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Posted: Oct 17, 2013 - 6:58pm

Russia has started implementation of a multibillion dollar arms deal with Iraq, an official with the Middle Eastern nation’s government said Thursday.

Russia is to supply over 10 fully armed and equipped Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters to Iraq under a $4.3 billion agreement on cooperation in the defense and technology sector signed in 2012.

Ali Musawi, an aide to the Iraqi prime minister, told the RT television network there had been some doubts about the contract, but said “implementation of one of the contract’s stages has begun.”

He said the contract provides for the delivery of weaponry mainly for anti-terrorist operations.

Alexander Mikheyev, deputy general director at Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said in late June that the helicopter contract also covers pilot and technical personnel training and the delivery of essential weapons systems.

This is the first contract with Iraq under the package agreement, he added.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2013 - 5:25pm

How the World Health Organisation covered up Iraq's nuclear nightmare
Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe

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Posted: Oct 16, 2013 - 1:36am

Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says
Household survey records deaths from all war-related causes, 2003 to 2011.

War and occupation directly and indirectly claimed the lives of about a half-million Iraqis from 2003 to 2011, according to a groundbreaking survey of 1,960 Iraqi households. The violence peaked in 2006 and 2007, say public health experts who were part of the study.

On March 19, 2003, a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq, beginning a ground war that culminated in the rapid capture of Baghdad and overthrow of the regime led by Saddam Hussein. A coalition-led occupation of Iraq lasted until 2011, marked by repeated bombings, an al Qaeda-linked insurgency, militia warfare, and other bloodshed in the nation of 32.6 million people.

In the new PLOS Medicine journal survey, led by public health expert Amy Hagopian of the University of Washington in Seattle, an international research team polled heads of households and siblings across Iraq. The researchers, including some from the Iraqi Ministry of Health, aimed to update and improve past estimates of the human costs of the war and occupation.

"We think it is roughly around half a million people dead. And that is likely a low estimate," says Hagopian. "People need to know the cost in human lives of the decision to go to war.

The survey responses point to around 405,000 deaths attributable to the war and occupation in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. At least another 56,000 deaths should be added to that total from households forced to flee Iraq, the study authors estimate. More than 60 percent of the excess deaths of men, women, and children reported from 2003 to 2011 were the direct result of shootings, bombings, airstrikes, or other violence, according to the study. The rest came indirectly, from stress-related heart attacks or ruined sanitation and hospitals.

"Wars kill people all kinds of ways, not just in shootings. And it exacts a toll on the invaders as well as the invaded," Hagopian says. Some 4,804 U.S., British, and other coalition armed service members died in the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Past estimates of Iraqis killed in the war and occupation have varied widely. U.S. Army war logs released by Wikileaks in 2010 pointed to more than 100,000, while a widely criticized study conducted by Opinion Research Business, a London-based polling agency, estimated Iraq war deaths at 1.2 million people through 2007.

"We had all Iraqis knocking on doors to ask the questions of these households," Hagopian says, explaining a 98 percent response rate reported from the survey. Heads of households were asked about family deaths, and household members were asked about sibling deaths stretching back decades.

"This is a really serious and credible piece of work," says epidemiologist Leslie Roberts of Columbia University in New York, who has led wartime mortality surveys in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and Iraq. "I think having an accurate record of what happened is extremely important," he says, pointing to a 2005 comment by then U.S. President George Bush suggesting that only about 30,000 Iraqi civilians had died in the conflict.

Roberts agreed with Hagopian that the household survey estimate is likely conservative, because it relied on the imperfect recollections of household members and largely missed the 1.1 million Iraqis living in displaced-person camps or in other countries.

Overall, the survey results point to Baghdad as the epicenter of violent deaths during the war. Coalition forces were blamed for 35 percent of the killings, followed by militias at 32 percent. The report showed that warfare was particularly intense in 2007, followed by a sharp drop in 2008.

Sadly, the violence continues, notes Salman Rawaf, director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training, in a written commentary accompanying the survey. About 5,000 Iraqis have died in bombings and shootings this year, according to estimates by the French press agency, AFP.  The return of sectarian violence means "living in Iraq today is no longer about how many have died, but how future deaths should be prevented," says Rawaf.


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Posted: Oct 3, 2013 - 12:43pm

Iraq still using bogus bomb detectors – and thousands pay the price
More than 4,500 people have been killed since the conviction of UK businessman, James McCormick, in April

Bogus bomb detectors are still being used in Iraq five months after a British businessman who supplied the devices was found guilty of fraud.

More than 4,500 people are estimated to have been killed in Iraq – 979 of them in September alone – since James McCormick, a former policeman, was convicted at the Old Bailey in April. His trial heard that the devices he was  selling, called ADE-651, were based on novelty golf-ball finders and had no scientific means of detecting explosives.

The Iraqi government promised after the trial that the fake detectors would be phased out. But they were still in use at checkpoints two days ago when 55 people were killed by bombs packed into cars in Baghdad. The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by an al-Qa’ida-linked group, which began its current campaign of violence around five months ago.

The sale of the devices to Iraq was alleged to have been aided by the payment of huge bribes to local officials. McCormick is said to have made a total of $75m (£46.2m) from the Iraqi government, charging $40,000 for each unit, which cost $20 to produce. (...)


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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 9:21pm

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Misery is the most publicized thing in the world. Happiness, honor, kindness, generosity - a thousand little flowers blooming for every noxious weed. If we were really so terrible, so irredeemable, so irresponsible, we'd have killed ourselves off long ago.

Hope remains in the box when all the evils are loosed not because hope dares not leave, but because hope cannot leave. Hope is always at the bottom of the box because it is inexhaustible. 
Point taken.  And undeniable for many people.  I have made 13 trips to various parts of Africa over the past three years.  Generosity, kindness, Love, exists in the midst of those with the least. So does horrific suffering. By no means do I represent myself as all-seeing, but I am informed and have seen much.

So, also true is the multi-millions of people barely living and for whom the best future they face is their memories.
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 8:58pm

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Oklahoma (I know, natural disaster, still), Iraq, Syria and on, list too long to write.  Misery seems to be the most common thing in the world. Is this best we Homo S. can do?

 
Misery is the most publicized thing in the world. Happiness, honor, kindness, generosity - a thousand little flowers blooming for every noxious weed. If we were really so terrible, so irredeemable, so irresponsible, we'd have killed ourselves off long ago.

Hope remains in the box when all the evils are loosed not because hope dares not leave, but because hope cannot leave. Hope is always at the bottom of the box because it is inexhaustible.
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 8:55pm

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obviously iraq is in pretty bad shape...

i'm stunned by the death and destruction {#Neutral}

Monday Mayhem: 133 Killed, 283 Wounded in Iraq

Coordinated bombing attacks resumed today. At least ten blasts were seen in the capital alone, and a pair of rare explosions occurred far south in Basra. Both Sunni and Shi’ites targeted in them. Overall, at least 133 people were killed and 283 more were wounded, but the figures are likely to rise. Some of the dead and wounded were Iranian pilgrims.

 
Oklahoma (I know, natural disaster, still), Iraq, Syria and on, list too long to write.  Misery seems to be the most common thing in the world. Is this best we Homo S. can do?
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 7:39pm

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well i think the scope and scale are approximately 10:1 with the US

for every death there it would be ten here

look at those numbers and multiply them by ten and imagine that here (in one day)

mind = blown

i want to move to another planet

 
You and me both, bro.
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 7:30pm

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Yeah. It's difficult to determine priorities, no?

 
well i think the scope and scale are approximately 10:1 with the US

for every death there it would be ten here

look at those numbers and multiply them by ten and imagine that here (in one day)

mind = blown

i want to move to another planet
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 7:04pm

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obviously iraq is in pretty bad shape...

i'm stunned by the death and destruction {#Neutral}

Monday Mayhem: 133 Killed, 283 Wounded in Iraq

Coordinated bombing attacks resumed today. At least ten blasts were seen in the capital alone, and a pair of rare explosions occurred far south in Basra. Both Sunni and Shi’ites targeted in them. Overall, at least 133 people were killed and 283 more were wounded, but the figures are likely to rise. Some of the dead and wounded were Iranian pilgrims.

 
Yeah. It's difficult to determine priorities, no?
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Posted: May 20, 2013 - 7:01pm

obviously iraq is in pretty bad shape...

i'm stunned by the death and destruction {#Neutral}

Monday Mayhem: 133 Killed, 283 Wounded in Iraq

Coordinated bombing attacks resumed today. At least ten blasts were seen in the capital alone, and a pair of rare explosions occurred far south in Basra. Both Sunni and Shi’ites targeted in them. Overall, at least 133 people were killed and 283 more were wounded, but the figures are likely to rise. Some of the dead and wounded were Iranian pilgrims.
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Posted: May 17, 2013 - 2:11pm

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For those who may be interested in an Iraqi view of the war, I recommend the film Dawn of the World.  It was directed by Abbas Fahdel and was made in 2008.  It stars Hiam Abbas (The Visitor, The Syrian Bride).  Fahdel is Iraqi, while Hiam Abbas (great actress, imo) is an Israeli Muslim.  It's not simple propaganda.  In fact it gives a variety of views.  Like all wars, Iraq is dominated by those who lost...primarily civilians...but all that US money did change some lives. 
 
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Posted: May 17, 2013 - 2:07pm

For those who may be interested in an Iraqi view of the war, I recommend the film Dawn of the World.  It was directed by Abbas Fahdel and was made in 2008.  It stars Hiam Abbas (The Visitor, The Syrian Bride).  Fahdel is Iraqi, while Hiam Abbas (great actress, imo) is an Israeli Muslim.  It's not simple propaganda.  In fact it gives a variety of views.  Like all wars, Iraq is dominated by those who lost...primarily civilians...but all that US money did change some lives. 


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Posted: May 13, 2013 - 2:45pm

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Good, glad it's over. There was too much error, gross oversimplification, and baseless innuendo in your "rant" for me to deal comprehensively with your reply.  Once again, and I think for the last time, I will no longer give into the temptation to respond to your posts.  Rants or otherwise.  Nothing personal, I hope you live a long and happy life; I just don't want to waste my time on long, frustrating for me, posts.

Kurt, use the friggin' spell checker!


 

Me, too.  The second time you went somewhere else instead of replying to what I put out.

Heck I wasn't even addressing you in the first place.

I responded to our peep across the pond, then off you went on me.

Oh and the spell check ?  I am not afraid to make some mistakes now and then.

But what evah ...
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Posted: May 13, 2013 - 12:59pm

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Rant over ...
Good, glad it's over. There was too much error, gross oversimplification, and baseless innuendo in your "rant" for me to deal comprehensively with your reply.  Once again, and I think for the last time, I will no longer give into the temptation to respond to your posts.  Rants or otherwise.  Nothing personal, I hope you live a long and happy life; I just don't want to waste my time on long, frustrating for me, posts.

Kurt, use the friggin' spell checker!

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Posted: May 12, 2013 - 9:03pm

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kurtster wrote:

Perhaps isolation was the wrong way to express my thoughts.

A better thought would be to isolate our troops from the rest of the world.  Readopt a defensive posture on our own land, withdraw the offensive forces from foreign lands and simply protect our commerce and borders.  We are still dealing with pirates in the 21st Century, just as we did on the Barbary Coast in the 19th Century.  Now its the same continent, just a different coast.  The exact same thing is happening all over again.


Hey Kurt, I semi-agree with you on something.  Will the sun still rise in the East bcs of this?
I am for minimal forceful "mischief".  The debacle that is now Iraq, and will be Afghanistan, hopefully will teach us that.
I am torn on the drone issue.  I think if we TRULY can identify a sworn and destructive enemy, then preemptive force is, imo, justified.  Domestic use, or against dubious targets....NO.  How do we judge that?  How do we administer this program? Decisions, by nature of the mobile nature of the threat, need to be made  quickly...and BE CORRECT. Serious problems come in both use and abuse.  Who is accountable and what is the penalty?  Murder? No POTUS, of any party, is likely to say yes in those circumstances.  Yet, mistakes are murder.

 

What did you write that has anything to do with what I wrote ?

Oh and 'mischief' ?  Does that have anything to do with the means justifying the ends ? 

And drones ?  How about we use them strictly for defense.  Like of our ocean going supply lines and blast the Somalli Pirates into oblivion in their boats as they approach mechant vessels ?  That would keep them from leaving the shore line pretty quickly, eh ?  Do we need them for anything else ? 

We are, for the first time in your's or my lifetime, capable of truly becoming energy independent in a very short time.  We will in short order, be free of the Middle East for anything that we need as a country.  We may not have done it by succeeding in developing alternative energy, but wasn't the goal always to just be energy independent ?  Period ? 

You want to stick around and waste more blood and treasure trying to persuade the unpersuadable ?  Let their neighbors, India, Europe and China try to manage the mess.  They are the ones who will fill our void.  They are the ones who will continue to depend on them for their oil, not us.  Let them have their econonies sucked dry by these villians.

I'm serious, GTF out of there, now !  Drill, baby, drill, dammit !  We have the ability to be done with them in 5 years.  We just have a war loving, socalled environmentalist in the WH who wants to further squander our blood and treasure in further diminishing this great country preventing us from doing it.

I am not willing to give up my freedom for the sake of environmentalists wasting our time and money pursueing their phony agendas.
Especially when theire are better ways to move forward with alternative energy than the ones being forced down our throats.  Windmills, meh !  Solar, not yet, not for a long time, maybe not ever.  Food (corn oil) into energy ? 

Thorium ?  Well alrighty then !  Then I might come around and say we are finally doing the right thing in finding a petroleum replacement.

What do you want to do ?  Send our blood and treasure to far away places, cause 'mischief' and stall for time, decades maybe, to tinker with cute little windmills or do the sure thing and get er done ASAP ?

Rant over ...


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Posted: May 12, 2013 - 7:47pm

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Perhaps isolation was the wrong way to express my thoughts.

A better thought would be to isolate our troops from the rest of the world.  Readopt a defensive posture on our own land, withdraw the offensive forces from foreign lands and simply protect our commerce and borders.  We are still dealing with pirates in the 21st Century, just as we did on the Barbary Coast in the 19th Century.  Now its the same continent, just a different coast.  The exact same thing is happening all over again.

 
Hey Kurt, I semi-agree with you on something.  Will the sun still rise in the East bcs of this?
I am for minimal forceful "mischief".  The debacle that is now Iraq, and will be Afghanistan, hopefully will teach us that.
I am torn on the drone issue.  I think if we TRULY can identify a sworn and destructive enemy, then preemptive force is, imo, justified.  Domestic use, or against dubious targets....NO.  How do we judge that?  How do we administer this program? Decisions, by nature of the mobile nature of the threat, need to be made  quickly...and BE CORRECT. Serious problems come in both use and abuse.  Who is accountable and what is the penalty?  Murder? No POTUS, of any party, is likely to say yes in those circumstances.  Yet, mistakes are murder.


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Posted: May 12, 2013 - 4:36pm

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The point is the world, including bad guys are coming to us. Isolationism, as you simplicity describe will not prevent this happening. We must, skillfully and judiciously, interact with the world, including most importantly perhaps, our enemies..

 
Perhaps isolation was the wrong way to express my thoughts.

A better thought would be to isolate our troops from the rest of the world.  Readopt a defensive posture on our own land, withdraw the offensive forces from foreign lands and simply protect our commerce and borders.  We are still dealing with pirates in the 21st Century, just as we did on the Barbary Coast in the 19th Century.  Now its the same continent, just a different coast.  The exact same thing is happening all over again.
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Posted: May 12, 2013 - 4:22pm

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...
 
The point is the world, including bad guys are coming to us. Isolationism, as you implicitly describe will not prevent this happening. We must, skillfully and judiciously, interact with the world, including most importantly perhaps, our enemies..


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Posted: May 12, 2013 - 4:15pm

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Equally sadly, rougue nations and terrorists now have access to WMD, unlike Monroe's time.  For every problem there can be a simple answer...usually wrong.  I agree with your sentiment, but isolationism is not an option we can choose even if we want it.  It is on our south certainly,  and already in our country.

 
In Monroe's time could not a merchant ship full of Plague infected rats be considered the equivalent of today's WMD's ? 

But seriously, what has intervention gotten us since WW II ?  Nothing but trouble and hate.

Local neighborhoods have got to start taking care of themselves.  Local police can be there quicker than the faraway county sheriff and do more, more effectively.  We are at best the county sheriff to the world.  We are there for a minute, look around and as soon as we leave, everything goes back to what it was before we arrived.


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