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Monte Wolverton | Looking the other way / CagleCartoons.com

Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated

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  • Why did we not investigate allegations of murder and torture in Iraq at the time, when it was well known what was going on?
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  • Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations
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Peter Beaumont, London Guardian | UK

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle

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Iraqi soldiers guard a blindfolded detainee during an operation outside Baquba, north of Baghdad. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The most shocking of the revelations in the current batch of leaked Iraq war logs is that most of the acts of torture and murder were committed in the open. They weren't secret. They were tolerated, sanitised – justified, even. Take the Wolf Brigade, the 2nd battalion of the interior ministry's special commandos.

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Everybody knew about them. You would see them in their pick-up trucks wearing balaclavas. When there was a sectarian murder people would talk about the wolves, until they became a shorthand to describe a certain kind of cruel violence. The wolf commandos became killers in the uniform of the Iraqi police.
I recall speaking to UN human rights investigators, western police advisers, diplomats and army officers about what was going on. In 2005 an Iraqi government official confirmed a list of places where she believed torture and murder were taking place. A British police mentor described entering the office of a notorious figure at the interior ministry and found a man with a bag over his head standing in the corner of the office.

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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations, Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

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  1. Abuse, rape, torture, murder of detainees
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  3. Civilians are dying in greatest numbers
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  5. Hundreds of civilians killed at checkpoints
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  7. Private contractors non-uniformed, unsupervised, wreak havoc
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  • WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety
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  • Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death
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Summary | Immigration Reform: Week of October 24

4 New Items including:

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  • Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration
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  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor
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Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Black Commentator</>
The Struggle for justice for migrant workers is directly connected to the struggle against neo-liberal globalization. The destruction of the earth's resources and the massive accumulation of wealth by a minority of the planet to the disadvantage of the majority means that billions find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: A Modern-Day Bull Connor, Marc Morial, Other Words

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  • Maricopa County stands to lose $113 million in federal funds if Arpaio doesn't produce proof that he's not engaging in racial profiling.
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  • Arpaio's Abuse Of Power
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Accused of Illegally Misspending $80 Million While Conducting Draconian Immigration Round-ups, Valeria Fernandez, New America Media
Arpaio's office used a shadow system, a separate set of payroll books to get around the law barring the use of taxpayer-supported jail funds for other purposes.

Mormon-owned paper stands with illegal immigrants, Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times | NY
The newspaper's push for a more liberal embrace of illegal immigrants has led to a collision between its editorial mission and its conservative, mostly Mormon, readers.

Race, Racism, Xenophobia, and Migration

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The struggle for justice for migrant workers is directly connected to the struggle against neo-liberal globalization. The destruction of the earth's resources and the massive accumulation of wealth by a minority of the planet to the disadvantage of the majority means that billions find themselves in a struggle for survival.

Bill Fletcher, Jr., Black Commentator

"From October 8-11 in Quito, Ecuador, the 4th World Social Forum on Migration was held.  Hundreds of activists and scholars from around the world participated in some of the most interesting plenary sessions and workshops of any conference I have attended.  

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"The conference was an eye-opening experience.  Migration was examined on various levels, including global economic, political, military and environmental factors, all of which influence migration.  The International Labor Organization estimates that at least 83 million people are currently migrating, a figure that is bound to grow for many reasons, particularly climate change.  Yet in the face of this mass migration of human beings, there are political forces that have taken advantage of the fear that is often produced through demographic changes in order to advance right-wing, irrationalist and xenophobic politics.  This, too, was addressed at the conference.

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Migrant Massacre in Mexico, Progress Report, Think Progress
The massacre has unleashed a wave of outrage and criticism towards Mexico.

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