Photo: Iraqi Christians attend mass at a church in
REPORTS – LIFE IN
Together with tens of thousands more displaced by ongoing military operations, and more than one million by the abuses of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, this leads to a total of nearly 1.9 million people currently estimated to be displaced within Iraq. In addition, some 2 million Iraqis fled to neighbouring countries as of March 2007. Four years after the toppling of the former regime, a new wave of violence and human rights abuses has left large numbers of people dead and caused mass population displacement at an unprecedented scale. Sectarian and generalised violence has been acute in mixed areas, particularly in
New plant diseases, attacks by occupation forces and escalating fuel prices are strangling farmers in Diyala province. Prior to the U.S.-led invasion of March 2003, farmers in Baquba, the capital city of Diyala province 40 km northeast of Baghdad, struggled with plant diseases they believed were caused by bombs dropped during the U.S.-led war against Iraq in 1991. Trees were infested with white fruit fly, aphids and plant louse, and there was a shortage of water for irrigation. The directorate-general of agriculture used helicopters to spread insecticide. After the invasion, the situation has worsened. Helicopter spraying seems unthinkable. "With helicopters large distances can be sprayed in one stroke," Aboud Ibrahim, a 55-year-old local farmer told IPS. "In the case of white fruit fly, when a farmer sprays the insecticide, the disease can move back to his farm again from the neighbouring farm within six hours. This is why simultaneous treatment of all farms is so efficient." Helicopters now mean something else. "Helicopters and fighters of the coalition forces attack farmers who work at night on their farms," said a local farmer who did not want to be named. "Due to the water quotas, farmers are forced to water their farms even at night. Some farmers have been shot in firing by coalition forces. Farmers would rather neglect their farms than risk death."
"The number of people who visited
Gunmen kidnapped the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of
Haroun Muhammad, in his regular op-ed in Al-Quds al-Arabi, says the Ahmedinejad visit to
- He deserves to be punished, but I think people are more concerned with getting better basic services, than who is going to be the next dead body.
- He did a bad thing but he was a human being as well. So let's hope it's handled better than the way they executed Saddam Hussein, that was very bad.
- I am against the death penalty. This man is a criminal - even before Anfal - and he should pay for what he did. But whether he's executed or not, I don't think it will make much difference. The sort of hatred that led him to do what he did still exists. There are still people who believe in exterminating others for ethnic or religious reasons.
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
Thousands of members of neighborhood police units have stopped work in one of
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Friday welcomed
The country, still largely controlled and secured by the
Baghdad Mayor Saber al-Aisawi has asked Iranian firms’ help to upgrade level of municipal services in the capital. The mayor has signed a joint agreement with
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
The Turkish military says all its troops have withdrawn from northern
The White House on Friday called
The families of five British men held hostage in
Must be willing to relocate to
Jeremy Scahill reports Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will not “rule out” using private military companies like Blackwater Worldwide in
The Egyptian foreign minister said his country will send a team to
For all the talk of Sen. Barack Obama's delicate treatment by the news media and his airy rhetoric, it is Sen. John McCain who is getting the free pass on
And so the point Im making is, if YOU don’t know about MY country’s politics, why SHOULD I, be interested in yours? I only said that to get on his nerves and make him regret talking to me in the first place. Well, no, no, you should care, he said. I shook my head, look, be it Obama, McCain, or Clinton, they are ALL the same for me. Be it a black man, a white woman, or a yellow transvestite, I don’t care. I honestly don’t cuz at the end of the day, none of them can fix whats broken. And Iraq IS broken. If they pull the troops, we are doomed, if they keep the troops we are doomed. Solution is not in their hands anymore. It used to be one day, but they missed that train. They either missed the train, or they skipped the train, Im still debating that with myself.
The solution is with none other than the Iraqis themselves. Surge or no surge, it stopped making a difference. Kinda like making chocolate mouse. Key ingredient is using COLD CREAM. If you use room temperature cream instead, no matter how much you beat it, it will never end up as fluffy as the cold cream, hence you end up with something other than mousse, more like a pudding. So no, Im not gonna lose any sleep over the elections. He sipped his green bean coffee, shook his head and walked away. Yaaaaaaaay, finally... And by the way that’s not just MY opinion, ask any “ordinary” Iraqi working with me about the
One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in
Quote of the day: We may be a nation that goes shopping after the terrorists strike, we may have more to fear from obesity than Osama bin Laden, but suddenly it’s an election year and we, or at least the media, are preoccupied with threats to our security that have the complexity of comic-book bad guys. – Robert Koehler