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1/. On 19 March, it’ll be 20 years since the start of the #IraqWar

50 days before war, #OTD in 2003, Bush said “the 16 words”

“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa”

It was a lie, based on a forgery
2/. The documents claiming Iraq was attempting to procure uranium from Niger date from 2001 & were obvious forgeries

They’d already been investigated & debunked

The CIA & State Dept had raised doubts about their legitimacy…at least 14 times

The IAEA judged them to be forged
3/. #OTD 2003, a day after his State of the Union speech, Bush met Blair & told him he intended to invade Iraq even if UN inspectors found no evidence of WMD & had considered “flying U2 reconnaissance planes…over Iraq, painted in UN colours” to tempt Iraqi forces to fire on them Image
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(start string) Nineteen yrs ago, a truck-bomb with 1-tn TNT changed my life. In the #UN office where I worked in #Iraq, it killed my spouse #Sergio and 21 friends. ‘Til today, no prosecutor or court ever gave us answers: why? B/c the #UN is #immune from prosecution
Ironically,#Sergio was #UN #HumanRights top man.Bomb survivors would like to know why immunity was never waived to bring justice. We are not alone:many withstand #abuse from international organizations’ #abuseofimmunity. Read my story in thread:
Following the impact of #Netflix ‘s movie #SergioNetflix, wanted to share a little about who #SergioVieiradeMello really was but above all, narrate what really happened after 2003 #Baghdad attack.We were a family when the bomb went off
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1/. My friend, #EricLevy - an true activist & tireless campaigner for human rights - died today aged 93

I met Eric 19yrs ago when he signed up to be a human shield to try & stop the illegal invasion of Iraq

One of the most courageous people I know, I asked him about courage👇
2/. “I hate to see the evening sun go down”

While talking about courage, #EricLevy - who was active in the US Civil Rights movement told me how activists had surrounded activist & singer, Paul Robeson, to shield him from possible white supremacist snipers
3/. "We may have failed to stop the invasion, but by putting ourselves in harm’s way, we sent a clear message to the world"

#EricLevy was one of only about 80 human shields who stayed in Baghdad throughout the #IraqWar

10 years later, I interviewed him
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What I do not get is how the #Left, usually #AntiWar, is supporting #Ukrainian case and war efforts.
In #IraqWar the left played important role yet little was achieved.

The #WarInDonbas was a miss.

The Saudi Arabian–led intervention in #Yemen was totally ignored.

The #Palestine issue keeps going yet not many protests get publicity.

The Russo-Ukrainian conflict/war?
...1/2
Part 2/2
...First protests were massive. Now?

Two issues:

- The #AntiWar movement demands stop of military operations by RU forces.

- Not many voices speak for stopping all use of military force.

What happened to #Peace #Movements?
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Let's be honest: This man had a lot more dignity than we did:



We (the coalition of countries, led by America and Great Britain) murdered him and bombed the crap out of his country, ...

Why? Exactly. The reasons our leaders gave were bullshit!
We knew #Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. So did #DrDavidKelly, who was murdered for saying so!

What was the real reason for the #IraqWar? Money was one reason. What else? Don't say to liberate the Iraqis. I suspect they'd rather not have been liberated with ...
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1. some recommended readings to defend yourself from those mainstream media which lie us in a new war: #Ukraine:
1. read how US public was lied into the #VietnamWar which cost over 2MILLIONS civilian deaths to Vietnam and 50,000 young American lives:
usni.org/magazines/nava…
2. read how US #SIGINT (signal intelligence= #NSA intercepts) was manipulated to lie US public into the #VietnamWar: usni.org/magazines/nava…
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19/. If you think our press is free, think again

Here’s John Stockwell - ex CIA Operations Director - speaking in 1978, about how the CIA disseminate propaganda in the media

Methods are sophisticated

In the UK the MOD has 77th Brigade, SGMI etc
20/. “Journalists had very little choice but to accept our version of events & relay it more-or-less unedited to the public. If journalists weren’t supportive we’d freeze them out”

@carneross who was a key UK govt official on Iraq during build up to war
21/. “It was basically a PR process led by No.10”

Carne Ross explains how #TonyBlair, Alistair Campbell etc. prepared the path to war in Iraq in 2003

“Certain journalists are rewarded with access for being supportive of the story" #IraqWar
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He's a Fucking War Criminal, a Torturer, a Liar & a Murderer!!!
That Fucker lied us in the #IraqWar at the U.N. holding a Vial saying Saddam Hussein has "Weapons of Mass Destruction" & @TheBushCenter said, "The US cannot wait for final proof in the form of a mushroom cloud..."
#ColinPowell held up a Vial of what he claims as "Yellow Cake Uranium" cynically, as the Bush Administration without any Evidence to support their statement, went in & overthrew #Iraq which lead the death of 100,000 or more deaths of Iraqi People! Women, Men, Elderly, Children...
Colin Powell's wrongful Lie lead us into an Illegal & Offensive War by his Actions!! This Cocksucker isn't an Inspirational Hero @JamaalBowmanNY! Do you call Mass Murders & Torturing of Civilians who did nothing wrong an "Inspiration"? What your doing is rehabilitating people...
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#Iraqwar is trending. I knew it was a fraud and spoke out. I also went there before and during to document the crime being committed.
The late Danny Schechter did a great doc on this. Yes I helped. That's me mumbling in the intro and explaining what its like to be embedded with journalists. Homemade but earnest it's an attempt to show the collusion of the media in the murder of Iraqis.
Tired of the bullshit being fed into the public from embedded media, I created IraqSlogger with Eason Jordan. The most insightful and real reporting from the ground in Iraq. iraqslogger.powweb.com
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1/. 18 years ago as the bombs rained down on #Iraq as Operation Shock & Awe began, Eric Levy was in Baghdad in a power station

He'd gone to #Iraq with hundreds of human shields to try & stop an illegal war & to protect Iraqi civilians by staying in civilian infrastructure sites.
2/. Eric - now 92 - was one of about 80 human shields who stayed throughout the #IraqWar

"The war was illegal & immoral. We may have failed to stop the invasion, but by putting ourselves in harm’s way, we sent a clear message to the world"

That's courage
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3/. In 2003, a convoy of 3 double- decker buses left London for Baghdad

On board were 50+ human shields; the first hundreds of Western
anti-war activists to travel to #Iraq

None knew what lay ahead

All of them knew that they might not be coming back. zcomm.org/zmagazine/the-… ImageImage
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19th Mar. 2003, forces led by USA and including UK, Australia and Poland start the war in Iraq, ironically calling it "Operation Iraqi Freedom".
#iraqwar #NeverForget
Pres. Bush announcing begining of hostilities
The casus belli was, "Iraq possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction and therefore the world needed saving". United Nations Security Council resolution 678, passed in Nov. 1990, allowed the use of force to end Iraq occupation of Kuwait and RESTORE INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY.
A recent resolution 1441passed in Nov. 2002, required Iraq to allow inspections by UNMOVIC and IAEA and if there was further Iraqi breach reported to the Council, the matter would return to the Council for discussions as to next cause of action.
#illegalwar
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Is Ivanka Trump The New Face Of Privilege And Global Suffering, In Places Like The U.S. And India?

article.wn.com/view/2020/08/3…

#IvankaTrump #Trump* #India #UnitedStates #World

"This is not the first time Ivanka Trump has used “cheap stunts” to improve her image and brand. ..
.. She recently pledged to bring justice for #NativeAmerican families afflicted by higher rates of violence, homicide, and human trafficking by opening the nation’s first Indian Affairs task force office dedicated to solving cold cases of missing and murdered American Indians...
... and #Alaska Natives. #NativeAmerican women and tribal leaders however remain skeptical towards her commitment to resolving the root causes of violence against #Indigenous women and providing adequate federal resources. (2) They point to a lack of concern during the last...
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1. why I believe skepticism is healthy, when it comes to these *revelations*: nytimes.com/2020/06/26/us/…
2. we have seen this happening all the time: unverifiable information *gathered* by intelligence, published by journalists who quote anonymous officials. We have seen how compromised this model of journalism
3. we have seen how compromised natsec journalism:
it lied us into the #IraqWar,called #CIA tortures "enhanced interrogations",didn't expose where the #CIA #blackSites were located,didn't publish the name of the head of the #CIA CounterTerrorism #MichaelD'Andrea until too late
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(String :o) Following positive impact that #Netflix premiere of movie #SergioNetflix, wanted to share a little about who #SergioVieiradeMello really was but above all, narrate what really happened after 2003 #Baghdad attack.We had been together over 3 years when the bomb went off
Sergio was from #RiodeJaneiro. He loved his country & his colorful, hot & humid city of contrasts. His parents travelled the world representing Brazil as diplomats & because of the dictatorship, at 21 began his diplomatic career in #UN from the groundup #SergioNetflix
Myself, a native from Argentina who, in 90s at the age of 18, took a leap of faith to do her studies in the US, got into finance in New York, yet found a higher calling in #UnitedNationsHQ with the hope of making a contribution to improve lives of the most vulnerable
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The #NoBidenPledge:

We pledge to neither vote for, convince others to vote for, nor support the campaign of @JoeBiden in the event he becomes the Democratic Party nominee

#NoBiden
#DemExit
Some of us are independents. Some are lifelong Democrats. Some were #ObamaToTrump voters in 2016. Some are @BernieSanders supporters, others @ewarren supporters, and others undecided.

All of us would have otherwise supported @TheDemocrats in the general election.
Our three major objections:

1) @JoeBiden’s history of support for right-wing policy

2) Concerns about Biden’s health and ability to defeat Trump and carry out the office of President

3) The DNC and media’s collective effort to smother a grassroots progressive movement
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1/ “Even if a new president proposes sweeping reforms, Congress would block or severely #weaken them. In #foreignpolicy, however, a new president could reshape the world with a few strokes of the pen. @StephenKinzer
@stephenkinzer 2/ “A president could bring the U.S. back into the Iran nuclear deal; lift sanctions on Venezuela; offer to begin peace talks with Russia & China; pull American troops out of the ME; stop promoting the overthrow of foreign governments @StephenKinzer
@stephenkinzer 3/ 3 candidates are fully wedded to the paradigm of #conflict & #confrontation that shapes American #foreignpolicy: #JoeBiden, #AmyKlobuchar, & #PeteButtigieg.
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*Announcement*

Our Winter 2019/20 issue is now online!

Read articles by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici, Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long, @j_r_mcallister, Galen Jackson, and @Andy_J_Payne.

mitpressjournals.org/toc/isec/44/3

#AcademicTwitter #PolicyTwitter
Articles for Vol. 44, No. 3 include:

"#Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: #China's Changing Strategy in #Xinjiang" by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici.

mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.11…

This article is indefinitely *ungated* (free!) thanks to @mitpress!
"Conceal or Reveal? Managing Clandestine #MilitaryCapabilities in Peacetime Competition" by Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long.

mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.11…
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A lot of friends and colleagues have asked me over the past few days how worried I am about the current situation with Iran. The short answer is, very. Let me explain. <thread>
In the nearly 9 years I have been working @WinWithoutWar and working on these issues, this is by far the closest the United States has been to a major military conflict with Iran. Neither side has reason or intention to back down at this point, and all signs point to war. 2/
The US is currently led by a man already impeached & awaiting trial for putting the nation's interests second to his own on foreign policy. He is erratic, reckless, and has demonstrated time and again that he has no understanding of basic facts or complexity of these issues. 3/
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…Speaking of John Bolton

👋 @AmbJohnBolton

#Hindsightis2020
.@AmbJohnBolton paid #CambridgeAnalytica for psychographic targeting via his SuperPAC in 2013-14. Ads targeted voters categorized in 5 groups. Look familiar? Then you were targeted

#Hindsightis2020
@AmbJohnBolton Known for aggressive foreign policy decisions leading to the #IraqWar, he had 3 goals w/#CambridgeAnalytica
- increase awareness of @AmbJohnBolton
- convince people that National Security is most important
- support @SenThomTillis vs Kay Hagan in #NorthCarolina

#Hindsightis2020
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3. The legacy of US, UK, Australia, Poland and NATO in Iraq

#Iraq #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstChildren
1. The legacy of US, UK, Australia, Poland and NATO in Iraq 🤨👇🏼
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2. The legacy of US, UK, Australia, Poland and NATO in Iraq 🤨👇🏼
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By @PressTV
May 14
Triple blasts hit eastern Afghan city of #Jalalabad, kill 3 ptv.io/2jV1

#Afghanistan
By @southfronteng
Military Situation In Afghanistan On May 15, 2019 (Map Update) southfront.org/military-situa…
NATO-led airstrike reportedly kills 17 Afghan police officers ‘by mistake" 😲
By Mistake😡🗯️🗯️🗯️?

NATO-led airstrike reportedly kills 17 Afghan police officers ‘by mistake’ — RT World News rt.com/news/459568-af…
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URGENT: 1/5
These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran

There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties
URGENT: 2/5
#Iran’s #IRGC has spent years building the capability to attack us using proxy forces. They believe they can inflict casualties on the U.S. without international condemnation because world will see it as the actions of independent Shia groups instead of Iran itself
URGENT 3/5:
The also believe that our internal political divisions combined with the legacy of the #IraqWar will lead a substantial % of Americans to doubt #Iran’s role in such attacks or blame Trump. & they have built propaganda capability to spread narrative in social media
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