US Businessman: Blackwater Paid Me to Buy Steroids and Weapons on Black Market
The Nation reports (September 23rd): A Texas businessman who has worked extensively in
Lowry made his statements in a deposition on September 10 as part of a whistleblower lawsuit brought by two former Blackwater employees. The suit was filed in 2008 by former employees Brad and Melan Davis. They allege that Blackwater tried to bill the
Abuse and torture rife in Iraqi prisons
The Guardian reports (September 23rd): Up to 30,000 prisoners, including many veterans of the
The study has found that the human rights situation remains dire in
The abuses are systemic, the report claims, with alleged victims having little redress or access to trial — in many cases for longer than two years.
The allegations were released on Monday in a report titled New Order, Same Abuses; Unlawful Detentions and Torture in
Iraqi journalists face daily threat
The National reports (September 25th): After the Iraqi journalist Riyad Assariyeh was assassinated this month, his family advised other reporters to stay away from the traditional three-day funeral wake, fearing the gathering would present an easy target for militants.
It is a sign of just how vulnerable Iraqi journalists now feel that many of them took the advice, paying respect to their fallen colleague on the first day of mourning and not returning.
Assariyeh’s murder in