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Purple heartache: Why a Royal Oak resident is protesting all month long

By News Hits staff

Published: 9/8/2010

Types: News, War

When last we checked on Royal Oak resident Tom Mahany, he was recovering from a nearly month-long hunger strike he'd conducted in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to draw attention to the problems faced by soldiers being subjected to repeated deployments in war zones, known as "stop loss." ...[MORE]

Troops down, fears up: Bill seeks to protect Iraqis from sectarian violence when U.S. withdraws

By News Hits staff

Published: 12/9/2009

Types: News, War

As the United States draws down forces in Iraq, concerns for the refugees and religious minorities there are growing. A bill introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) seeks to protect and support the millions of Iraqis who have already been displaced by the war, or who c...[MORE]

Perils of ignorance: Vietnamnesia: Why it's dangerous that today's kids don't know their history

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 11/18/2009

Types: News, War

For weeks, we've been waiting for President Obama to decide whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, and, if so, how many. This ought to give Americans a worried feeling in the deepest levels of their guts. Afghanistan has been wearing down, chewing up and defeating invading armies for centuries...[MORE]

Tread lightly: Juan Cole argues against sending lots of troops to Afghanistan

By Curt Guyette, W. Kim Heron

Published: 11/11/2009

Types: News, War

A history professor at the University of Michigan, Juan Cole's notoriety as a scholar focusing on Islam was largely confined to academic circles until 2002, when he began writing his Informed Comment blog. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq by the Un...[MORE]

Holocaust by bullets: A race to record the untold stories of aging survivors

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 9/30/2009

Types: News, War

For more than 50 years, Esther Lupyan kept to herself memories of the "monsters." Monsters that imprisoned her father. Monsters that forced her and her mother to live in a ghetto, behind barbed wire, in constant fear of death.  Monsters that killed her 12-year-old brother. Monsters tha...[MORE]

Demand and supply: Fleeing Iraq is one thing; seeking help for trauma is another

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 5/27/2009

Types: News, War

Fleeing Baghdad's violence, Nuhad Toma arrived in the United States a year ago and, at first, the relief at simply being safe left her content.     But reality eventually set in for the 56-year-old Iraqi refugee: She is alone in a new country, doesn't speak much Englis...[MORE]

Time to honor

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 5/20/2009

Types: News, War

Paul Palazollo was just a kid from the east side of Detroit when the draft caught up with him. After basic, they put him on a commercial flight and sent him to 'Nam. When the plane finally landed, after the shelling stopped at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, he saw one of the flight attendants pull dow...[MORE]

Platform for peace: The steps Obama needs to take

By the Huntington Woods Peace, Citizenship, Education Project

Published: 12/24/2008

Types: News, War

As we wait anxiously for the new administration to take office and finally begin dealing with the economic meltdown, Americans should not lose sight of our no less fragile military and foreign policy situations — and the connection between the two.Despite his stirring pre-nomination stat...[MORE]

Bush's war, our refugees: Michigan expects more than 2,000 Iraqis this year; here are some of their stories

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 12/3/2008

Types: News, War

Classmates Even Yaaqoub and Maryam Bkla know they're safe at Sterling Heights High School. That wasn't the case in their native Baghdad.   Classes were canceled for Even when bombings were too close — he remembers hearing the explosions while in class. Maryam says everyone...[MORE]

War wounds

By News Hits staff

Published: 10/15/2008

Types: News, War

It's been more than 35 years since the United States military dropped the last batch of the herbicide Agent Orange on the Vietnamese countryside — ostensibly to clear the jungle that provided cover for North Vietnamese troops. The victims of those chemical attacks continue to fight an up...[MORE]

News holes: Project Censored's top 10 stories the U.S. news media missed in the past year

By Amanda Witherell

Published: 10/8/2008

Types: News, War

The daily dispatches and nightly newscasts of the mainstream media regularly cover terrorism, but rarely how fear of attacks is used to manipulate the public and set policy. That's the common thread of many of the unreported stories last year, according to an analysis by Project Censored. Since...[MORE]

Asleep at the switch

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 8/20/2008

Types: News, War

So why did Russia attack Georgia when it did, right when the Summer Olympic Games were about to begin?Because they gambled that they could get away with it, that's why. Our Great Leader, President George W. Bush, was in Beijing, and it took his handlers some time to craft a coherent response.W...[MORE]

Are we this dumb?

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 8/6/2008

Types: News, War

This week, let's take a break from the seething, spinning-out-of-control, thug-ridden political insane asylum that is the city of Detroit.Your homework, however, is to ponder in the shower tomorrow how any inmate of that asylum, or the governor of this state, or anyone who loves this city, can...[MORE]

War front

By News Hits staff

Published: 4/9/2008

Types: News, War

Gee, you mean George the junior isn't the only prez to lie to us about a war? Of course not. But don't take our word for it. See for yourself by taking in the screen adaptation of Norman Solomon's nonfiction book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. The book and...[MORE]

Talking points: War-related quotes tell the story

By Metro Times news staff

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: News, War

The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency; it is the right decision at this point in my presidency; and it will forever be the right decision. —President George Bush, March 11, 2008 *** We need to join the world community and communities like Bra...[MORE]

Fighting for peace: Vets have family in the anti-war movement

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: News, War

When he enlisted as a U.S. Marine in 2003, Lars Ekstrom believed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Hussein needed to be ousted to prevent terror strikes against the United States. He trained as an infantryman and spent several months on ships in the Persian Gulf with a maritime sp...[MORE]

Blood and greenbacks: Calculating the costs of war

By Curt Guyette

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: News, War

When it comes to taking a tally of Iraq war costs, a few numbers are beyond dispute while others are more ephemeral. The number of American soldiers, sailors and Marines who have lost their lives is constantly being updated. As of last week the Department of Defense reported the number of dea...[MORE]

Left was right: Peace activists and their grass roots

By Curt Guyette

Published: 3/19/2008

Types: News, War

They take no satisfaction in knowing that they were right in opposing this ill-fated Iraq war from the outset. All they want is for people to listen to them now. And what they have to say is this: If we are ever going to get all of our troops out, it will be because of pressure that starts at t...[MORE]

Ritter here

By News Hits staff

Published: 1/23/2008

Types: News, War

When we last talked with Middle East arms expert Scott Ritter, he was preparing for a fact-finding trip to Iran ("Bombs away," Metro Times, Nov. 28, 2007) in an attempt to help stave off what he predicts is a likely U.S. military attack on that country. As it turns out, difficulty obtaining the...[MORE]

Bombs away?: Arms expert Scott Ritter says the U.S. plans to attack Iran. MT asks why he's so sure.

By Curt Guyette, W. Kim Heron

Published: 11/28/2007

Types: News, War

It seems that with each passing week there are more stories raising the specter of George Bush turning Iraq and Afghanistan into a bloody trifecta by attacking Iran. In mainstream daily papers we see pieces like one by Gannett's John Yaukey, who wrote in early November that "confrontation could b...[MORE]

Fete accompli

By News Hits staff

Published: 11/14/2007

Types: News, War

We went to a celebration over the weekend and stumbled upon what might be some big news. The emphasis, though, is on the words "might be."   The occasion was Peace Action's 50th anniversary, with the local affiliate marking the milestone in high style with a soiree at the Westin...[MORE]

Correction

By News Hits staff

Published: 10/31/2007

Types: News, War

News Hits was so excited about the prospect of Air America host Randi Rhodes appearing at an event hosted by the group Peace Action of Michigan, we got the time wrong. On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, Peace Action of Michigan will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary at the Westin-Southfield (1500 Tow...[MORE]

Iraq inkblot: Looking at Rep. John Dingell’s troop withdrawal bill

By Curt Guyette

Published: 10/31/2007

Types: News, War

It is odd that a seemingly straightforward piece of legislation could be a sort of political Rorschach test, with different people seeing in it very different things. But that's exactly the case with a new bill introduced by U.S. Rep. John Dingell. The long-serving Democrat from Dearborn has au...[MORE]

No mercy

By News Hits staff

Published: 10/10/2007

Types: News, War

We're guessing that Blackwater USA and its mercenary brethren won't be showing up on next year's Project Censored list the way they did this year ("Censored!" MT, Sept. 26). Gunning down unarmed civilians is the kind of thing that gets the mainstream press — not to mention Congress —...[MORE]

Victory now certain!

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 9/19/2007

Types: News, War

"The strategy we're following this time is the proper one, and is producing results. Repeated successes." —Gen. William Westmoreland, before Congress, April 28, 1967   "I believe that this is indeed the best course of action to achieve our objectives in Iraq." —Gen. David Pe...[MORE]

The Cole report: ‘No happy endings in Iraq that I can see’

By Curt Guyette

Published: 9/12/2007

Types: News, War

As this paper goes to press, Gen. David Petraeus is set to provide Congress with his long-awaited report on the U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq. But George Bush didn't wait to hear what Petraeus had to say before offering his views on how the war's going. "We're kicking ass," the president reportedl...[MORE]

Why can't we win at home?

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 6/16/1999

Types: News, War

Well, we seem to have won the war, and by air power alone. That, and a few dozen billion dollars. Now we (that is, NATO, now essentially the military arm of the American empire) will settle in for years of occupation and rebuilding of...[MORE]

Prayers, peace & protest

By News Hits staff

Published: 5/26/1999

Types: News, War

As the war continues in Kosovo, some metro Detroit organizations are sending prayers and aid to those suffering, while others are calling for an end to the NATO bombings. According to reports, about one million ethnic Albanians have been forced to leave Kosovo since Serbian aggressio...[MORE]

Clinton's real offense: What ever happened to declarations of war?

By Curt Guyette

Published: 12/23/1998

Types: News, War

On Saturday, members of the House of Representatives orated for hours in a passion-filled impeachment proceeding. But while this historic debate over peccadilloes and perjury roared on, bombs rained on Iraq, and the very real que...[MORE]

Rites of war: After studying the roots of combat, Barbara Ehrenreich finds the Balkans crisis all too familiar.

By Peter Werbe

Published: 4/21/1999

Types: News, War

Air-raid sirens scream nightly in Belgrade. Serbian troops continue their attacks in Kosovo. The Balkans are awash with refugees. The civilian death toll mounts. This nation faces murky questions of war and peace, and answers that no one wants to ...[MORE]

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