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Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003. More about Voices
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recent additions at a glance

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Iraq Mortality


October 2005

In an exclusive for IraqMortality.org, Milan Rai, Author of War Plan Iraq, Regime Unchanged, and Chomsky’s Politics gives indepth analysis of the three major mortality studies conducted in Iraq; Iraq Body Count, The Lancet, and The UNDP Report. This document is presented to help activists more fully understand the differences and similarities between these studies.

For five days, begining on October 24th, almost 100 grassroots groups and individual activists in the US, UK, and Switzerland will toll a bell in their communities for Iraqis who have lost their lives in this war and for the families and loved ones they have left behind. This tolling of bells will also usher in the one year anniversary of the publishing of The Lancet Study on October 29th which estimates 100,000 Iraqi deaths due to the war and occupation.

Read the Iraq Mortality document

National Stand Down Day - Nov. 18, 2005

November 18, 2005

End The Iraq War - Demonstrations and Nonviolent Resistance at Recruiting Stations Across the Country Organized by Iraq Pledge of Resistance

Bell Tolls Mourn for 100,000+ Iraqi Dead

Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Justice Not Vengeance call for bell ringing ceremonies to grieve and protest the deaths of Iraqis in the US/UK war and occupation.

October 24th – 28th

An Analyis of Iraq's Odious Debt

Written by Justin Alexander of Jubilee Iraq
September 2005

Debt - Introduction

Iraq has an outstanding debt load of around $115bn (reduced this year from around $125bn in the first trance of Paris Club relief) on top of $33bn of unpaid war reparations. This means that the ratio of debt and reparations to export earnings is around 750%, way beyond the IMF’s recommended maximum ratio of 162%. The Paris Club, which holds $42bn, about a quarter of the total debt and reparations, agreed in November 2004 to reduce their claims by 80% in three trances linked to economic conditionalities. The US is topping this up to 100% relief but no other countries have followed suit. Even if all creditors match the Paris Club terms, and this looks far from certain, Iraq will still be left with $25bn debt along with the $33bn reparations. Additionally there is a very large reparations claim from Iran, although this has little international backing.

Sources of Violence

November 15, 2006

Barely a day goes by when I don’t learn a new report about a beleaguered Iraqi refugee, or of an entire family, in desperate need of help. We think hard, within our Voices for Creative Nonviolence network, about ways to build concern for the estimated three million Iraqis who have been displaced from their homes. Ironically, I think some of the people who can best empathize with Iraqi refugees are the U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, far from their homes and families.

Recently, an A.P. reporter in Baghdad described a town hall meeting which U.S. military officials helped organize in a Shi’ite area of northern Baghdad. (“U.S. takes on community building in Iraq” by Lauren Frayer, 11/11/06). Tucked into the article is her observation of two U.S. soldiers who stood guard during the 3 ½ hour meeting. “Outside the auditorium, two U.S. Army snipers clicked their rifles on safety and kicked at tufts of grass to pass the time.”

When Evil Doing Comes Like Falling Rain

October 10, 2006

“The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out ‘stop!’

“When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable, the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.”

—Bertolt Brecht

Last summer, crimes piled up in Iraq. 3,590 people were killed in July ‘06; 3009 in August.

In Baghdad alone, the Coroner’s Office reported 1,600 bodies arrived at the morgue in June and more than 1,800 bodies in July. 90% of the killings were executions.

ODIOUS DEBT, ODIOUS ALLIES: Pillaging Iraq

They are asking us to pay for the knives

they gave Saddam to slaughter us.

— Dr. Hasim al Hassani, Iraqi Islamic Party

When Saddam Hussein grabbed power in 1979, Iraq had no long-term debt. Its cash reserves were $36 billion. It had high literacy and public universities; it had extensive socialized health care. Iraq was becoming a “first world” nation.

During the 1980’s, however, as a US ally, Saddam squandered that wealth. Borrowing tens of billions of dollars, he built up a vast military and security apparatus.