Iraqi Deathtoll

January 11, 2008

There have been 151,000 violent deaths in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, according to a study published on the Jan. 9 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The new survey conducted by the Iraq Family Health Survey “for the purpose of estimating mortality between January 2002 and June 2006,” yields yet another number to the already conflicting reports from other groups such as Burnham, which estimated 601,027 violent deaths, and Iraq Body Count, which estimated 47,668.

The range in estimates may be the result of different subject pools. In other words, some reports might feature data from more (or less) violent areas in the country.

Here’s a map that shows the number of households surveyed in each of Iraq’s 59 regions (determined by the IFHS) for this latest survey.

(The new study has “a purported 95% confidence interval of 104,000 to 223,000″ deaths.)

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The $1billon Exile

September 27, 2007

The Washington Post reports that months before the Iraq invasion there were signs that Saddam would be willing to step down in exchange for one billion dollars and information on weapons of mass destruction.

New details of the talks between the U.S. and Spain surfaced this week, when a Spanish newspaper published transcripts of a February 22, 2004 private meeting between President Bush and former Spanish Prime Minister Aznar.

According to the transcripts, Aznar was advising caution, but Bush insisted on the invasion because, he said, “I believe that I’m right. I’m at peace with myself.

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Eyes rolled all around the world last Tuesday as Ahmadinejad claimed: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

But the Guardian reports, “Iran carries out more gender change operations than any other country in the world besides Thailand.”

These are LEGAL operations and some are even financed by the Ahmadinejad’s government.

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Stories to watch

September 24, 2007

Developing stories from home and abroad:

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1. 100, 000 protest in the streets of Yangon against the military junta

2. Israel to release 90 Palestinians from jail

3. United Auto Workers and GM talks near strike deadline United Auto Workers strikes against GM

4. World leaders meet at the U.N. for climate change talks

5. Ahmadinejad scheduled to speak at Columbia University

6. Gay football World Cup kicks off in Buenos Aires

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