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Baghdad West

13 years ago by Calvin Godfrey
Eleven 40-caliber shell casings lay just beyond the front lawn of the little white house on Service Road. Blood ran like latticework from the street, up the driveway, and pooled in the doorway, where 23-year-old Major Johnson lay dying. His aunt stood back in the darkness of her house, her...
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Liberty City Is Like Baghdad

5 years ago by Luther Campbell
The violent conflict in Iraq and the street violence in Liberty City share a common, disturbing theme: Governments in both places have systematically disenfranchised a class of citizens to the point where they have nothing to live for. When that happens, people become all about survival. They develop a "kill...
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Good Morning, Baghdad

16 years ago by Ronald Mangravite
Watching Deborah Zoe Laufer's biting satire The Gulf of Westchester at Florida Stage is something akin to witnessing a hotshot skier hurtling down an icy slope. Laufer's topical tale of suburbanites caught up in divisive political debate over the war in Iraq hurtles along with such passion and intensity, it's...
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Back from Baghdad

29 years ago by Laura Hagar
Three hours before the first U.S. fighter jets left central Saudi Arabia for Baghdad, Kiren Chaudhry sighed and told the 99th reporter of the week what she had just told me: that the sanctions against Iraq were working. She'd been in Iraq a week and a half before, tagging along...
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Last Night: Heavy Metal in Baghdad at Sweat Records

12 years ago by Jose D. Duran
Photo Courtesy of VBS.TV/VICE Films When it comes to documentaries, it takes a lot to make me say, “holy shit.” You put enough news headlines in front of someone’s face and, unfortunately, real life stories become less and less shocking. But Vice Film’s “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” had me holy-shitting...
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Memo From Baghdad: Miami Soldier Says Obama's Withdrawal Plans Will Work

11 years ago by Tim Elfrink
Capt. Agustin Dominguez understands the ebb-and-flow of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as only a battle-hardened soldier who's been there truly can.Dominguez, a Miami native and '98 grad of Palmetto Senior High, followed a stint in northern Iraq from '03-'04 with a tour of duty in Afghanistan from '05...
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Rick Scott Ducks Trump but Lets George W. Bush Fundraise for His Senate Run

1 year ago by Jerry Iannelli
For all of Donald Trump's ills, he has not done anything (yet) as evil as lying to the American public in order to start a continent-destabilizing war that killed 500,000 to 1 million Iraqis. George W. Bush is a monster who jump-started the NSA's internet-spying apparatus, launched America into a perpetual state of war across the globe...
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Eugene Jarecki’s The King Loads Elvis and America Into a Wood Chipper Aimed at Your Face

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
... It’s as scattered and disorienting as the infamous LP Having Fun With Elvis On Stage, an official cheapie that consisted of nothing but the King’s between-songs ‘70s stage banter
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Ben Kingsley Spouting Dark Truths About Corruption Almost Saves Backstabbing for Beginners

1 year ago by Alan Scherstuhl
Simply put, there’s not much suspense here, and Fly’s occasional efforts at thriller-style confrontations and killings prove less fascinating than Pasha’s justifications
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The Long Road Home's Jorge Diaz Opens Doors for Complex Latino Stories

2 years ago by Stefanie Fernández
Based on the best-selling book by Martha Raddatz, National Geographic's newest miniseries chronicles the events of April 4, 2004, when eight soldiers from the First Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, tasked with reconstruction, were killed in a two-day siege in Sadr City, Baghdad, during the Iraq War. Jorge Diaz, who plays Army Specialist Israel Garza, seeks to give the "military show" a new face by doing what he does best: bringing joy to even the most painful Latino stories.

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