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Thursday 18 September 2008

Dust from depleted uranium weapons causes a cancer epidemic in southern Iraq

‘…consider the devastation of Iraq’s health, once the best in the Middle East, by the ubiquitous dust from British and US depleted uranium weapons. A World Health Organisation study reporting a cancer epidemic has been suppressed, says its principal author. This has been reported in Britain only in the Glasgow Sunday Herald and the Morning Star. According to a study last year by Basra University Medical College, almost half of all deaths in the contaminated southern provinces were caused by cancer.’

John Pilger writing in The New Statesman


Filed under: Health,Politics — GS @ 4:19 pm
Thursday 28 February 2008

The true cost of the war in Iraq

‘In 2005, a Nobel prize-winning economist began the painstaking process of calculating the true cost of the Iraq war. In his new book, he reveals how short-sighted budget decisions, cover-ups and a war fought in bad faith will affect us all for decades to come.’

Read more at The Guardian.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 6:13 pm
Saturday 26 May 2007

Busy fondling their self-esteem

John Pilger on Iraq.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 2:11 pm
Saturday 19 May 2007

Jimmy Carter on Blair

In an interview for the BBC Radio 4 programme Today, former US president Jimmy Carter described Tony Blair’s support for the Iraq war as a ‘major tragedy for the world’.

In the show, which was broadcast this morning, Mr Carter said that Blair’s attitude to Bush had been ‘abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient.’

And he said that Tony Blair could have made a crucial difference to American political and public opinion by distancing himself during the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Independent.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 11:44 am
Wednesday 18 April 2007

127 dead in Baghdad. 32 dead in Virginia

At least 127 people have been killed in five or more car bombings in Baghdad.

‘A Reuters photographer at the scene said many women and children were among the victims. More than 90 people were injured in the attack.’ (The Guardian).

Meanwhile 32 died in Virginia yesterday.

Gosh I wonder which of these tragedies will be headline news in America and Britain every day for weeks to come?


Filed under: Crime,Politics — GS @ 2:38 pm
Tuesday 13 March 2007

Iraq war has cost every person in Britain £88

The illegal invasion and war in Iraq has cost every person in Britain (all sixty million of us) £88 each.

‘The figures were released as MPs protested about the plight of Britain’s NHS hospitals’: The Independent.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:19 am
Friday 28 April 2006

So far Iraq has cost $1000 for every person in the USA

“The Iraq war has already cost the United States $320bn (£180bn), according to an authoritative new report, and even if a troop withdrawal begins this year, the conflict is set to be more expensive in real terms than the Vietnam War, a generation ago…

Iraq will have consumed $101bn in fiscal 2006 alone, almost double the $51bn of 2003…

Even if everything goes relatively smoothly, costs until a phase-out is complete could top $370bn.”

The Independent

Yes, 320 thousand million Dollars so far… Slightly more than one thousand Dollars for every person in the USA.

All for what exactly?

And even more staggering…

‘According to the Treasury Department, the forty-two presidents who held office between 1789 and 2000 borrowed a combined total of $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions. But between 2001 and 2005 alone, the Bush White House borrowed $1.05 trillion, more than all of the previous presidencies combined.’

Rolling Stone magazine


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 12:48 am
 
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