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Bachmann, Trump: Countries the U.S. invaded should give up their oil

By Andy Birkey | 10.18.11 | 6:00 am

Trump said something “has got to be done to break it up,” referring to the “very well-dressed” protesters at Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the country.

Minnesota representatives call for Armenian refugee relocation

By Andy Birkey | 05.18.10 | 1:12 pm

Democratic Reps. Tim Walz and Betty McCollum are asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to commit funds for the relocation of Iraqi Armenians — who, as Christians, face persecution — back…

Iraq detainees get Wisconsin National Guard’s goat over Favre

By Chris Steller | 11.20.09 | 12:45 pm

got-favre-shirt1Crafty” detainees in Iraq have taken to taunting members of the Wisconsin National Guard about the successes of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

Franken amendment to protect victims of sexual assault passes

By Andy Birkey | 10.06.09 | 5:33 pm

An amendment that would ban federal funds going to companies that require arbitration in the case of sexual assault passed the Senate on Tuesday. The amendment was offered by Sen. Al Franken and was added to the defense appropriations bill…

Defense Department conceals data on detainee deaths

By Daphne Eviatar | 09.10.09 | 10:56 am

As University of Minnesota bioethicist and torture expert Dr. Steven Miles was researching the deaths of detainees in U.S. custody, he noticed something strange. Although the Department of Defense had in the past issued press releases when detainees died at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan, at some point in 2006, he says, the “entire prisoner death reporting system was turned off in Afghanistan.” Although at that time deaths in Iraq were still being reported, he says, that system was “turned off” at the beginning of 2008.

Tuesday’s other Wikileak: Army memo on soldiers’ exposure to toxic trash

By Chris Steller | 03.12.09 | 10:09 am

51px-wl_hour_glass_uppercase_halfsizeWikileaks: They’re not just for revealing how Norm Coleman stores unprotected, unencrypted donor data anymore.
We mentioned yesterday the varied mix of leaked documents that the Web site posts, including a U.S. Army memo on soldiers’

Iraqis flee in gay ‘underground railroad’

By Andy Birkey | 02.26.09 | 3:22 pm

picture-35An underground railroad has emerged in Iraq since the start of the United States’ occupation, as Muslim fundamentalists torture, maim and murder LGBT people in that country, The Manchester Guardian’s

BBC/Arab media: Iraqi shoe-thrower is being tortured

By Paul Schmelzer | 12.16.08 | 12:52 pm

While we’ve had fun looking at the social-media mashups spun off of the Bush/shoe-throwing incident, here’s a sobering issue: The BBC reports that the man, Muntadar al-Zaidi (pictured in a BBC photo), has…

Apparently, the shoe fits: Iraqi sole-chucker fuels global meme

By Paul Schmelzer | 12.16.08 | 12:07 pm

The annals of politicized shoe gestures, far as I can tell, are less than voluminous. Coming quickly to mind: Nikita Khrushchev’s “We will bury you,” emphasized by a hammered sole. So-called “shoe-bomber,” Richard Reid, busted…

Video: Journalist chucks shoes at Bush during ‘surprise’ visit to Iraq

By Paul Schmelzer | 12.14.08 | 1:57 pm

During a “surprise” visit to Iraq, George W. Bush held a press conference, during which an Iraqi journalist launched two shoes at the president. The man, who screamed “this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog,”…