Our deadly democracy: 225,000 killed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan

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Brown University has released a new study:

The cost of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan are estimated at 225,000 lives and up to $4 trillion in U.S. spending, in a new report by scholars with the Eisenhower Research Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The group’s “Costs of War” project has released new figures for a range of human and economic costs associated with the U.S. military response to the 9/11 attacks.

Bush presidential library protest
Bush presidential library protest
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Bush presidential library protest

Photos above are of bunch of folks protesting the opening of the Bush presidential library.

On Thursday, April 25, 2013, while we stood in the designated “no speech” zone where dissent, once again, would be rendered invisible across a highway from the Bush Library, we gazed out through white death masks, still waiting for justice to be served. We were people who came together once more, from all over the country, to create “The March of the Dead”, now in response to the opening of the Bush Library in Dallas, Texas.

While George W. Bush was being celebrated, honored by the presence of four living presidents, as well as countless dignitaries, we watched as memory was being erased and history rewritten. We came to carry names of some of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq and Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo prisons; names that would never be engraved on the walls of an institution dedicated to the man who gave orders that resulted in their unnecessary loss of life.

We carried the names of civilians and U.S. military and of detainees tortured to death because of war crimes committed by the Bush Administration.

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