Iraq Topics

Democracy Now! has closely followed the U.S.-led attacks and occupation of Iraq over the years.

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  • Actor, writer, director and activist Tim Robbins joins us in our firehouse studios to talk about "Embedded," a satirical play about U.S. media coverage of the Iraq war. Robbins recently received a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Mystic River."
    January 29, 2004 | Story
  • As polls open in the nation’s first primary, nearly all the Democratic candidates are calling on President Bush to offer an explanation for his false claims about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. But five of the candidates made similar claims in the past. Correspondent Jeremy Scahill in NH confronts the candidates about the discrepancy between what they said then and now. [includes transcript]
    January 27, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy, which has released a list showing that five of the Democratic presidential contenders at one point publicly said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. [includes transcript]
    January 27, 2004 | Story
  • The U.S. is continuing to deny Iraqis direct elections despite repated mass protests around Iraq. We speak with author and journalist Naomi Klein about the Iraqi election process she calls an "appointocracy." [includes transcript]
    January 27, 2004 | Story
  • In his State of the Union address, Bush claimed if the US did not invade Iraq, "the dictator’s weapons of mass destruction programs would continue to this day." He did not acknowledge, however, that U.S. inspectors have uncovered no unconventional weapons.
    A year ago at the 2003 State of the Union, Bush made the case for war by claiming that Iraq had 25,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tones of sarin,...
    January 21, 2004 | Story
  • We speak with Leslie Cagan of the antiwar coalition United for Peace and Justice about Bush’s statements on Iraq. She criticizes Bush for "talking about a war but not mentioning that anybody has died in the war–either Iraqis or U.S. soldiers."
    And we hear from columnist and Institute for Public Accuracy director Norman Solomon who likens the State of the Union address to the "sanitized" media coverage of the Iraq...
    January 21, 2004 | Story
  • Reporters Without Frontiers has issued a new report titled "Two Murders And a Lie" examining the Pentagon’s handling of the killing by the U.S. of two foreign journalists at the Palestine Hotel in Iraq on April 8. [includes transcript]
    January 16, 2004 | Story
  • The founder of the humanitarian group Emergency, Dr. Gino Strada, discusses the impact of sanctions on Iraq’s medical system and the U.S. use of landmines and cluster bombs. [includes transcript]
    January 16, 2004 | Story
  • The U.S. has rejected calls by Iraq’s most senior Shi’ite Muslim cleric for immediate direct elections in Iraq instead planning indirect elections to form a transitional assembly that would then form an interim Iraqi government. We speak with Iraq blogger and University of Michigan professor Juan Cole. [includes transcript]
    January 14, 2004 | Story
  • We talk to a longtime TV producer about the massive problems he saw in the new U.S.-funded Iraqi Media Network, which he said became an "irrelevant mouthpiece for Coalition Provisional Authority propaganda, managed news and mediocre programs." [includes transcript]
    January 14, 2004 | Story