Posts Tagged Iraq War

How “Operation Iraqi Freedom” killed women’s freedom

The saddest part of the story is the lost memory of what Iraqi women once were. I grew up in Baghdad with a working mother who drove herself to the office and always told me that I could anything I wanted with my life. My mother’s friends were factory managers, artists, principals and doctors.

It has been just over 20 years since I left Iraq. Today, female college students ask me if it is true that the streets of Baghdad were once full of women driving, that women could walk around in public at all times of the day without worry, that university campuses were once filled with women who did not wearing headscarves. -Zainab Salbi

Yesterday marked the 10-year ...

The saddest part of the story is the lost memory of what Iraqi women once were. I grew up in Baghdad with a working mother who drove herself to the office and always told me that I ...

The truth about our wars

Ron Paul is a massive racist. I am absolutely not OK with that. Many of his views are incredibly dangerous. He should never ever ever be president.

I am also disgusted by the role of Super PACs in our political landscape. Citizens United was a terrible ruling from a Supreme Court that’s just as much in the pockets of big money as Congress and the White House. Super PACs are already making the Republican primary completely ridiculous, and I am not OK with that.

And you must watch this ad. It’s over the top, like all the political ads I’ve seen lately. But it delivers a message that is not just about the messenger. And it needs to be ...

Ron Paul is a massive racist. I am absolutely not OK with that. Many of his views are incredibly dangerous. He should never ever ever be president.

I am also disgusted by the role of Super ...

Obama’s “Mission Accomplished” Moment

So you may have heard that Obama has declared the Iraq War is now part of America’s past, not its present — in theory, fulfilling one of his campaign promises. But I’m of the same mind as Shark Fu:

When you take a shit in the middle of the room and then smear that shit all over the floor and walls, you don’t get to take credit for putting together a kick ass clean up plan.

And we shouldn’t turn the page on a damn thing until we’ve read, understand and learn from what is written on that motherfucking page…cause this is the mind of major combat mission we should never indulge in again and history is littered with ...

So you may have heard that Obama has declared the Iraq War is now part of America’s past, not its present — in theory, fulfilling one of his campaign promises. But I’m of the

Conversations About Iraq

My friend Ben Brown has been on a very unique road trip. Essentially he is traveling around the country with a bombed out car from Iraq, parking it, and recording folks’ reactions. Here’s the summary from the site:

He [artist Jeremy Deller] will travel aboard an RV with Esam Pasha, artist and formerly a translator for the Chief Advisor in the British Embassy of Baghdad and for American forces around Iraq; and Jonathan Harvey, a veteran of the Iraq war and recently demobilized PSYOP specialist. They will park in public sites to hold conversations about Iraq. Visitors are encouraged to bring objects related to Iraq, and to participate in conversations with Pasha and Harvey.
Esam Pasha and Jonathan Harvey were ...

My friend Ben Brown has been on a very unique road trip. Essentially he is traveling around the country with a bombed out car from Iraq, parking it, and recording folks’ reactions. Here’s the summary from ...

The Combat Within: Female Veterans and PTSD Benefits

Go check out Courtney’s newest column at the American Prospect about the need for female veterans who are sexual assault survivors and are suffering PTSD to be classified as disabled and eligible for services.

It makes a certain amount of sense that the Veterans Affairs Office is compelled to differentiate combat from non-combat veterans. Those who have been exposed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the stress of direct negotiation, and the trials of patrol on a daily basis certainly have a higher rate of PTSD and other disabilities following their tour than those who have not. But it’s not a zero-sum game. When the sexual assault rates among female veterans are so astronomically high — at least 30, and as ...

Go check out Courtney’s newest column at the American Prospect about the need for female veterans who are sexual assault survivors and are suffering PTSD to be classified as disabled and eligible for services.

It makes a ...

Reported Rapes in the Military on the Rise, Prosecutions Still Low

Check out community poster ArmyVetJen’s take (who beat us to the punch) on the new statistics just released by the Pentagon showing that there has been a 9% increase in the reports of sexual assault in the military over the past year. AP reports:

The Pentagon said it received 2,923 reports of sexual assault across the military in the 12 months ending Sept. 30 2008. That’s about a 9 percent increase over the totals reported the year before, but only a fraction of the crimes presumably being committed.
Among the cases reported, only a small number went to military courts, officials acknowledged.
The Pentagon office that collects the data estimates that only 10 percent to 20 percent of ...

Check out community poster ArmyVetJen’s take (who beat us to the punch) on the new statistics just released by the Pentagon showing that there has been a 9% increase in the reports of sexual assault in ...

4000 women run for office in Iraq


In an effort for women to regain footing in Iraqi government and decision-making, it has become a requirement for every 3rd elected seat in Iraq to be held by a woman. As a result, 4000 women will be running in this year’s election.

Nibras al-Mamuri is a secular female candidate who argues that fundamentalists have taken over the country. She says it was the 2005 elections that brought them into power and tarnished Islam’s image in Iraq.
Al-Mamuri, who is running for the Baghdad provincial council, says it’s time for a change.

As we have discussed before and as the article concludes, the US-led invasion of Iraq has made conditions for women worse.

In recent years, Iraqi women have been targeted ...


In an effort for women to regain footing in Iraqi government and decision-making, it has become a requirement for every 3rd elected seat in Iraq to be held by a woman. As a result, 4000 women ...

Domestic Violence in Military Families

I was glad to see that the New York Times is continuing their important coverage of veteran issues, especially when it comes to violence stateside. Sunday they ran a story about the Army’s major domestic violence problem.
This piece continued their commitment to reporting on the ways in which veterans’ families have born the brunt of much of their PTSD problems. In February, they gave a deep and broad view of the emotional and physical violence characterizing so many families lives when a loved one returns from war. Prior to the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon had committed to revamping the military response to domestic violence (there has been a rash of “wife-killings” that prompted response). ...

I was glad to see that the New York Times is continuing their important coverage of veteran issues, especially when it comes to violence stateside. Sunday they ran a story about the Army’s major domestic violence ...

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