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Can Iraq's Parliament Fight Back?

Monday, 21 April 2008, 9:58 am | Maya Schenwar

A surprise announcement by Iraq's Cabinet on Monday opened up the possibility that resistance to a prolonged US occupation may come from a much-ignored source: the Iraqi Parliament. More >>

Maya Schenwar: Managing Iraq's Econoccupation

Monday, 7 April 2008, 12:21 am | Maya Schenwar

While the battle of Basra raged last week, a series of talks between the Bush administration and the US-backed Maliki government rolled forward. These negotiations may have at least as many implications for Iraq's future as the violence on the ground. More >>

Bush to Sidestep Congress on Iraq Pact

Saturday, 15 March 2008, 10:56 am | Maya Schenwar

As the Bush administration heads into months of negotiations with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the future of US troops in Iraq, it aims to stretch the bounds of executive power to unprecedented lengths. More >>

M Schenwar: Winter Soldiers To Testify Against War

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 9:28 am | Maya Schenwar

This year, from March 13 to 16, 300 veterans of the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, gathering for a second Winter Soldier conference, in Maryland. Organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War. More >>

Maya Schenwar: Brief Iraq Withdrawal Hopes Fizzle

Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 9:15 am | Maya Schenwar

Since a majority of Americans - especially Democrats - oppose operations in Iraq, the Feingold bill debate also allowed Senate Democrats to rack up points with their constituents by expressing opposition to the war. More >>

Maya Schenwar: Bush Keeps War Cost Under Wraps

Monday, 11 February 2008, 12:46 am | Maya Schenwar

Bush's 2009 federal budget does not declare how much funding the administration expects to need for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan next year. The omission appears to break a law requiring inclusion of the year's total war funds in the annual budget plan. More >>

Schenwar: Halting the Cycle of Crime & Punishment

Tuesday, 29 January 2008, 4:53 pm | Maya Schenwar

It will be a long row to hoe in a system that, since the tough-on-crime 1980s, has consistently imposed harsher punishments and fewer opportunities for clemency. But Davis, who grew up in Arkansas during the civil rights era, isn't daunted. More >>

Blank Check for Afghanistan Passes

Wednesday, 19 December 2007, 12:33 am | Maya Schenwar

Under a cloud of frustration, the House of Representatives passed an omnibus spending bill on Monday night that contains $31 billion for the war in Afghanistan, with the expectation Iraq war funding will be added in the Senate. Additionally, the bill ... More >>

Democrats Put Blank Checks Back on Table

Thursday, 13 December 2007, 9:57 am | Maya Schenwar

In the next two weeks, Democratic leadership in Congress will likely push for a huge, multi-department "omnibus" spending bill which may include funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. None of the omnibus proposals raised so far have included ... More >>

Report Refutes "Urgency" of War Funding

Wednesday, 5 December 2007, 8:52 am | Maya Schenwar

Despite the Bush administration's warnings renewed Iraq funding is immediately necessary, a November Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, obtained by Truthout, states preexisting funds can easily finance the war through February, and probably beyond. More >>

Bush-Maliki Agreement Defies US Laws

Monday, 3 December 2007, 10:42 am | Maya Schenwar

Monday's "declaration of principles" between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki indicates the US will maintain a "long-term" presence in Iraq and involve itself closely in the Iraqi oil trade, backsliding on rules made in this ... More >>

Withdrawal Not Required in Iraq Funding Bill

Monday, 19 November 2007, 10:53 am | Maya Schenwar

The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday night that aims for a major withdrawal of troops from Iraq by next December, but that promise rides on the back of a $50 billion check to continue war operations. Moreover, the plan sets December ... More >>

Bush Can Use Defense Budget for War

Thursday, 15 November 2007, 10:31 am | Maya Schenwar

President Bush signed the 2008 Defense Appropriations Act into law on Tuesday morning, pouring $471 billion into this fiscal year's defense budget - all money that could potentially be used to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The infusion of defense ... More >>

$471 Billion, "War on Terror" Not Included

Thursday, 8 November 2007, 10:24 am | Maya Schenwar

In a closed session on Tuesday, a Congressional appropriations conference committee approved $471 billion in defense spending for 2008, a 9.5 percent increase over last year. Although a separate bill allocating war funds will probably follow soon, Democrats ... More >>

Democrats Stand Back as War Funding Continues

Saturday, 3 November 2007, 2:11 pm | Maya Schenwar

In the next few days, a Congressional conference committee will likely pass the largest defense spending bill in the history of the United States. Despite Democratic lawmakers' promises to stop issuing blank checks for war, the bill does not call ... More >>

War Supplemental Makes Room for Iran

Thursday, 25 October 2007, 12:13 am | Maya Schenwar

The Bush administration's $196.4 billion war supplemental spending request, released Monday, has Democrats reeling. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd called the supplemental "short-sighted at best," while House Appropriations Committee ... More >>