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State Department Fixing the Facts Based on Policy in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The State Department can often times be so inward looking that it fixes the facts based on the policy need, making reality fit the vision whether that naughty reality wants to or not. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it can be tragic.

Oregon Balloonist Plans To Fly Over Baghdad's Green Zone

AP | JEFF BARNARD | Posted 01.03.2012 | Travel

Lawn-chair balloonist Kent Couch boarded a plane Thursday for the start of a journey that he hopes will end in Iraq with a safe launch and landing ben...

U.S. Review: Iraq Deadlier Now Than A Year Ago

AP | By LARA JAKES | Posted 09.29.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- Frequent bombings, assassinations and a resurgence in violence by Shiite militias have made Iraq more dangerous now than it was just a year...

Green Zone: The Bourne Team Takes On Iraq, Rovian Politics

Katy Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Katy Hall

Will Miller find WMD in Iraq? Will American reconstruction efforts in Baghdad go as planned in the face of growing insurgency? Of course not, but there are enough frenetic firefights to maintain a satisfying level of suspense.

Elite Iraq Security Force Accused Of Abusing Detainees

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An elite security force affiliated with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's office is holding detainees in miserable conditions for months at a time without...

WikiLeaks Disclosures and the Historic Opportunity on Iran

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

Appeasing a medieval theocracy in Iran will only translate into a devastated Iraq controlled by a nuclear-armed Iranian regime. Silence is no longer an option.

Saying Goodbye To Baghdad's Green Zone

New York Times | Anthony Shadid | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nothing transpires in the Green Zone without at least a hint of the surreal. ...

In Green Zone, Actor Said Faraj Connects His Role to His Life

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Said Faraj gives the film Green Zone verisimilitude from a very personal perspective. In this exclusive interview, we learn of a life that few outside of the Middle East have experienced.

The Green Zone: When Right vs. Wrong Becomes "Liberal Propaganda"

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Is The Green Zone a true liberal screed? Not really. Like a lot of recent films that are tagged as liberal, the film deals with moral absolutes and is tagged as left-wing by those who would disagree with the scenarios at play.

The 'Green Zone' Debacle: Universal Seeing Red

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

It's no secret that Universal is going to take a bath on "Green Zone," which cost upwards of $100 million to make -- Time's Richard Corliss has it at ...

Haiti: Stealth Zone

Richard Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Morse

The first time I heard the terms Red or Green Zone was in Haiti was seven or eight years ago when an effort was being made to topple President Aristide's government

The Bourne Baghdad Identity

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

Can Matt Damon's half-fiction set the benchmark for a popular history of the Iraq war? Ultimately what gives the Green Zone its credibility is that it avoids any simplistic idea that Iraq could have simply been "got right."

'Alice In Wonderland' Stays No. 1,

AP | DAVID GERMAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Alice is still ruling the movie palace. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" easily remained the No. 1 weekend draw...

Baghdad Bombed Again, Multiple Explosions Outside Green Zone

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A barrage of bombings killed nine people in two of Iraq's largest cities Tuesday, stoking Iraqis' anger that insurgents continue to sl...

You Won't Believe What Martin Eisenstadt Said At The White House Correspondents Dinner

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Diane Tucker followed several members of the "elite Twitterati" as they attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in the ballroom of the Washington ...

Of Bush's Iraq Delusion and Obama's Dilemma

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

The longer President Obama avoids confronting the perverse legacy of the war, the more distorted our decisions and strategy will be.

Mercenaries and Murder in Iraq

Eric Stoner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Stoner

With no countries officially left in the so-called "coalition of the willing", contractors are now playing a more important role than ever, as Obama begins to slowly scale back the war in Iraq.

Deaths In Baghdad's Fortified Green Zone Raise Security Fears

Washington Post | Ernesto Londoño | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An American working for a small company with a Defense Department contract was found dead in a vehicle in the fortified Green Zone on Friday morning, ...

Obama Went to Iraq and Visited... the Airport. Was it the Sandstorms or the Rising Shitstorm?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

it is hard not to wonder about the "coincidence" of Obama's visit being confined to the airport and coming in the midst of a rising tide in violence in Iraq over the past several days.

President Obama's Trip to Iraq Today

Matt Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matt Littman

President Obama must step outside the walled-off American base, for it's difficult to obtain an objective assessment of the situation if you only talk to people pre-selected to speak with you.

Mohammed al Dayni, Sunni Lawmaker, Wanted In Green Zone Cafeteria Attack

McClatchy Newspapers | Trenton Daniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Sunni Arab lawmaker is wanted in connection for a string of retaliation attacks and mortar strikes on the fortress-like Green Zone compound after a ...

US Inaugurates New $700 Million Embassy In Baghdad

AP | CHELSEA J. CARTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The United States inaugurated its largest embassy ever on Monday, a fortress-like compound in the heart of the Green Zone _ and the mo...

Iraq Takes Control Of Green Zone From US

AP | JIM HEINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities Thursday in a pair of ceremonies that also handed back Sa...

Five Reasons For Hope In Iraq

Time | BOBBY GHOSH / BAGHDAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Bombings and casualties are way down; arrests of militants and the number and confidence of the Iraqi security forces are way up. Most of the addition...

US Diplomats In Iraq Required To Carry Weapon At All Times, Even At The Pool

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Trying to escape Baghdad's sweltering summer with a quick Green Zone dip? Don't forget your poolside weapons etiquette if you work ...