18.9 C
Byron Shire
April 17, 2021

Behind the propaganda of war in the Middle East

Latest News

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Other News

Beware of flood damage scams

NSW Fair Trading is warning consumers about opportunistic tradespeople trying to take advantage during the flood recovery process as the state gets back on its feet.

Eungella: Alleged domestic-related stabbing suspect charged with attempted murder

Police say a man will face court today charged with attempted murder following an alleged domestic-related stabbing earlier this year.

Where announcements masquerade as action

The great secret about government in Australia is this: no-one wants to know about government in Australia.

Beach Hotel gets a $6m makeover

Owners of the Beach Hotel, Moelis, say they undertook extensive repairs and updates to the tune of around $6m after COVID-19 forced closure and limited trading last year.

The return of the prodigal son

Gallery DownTown, the annexe of Tweed Regional Gallery, is presenting a new exhibition by regional artists.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Richard Hil will be joined by co-author Ros Caputi to launch The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History.

Richard Hil joins forces with a former US marine and journalist to examine the human cost.

The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History confronts the dominant military accounts of the war in Iraq and the devastation wrought on the city of Fallujah from the siege in 2014 till when American and coalition forces moved on the city to defeat ISIS in 2016.

Former US marine Ross Caputi, Australian journalist Donna Mulhearn, and adjunct professor Richard Hil have brought together this critical analysis of the idea that the US ‘liberated’ Fallujah.

They look at the outcomes of repeated sieges of the city and its destruction in 2016 that left in its wake a public health crisis, civilian casualties, and political instability.

The book places these events within the larger context of the US policy in the Middle East with a particular focus on the testimony of civilians.

Book launch

Richard Hil will be joined by co-author Ros Caputi to launch the book at the Bookroom at Byron, 27 Fletcher Street on Thursday, August 22 at 5.30pm.

‘The book aims to expose the US propaganda that justified a murderous assault on a once-beautiful city and its people,’ said Mr Hil.

‘Our intention was to not let this be forgotten.’

Everyone is welcome. To RSVP call 6685 8183 or go online to find out more about The Sacking of Fallujah.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The Sacking of Fallujah: This is the people’s point of view beginning with the 2014 seige of Fallujah to when American and coalition forces moved to defeat ISIS in 2016.

  2. I remember seeing a doco (back when doco’s had substance) on the siege of Fallujah. There was a female US soldier who was a guard at a checkpoint where women and children were allowed to flee the city before the assault on the city began. She had to separate a mother from her 14 year old son because he was too old. He had to go back and face the US led onslaught, who’s terms of engagement were to open fire on anything that moves, truth. Even then it was not a guarantee of survival as shown in the trial of US marines shooting a group of men as they laid still, some wounded, on the floor of a building. The marines saw someone run into the building but rather than take them prisoners as they lay motionless, they were executed. No wonder the returning US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have a suicide rate of 22 per day. Nearly 1 every hour. These are stats from the US Department of Veteran Affairs. The real count must be higher. Roughly 10 years after the American war against Vietnam ended, nearly half of all returning US veterans were dead. That’s 250000. Not just suicide but drugs, alcohol, disease, high risk activities. I knew a great guy in the small town of Lander Wyoming, a special forces veteran. Solid as a rock, went to bed one night and never woke up. Just died.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Common courtesy

Anonymous, Byron Bay First of all, thank you to those customers who did the right thing and wore their masks in hospitality venues on the weekend. However,...

Poor Council drains

Kate Anderson, Mullumbimby In response to and support of Kerry Gray’s and Robin Gracie’s letters Echo 31 March). The McGoughans Lane blocked drains are the tip...

Electricity ‘fun facts’

Anonymous, Ballina I’m surprised that a part of David Lowe’s online article of March 15 slipped under the fact-check radar (‘Tamara Smith Calls for More Fairness’) in...

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration of women and protection of...