Peace and Security

Caring for the South's veterans   |   November 11, 2008
Veterans Day has a special meaning in the South. As the Institute has documented, a disproportionate share of the nation's soldiers come from and are based in the South, and...

 

North Carolina at War   |   November 8, 2008
The Costs of Being the "Most Military-Friendly State in America" March 2007 Billboards across the state declare North Carolina's new motto: "Most military-...

 

Institute Poll: Opposition to Iraq War Growing in Southern States   |   November 6, 2008
Region's attitudes marked by "sadness," reluctance to endure future war costs Despite strong early support for the Iraq war in the South, the region's opposition to the...

 

North Carolina at War (2007)   |   March 1, 2007
Institute for Southern Studies Southern Exposure (Vol. 35, Nos. 1 & 2) March 2007 The Costs of Being the "Most Military-Friendly State in America" Billboards across the state...

 

War profiteering: it's no secret   |   May 5, 2006
As we've said before, U.S. officials are well aware of the rampant cronyism and corruption surrounding contractors in Iraq -- the problem is that they won't do anything...

 

North Carolinians not happy with Bush war policy   |   April 6, 2006
Bush is coming to North Carolina to pump up support for the war effort. But the polls show that residents of North Carolina -- which bills itself "the most military friendly...

 

Hired guns in Iraq: Unaccountable   |   March 23, 2006
The front page of today's Raleigh News & Observer features an eye-opening story about the 20,000+ private contractors operating in Iraq. Drawing on the reports submitted...

 

Yes, Iraq is in the midst of a civil war   |   March 20, 2006
So says Dr. Iyad Allawi, the man the U.S. installed to lead Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam. Patrick Cockburn, reporter for The Independent (London), from Iraq (via...

 

What's going on with the movement against the war?   |   March 20, 2006
"Small turnout." "Anti-war protesters lament apathy." The media theme for the peace marches that sprang up across the world this weekend -- the 3rd anniversary...

 

Custer Battles   |   March 10, 2006
Custer Battles, the scandal-plagued Iraq contractor, has been found liable for fraud by a jury in Virginia, where the company is based, reports the Corporate Crime Reporter (no...

 

Shameful partisan politics   |   March 2, 2006
The progressive blogosphere got all excited yesterday when pollster John Zogby released a shocking survey revealing that 72% of American troops in Iraq think the U.S. should exit...

 

Selling a forest near you   |   February 20, 2006
With the cost of the Iraq war skyrocketing -- and the government hamstrung by massive tax cuts for the rich -- President Bush has come across a quaint way to bring in some spare...

 

Another GOP stunt backfires   |   November 22, 2005
Posted by R. Neal As more information comes out about the rush to war in Iraq (along with more polls showing that Americans are finally starting to realize they were played),...

 

Torture glossary and translation dictionary   |   November 22, 2005
Posted by R. Neal As a follow up to some of the torture related news posted here in the last couple of days, here's a handy guide to help sort out some of the technical terms...

 

Is there a "torture taxi" in your backyard?   |   November 21, 2005
This weekend, about 100 protesters descended on the sleepy North Carolina town of Smithfield -- a place that looks sleepy, but which plays a big role in one of the more unseemly...

 

DOJ "may" investigate Halliburton/Why we need investigative journalism   |   November 20, 2005
It's been almost four years since Facing South/Institute reporter Jordan Green first wrote about Halliburton's questionable no-bid defense contracts in the "War on...

 

Does Iraq make Edwards the anti-Hillary/Feingold?   |   November 16, 2005
Former N.C. Senator and VP candidate John Edwards' recent announcement that his support of the Iraq war was "a mistake" continues to generate big press, especially...

 

Edwards comes out strong on Iraq   |   November 13, 2005
As if to answer critics who questioned the sincerity of his recent statements about the Iraq war, former Sen. John Edwards has an editorial in today's Washington Post that is...

 

Helping veterans working for peace   |   November 11, 2005
Here are groups that could use your support this Veteran's Day: Iraq Veterans Against the War Here's how Ret. Mast. Sgt. Stan Goff (a Veterans for Peace member) in North...

 

Edwards and Iraq   |   November 10, 2005
Bob Moser has an excellent profile of John Edwards up at The Nation website, looking at what he's been up to since the 2004 elections and how he's laying the groundwork...

 

NC poll: Military and public turning against Bush, Iraq war   |   October 29, 2005
A new poll finds trouble for President Bush -- and especially his Iraq war policy -- in North Carolina, which advertises itself on billboards as "the nation's most...

 

Beyond 2,000   |   October 25, 2005
As we reach the terrible 2,000 milestone of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, let's not also forget the 1 in 4 Iraq war veterans that are returning with problems that require...

 

Southerners and the Milestone   |   October 25, 2005
Given our previous blog entry, perhaps it's not surprising that of the five U.S. servicemen confirmed this week by the DoD to have been killed in Iraq, four were from the...

 

Be afraid...   |   September 29, 2005
Over the past few weeks we've seen plenty of evidence that the federal government has in fact not done much post-9/11 in the way of improving Homeland Security other than...

 

Times Poll: Southerners Feeling Most Impacted by War   |   September 21, 2005
In the new round of polls showing the U.S. public turning against the Iraq war, there was one statistic that shows progressives have a big opening for reaching Southerners about...