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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.
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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…
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.… 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.
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Is Ivanka Trump The New Face Of Privilege And Global Suffering, In Places Like The U.S. And India?…

#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*:…
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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On March 20 2003, exactly 17 years ago today, the United States began bombing Baghdad, calling for the start of the #IraqWar, which would nearly last for a decade. Below is a thread of the atrocities, lies, and effects of the immoral and illegal invasion/occupation of #Iraq: Image
The reason for the war was that US President George W. Bush and his administration claimed that Iraq owned and was manufacturing “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
As a result of these claims, the United Nations investigated Iraq’s weapons facilities throughout January of 2003, and not a single WMD was found. Despite this, Bush’s Administration insisted that Iraq owed WMDs, and that Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein would arm Al Qaeda with them.
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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

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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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.

#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.…

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

.@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

@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

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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 🤨👇🏼…
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

By @southfronteng
Military Situation In Afghanistan On May 15, 2019 (Map Update)…
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…
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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
#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
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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.@Chase Bank has shut down the accounts of 3 right-wing personalities in what appears to have been arbitrary executive decisions not based on an official company policy.…
The account of @MartinaMarkota was one of the first known to have been closed in this manner. “After a recent review of your account, we have decided to end our relationship with you,” reads a Jan. 24 letter:…
A video by undercover journalism org @Project_Veritas revealed Enrique Tarrio's account was “being closed by compliance,” because his website redirected to his online shop, “…and therefore couldn’t conduct required due diligence.”
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16 years ago I participated in my first direct action, walking out of class as an 8th grader in protest of the #IraqWar.
A brave teacher who helped us organize the walkout gathered us in her classroom. She advised us to carry US flags as we marched. The opposition was carrying this violence out in the US' name, she said. #IraqWar
We had to show the world that there were US citizens who were against the war, that the US stood for more than invasion and occupation. #IraqWar
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As @soychicka shows below, some of the scandal-ridden Bush administration emails received by #Kavanaugh came from #Smartech’s server. How many more that we haven’t seen? The Bush WH DELETED 22 MILLION Smartech emails that weren’t retrieved until 09. Russia hacked Smartech! 1/
3/ Here is my own sourced Thread about #Kavanaugh and #Smartech. Kavanaugh cannot be conformed until we confirm what exactly has gone on with Smartech.
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1/ This week marked the 15th anniversary of the fall of #Baghdad. The ground invasion, toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein and the outbreak of lawlessness all happened in the space of three days. From our archives, this is what those 3 days sounded like.
2/ Journalist and Iraqi Kurd @ayubnuri recalls the initial days of jubilation after the removal of Saddam Hussein.
3/ As we know, the celebration in #Iraq didn’t last. Journalists @maassp and @EllenKnickmeyer both went into the war zone without being embedded or protected by US forces. They witnessed the ongoing violence that followed the toppling of the capitol.
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