Above the fold for Sunday the 26th of August

 The first is a very disturbing story from the AP today about the body count doubling in Iraq. They story finds that:

“• Iraq is suffering about double the number of war-related deaths throughout the country compared with last year — an average daily toll of 33 in 2006, and 62 so far this year.

• Nearly 1,000 more people have been killed in violence across Iraq in the first eight months of this year than in all of 2006. So far this year, about 14,800 people have died in war-related attacks and sectarian murders. AP reporting accounted for 13,811 deaths in 2006. The United Nations and other sources placed the 2006 toll far higher.

• Baghdad has gone from representing 76 percent of all civilian and police war-related deaths in Iraq in January to 52 percent in July, bringing it back to the same spot it was roughly a year ago.

And now according to the Iraqi Red Crescent Organization, the number of displaced Iraqis has more than doubled since the start of the year, from 447,337 on Jan. 1 to 1.14 million on July 31.”

Also Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said today that, “There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. They should come to their senses.”

 And a very important discussion by Juan Cole on History of Western Incursions in the Mideast.

A couple of good posts at DailyPaul one says Ron Paul at 36%! and the other is an important reminder that today is the Ron Paul Texas BBQ Bash & Birthday Party

An intersting Story from ThatPoliticalBlog about one particular lady who likes Ron Paul and why. Strippers for Ron Paul?

Two stories here that you won’t read unless you really do some research from 1) U.S. fails to reduce Afghan opium crop 2) Kabul, Afghanistan – Witnesses said Sunday that clashes between coalition troops and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan left at least 18 civilians dead. NATO officials, however, said no noncombatants were killed.

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