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YouTube, campaigns and TEH STOOPID

Last month, I linked to Rachel Maddow‘s rather groovy video deconstruction of the campaign asylum. Rachel’s worth watching again, taking on the Republicans (and Hillary) on Iraq: Incidentally, we could do with a better debate on Iraq – not just

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Posted in Climate change, elections, Federal Elections, Film, TV, Video etc, Howardia, Iraq

Riverbend bids Baghdad farewell

Riverbend, the author of Baghdad Burning, whose blog has become well known around the world, is finally packing up and leaving Iraq. Two million Iraqis have already done so.

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Posted in culture, Iraq, War

Foundationalist myths

Military glory – that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood – that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy… ~Abraham Lincoln Jessica Lynch has been testifying to Congress. “The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iraq, USA, War

HSC History exam 2057

Friday, April 13, 2007, John Howard: “They know this surge, if it works, could represent a turning point”. At what point in the Iraq civil war did the then prime minister of Australia make his highly qualified statement? What would

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Posted in Howardia, Iraq, War

Vonnegut was from somewhere else: Tralfamadore, perhaps.

I liked this remark from Tim Sterne’s (non) obit post at Sarsaparilla so much I thought I’d lift it for this one. Hope you don’t mind, Tim! As already noted by commenters on Suz’ thread, Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture, Disasters, Iraq, life, politics, War

Step up to the plate, Mr Howard!

The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and

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Posted in Howardia, Iraq, levity, War

Elect yourself another people

It’s always a very bad look for the right when they’re reduced, as they were when the American people failed to rally round impeachment of Clinton and were condemned by GOP pols and pundits as morally bankrupt, to suggesting that

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Posted in Iran, Iraq, politics, War

Hometown Baghdad, four years on

Via Crooks and Liars, here’s a link to an excellent series of videos made and uploaded by young Iraqis on YouTube – Hometown Baghdad. Snippets of real life and perceptions from the ground are always very useful correctives to the

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iraq, War


I can’t be the only one who thought ‘Sarajevo’ when I first heard of the capture of British sailors by Iran. It had ‘casus belli’ written all over it. But that’s not how things have turned out … so far.

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Posted in Iran, Iraq, Middle East, USA, War

Thunderbolts from the heavens?

Legislators in Mexico City are moving towards decriminalising abortion. Scott from Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the central point well: The key question of abortion policy is always not whether women will get abortions, but whether non-affluent women will have

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Posted in Apocalypse, Developing world, feminism, Iraq, Law, Lesbian and Gay, Philosophy, politics, Poverty, religion, USA, War

Quip of the week: journalist division

“[With that level of military protection] even Paris Hilton could ride a bicycle in a bikini through Anbar province.â€? That was NBC Iraq correspondent Tom Aspell’s summary of the PR stunt from Republican presidential candidate John McCain, meant to prove

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Posted in elections, Iraq, USA
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