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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.
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."
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2010 Destruction along the Gulf. How Has it Come to This?
The scenes Dahr Jamail and Erika Blumenfeld describe and photograph in this, their latest investigative report on the Great Gulf Oil Disaster could easily represent scenes from a post-apocalyptic movie. The trouble is, they are real, all too real and growing.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, August 16, 2010 Uncovering the Lies That Are Sinking the Oil
The rampant use of toxic dispersents, out-of-state private contractors brought in to spray them and US Coast Guard complicity are common stories now in the 4 states most affected by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.
Commercial and charter fishermen, residents and members of BP's VOO program in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have spoken with Truthout about their witnessing all of these incidents.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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..."
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."
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 8, 2010 Chernobyl Then, the Gulf Now: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
We are witnessing an incredibly powerful propaganda campaign from the US Gov't which, clearly acting in BP's best interests, announced, via compliant media like the New York Times that "three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated -- and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm".
(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.
SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 PTSD Soldier Punished by Army
"The way things are set up right now in the military is that if a soldier gets a chance to go to mental health, which is something military commanders tend to try to prevent from happening in the first place, but if soldiers go, psychologists and psychiatrists address and diagnose their PTSD and write it up, but this does not mean that they will get treatment," Iraq war veteran Eric Jasinski said.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 16, 2010 Arizona's War on Immigrants
"A disturbing pattern of legislative activity hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants has been established with the adoption of an immigration law that may allow for police action targeting individuals on the basis of their perceived ethnic origin," the experts said.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 9, 2010 Out of Sight, Out of Mind (Even when it's not out of sight)
The lives of Gulf coast fishermen and residents are being destroyed. Scientists, environmentalists, and toxicologists are describing the Gulf of Mexico as a growing dead zone, a kill zone, and an energy sacrifice zone. As you read this, oil is everywhere around southeastern Louisiana, and continually washing ashore in Alabama and Mississippi.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 15, 2009 Army Sends Infant to Protective Services, Mom to Afghanistan
Army Specialist Alexis Hutchinson, a single mother, is being threatened with a military court-martial if she does not agree to deploy to Afghanistan, despite having been told she would be granted extra time to find someone to care for her 11-month-old son while she is overseas.
Hutchinson is confined at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Georgia. Her son was placed into a county foster care system.
(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.
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Despite "All Clear," Mississippi Sound Tests Positive for Oil
On August 19, Truthout accompanied two commercial fishermen from Mississippi on a trip into the Mississippi Sound to test for the presence of submerged oil. Laboratory test results from samples taken on that trip show EXTREMELY high concentrations of oil in the Mississippi Sound. Meanwhile, the State of Mississippi has declared its waters safe for commercial fishing and YOU, the consumer. Who are you going to believe?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Mitigating Annihilation
The more we see of this so-called cleanup and containment plan of BP's, the more it appears to be the second largest contributing factor in destroying the ecology and culture of the Gulf region, behind, of course, BP's oil volcano at the floor of the Gulf.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, July 19, 2010 BP's Scheme to Swindle the "Small People"
Gulf Coast fishermen and others with lost income claims against British Petroleum (BP) are outraged by a recent announcement that the $20 billion government-administered claim fund will subtract money they earn by working on the cleanup effort from any future damage claims against BP.
(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.
(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.
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."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 27, 2010 Fish Kills Worry Gulf Scientists, Fishers, Environmentalists
"By our estimates there were thousands - and I'm talking about 5,000 to 15,000 - dead fish," St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro told reporters. "Different species were found dead, including crabs, sting rays, eel, drum, speckled trout, red fish, you name it, included in that kill."
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 1, 2010 US Navy Veterans Continue to Seek Justice for Israeli Attack
Meadors said he and his group, the USS Liberty Veterans Association, believe that Rear Adm. Lawrence Geis, the Sixth Fleet carrier division commander at the time of the attack, was following orders from Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who called off the Navy's rescue mission for the USS Liberty.
SHARE Thursday, August 5, 2010 Gulf Residents Likely Face Decades of Psychological Impact From BP's Oil Disaster
According to Dr. Anthony Ladd, a professor of sociology at Loyola University, "The key, long-term solution is for the US to wean itself from the oil-based economy--look down the road and start to transition to a clean, renewable alternative energy economy, that we should have started 20 years ago. Lack of knowledge is not the problem, it's lack of political will."
(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.
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Scientists Deeply Concerned About BP Disaster's Long-Term Impact
While scientists have found very large plumes of dispersed oil at depth, "I'm not sure that oil will ever get here as dispersed clouds. It's getting here as sunken clouds, because that's what they [BP] wanted it to do. Sink it, get it out of sight out of mind," Dr. Ed Cake, a biological oceanographer, as well as a marine and oyster biologist, said.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 22, 2010 Trucking Toward Climate Change
The tar sands mining project in Alberta, Canada, is possibly the largest industrial project in human history and critics claim it could also be the most destructive. The mining procedure for extracting oil from a region referred to as the "tar sands," located north of Edmonton, releases at least three times the CO2 emissions as regular oil production procedures.
SHARE Thursday, March 18, 2010 Operation Enduring Occupation
According to Professor Zoltan Grossman of The Evergreen State College, who has been researching military bases and participating in the global network against foreign bases for several years, the US has no intention of releasing control of its bases in Iraq.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2009 U.S. Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group
The suicide rate for the Army for 2008 was calculated roughly at 20.2 per 100,000 soldiers, which for the ﬁrst time since the Vietnam War is higher than the adjusted civilian rate. Thus far, 2009 is on pace to set another record for the number of suicides in the Army.
(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, August 10, 2010 Gulf Coast Fishermen Challenge US Government Over Dispersants
Kathy Birren, a spokesperson for commercial fishermen in Florida, said, "They are letting the person who committed the crime clean up the crime scene...It is time that government step up and protect us, our Gulf and the American public from further and possibly irreversible harm."
SHARE Thursday, February 25, 2010 US Using Iraqi Political Discord to Justify Continuance of Occupation
The elections have been seen as a pivotal point for the Obama administration, with the expectation that they would bring more political stability to Iraq, further enabling a US withdrawal. it would be delusional to say that the magical solution to Iraq's predicament resides in the elections, since quite the contrary, these elections could open the gates of hell.