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canisfamiliaris:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops than the War in Afghanistan This Year
154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.
[Image: AP]

canisfamiliaris:

Suicide Has Killed More Troops than the War in Afghanistan This Year

154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year—a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.

[Image: AP]

#usa   #afghanistan   #iraq   #war   #soldier   #suicide   #queue  
fotojournalismus:

Garbage collectors look for recyclable waste at a dump site in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, February 16, 2012. The collectors search and sell metals, plastics, cardboard and papers, and earn about $2 per day.
[Credit : Stringer/Reuters]

fotojournalismus:

Garbage collectors look for recyclable waste at a dump site in Tikrit, 150 km (93 miles) north of Baghdad, February 16, 2012. The collectors search and sell metals, plastics, cardboard and papers, and earn about $2 per day.

[Credit : Stringer/Reuters]

#garbage   #baghdad   #iraq   #environment   #sheep   #waste   #sustainability   #queue  

mohandasgandhi:

anticapitalist:

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2000 of our veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are homeless and 900,000 of them are unemployed.

35% experience significant mental illnesses.

War is bullshit.

2,333,972 individuals have been deployed to either Iraq, Afghanistan, or both. 38 out of 100,000 Iraq/Afghan vets commit suicide. The suicide rate for the general U.S. population is 11.5 out of 100,000. If you take into account all veterans, 18 commit suicide every day. 6,000 killed themselves in 2009 alone. 98 of them were vets returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. 1,868 of these returning veterans attempted suicide in 2009, with over 10,000 in all. 1,286 of the vets returning from Afghanistan or Iraq are now amputees. 1 in 5 have sustained a traumatic brain injury. The unemployment rate of returning vets is 12.1%, compared to the current national average of 8.6%.

Click here to learn how to help and support returning veterans.

#ptsd   #afghanistan   #iraq   #suicide   #army   #mental health   #combat   #health  
kateoplis:

A relic of the Iran-Iraq war, this oil tanker was scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border on Saddam Hussein’s orders, to block access by sea to southern Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities are reluctant to remove the vessel for fear of damaging the wetlands of nearby Bubiyan Island, an important fish nursery and seabird breeding ground. Photo: Thomas P. Peschalk
Arabian Seas | NG

kateoplis:

A relic of the Iran-Iraq war, this oil tanker was scuttled near the Kuwait-Iraq border on Saddam Hussein’s orders, to block access by sea to southern Iraq. Kuwaiti authorities are reluctant to remove the vessel for fear of damaging the wetlands of nearby Bubiyan Island, an important fish nursery and seabird breeding ground. Photo: Thomas P. Peschalk

Arabian Seas | NG

#iran   #iraq   #kuwait   #oil tanker   #saddam hussein   #ship   #war  
fotojournalismus:

Iraq, 2003.
[Credit : James Nachtwey]
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fotojournalismus:

Iraq, 2003.

[Credit : James Nachtwey]

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#iraq   #james nachtewy   #religion   #women  
timmyp10:


The Cost Of The Iraq War-  Here’s what you can buy with $2 TRILLION.

timmyp10:

The Cost Of The Iraq War-  Here’s what you can buy with $2 TRILLION.

(Source: tpil85kglifter, via dael-io-lantern)

#poverty   #war   #iraq   #economy   #politics  
I will send troops back into Iraq.

Rick Perry

WTF WTF WTF?

(via fearandwar)

We’d be breaking the law. Iraq could declare war on us.

(via mohandasgandhi)

I’m Rick Perry, and I’m not ashamed to say I’m a war-mongerer. 

(via mohandasgandhi)

#rick perry   #iraq  
You killed my son and now you are giving me a tree?
An Iraqi farmer to Peter Van Buren of the US State Department after his team tried to give away fruit tree seedlings to replant ruined orchards  (x)

(Source: The New York Times, via dael-io-lantern)

#quote   #iraq   #war  

promotingpeace:

FALLUJA, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 12: (R to L) Yousif Hamed, age 4 years old, his brother Anas Hamed and his sister Inas who suffer from birth defects are pictured on November 12, 2009 in the city of Falluja west of Baghdad, Iraq.

The true extent of the Iraq war’s most horrifying legacies has been kept from the international public’s view. In an excerpt taken from The American Conservative, UTNE describes how the American army has left behind untold (but high) quantities of depleted uranium (DU) that is the most probable cause of babies being born with three heads and other devastating defects.

UTNE lists a variety of cases of Fallujah babies in particular that born with defects. Some reported defects include:

Babies born with only one eye

Babies born with missing limbs or too many limbs

A higher than normal incidence of babies with brain damage or tumors

Cardiac defects

Missing genitalia

John Simpson, a world-renowned journalist, was presented with a photograph of a newborn with three heads when he toured a Fallujah hospital in March, 2010. And Ayman Qais, director of Fallujah’s general hospital, told the Guardian that “Most [deformities] are in the head and spinal cord, but there are also many deficiencies in lower limbs.”

Authorities have gone so far as to advise women to not have babies at all, at least for now.

Depleted Uranium

Everyone – scientists, doctors, and aid workers – is pointing to the war and the bevy of weaponry, waste, rubble, burn pits, and oil fires left behind as the culprit of this travesty. Some are calling depleted uranium (DU) this war’s agent orange (an herbicide that caused similar deformations in Viet Nam).

“DU is a dense, highly toxic, radioactive heavy metal that the military uses for its shielding and penetrative capabilities,” according to UTNE, that will not be completely eradicated for 4.5 billion years.

The U.S. left behind 320 metric tons of DU after the first Gulf War, but there’s no real sense yet of how much will be left behind this time. One journalist traveled through Iraq with a Geiger counter that detects radioactivity and found plenty of it, including where children play among the rubble.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health verifies the notion that congenital malformations can be attributed to war-associated long-term exposure to contamination, but the U.S. Department of Defense denies responsibility.

The consequence of George W. Bush’s decision wage war on Iraq, for all the wrong reasons, are immediately felt by 15% of all new babies born in Fallujah. And they will continue to be felt for literally billions of years.

(Source: illumemagazine.com, via fatimahfeatnoam-deactivated2011)

#iraq   #war   #fallujah   #deformities   #disease   #health   #depleted uranium   #usa  
canisfamiliaris:

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion, according to former Pentagon official Steven Anderson.

That’s more than NASA’s budget.
It’s more than BP has paid so far for damage from the Gulf oil spill.
It’s what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

(via whiporwill)

canisfamiliaris:

The amount the U.S. military spends annually on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan: $20.2 billion, according to former Pentagon official Steven Anderson.

That’s more than NASA’s budget.

It’s more than BP has paid so far for damage from the Gulf oil spill.

It’s what the G-8 has pledged to help foster new democracies in Egypt and Tunisia.

(via whiporwill)

#usa   #military   #defense   #iraq   #afghanistan   #nasa   #budget  
onalonelyscreen:

(This doesn’t even include Afghanistan. It’s more like a 9/11 every 3 months for the last 9 years.)
Violence = Violence
and it ain’t no solution.

onalonelyscreen:

(This doesn’t even include Afghanistan. It’s more like a 9/11 every 3 months for the last 9 years.)

Violence = Violence

and it ain’t no solution.

(Source: mansonmyth, via vegun-deactivated20101225)

#wikileaks   #war   #iraq   #perspective  
blackenedbutterfly:

ilovecharts:

Canadian Kamel Makhloufi has designed a pair of arresting graphs:

Each pixel represents a death: U.S. soldiers blue, Iraqi troops green, enemies grey, and civilians orange.


Well, shit.

Soldiers fight, civilians die. Who pays the real price of war? 

blackenedbutterfly:

ilovecharts:

Canadian Kamel Makhloufi has designed a pair of arresting graphs:

Each pixel represents a death: U.S. soldiers blue, Iraqi troops green, enemies grey, and civilians orange.

Well, shit.

Soldiers fight, civilians die. Who pays the real price of war? 

(via vegun-deactivated20101225)

#war   #iraq   #soldiers   #death   #civilians   #cost of war   #design   #kamel makloufi  

mohandasgandhi:

WARNING: The pictures are very, very, very graphic but this is the reality the people of Iraq and Afghanistan have to live with and the one we’re privileged enough to be hidden from.

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You won’t see this on the news.

#war   #afghanistan   #iraq