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November 6, 2010
'Nature: Braving Iraq' Where: KCET When: 8 p.m. Sunday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
April 20, 2014 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify? Sometimes a prison is just a building, its closure of no more significance than the demolition of a market or the shuttering of a strip mall. Yet from time to time, the closing of a facility constructed for the purpose of confining humans invites reflection.
November 12, 1997
Current events have us between Iraq and a hard place. PAUL MABIE Fullerton
April 15, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Iraq's Ministry of Justice announced Tuesday that it would close the facility formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison, the site of an infamous torture scandal under the U.S. occupation. “The ministry made that decision as part of precautionary measures related to the security of the prisons,” said Justice Minister Hassan Shammari. He did not clarify whether the shutdown is permanent. Shammari explained that the location of the facility, on the edge of insurgent-dominated areas of Anbar province, west of central Baghdad, has become a “hot spot.” Islamic militants have been targeting officials from the Shiite-led government and seizing control of parts of Anbar province, which is controlled by Sunni rebels.
July 5, 2010
'Faces of Iraq and Afghanistan' Where: Oceanside Public Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; closed Sundays. Through July 31. Info: (760) 435-5600;
March 7, 2010 | By Saad Fakhrildeen and Ned Parker
A car bomb ripped through a parking lot used by pilgrims in the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday, killing three people in an attack that was almost certainly intended to ignite sectarian passions the day before Iraqis go to the polls. Two Iranians and an Iraqi were killed in the explosion about 300 yards from the Imam Ali shrine, one of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam. The attack near an Iranian tour bus also wounded 54 people, 19 of them Iranians, police said. The parliamentary elections Sunday find Iraqis choosing between secular and religious politicians, and hoping to close the door on a return to the sectarian war that crippled the country from 2005 to '07. In televised comments, the reclusive Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, who is thought to be in Iran, urged his supporters to vote.
January 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
As president, Rick Perry “would send troops back into Iraq,” the Texas governor declared during Saturday's ABC/Yahoo GOP presidential debate. Blasting President Obama for withdrawing American troops from the country, Perry said the decision has made Iraq vulnerable to infiltration from Iran. “I think the idea that we allow the Iranians to come back into Iraq and take over that country, with all of the treasure, both in blood and money, that we have spent in Iraq because this president wants to kowtow to his liberal, leftist base and move out those men and women - he could have renegotiated that timeline,” Perry said.
February 23, 2010
T. Christian Miller, a reporter for the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica, has won the $35,000 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for a collaboration with the Los Angeles Times that called attention to the plight of civilian workers injured in Iraq. The articles, which Miller began reporting as a Times staff writer, focused on workers hired by Pentagon contractors to drive fuel trucks, cook, translate and perform other support services. More than 1,700 civilian workers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and more than 37,000 injured.
April 14, 2014 | By Susan Brenneman
The 118th Boston Marathon, next week, will actually be the first of its kind - the first running of the iconic American foot race after two bombers killed three people, injured 263 (many horribly) and shook the nation a year ago Tuesday. A race that had long since settled into familiar ritual was suddenly fraught. Security, high last year, will be doubled this year. Nine thousand additional participants are expected, along with 1 million spectators, twice the usual number. Media coverage, never shabby for the event, will multiply.
April 11, 2014 | By Sherif Tarek
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq survived an attack by gunmen who shot at his convoy west of Baghdad on Friday, the official state news agency reported. Mutlaq was not hurt, but several people were wounded when the unknown assailants fired at the vehicles in the Abu Ghraib district, according to the National Iraqi News Agency. A shootout reportedly ensued between the gunmen and the guards and soldiers protecting the officials. The assailants eventually fled. Also unharmed was lawmaker Talal Zobaie, who had accompanied Mutlaq and other government officials who were inspecting flood damage to the area caused by militants who tampered with a dam. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline said it is launching an investigation into claims of misconduct in Iraq. The announcement comes months after China began looking into allegations of a bribery ring within the company's business in that country. The pharmaceutical giant responded on Sunday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is investigating claims of bribery in its Middle East operations. A whistle-blower claimed that Glaxo had hired doctors and pharmacists in Iraq to promote its products while they were still on the government payroll.
April 2, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo and Matt Pearce
KILLEEN, Texas - At least three people were still in critical condition Wednesday evening after a troubled Iraq war veteran's shooting spree at Ft. Hood ended with 16 people wounded and four dead, including the shooter, officials said. Federal officials said Army serviceman Ivan Lopez, 34, was being treated for anxiety, depression and was under evaluation for post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of the shooting on the base. He was armed with a .45-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol that he had purchased recently.
March 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The nation needs to better acknowledge and support the efforts of the "hidden heroes" from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars: the estimated 1.1 million civilian, volunteer caregivers tending to the needs of wounded and disabled veterans, according to recommendations contained in a Rand Corp. study released Monday. While family members and others have long cared for veterans, the veterans from two recent wars are more likely to have mental health and substance problems, making the task of providing care even more difficult, according to the study, funded by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
March 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Based on a true story only in the loosest sense, "Boys of Abu Ghraib" dramatizes the torture of terror suspects at the hands of American guards during the Iraq war. Unlike the few documentaries on the subject, the film views the events through an American serviceman's perspective and argues that Abu Ghraib was as much a prison sentence for some of the captors as it was for their detainees. Writer-director-star Luke Moran retreads many archetypes and tropes left over from movies about the Vietnam and Korean wars, refusing to engage modern military rules and realities as laid out in his film's contemporaries, such as "The Hurt Locker" and "Lone Survivor.
March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
BRUSSELS -- The dispute over Crimea is not another Cold War but a “contest of ideas,” pitting an outmoded nationalism against the progress of democratic ideals, President Obama declared Wednesday as he sought to explain the Western response to Russia's seizure of the peninsula from Ukraine. Speaking in the capital of Europe, Obama cast the crisis as a fight between “the old way of doing things” and “a young century.” He also drew a contrast between the “bully” behavior of Russia and that of the Ukrainian protesters, whom he called the “voices for human dignity.” “The contest of ideas continues for your generation.
March 19, 2014 | By Andrew Cockburn
In 1919, after allied sanctions on food shipments had starved the Kaiser's Germany into submission, President Wilson endorsed the continued use of sanctions to settle international disputes as an "economic, peaceful, silent, deadly remedy. " Almost a century later, the weapon is more popular than ever, mostly because of a wholly mistaken belief that it makes the targets do what we want. Currently, the United States is enforcing no fewer than 24 separate sanctions regimes directed at targets ranging from the Balkans to Zimbabwe.
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