Soldier's mother Rose Gentle demands publication date for Chilcot Inquiry

Soldier's mother Rose Gentle demands publication date for Chilcot Inquiry

by Raymie Kiernan


Rose Gentle

Rose Gentle (Pic: Jess Hurd/

Families of British soldiers killed in Tony Blair’s Iraq war have threatened legal action to force the Chilcot Inquiry to set a date to publish its report.

Rose Gentle’s son Gordon died in Iraq more than 11 years ago. She has always insisted her son died because of lies Blair told in making the case for war.

Rose told Socialist Worker, “We are demanding they set a date, by the end of this month, for when it’s going to be published. If they don’t we will be pushing for a judicial review.

“They’ve had plenty of time and we’re sicking of waiting.”

She is part of a group of families supporting the legal battle.

The inquiry was set up to whitewash the Blair Labour government's lies over the 2003 Iraq war.

It is supposed to be a “non-judgemental” investigation into Britain’s involvement in the illegal invasion.

It stopped taking evidence in 2011 but has never published its findings.

Iraq: "A War Crime, Pure and Simple" By Dahr Jamail

Iraq: "A War Crime, Pure and Simple"

Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout 

People inspect the scene of where an explosion occurred earlier, in Baghdad, Dec. 22, 2011. (Michael Kamber/The New York Times)People inspect the scene of an earlier explosion in Baghdad, December 22, 2011. (Michael Kamber/The New York Times)

A dozen years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, that country, now effectively another Middle East failed state, remains a bloody, chaotic symbol of the failed US imperial project.

Margaret Griffis, a journalist who has been covering casualty numbers in Iraq since 2006 for, has published these recent headlines that give one an idea of how life is in today's Iraq:

"Mass Executions Terrorize Mosul; 141 Killed in Iraq"

"132 Killed across Iraq as Airstrikes Continue"

"At Least 4,693 Killed across Iraq in July"

"154 Killed in Iraq, including Dozens of Displaced Children"

"Mass Grave Unearthed in Mosul; 194 Killed across Iraq"

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

By Chris Hedges

  “American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society.

The movie opens with a father and his young son hunting a deer. The boy shoots the animal, drops his rifle and runs to see his kill.

“Get back here,” his father yells. “You don’t ever leave your rifle in the dirt.”

“Yes, sir,” the boy answers.

IRAQ – 11 YEARS ON Silent Protest, Galway

Silent Protest on Shop Street, Galway
At the top of Shop Street, Galway this Wednesday 19th March at 12.45pm the Galway Alliance Against War will mark the 11th anniversary of the illegal Iraq War and the 9th week of Margaretta D'Arcy's imprisonment with a 45 minute silent protest.
Ireland played a significant role (via Shannon airport and Irish airspace) in the unnecessary Iraq war. The people of Iraq to this day continue to suffer its legacy. In seven months of 2013 some twenty thousand people lost their lives as a result of the civil and sectarian divisions that were fomented because of the US and British invasion in 2003.

Pilger: The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq can't be 'countered' indefinitely

The truth about the criminal bloodbath in Iraq can't be 'countered' indefinitely

The media cover-up has been a weapon in the crimes of western states since the first world war. But a reckoning is coming for those paid to keep the record straight
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A baby in a Baghdad hospital in July 2003. 'Half a million Iraqi infants died as a result of sanctions, according to Unicef.' Photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images

WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers/ Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by d.u. ammunition

WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition
By Denis Halliday

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of
Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.
This issue was first brought to light in 2004 in a WHO expert report "on the long-term health of Iraq's civilian population resulting from depleted
uranium (DU) weapons". This earlier report was "held secret", namely suppressed by the WHO:

The study by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust containing
DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. But it was blocked from publication by the World Health Organization (WHO), which employed the main
author, Dr Keith Baverstock, as a senior radiation advisor. He alleges that it was deliberately suppressed, though this is denied by WHO.

(See Rob Edwards, WHO 'Suppressed' Scientific Study Into Depleted Uranium Cancer Fears in Iraq, The Sunday Herald,
BHR6qlO4GS-CMLf-rhmLsUTCvVNZj4cBODpFH1cU> February 24, 2004)

Almost nine years later, a joint WHO- Iraqi Ministry of Health Report on cancers and birth defect in Iraq was to be released in November 2012.