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DAHR JAMAIL He is author of the book Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamail’s work has been featured on National Public Radio, the Guardian, The Nation, and The Progressive. He has received many awards for his reportage, including the prestigous Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. His recent work, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan is a comprehensive study of today's military resisters, that sheds new light on the contours of dissent within the ranks of the world's most powerful military.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Will Fracking Cause Our Next Nuclear Disaster?
Fracking is a technique used in obtaining gas and petroleum, in which water is mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, and the mixture is injected at extremely high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures. It is already well known that fracking causes earthquakes, it is clear that the nuclear waste storage site is now in danger of having its structural integrity compromised.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 17, 2013 We're Looking at the End of Humanity -- And It Might Happen Sooner Than You Think
Some scientists fear that the situation is already so serious and so many self-reinforcing feedback loops are already in play that we are in the process of causing our own extinction. Worse yet, some are convinced that it could happen far more quickly than generally believed possible -- even in the course of just the next few decades.
SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Is BP "trolling" its Facebook critics?
BP has been accused of hiring internet "trolls" to purposefully attack, harass, and sometimes threaten people who have been critical of how the oil giant has handled its disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In internet slang, a troll is someone who sows online discord by starting arguments or upsetting people, often posting inflammatory messages in an online community, or even issuing physical threats.
SHARE Sunday, October 20, 2013 Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill
Ongoing studies continue to reveal toxins from BP's spill in water, soil, and seafood samples. Fishermen in BP's impact zone wonder if things will ever return to normal. "Our future is very, very dim, and there are no sponge crabs out there, which is the future," Robin concluded. "I've never seen this in my lifespan. I'm not seeing a future, because everything out there is dead."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 16, 2013 BP's Silent Disaster
Most people believe only those who have experienced war can know post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But those living in the impact zone of BP's 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico know differently. BP's attempts to minimize the amount of compensation it pays to those affected is not helping to improve what now are chronic psychological, community, and personal impacts along the Gulf coast.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 25, 2013 Jordan to Host "World's Largest Refugee Camp"
The Jordanian government says that designating a safe corridor in the Syrian province of Daraa would help reduce the growing number of refugees pouring into Jordan. The area could provide shelter and protection for displaced Syrians and a base for the opposition. But some people say it could also be used to launch an international military intervention.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Iraq: The Deadliest War For Journalists
Iraq's impunity rate, or the degree to which perpetrators have escaped prosecution for killing journalists, is the worst in the world at 100 percent. Even today, as Iraq has moved beyond the US conflict, both Iraqi and US governmental authorities have shown no interest in investigating these murders.
SHARE Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Maliki's Iraq: Rape, Executions And Torture
People in Fallujah, and the rest of Iraq's vast Anbar province, are enraged at the government of Prime Minister Maliki. They say his security forces, heavily populated by members of various Shia militias, have been killing and detaining Sunnis in Anbar Province, as well as across much of Baghdad.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 3, 2012 Where is the Green Party?
Romney, who has campaigned while standing in front of a coal mine in Ohio and enjoys support from the billionaire Koch brothers who made their fortune in oil, gas and chemicals, is the bane of many environmentalists. Meanwhile, Obama has been criticized for not cracking down on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique that uses chemicals and water to blast through underground shale formations.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2012 BP blamed for ongoing health problems
The 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf last year was the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, affecting people living near the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Seemingly compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic dispersants, which are banned by many countries, including the UK.
SHARE Wednesday, January 11, 2012 No Free Press in Iraq
A 2011 report by Human Rights Watch on Freedom of Expression in Iraq confirms this: "In 2010, Iraq remained one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work as a journalist. Extremists and unknown assailants continue to kill media workers and bomb their bureaus..."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 8, 2012 Iraq: A country in shambles
The state of the economy in Iraq is a disaster. Yet this irony is highlighted by the fact that Iraq has proven oil reserves third only behind Saudi Arabia and Iran -- hence one would expect it to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. But nowhere is the lack of economic growth more evident than in Baghdad.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Gaza Flotilla Ship 'Sabotaged by Divers'
Israel insists the latest flotilla is a "dangerous provocation" and has vowed to intercept it. According to Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Aharonoth, military sources said participants of the flotilla were planning to pour chemicals, such as sulfur, on Israeli soldiers.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 20, 2011 Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Jan 14, 2011 (IPS) - In an emotionally charged meeting this week sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, fishermen, Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long disaster.
SHARE Saturday, December 25, 2010 Rape rampant in US military
A Command Sergeant Major told Catherine Jayne West of the Mississippi National Guard, "There aren't but two places for women - in the kitchen or in the bedroom. Women have no place in the military."
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 19, 2010 Illness Plagues Gulf Residents in BP's Aftermath
Increasing numbers of U.S. Gulf Coast residents attribute ongoing sicknesses to BP's oil disaster and use of toxic dispersants. BP admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of Corexit dispersants - which have been banned in 19 countries - to sink the oil.
SHARE Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil
"We know what oil is," Dean Blanchard of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc., said. "The Coast Guard should change the color of their uniforms, since they are working for BP. We've known they are working for BP from the beginning of this thing. None of us believe anything they say about this oil disaster anymore."
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Evidence Mounts of BP Spraying Toxic Dispersants
The Tillmans, focus of this article, and thousands of other fishermen and residents along the Gulf of Mexico are deeply concerned about local, state and federal government complicity with BP in what they see as a massive cover-up of the oil disaster by using toxic dispersants to sink any and all oil that is located. Not only have dispersants been used after BP said it stopped, but in places where they swore they wouldn't.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 6, 2010 Pondering Derrick Jensen/Life vs. Productivity: "What Would You Live and Die to Protect?"
Pointed questions like that in the title come from a man named Derrick Jensen. They provide a lens through which to view the havoc that corporate capitalism is wreaking on our planet. They are meant to jolt us into the awareness that we are watching life on earth annihilated. They are also meant to challenge us into thinking about what form our resistance to this should take.