Shahzad Bhatti

November 29, 2006

US Tank crushes Iraqi civilian’s car

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US Tank crushes Iraqi civilian’s car

Five girls killed in Iraqi clash

November 12, 2006

Israeli Artillery Shelling Kills 19 Civilians in Gaza including 8 children

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Israeli Artillery Shelling Kills 19 Civilians in Gaza including 8 children

57 Unarmed Palestinian Minors Killed by Israel Since June

August 28, 2006

Where’s the outrage? U.S. troops have been accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. Americans should care.

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Where’s the outrage? U.S. troops have been accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. Americans should care.
* Abeer Qassim al-Janabi is not a household name, though perhaps she should be. The 14-year-old girl was repeatedly raped, then shot to death in her home March 12. Her body was set on fire. Her mother, father and sister also were murdered.
nstead, the murders are another horror piled on top of a series of horrors, including the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha last year and the torture at Abu Ghraib prison.
* Together, the brutalities have contributed to a desensitizing of the American public to atrocities in Iraq. As repugnant as they are, we have learned to write them off as part of the tragedy of this war.
* “Almost surely, [the crimes] will be treated as another byproduct of the war,” said Charles Moskos, a Northwestern University professor and a military expert. “I doubt that even the opponents of the war will make much of it as they do not want to be seen as anti-soldier.
* Among those charged with the rape and murder of al-Janabi is Steven Green, an Army private who has since been discharged for a personality disorder. He denies wrongdoing, but before the incident he told a Washington Post reporter, “Over here, killing people is like squashing an ant. I mean, you kill somebody and it’s like, `All right, let’s go get some pizza.'”

July 7, 2006

In Cold Blood: Iraqi Tells of Massacre at Farmhouse

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In Cold Blood: Iraqi Tells of Massacre at Farmhouse
“Kasim’s corpse was in the corner of the room, and his head was smashed into pieces,” he said. The 5-year-old daughter, Hadel, was beside her father, and Janabi said he could see that Fakhriya’s arms had been broken.

In another room, he found 15-year-old Abeer, naked and burned, with her head smashed in “by a concrete block or a piece of iron.”

“There were burns from the bottom of her stomach to the end of her body, except for her feet,” he said.

“I did not believe what I was seeing. I tried to fool myself into believing I was in a dream. But the problem was that we were not dreaming. We put a piece of cloth over her body. Then I left the house together with my wife.”

May 29, 2006

Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV’

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Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV’
Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products.

May 16, 2006

U.S. history lesson: stop meddling. In the last 100 years, the U.S. has ousted the governments of at least 14 countries and forcibly intervened in dozens of others

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U.S. history lesson: stop meddling. In the last 100 years, the U.S. has ousted the governments of at least 14 countries and forcibly intervened in dozens of others

March 31, 2006

Inspiring comment from a reader

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Inspiring comment from a reader
Greetings, Shahzad, kindred spirit. I want you to know that during this most recent anniversary of the war in Iraq, I helped to organize a week-long peace event in Northern California, known as Arlington West Sonoma County. I was one of several people who saw to it that the Iraqi civilians killed were honored as well as the US soldiers during this anti-war event. This is a link to the local newspaper story: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=1105A5F64B5EF708&p_docnum=1&s_dlid=DL0106033005195207675&s_ecproduct=SUB-FREE&s_subterm=Subscription%20until%3A%2012%2F14%2F2015%2011%3A59%20PM&s_subexpires=12%2F14%2F2015%2011%3A59%20PM&s_username=santarosa Here is an excerpt from the article: ACTIVISTS RALLY FOR PEACE: DEMONSTRATORS CALL FOR END TO WAR, MEMORIALIZE U.S., IRAQ’S WAR DEAD Published on March 13, 2006 ? 2006- The Press Democrat “140 people gathered at Sebastopol Plaza, where peace activists memorialized California’s war dead, their fellow soldiers and thousands of Iraqi civilians who have died. “This is a commemoration of the losses on both sides,” said Sebastopol resident Robert Manning, of the Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County. “It’s to call attention to the tragedy that is Iraq and to bring the troops home and to stop the killing.” From the plaza Sunday, marchers carried crosses, stars of David and crescents with stars, which they erected at a simulated cemetery along Highway 12. “Arlington West-Sonoma County,” modeled after a similar commemoration on the beach in Santa Monica, is part of a weeklong series of activities urging nonviolence and an end to the U.S. invasion. “Everything’s going to pot in our country because of the war,” said Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers co-founder, who rallied demonstrators Sunday with the chant “Viva la Paz!” I just thought you would like to know. Take care, and keep up the good work on this blog.

March 22, 2006

Civilian Deaths in Iraq

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Civilian Deaths in Iraq
The Bush regime acknowledges that 30,000 Iraqi civilians, largely women and children, have been killed as a result of Bush’s invasion. Others who have looked at civilian casualties with greater attention have come up with numbers three to six times as large. The Johns Hopkins study accounted for 98,000 civilian deaths. Patrick Cockburn, using more sophisticated statistical analysis, concluded that 180,000 Iraqis died as a result of Bush’s invasion. The former prime minister Iyad Allawi says that Iraqi sectarian violence alone is claiming 50-60 deaths per day, or 18,000-22,000 annually, a figure that could quickly worsen.

March 21, 2006

Collateral Damage or Civilian Massacre in Haditha?

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Collateral Damage or Civilian Massacre in Haditha?
Last November, U.S. Marines killed 15 Iraqi civilians in their homes.

March 19, 2006

Killing Women and Children: The .My Lai Phase. Of The Iraq War

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Killing Women and Children: The .My Lai Phase. Of The Iraq War
Five children killed by US Raid

The US military openly admits it attacked the house in Ishaqi where the incident took place. Reuters reports that, .Major Ali Ahmed of the Ishaqi police said US forces landed on the roof of the house in the early hours and shot the 11 occupants, including five children..

After they left the house they blew it up., he said. .The bodies, their hands bound, had been dumped in one room before the house was destroyed,. (policeman) Hussein said. Police had found spent American issue cartridges in the rubble.. (Reuters)

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