Betrayed in Iraq

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

March 30, 2009

Leila Fadel: Leaders of Awakening Councils are arrested, tortured and killed by Iraq government

Leila Fadel, Baghdad Bureau Chief of McClatchy Newspapers speaks to Paul Jay about the recent escalation in violence in Iraq’s capital. She says the former fighters termed the “Sons of Iraq” who have turned on Al Qaeda and joined the U.S. are now being persecuted by the Iraq government. She says the Maliki government is afraid of the power they’ve accumulated in the neighborhoods they were put to protect by the U.S. and many are now in exile or in hiding.

The Real News Network


    • jimstaro on March 30, 2009 at 17:46

    This Day in History 1891:

    “Sockless” Simpson rallies populist farmers

    Angered over low crop prices, high-interest bank loans and unaffordable shipping rates, farmers began to unite in self-help groups like the Grange and the Farmers’ Alliances. Initially, these groups primarily provided mutual assistance to members while agitating for the regulation of railroads and grain elevators. Increasingly, though, they became centers of support for more sweeping political change by uniting to help form the nationwide third-party movement known as the Populists.

    This Day in History 1948:

    Henry Wallace criticizes Truman’s Cold War policies

    Wallace and his supporters were among the few Americans who actively voiced criticisms of America’s Cold War mindset during the late 1940s and 1950s.

    Today, March 30, is Palestinian Land Day.

    Since 2004, the U.S. has stated support for a viable Palestinian state but at the same time has done little to check Israeli government activities that have fragmented the occupied West Bank.  Expanded settlements, Israeli-only bypass roads, checkpoints, and the separation barrier cut deep into the Palestinian territory.  

    We believe the U.S. government must play a more constructive and even-handed role in Israel and Palestine.

    AFSC  has produced a new two-minute video about the fragmentation of the West Bank.  With a new administration in Washington and the possibility of a fresh diplomatic approach in the Middle East, it’s an important time to raise this issue and to make our voices heard.

    AFSC Westbank Action Site

    • jimstaro on March 31, 2009 at 02:11

    Targeted by the Taliban, the ‘Three Cups of Tea’ Author Never Gave Up on His Peacebuilding Efforts

    The ABC Video Report

    His Book: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time (Paperback)

    How Peace Is Won!! The Hearts and Minds Understand, That’s Universal!!!

    • jimstaro on March 31, 2009 at 02:27

    Seymour Hersh: Obama To Spotlight Syria


    Seymour Hersh reports that a major change in American policy toward Syria is underway. As Hersh explains in his April 6 article for The New Yorker, “Syria Calling,” the Obama administration is considering mediating talks between Israel and Syria

       Brings up the NPR Player to listen

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