Video: ‘Iraq Exit – Rebranding the Occupation!’

(RussiaToday) – The last U.S. combat brigade has left Iraq two weeks ahead of their planned withdrawal at the end of the month. But a fifty thousand-strong American military contingent will remain in the country for support and training until the end of 2011. They’ll have the power to use their weapons in self-defense or at the request of the Iraqi government. Over seven years of being in Iraq, more than four thousand U.S. soldiers have died, according to the Pentagon. Continue reading

General Electric pays $23 million to settle Iraq bribery charges

(RawStory) – US industrial titan General Electric has agreed to pay over 23 million dollars to settle allegations that it bribed Iraqi officials, a US financial watchdog said on Tuesday.

GE had been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of being part of “a 3.6 million dollar kickback scheme with Iraqi government agencies to win contracts to supply medical equipment and water purification equipment.”

Four subsidiaries of the Connecticut-based company were accused of bribing officials at the Iraqi ministries of health and oil, trading cash, computer equipment and medical supplies to win lucrative contracts. Continue reading

Video: Alex Covers Wikileakd Video – A Culture of Psychopathic Abuse in Iraq

(April 6) – Wikileakd video shows U.S. troops firing on Reuters reporters and Iraqi children Continue reading

World War

(MailOnline) – Obama to soften nuclear strike policy… except for Iran and North Korea Read More Here

(CNN) – Video: New video shows a 2007 attack by a U.S. Apache helicopter the killed two journalists. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer explains. View Video Here

Video: Analysis of Apache Gunship killing Iraqis Ploughing a field – View Video Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – The United States Takes the Matter of Three-headed Babies Very Seriously

When did it begin, all this “We take your [call/problem/question] very seriously”? With answering-machine hell? As you wait endlessly, the company or government agency assures you that they take seriously whatever reason you’re calling. What a kind and thoughtful world we live in.

The BBC reported last month that doctors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are reporting a high level of birth defects, with some blaming weapons used by the United States during its fierce onslaughts of 2004 and subsequently, which left much of the city in ruins. “It was like an earthquake,” a local engineer who was running for a national assembly seat told the Washington Post in 2005. “After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there was Fallujah.” Now, the level of heart defects among newborn babies is said to be 13 times higher than in Europe. Read More Here

(VJMovement) – Video: Balkans – Depleted Uranium in NATO Bombs Remains Deadly – Video Link Here

(GlobalResearch) – The Opium Wars in Afghanistan

Can Anyone Pacify the World’s Number One Narco-State? Read More Here

(BelfastTelegraph) – Pakistan Is In Pieces – Robert Fisk

American drones overhead, Taliban troops on the offensive, and the horrifying rise of child kidnapping – Pakistan is in pieces, writes Robert Fisk, in a devastating portrait of a country thwarted by violence and corruption Read More Here

(InfoClearingHouse) – Iraq Slaughter Not An Aberration – Glenn Greenwald Read More Here

(PaulWatson) – Video: This Is Why They Hate Us

Another beating snuff video shames coalition of the killing, You Tube censors it View Video Here

(AaronDykes&AlexJones) – Video: Wikileak’d video shows U.S. troops firing on Reuters reporters and Iraqi children

Pentagon cover-up expands to demonize whistleblower for leak – View Video Here

(PressTV) – Obama excludes Iran in ban on US nuke strikes

US President Barack Obama plans to release a review of the US nuclear arms strategy that purportedly restricts the use of its nuclear arms against most non-atomic states except Iran and North Korea. Read More Here

(NYTimes) – Iraq Bombings Raise Fears of Resurgent Violence

Deadly blasts shook Baghdad for the second time in three days on Tuesday, deepening fears that Iraq was teetering on the edge of a new outbreak of insurgent and sectarian violence, officials said. Read More Here

(BBC) – Karzai defends Afghanistan US election fraud claim

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended an extraordinary outburst he made against the West about fraud in his country’s presidential election. Read More Here

Video: Neo-Cons Defend Massacre Of Iraqi Journalists, Children

(PaulWatson) – Bloodthirsty neo-cons who would defend barbecuing Arab babies on the White House lawn if they were told it was part of the “war on terror” are disgracefully scrambling to defend a shocking video released by Wikileaks which shows U.S. Apache helicopters massacring Iraqi journalists and children in Baghdad while laughing about it. Continue reading

The Mainstream, Corporate Media Is A Propaganda Mill

(Rense) – The Twentieth Century Fox Corporation is not unique in spreading propaganda, but they are rare in admitting it. Rupert Murdoch, himself in 2003, admitted that his Fox company helped to sell George W. Bush’s Iraqi-Afghani wars to the American public. Continue reading

How the US Occupation of Iraq Destroy and Undermine Women’s Rights – Dahr Jamail and Abdu Rahman

(IPSNews) – Under Saddam Hussein, women in government got a year’s maternity leave; that is now cut to six months. Under the Personal Status Law in force since Jul. 14, 1958, when Iraqis overthrew the British-installed monarchy, Iraqi women had most of the rights that Western women do.

Now they have Article 2 of the Constitution: “Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation.” Sub-head A says “No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.” Under this Article the interpretation of women’s rights is left to religious leaders – and many of them are under Iranian influence. Continue reading