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'Hard News' contains Dahr Jamail's published news reports regarding the Middle East.


March 15, 2008

US/IRAQ: Rules of Engagement "Thrown Out the Window"

Inter Press Service
By Dahr Jamail

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Mar 15 (IPS) - Garret Reppenhagen received integral training about the Geneva Conventions and the Rules of Engagement during his deployment in Kosovo. But in Iraq, "Much of this was thrown out the window," he says.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 04:56 PM

March 14, 2008

US/IRAQ: "We Reacted Out of Fear, and With Total Destruction"

Inter Press Service
By Dahr Jamail

Photo of testimonies

SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Mar 14 (IPS) - Hart Viges joined the U.S. Army the day after Sep. 11, 2001, in the belief that he could help make the world a safer place.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 07:29 PM

March 10, 2008

Childhood Is Dying

Inter Press Service
By Dahr Jamail and Ahmed Ali*

BAQUBA, Mar 10 (IPS) - Iraq's children have been more gravely affected by the U.S. occupation than any other segment of the population.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 07:40 PM

March 07, 2008

Where Happiness Has Gone

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Mar 7 (IPS) - After losing sight of what they knew to be normal life, residents across Baquba seem to have fallen into a depression.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 04:30 PM

March 06, 2008

WOMEN'S DAY-IRAQ: Surviving Somehow Behind a Concrete Purdah

Inter Press Service
Analysis by Dahr Jamail

WASHINGTON, Mar 6 (IPS) - Iraq, where women once had more rights and freedom than most others in the Arab world, has turned deadly for women who dream of education and a professional career.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 03:45 PM

March 05, 2008

Sahwa Forces Challenge Govt, and Win

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Mar 5 (IPS) - The conflict between Sahwa forces and the Iraqi government in Diyala has resulted in more power for the Sahwa.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 02:21 PM

March 03, 2008

'Not Our Country To Return To'

Inter Press Service
By Maki al-Nazzal and Dahr Jamail*

DAMASCUS, Mar 3 (IPS) - More Iraqis continue to flee their country than the numbers returning, despite official claims to the contrary.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 03:56 PM

March 01, 2008

Tensions Rise Between Sahwa and Govt Forces

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 29 (IPS) - U.S. backed Sahwa forces threaten to destabilise U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces in Iraq's volatile Diyala province.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 05:38 AM

Occupation Strangles Farmers

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 29 (IPS) - New plant diseases, attacks by occupation forces and escalating fuel prices are strangling farmers in Diyala province.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 12:00 AM

February 27, 2008

Baquba Losing Life – And Hope

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 27 (IPS) - Life has been bad enough in Diyala province north of Baghdad after prolonged violence, unemployment and loss of all forms of normal living. What could be worse now is the loss of hope that anything will ever be better.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 09:01 PM

February 22, 2008

In Tatters Beneath a Surge of Claims

Inter Press Service
Analysis by Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail*

BAGHDAD, Feb 22 (IPS) - What the U.S. has been calling the success of a "surge", many Iraqis see as evidence of catastrophe. Where U.S. forces point to peace and calm, local Iraqis find an eerie silence

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 04:12 PM

February 21, 2008

Unemployment Too Becomes an Epidemic

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 21 (IPS) - For a few, salaries have soared. For the rest, unemployment has

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 03:52 AM

February 15, 2008

The Lights Have Gone Out, Who Cares

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 15 (IPS) - Lack of electricity in Baquba has shattered businesses, and the lives of families. Months of power failures has darkened morale everywhere.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 05:08 PM

February 13, 2008

A New Force Called Sahwa Shows Its Muscle

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 13 (IPS) - The Awakening Councils in Diyala province are stepping up their protests against the government in Baghdad.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 09:20 PM

February 12, 2008

Children Starved of Childhood

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 11 (IPS) - The violence around the continuing U.S. military operations in this city has robbed children of their childhood.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 09:35 PM

US-Backed Groups Challenge Government

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 11 (IPS) - U.S. backed Sunni militants have challenged the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in Baghdad, and demanded political power after two women were killed by government forces.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 01:36 AM

February 11, 2008

The Road to Learning Can Be Dangerous

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Feb 11 (IPS) - University professors now enjoy increased pay, but in the face of threats and isolation, there is little they are able to do in the world of academics.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 05:01 PM

February 08, 2008

More Bombing Creates New Enemies

Inter Press Service
By Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail*

BAGHDAD, Feb 8 (IPS) - Now that the smoke has cleared and the rubble settled, residents of a group of bombed Iraqi villages see the raid as really a U.S. loss.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 09:37 PM

January 31, 2008

Violence Draws Veil Over Women

Inter Press Service
By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Jan 31 (IPS) - Conditions are particularly difficult for women in Baquba, despite the relative lull in violence. The city, about 40 km northeast of Baghdad, is capital of Diyala province, amongst the most troubled regions of Iraq in recent months.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 01:45 PM

January 28, 2008

Tomgram: Dahr Jamail, Missing Voices in the Iraq Debate

TomDispatch.com
27 January 2008

There's an old joke in which a fellow natters on endlessly about himself. Finally, he turns to his friend and says, "Well, enough about me, how about you? What do you think of me?" Sometimes, we in the U.S. seem to be that guy. There are so many voices crucial to understanding our world that we seldom or never hear. They just aren't attended to. This week at Tomdispatch, Nick Turse brought us the forgotten voices of a lost war in Vietnam and now Dahr Jamail offers voices from an ongoing lost war in Iraq. In many ways, we Americans, whether supporters or critics of the war, manage to fill all the roles when it comes to that country. Watch your TV set and ask yourself how often, in the last years, you've heard an ordinary Iraqi speaking at any length about his or her life -- or seen the Iraqi equivalent of a "talking head." We've talked our heads off about Iraq and yet how often have we even fulfilled the second part of that old joke and asked Iraqis what they thought of us -- or the lives the United States has brought them?

Dahr Jamail has been an exception. If you pick up a copy of his riveting book, Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, perhaps the most striking thing about it is how many Iraqi voices you do hear and what a different perspective they offer us on our version of their country. Here, then, is the latest from Jamail. Tom

"Reality Is Totally Different"
Iraqis on "Success" and "Progress" in Their Country

By: Dahr Jamail

This March 19 will be the fifth anniversary of the shock-and-awe air assault on Baghdad that signaled the opening of the invasion of Iraq, and when it comes to the American occupation of that country, no end is yet in sight. If Republican presidential candidate John McCain has anything to say about it, the occupation may never end. On January 7th, he assured reporters that he was more than fine with the idea of the U.S. military remaining in Iraq for 100 years. "We've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea 50 years or so… As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. That's fine with me."

He said nothing, of course, about Iraqis "injured or harmed or wounded or killed." In fact, amid the flurries of words, accusations, and "debates" which have filled the airways and add up to the primary-season presidential campaign, there has been a near thunderous silence on Iraq lately -- and especially on Iraqis.

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Posted by Dahr_Jamail at 04:00 AM

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