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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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Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations

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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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Debra Sweet, The World Can't Wait

Thanks to the heroic leakers in the US military and to Julian Assange and the hundreds of Wikileaks staffers and volunteers: Iraq War Logs was released Friday (Oct 22). Its 391,000 records reveal the standard operating procedures of a huge military occupation over the years 2004 - 2009.

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Ray McGovern writes that Assange was presented the Sam Adams Award for integrity from Veteran Intelligence Professions for Sanity Saturday in London by Daniel Ellsberg and Craig Murray. The New York Times reported Sunday (Oct 24) that Assange is a "hunted man," having been denied residency in Sweden, or in any country where the U.S. government's influence is significant enough to endanger him.  The Robert Gates (Defense) and Robert Gibbs (Obama's Press Secretary) team repeats the same threat they did in July when Afghan War Diary came out: Wikileaks somehow "may have blood on their hands," for letting the truth out.

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Wikileaks Iraq: data journalism maps every death, Simon Rogers, The Guardian | UK<>

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National Guard advert on Metrodome, proposed site of 2012 DNC, depicts soldiers deployed against protesters during 2008 RNC

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  • Will someone like Jon Stewart see the dark humor in such a sick game pushing our macho buttons but frankly only hurting ourselves?
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  • Lake Woebegone didn’t know what hit it.
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flyingmonkeyairlines,  Twin Cities Indie Media

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

(L) Original caption: Minnesota National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor stand guard to assist police in maintaining order during an overly-aggressive demonstration Sept. 1, in St. Paul, Minn. The demonstrators were protesting during day one of the Republican National Convention. (Photo: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

A National Guard advertisement currently hanging on the side of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN, proposed site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, depicts National Guard members being deployed against protesters during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, Minnesota (hi-res photos for media use at bottom of page).

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The multiple-panel advertisement, which stretches around the Metrodome, depicts various Viking players above the text, "First line of defense." Other panels depict members of the National Guard, above text that reads "Minnesota National Guard... Minnesota's first line of defense."

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The panel depicting National Guard members and a helicopter is a composite image derived in part from a September 1st, National Guard press image taken by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, and depicts some of the 150 National Guard members being deployed against protesters during Day One of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN.

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Oh my gosh, can you believe the truth behind this National Guard ad at the Metrodome?, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest
Thought you might be interested in reporting on and further exposing this remarkable catch made by someone who saw the National Guard photo recruitment ad interspersed as it is with the other same purple color Minnesota Vikings football “front line of defense” posters ringing the Metrodome.  It turns out that the same photo of the Minnesota Guard was taken when they were deployed at the Republican National Convention and were involved in a mass arrest of Minnesota citizens who were innocent of anything except listening to some music?!  Will someone like Jon Stewart see the dark humor in such a sick game pushing our macho buttons but frankly only hurting ourselves?  Lake Woebegone didn’t know what hit it.

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Upcoming Peace Events! October 13, 2010

Upcoming Peace Events! October 13, 2010

Bring the Troops Home Now!...Echoes of Peace Twin Cities Choir...Civil Rights and Effective Investigations...Armistice Day, 2010...Protest the School of the Americas!

Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

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Thursday, October 21 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN

Meeting the third Thursdays of the month Oct-December. Anyone with a desire to sing is welcome to join this non-audition community choir. Our repertoire will include songs from around the world, songs of justice and peace, songs of hope and longing, and songs that are simply fun and full of celebration. No previous singing experience required, you don’t need to know how to read music, and you won’t have to sing all by yourself! ...

Singing in harmony with others is a means of personal, local and, yes, even global transformation. Singing opens the heart and re-enchants the spirit. It’s good for your brain, good for your body and great for your emotional health. Harmony brings harmony!

Sara Thomsen has been directing Echoes of Peace in the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior (her home base) since March of 2002. She continues with the Duluth choir to this day, and is now beginning a new choir “branch” in the Twin Cities, starting with a monthly practice session. The first session is Thursday, Oct 21.

About the director: Sara Thomsen is a singer-songwriter, recording artist and producer, and a composer/arranger in addition to her role as director and community song leader. Sara is a founding member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, a "growing community of choirs who believes that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song" (www.ubuntuchoirs.net). The network was founded by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly, co-directors of the Gettin' Higher Choir in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Sara is a graduate of their Community Choir Leadership Training.

The details and how to join:
Time: 7:00-8:45pm
Dates: Thursdays October 21, November 18, December 16 (Third Thursdays of the month)
Cost: $30 for the three sessions. Checks payable to: Echoes of Peace Choir
Location: Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN

If interested, send Sara an email or just show up the first night (Oct 21). You are welcome to “feel it out” on your first session before making the commitment plunge!
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“Civil Rights and Effective Investigations,” Coleen Rowley

Friday, October 22, 7:30 p.m. Twin Cities Friends Meeting House, 1725 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Coleen Rowley exposed the FBI’s mishandling of information related to the 9/11 attacks and was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year in 2002. Coleen is a staunch member of Minnesota’s peace community. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Call Don, 612-724-3061.
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Armistice Day 2010, Veterans for Peace

Come join the Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 in the ringing of bells November 11.  For 25 years we have celebrated the joy felt around the world when the World War I Armistice was signed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, to honor the end of a war considered so horrendous it must never happen again.  Yet it continues.

As was done back then for many years, we ring the bell 11 times at 11 a.m., November 11, followed by a moment of silence for the many soldiers and civilians killed in warfare, and with a commitment to find our own ways to work for peace in our environment.

If your building houses a large bell that can ring out to the community at 11 a.m. on November 11, please consider doing that.  If not, please read the statement below and ring a handbell during your service the Saturday or Sunday before November 11.  If you'd like help with a longer program, we have speakers available who can do the ceremony and talk on the spiritual importance of peacemaking.

Whatever is done, please read this statement aloud and print it in your bulletin:

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The Armistice of 1918 ended the terrible slaughter of World War I.  The U.S. alone had experienced the death of over 116,000 soldiers, plus many more who were physically and mentally disabled.  For one moment, at the 11th hour of the llth day on the llth month, the world agreed that World War I must be the war to end all wars.  There was exuberant joy everywhere, and many churches rang their bells, some 11 times at 11 a.m. on November 11, as the Armistice was signed.

It went on for many years, and then it was forgotten, but now we do this again.  We ring the bells 11 times, with a moment of silence, to remember the many soldiers and civilians killed in warfare, and to make our own commitment to work for peace in our family, our community, our nation, and our world.

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FFI: Larry Johnson, President, VFP Chapter 27 <elent7@comcast.net > or 612-747-3904.
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Reserve Your Spot Today: Protest the School of the Americas, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27.

November 19 through 22 Fort Benning, GA. Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27, has openings on their bus for the annual trip to close the School of the Americas (SOA). Bus Cost: $200.00. Room Cost: $50.00 per person. The chartered bus will leave St. Stephen's Church, 2201 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis on Friday, November 18, 8:00 a.m. and will return there the following Monday, November 22 at about 5:00 p.m. Space is limited. FFI and Reservations: Call Jim Steinhagen, 612-722-1112.

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Senate report: Mismanaged U.S. contractor money aids enemy in Afghanistan

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  • The Senate investigation documents a failure to properly vet, train and supervise Afghan security subcontractors, hired by U.S. and other international firms under multimillion-dollar military contracts, afailure has cost American lives, undermined the U.S. mission and the Afghan government, and "helped play into the hands of the enemy," said Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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  • How the US Funds the Taliban
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Karen DeYoung, Washington Post | DC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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The U.S. military has only minimal knowledge of - and exercises virtually no control over - the thousands of Afghans it indirectly pays to guard its installations, including "warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping, bribery" and to the Taliban, Senate investigators said in a blistering report released Thursday (Oct 7).

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The bipartisan report, compiled after a year-long investigation, notes that the military has recently launched its own investigations of the situation and has taken some steps to address it. In one of the most significant steps, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has issued new contractor guidelines.

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How the US Funds the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Nation
In 'grotesque carnival,' contractors pay insurgents to protect supply lines.

The Best Allies Money Can Buy, Thomas L. Friedman,  New York Times | NY

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  • I prefer our public services to be provided as much as possible by public servants motivated by, and schooled in, the common good and simple patriotism — not profits or private ambitions.
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  • No precise number for contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan
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What You Didn't Know About The Afghan War, Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary Kohls
This is a video in support of  Matthew Hoh, ex-Marine and diplomat who resigned in protest over fraudulent war
"One of the most powerful and concise antiwar videos I've seen: It needs wide distribution." -- Antiwar Activist Gary Kohls

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