Spare a thought for Iraqi journalists

New at Mother Jones:

David Enders considers the main workaday challenge facing Iraqi journalists: staying alive. Their ordeals don’t grab the headlines but they probably have it even harder than their Western colleagues. (Link)

Tom Engelhardt tries to wrap his head around the weirdness of Bushworld, as attested by an action-packed State of the Union week featuring, among other oddities, a defense budget that doesn’t pay for warfighting, a new mega-contract for Halliburton to build “detention facilities” in the homeland, and a jihad against T-shirts. (Link)