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9 February 2005

News & Analysis STORIES FROM FALLUJAH Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq (9 February 2005)

These are the stories that will continue to emerge from the rubble of Fallujah for years. No, for generations… Speaking on condition of anonymity, the doctor sits with me in a hotel room in Amman, where he is now a refugee. He’d spoken about what he saw in Fallujah in the UK, and now is under threat by the US military if he returns to Iraq. “I started speaking about what happened in Fallujah during both sieges in order to raise awareness, and the Americans raided my house three times,” he says, talking so fast I can barely keep up. He is driven to tell what he’s witnessed, and as a doctor working inside Fallujah, he has video and photographic proof of all that he tells me.

Iraq Diaries DISAGREEMENT AND RESPECT IN IRAQI-US DIALOGUE Peggy Gish, Electronic Iraq (9 February 2005)

“Our organization, the Iraqi Human Rights Watch in Kerbala (IHRW) has been documenting human rights violations of the former regime. We were the first organization to find mass graves after the war,” said Jamal, when he introduced himself and the IHRW to a representative of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army director of Civil Affairs at the base. Jamal and two other human rights workers from IHRW were meeting along with four CPTers at U.S. military base outside of Kerbala, on February 1, 2005. “We also have been documenting violations caused by the U.S. during and after the war, violations to personal properties, directly to people, and to their land and farms. We have been helping Iraqis to apply for compensation for these violations, and I am sorry to say, the response has been minimal, like a drop in the bucket.”

Iraq Diaries OVERCOMING THE DIVIDE Peggy Gish, Electronic Iraq (8 February 2005)

The agenda for our first CPT post-training meeting with the fledgling Muslim Peacemaking Team (MPT) in Kerbala, seemed pretty straightforward and functional. The group proceeded to establish a coordinating committee to move the group toward establishing their goals and bylaws and plan for facilitating another nonviolence training for students and staff at the Al Uhl Beit University in Kerbala. One long-range goal mentioned was to spread MPT throughout Iraq, and even beyond to other areas of the world.

News & Analysis LIVING UNDER THE BOMBS Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq (4 February 2005)

One of the least reported aspects of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is the oftentimes indiscriminate use of air power by the American military. The Western mainstream media has generally failed to attend to the F-16 warplanes dropping their payloads of 500, 1,000, and 2,000-pound bombs on Iraqi cities -ˆ or to the results of these attacks. While some of the bombs and missiles fall on resistance fighters, the majority of the casualties are civilian ˆ- mothers, children, the elderly, and other unarmed civilians.

The Media REVIEW: WHY MISTER WHY? Arjan El Fassed, Electronic Iraq (3 February 2005)

Just a week after the war in 2003 ended he travelled back to Baghdad. Assigned by Unicef, Newsweek and Stern, Dutch photo journalist Geert van Kesteren reported from Iraq, with only a few interruptions, for almost seven months. This resulted in the book and exhibition Why mister, Why?, a body of work that witnesses to what went wrong in Iraq during the American occupation.

From sister site The Electronic Intifada ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CEASE-FIRE (8 FEBRUARY 2005)

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