Search Results for: Dahr Jamail

Jun 01 2010

Letters to the Editor

Iraq War’s DU Tonnage Overstated I’m grateful to Extra! and Dahr Jamail for reviewing the health impact of depleted uranium (DU) weapons used in Iraq (“The New ‘Forgotten’ War,” 3/10). But while it may seem many times worse to say that they “used more than 1,700 tons of depleted uranium in Iraq in the 2003 invasion” when compared to about 320 tons used in 1991, there are problems with both the source and huge number cited for 2003. More accurate—and ironically much more compelling, from the point of view of DU opponents—would be to state that the Pentagon reports only […]

Feb 01 2010

The New ‘Forgotten’ War

Iraq occupation falls into media shadows

Iraq occupation falls into media shadows“The Western world that slaughtered Iraq and Iraqis, through 13 years of sanctions and seven years of occupation, is now turning its back on the victims. What has remained of Iraq is still being devastated by bombings, assassinations, corruption, millions of evictions and continued infrastructure destruction. Yet the world that caused all this is trying to draw a rosy picture of the situation in Iraq.”—Maki Al-Nazzal, Iraqi political analyst As Afghanistan has taken center stage in U.S. corporate media, with President Barack Obama announcing two major escalations of the war in recent months, the U.S. […]

Feb 01 2008

Dahr Jamail on the Iraq surge, Karl Grossman on nuclear power resurgence


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: Reports that the surge in Iraq “is working” are commonplace, but they rarely confront the question, “Working for whom?” In his latest piece, “Reality Is Totally Different: Iraqis on ‘Success’ and ‘Progress’ in Their Country,” available at, independent journalist Dahr Jamail goes beyond the official Washington view and asks Iraqis how the surge is working for them. We’ll talk to Dahr Jamail. Also on the show: It was not just the fiascos of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl but years of citizen activism that scuttled the U.S. love affair with nuclear power in […]

Oct 19 2007

Dahr Jamail on Iraq reporting, Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Bill Cosby


Download MP3 This week on CounterSpin: One of the most valuable reporters working inside Iraq wasn’t living out his life’s ambition to be a war correspondent. In fact Dahr Jamail went to Iraq in large part because of how badly he thought the media were doing covering the war. He’s collected his experience in a new book ‘Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From An Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq.’ He’ll join us to tell us about it. Also on CounterSpin today, Bill Cosby’s latest book, “Come On People,” is an extended brow-beating of African American communities for their plight, which […]

Jul 24 2007

NY Times Responds Again on Fallujah

Public editor's second response contains factual errors

Public editor’s second response contains factual errorsTo paraphrase Clark Hoyt, if you’re going to defend the performance of a news organization, you at a minimum need to get your facts right. In his second response to FAIR regarding the New York Times‘ review of the play Fallujah, Hoyt wrote: In restating its case, it introduced a new error–calling white phosphorus (WP), the incendiary weapon that was used in Fallujah, a “chemical agent,” which it is not. Chemical agents, like nerve gas, are something entirely different. While calling WP a chemical agent may add emotional punch to FAIR’s argument, it indicates […]

Jul 20 2007

NY Times Responds on Fallujah Weapons

Public editor sides with reporter's dismissal

Public editor sides with reporter’s dismissal(NOTE: Please see the further Activism Update regarding this alert.) On July 18, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt responded to FAIR’s June 11 Action Alert “Incendiary Weapons are No Allegation.” FAIR’s action alert took issue with a New York Times review (5/29/07) of the British play Fallujah, in which reviewer Jane Perlez called into question the “objectivity” and “authenticity” of the playwright, Jonathan Holmes, over “the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Falluja, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated.” In his response, Hoyt stood […]

Jun 11 2007

Incendiary Weapons Are No ‘Allegation’

Times corrects a minor error, ignores the big one

Times corrects a minor error, ignores the big one(NOTE: Please see the Activism Update regarding this alert.) Reviewing the London-based anti-Iraq War play Fallujah, New York Times reporter Jane Perlez wrote (5/29/07), “The denunciations of the United States are severe, particularly in the scenes that deal with the use of napalm in Fallujah, an allegation made by left-wing critics of the war but never substantiated.” She followed that complaint by reporting that the play’s writer and director, Jonathan Holmes, “makes no pretense of objectivity,” paraphrasing him as saying that he “strove for authority more than authenticity.” Unfortunately for the Times, […]

Jun 21 2006

Their Barbarism, and Ours

The Baghdad bureau chief of the New York Times could not have been any clearer. “The story really takes us back into the 8th century, a truly barbaric world,” John Burns said. He was speaking June 20 on the PBS NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, describing what happened to two U.S. soldiers whose bodies had just been found. Evidently they were victims of atrocities, and no one should doubt in the slightest that the words of horror used by Burns to describe the “barbaric murders” were totally appropriate. The problem is that Burns and his mass-media colleagues don’t talk that way […]