Photo: Shi'ite refugees wait for food rations in a refugee camp in the outskirts of
REPORTS – LIFE IN
This week on War News Radio, Iraqi farmers are in trouble. They are now cut off from the government support they used to receive and are hampered by an uncertain market. Listen now to Anne Kolker’s report. Then, we examine how pollution is affecting daily life in the Iraqi city of
House demolitions in Adhamiya have been one of many tactics employed by the United States Military in its attempts to quell violence and insurgents in the troubled neighborhood. The tactic of house demolition has been a familiar one to the
A shortage of chemicals for water purification is adversely affecting water quality in Missan Province, a predominantly Shia region some 380km south of Baghdad, and posing a health risk as people resort to drawing water from the polluted River Tigris, according to aid agencies. The river, with its tributaries, is the main source of the province's water which is pumped through water treatment facilities to the main towns. Amarah, the provincial capital, has not had its mains water supply treated since early September for lack of chemicals. The problem is compounded by the daily arrival in the province of displaced families. Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from central and
Child: "Mother, mother! Daddy was electrocuted!" Mother: "We have power?" — Popular Iraqi joke. It was October, but still too hot to sleep inside, so the eight members of the Faekh family climbed onto the roof of their house for another night of torment. It wasn't just the nagging fear of a bomb on their road and the thumping passage of
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gave the green light on Tuesday for a possible military incursion into northern
Haditha Marine squad leader should not face murder charges: investigating officer
October 5, 2007 [JURIST] The investigating officer who headed the Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder] for US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] has recommended that Wuterich not face unpremeditated murder charges but instead be tried for negligent homicide, defense lawyers said Thursday.
Federal judge refuses to dismiss Murtha defamation lawsuit over Haditha comments
September 29, 2007 [JURIST] A federal judge has refused to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against
Dereliction of duty charges dropped against US Marine in Haditha case
September 18, 2007 [JURIST] A US Marine Corps commanding officer ordered Tuesday that charges be dismissed [press release] against Marine Capt. Lucas McConnell for failing to report the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. McConnell was granted immunity from prosecution by.
US Marine officer accused in Haditha probe rejects 'cover-up' plea bargain
September 11, 2007 [JURIST] A lawyer for US Marine First Lt. Andrew Grayson, an intelligence officer accused of mishandling an investigation into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], said Monday that Grayson has rejected a plea offer from military prosecutors requiring..
US Marine officers censured for handling of Haditha Iraqi murders probe
September 6, 2007 [JURIST] The Secretary of the Navy on Wednesday handed down letters of censure [press release, PDF] to three US Marine officers for improper performance of duties related to the reporting and investigation of the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in.
Haditha Marine commander faces Article 32 hearing
August 30, 2007 [JURIST] A preliminary hearing began Thursday at Camp Pendleton [official website], California, in the court-martial of US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website], commander of the platoon implicated in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha.
Haditha investigator recommends dropping murder charges against US Marine
August 24, 2007 [JURIST] A US Marines investigating officer has recommended that murder charges be dropped against Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum [advocacy profile] for his role in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005.
Charges dismissed against two US Marines in Haditha Iraqi civilian killings
August 9, 2007 [JURIST] US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James Mattis [official profile] has dismissed all charges against Lance Cpl. Justine I. Sharratt and Capt. Randy W. Stone for their alleged roles in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] at Haditha
The indictment of
Quote of the day: "Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?
Expediency asks the question: is it politic?
Vanity asks the question: is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular---but one must take it because it is right."
-- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.