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Weekly Reader: Saddam's sex tape, Larry Kramer at the mall & Veruca Salt

Bil Browning | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bil Browning

While "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal dominated the queer conversation this week, don't forget that there were plenty of other overlooked stories. We k...

Oil and Music: Conversations With Steve Forbert and Tift Merritt

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Steve Forbert discusses his apropos single "The Oil Song," originally released in 1979, and Grammy nominee Tift Merritt describes her songwriting process.

CIA Unit's Plan To Discredit Saddam: Depict Him As Gay

Washington Post | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

During planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the CIA's Iraq Operations Group kicked around a number of ideas for discrediting Saddam Hussein in the ...

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

Iraq Mass Grave: New Find Dates To Saddam Era

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraq's Human Rights Ministry says a Saddam Hussein-era mass grave dating to his 1991 suppression of a Shiite revolt has been unearthed...

Official Who Lobbied For Saddam Donated Heavily To GOP Committees

Murray Waas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Waas

John Venners, a Washington D.C. based public relations man who aided an influence effort to ease international economic sanctions against the Iraqi re...

The Invasion Of Iraq: Reflections Seven Years Later

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ryan McDermott

This week marks the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. But my experience of the war started a few months earlier.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner ElBaradei Writing Memoir

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) is writing a memoir about his years as head of the International Atomic...

Laura Bush's Memoir, 'Spoken From The Heart,' Reveals More Than She Intended About Her Marriage

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

How could quiet Laura Welch have decided to marry rowdy George Bush after a courtship of just six or seven weeks? What did the bookworm and the alcoholic have to talk about? How did they find a link strong enough for 33 anniversaries?

Movie Review: Green Zone

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Green Zone is a movie which, given a stronger sense of purpose, might have recounted exactly those failings and shown in stark relief how we were hoodwinked into war.

Gordon Brown: Iraq War Was The Right Thing To Do

AP | DAVID STRINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted Friday the decision to invade Iraq was justified, but told a major inquiry into the war th...

Saddam's Social Network Not So Foreign

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

If social network analysis is so powerful, why isn't it used more often--in intelligence and elsewhere?

Mission Accomplished, All Over Again ...

Josh Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Rushing

I just returned from my sixth trip to Iraq where I expected to film a preview of Sunday's elections for an episode of my show Fault Lines on Al Jazeera English, but instead I found a civil war in the making.

Bizarre Bernanke

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

Bernanke does the Congress and the public a disservice by disrespecting Congress with flippant, ignorant responses. Kudos to Chairman Frank for saying we need to followup on Dr. Paul's issues.

Ben Bernanke Snaps At Ron Paul Over Wild Accusations (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In an odd exchange this morning at a House Financial Services Committee hearing, Fed Chief Ben Bernanke -- who was in Congress to report on the countr...

Much Better Questions for Dick Cheney on This Week

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Do you agree that President Obama has been more aggressive hunting down al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Pakistan border regions that you were, Mr. Cheney?

Blair Defends Iraq War: Tells Inquiry That Sending A Message Was 'Primary Consideration'

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — He was right and he'd do it again. That was Tony Blair's message Friday as he fought for his place in history against critics who cont...

Did Saddam Have An Atom Bomb?

Patrick Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Robinson

In commonsense terms, there is only one reason to produce Uranium-235 - and that's to make a nuclear weapon. Naturally, anyone trying to make a nuclear weapon would prefer to do so in secret.

Baghdad Hotel Blasts Kill 11 In Iraq: Babylon Hotel, Al-Hamra Hotel Attacked

AP | CHELSEA J. CARTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


Jordan Town Drops Plan To Name Area After Saddam Hussein

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — The mayor of a provincial town in Jordan said Sunday he had dropped plans to name a new neighborhood there after Iraq's late dic...

Tony Blair: Would Have Invaded Iraq Without WMD

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tony Blair has said he would have invaded Iraq even without evidence of weapons of mass destruction and would have found a way to justify the war to p...

Gross Failure of the Media

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

How can over a quarter of the country believe something that is patently untrue, utterly ridiculous, and lacking even one iota of proof?

Are Crippling Droughts the Next Great Threat to Iraq?

Martin Chulov | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Martin Chulov

The flow of the Euphrates that reaches Iraq is down, according to scientific estimates, by 50% to 70% and falling further by the week. The water shortage here has not been worse for at least the last two centuries.

Mysterious 'Saddam Channel' Hits Iraq TV

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Turning on their TVs during the long holiday weekend, Iraqis were greeted by a familiar if unexpected face from their brutal past: Sad...

"Saddam Hussein" Calls In To Radio Free Iraq

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Many people around the world have been cursed with cringe-inducing names (as this BBC story proves). Some, however, are more unfortunate than others. ...