• Calendar

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Ten Years Later, and How Iraq Can Change a Generation's Trajectory

    Every day after baseball practice, my Dad picked me up. Still clad in my dirt-stained pants, still too young to have a full appreciation for deodorant, I would toss my bookbags and gear in the back of our Volvo and jump in the front seat with him. He'd ask how practice was, and I'd tell him about th ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2012

    Returning War Contractors Face Second Battle, Against AIG

    Whatever your role in the U.S. war effort, if you were injured overseas, at least you'd be covered back home, right?

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Ashes of the Wake: A Playlist for Baghdad

    On this day in 762 A.D., caliph Al-Mansur founded the city of Baghdad in what is modern-day Iraq. The area was and remains one of the commercial and intellectual centers of the Arab world, though it's obviously had a few problems since the U.S. invaded in 2003 and toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. No ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    March 15, 2012

    Breaking It Down

    It may not be PTSDs or brain injuries that pose the most long-term danger to our surviving vets from their Middle East tours.

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Skype Testimony From Iraq Helps Convict Conroe Murderer

    Skype: Putting murderers behind bars​A man was convicted or murder in Conroe based partly on testimony delivered via Skype from an Army base in Iraq. A Conroe police officer who had been involved in the investigation into the December 2008 murder is serving now in the Texas National Guard in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Keyboardist Seeks Arabic Players To Explore Local Scene

    ​Rocks Off combs through Craigslist's postings hoping to find the genesis of some great musical endeavor. So when we saw a posting looking for Arabic singers, we were intrigued. After all, this is a time of mosque burnings and our upstairs neighbors passing anti-Sharia laws. It must take a he ... More >>

  • News

    September 9, 2010

    Foreign Relations

    Readers debate asylum for Mexicans.

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Laura Resendez: Another Woman Sues Over Alleged Sexual Assault In Iraq

    Not only the big players get hit with Iraq sex-abuse suits​Houston-based energy services companies have gotten plenty of ink over the past several years due to allegations and accusations that male employees working in places such as Iraq have raped and abused their female co-workers. Much of it i ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    "Secrets of the Silk Road"

    Meet a woman who's 3,800 years old - and still looks good

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    The Complete History of America (Abridged)

    See the story of the U.S. smashed into just 90 minutes

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Top 8 Post-2000 Soldier Songs

    ​Like many of you, Rocks Off has friends and family members who have served (or are serving) in our armed forces. Memorial Day is when we honor the sacrifice so many of them have made - and are still making - fighting America's wars. Songs about the hardships suffered by soldiers and their familie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Texas State Rep Goes All Hollywood With Matt Damon

    ​We expected nothing more than "Bourne in Iraq" from Green Zone, but we were pleasantly surprised. Although the movie didn't delve too far into the juicy tales of utter administration incompetence that the book did, it still delivered a good bit of entertainment and a fair recapping of the WMD sea ... More >>

  • News

    December 3, 2009

    Noncombat Deaths: Another Casualty of War

    The mass shooting at Fort Hood was just one of a growing number of troubling military deaths, murders and suicides.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    KBR Wins A Victory In One Of Its Iraq-Electrocution Suits

    ​Sometimes it's not enough to simply bring in billions from no-bid contracts from in Iraq; sometimes a company needs a hug.And that's what KBR got from federal judges in Houston and Florida, the company announced late yesterday.Judges dismissed two lawsuits stemming from the electrocution death of ... More >>

  • Film

    July 23, 2009

    Set to Explode

    As unconventional as the warfare it depicts, The Hurt Locker is a ticking time bomb of a movie.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    UT's Mack Brown Visits The Troops, And Complains Endlessly

    Mack Brown, along with a handful of other NCAA coaches, is making a goodwill visit to the troops in Germany, Iraq and Kuwait. (He's following in the footsteps of a coach at an actual good football school, Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, who visited the Middle East earlier this year.)Brown's to be com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Help The Iraq War Effort (And Himself)

    Stephen Patrick Day of Houston is a patriot.When war came in Iraq, he asked not whether it was the right war; he asked not if WMDs existed or if Iraq had anything to do with 9/11.Instead he asked how he could scam some serious bucks out of the venture.Day owns Logistics Group International, and he p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    KBR's Iraq Adventure Now Includes Child Porn

    KBR (Halliburton to the old-schoolaz) has had its share of troubles on its way to making untold billions of dollars of profit in Iraq.There's the rape and sexual harassment (Female and male-on-male!). There's the electrocuting soldiers. There's the dogs running around chomping on human remains inten ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 19, 2009
  • News

    March 12, 2009

    U.S. Military Deserters Once Again Flock to Canada to Avoid War

    Looks like this time they picked the wrong country.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Yay! Houston's KBR Gets Another Iraq Contract!

    UPI (Motto: "Yes, we're still around") is reporting that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a "follow-on" contract to Houston's KBR (Halliburton) to continue work on a convoy supply camp in Iraq.And why not?It's not like KBR has senators demanding investigations into allegations that soldi ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Roger That, Houston

    Congratulations Houston, you showed your big heart once again. The Move America Forward tour stopped off at the Wal-Mart on Highway 6 North this afternoon and asked Houstonians for help in sending care packages overseas to American troops. Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee spoke with Hair Balls and had good ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    “Iraqi Artists in Exile”

    The Station Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first look at work from Iraq’s banished

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2008

    No End in Sight

    Find out who’s responsible for the Iraq war

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Houston Company Fails To Bribe Its Way To Success In Iraq

    Ah, the Iraq War. Great opportunity to do bid-ness, Houston-style. It's all fun and games until the FBI gets involved, though. Houston-based EGL, also known as Eagle Global Logistics, has agreed to pay the federal government $750,000 to settle allegations that they bribed employees of KBR (Hallibu ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008

    Soldier Suicides

    Surviving our War on Terror calls for more than an ability to dodge bullets and IEDs

  • Culture

    August 21, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal: Teach the Gangbangers Respect

    Of late, even a cursory perusal of the B-section of the Houston Chronicle reveals a disturbing trend. Gang crime, of the most odious sort. In today’s paper alone, there are accounts of three MS-13 members accused of stabbing Ernesto Garcia to death on Wednesday. Three other gangbangers shot up a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2008

    Slideshow: "What We Think Now," by Jonathan Hollingsworth

    Click here for a slideshow. Photographer Jonathan Hollingsworth traveled from San Francisco to Orange County, in California, with a stack of poster-board in hand. Along the way he stopped and asked people to write their opinions on the current war in Iraq. Then he took photos of the people holding ... More >>

  • Film

    March 27, 2008

    Apolitical Theater in Stop-Loss

    Iraq war movie does its best not to mention the war

  • Music

    October 18, 2007
  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Anthony Arnove

    Author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal speaks at Rothko Chapel

  • Film

    September 20, 2007

    In the Valley of Elah

    Don't let Paul Haggis's heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007

    Drenched In Blog: We Wanna Get High, So High

    Hey all you trust-fund hippies, zonked-out hillbillies and confused stoner-rock doods: It’s time to pack up the Mystery Machine (and the bong) for Freedom Fest ’07, starring Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel and Houston’s Carolyn Wonderland.. Yes, tonight in Austin we can all share in our lov ... More >>

  • Film

    February 1, 2007

    Dissent for Sale

    Opposition is a Commodity in Sundance Docs.

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2006

    Pick a Side

    What? Were you expecting something controversial? All the endless debating about the Iraq War wearing you down? How about gay marriage? Do you even care anymore? And when was the last time you heard someone say anything new about immigration? Sounds like you're suffering from Big Issue Fatigue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Take That, Osama!

    Stop that grinnin', camel. Normangee's on to you. We know America can be a tense place, what with the looming threat of a terrorist attack and a war in Iraq. And it's clear that any symbol of the Middle East — dark men with beards, women in burqas, terrorists — is enough to send certa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 8, 2006

    Seeking Asylum

    FrenetiCore's new show is all-out Bedlam

  • News

    January 5, 2006

    Don't Ask, Don't Be

    A Houston-area man leads the fight against the ban on gays in the military

  • Home Entertainment

    December 15, 2005

    Virtual Quagmire

    The Army's realistic first-person shooter bogs down under fire

  • News

    March 17, 2005

    Applause Time

    Houston Press writers are finalists in two journalism contests

  • News

    December 2, 2004

    Gambling on Iraq

    Hundreds of Houstonians have signed up for wartime jobs with KBR. The hefty paychecks come with a scary, bloody price.

  • Film

    June 10, 2004

    The Whole Truth?

    Inside Al-Jazeera, journalists tell a familiar story unfamiliarly

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Weapons of Mass Distraction

    At Miami's Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up dance music while the U.S. blows up Iraq

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • News

    February 13, 2003

    Protesting Peace

    Plus: Been There, Din That; No Smut Glut; Cursory Check

  • Culture

    January 30, 2003

    The Art of War

    The MFAH presents "Afghanistan: A Timeless History." What's next -- "Iraqis Are People Too"?

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