on promises to rebuild Iraq's crumbling infrastructure and stabilize the country's economy by hiring Iraqis for important jobs.

Fallujah Doctors Report U.S. Forces Obstructed Medical Care in April

5/21/04

News Article

Military / War || Health / Safety

Dahr Jamail

Horror stories continue to rise from the rubble of Fallujah as Marines continue to deny claims that their forces caused prohibited emergency care and attacked civilian ambulances during the April siege.

U.S. Military Raids Baghdad Mosque, Enraging Sunni Muslims

5/15/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

For the second time in just over a month, US soldiers have raided the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad, apparently finding nothing they came for. Speculation is growing that they are coming just to harass.

Electricity Production in Iraq Remains Below Pre-War Levels

5/14/04

News Article

Military / War || Corporate Globalization

Dahr Jamail

Contrary to Bush Administration reports, Iraqi officials say the country's electricity problems remain endemic, and fear that despite Coalition promises, Iraq's plants will remain inadequate for the foreseeable future.

Fighting Causes Heavy Iraqi Casualties, Damage in Shi’ite Holy Cities

5/14/04

News Report

Military / War

Chris Shumway

A series of offensive maneuvers by US forces in the cities of Najaf and Karbala, have led to the deaths of numerous Iraqis, including many civilians, as well as caused major damage to a significant mosque.

Summary of Leaked Red Cross Report on Iraqis Tortured in US Custody

5/13/04

News Report

Law Enforcement / Prison System || Military / War

NewStandard Staff

The Red Cross produced a 24-page report, packed with documented allegations of US and other coalition forces abusing and torturing Iraqi detainees. We've distilled the report down to a few hundred shocking words.

Fallujah Rebels, Residents, Police Celebrate Victory over U.S. Marines

5/10/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

While Marines report a successful excursion to the heart of Fallujah, civilians and armed mujahideen join Iraqi police and soldiers in touting the defeat and retreat of US forces in the battle for Fallujah

Angry Fallujans Prepared to Resist Renewed U.S. Patrols

5/9/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

If Fallujah is to be the scene of more fighting like last month's, residents appear at least as willing to resist again. Until then, they continue to bury their dead and recount stories of atrocities suffered here in April.

Higher Education and Research in Iraq Comes to a Grinding Halt

5/7/04

News Article

Education / Schools || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Dahr Jamail

A year after the fall of the Hussein regime, Iraqi universities remain in disrepair after decades of war and sanctions; grad students trapped within Iraq's borders. Academics wonder when the "rebuilding" will reach them.

Telltale Signs of Torture Lead Family to Demand Answers

5/4/04

Feature Article

Civil / Human Rights || Military / War

Dahr Jamail

US troops captured an Iraqi family man on July 21, 2003 only to drop him off at a civilian hospital more than a month later, beaten and in a vegetative state. We try to piece the story together and find out just what happened to Sadiq Zoman.

Iraq's Only Disabilities Hospital Badly Underfunded, Inaccessible

4/29/04

News Article

Health / Safety || Military / War

Dahr Jamail

With more patients than ever as a result of invasion and occupation, Al-Kena rehab is critically low on funds and resources; doctors say patients can't access facilities, hospital can't afford to provide services or make proesthetics.

US Forces Continue Sieges, Massive Gunship Assaults on Fallujah, Najaf

4/27/04

News Report

Military / War

NewStandard Staff

US troops called gunships against Iraqi positions and neighborhoods. Pentagon and civilian hospital aftermath reports differed greatly; the latter said US prevented care to wounded.

Fallujah Residents Report U.S. Forces Engaged in Collective Punishment

4/23/04

News Article

Military / War || Civil / Human Rights

Dahr Jamail

Despite what Marines call a "ceasefire" in Fallujah, refugees trapped outside and Fallujans still under seige continue to face measures of collective punishment in response to persisting defiance of U.S. demands

U.S. Troops Raid Abu Hanifa Mosque, Destroy Fallujah Relief Goods

4/21/04

News Article

Military / War

Dahr Jamail

Witnesses describe US raid on major Baghdad mosque, destroying foodstuffs stockpiled for Fallujah relief, terrifying worshipers, staff, aid workers and damaging the structure

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