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The Guardian View on the Chilcot Report

The reputation of Tony Blair has never recovered from the disastrous invasion of Iraq. Now the long-awaited inquiry has hung an unforgiving verdict around his neck. As always in matters of military aggression, the humane perspective has to start with the victims. Since the US-led, UK-backed invasion of Iraq in 2003, estimates of the lives…
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The Obama Administration’s Drone-Strike Dissembling

Debunking John Brennan’s claim that “the president requires near-certainty of no collateral damage” to allow a drone killing to go forward. CONOR FRIEDERSDORF, The Atlantic As a frequent critic of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, I found Jeffrey Goldberg’s excellent interview a useful reminder that, for all my misgivings about the Iraq War hawks that…
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Crowning Touch for Noora

Five months after arriving in Portland from Iraq, 7-year-old Noora Afif Abdulhameed had surgery at Maine Medical Center on Friday to repair her damaged skull, which was partially shattered by a sniper's bullet two years ago. In a delicate six-hour operation, Drs. James Wilson and John Atwood meticulously cut away the skin graft that Iraqi…
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People Magazine Coverage

People Magazine spent some time with Salee, NMV and local volunteers in Greenville, SC. They got some great photographs and put together a 4-page spread for their September 14 issue. Here are scans of their pages:
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Project helps Iraqi children hurt by war all year round

Is there something about this time of year that makes stories featuring children more poignant? Or is it just that as we get closer to the holidays, we naturally hear more about the plight of children who have to make do with less in a can’t-get-enough world? I have to confess that this has been…
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Bringing the War Home

Texas Observer At the time of this writing, 2,157 Americans have died since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The number of Iraqis dead and injured, though undoubtedly much higher, is unknown. In fact, although President Bush recently offered an estimate of 30,000, both U.S. and Iraqi authorities have gone to considerable lengths…
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