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This Week: Cost of War
This Week
June 18, 2004

This week on NOW:

Thousands of injured and ill soldiers sent home from Iraq and Afghanistan are not being counted in the Pentagon's official tally of the wounded because they are considered "non-hostile" casualties. Some say that if they were included, it would triple the total casualty count. The Pentagon claims that until NOW's request, it hadn't been asked for those numbers. But, critics say these often debilitating injuries are not being reported to keep Americans from getting a clear picture of the human cost of war. NOW's Michele Mitchell profiles these soldiers who may spend the rest of their lives scarred and disabled, but whose sacrifices are not being counted by the nation they served.

The government of Sudan has been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths and for driving out more than a million villagers from western Sudan. Amid continued reports of rape, massacre and torture, the UN has called the crisis one of the world's worst. As the rainy season bogs down the already beleaguered delivery of relief supplies, government experts are projecting that an additional 300,000 to 1 million people there may die. Is it already too late to do anything to stop what some are calling genocide? NOW gets the on-the-ground perspective of veteran journalist Julie Flint, who recently returned from the region where she was on a fact-finding mission for Human Rights Watch (HRW). On Tuesday, Flint testified on the HRW's behalf in front of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. David Brancaccio sits down with Flint to discuss her findings and what she thinks the UN, the US and other countries should be doing.

Many young Black and Hispanic voters will go to the polls for the first time this November, and political analysts on both sides are trying to figure out what will motivate them. Some are looking to The Hip Hop Political Conference for answers. The convention, being held in Newark, NJ this week, will attempt to mobilize this new generation of voters. Among the speakers is Michael Eric Dyson, a University of Pennsylvania professor, cultural critic, and Baptist minister who has been described by the WASHINGTON POST as belonging to "a group of young intellectuals who may yet define our view of Black American culture as did their predecessors Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray." Dyson will speak to the conference on the great divide between his father's civil rights generation, represented by Martin Luther King, and today's younger generation, represented by Tupac Shakur. David Brancaccio talks to Dyson about his ideas to bridge the divide between those two generations.

In Depth

Iraq War Casualties

America's Veterans Overview

The Casuality Numbers

Resources for Veterans

Stories of Hidden Casualties

Julie Flint on the Crisis in Dafur

Understanding Sudan

Survivors: Children of War

White House
Michael Eric Dyson on the Hip-Hop Vote

Election 2004 on NOW


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The Cost of War — Hidden Casualties (17:26)

Julie Flint on the Crisis in Sudan (Please note that due to copyright issues we are unable to stream all the visuals for this segment.) (18:18)

Michael Eric Dyson on the Hip-Hop Vote (15:17)


The Cost of War
Producer: Peter Meryash
Correspondent: Michele Mitchell
Editor: Dina Potocki

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