LancetIraq

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John Tirman has an article in Editor and Publisher. Extract: The charge, repeated in all these media, that the Iraqi research leader, Riyadh Lafta, M.D., operated “without U.S. supervision” and was therefore suspect is particularly interesting. Munro, in a note to National Review Online, asserted that Lafta “said Allah guided the prior 2004 Lancet/Johns Hopkins…

Spagat’s cherry picked graph

Michael Spagat is back with another attack on the Lancet study. Most of it is stuff we’ve seen before, like absurd assumptions he makes for Main Street Bias, and the false claim that Soros funded the study. But there is some new stuff, including this (L2 is the second Lancet study):

Neil Munro goes after Riyadh Lafta

Neil Munro has had another go at the Lancet studies. This time he has gone on right-wing talk shows to attack Riyadh Lafta. On Glenn Beck he claimed This study — the guys in this study have not shown the forms and the date and the sheets collected by the surveyors who worked for an…

Neil Munro on global warming and y2k

I wouldn’t have thought that it was possible to be more wrong than Neil Munro’s prediction of the result of the Iraq war: The painful images of starving Iraqi children will be replaced by alluring Baghdad city lights, smiling wages-earners and Palestinian job seekers. But in a piece scare-mongering about the Y2K problem Munro predicted…

ORB revises estimate of Iraqi deaths

ORB has revised their estimate of violent deaths as a result of the Iraq war (discussed earlier here). They write: Further survey work undertaken by ORB, in association with its research partner IIACSS, confirms our earlier estimate that over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003. Following…

Tirman on Neil Munro’s dishonesty

John Tirman documents Neil Munro’s dishonesty. I think this is an excellent catch by Tirman — Munro selling his National Journal story to Iraq war architect Michael Rubin: George Soros funded the survey. The U.S. authors played no role in data-collection, and did not apply standard anti-fraud measures. The chief Iraqi data-collector had earlier produced…

Deaths in Iraq

I think it is worthwhile to update James Wimberly’s comparison of surveys of deaths in Iraq. In the table below death tolls have been extrapolated to give a number of deaths due to the war so far. Survey Violent deaths Excess deaths ILCS 150,000 Lancet 1 290,000 420,000 IFHS 280,000 700,000 Lancet 2 1,100,000 1,200,000…

Johns Hopkins corrects some of the misinformation in the Neil Munro’s hit piece. John Tirman has gone through the whole thing, noting all the inaccuracies and misleading statements.

In a story funded by a pro-war billionaire, Brendan Montague, who seems to know which side of his bread is buttered on, writes: A STUDY that claimed 650,000 people were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq was partly funded by the antiwar billionaire George Soros. Soros, 77, provided almost half the £50,000…

John Tirman on Munro and Soros

John Tirman comments on Neil Munro’s misconduct: One quick note about the Soros bugaboo. I commissioned L2. It was commissioned in Oct 2005, with internal funds from the Center for International Studies at MIT, of which I am executive director. The funds for public education (not the survey itself) came from the Open Society Institute…