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Blood and Treasure: Documenting the Costs of Iraq War from Civilian Casualties to Trillions Spent

Democracy Now! – Mar 17, 2023


With the 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 20, we speak with Oxford University international relations professor Neta Crawford, who says the region is still reeling from the impact of the war. “The story continues. It’s not over,” she says. Crawford is co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University, where her latest report pegs the cost of U.S. wars in Iraq and Syria since 2002 at nearly $2.9 trillion. Since the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of preventing Saddam Hussein from developing weapons of mass destruction, more than half a million people have been killed in Iraq and Syria. Millions more were displaced or died from indirect causes like disease. “It wasn’t quick, it wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t cost-free,” says Crawford.

Shock and Awe – Footage from the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Journeyman Pictures – Aug 14, 2018

A collection of dramatic footage and stills, including the bombardment of Baghdad, missile launch and street battle.

BBC World Service – Newshour, UN climate report warns of disaster

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The UN’s International Panel on Climate Change says the world is on the brink of irrevocable damage, with global warming above 1.5 degrees Celsius now certain without drastic action. Also in the programme; a senior US figure involved in the invasion of Iraq expresses regret for his government’s poor planning. And an iconic Indian cola brand attempts a comeback.

(Picture: File image of a power station. Credit: Getty Creative)

The global water crisis needs global action

Global Commission on the Economics of Water Mar 13, 2023

The world faces a growing tragedy of water but a sustainable and just water future is still within reach. The Global Commission on the Economics of Water is redefining the way we value and govern water for the common good. It is co-chaired by Mariana Mazzucato, Professor at University College London & Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose; Ngozi Okonjo-iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization; Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister, Singapore. The Commission is convened by the Government of the Netherlands and facilitated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It was launched in May 2022 with a two-year mandate.

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South Africa drought: Eastern Cape province fears taps running dry • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English Jul 14, 2022 #South #droughts

In South Africa, the Eastern Cape province is seeing repeated droughts since 2016.

French journalist, US aid worker kidnapped in Sahel freed • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English Mar 20, 2023 #OlivierDubois #hostages #Sahel

A French journalist and a US aid worker who had been kidnapped by jihadists in the Sahel have been released. French freelancer Olivier Dubois and American aid worker Jeffery Woodke emerged from a plane that landed at an airport in Niamey, the capital of Niger. Dubois, 48, had been kidnapped in Mali in 2021 while Woodke went missing in Niger in 2016.

Ex-US Donald Trump says he expects to be arrested  – BBC News

BBC News – Mar 19, 2023



Donald Trump says he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, and the former US president has urged his supporters to launch mass protests in response.

It comes as prosecutors have been investigating alleged hush money paid on Mr Trump’s behalf by his lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.

If he is indicted, it would be the first criminal case ever brought against a former US president.

But, his lawyer said there had been no communication from law enforcement and the former president’s social media post was based on media reports.

The Slow Mo Guys: How to capture the world in slow motion – BBC News

BBC News – Mar 19, 2013




YouTubers Gav and Dan, also known as The Slow Mo Guys, know a thing or two about filming in slow motion.

The pair have been creating and sharing ‘slo-mo’ videos since 2010, amassing more than 14 million YouTube subscribers to date.

BBC Click met the YouTubers to learn more.

This clip is from BBC Click – the BBC’s flagship technology programme.

Earthquake hits Ecuador and Peru causing widespread damage

Guardian News – Mar 19. 2023

A powerful earthquake shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and trapping others under rubble. The US Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of about 6.8 in Ecuador’s Guayas region. Videos shared on social media show streets littered with debris and fallen power lines. A museum on a pier in the coastal area of El Oro province was almost completely submerged after it collapsed into the sea At least 15 dead after strong earthquake hits Ecuador and northern Peru