REPORTS – LIFE IN
Hundreds of Iraqi journalists paid their respects to the head of the press syndicate Shihab al-Temimi from the syndicate’s building in al-Wazieriya neighborhood in central
Audio: Poorest in
Sectarian violence has forced millions of Iraqis from their homes. An estimated 2.5 million cannot afford to cross the border and flee from one troubled region to the next. Aid workers say the internally displaced are not getting the help they desperately need.
The number of women in Falluja that were widowed after 2003 is at least 5000. These figures imply that since April 2003 until February 2008, 86 women a month (almost 3 women a day) were widowed, according to a recent survey conducted by the
…..From his side, Ali Ghazal, head of follow-up and coordination department at Al-Kher Charity Association in Falluja, told VOI "After the occupation, battles and violence created a vast amount of widowed women that live in the city under very bad conditions," adding "for this reason, we formed Al-Kher Charity Association to provide any possible assistance to widowed women in Falluja. Our role does not exceed delivering and distributing aids, such as foodstuff, clothes, and others, supplied by other humanitarian organizations to widowed women in Falluja."
Video: This Is Baghdad
We started at the top, taking in the view from some of the highest rooftops in the city.
The American invasion came as a last chance to start again, even if late. But as they say, better late than never. I thought we could compensate for the lost decade of our lives. But all the dreams were shattered again when we had to leave our home in north
Dressed in black and green stripes and carrying colourful banners, at least seven million Shiite Muslims, including the Iraqi vice president, commemorated Thursday the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of prophet Mohammed, in the southern city of
When he said it, our Iraqi staff chuckled. Yes the unidentified bodies in
Security forces captured three women for distributing poisonous food in
School Opening Sign of Progress
"The children are the future of
Al-Hayat notes that some of the Sunni areas on the
Hundreds of Kurdish students, denouncing the military offensive launched by the Turkish army against Kurdish guerrillas inside
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
A parliamentary investigation committee will head for Kurdistan soon to assess damages and losses due to the Turkish military operations in northern
Pressure is mounting on the so-called ‘Awakening Councils’ from inside the government and their avowed enemy al-Qaeda. These councils include tens of thousands of tribal Sunni fighters who the
The Falluja Awakening Council fighters are being infiltrated by al-Qaeda elements, the chief of local police said on Wednesday. “Police forces and the Awakening Council fighters came under several armed attacks during the past two months because of the security infiltrations inside the council’s fighters,” he explained. He called on the Awakening Councils to coordinate with Iraqi security forces, mainly in providing them with accurate information on their new fighters.
U.S.-backed Sunni volunteer forces, which have played a vital role in reducing violence in Iraq, are increasingly frustrated with the American military and the Iraqi government over what they see as a lack of recognition of their growing political clout and insufficient
A spokesman for the bloc, Nassar Rubaie, denounced the council's decision as a form of dictatorship. He said his group was considering calling for sit-ins and a general strike in protest. The presidency council has not said which of its three members objected to the law. However, Sadrist politicians have blamed the decision on one of the vice-presidents, Adel Abdulmahdi, who is a senior figure in a rival Shia party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. The draft law would have paved the way for provincial elections. Its rejection is being seen as setback in the process of reconciling Iraqi factions.
Lawmakers in northern
IRAQ: Mahdi Army ceasefire announcement boosts peace, security
The security situation in Iraq is set to improve further after powerful Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr announced a six-month extension to his militia's unilateral ceasefire on 22 February, analysts said. This bodes well for the economy, ordinary civilians, some two million internally displaced persons, and over two million refugees living abroad, who may now begin to trickle back home. Al-Sadr's Mahdi Army was formed in the turbulent months following the US-led invasion in 2003, and launched two major uprisings against US-led forces in 2004. "This step has multiple advantages for al-Sadr. It enables him to present himself as a political figure interested in reducing violence for all Iraqis, and as a more popular alternative to other Shia rivals," said Abdul-Hadi Nasser Joda who lectures in international law at the
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hailed success in national reconciliation on Thursday as he joined millions of Shiite Muslims at a holy ceremony in the shrine city of
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
[Simple answers to simple questions: YES – dancewater]
AN armed group holding five Britons captive in
The Pentagon has paid more than $40 million to Iraqis whose family members were accidentally killed or their property destroyed by coalition military action since the beginning of 2005, according to interviews and documents that provide a glimpse into the extent of continuing civilian casualties in the conflict. The condolence payments are meant to mitigate anger against the
EU officials concluded talks with
"The agreement comes as part of the EU's plan to support and assist
Audio: Bombing Probe Leads to
President Bush's leading nemesis in the Middle East, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, begins a two-day state visit to
The U.S. Treasury froze assets of four Syrians on Thursday saying they facilitated the flow of money, weapons and terrorists through
Psychologist and expert witness at Abu Ghraib trials releases new images and asks: are we too all capable of that kind of abuse? Horrific new images of abuse at Abu Ghraib have been released by an expert witness in the trial of one of the guards involved, but even more disturbing is his claim that we are all capable of such torture. A grisly slideshow of the new photographs, alongside previously released images, was put together by the psychologist Philip Zimbardo. The slideshow has been published by Wired alongside a chilling interview with Zimbardo (warning: you may find the images disturbing). He was an expert witness in the defence of Sergeant Chip Frederick, one of the most senior guards charged with torturing Iraqi prisoners. In 1971 Zimbardo conducted a notorious psychological experiment about ordinary people's capacity for cruelty. The Standford prison study had to be stopped because of the levels of abuse that volunteers, acting as guards, began to mete out against volunteers acting as prisoners.
We've been in conflict for about half the period between World War II and the present but consider ourselves a "peace-loving" nation. Americans love to think that we're a peaceful people and that we fight wars only when we must. Unfortunately, you can count in nanoseconds how long those assertions hold up when exposed to such insidious commie dirty tricks as the application of logic or the examination of empirical history. Sure, any war can be spun as some necessity against some Very Bad Person, preferably of brown skin, slanted eyes and/or differing deity. Not only can any war be so spun, probably every war there ever was has been, at least since the days when governments had to start offering some justification or another for their little foreign adventures. But pick your barometer -- any one will work -- and you'll quickly see who the militant folks on the planet really are. For
One of the favorite methods of the current administration is a false dilemma. This is when only two choices are given when, in reality, there are more options. Right after 9/11 you heard, “You are either with us or against us,” in the fight against terrorism. Actually, countries can be both against terrorism and not an ally of the
During the Gulf war against Saddam the town's two bridges over the
Iraqi refugees who are running out of money in
Refugees International praised the decision by the Lebanese government to legally recognize thousands of Iraqis seeking refuge there and release hundreds of Iraqis in detention. Last week, the Lebanese government announced the new program, which will allow Iraqis a three-month grace period to find an employer to sponsor them and legalize their status in the country through a work permit. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that the decision should help about two-thirds of the adult Iraqi refugee population.
An Iraqi family is seeking compensation in court from
In a major address, Noam Chomsky says there has been little change in the conventional debate over a
There's no doubt in my mind that the
So what did the Republicans say? "They had two reactions," Stiglitz says wearily. "One was Bush saying, 'We don't go to war on the calculations of green eye-shaded accountants or economists.' And our response was, 'No, you don't decide to fight a response to
The request is familiar to American ears: "Bring them home." But in
Iraq's Kurds deserve better neighbours
"The PKK is the result of and not the reason for Turkish actions," was the curt message from the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Masoud Barzani, when a British parliamentary delegation visited him shortly before Turkish troops crossed into Iraq late on Thursday 21 February. For decades, Turkish governments have denied the rights of the country's Kurds. This more than anything has fuelled the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Addressing that issue would surely be better than infringing the sovereignty of the most successful part of
Quote of the day: All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal. ~
John Steinbeck, "Once There Was A War" 1943