Posts Tagged Iraq War

The military’s disingenuous talking points on women’s rights


Last month the NY Times reported that the Defense Department fed talking points to former generals who appeared on cable news. Now the DoD has released a lot of those talking points to the public. Alyssa Rosenberg went through the documents, and found that a number of them instruct the generals to trumpet all the awesome stuff the U.S. military is doing for women in Iraq and Afghanistan — painting people like Donald Rumsfeld as some sort of savior for downtrodden women all over the world, and conveniently downplaying things like sexual assault by U.S. soldiers.
The talking points actually included this awful story:

Except for this one, from September 23, 2004: “Sally’s children were taken ...


Last month the NY Times reported that the Defense Department fed talking points to former generals who appeared on cable news. Now the DoD has released a lot of those talking points to the public. ...

Coco Fusco: A Field Guide for Female Interrogators


From a recent performance at The Whitney Biennial. Photo by Eduardo Aparicio.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas, and editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas, and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (with Brian Wallis). Her work on military interrogation was selected for the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
“In the guise of a CIA manual, Coco Fusco’s provocative A Field Guide for Female Interrogators offers an unflinching look at women’s role in the military and at America’s use of torture in the War on Terror”– (from the book’s back cover copy).
Here’s Coco…


From a recent performance at The Whitney Biennial. Photo by Eduardo Aparicio.
Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion ...

Piestewa Peak officially named

Last week the U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted to to rename Squaw Peak in Arizona for Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman who was killed in combat in Iraq in March 2003. Cecelia notes that because the word “squaw” has long been used to denigrate Native women, the name change to honor Piestewa is especially welcome.
From a Rolling Stone profile of Piestewa:

The attack made Jessica Lynch famous. U.S. Special Forces later plucked her from an Iraqi hospital and rushed her to safety, and the media seized on the daring rescue to create a tale of American heroism and valor. But the real story of what happened in Nasiriyah that day — and the clear warning it ...

Last week the U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted to to rename Squaw Peak in Arizona for Lori Piestewa, the Hopi woman who was killed in combat in Iraq in March 2003. Cecelia notes that ...

Another military contractor rape

Karen Houppert reports for The Nation about the rape of a paramedic working for defense contractor KBR in Iraq. The details of both the incident and the response are truly nauseating. This is shameful stuff. (Trigger warning — more below the jump.)

Karen Houppert reports for The Nation about the rape of a paramedic working for defense contractor KBR in Iraq. The details of both the incident and the response are truly nauseating. This is shameful stuff. ...

Allison Kilkenny: Political Blogger


Allison Kilkenny describes herself as “a political humorist, a fancy way of saying writer, who makes shitty world news funny.” She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, The Beast, Alternet.org’s Wiretap Magazine, and Timothy McSweeney’s. Her work has appeared on The Nation and SIRIUS radio.
Here’s Allison Kilkenny…


Allison Kilkenny describes herself as “a political humorist, a fancy way of saying writer, who makes shitty world news funny.” She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, The Beast, Alternet.org’s ...

Quick Hit: Youth blog on violence.

Please, if you have a chance check out the Youth Blog-a-thon hosted by YO! and Wiretap Magazine. It is some of the dopest, fiercest youth writing and the topic this month is violence, both in Iraq and in our everyday lives. Support youth voices and go give them some Feministing style love!

Please, if you have a chance check out the Youth Blog-a-thon hosted by YO! and Wiretap Magazine. It is some of the dopest, fiercest youth writing and the topic this month is violence, both ...

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