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March 19th 2008, marks the 5 year anniversary of the day the US officially invaded Iraq. Since that day in 2003, more than 80,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, along with around 4,000 US members of the US military.
Whether one considers it a war, an occupation, an act of pre-emptive self defense, or an act of imperialist aggression, the undeniable fact is that along with September 11th, the conflict in Iraq has become the defining event of our time.
This week, we hear from people on many sides of the conflict; military, civilian, and academic. Iraqis who’ve lost family members, a leading expert on what role oil really plays in US policy towards Iraq, and Americans who want to “stay the course until the job is done.”
Huda Jabbar Mohammed Ali and Omar, Iraqi civilians; Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush Agenda, and The Tyranny of Oil: The Worlds Most Powerful Industry and What We Must Do To Stop It; Berkeley High School students Lauren Barkin and Matt Rothstark; Beverly Harris, former US Navy Corpsman; Wendy Kenin, Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission; Daniel Nordstrom, former Marine; Protesters outside Berkeley City Hall: Elaine Green, Julie Dickenson, Bill Raskin, Kristen Robrock; Betsy Rose, Code Pink member; Charles Smith, US Army veteran.
Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Elena Botkin-Levy
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Voiceovers: Paul Beiber, Beniquez Cross, Samson Reiny, Lisa Rudman
For more information:
Alive in Baghdad – Philadelphia, PA
Maqams Of Syria