▶ “Halabja”(song) by Sara Thomsen and “Address” (poem) by Hamid Qaladzaye

[youtube=http://youtu.be/V8AuqDqYAU8] Published on Apr 1, 2014 Sara Thomsen's song "Halabja" was inspired by the poem "Address" by Kurdish poet Hamid Qaladzaye, translated to English by Sherzad Hassan. RiseUpTimes.org is a purely volunteer effort to counter mainstream corporate media that beat the drums of war. Rise Up Times covers other justice and peace issues as well, More

Gareth Porter: When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran's WMD program. BY GARETH PORTER   ForeignPolicy.com   OCTOBER 16, 2014 The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to More

New York Times: The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

"The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong." An eight-part series in the New York Times.     FROM 2004 TO 2011, AMERICAN AND IRAQI TROOPS REPEATEDLY ENCOUNTERED, AND AT TIMES WERE WOUNDED BY, CHEMICAL WEAPONS THAT WERE HIDDEN OR ABANDONED YEARS EARLIER. A controlled detonation of recovered mustard shells near Taji, Iraq, More

Margaret Sarfehjooy: Bad Chemistry, Toxic Horror, and Haunting Consequences

 The U.S. (and other countries) played a key role in Saddam’s chemical weapons program. As The Washington Post's Bob Woodward reported in 1982, the CIA began giving Iraq intelligence which it used to “calibrate” its mustard gas attacks against Iranian troops. ...my guide described the workshops and conferences the [Tehran] Peace Museum hosts on the More

Robert Parry: Neocons Seek New Ultimatum on Syria

Exclusive: The Washington Post’s neocon editors are pushing for another U.S. military ultimatum against a Muslim country in the Mideast. Citing discredited “evidence” pinning the Aug. 21 Sarin attack on the Syrian government, the Post wants President Obama to re-issue a war threat, reports Robert Parry.    By Robert Parry  ConsoriumNews.org  February 2, 2014You have to hand it More

Polly Mann, Mary Beaudoin: Breaking Bad Chemistry

 The New York Times reported that getting rid of U.S. chemical weapons “has been more complex, more time-consuming, more costly and more environmentally fraught than anyone imagined.” The cost of all clean-up so far has been $35.4 billion and there is no end in sight. By Polly Mann and Mary Beaudoin  WAMM Newsletter  November/December 2013 More

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