Well done to designer Melanie Patrick.

The ‘Gross Miscalculation’ infographic on Iraq death toll has made the ‘Information Is Beautiful’ Awards shortlist.

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The designer is Melanie Patrick, and the entry is called ‘Gross Miscalculation’.

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1/25th of all Iraq War fatalities have occurred in the last 6 months?

According to this article in the Guardian newspaper, one of many newspapers which uncritically and editorially accepts the IBC figure of 100,000 – 120,000 killed by violence since 2003, there have been 4,000 deaths since April of this year in Iraq.

Amid worst violence since 2008, many fear country is returning to same level of killing that drove it to brink of civil war…


A wave of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 53 people on Sunday. The recent increase in violence, the worst since 2008, has raised fears that the country is returning to the level of killing that pushed it to the brink of civil war after the 2003 US-led invasion. More than 4,000 people have died since the start of April, including 804 just in August, according to the UN.

So let’s just ‘do the math’:

100,000 total / 4,000 since April = 25.

So, according to the oft-repeated calculus that the death toll in Iraq after 10 years of war and a full blown invasion by a military coalition of the most powerful armies in all history followed by a protracted civil war could very easily be the same or lower than the death toll from 2 years of sectarian fighting in Syria, that same calculus would seem to indicate that as many as 1 in 25 of the victims of the Iraq War have lost their lives in the last 6 months…?

Professor, can we start back at the beginning again?

My sums hurt.

And the violence continues…

At least 14 killed in car bombs in Baghdad:

Five car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 80, Iraqi police sources said, with one attack close to the “green zone” diplomatic complex.

One bomb exploded just 200-300 metres outside Baghdad’s international zone, close to Iraq’s foreign ministry, killing four and wounding 12 people, the sources said.

The central zone is a highly fortified area of the capital housing western embassies including the US mission. The nearby foreign ministry has been a frequent target of attacks.

Iraq is experiencing some of its worst violence since US troops left 18 months ago, with Sunni Islamist militants including al-Qaida waging an insurgency against the Shia-led government.

Multiple car bombs explode each week, killing scores of people, and the government has launched a security crackdown to try to round up suspected militants.

Thursday’s attacks targeted districts in central, eastern, northern and southern Baghdad, including Shia areas, police said. One bomb, on a trailer carrying gas cylinders in al-Shurta al-Rabaa district, killed four and wounded 18.