Sunday, June 10, 2007

NYT: AP and Oppel (only 1 works for the paper)

Richard A. Oppel Jr. gets Iraq duty today from the New York Times. The article's entitled "Bomber Kills at Least 12 Iraqi Soldiers and Wounds 30" and it runs on A16. There's a large AP photo above it (Karim Kadhim is the photographer listed) of an Iraqi police officer who was wounded in a Saturday car bombing. There is also a four sentence AP story. The only one representing the Times is Oppel.

He runs down the violence on Saturday including the Baghdad car bombing that killed 1 police officer and left five more injured (the AP photo was one of the five), 24 corpses discovered in Baghdad, "at least a dozen Iraqi soldiers" were dead from a Iskandariya truck bombing (30 injured), Turkey and Iraq continue their dance (over the PKK) and a Basra sheik is thought to be responsible for the deaths of 8 barbers due to his issuing a decree that "forbids barbers from using modern equipment, or use razors to shave facial hair, among other restrictions."

The four sentence AP story is Randy W. Stone's attorney calling for a dismissal of charges against his client in relation the Haditha slaughter of November 2005. The attorney feels that punishment for that War Crime can be handled administratively.

New content at The Third Estate Sunday Review:

Truest statement of the week
Truest statement of the week II
A Note to Our Readers
Editorial: The Thrice Screwed Adam Kokesh
TV: Creature Crap
Liam Madden
Get America Out Of Iraq
The Nation Stats
Caged Tepid
Wait! Dahr's not Canadian!
Socialism 2007, Chicago, June 14-17th

Turning to the topic of Adam Kokesh, Micah notes [language warning] B. Colby Hamilton's "Bringing the War Home" (The Brooklyn Rail):

Operation First Casualty is modeled after the Vietnam-era protest action Operation Rapid American Withdrawal that took place in Pennsylvania during the summer of 1970. This variation came out of a brainstorming session among the Washington D.C. chapter of IVAW earlier this year. The vets felt "tired of just being part of other people's protest," explained Adam Kokesh, a member of the D.C. chapter. IVAW, a national veterans organization founded in July of 2004, performed the first Operation First Casualty in D.C. this past March.
Jeff Mullins (also from D.C.) and Adam, along with dozens of other veterans from as far away as Chicago, came to New York City to help the local chapter of IVAW stage its own Operation First Casualty. The day before, the group met in Astoria Park along the East River to plan for the Sunday event. Members of IVAW explained the origins of Operation First Casualty to other veterans as well as the thirty-plus volunteers who had agreed to play the part of "civilians." The group's members emphasized their desire to reach "people who aren't already on our side." Part street theatre, part demonstration, the action is designed to engage the American public by simulating what it’s like to be occupied. Veterans seek to communicate the terrifying reality of the occupation as well as provide people with a glimpse into the world of American GIs on duty in a country that doesn't want them there.

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