Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki specifically endorsed Obama’s 16-month timeline for withdrawal in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel. His interview was published just a day after the White House announced it had agreed to a “time horizon” for troop withdrawals, a major concession.
On Tuesday, June 3, join the Center for Constitutional Rights for an exciting live webcast of the event “True Crimes: The Untold Story Behind the Devastation of Iraq.” The event, which will take place at New York City’s Town Hall, features bestselling author JEREMY SCAHILL, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer CHRIS HEDGES, journalistLAILA AL-ARIAN, and The New Yorker‘s SEYMOUR HERSH, as they go behind the headlines to tell the untold story of the occupation of Iraq, the daily plight of Iraqi civilians, and the ongoing role of private mercenaries in America’s so-called “war on terror.”
The webcast will stream live on CCR’s website onTuesday, June 3, 7 p.m. EST. Go here for more details.
This event also marks the book launches of Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians by Chris Hedges and Laila al-Arian and the updated paperback edition of Blackwater: Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill.
CCR has worked with all of these authors in our pursuit of justice for the victims of the war and occupation of Iraq. Recently, we filed new cases against Blackwater for its killing of Iraqi civilians as well as a new case against CACI and Titan, military contractors in Iraq who were responsible for interrogation and translation at Abu Ghraib.
The event is co-sponsored by CCR, The Nation, Public Concern Foundation, Democracy Now!, The Indypendent, CERSC, Democrats. com, Veterans for Common Sense, Peace Action New York, Alternet and Tricycle.
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The latest information on future Iraq war funding is that Democratic House leadership is moving toward putting a “clean” Iraq war funding bill onto the floor of the House for an up-or-down vote that would provide the administration with $170 billion dollars for the remainder of this fiscal year (September 30) and into the next. This would make this supplemental the last Iraq war funding bill to hit the floor of the House and Senate before the November elections.
So far 50,000 of you have signed onto the open letter to Congressman John Murtha, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. This letter, coordinated by the Win Without War Coalition, calls for Chairman Murtha to “draft a new supplemental appropriations bill that will direct the president to immediately begin the orderly removal of all U.S troops from Iraq.” Your activism has been noticed, as earlier this week, the letter was quoted in a Washington Post story.
It now appears that the supplemental will come to the floor of the House during the week of May 5. With this in mind, the deadline for signatures on the open letter has been extended to next Thursday, May 1st. So you have one more week to add your name and gather other signatures for the Open Letter to Chairman Murtha on StandUpCongress.org.
Throughout this supplemental appropriations process, it is important to remember that Congress DOES have the power to change US policy in Iraq, but they are not going to do it without more direct pressure from their constituents. We look forward to partnering with you to apply as much direct pressure as possible.
By Greg Mitchell
Even if it confirms what you have already sensed — you are no dummies — the details are truly damning and shocking. And it continues up to the present day…
A detailed expose of the undisclosed ties between television military analysts, the Pentagon, and defense contractors, this article is the kind of investigative journalism one used to expect from the NYTIMES.
This is worse than the analysts indulging in their natural bias for the war. The article sets forth a deliberate plan to mislead the American public by a concerted plan of psychological warfare.
As one would expect, the infamous Fox News was at the forefront of the deception; but the networks and cable news were also less then diligent in checking out what their so-called “military analysts” were up to.