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[20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Afghan Massacre Demonstrates War Has Failed

Matt Southworth
United States
“War doesn’t just rob the occupied of their humanity; it robs the occupier of theirs too. And this is why humankind cannot continue to wage senseless wars that accomplish nothing but death and destruction.”
Matt Southworth, an Iraq war veteran and lobbyist at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (the Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest), reflects on why last week’s events in Afghanistan mean that the war effort there is failing. Originally posted on the FCNL staff blog, 2C.
As is increasingly evidenced by developments in Afghanistan, from gloomy …

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[28 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Baghdad Days: The House Is Falling

Bruce Wallace
Iraq/United States

“The stories we present are retellings of conversations, letters, and emails from Baghdad students and teachers as they reveal what life is like under the U.S. occupation and the consequent destruction of Iraqi civil society.”
I founded 121Contact in March of 2004 as a response to losing my nephew, Supreme Court Officer Mitch Wallace, who died at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 while pulling victims from the South Tower–until it collapsed upon him.  121Contact is dedicated to Mitch.
As the war in Iraq began I started speaking …

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[8 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Iraq War and Women: A Case for Reparations

Patricia Hynes, USA
Yanar Mohammed, Iraq
“The United States owes reparations to the people of Iraq for this unsanctioned war of aggression, most of all to the women and girls who have lost their future.”

In August 2010 the United States marked the formal end of combat operations in Iraq with divergent assessments of the nearly eight-year war. At the closing military ceremony in Iraq, General Ray Odierno drew forth America’s self-image as the force of global liberation: “[The war] was for the shared ideals of freedom, liberty and justice.” Former deputy secretary …

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[7 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]
Iraqi Women Lead in the Struggle for Rights

Yanar Mohammed
The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) has taken to the streets to ensure that women are a visible presence in Iraq’s struggle for rights and freedoms. On March 4th, OWFI President Yanar Mohammed shared this update on the continuing demonstrations.

Last Friday, February 25, was a historic day in Iraq. The revolution earthquakes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya sent shockwaves in our direction. The main squares of most Iraqi cities were filled with protestors raising same demands of providing electricity, employment, an end to governmental corruption, and a plea …