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MoD begins traumatic brain injury study

The Guardian reports that the Ministry of Defence has just started a major study into traumatic brain injury (TBI) in British troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. In an accompanying article, the behavioural, cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms of this “silent injury” are described by the father of an American soldier who sustained TBI during…

$500,000 per minute

That’s the cost of war in Iraq, according to a new analysis by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard Public Policy lecturer Linda J. Bilmes. The money spent on one day of war in Iraq ($720 million) could provide healthcare for more than 420,000 American children or buy homes for 6,500 families. And let’s…

The death of history

More on the cultural destruction of Iraq, or, as Robert Fisk calls it in this article from The Independent, the death of history.

A new survey, released today by the ORB polling agency, suggests that around 1.2 million Iraqi civilians have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003. That’s more than 4% of the country’s population.

On March 4th 1991, four days after the end of the Persian Gulf War, ground troops from the U.S. 37th Engineering Battalion destroyed large caches of weapons found at the Khamisiyah Ammunitions Storage Facility, a site approximately 25 square kilometres in size, located some 350km south east of Baghdad. The U.S. Department of Defense initially…

The cultural destruction of Iraq

Erasing Memory: The Cultural Destruction of Iraq is a 28-minute film from the Archaeology Channel which documents the plundering of Iraqi archaeological sites and looting and destruction of priceless artifacts. This destruction of Iraq’s heritage has been going on since the U.S. invaded the country in March 2003, and continues to this day. The looting…

Traumatic brain injury on the front line

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is said to be one of the signature injuries of the conflict in Iraq, and accounts for a larger proportion of troop casualties than it has in previous wars fought by the United States. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, the U. S. military formally diagnosed 2,121 cases…