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January 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Amid drumbeats and trilling whistles, thousands of activists from around the world showed their opposition to globalization and the Iraq war at the opening of the World Social Forum backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. About 80,000 people signed up to attend the six-day forum, said organizers, who emphasized that the event was not intended as a rally for Chavez, although it received funding from his government.
July 31, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Carter, speaking at a Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England, criticized the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and called the U.S.-led war in Iraq "unnecessary and unjust." "I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.," he said. Hundreds of detainees have been held indefinitely at Guantanamo, without charge or access to lawyers.
December 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in Philadelphia on behalf of five Iraq war protesters arrested during a campaign stop by President Bush when they simulated the infamous human pyramid at Abu Ghraib prison, wearing only thongs. The ACLU alleged Pennsylvania police and federal agents violated the men's constitutional right to free speech when they were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct during Bush's campaign stop last summer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
August 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Republican former state lawmaker claimed a seat in Congress on Tuesday by narrowly defeating an Iraq war veteran who drew national attention to the race with his military service and a series of harsh attacks on President Bush. With all precincts reporting, Jean Schmidt had 57,974 votes, compared with Democrat Paul Hackett's 54,401 votes. Schmidt, 53, will replace Republican Rob Portman, who stepped down this year after being named U.S. trade representative by Bush.
May 28, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan writes in a new memoir that the Iraq war was sold to the American people with a "political propaganda campaign" led by President Bush and aimed at "manipulating sources of public opinion" and "downplaying the major reason for going to war."
October 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A soldier who fled to Canada rather than redeploy to Iraq surrendered at Ft. Knox after asking for leniency. Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, said he deserted the Army last year because he could no longer fight in what he believes is an illegal war. "I feel that by resisting I made up for the things I did in Iraq," Anderson said during a news briefing shortly before he turned himself in. "I feel I made up for the sins I committed in this war."
March 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Only 28% of the public knows that nearly 4,000 Americans have died in the Iraq war, and attention to the conflict has gradually diminished, a survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found. In the poll released Wednesday, around a third said about 3,000 U.S. troops have died and about one in 10 said 2,000. On the other hand, about a quarter put the figure close to 5,000. The actual number Wednesday was 3,987, according to the independent website
May 29, 2004
Re "Soldier Convicted of Desertion," May 22: I think Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia is a hero. He has already "faced the music" in Iraq. The Army does not hand out such promotions and assignments willy-nilly. Yes, I believe Mejia's action was based on the love he has for our country and humanity worldwide. His bravery in doing so is uncompromised. We should be honoring this man for having the courage and conviction to take a stand. He is representing all of us who do not have the opportunity and/or guts to do so. Vilify this man?
December 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S.-led war in Iraq may have accelerated the spread of terrorism around the globe, and reports of U.S. mistreatment of militant suspects are troubling its allies, the new Saudi ambassador to Washington said. In an interview, Prince Turki al Faisal said even if the United States had not invaded Iraq, global terrorism would have continued. "Going into Iraq may have accentuated or accelerated that process," he said. Turki also said, "The U.S.
October 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Like the Oscar-winning "Life Is Beautiful," which tackled the Holocaust, Roberto Benigni's new film, "La Tigre e la Neve" (The Tiger and the Snow), is a comedy set against a tragic backdrop: the war in Iraq. The movie is an antiwar statement in Benigni's preferred style: a love story driven by the 52-year-old actor-director's exuberant and sometimes slapstick humor. "If you make a direct argument against the war, it bounces back at you," Benigni said Tuesday as he screened the film in Rome.
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