All Blog Posts Tagged 'iraq' (10)

How listening to stories can bolster your work

When you think of storytelling, I’m guessing that your first thoughts are more about the emotional potency of stories to enrich our lives and expand our awareness, and less about about rigor. But over the years GlobalGiving has developed an approach to storytelling that allows organizations to map much more of the complexity of any social problem or conflict than they could do with surveys and old-school evaluations.

A crux of our approach is to have the people embedded in communities…


Added by Marc Maxson on August 1, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Iraq coverage lacks balance, context, peace voices

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

In a media environment where peace journalism is being practiced, the current run-up period to possible renewed U.S. military intervention in Iraq would be covered by the media in a balanced way that proportionately reflects voices from both sides of…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on June 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

As Syria heats up, media must remember Iraq lessons

By Steven Youngblood, director, Center for Global Peace Journalism

An American Secretary of State speaks to the world, accusing a dictator of using weapons of mass destruction, and warning of dire consequences for the dictator’s regime.

If you’re experiencing déjà vu, you’re not alone.

The pronouncements this week by Sec. of State John Kerry are eerily reminiscent of…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on August 28, 2013 at 11:33am — 3 Comments

Did U.S. media fail on Iraq? The view 10 years later.

The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war has led to some interesting soul-searching among American journalists and journalism organizations.

Two of the most insightful pieces were published by CNN and the Washington Post. In the CNN piece ("Duped in Iraq war, has press learned?"), Paul Waldman…


Added by Steven L. Youngblood on March 28, 2013 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Nine Years Later: More Shocked, Less Awed

By David Swanson, Remarks at the Left Forum

When I lived in New York 20 years ago, the United States was beginning a 20-year war on Iraq. We protested at the United Nations. The Miami Herald depicted Saddam Hussein as a giant fanged spider attacking the United States. Hussein was frequently compared to Adolf Hitler. On October 9, 1990, a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl told a U.S. congressional committee that she’d seen Iraqi soldiers take 15 babies out of an incubator in a Kuwaiti hospital…


Added by David Swanson on March 17, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments

One Veteran's Rough Path to Peace

Not yet 30, Evan Knappenberger has already lived several lives.  His story destroys the U.S. government's case against whistleblower Bradley Manning, exposes the toxic mix of fraud and incompetence that creates U.S. war policies, and highlights the damage so often done to soldiers who come home without visible injuries.

Knappenberger, seen in this video, was trained as an "intelligence analyst" at the U.S. Army's Intelligence…


Added by David Swanson on November 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Hotspots of 2011- the places to watch in 2011, and why

Just before 2010 clicked over, Foreign Policy with the International Crisis Group (ICG) published the top 16 crisis points to watch in 2011. According to the International Crisis Group, there are currently three dozen conflicts worldwide, and they took a look at the 16 hotspots to look out for in 2011. 

Here are the 14 countries on the ICG list which are also covered by the Global Peace Index (GPI).  What are your thoughts? Any other country to add?




Added by Camilla Schippa on January 12, 2011 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

The New War Congress: An Obama-Republican War Alliance?

Swanson has just published War Is A Lie. This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.

To understand just how bad the 112th Congress, elected on November 2nd and taking office on January 3rd, is likely to be for peace on Earth, one

has to understand how incredibly awful the 110th and 111th Congresses

have been during the past…


Added by David Swanson on November 21, 2010 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Withdraw the Last Combat Politicians from Washington

By David Swanson

Pretending to end a war and occupation, while stationing 50,000 soldiers, 18,000 mercenaries, and 84,000 support contractors in massive and permanent military bases in Iraq is a far cry from what candidate Barack Obama described as ending "the mind-set that got us into war in the first place." It fits better with Nobel Peace laureate Obama's description of war as "not only necessary but morally justified."

Over the past 20 years, the United States has imposed… Continue

Added by David Swanson on August 29, 2010 at 2:29am — No Comments

Blood on Our Hands

By David Swanson

The most massive and brutal crime committed on this planet during the past decade has been the invasion and occupation of Iraq. And we're seeking to wash the blood off our hands without so much as an "Out, damn spot!" Nowadays "looking forward, not backward" is supposed to take care of everything, even as the crimes continue. What that takes care of is the leading perpetrators who begin to sense that the coast is clear and creep out of their holes to declare, as did… Continue

Added by David Swanson on July 21, 2010 at 12:28pm — No Comments

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