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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Cliff Schecter and Jennifer Abrahamson

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On Sunday, December 24 we're pleased to have a special Christmas Eve edition of the FDL Book Salon hosted by cable news wonder and YouTube phenom Cliff Schecter.  We'll be welcoming author Jennifer Abrahamson, who will be discussing her book Sweet Relief: The Marla Ruzicka Story.  Marla was a humanitarian aid worker killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in April of 2005 at the age of 28: 

Prior to launching the project in Iraq, she was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ruzicka worked with the San Francisco-based human rights organization Global Exchange to pressure the US government to set up a fund for Afghan families harmed in Operation Enduring Freedom. She arrived in Kabul only a few days after the Taliban were removed from power. In Afghanistan, she conducted a survey on the military campaign effects on Afghan civilians to apply for compensation and aid.

In July 2002, Ruzicka began working with USAID and the Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate money to rebuild the homes of families that had suffered losses as a result of military action. After receiving CIVIC's first report, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) sponsored legislation to provide $10 million in U.S. aid to innocent Iraqis who had been harmed by the US military. He said of the activist: "Marla Ruzicka is out there saying, 'Wait, everybody. Here is what is really happening. You'd better know about this.' We have whistle blowers in industry. Maybe sometimes we need whistle blowers in foreign policy.

Please join us for a special holiday edition of the FDL Book Salon to discuss the life and times of this courageous woman whose compasion and courage are an inspiration.

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FDL Book Salon Welcomes Cliff Schecter and Jennifer Abrahamson

141691778001_aa240_sclzzzzzzz_v66408016_.jpg

On Sunday, December 24 we're pleased to have a special Christmas Eve edition of the FDL Book Salon hosted by cable news wonder and YouTube phenom Cliff Schecter.  We'll be welcoming author Jennifer Abrahamson, who will be discussing her book Sweet Relief: The Marla Ruzicka Story.  Marla was a humanitarian aid worker killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in April of 2005 at the age of 28: 

Prior to launching the project in Iraq, she was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ruzicka worked with the San Francisco-based human rights organization Global Exchange to pressure the US government to set up a fund for Afghan families harmed in Operation Enduring Freedom. She arrived in Kabul only a few days after the Taliban were removed from power. In Afghanistan, she conducted a survey on the military campaign effects on Afghan civilians to apply for compensation and aid.

In July 2002, Ruzicka began working with USAID and the Senate Appropriations Committee to allocate money to rebuild the homes of families that had suffered losses as a result of military action. After receiving CIVIC's first report, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) sponsored legislation to provide $10 million in U.S. (more…)

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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