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Noted Writings

by Philip Barron on September 18, 2008 · 0 comments

Dilemas, a new Spanish-language online publication by journalism students in Santiago, Chile, recently published a story on the LaVena Johnson matter written by its US correspondent, Fernando A. Torres. En espa

New profile of LaVena posted

by Philip Barron on September 2, 2008 · 2 comments

LaVena’s father, Dr. John H. Johnson, has submitted a profile of LaVena in order to provide a little more background on the kind of person she was as a daughter, a student, and a soldier. This essay has been posted on this website’s About page., on LaVena

by Philip Barron on August 12, 2008 · 1 comment

Two very different sources have weighed in this week on the LaVena Johnson story. At the website created by Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, writer and editor Brooke Shelby Biggs has posted “DISPATCH: Justice for LaVena”:
How on earth can the Army claim any credibility about bringing justice to far-flung war zones when it [...]

“The Pentagon’s Shameful Record on Rape”

by Philip Barron on August 10, 2008 · 0 comments

In the years since the death of Pfc. LaVena Johnson in Iraq and the beginning of the effort of her family to determine whether, as suspected, LaVena died as a result of sexual assault and murder, the most appalling revelation has been the emerging record of such crimes against women in the armed forces. Helen [...]

Truthdig on military sexual assault hearing

by Philip Barron on August 4, 2008 · 1 comment

Activist and retired Army Colonel Ann Wright has been indispensable to the effort to prompt a renewed investigation of the death in Iraq of Pfc. LaVena Johnson. She has also fought to make known the wider issue of murder and sexual assault of women in the armed forces. Col. Wright attended the recent hearings on [...]

LaVena post at Crooks & Liars

by Philip Barron on July 31, 2008 · 3 comments

Crooks & Liars returns to the story of PFC LaVena Johnson with a post by Logan Murphy:
Nicole and I have both written posts about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of PFC LaVena Johnson, and Democracy Now! had a heartbreaking interview with her family last week. LaVena