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Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death

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  • Data journalism allows us to really interrogate the Wikileaks Iraq war logs release. Here is the statistical breakdown - and data for you to download
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Simon Rogers, The Guardian | UK

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Wikileaks Iraq: a man holds his wounded daughter outside in August 2006 after being injured in road side bomb explosion. Photograph: Ali Abbas/EPA

Data journalism works best when there's a lot of data to work with. Wikileaks' Iraq war logs release has dumped some 391,000 records of the Iraq war into the public arena. We've had them for a few weeks - what have we found out?

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This is in a different league to the Wikileaks Afghanistan leak - there's a good case for saying the new release has made the war the most documented in history. Every minor detail is now there for us to analyse and breakdown but one factor stands out: the sheer volume of deaths, most of which are civilians.

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait
Key themes in the Iraq War Logs<http://www.iraqwarlogs.com/> show:
•    Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
•    Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
•    Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
•    Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

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Your taxes at work: Guns for election-stealing thugs

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These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds.
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U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite
How the US Funds the Taliba

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Foundation

If the Kabul government can’t be trusted to run a legitimate election, they certainly can’t be trusted with U.S.-bought weapons and a massive U.S. taxpayer-funded military force. Our latest Rethink Afghanistan video shows they can't be trusted with either.

Our video features footage obtained from our network of contacts in Afghanistan and clearly shows widespread vote fraud during the recent parliamentary elections. These images show that the Kabul government is blatantly illegitimate, and that means our soldiers are fighting and dying to prop up a gang of election-stealing frauds. And while these crooks steal elections, U.S. policymakers are spending our tax dollars to create a huge military force that these thugs can use to stay in power?

Help us send a message to our elected officials: we don’t want another dime of U.S. money spent on Afghan military forces until the Kabul government addresses rampant election fraud.

Please sign our petition, and join Rethink Afghanistan on Facebook and Twitter as we fight to bring our troops home.

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U.S. officials say Karzai aides are derailing corruption cases involving elite, Greg Miller and Ernesto Londoño, Washington Post | DC

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  • "Above a certain level, people are being very well protected," said a senior U.S. official involved in the investigations.
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  • How the US Funds the Taliban
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How the US Funds the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Nation
In 'grotesque carnival,' contractors pay insurgents to protect supply lines.

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Our Message of Hope and Urgency in the Middle East

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  • The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.
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  • Netanyahu’s Moves Spark Debate on Intentions
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Netanyahu’s choice, Jeremy Ben-Ami, JTA
The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.


Netanyahu’s Moves Spark Debate on Intentions, Ethan Bronner, New York Times | NY
An offer on Monday (Oct 11) by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to freeze West Bank Jewish settlements in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state — instantly rejected by the Palestinians — was the latest complex maneuver engendering debate about his intentions.

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The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism

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  • “Either the Transnational Capitalist Class alliance self-destructs, compelled by the conscious mobilization of the working people in solidarity across the continents, those who oppose war and stand solidly together in a counterforce on the side of humanity, or we go further downhill the slope of lower depths, into an abyss.
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  • For every person there are always two choices in life: to accept things as they are or to accept the responsibility to bring about change – from a war economy to a political economy of peace to share, to preserve our environment and to belong to the commons in which every being has an equal stake for our minimum needs.”
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Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes/Axis of Logic

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I am writing from Nagpur on Oct 10 but not certain when I will be able to post this, as I have no Internet connection at this time. I am staying in a guesthouse that the state ministers use when they come to Nagpur each year for the state assembly that meets for a couple of weeks. It is a humble room with bed, two chairs, a desk, and an Indian-style bathroom. Lucky for me it is air conditioned, as Nagpur seems to have a reputation as one of the hottest places in India. Nagpur is located about mid-center in the country.

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I arrived here early yesterday (Oct 9) morning after a 5:50 am flight from New Delhi. The plane stopped in Raipur first to drop off, and pick up, more passengers as it made its three-legged route between the cities.

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Lessons of the Obama Debacle

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  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
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  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.
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Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

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The problem with us progressives at this time of crisis is not that we lack an alternative paradigm to pit against the discredited neoliberal paradigm.

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No, the elements of the alternative based on the values of democracy, justice, equality, and environmental sustainability are there and have been there for sometime, the product of collective intellectual and activist work over the last few decades.

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The key problem is the failure of progressives to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis. This fluid process is preeminently political. It requires translating a strategic perspective into a tactical program that takes advantage of the opportunities, ambiguities, and contradictions of the present moment to construct a critical mass for progressive change from diverse class and social forces.

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