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Kibera Then and Now

KIBERA, Kenya (ILO Online) – Deep within the labyrinth of this bustling informal settlement’s infinite network of footpaths, a young man tends to rows of plants in a small community […]

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Interview with Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Have a listen to excerpts of my interview with Michael Ratner, from which I quote liberally in this article. Mr. Ratner is president […]

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Wikileaks, War Crimes, and the Rise of the Fascist State

On March 19, 2003, I was sitting at the bar of Jaks Tap in Chicago’s West Loop with a friend when the large television screen above flickered for a moment. […]

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15,000 New Civilian Deaths Uncovered in Leaked Files

by Angus Stickler and Emma Slater At least 122,000 civilians were killed during the US-led occupation of Iraq, 15,000 more than previously thought. The civilian toll accounts for 80 per […]

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Campania InFelix: The Triangle of Death

By Matt Nager For nearly two decades, Campania, the southern region of Italy where Naples is located, has witnessed the ongoing practice of illegal toxic material dumping. This practice has […]

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Open Letter to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence re. Wikileaks Report

By Josh Steiber Josh Stieber was deployed in “The Surge” from Feb 07-Apr 08. Assigned to a district near Sadr City in Baghdad, the Infantry Company that Stieber deployed with […]

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Land of Oś

By Danny Ghitis This series focuses on the complex nature of life in the Polish town, Oświęcim, better known for its German name, Auschwitz. As a grandson of a Holocaust […]

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The Face That Launched a Thousand Drones?

The much talked about August 9 Time magazine cover, unabashed in its aim to shore up support for the war effort in Afghanistan, has left many still shaking their heads […]

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Zahra’s Paradise: An On-line Graphic Novella

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic […]

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Open Letter to The Pulitzer Center and Mr. Vernaschi

I should like to take the time to address some of the issues raised in Marco Vernaschi’s response to his critics on the Pulitzer Center’s website. Both Jon Sawyer, director […]

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Interview with Marco Vernaschi Retracted

For those of you who check in regularly, you may have noticed that I have removed two posts on the subject of child sacrifice in Uganda by the photographer Marco […]

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New Video Emerges From Iran

A video likely shot by a plain clothes basij has been acquired by the BBC showing the arrest and beating of Tehran University students on June 15 after the first […]

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Letter from Tehran 22 Bahman Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Today was a very difficult day. Not only for the Green movement, but because the government had used all it had to show off today. There are two main analyses […]

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Piecing a Scene Together

I featured this photograph in a previous post. It was heavily circulated over the weekend and purported to be a Basij joining the demonstrators. Now that more images have come […]

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Armed Forces Mutiny Reports

(UPDATE: Please read this POST regarding the image below. It clarifies the circumstances of the event pictured, and is a key example of how much of the information we receive […]

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Eye-witness Account from Ashura Protests in Tehran

Sunday Decmber 27, 2009 What I experienced yesterday is beyond me. I can’t describe it in words. it was the worst experience and at the same time amazing. People are […]

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Martial Law in Iran as Revolutionary Guards Jockey for Power

Unverified report from reliable source: The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is seeking support from Majlis National Security & Foreign Affairs commission to approve martial law powers. Martial law is already […]

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Iranian Security Forces Running Trucks Over Human Beings

Be warned, this is quite disturbing footage but really needs to be seen to fully understand the extent of the abuses going on in the streets of Iran these past […]

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Wikileaks, War Crimes and the Rise of the Fascist State

On March 19, 2003, I was sitting at the bar of Jaks Tap in Chicago’s West Loop with a friend when the large television screen above flickered for a moment. […]

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Marina Nemat Tells Her Story (6 Parts)

Marina Nemat, a student dissident imprisoned in 1982, likens the current protests to the ones in the 80’s and cautions that the true backlash and mass arrests are still to […]

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New Videos from June Emerge – Tehran

Here is a video of Basij shooting into the crowd of protesters. (from an unknown date in June) Here is another video from June showing a large crowd trying to […]

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Iran’s Opposition Leaders at a Glance (2002)

Journeyman pictures has an excellent documentary on Iran’s political critics. It’s from spring 2002 but gives a good sense of how active the opposition already was back then, both in […]

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Rafsanjani Speech (Updated)

Here is a rough translation live by telephone of Rafsanjani’s speech today in Tehran. Rafsanjani who is one of the most powerful religious clerics in Iran and a strong critic […]

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