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Saddam's Trial

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The Lede

Before we set aside the topic of Iraq’s botched hangings, a reader reminds us to flash back to 1946, and the conclusion of the trials at Nuremberg, in which 11 high-ranking Nazi officers were ultimately condemned to death by hanging.

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AP

[morbidly fascinating] There is nothing kind or gentle about a hanging. It is a process scientifically designed to break the neck and choke a person to death as efficiently as possible. [a how to from the AP]

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Reuters

Many Kurds regret the chief suspect can no longer face justice for his role in the Anfal campaign against them, thanks to an earlier trial for crimes against humanity for killing Shi'ites -- but they hope others share his fate on the gallows.

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AP

Saddam Hussein's trial for the killing of 180,000 Kurds in the 1980s resumed Monday with the late dictator's seat empty, nine days after he went to the gallows. The court's first order of business was to drop all charges against Saddam.

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DPA (Raw Story)

Only 2 of those present at the execution had mobile phones - national security advisor Muwafak al-Rubaie, and a second government representative. If the pictures originated from either, it would be a major blow for al-Maliki, who is already in deep e

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LA Times

Saddam Hussein carried to the grave many of the most closely guarded secrets of the labyrinthine nation he ruled for 24 years. Officials closely monitoring the legal proceedings were surprised that his execution was so swiftly carried out.

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By Robert Parry (Consortium News)

Like a blue-blood version of a Mob family with global reach, the Bushes have eliminated one more key witness to important historical events that led the US military into a bloody stalemate in Iraq and pushed the Middle East to the brink of calamity.

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Riverbend (Bahgdad Burning)

It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths. This really is a new low. It's outrageous- an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (except Iran) are outraged. Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside quarrels and anger- at l

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AP

Enraged crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein across Iraq's Sunni heartland, as a mob in Samara broke the locks off a bomb-damaged Shiite shrine and marched through carrying a mock coffin and photo of the dictator.

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Reuters

The Iraqi government launched an inquiry into how guards filmed and taunted Saddam Hussein on the gallows, turning his execution into a televised spectacle that has inflamed sectarian anger. "There were a few guards who shouted slogans that were

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Reuters

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturd

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Reuters

Saddam Hussein bade two half brothers farewell in a rare prison meeting as he awaits execution, a lawyer said, but U.S. and Iraqi officials gave conflicting accounts of whether he would hang within days. A senior Bush administration official said

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AP

Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to embrace "brotherly coexistence" and not to hate U.S.-led foreign troops in a goodbye letter, a day after Iraq's highest court upheld his death sentence and ordered him hanged within 30 days.

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NY Times

One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein. The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying for the position.

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Associated Press

High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites. Require all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropri

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