Data Dump Friday – Just Three this Week Plus a Cleanup of the Censorship Page

Hi. I've now put all the State Department public opinion polls conducted in Iraq during 2005 up on the conflict data page. I've also cleaned up the censorship page after I realized that its organization is worse than the organization on the conflict data page. And, yes, I should unite the two pages since there … Continue reading Data Dump Friday – Just Three this Week Plus a Cleanup of the Censorship Page

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Secret Data Sunday – Iraq Family Health Survey

The WHO-sponsored Iraq Family Health Survey (IFHS) led to a nice publication in the New England Journal of Medicine that came complete with an editorial puff piece extolling its virtues.  According to the NEJM website this publication has generated 60 citations and we're still counting.   If you cast a net wider than just medical publications then the  citation count … Continue reading Secret Data Sunday – Iraq Family Health Survey

The Torture Trial

I'm mesmerized by this New York Times article which shows video footage of key people testifying under oath about the US post 9/11 torture program, also known as "enhanced interrogation".  The most interesting bits are the testimony of military psychologists John Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell. The two psychologists — whom C.I.A. officials have called … Continue reading The Torture Trial

Data Dump Friday – A Film of Cats Doing Funny Things plus Somewhere Between 1 and 16 New Iraq Public Opinion Datasets

This is a great clip. Moreover, I've updated the conflict data page as is my custom on Fridays. It's hard to quantify how much is new in these additions. There is one file designated "STATE MEDIA - All Data".  Then there are a bunch of files with titles like "Media - Wasit", Media - Salah Ad … Continue reading Data Dump Friday – A Film of Cats Doing Funny Things plus Somewhere Between 1 and 16 New Iraq Public Opinion Datasets

How Many People were Killed in the Libyan Conflict – Some field work that raises more questions than it answers

Hana Salama asked me for an opinion on this article. I had missed it but it is, potentially, interesting to me so I am happy to oblige her. I've now absorbed it but find myself even more puzzled than I was after reading that Syria survey I blogged on a few weeks back.  Again, it looks like some … Continue reading How Many People were Killed in the Libyan Conflict – Some field work that raises more questions than it answers

Secret Data Sunday – BBC Edition Part 2 – Data Journalism without Data

Last week I described my initial attempt to obtain some Iraq survey data from the BBC. You can skip the long back story that explains my interest in these data sets if you want.  In short, though, these award-winning polls played an important role in establishing the historical record for the latest Iraq war but they … Continue reading Secret Data Sunday – BBC Edition Part 2 – Data Journalism without Data