Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former TV show host Phil Donahue before the screening of his documentary, Body of War. (Long Island Press/Rashed Mian)Talk show icon Phil Donahue railed against the Iraq War and blasted the media during a screening in Manhattan last week of his documentary Body of War, an emotionally powerful film mixing politics with the tragedies of an illegitimate conflict.Produced by Donahue and Ellen Spiro, the documentary highlights the plight of Tomas Young, an American serviceman who was shot only five days into his first tour of Iraq in 2004. The gunshot left Young with a debilitating injury that has paralyzed him from the nipples down, and has drained him of life. Young, a paraplegic for the past nine years who is now in hospice care as a result of his worsening condition, recently announced he will refuse further medical treatment and give up the fight.The 33-year-old, therefore, will soon be dead.Donahue, always a fierce opponent the war, spoke of Young and Body of War with the passion and energy that made him one of America’s most popular TV personalities during his decorated nearly half-century-long career in broadcasting. He was forced out of the industry in 2003 by MSNBC after voicing disgust about the Iraq War on-air; the ousting came despite his show being the network’s highest-rated at the time.Donahue hasn’t lost his edge, nor his desire, to shed light on the devastating impacts of the war—nor the politicians who voted to give then-President George W. Bush the power to invade Iraq.“I do feel the media betrayed the country and most of media would agree with me,” Donahue said during an interview at the Culture Project, a theater on Bleecker Street, before the screening. “It’s awfully hard for a media to finesse this, every major metropolitan newspaper in this country supported the invasion of Iraq.”Donahue met Young for the first time in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland, as Young was “lying there totally wacked out on morphine,” he said; Young’s injuries the result of an insurgent ambush in Sadr City.The documentary—and a scathing letter, dubbed “The Last Letter,” which Young wrote to Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney and was published on the website Truthdig—has recently put Young’s story back in the spotlight.Young blasted Bush and Cheney in the letter for their “cowardice and selfishness,” noting how they both found a way to escape the battlefield, yet condemn countless servicemen and women and innocent Iraqis to death. He also accused them of war crimes:I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.The invasion of Iraq killed 4,486 Americans between 2003 and 2012, according to iCasualties.org. Countless other soldiers were seriously injured on the battlefield or still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other life-changing injuries.Body of War chronicles Young’s journey, taking viewers inside the daily toils of a war veteran who struggles to even put on his pants or urinate on his own. Young relies on a cocktail of pills to keep him alive.“It turns the whole family upside-down,” said Donahue, “and what we see…is a drama playing itself out in thousands of homes in this country that Americans never see.”Young has “decided he’s had it,” added Donahue. “He really worked hard, he wanted to live, and he’s decided he’s going to die.”Donahue, like Young, believes the Bush Administration should be prosecuted for war crimes. But he’s not naive enough to think it will ever happen.“The presidency is too important to Americans to fail,” he said. “And the American people could not emotionally—in this moment in the history of our nation—the population would not emotionally tolerate a president in the dock for war crimes, so that’s a reality that I accept.“I’m also hesitant to call them liars [regarding the non-existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was the main justification for the Iraqi invasion],” he added. “Honestly, I think they believe what they were doing, but I think the major motive was: They wanted to go to war.”Young, who enlisted in the Army two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, admits in the letter that had he suffered the same injury in Afghanistan he wouldn’t have spent the last nine years lashing out at the government:Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.For more on Body of War and locations where you can see it, click here.
Bart Hanley and Michael O’Sullivan hit first half goals to help the Royals to a 2-7 to 1-6 half-time lead, with Ciaran Reid hitting Armagh’s goal. Meath pushed on after the break, with Barry Slevin adding a third goal as they strode to a 14 points victory. Press Association Meath cruised to a 3-18 to 1-10 win over Armagh to maintain a fine start to the NHL Division 2B campaign with a fifth success in as many games.
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIn March, the Brazilian went to Uganda to help Bellator fighter Justin Wren and his Fight for the Forgotten, an initiative he started to help empower people who don’t have a voice, from those effected by water crises to those bullied in their own neighborhoods and schools. Cyborg helped Wren and his team install two water wells to ensure those in the country have safe drinking water.”I think it’s very important to give back,” Cyborg told Sporting News. “I think when you’re blessed like I am, you have to share your blessings. When God blesses you, you cannot just not give back. You have to have those blessings to help people and give them hope. It motivates me. It’s not just about a fight. I think fighting is a good reason for me to share my faith and use my fame to help people. I want to use my platform. A lot of people watch my fights. I want to be a good example because if you set a good example, you touch a lot of kids and people’s hearts.”After completing the mission, Cyborg headed back to her home state of California with a plan to head back to Africa in June. She would go to South Africa to train, even though she didn’t have a fight lined up. Everything changed at the end of May when it was revealed Cyborg would return to take on Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 240.She could have postponed the trip until after the fight and finished her camp in her comfort zone. Instead, Cyborg made the trip and completed her camp in Johannesburg. For the 34-year-old, it was a worthwhile excursion. It showed that, even though she’s a world-class athlete, it’s more important to show people there’s more to life than fighting.”A lot of young kids train MMA over there,” Cyborg said. “I like to learn. Every fight, I like to go somewhere different. I’ve gone to Thailand and other places. I learn something from every fight. They have a good team over there, and I really enjoyed the time. Being over there motivated me because not only did I learn some new things I can put into this fight, I was able to show some of my tricks and wisdom to these kids who really enjoy MMA.”It’s about giving back to help the future, and I’m blessed and fortunate to be in the position to where I can help people.”In her first video blog heading into UFC 240, Cyborg rewatched the fight with Nunes on her phone. One would assume it would be difficult to watch considering the result.Not for Cyborg. She knew what she was getting into when she entered mixed martial arts and made her professional debut in May 2005. Sometimes the end result isn’t what you wanted — but only because it could be part of a bigger plan down the line.”I always have in my mind before the fight that you can either win or lose,” Cyborg said. “I started doing sports when I was 12. The one thing I learned was when you do sports, you have to understand winning and losing. You cannot think about having in your mind that you will win forever and are never going to lose. It happens. It wasn’t my day against Amanda. Maybe it was in God’s plan to lose the fight. I was sad in my heart for a minute after the fight. But I think God has an amazing plan for me. I believe that.”I work really hard. I train really hard for all my fights. For that fight, it was the same thing. I know there’s a 50 percent chance I win and a 50 percent chance I lose,” Cyborg said. “On that day, Amanda caught me. It happens. Every fighter has to know that. If you know that it’s a dangerous sport, you will one day and one day you will lose.”MORE: How to bet on Max Holloway vs. Frankie EdgarUFC 240 is the final fight on Cyborg’s contract with the organization. There has been a lot of discussion on what’s next for Cyborg. UFC President Dana White has said she doesn’t want to face Nunes again — which Cyborg has refuted in the past. Cris “Cyborg” Justino could have sulked and shied away from the world after her shocking loss to Amanda Nunes in 51 seconds at UFC 232 at the end of December.Many would have understood if she had chosen that route. In a flash, her 21-fight unbeaten streak had evaporated, the women’s featherweight title was no longer hers and the mystique of being perhaps the baddest woman on the planet — and the greatest female fighter of all time — was no more. To Cyborg, none of it mattered as she got ready for a mission bigger than stepping inside the Octagon. Could this be the final time she fights in the UFC?”You just to have focus on what you can control,” Cyborg said. “I control my fight on Saturday. I’m going to fight on Saturday. I cannot control people lying. I cannot control people talking about me and what they are saying. Why worry about something I cannot control?”I know myself. My fans know who I am. Saturday, I’m going to fight. I’m very excited about the fight. I’m very blessed for this opportunity. I don’t think about anything else. I just think about the fight on Saturday. After the fight, my team is going to work on what’s going to be the next opportunity for me.”
The bereaved family of a gold miner, whose body was recently discovered with multiple chop wounds at Puruni Landing, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), are shocked at the incident and are calling for a thorough investigation to be launched by Police.Dead: Kelvin Royo, called “Bayley”The body of 52-year-old Kelvin Royo, called “Bayley” of Ann’s Grove Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was found on October 1. The man’s body bore wounds to his head, back and throat. Guyana Times was told that he was killed sometime between September 30 and October 1.Speaking with this newspaper on Tuesday, the dead man’s wife, Shonette Andrews, said the family is still trying to come to grips with the shocking revelations surrounding her husband’s gruesome death.According to Andrews, it was the first time that her husband spent more than eight months away from his family.The visibly distressed woman said she is not sure of what transpired but was only told of his death after her son received a text message from a friend informing him of his father’s death.“I was sleeping when my son wake me up and told me how someone send a text and tell him how his father got chopped up after that I saw the picture of him laying with chops all over his body. I don’t know what happened, I can’t say,” the grieving woman said.Grieving Shonette Andrews still trying to come to grips with the death of her husbandAndrews noted that her eldest son, who was also in the interior with his father, had only returned home two days prior to the incident.“When my son came out, I asked him for his father and he told me that he will be coming out in two days’ time since he wanted to make some more money before he comes out. However, after the two days pass, my children started asking for him and we tried calling but we didn’t get him.”She said that her husband’s body was supposed to be flown out of the interior on Tuesday for the post-mortem examination but added that there were some delays. The body is expected to arrive in the city today for the PM at Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary.Additionally, she noted that her husband’s uncle has since gone into the area to gather more information. Police have since launched an investigation.