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by Mr. Allen for the Saker blog Over the last few years, we hear leaders from both Russia and China pronouncing that they have formed a relationship where there are

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Public Inquiry
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Net Zero targets aimed at encouraging airlines to use so-called green aviation fuel are driving fraud "at a mass scale" and deforestation, campaigners have said.
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Labour blames the Tories for the state of the NHS. The Tories blame striking Leftist doctors. In this Punch and Judy show, neither will admit that the eye-watering waiting lists are because of lockdown, says Alex Kriel.
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Dr. Mark Porter has declared that he is taking statins, having decided the benefits outweigh the risks. Dr. Maggie Cooper suggests he should be more suspicious of studies from drugs companies and think again.
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A new campaign group has been set up called Not in My Name urging people not to vote on July 4th. The idea is, if enough people sit on their hands, it will trigger major reform of our broken political system.
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The Daily Sceptic recently repeated an allegation, published elsewhere, that Dr. Nighat Arif had promoted the AstraZeneca vaccine on TV after having been paid to do so. That wasn't true and we apologise to her.
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The First Casualty Of War

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Monday November 09, 2009 14:26author by pat c Report this post to the editors

An important study which illustrates the paucity of US media reports of civilian deaths in Iraq. hence it is hardly shocking that US citizens are unaware tof the true extent of civilian casualties. Full story at related link.

In February of 2007 Associated Press conducted a survey of 1,002 adults across the United States about their perceptions of the war in Iraq. Whilst the respondents accurately estimated the death toll of U.S. soldiers (the median estimate was 2,974 while the actual toll at the time was 3,100), they grossly underestimated the number of Iraqi civilian casualties (the median answer was 9,890 at a time when several estimates put the toll at least 10 times that number and some as high as 50 times that number).

To assess the potential reasons for this discrepancy, Schuyler W. Henderson and colleagues at Columbia University examined 11 U.S. newspapers and 5 non-U.S. newspapers to collate the number of Coalition and Iraqi fatalities reported in the media between March 2003 and March 2008. They specifically looked at tallies (numbers of death over a period of time) and the descriptions of specific casualty events.

The results of their study showed U.S. newspapers reported more events and tallies related to Coalition deaths than Iraqi civilian deaths, although there were substantially different proportions amongst the different U.S. newspapers. In four of the five non-US newspapers, the pattern was reversed.

Notes:
Reporting Iraqi civilian fatalities in a time of war
Schuyler W Henderson, William E Olander and Les Roberts
Conflict and Health (in press)
http://www.conflictandhealth.com/

Related Link: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/170107.php
author by Jimpublication date Thu Nov 12, 2009 18:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There is no official death toll - during heavy fighting like that occurred in Fallujah and other cities when US forces engaged Iraqi insurgents and jihadists fighters in a conventional battle the numbers of dead was impossible to determine.
Civilians were buried under collapsed buildings or buried by relatives after the fighting.
The only figures we can go on are the dead that arrive at the various morgues which are probably much lower than the real figure.
The best questimate is Iraq Body Count which places the death toll somewhere between 90,000 to 100,000.
While thousands of civilians have died through Coalition "friendly fire" and are classed as collatoral damage" it is indisputable that the vast majority of the dead were killed by Sunni or Shite Iraqi insurgents and militias and foreign jihadists who massacred huge numbers of innocents week after week in gun or suicide bomb attacks.

author by Jimpublication date Thu Nov 12, 2009 18:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The situation is still grim in Iraq:

"This analysis looks at trends. But when examining the violence afflicting civilians in Iraq’s continuing conflict, a distinction must be drawn between abstractions represented by varying “rates” of violence and the reality of that violence for those experiencing it. Every statistic on this page can be traced to a human life violently ended, none of whom are any less a victim for having been killed during a “downward trend” in violence."

Related Link: http://www.iraqbodycount.org/analysis/numbers/surge-2008/
 
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