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When Journalists Died and We Were the Attackers by Drew Hamre
"The Journalists’ Association of Serbia was among the first to protest the Charlie Hebdo assault, drawing parallels to a deadly attack on a Serb media outlet several years ago. Today as we’re awash in post-Hebdo invective ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Jan.26.2015]
Pirates and Pop-Stars: The Recording Industry Oversteps by Drew Hamre
"This is a story of pirates and pop stars, of Beltway intrigue and an industry we shouldn’t love, but probably do. It’s also the story of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Brainerd mother of four fined $222,000 for pirating 24 songs ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Oct.06.2012]
Thomas Friedman and the Glass House Problem by Drew Hamre
"It's tempting to make excuses for Thomas Friedman. After all, his old high school is just down the street, he writes with verve, and he is the reigning king-of-all-media for foreign affairs ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Oct.22.2005]
Red Lake, the Pope, and the Drifting Queen by Drew Hamre
"We throw nuggets of history at these stories, without leaving a dent, and politicians drape banners over the deathbeds, but not everyone salutes. The impermanent passes, while spring rains bring new life to the northern marsh ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Apr.25.2005]
Seven Questions for Senator Coleman about Oil for Food by Drew Hamre
"You're investigating the central humanitarian effort in a political conflict that claimed 500,000 children's lives, and yet your subcommittee does not mention these deaths. It averts its eyes, and interrogates accountants, and mumbles financial bromides, and smiles, smiles, smiles for C-SPAN ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Oct.22.2004]
Ah, to be the Breath of Iraq's Liberation by Drew Hamre
"You are Ahmed Chalabi! You left Iraq when you were 12 years old, but history doesn't matter. You are the future of Iraq, and the very breath of its liberation. So go, you Armani-clad warrior, to arms, and ride with the wind ..."  More  
[Satire published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Oct.4.2003]
I Shall Be Your Humble Servant, Conrad Black by Drew Hamre
"Call me a sellout, but the lush life beckons. Sir Conrad Black, I am available. You’ll be pleased to learn, sir, that this pundit is officially for rent ..."  More  
[Satire written in late 2003]
Operation Texas Freedom by Drew Hamre
"I know this is a divisive time for our country. Many of my fellow conservatives doubt the wisdom of acting now. To them I say: we will finally bring Kinky Friedman and Molly Ivins to justice! To my liberal colleagues I say: we will end the menace of “Walker, Texas Ranger”, forever! ..."  More  
[Satire written in the weeks following the 2003 invasion.]
I Know Where the Weapons Are, Mr. Blix by Drew Hamre
"I know where the weapons are, Mr. Blix, and I know who's protecting them. Point your convoy of white Nissan four-wheelers due north, toward Eastern Europe and the old Soviet empire. Here, the threat is more immediate and consequential than anything known of Iraq ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Dec.14.2002]
In Hunt for Scandal, the Media Ignore Sanctions by Drew Hamre
"Thrilling to see Maureen Dowd leap like a ninja (that recent Pulitzer didn't slow her down at all!) and defend the Washington Post as it roasts a congressman in the name of "investigative journalism". But what's that awful smell coming from the kitchens of the Post and New York Times? ..."  More  
[Published in the Minneapolis StarTribune Jul.21.2001]

f e a t u r e d   d o c u m e n t s
UNcovered: In 1996,
Madeleine Albright told CBS that containing Iraq was worth the death of 500,000 Iraqi children.
For background and a video clip, click here.
UNcovered: In 1999,
UNICEF estimated an excess 500,000 Iraqi children had died since sanctions began.
Epidemiological data and the report are here.
UNcovered: In 2001, the UN mistakenly released - then censored - details on U.S. holds against billions in Iraqi imports. The uncensored spread-sheet is available here.

[Last update - October 2012]