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Old August 18th 05, 02:46 AM
Hank
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http://counterpunch.org/whitney08152005.html


An Early End to the American Century
Failing in Iraq
By MIKE WHITNEY

There is no longer any possibility of the United States achieving its
objectives in Iraq.Whatever opportunity there might have been
following the initial invasion has been swept away by the abusive
treatment of detainees, the wanton slaughter of civilians, and the
systematic destruction of Iraqi society.

The war has entered a period of retrenchment; with both sides, firmly
committed to their own goals, doing whatever is within their power to
succeed. This situation will undoubtedly persist for a number of years
until the US is ultimately forced to withdraw.

The news from Iraq is invariably tragic. Civilian casualties are up
dramatically since the elections and there's no sign of them relenting
anytime in the near future. Similarly, the militia violence has
increased steadily as has the detention of Iraqi suspects, now
estimated to be around 40,000 prisoners.Casualties among American
servicemen have reached a new high at 1843 with the Marines taking the
brunt of the losses. These figures are bound to swell given that the
number of roadside bomb attacks has doubled to about 30 per week. Now,
it is not unusual to see 5 or 6 American servicemen killed in a day;
something that was extremely rare in the early months of the conflict.

The Army Surgeon General released a report two weeks ago confirming
that 30% of the soldiers returning from Iraq are suffering from mental
disorders. Also, the number of suicides among veterans is up markedly;
a distressing omen of things to come. The US will harvest another
generation of troubled veterans whose lives were ruined in a war of
choice. The number of suicide bombers has peaked in post-election
Iraq, with hundreds, if not thousands of young Jihadis swarming to
Iraq to fight the American occupation. It has become the cause celebre
among Arab nationalists and is fueling a resurgence in Muslim unity.
This revival, though still in its infant stage, is bound to flourish
as long as the United States occupies Iraq with combat troops and
military bases.

Recent polls show that public support for the war is seriously
weakening. In March 2004, 65 percent of Americans supported the
decision to wage war in Iraq.In the latest Gallup poll, support has
sagged to 44 percent. This downward spiral is reflected in every
important area related to the war including George Bush's personal
popularity and trustworthiness. The numbers show that Americans are
now feeling "Iraq fatigue" as well as a growing wariness with the
Commander-in-chief.

The polls also verify that the public sees a connection between Iraq
and the bombings in London. Since the subway attacks, many
terror-experts have confirmed that the war in Iraq has become a
rallying cry for Islamic fighters and has increased the probability of
an attack at home. 57% of Americans now believe that they are "less
safe" than they were before the war.The rhetoric from the White House
has done little to relieve the fears of the average American.

It's clear that the "clash of civilizations" that both Bin Laden and
George Bush so devoutly sought appears to be materializing. America's
unholy war has created a breeding-ground for the next generation of
terrorists and moved us all closer to a decades-long conflict and a
reshaping of the geopolitical landscape.The incidents of violence
against Muslims in England are up 600% since 2004, and the Blair
government continues to feed the public fear of radical Islam.The
Prime Minister is executing a strategy of victimizing Muslims to
undermine long-held commitments to human rights.Blair's assault on
Islamic extremism is a carefully choreographed public relations scheme
to eviscerate basic civil liberties provided under English law.

The Bush administration's effort to cast Iraq as a part of the broader
war on terror has proved to be hopelessly flawed. In last week's press
conference, Bush reiterated the themes that are now used exclusively
to justify the occupation. In less than 30 minutes, Bush used the term
"terrorist" 15 times, "hateful ideology" 3 times and "enemies of
freedom" twice. "A free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will
deliver a serious blow to their hateful ideology" (We are fighting)
"the enemies of freedom" "We're also fighting the murderous ideology,
the hateful ideology of the terrorists, and we're doing so by
spreading freedom," Bush opined.

The precipitous decline in support for the war indicates that the Bush
strategy of fear mongering is no longer working. Once the deceptions
that underscore the war on terror begin to vanish, there's little
chance that the administration will be able to elicit the support
needed to continue the conflict. Bush's demagoguery has been further
challenged by the recent video of bin Laden's chief- lieutenant, Eyman
al-Zawahiri.Al-Zawahiri's statement was a straightforward explanation
of Al Qaida's objectives:"Our message to you is clear, strong and
final: there will be no salvation until you withdraw from our land,
stop stealing our oil, and end your support for our corrupt leaders".

Regardless of al Zawahiri's alleged connection to 9-11, his demands
are reasonable and consistent with those of the vast majority of
American's who neither support occupation nor imperial adventurism. Al
Zawahiri's statement was just another body-blow to Washington's
propaganda campaign and to the illusion that Muslims are
freedom-hating fanatics.

Despite the administration's efforts, the conflict in Iraq will
continue to unravel. The ever-shifting rationale for the war has been
picked-apart by critics and summarily discredited. Similarly, public
support is in irreversible decline and will inevitably cause greater
disruptions at home. The occupation may persist for 10 years or so,
but there is no longer any realistic expectation for an American victory.

The goal of establishing an American colony in the Middle East has
fallen on hard-times exposing the nation to the possibility of ruin in
the process. For Washington powerbrokers and policy-makers even the
thought of failure in Iraq is too grim to contemplate. The withdrawal
of combat troops would put the second largest supply of oil in the
world in the hands of an Islamic government which would quickly grow
into a major player in the region and compete openly with rival
Israel. Withdrawal would also hasten the expected switch in currencies
from dollars to petro-euros; a change that would signal the end of
America's economic dominance through control of the world's reserve
currency.

The US would be forced to face the $8 trillion debt that currently
underwrites the "greenback" and deal with the economy-busting
hyper-inflation that would quickly ensue. If creditor nations suddenly
decided to dump their US currency and bonds and move to oil-backed
assets, the US economy would go into freefall. It is impossible to
calculate the magnitude of the catastrophe for the American people.

This suggests that the Bush administration will carry on for as long
as possible; trying to cobble together a strategy that will allow them
to stay in Iraq controlling both the oil and the political process.
But as the Iraqi resistance grows in strength and daring, and as
public support continues to erode, there's little chance that the
administration will be able to avoid the looming disaster.

The American Century is now looking like it may be abbreviated to 10
or 15 years at the most. The New World Order, built on the rubble of
Falluja and on the tortured victims of Abu Ghraib, is being
progressively dismantled by the grit and resolve of the Iraqi
resistance fighting to restore their nation's sovereignty and
independence. It appears increasingly likely that their struggle will
succeed.







--


http://www.commondreams.org/
http://www.truthout.org/
http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/
http://counterpunch.org/
http://responsiblewealth.org/
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pol/80315675.html

In September and October 2003, McClellan said he had spoken
directly with Rove about the matter and that "he was not
involved" in leaking Plame's identity to the news media.
McClellan said at the time: "The president knows that Karl
Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion"
and "It's not true."
Yet another in the endless stirng of bu$h's lies.

"We argued, as did the security services in this country,
that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the
threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners
have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such
warnings." Respect MP George Galloway 7-7-05

"They are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And
there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to
take... men with blind hatred and armed with lethal weapons
who are capable of any atrocity... they respect no laws of
warfare or morality."
-bu$h describing his own illegal invasion of Iraq.
http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
a walk in the park. AFAIK, No one died or even lost any blood."
-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook and blatant liar, on the rape,
torture and murder at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0512-10.htm

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf Hitler

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

Don't let bu$h do to the United States what his very close
friend and top campaign contributor, Ken Lay, did to Enron...
  #2  
Old August 18th 05, 02:46 AM
Lester Long
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cha ching!

Must be up to $80-$90!


"Hank" wrote in message
...

http://counterpunch.org/whitney08152005.html


An Early End to the American Century
Failing in Iraq
By MIKE WHITNEY

There is no longer any possibility of the United States achieving its
objectives in Iraq.Whatever opportunity there might have been
following the initial invasion has been swept away by the abusive
treatment of detainees, the wanton slaughter of civilians, and the
systematic destruction of Iraqi society.

The war has entered a period of retrenchment; with both sides, firmly
committed to their own goals, doing whatever is within their power to
succeed. This situation will undoubtedly persist for a number of years
until the US is ultimately forced to withdraw.

The news from Iraq is invariably tragic. Civilian casualties are up
dramatically since the elections and there's no sign of them relenting
anytime in the near future. Similarly, the militia violence has
increased steadily as has the detention of Iraqi suspects, now
estimated to be around 40,000 prisoners.Casualties among American
servicemen have reached a new high at 1843 with the Marines taking the
brunt of the losses. These figures are bound to swell given that the
number of roadside bomb attacks has doubled to about 30 per week. Now,
it is not unusual to see 5 or 6 American servicemen killed in a day;
something that was extremely rare in the early months of the conflict.

The Army Surgeon General released a report two weeks ago confirming
that 30% of the soldiers returning from Iraq are suffering from mental
disorders. Also, the number of suicides among veterans is up markedly;
a distressing omen of things to come. The US will harvest another
generation of troubled veterans whose lives were ruined in a war of
choice. The number of suicide bombers has peaked in post-election
Iraq, with hundreds, if not thousands of young Jihadis swarming to
Iraq to fight the American occupation. It has become the cause celebre
among Arab nationalists and is fueling a resurgence in Muslim unity.
This revival, though still in its infant stage, is bound to flourish
as long as the United States occupies Iraq with combat troops and
military bases.

Recent polls show that public support for the war is seriously
weakening. In March 2004, 65 percent of Americans supported the
decision to wage war in Iraq.In the latest Gallup poll, support has
sagged to 44 percent. This downward spiral is reflected in every
important area related to the war including George Bush's personal
popularity and trustworthiness. The numbers show that Americans are
now feeling "Iraq fatigue" as well as a growing wariness with the
Commander-in-chief.

The polls also verify that the public sees a connection between Iraq
and the bombings in London. Since the subway attacks, many
terror-experts have confirmed that the war in Iraq has become a
rallying cry for Islamic fighters and has increased the probability of
an attack at home. 57% of Americans now believe that they are "less
safe" than they were before the war.The rhetoric from the White House
has done little to relieve the fears of the average American.

It's clear that the "clash of civilizations" that both Bin Laden and
George Bush so devoutly sought appears to be materializing. America's
unholy war has created a breeding-ground for the next generation of
terrorists and moved us all closer to a decades-long conflict and a
reshaping of the geopolitical landscape.The incidents of violence
against Muslims in England are up 600% since 2004, and the Blair
government continues to feed the public fear of radical Islam.The
Prime Minister is executing a strategy of victimizing Muslims to
undermine long-held commitments to human rights.Blair's assault on
Islamic extremism is a carefully choreographed public relations scheme
to eviscerate basic civil liberties provided under English law.

The Bush administration's effort to cast Iraq as a part of the broader
war on terror has proved to be hopelessly flawed. In last week's press
conference, Bush reiterated the themes that are now used exclusively
to justify the occupation. In less than 30 minutes, Bush used the term
"terrorist" 15 times, "hateful ideology" 3 times and "enemies of
freedom" twice. "A free Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will
deliver a serious blow to their hateful ideology" (We are fighting)
"the enemies of freedom" "We're also fighting the murderous ideology,
the hateful ideology of the terrorists, and we're doing so by
spreading freedom," Bush opined.

The precipitous decline in support for the war indicates that the Bush
strategy of fear mongering is no longer working. Once the deceptions
that underscore the war on terror begin to vanish, there's little
chance that the administration will be able to elicit the support
needed to continue the conflict. Bush's demagoguery has been further
challenged by the recent video of bin Laden's chief- lieutenant, Eyman
al-Zawahiri.Al-Zawahiri's statement was a straightforward explanation
of Al Qaida's objectives:"Our message to you is clear, strong and
final: there will be no salvation until you withdraw from our land,
stop stealing our oil, and end your support for our corrupt leaders".

Regardless of al Zawahiri's alleged connection to 9-11, his demands
are reasonable and consistent with those of the vast majority of
American's who neither support occupation nor imperial adventurism. Al
Zawahiri's statement was just another body-blow to Washington's
propaganda campaign and to the illusion that Muslims are
freedom-hating fanatics.

Despite the administration's efforts, the conflict in Iraq will
continue to unravel. The ever-shifting rationale for the war has been
picked-apart by critics and summarily discredited. Similarly, public
support is in irreversible decline and will inevitably cause greater
disruptions at home. The occupation may persist for 10 years or so,
but there is no longer any realistic expectation for an American victory.

The goal of establishing an American colony in the Middle East has
fallen on hard-times exposing the nation to the possibility of ruin in
the process. For Washington powerbrokers and policy-makers even the
thought of failure in Iraq is too grim to contemplate. The withdrawal
of combat troops would put the second largest supply of oil in the
world in the hands of an Islamic government which would quickly grow
into a major player in the region and compete openly with rival
Israel. Withdrawal would also hasten the expected switch in currencies
from dollars to petro-euros; a change that would signal the end of
America's economic dominance through control of the world's reserve
currency.

The US would be forced to face the $8 trillion debt that currently
underwrites the "greenback" and deal with the economy-busting
hyper-inflation that would quickly ensue. If creditor nations suddenly
decided to dump their US currency and bonds and move to oil-backed
assets, the US economy would go into freefall. It is impossible to
calculate the magnitude of the catastrophe for the American people.

This suggests that the Bush administration will carry on for as long
as possible; trying to cobble together a strategy that will allow them
to stay in Iraq controlling both the oil and the political process.
But as the Iraqi resistance grows in strength and daring, and as
public support continues to erode, there's little chance that the
administration will be able to avoid the looming disaster.

The American Century is now looking like it may be abbreviated to 10
or 15 years at the most. The New World Order, built on the rubble of
Falluja and on the tortured victims of Abu Ghraib, is being
progressively dismantled by the grit and resolve of the Iraqi
resistance fighting to restore their nation's sovereignty and
independence. It appears increasingly likely that their struggle will
succeed.







--


http://www.commondreams.org/
http://www.truthout.org/
http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/
http://counterpunch.org/
http://responsiblewealth.org/
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pol/80315675.html

In September and October 2003, McClellan said he had spoken
directly with Rove about the matter and that "he was not
involved" in leaking Plame's identity to the news media.
McClellan said at the time: "The president knows that Karl
Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion"
and "It's not true."
Yet another in the endless stirng of bu$h's lies.

"We argued, as did the security services in this country,
that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the
threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners
have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such
warnings." Respect MP George Galloway 7-7-05

"They are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And
there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to
take... men with blind hatred and armed with lethal weapons
who are capable of any atrocity... they respect no laws of
warfare or morality."
-bu$h describing his own illegal invasion of Iraq.
http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
a walk in the park. AFAIK, No one died or even lost any blood."
-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook and blatant liar, on the rape,
torture and murder at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0512-10.htm

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf Hitler

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

Don't let bu$h do to the United States what his very close
friend and top campaign contributor, Ken Lay, did to Enron...



  #3  
Old August 18th 05, 04:23 AM
Rayvan
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Hank: Always looking or the thorns instead of the roses.
And it's getting easier and easier to find roses these days.

Here's many many roses among the dwindling thorns....

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=3D110007042
People: Be sure to click the link for many many cites that
Hank's socialist "journalists" tend to never include.

BTW, Hank. Do you ever read websites that are *not* socialist?

AFTER THE WAR

The Battle to Rebuild
A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.

BY ARTHUR CHRENKOFF
Monday, August 1, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT

A foreign reporter recently asked Monsignor Rabban al Qas, Chaldean
bishop of Amadiyah and Arbil, whether there is any good news coming out
of Iraq. "Twenty-three Iraqis are killed every day in Iraq," the
interviewer observed. "Nearly two years after the fall of Saddam
Hussein, there is no security as yet. Is there still hope in Iraq?" To
which the monsignor replied:

What the media portray is true: explosions, killings, attacks. But if
you see how much order, discipline, transport, displacements, and work
have improved, there is a change for the better compared to one or two
years ago. Now people understand there is a government, the structure
of a new state. Thousands and thousands of allied and Iraqi soldiers
are present. There is a constitution which is being drawn up, laws are
being enacted.
The presence of authority is recognised. This was not the case before.
And Al-Qaeda integralists and terrorists coming from abroad seek to
penetrate Iraq precisely to destroy the beginnings of this social
organization.

A war for the future of Iraq is going on, but that war is being fought
not only with guns and explosives. Terrorists and insurgents are
killing soldiers and civilians and sabotaging infrastructure, and the
Iraqi and coalition security forces in turn are hunting down the
enemies of the new Iraq. But every step towards self-government, every
new job created, every new school opened, is a small victory against
those who would want to turn Iraq's clock back three--or 1,300--years.
Below are some of these stories that often get lost in the fog and
smoke of war.
=B7 Society. With the constitution drafting process progressing on
schedule, voter registration for the constitutional referendum will
start early this month, seeking to enroll those who failed to sign up
before the January election as well as those who have turned 18 since
then.

Sunni leaders are calling for their people not to repeat the mistake of
boycotting the election:

Some 300 leaders of Iraq's alienated Sunni Arab former elite called
Thursday [14 July] for participation in the next elections, due in
December, after a boycott of January polls left the community largely
unrepresented in parliament.
"I'm calling on my brothers . . . to participate in the political
process," Adnan al-Dulaimi, spokesman for the General Conference of
Sunnis, told participants at a Baghdad meeting.

His comments were echoed by Sheikh Ibrahim al-Nima, a leading Sunni
cleric from the main northern city of Mosul.

"We can blame ourselves from staying away at the last elections. It was
a big mistake," he said.

"Participating (in the next elections) means we shall exist. If we
don't participate there will be no existence for us."

A leader of the hardline Salafist movement, Sheikh Zakaria Mohi Issa
al-Timimi, also endorsed taking part.

"We will be very active in our participation in the elections in order
to mitigate the damage inflicted on Sunnis today," he said.

There's plenty of foreign support for the constitutional process. Bob
Rae, a former premier of Ontario, is one of the Canadians currently in
Baghdad under the auspices of the Forum of Federations to share the
experience of federalism as Iraqis draft their constitution:

Mr. Rae said that, in this environment of continuous violence, carnage
and horror, the determination of the Iraqis to bring democracy to their
country is overwhelmingly impressive. "You come away from it all with
tremendous admiration for the courage of the people who are sticking at
it and moving forward, going forward, and dealing with some very
difficult issues.
"They are sophisticated, professional, political people who are picking
up the pieces at the end of a dictatorship, and they're doing it in the
most difficult of circumstances--this terrible attack on the civilian
population."

The European Union will be channeling =8020 million ($24 million)
through the United Nations in support of the constitutional process.
The fund will go to the following areas:

Provision of European experts to work with the Constitutional Committee
of the Iraqi Transitional National Assembly and with other institutions
and actors in Iraq

Media and Public Information

Civic education and promotion of public debate, and participation in
the referendum
The U.S. Agency for International Development is also assisting:

USAID organized trainings for 164 facilitators who will conduct
hundreds of Constitutional Dialogue sessions throughout the country in
the coming weeks. These facilitators are all members of 150 NGOs
participating in USAID's Constitutional Dialogue Program designed to
facilitate constituent involvement in the constitutional process
through civic education and public input. Between June 20 and 24,
trainings were conducted in Erbil, Dohuk, and Baghdad for facilitators
from 75 NGOs based in Babil, Baghdad, Diwaniyah, Dohuk, Hilla, Karbala,
Kirkuk, al-Najaf, Ninewa, and al-Wasit.

USAID is also carrying out other initiatives to help along the
constitutional process and to improve the work of the National
Assembly:

USAID is . . . helping the Iraqi National Assembly's (INA's)
Constitutional Committee adopt systems to enable public input on the
constitution. In June, a USAID-sponsored Civil Society team and a few
Iraqi NGOs participating in the Constitutional Dialogue Program met
with the Constitution Committee's Outreach Unit to design a work plan
to receive public input. . . .
USAID provided training to 42 INA members on the legislative drafting
process. Training topics included creating and introducing a bill; its
reading stages; the supporting role played by the legal staff; the form
and content of a law; legislative reviews; the role and use of
amendments; and reasons why public input is important to the overall
legislative process.

USAID also provided training to 37 INA members on advocacy and lobbying
for legislators working in a democratic system.

Iraqis, too, are getting involved. Civil society groups have commenced
a program called "the project of constitutional dialogue" to raise
awareness of the constitutional process. A conference on "the new Iraqi
constitution and the anticipated challenges" has been held in Najaf.
And in another initiative:

A series of workshops have been held in Iraqi ministries for female
employees, aimed at raising awareness of the new constitution, so that
they are able to make an informed choice when voting on it in October.
"The workshops aim to help women understand how the drafting of the
constitution will take place, explaining the basic fundamental
principles: human rights, women's rights, federalism and legislation,"
director of the ICWRE, Jennan Mubarak, said.

The workshops have been organised by local NGOs, the Iraqi Centre for
Women's Rehabilitation and Employment (ICWRE) and the Civil Alliance
For Free Elections (CVAFE).

Democracy is also growing from the bottom up, in some cases also with
help from overseas. Another two cities working to formalize a sister
city arrangement are Florida's Kissimmee and Iraq's Zafaraniya. There's
also cooperation between Utah and Babil:

[Salim Al-Musilmawi, governor of the province of Babil] is part of a
five-member Iraqi delegation visiting Utah for five days. Aimed at
teaching them how democracy works on the local level, it is the first
exchange of Iraqi and U.S. state and municipal officials.
South Jordan Councilwoman Leona Winger and Mayor W. Kent Money showed
the Iraqis how public works and safety, planning and zoning and other
aspects of local government operate.

Money described touring the South Jordan City Council chambers with the
Iraqis. He said they were surprised to learn that the most important
people don't sit at the elected officials' table. Instead, the most
important people are the citizens who sit in the audience.

"That is a new concept to them," the mayor said.

Money credited Winger with the idea of inviting the Iraqi delegation to
visit South Jordan. Winger founded the nonprofit organization, New Hope
Humanitarian, this month. Its goal is to establish a long-term
relationship with the Iraqi people that will promote democracy,
economic development and women's rights, among other things.

USAID's Local Governance Program "is working with local government
officials and civic institutions to form local government associations
(LGA) that will act as lobbying and advocacy organizations that
represent the interests of the local government to other government
officials and the public."
Britain's Department for International Development is working to assist
Iraqi women:

=A36.25 million [$11.3 million] Political Participation Fund - Through
the PPF, money has been targeted at increasing women's participation in
the political process, particularly in the run up to the recent
elections. Several women's NGOs have received funds to run workshops,
provide training, conduct media campaigns encouraging women to vote,
and carry out other work to promote political awareness.
=A35 million [$8.7 million] Civil Society Fund - DFID is funding links
between international and Iraqi women's organisations to strengthen the
ability of local groups' to address the needs of Iraqi women.
International NGOs have conducted rights awareness and leadership
training, fostered links between women's groups, and organised an
international NGO conference on women and foreign exchanges for Iraqi
women leaders.

A new news agency is about to be launched:

With some help from U.S. nonprofits, Iraqi journalists are planning
what they say will be their country's first independent, national news
agency.
The English name of the agency will be the National Iraq News Agency,
or NINA. To get the agency up and running, the journalists are getting
training and financial support from U.S.-based nonprofits funded by the
U=2ES. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Nicole Chartrand-Tresch, a technical officer for USAID in Iraq, told
IJNet that the goal of the support is to help the agency--which would
be a commercial enterprise independent of the government--become
self-sufficient.

The America's Development Foundation (ADF) is overseeing the project as
part of its Iraq Civil Society and Media Support Program. The
International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) is providing the
training and consultation to the journalists. Joachim Raffelberg of
IREX is in Baghdad overseeing the media component of the civil society
program, Chartrand-Tresch said.

Kadhim Al-Rikabi, the program's media manager, told the London-based
Arabic newspaper Asharq Alawsat that the journalists are being trained
in preparation for the agency's launch.

But they will have some competition:

Iraqi journalists are getting a chance to show their r=E9sum=E9s around.

The charitable foundation of the Reuters news agency plans to announce
this week that it is turning a grass-roots Iraqi news Web site into the
country's first independent commercial news service.

The Web site, Aswat al-Iraq, or Voices of Iraq, has relied on 30
freelance workers, help from three independent Iraqi newspapers and
feeds from the Reuters Arabic-language service, to publish hundreds of
articles a month in Iraq.

Now the site, www.aswataliraq.info, will become a full-fledged news
wire, managed and staffed by Iraqi journalists in Baghdad and operated
independently of Reuters. It will use $800,000 from the United Nations
to create a newsroom and to base reporters in each Iraqi province. When
the service goes live in a few months, it will feed breaking news to
both Iraqi and foreign news outlets.

USAID's Local Governance Program "assisted the Babil Provincial Council
(PC) in brokering a deal to make a location available for the satellite
based Al-Iraqia TV to house its regional activities. In return for
access, Al-Iraqia TV will merge its operations with Babil TV including
hiring its nine staff members. The PC is hoping this agreement will
encourage Al-Iraqia TV to cover their local government activities more
extensively."
Read also about Al Mahaba, the recently launched radio station
targeting women.

Baghdad's public libraries are also trying to revive:

Driven away by bombs, dispirited by shelves emptied by looters,
visitors to the public library in Baghdad's Khadamiya district are now
starting to return.
There's still work to be done. Stolen books and looted furniture must
be replaced. But seeing the return of readers is inspiring enough for
Alya Abdul Hussein, a librarian here for 20 years.

"This library, like any public facility in Iraq, suffered," Hussein
says.

The Khadamiya Library is one of eight public libraries open in Baghdad,
down from 19 operating before the start of the war more than two years
ago. Fighting, looters and neglect closed most of the others.

Muhammed Qassim, a Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works
official, says the government is trying to reopen more libraries with
grant money from the United States and other countries.

And in sport, Iraq has crowned the first postliberation soccer
champion:

More than 15,000 soccer fans braved the bloody mayhem caused by 10
suicide bombers across Baghdad on Friday to see the air force team
al-Quwa Jawiya crowned Iraq's first champions since the fall of Saddam
Hussein.
Many drove half the length of a nation ravaged by war to reach the
capital's Shaab national stadium from Basra, only to see their port
authority side Al-Meena lose to two second half goals.

For organisers of a tournament that pitted teams from rebel strongholds
like Ramadi and Samarra against powerful clubs from the capital once
favoured by Saddam's elite, the fact that it went ahead at all for the
first time since the U.S. invasion of 2003 was a triumph.

"A lot of people didn't think we'd be able to stage a championship at
all," said Hussein Sayeed, chairman of the Iraqi soccer federation and
a former captain of the national team.

=B7 Economy. "Iraq's Economy on Long Road to Recovery," reads a
headline in Lebanon's Daily Star:

Recent foreign aid and trade agreements provide hope that Iraq's
economy, plagued by years of sanctions and violence, is on the road to
recovery. Despite almost daily news of grisly atrocities, there have
been a number of encouraging signs recently for Iraq's emerging
economy.
GDP growth was estimated at 54 percent in 2004. This year is also
expected to be strong, with GDP growth predicted at 34 percent.

Iraq's "New Dinar" currency, introduced in 2003, has been performing
strongly, appreciating by about 25 percent against the dollar in the
past two years.

As the fledgling government works toward drafting a constitution, a
formal request for WTO membership is also pending.

But as the report goes on to say, challenges are many, including high
unemployment.
Last year, the Ministry of Industry issued 7,661 licenses for new
businesses: 2,896 in the construction sector, 1,520 in food, 200 in
textiles, 667 in the plastic and chemical industries, and 1,336 in
mining and resources. This year, Adel Karim, a deputy minister for
industrial development, has announced the government's intention to
start the privatization program, with cement, brick and pharmaceutical
factories being transferred into the private sector as a first step.

The government is also cutting taxes to boost economic activity:


Iraq has slashed income tax to 15% from 49% and substantially increased
the minimum sums individuals can earn net of tax.
The progressive tax system replaces a 1982 law under which individuals
had to pay 49% of income beyond certain salary brackets.

The current tax system is progressive. It starts with 3% up to a
maximum of 15%. . . .

Parents' income is only taxable if together they earn more than 4.5
million dinars. Besides, there are allowances of 400,000 dinars
annually for each child. Previously, annual incomes beyond 1.6 million
dinars were taxed. . . .

Companies have seen their taxes slashed from 35% to 15%.

USAID, meanwhile, is helping to lay the groundwork for Iraq's bid to
join the World Trade Organization:

Thirty board members of Iraqi business associations and thirty
mid-level government officials attended a series of workshops in
Baghdad to learn about the challenges of World Trade Organization (WTO)
membership and its impact on their organizations. The workshops were
sponsored by USAID's Private Sector Development program. Iraq is
applying for membership in the WTO, along with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia
and Yemen. Iraq's Inter-ministerial Committee on the WTO is reviewing a
document that, if approved, will be submitted to the WTO to begin the
accession process.

The Iraqi dinar continues to be a success story:

A market-driven monetary policy has reduced the Iraqi dinar's
vulnerability to political upheaval and is keeping the exchange rate
stable, Central Bank Governor Sinan al-Shabibi said.
A $5 billion build-up of central bank foreign reserves, after its
assets were mostly looted following the 2003 invasion, has helped
maintain the rate at 1,465-1,475 dinars to the dollar, Shabibi said.

"We are very comfortable with the present exchange rate," said Shabibi,
who was on a visit to Jordan.

"It is a boost to the donors because it introduces predictability,
stability and maintains the external purchasing power of the currency,"
Shabibi said, referring to billions of dollars of international aid
flows for reconstruction.

Despite the postwar violence that has badly delayed economic recovery,
the dinar remained stable for more than a year compared with violent
fluctuations during Saddam's rule, when it was battered by wars and
crushing UN sanctions.

Shabibi also sees the banking sector reviving:

Foreign banks, allowed to enter Iraq in 2003 for the first time in
decades, are opting to buy stakes or enter partnerships rather than set
up subsidiaries in the present unstable security climate, Shabibi said.

Among the banks with licences are HSBC, Standard Chartered and National
Bank of Kuwait. . . .

Regional bankers say Jordan-based Arab Bank and Lebanon's leading Audi
Bank are also actively seeking a foothold in Iraqi market. . . .

Joint ventures helped raise the capital base of the country's local
banks and bring much needed technology, management upgrades and
exposure, he added.

Iraq's 30 private banks, mainly small deposit banks, had to develop
their lending if they were to progress, Shabibi said.

"The balance sheets of banks need much development as far as lending
but not on the deposit side. They have a lot of liquidity but their
problem is their lending policies," he added.

Adham Kareem, general manager of the Kurdistani Central Bank in Arbil,
talks about the growth of the banking sector in Kurdistan.
Kurds are developing stronger economic ties with the home of their
large diaspora:

The Kurdistan Development Corporation, a joint investment initiative
between the Kurdistan Regional Government and international business
people, announced the opening of a branch in Munich, Germany. . . .
[Siggy Martsch, KDC Director for Germany] said: "Serious interest in
Kurdistan by German companies is already evident; Siemens are working
successfully on the ground and Vossing Engineering have just won a
contract to design a sewage system for Erbil city. Our office in
Germany will further promote the region and facilitate business for the
German companies that are bound to follow."

Earlier this month KDC facilitated a 2.4 million dollar deal between
the Kurdistan Regional Government Ministry for Municipalities and
German company Vossing Engineering to design a sewage system.

The second Iraqi-German Economic Conference recently took place in
Munich. Also in Kurdistan, one businessmen is investing heavily in the
local economy:

The Kurdish Autonomous Region is getting a new hotel. The 28-floor
luxury hotel, which will be built in the town of Suleymaniya, is part
of a 60 million dollar tourism project led by Kurdish businessman Faruq
al-Mullah Mustafa. He is also behind the creation of the first Iraqi
mobile network, and announced other big investments such as a big
cement company, and the first ever cable-car in Iraq, connecting the
hotel to a nearby mountain.

Also in Suleymaniya:

The Sulaimaniyah Aadministration [sic] of Iraqi Kurdistan has started
implementing a residential project called the New City. The project
will consist of 358 apartments, along with services and facilities such
as parks, sport stadiums, swimming pools, computers and the Internet.
Prime Minister Omar Fatah of the Sulaimaniyah administration said that
this project will help provide basic service for 358 families who so
far don't have housing.

Meanwhile, Egyptian billionaire Najib Sawiros intends to invest up to
$2.5 billion in Iraq. Sawiros is the owner of, among other things, the
Iraqi cell phone company Irakna. Kuwaiti and Lebanese investors also
are coming into al-Salaha'a Central Shopping Markets.

In oil news:

Iraq is to ask foreign companies to bid for a $1bn new oil refinery
project later this month which is 70km north-west of Baghdad, reported
Bloomberg. The Al Nahrain or two rivers project is for a 140,000 bpd
refinery to process Basra crude.

Baghdad and Tehran will be cooperating more closely:

Iran and Iraq are planning to build three pipelines, at Iran's expense,
to cover Iraq's urgent need for petroleum and refined oil products,
said Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.
Iraq will export crude oil to Iran, and Iran will transport petroleum
and other refined products to Iraq, which is suffering from shortages
in its petrochemicals industry, the minister told a press conference,
attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, who is visiting Iran.


Zanganeh said the agreement has not yet been signed, but the exchange
will begin 10 months after it is signed.

"The plan is for Iran to buy 150,000 barrels per day of light crude
from Basrah (in southern Iraq)," he said.

"In return, Iran will supply petroleum, gasoil and kerosene (to Iraq),"
he said. "The gasoil and kerosene will be supplied by the Abadan
refinery (in Iran)," the minister added. The petroleum will be imported
by Iran on Iraq's behalf.

In communications, Iraq will auction off two to five mobile phone
licenses by the end of this year to replace the country's three
expiring wireless licenses. The new licenses are expected to last for
15 years with a possible extension for another five:

A quarter of a century of wars and crushing sanctions have badly
damaged Iraq's communications network, and mobile phones were only
introduced in the country of about 27 million people after the invasion
in 2003.
With only about 3 per cent of the population with a fixed-line phone,
the country is increasingly dependent on mobile networks, which have
more than two million customers as people struggle to stay in touch and
do basic business.

Kurdistan is finally seeing a rollout of modern infrastructu

Arbil-Haydar Al Sheikh, the transportation and telecommunication
minister in Iraqi Kurdistan government [said] that his ministry is
about to finish the biggest project to secure phone communication among
Arbil, Dahuk and Al Selaimania, at a cost of 32 million dollars.
He added that the project includes "building three new, German made,
Siemens exchanges, with a capacity of 15 thousand lines for each
exchange, which is executed by ITU Company, in addition to the 'Access
Network' project, at a cost of 13 million dollars, aiming at the
information exchange among ministries, institutions and governmental
universities."

Kurdistan will also benefit as the Kuwaiti group MTC and its Iraqi
partner Atheer, previously operating in the south of the country, roll
out their cell phone network in the north, in competition with one
provider already operating there.
In transport, Iraq and Iran have signed an extensive memorandum of
understanding relating to closer transport ties between the two
countries. Initiatives foreshadowed under the memo range from removing
visa requirements for commercial drivers to establishing marine
training courses, and providing assistance in airport reconstruction.

Internal flights are resuming:

On any flight on any airline there is a sense of relief when the
aircraft completes take-off and levels out at its cruising altitude.
But on Flight IA015 the ping as the "fasten seatbelt" sign switched off
brought its own euphoria. The aircraft's departure point was Baghdad
and the carrier was Iraqi Airways, which has not been in the air for
years.

Iraq's national airline has restarted a regular service to the southern
city of Basra, 14 years after its fleet was effectively grounded by the
international sanctions that followed the 1991 Gulf war.

The reborn carrier was inaugurated last month, its first trip
celebrated with the sacrifice of a goat on the runway. It means that
for =A342 [$73], the price of a one-way economy class ticket, passengers
from the capital can reach the south of the country in 55 minutes.

As one of the passengers, Abdul Azziz al-Rashid, said, "It is very
important for Iraqis that we have a working airline. . . . It reminds
us that we can be like other countries again."
Meanwhile, the Suleymaniyah airport in the north officially opened on
July 20, with the landing of the first plane from Amman, Jordan.
Another Kurdish airport is now also open for business:

The first flight of a Kurdish-owned airline landed in the northern
Iraqi city of Arbil on Thursday [July 21], linking one of the main
cities in the heart of Kurdistan to Dubai.
The sole airplane belonging to the nascent Kurdistan Airlines, a Boeing
737, landed at 10:30 am (0630 GMT) carrying 46 Iraqi and Kurdish
businessmen.

The Arbil airport was officially inaugurated on April 15.

And on the international level:

Iraqi Airways plans to lease eight planes shortly to meet growing
demand, despite concerns about security at Baghdad airport, Transport
Minister Salam al-Malaki said. . . .
The once formidable flag carrier, whose fleet was obliterated by wars
and U.N. sanctions, will inaugurate regular flights in the next few
days between Baghdad and Dubai and between Amman and Suleimaniya in
northern Iraq, Malaki said.

"Iraqi Airways is making a comeback. We have a broad plan to lease
cargo and passenger planes," Malaki told Reuters.

"We are also finalising permits and routes to Tehran, Istanbul and
Cairo," said Malaki, who was in Jordan to attend an international donor
conference for Iraq.

The Iraqi carrier started regular flights to Amman and Damascus earlier
this year. Other companies flying to Baghdad include Royal Jordanian,
which has two to three round trips a day, and private operators in the
Gulf.

Daily flights between Baghdad and Dubai will also start in August, and
weekly flights will connect Baghdad and Istanbul.
International carriers also intend to resume services: "British Airways
plans to resume flights from London to Baghdad, and Lufthansa, Virgin
Atlantic Airways and Northwest Airlines also have expressed interest in
operating flights here."

=B7 Reconstruction. James Crum, director of the Project and Contracting
Office in Washington, updates the progress of reconstruction in Iraq:


[Crum] estimated that work is about two-thirds complete on 3,000
projects "the Iraqis identified as being a critical need." . . .
The PCO's charter is to steward roughly $18.44 billion in funds
President Bush approved in 2003 for the Iraqi Relief and Reconstruction
Fund. The three-year program is responsible for projects throughout
Iraq's 18 provinces in an area covering 166,000 square miles. . . .

Now in its second year, the program is spending about $1 billion every
45 days.

A main goal is to employ as many Iraqis as possible and to hire Iraqi
firms for contract work when possible. Crum explained officials hope to
build capacity within the Iraqi workers so they can take the projects
over in the future. On any given day 40,000 to 45,000 Iraqis are
employed on PCO projects throughout Iraq, he said.

Read also this excellent series--here and here--which looks at the
reconstruction effort so far as well as problems and challenges.
Foreign funds continue to be made available:

The World Bank agreed . . . to lend $500m (=A3285.2m) to Iraq for
reconstruction--its first loan to the country since 1973--as aid donors
to the devastated country met in Jordan. The soft loan for
infrastructure projects was announced as donors urged Iraq to provide a
list of its most urgent rebuilding projects in an attempt to speed
reconstruction.

More here.

The Islamic Development Bank agreed on July 18 to extend a loan of $500
million at the donors meeting in Jordan. The meeting bore other fruit:

Donor countries have agreed in principle on a new mechanism which gives
Iraq the leading role in reconstruction efforts. . . .
The Iraq Reconstruction Forum, dubbed the "IRFO," will be launched in
two weeks, said Michael Bell, chairman of the International
Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, a body developed early in 2004
to help donor nations channel resources and coordinate support for
reconstruction and development in Iraq.

"What the Iraqi government has proposed was a new donor coordination
mechanism to be established and that will deal separately from IRFFI,
that will be a mechanism, in which the Iraqi government will take full
ownership in the development process in a real and concrete way," Bell
said. "It will be the Iraqis who will chair that body and they will
deal with all donors on bilateral and multilateral levels through
coordination," he told a news conference at the end of two days of
talks by representatives of 60 countries and international
organizations on Iraq's reconstruction. Bell said Iraqi Planning
Minister Barham Salih will head IRFO. It was not immediately clear how
the emerging body will interact with the existing International
Reconstruction Fund.

So far, 19 fund members--including the United States, Japan and
Canada--have pledged over $1 billion to IRFFI, a statement said. It
said more pledges were made Monday, including $5.5 million from
Denmark, $20 million from Australia, $2.4 million from Greece, $180.8
million from the European Commission, $12 million from Italy and $20
million from Spain. The contributions are separate from the $32 billion
in loans and grants pledged for Iraq's reconstruction at the October
2003 donor conference in Madrid, Spain. Bell said the next meeting will
be held in February 2006.

Iran has allocated $1 billion for the reconstruction of Iraq,
particularly its energy sector. The Japanese government, meanwhile,
continues to fund reconstruction projects in Al-Muthanna
province--here's one recent example.
Lot more electricity should soon be flowing through Iraq, thanks to its
two neighbors:

Both Turkey and Iran have expressed readiness to supply Iraq with 1800
MW of electricity, the share of Turkey is 1000 MW to supply Nineveh,
Dohook and Erbial with electricity. The Engineer Haithem Taha, the
advisor at the Electricity Ministry said that the Islamic Republic of
Iran had agreed to connect it's electricity grid with Iraqi National
grid over Diyla and Amara outlets to supply Iraq with 800 MW (it is an
Iranian superabundant).
It is hopeful to sign special contract in this concern between the two
countries over the next two weeks, the contract stipulates that the
Iranian side will continue to supply Iraq over this period with
electricity link for 18 months from the beginning of signing the
contract.

USAID is working on two major water projects in Baghdad:

To ameliorate water shortages in Sadr City, Baghdad, a modern water
treatment plant will be constructed to increase the quantity and
quality of potable water to the area. Significant progress is being
made by the Iraqi subcontractor on the facility's structural design.
Workers have completed dewatering and have begun laying the foundation.
The foundation grading, filling, and sub-base compaction for the
facility's recycle pump station, sedimentation area, residual pump
station, and intermediate pump are completed. Also the concrete has
been poured for the foundations of the operations building and the
residual solid pump station. . . .
Work continues on a project to repair the sewage collection system in
Kadhamiya, a northern suburb of Baghdad with a population of 1.5
million. The district frequently endures flooding of raw sewage which
remains as pools in streets and homes. These overflows occur because of
inadequate or blocked sewer lines, and because inoperable pump stations
cannot convey sewage from homes and mains to sewage treatment plants.
The sewer lines require extensive repair or replacement. Public health
risks from water-borne diseases (typhoid and cholera) are increased by
pools of exposed raw sewage in neighborhoods.

Also in Sadr City:

Sadr City's municipal council is constructing 27 water purification
plants, the site engineer said.
Sabah al-Batawi said the plants which will rely on wells for water
supply are expected to ease pressure on the capital's water utility
which relies on the Tigris River for supplies.

Sadr City, Baghdad's most impoverished neighborhood, suffers from
erratic water and power supplies.

Batawi said the 27 projects built at a cost of $1.8 million are
expected "to solve the huge water problem the city has been undergoing
recently."

Work on the plants started four months ago and one of them is already
operational, Batawi said.

Underground water is available in huge quantities and easily
accessible. But it is rather salty, unfit from both human and
agricultural purposes.

Meanwhile, the work at Karbala's water treatment plant is nearing
completion:

Contractors are currently installing chlorine piping and ground systems
for all five clarifier units. The U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) anticipates that half the units will be operational
and producing drinking water by mid-July. USAID continues to train
Iraqis who operate the clarifier units and the low lift station. The
project is 78 percent finished and is expected to be complete in
September 2005.

Efforts are under way to rebuild what once was the region's best
education system. In higher education, another group of academics--58
of them, the fifth group so far--who lost their jobs for political
reasons during Saddam's regime has been returned to work by the
Ministry of Higher Education. So far 1,493 academics have been
rehabilitated and reinstated.

And a huge victory for Iraqi university students will give graduates
more opportunities:

Graduate students from Iraqi universities have finally received
permission from the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to have work
they have completed authenticated by officials.
"Students from now on, will have the right to get their syllabus
officially authenticated--this will help in their future outside the
country as well as facilitate acceptance in worldwide universities,"
Salah Aliwi, a senior official in the MoHE, said.

Syllabus authorisation--an official record of subjects studied at
higher education level--is seen as key to Iraqi graduates' having study
and work options abroad.

During Saddam Hussein's regime no such official certificate was issued
to graduates. This policy was designed to keep as many graduates in the
country a possible.

"It is the right of any student to have their syllabus recognised,"
Aliwi explained.

Thousands of Arab students who had attended courses in Iraq during
Saddam's regime had problems proving what they had been studying. The
news that syllabus authorisation is to be introduced means many may now
return to Iraq to avail themselves of the facility.

On the lower level, USAID is working to provide basic amenities to
Iraqi schools:

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Basic Education
program is rebuilding water and sanitation facilities in 800 schools.
In May, work began on 132 schools, bringing the total number of schools
under rehabilitation to 355.

Facilities in 11 Maysan governorate schools have already been
completed.

The Basic Education program is also leading efforts to reconstruct 70
schools throughout the country.

USAID is also helping to improve the quality of teaching across the
country:

Training recently began for the Master Trainers under the teacher
training initiative of the Basic Education program.
Twenty-five Iraqi Master Trainers are currently participating in a
five-week training in Amman, Jordan conducted by Hashemite University
experts and international/regional consultants.

The training will help the Master Trainers develop teacher training
strategies, methodologies and resource materials.

When finished, they will return to Iraq to train a core group of 440
teacher trainers in the 21 Directorates of Education in Iraq. These
teacher trainers will then begin the process of training 50,000
teachers for grades one to three.

In health news:

The Health Ministry has decided to use electronic smart cards for
patients who are treated in hospitals and other medical centers. The
Health Minister said the ministry will use the modern techniques and
technology in the health sector to better serve the patients. They
started using the smart card initially in Sadr City and the Karkh side
of Baghdad as a trial before using it at all health organizations in
Iraq. The ministry has allocated 10 billion Iraqi dinars [$6.8 million]
to execute this program, which will be applied by the beginning of
2006.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has conducted a massive, successful
immunization campaign throughout Iraq--with some help from the private
sector:

The United Nations has vaccinated nearly five million Iraqi children
against polio, spurring parents on to clinics using mobile phone text
messages, a statement said.

"In recent weeks, the UN worked to vaccinate 4.7 million Iraqi children
five years and under . . . as part of a series of initiatives aimed at
bolstering health among the population," the statement said.
USAID's Community Action Program is a useful initiative that helps
local communities to improve services in their area. Often, it's the
health infrastructure that benefits--for example, most recently:

[The program] supplied medical equipment and renovated facilities for a
Diyala governorate community's health clinic. The program renovated the
center's bathrooms and laboratory, and supplied equipment such as
microscopes, a centrifuge, an oven, auto claves, thermometers and
wheelchairs. The clinic serves tens of thousands of people in the area
but lacked modern medical equipment and was in a general state of
disrepair. Many local residents were compelled to rely on the health
center because the next closest facility was too far away.

A new credit initiative will help American businesses help Iraqi
agricultu

The Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
(Ex-Im Bank) has approved an insurance policy for CoBank, ACB for up to
$180 million in Letters of Credit to support U.S. exports to Iraq.
The insurance will be used to support trade financing from CoBank, ACB,
a cooperative bank and part of the U.S. Farm Credit System. Under this
policy, Ex-Im Bank will support Letters of Credit issued by the Trade
Bank of Iraq (TBI) in favor of U.S. exporters including Telwar
International, Inc. of Brentwood, Tennessee to purchase bulk
agricultural commodities, including an estimated $27 million a month in
rice and wheat shipments.

"This financing will enable U.S. exporters to provide the Iraqi people
with large volumes of bulk agricultural commodities and other goods and
services on a timely basis," Chairman Philip Merrill said.

"Ex-Im Bank remains fully committed to supporting Iraq's reconstruction
and is diligently working to find new and creative financing solutions
to meet Iraq's financing needs."

USAID is assisting the development of Iraqi agriculture through various
initiatives:

Two irrigation canal cleaning projects are underway in Ninawa' and
Diyala' governorates to improve farmers' access to water and increase
agricultural production. The projects are funded by USAID's
Agricultural Research and Development for Iraq (ARDI) program. . . .
ARDI, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), is
conducting a survey of poultry farms near Baghdad to collect
information about the poultry industry, including the economic
performance of poultry farms. The results will allow ARDI and the MOA
to better understand the poultry industry and the problems poultry
farmers face. . . .

USAID and the MOA recently conducted a series of technical
demonstrations for tomato farmers in Karbala, Najaf and Basrah
governorates. The demonstrations familiarize farmers with new
technologies for tomato production in order to boost the yield and
quality of tomato crops. . . .

To increase farmer income and reduce public health risks, USAID has
recently approved a grant that will fund a training program to improve
livestock breeding techniques in Iraqi villages. . . . The program will
provide training to 4,800 women in 240 villages to improve breeding
techniques and educate the rural population about preventing the spread
of diseases from animals. . . .

To help create a local market for beekeeping equipment, the MOA and
ARDI will provide training to local carpenters in manufacturing high
quality beehives. Thirteen carpenters from Arbil, Dahuk, Sulaymaniyah,
Kirkuk and Ninawa will participate in a workshop on manufacturing
beehives that meet international standards.

In similar recent initiatives:

USAID is providing a grant to four Iraqi villages to clean irrigation
canals that had not been maintained in three years. . . . The farmers
will clean 9,500 meters [six miles] of canal serving 625 hectares
[1,550 acres] of land and benefiting 150 families living in the four
villages.
The results of a USAID-sponsored survey in 14 Iraqi governorates will
determine the training needs of pesticide dealers as part of the MOA's
Integrated Pest Management Strategy. . . .

The Kurdistan Agronomist Syndicate (KAS) is renovating its building
through a grant from MOA/ARDI. The KAS has a membership of over 2,000
agriculturists and conducts activities promoting agricultural
production, including computer courses for agricultural engineers, and
supervision for agriculture projects in the private sector. . . .

ARDI is sponsoring a geneticist from the Ministry of Science and
Technology to obtain training in genetics relevant to Iraqi
agriculture. . . .

Construction began this week for a flower nursery to be managed by a
prominent women's union. This effort will provide business
opportunities to women-headed households. Twenty-three women will also
receive management training and training on potted plant production. .
.. .

Twenty-nine water buffalo producers in Baghdad, Al Qadisiyah, Al
Muthanna', and Dhi Qar are participating in a program to improve
pregnancy and calving rates using hormonal treatment and improved
nutrition. . . .

MOA/ARDI has initiated a program to introduce sorghum as a less
expensive feed grain for the poultry industry.

Iraq and Iran will be cooperating to preserve valuable marshland that
straddles the two countries:

Minister of Water Resources Abdulatif Rashid is to fly to Iran to see
what the two countries can do to revitalize joint marshlands.
The Huwaiza marsh, perhaps the only remaining wetland the former leader
Saddam Hussein failed to dry, straddles the borders of the two
countries.

The marsh escaped Saddam Hussein's massive draining campaigns of
southern wetlands because it received its water from rivers originating
in Iran.

Rashid said he would meet his Iranian counterpart "to discuss water
issues particularly the joint Huwaiza marsh."

The largest portion of the 3,500 sq. km. Huwaiza lies in Iraqi
territory with Iran having access only to 1,150 sq. km.

"We are going to review policies on how to preserve the marshes,
protect them and revive them particularly the wetlands we share,"
Rashid said.

Restoring marshlands is a multinational effort. Read about the
contribution of Joy Zedler, who holds the Aldo Leopold Chair in
Restoration Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, and Rich Beilfuss,
a hydrologist with the Wisconsin-based International Crane Foundation,
who head the international restoration mission. And learn more about
the project here.
Lastly, this story about how some Iraqis are celebrating the
reconstruction of their country:


If "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder" then residents of Karbala
apparently feel that some of their most prized creative pieces may be
seen in the framed, grouped, and carefully hung photographs of recently
completed, community reconstruction projects.
The residents of this city of 200,000 were justifiably pleased by the
numerous local building projects they, not long ago, had completed for
and by themselves. Accordingly, in a communal show of pride, they
closed a local art gallery, took down its paintings, carefully replaced
them with sets of pictures of each of the 89 projects they had, with
their own hands, constructed, and held a festive open house to share
their happiness.

=B7 Humanitarian aid. The Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Authority for
Charitable Works will jointly establish a unit in Iraq to manufacture
artificial limbs to help some of the 85,000 Iraqis who lost arms and
legs over the past few decades of conflicts. USAID is also trying to
help the plight of Iraq's disabled:

USAID's partner implementing the Community Action Program (CAP) in
Qadisiyah, Wasit and Maysan Governorates is working with people with
disabilities and the institutions that support them. CAP is currently
constructing wheelchair access ramps in 37 local institutions in the
city of Diwaniyah (Qadisiyah Governorate) and has nearly finished 23
access ramps in Al Amarah (Maysan Governorate).
In cooperation with the persons with disabilities association in
Amarah, CAP will also provide 984 wheelchairs to disabled persons in
Maysan Governorate. The distribution covers most of the districts in
the governorate. Representatives from the disabled person's community
in Amarah are also holding public awareness sessions. They have
conducted 17 public lectures and 21 school visits.

The Technical Institute in Diwaniyah organized a ramp design contest
among its students to raise awareness for the need for architects to
incorporate access ramps into building designs. This project is part of
CAP's commitment to integrate disabled persons into the community
through awareness campaigns and other conveniences such as ramps.

LIFE for Relief and Development is working on a range of health
projects in Iraq:

LIFE for Relief and Development in cooperation with the International
Humanitarian Help Organization of Germany (IHH) will be upgrading
LIFE's healthcare center in Basra.
LIFE established the center in 2001 and since its inception; the clinic
has provided services to over 100,000 residents of Al-Hakimiyya and its
surrounding areas. Although the upgrade aims to provide better services
for all patients, the main focus will be the construction of a
maternity and children's hospital that will serve more than 200,000
people in Al-Hakimiyya, Tuwaisa, Junaina and Al-Andalus.

Currently, the clinic operates three hours a day due to limited
resources. However, during these three hours, doctors at the facility
see an average of 50 patients per day. At its current state and with
the shortage of diagnostic equipment and advanced medical instruments,
the clinic was still rated the best in Basra by the local health
authority.

Adjacent land to the current building has been purchased and the
hospital will be modified and another two-story building will be
constructed to add 20 patient rooms, one operating room, one baby
delivery room, a dental facility and a eye examination facility among
others.

This expansion will ensure 12 beds for a new maternity ward, which will
provide 5 incubators. Also, the hospital will implement an immunization
system in coordination with UNICEF and the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

The total cost of this project is estimated at $360,000 and will be
completed by the year 2007.

As well as some more ad hoc aid initiatives:

In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, LIFE for Relief and
Development successfully distributed six containers of medical supplies
that were donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day
Saints.
The medical supplies were donated to local hospitals, medical centers
and clinics throughout Iraq's many provinces including Al-Mosul Main
Hospital Al-Jumhuri Hospital, Al-Qaim Main Hospital, Samaraa Main
Hospital, Diyala Health Center and many others.

LIFE also distributed medical publications to medical colleges and
hospitals including Al-Mosul Medical College, Duhouk Medical College,
Al-Anbar Medical College, Al-Ramadi Main Hospital and Al-Qaim Main
Hospital.

The distributions of twenty containers of medical supplies and books
will benefit thousands throughout the country and will ensure a better
quality of life for the injured and ill.

A Catholic charity is helping children and mothers:

Caritas-Iraq continues to give highest priority to its infant nutrition
program, aimed at malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing
mothers.
The aid reaches some 20,000 beneficiaries at risk, both Muslim and
Christian, in Baghdad, Basra, Nassiriya, Umarah, Dialah and Saladin,
according to the Catholic agency.

Caritas' nutrition program, which has been carried out for years in
Iraq, benefits children under 8, women in their sixth month of
pregnancy and beyond, and nursing mothers with babies under 6 months of
age.

In addition to food aid, the beneficiaries are entitled to care in
Caritas-Iraq's health centers, as well as free medical treatment.

One charity is trying to help the most vulnerable children:

War Child is providing a unique approach to promoting livelihoods on
the basis of child rights, and is addressing the developmental needs of
vulnerable children. This programme has four main components:
Livelihoods, NGO capacity building, Psychosocial and Paralegal work.
War Child is in the process of registering a new local NGO called
"Nida' il-Tifil" ("Call of the Child"), whom War Child will support in
providing skills, training, financial and management assistance. . . .
Our assessment team in Iraq has identified 6 villages with whom we will
work to achieve these aims through community based organisations. The
progarmme invests in local capacity and builds on civil society.
Our other work in Southern Iraq continues: The Drop-in-Centres in Basra
and Nasiriyah are progressing and enter the second stage of
rehabilitation. Meanwhile training is being provided to local staff in
the areas of Child Participatory Research, Child Protection, Counseling
Skills etc; and Participatory Action Research with the street children
has started in Basra. The centres will provide a safe place for
vulnerable street children and help them to gain access to education,
skills and better opportunities for their future.

A Colorado business is helping Iraqi schoolchildren:


EZSchoolSupplies is an online store (EZSchoolSupplies.com) that
delivers kits costing an average of $40 to customers' front doors or
directly to schools. Founder and President Matthew Curtis, 23, came up
with the concept for a college marketing class. The professor gave him
a D-minus, but Curtis found investors and launched the pilot for
EZSchoolSupplies last year. . . .
The owner of a California winery who had done some missionary work in
South Africa found the EZSchoolSupplies Web site in March. He contacted
Van Noy and Curtis to see if they could help send supplies for 100
needy children in that country. . . .

A U.S. Army "Battle Boar" battalion stationed in Iraq heard about the
South African project and EZSchoolSupplies. It contacted the company in
May, asking for help to get 1,000 supply kits to schoolchildren in
Iraq.

"The local schools do not have funds to purchase supplies, for they are
very impoverished. If your company can donate some supplies to help
these kids, our battalion would appreciate your kind gesture," said the
May 16 e-mail from SPC Steven Wilkerson, U.S. Army. . . .

EZSchoolSupplies decided it could afford to send 300-500 kits to Iraq,
with the help of some business partners and investors--Golden-based
Quasar Group, Evergreen-based Relatrix and Corona, Calif.-based
eKnowledge.

Van Noy and Curtis learned some lessons from their South African
experience they'll use when packing the Iraqi school kits--such as
crayons don't survive extreme desert heat in the packs. They are opting
for colored pencils.

Other modifications have been made as well as both teachers in South
Africa and the U.S. Army in Iraq didn't want scissors or similar
objects that could be used as weapons.

These projects have inspired Curtis to set up an international outreach
program on his Web site, where companies can choose schools or students
in need, here and abroad, to sponsor. Companies or individuals can
click on the site and send off a school supply kit to needy youngsters
in a local Denver classroom or buy some kits in bulk for students in
Brazil, Van Noy said.

Iowa parishioners are collecting shoes for Iraqi children:

A small idea turned into a big project for two parishioners at St.
Thomas More Catholic Church.
Anne and Caine Thomas wrote an e-mail to their fellow parishioners
after their brother-in-law, U.S. Army reservist Capt. Christopher
Ortega, suggested they ask people to donate sandals for the shoeless
children he saw while on patrol in Tikrit, Iraq.

"We didn't try to turn it into a project, but as soon as people found
out, they have been writing checks," Anne Thomas said.

So far, $300 has been donated.

The project, called "Sandals for Iraq," was picked up by St. Thomas
More's Catholic Church and subsequently the other three Catholic
churches in the Iowa City, including St. Mary's, St. Patrick's and St.
Wenceslaus. Donation boxes have been placed at all the churches for
sturdy sandals and flip-flops for children aged 4 to 10.

An Indiana couple continues to ship toys and school supplies to
Iraq--but they need your help with the costs:

Despite financial troubles, a woman who runs a nonprofit group that
ships toys, school supplies, sporting goods, clothing and Beanie Babies
to impoverished Iraqi children hopes to keep the gifts flowing to Iraq.

Beanies for Baghdad, which was founded in 2003 by an Army officer who
befriended an Iraqi girl, is now run by Donna Ward out of her
Evansville home.

On Friday afternoon, several plastic bags of school supplies, Beanies,
clothing and stuffed animals lay on her living room floor. Ward and her
husband, Gerald, have shipped more than 500 boxes of items for children
in Iraq.

They estimate that they have spent more than $2,000 of their own money
shipping boxes to Iraq and have spent another $1,500 donated by other
sources, including local businesses and other aid organizations.

Donna Ward has collected six large boxes of toys for another mailing.
The homemaker estimates it will cost $200 to $250 to send it first
class to Iraq.

See if you can help.
Holly Malueg, a Wisconsin banker who served as a staff sergeant in the
Army Reserve's 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, is involved in Operation
Sesame Street, collecting toys that members of the battalion currently
stationed in Iraq and Kosovo can give out to children.

And this, from the Show Me State:


A Missouri community is helping U.S. soldiers bring some joy to
thousands of Iraqi children, who find themselves caught in the middle
of a military battle.
Dick Merseal lives in Richwoods, Missouri. "I think our town has a big
heart, our town is the most giving. Anytime someone has a need or
something, this town really kicks in."

Merseal started filling boxes with toys at his Richwoods home. He's got
a good reason for helping out. His son is National Guard Captain Kurt
Merseal, who is currently serving in Iraq.

Meanwhile, an ex-serviceman is coming back to Iraq to help street
children:

When Army Capt. Jonathan Powers crossed the Iraq border at the end of
his 14-month tour last July he happily believed he'd never see the
country again.
That was then.

Now Powers is making plans to return to Iraq as a civilian, to help the
children he hasn't been able to forget.

Powers, 27, is director of the upstart Orphans and Street Kids Project,
whose goal is to coordinate the country's ill-equipped orphanages and
offer vocational training for children living on the streets and out of
the facilities' reach.

And the efforts of soldiers have saved life of one Iraqi boy:

In the end, a 7-year-old Iraqi boy's long, dark eyelashes may have
saved his life.
Kadhem Jawad Kathem is doing well after arriving in Houston last week
and undergoing a five-hour operation Tuesday at Texas Children's
Hospital to "replumb" his congenitally malformed heart, his surgeon
said.

Purple-lipped when he arrived because of his heart's inability to
adequately circulate blood through his lungs, Kadhem is showing normal
blood-oxygen levels and will likely be well enough to go home in a
month.

"I am very grateful to everybody, to the American troops back in Iraq,
to all Houstonians and I'm very grateful to the doctors who did the
surgery" said the boy's father, Jawad Kathem, a 33-year-old mechanic
from southern Iraq. Kathem, who speaks Arabic, spoke to the Associated
Press through a translator.

In January, Kadhem met Maj. Brian Stevens, a civil affairs officer
serving in Iraq with the Fort Worth-based 56th Brigade Combat Team,
36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard. Stevens had arrived in a
town in southern Iraq--the exact location is confidential--a month
earlier, beginning a yearlong deployment to build schools and
hospitals.

Kadhem's mother made a wrenching plea for her son, too weak to attend
school or play. She gave Stevens X-rays and medical documents to take
to a military doctor at the base.

It was "those eyelashes" that captivated soldiers, said Chief Master
Sgt. Gonda Moncada, Texas National Guard spokeswoman. "Obviously, many
(Iraqi) children would benefit from surgery. We can't help them all."

The military doctor, a cardiologist, evaluated Kadhem and determined he
needed help--quickly. After searching the Internet, the cardiologist
found Dr. Charles Fraser Jr., an expert in repairs of severe cardiac
malformations at Texas Children's. Moncada said the cardiologist
contacted Fraser directly, via e-mail, and asked, "If we can get the
kid into the States, will you do the surgery?"

An Arizona congressman, meanwhile, is helping Iraqi children with
facial defects or injuries:

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., underwent his first operation for a cleft
palate as age 2 weeks, and since then has had 10 more related
operations.
He says he considers himself lucky for the improvements those
operations have made.

"It's been painful," Franks, 48, said in an interview. But he said the
improvements have meant things as basic as being able to speak more
clearly.

Now, the two-term congressman is trying to help Iraqi children who have
had the same birth defect, as well as other Iraqi children suffering
from facial injuries or abnormalities.

On Thursday, Franks traveled to Amman, Jordan, for the first mission of
what is being called the Iraq initiative of "Operation Smile," an
organization whose doctors perform operations on children to help
correct or minimize their facial defects or injuries.

The mission kicks off what is anticipated to be a five-year effort
geared to the children of that country. Until now, the program has not
been available to Iraqi children.

In all, as many as 50 Iraqi children were to be brought to Amman this
weekend to be treated by a team of volunteer surgeons.

You can check up here on the progress of the mission.
And an unlikely alliance is trying to help an Iraqi boy injured by an
American bomb:


Ayad al-Sirowiy came to America last week hoping doctors here could
remove the war embedded in his face.

Thirteen years old, small and skinny, Ayad was severely burned and
blinded in one eye when a American cluster bomb blew up in his face at
the beginning of the Iraq war.


The explosion blasted thousands of fragments into his skin and left
even deeper emotional scars. The village boys teased him, calling him
"Mr. Gunpowder." Even on sweltering days, Ayad wraps a scarf around his
face when he leaves home, and most nights, he sleeps with sunglasses to
mask his scars.

But all that may change.

On Friday, Ayad and his father, Ali, walked into a laser surgery clinic
in Washington to begin a series of treatments to remove the map of
pinpoint scars that cover most of Ayad's face.

Doctors say a full recovery for Ayad may be a long shot, but at the
urging of a lawyer who read about his plight and labored for more than
a year to bring the boy to America, top dermatologists and cornea
surgeons are willing to try.

What finally got Ayad here was an unlikely alliance between the lawyer,
Joe Tom Easley, a well-known gay rights activist, and Robert Reilly, a
conservative adviser to the U.S. Defense Department reviled in gay
circles for an article he once wrote calling homosexuality "morally
disordered."

=B7 Coalition troops. Task Force Baghdad has a reconstruction update:

Since the transfer of sovereignty, a total of 1,451 projects valued at
$1.4 billion have been completed. Large-scale capital projects like
power plants, water treatment plants and oil infrastructure facilities
are being reconstructed and, in some cases, built anew.
Demand for electricity is currently growing faster than it is able to
be supplied; however, new power lines of 33 kilovolts have been
completed. Generation plants are being built and transmission lines are
being constructed to replace a decades-old, neglected electrical power
system. A total of more than 2,000 megawatts of power have been added
to the grid (enough to service 5.4 million Iraqi homes ). More than
1,400 electrical towers and 8,600 kilometers [5,300 miles] of
transmission lines have been installed.

Many sewer trunk lines have been cleaned or fixed. Work on the majority
of sewer trunk lines continues and progress continues.

Each day, 50 million additional gallons of treated, drinkable water are
being pumped to the Baghdad residents. New water wells and treatment
facilities are in the progress of being constructed in addition to new
delivery pipes being installed.

Solid waste ( trash ) is being removed from the majority of sites in
the Baghdad area; with some areas having it removed at least twice a
week.

More than 20 healthcare facilities have been renovated, with many
others in the process of being renovated.

Reconstruction of Fallujah is also progressing:

The US Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Fallujah City
Council and the Fallujah Reconstruction Committee, has made
considerable progress in restoring water, sewage and electrical service
in the city of Fallujah to levels that existed prior to Operation New
Dawn (Al Fajr) in November 2004.
Elevated water storage tanks have been repaired and water is now at
pre-November 2004 levels. Projects are underway to increase the
capacity of the current system to modern standards. These projects will
upgrade the current capacity of fresh water in the city by three
million gallons per day.

The Fallujah Electric Department and the USACE have worked together to
bring the level of electrical distribution up to approximately 80% of
the existing system's capacity. They plan to bring the system up to
100% of its pre-November 2004 capacity by December 2005. The existing
system is also being brought up to current standards. Every home and
business in the city is scheduled to have safe and modern electrical
connections by next spring.

A modern sewage collection system is under construction, which will
replace the septic tanks currently in use. The system is 80% complete,
and will remove waste from 3,100 homes. Construction of a sewage
treatment facility is scheduled to start in about two months.

Over the next several months, the USACE will finish construction on a
health clinic, four schools, and four 250-man police stations.
Construction of a 500 man police station will start later this year.

Also in Fallujah, troops are compensating the locals:

Fallujah residents received approximately $203,000 in property lease
payments during the second round of the Property Leasing Program last
week. Second Marine Division marines and sailors, along with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), executed 139 leases during a two-day
period.
The program, which began in June, was created to compensate local
residents whose homes were or are currently occupied by coalition
forces. Last month, 94 contracts were completed and $76,000 in payments
were made in three days.

"The impact is two-fold," Maj. Tom Nelson, 5th Civil Affairs Group
economic development officer, said. "First, and most importantly, the
people of Fallujah see us doing the right thing by paying them for the
use of their properties. Secondly, we inject much-needed capital
directly into the local economy."

The Army will soon be adding a lot of electricity to the Iraqi grid:

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers repair project at the Qudas electric
power generating station 25 kilometers [15 miles] north of Baghdad is
85 per cent complete. Engineers predict the work will be finished
within a month. Once operational, Qudas could increase the nation's
electric production ten per cent. The plant's output capacity is 492
megawatts.

There is also more drinking water for Sadr City:

The first of 27 new compact water treatment units officially opened in
Sadr City July 19.
"The compact water units bring needed water to the residents while the
expanded water system for Sadr City continues to develop," said U.S.
Army Lt. Col. Gary Luck, commander of 3rd Battalion 15th Infantry, 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, the coalition unit which
works with Sadr City.

"I want to thank the coalition forces for helping to bring this project
to completion. The people of Sadr City will benefit from having clean
water readily available to them," Sheik Jabar Nashour Jasim

Each water unit produces 15,000 liters of clean potable water a day.

"A total of 405,000 liters per day will be produced once all the of
units are installed and operational," said Luck, who is from Salina,
Kan.

A compact water unit is a small water treatment facility, using well
water or city water as a source of supply. The water is fully treated
and ready for drinking.

In Baghdad, the troops are supporting the economic empowerment of local
women:

One mission that has remained constant for the U.S. soldiers of 3rd
Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry
Division since arriving in Iraq is helping to rebuild the civilian
infrastructure. This is done in many ways, but the intent is to have
Iraqis rebuild Iraq.
Although a small project for the Al Rasheed district, the opening of
the Jihad Sewing School July 5 was a big step forward in improving the
local economy.

"The school is small but they are training about 15 to 20 women and
when they finish, they will be able to go directly into the work force
and put their skills to use," said Capt. Christian Neels, 3rd
Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment civil-military operations officer, and
native of Muscatine, Iowa.

The school teaches women to use sewing machines to make clothing and a
variety of other items. These items can be sold on the local economy or
the women can get a job in a local factory.

In Najaf, Army engineers have their hands full with a number of
security and other infrastructure projects:

An Iraqi female police station tops the list of more than a dozen
active construction and planned projects by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers Gulf Region South District in Najaf.
The female police facility will be used to train female cadets to
properly search other females at the many checkpoints and security
stops throughout Iraq. The contract for the facility is expected to be
awarded by the middle of July and carries a price tag of about
$150,000.

Three other police station projects will be under construction by the
middle of July and are in Waf'a and Najaf city. Two are police stations
and one will be a headquarters building. The projects carry a price tag
of $130,000 for the Waf'a police station, $158,000 for the Najaf EOD
station and $26,000 for the Najaf headquarters facility. Planned
improvements include new windows, doors and security walls.

Other projects planned in the city include the Al Shorta Substation
with a cost of $3.8 million and a water treatment unit at Rmol Al Shebl
for $215,000 and the Najaf Teaching Hospital. The hospital is a viable
operational outpatient clinic capable of outpatient surgeries and
emergency room visits is ready for the next phase of renovation which
will include an industrial kitchen, multiple stories and many outlying
buildings. The project has a total cost of more than $15 million.

Goodwill actions are regular fixture among the troops:

Despite the blistering summertime heat, more than 200 children and
community members gathered at the Bayaa Youth Center in the Al Rashid
district to participate in a uniform and wheelchair distribution,
followed by a soccer game July 13.
"The event was outstanding and turn-out was great," said Capt. Jeffrey
LaPlante, commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment,
4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

"When we arrived, a group was already practicing hurdles at the track
and kids were playing soccer," said LaPlante, a native of Lakeland,
Fla.

The Bayaa Neighborhood Council had been conducting public assistance
projects to improve the quality-of-life of residents in their
neighborhood during the past two weeks.

In addition to the soccer match that afternoon, a community health
screening was conducted where more than 300 people were treated for
minor illnesses by Iraqi doctors and given food and other humanitarian
aid.

The community program also provided complete soccer uniforms, soccer
balls, and a variety of other items for the 240 children involved in
the Bayaa Youth Soccer League. There was enough equipment to outfit 15
teams.

Program coordinators distributed wheelchairs to disabled persons in the
area.

Australian soldiers will soon be contributing to reconstruction of
southern Iraq:

The Australian government will fund community projects in southern Iraq
worth A$2 million [US$1.5 million], including the building of an
ambulance station and mobile health clinic.
Defence Minister Robert Hill said the A$2.3 million worth of projects
would be coordinated by a working group within the Australian army's Al
Muthanna Task Group (AMTG) and would ensure Australia left a lasting
legacy in southern Iraq. . . .

The projects include the construction of a veterinary centre in the
rural centre of Darraji, a veterinary medical storage facility at As
Samawah, renovating the As Samawah grain silo laboratory, providing
equipment for Al Muthanna media outlets, constructing an animal waste
disposal unit in As Samawah, building an ambulance station at Al Khidr,
providing a mobile health clinic for the Al Muthanna province,
renovating a community centre at Al Salman, and supplying water testing
kits for the Al Muthanna province.

More here.
Romanians and Italians are training Iraqi troops:

At the moment, the Romanian forces, in cooperation with Italian
Multinational Specialized Unit (MSU), have finished the first two
training courses, based on teaching techniques, procedures and tactics
in Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) with a duration of three
weeks, completing the last course in the first week of July.
Captain Laurentiu Matei, Chief of the Security Sector Reform project
from "Calugareni" said: "Iraqi soldiers are very interested in what we
are teaching them and they were improving from week to week".

Led by Captain Marius Serban, about forty Romanian instructors are
currently participating in the training duties of the IA held in White
Horse IA base (10 km [6 miles] from Camp Mittica) using their knowledge
and skills for the benefit of the IA officers and soldiers.

And this from the Italians:

The Italian government has granted 300,000 dollars to the cultural
centre in Nassiriya, the city in the southeastern Dhi Qar province
where Italian soldiers, part of the US-led multinational force deployed
in the country, are based. The centre, on the ground floor of the
province headquarters, will have state of art material and equipment
and will include a theater, a library, a cinema, a meeting room and a
modern media equipment.

Also:

Italian troops are renovating al-Nasiriya's General Hospital at a cost
of $2 million. . . . The hospital is vital for the nearly one million
inhabitants of Dhiqar Province of which Nasiriya is the capital, as it
is the only provincial health institution with the ability to carry out
major operations. But most of the hospital's medical equipment is
either outdated or idle. Lack of funds and resources prevented its
rehabilitation. The work by the Italians is the first attempt to repair
the hospital since it was built in the early 1980s. A huge fire last
year had damaged several wards in the 10-storey building.

=B7 Security. There is no doubt that the highest security priority in
Iraq at the moment is to train a sufficient number of soldiers and
policemen so that Iraqis themselves are able to defeat terrorists and
insurgents. It may be the most dangerous job in Iraq, but there is no
end to recruits:

Less than an hour after a suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest
outside an army recruiting center here Wednesday, killing at least six
people, Iraqi security officials were talking about the next working
day.
"We'll be open first thing in the morning," said Sgt. Abbad al-Zarah, a
commander with the security platoon in charge of securing the site.
"And there'll be recruits."

The morning blast outside the center was the seventh attack there this
year, including a suicide bombing 10 days earlier at the same gate that
killed 21 would-be recruits, the Interior Ministry said.

But the barrage of lethal attacks has not stopped recruits from
returning. Two days after the July 10 attack, where a bomber snuck past
guards and detonated a bomb among waiting recruits, a line formed on
Damascus Street for applications.

"I had to turn people away," said Ahmed Hatem Muhsin, a guard at the
gate. "People in Iraq are strong. Stupid and strong."

Another story he "Defiantly, they ignore the bombs and queue to join
the Iraqi army."
Training courses continue to graduate soldiers and junior leaders:

A new crop of Iraqi soldiers and leaders completed their training at
Kirkush Military Training Base here on July 13. Basic Combat Training
Class 11 held a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the eight-week
course on the 13th of July. The Iraqi Training Battalion trained the
group of over 990 recruits. . . .
The same day, the base also held a passing out ceremony to celebrate
the tandem graduations of the Iraqi Army's Squad Leader and Platoon
Sergeant Courses. Soldiers from across Iraq attended the four-week
courses run by the Iraqi Training Brigade. The courses are designed to
foster leadership in the growing Iraqi noncommissioned officers corps.
More than 230 soldiers completed the Squad Leader Course and 42
graduated the Platoon Sergeant Course.

There's also training for female soldiers:

Breathing, squeezing the trigger and keeping the enemy in sight are
just a few of the technical shooting techniques taught by 1st. Sgt.
Amir Jabar Taleb of the 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, 6th Division, to some
of the first female Soldiers inducted into the Iraqi Army.
For the first time in Iraq's history, Iraqi leadership at an Iraqi base
conducted an all-female IA basic training course. Over the past two
weeks, 27 female recruits have had intensive training to learn the
necessary skills to become a Soldier.

"They learned how to use weapons, map reading and battle tactics to
engage the enemy during combat," said Brig. Gen. Jaleel Khalaf Shawail,
commanding general of the 1st Iraqi Army Bde., 6th Div.

More troops and navy personnel have graduated in the south:

The tenth division on the Iraqi army and navy force has organized two
separate celebrations for the graduation of two new classes of
volunteers in Basra city.
Brigadier general Saad Al Harbia, commander of the second brigade of
the tenth division, said, "180 volunteers have finished their major
training to join the division forces, after they received various
military sciences in theoretical lectures and mobilization exercises,
in which officers from the Italian and Romanian forces working within
the multinational forces, have participated.

In Om Qasr region, the navy and coastal defense force has conducted the
ceremony for the graduation of a new group of volunteers to support
these growing forces with new elements that are capable of protecting
the national waters and coasts.

U=2ES. Air Force personnel have done good work training the new Iraqi air
force:

Pope [Air Force Base] maintainers were chosen based on their skill
levels and backgrounds for an elite, six-month mission involving the
new Iraqi air force. Later, they learned not only would they be
teaching the new Iraqi 23rd Transportation Squadron on how the United
States Air Force does business, they were empowered to create the
entire training process.

It wasn't a simple task; bridging the technical language barrier is
never easy. In addition, the Iraqi personnel were used to working on
old Soviet equipment. But the mission has been accomplished:

After months of training and bonding the training paid off. The peak of
Sergeant McDaniel's Air Force career was when he flew on an Iraqi Air
Force C-130 into a combat zone while being piloted by Iraqi pilots.
'Over and over they said, tell people in the U.S. about us how we
appreciate the freedom we have been given and appreciate all the
military has done and sacrificed for us,' said Sergeant McDaniel.

The Iraqi navy prepares to take over the security of territorial
waters:

Commodore Task-Force (CTF) 58 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) commodore
Steve Gilmore said the Iraqi forces are currently part of the task
force, which includes US, British and Australian coalition forces
charged with protecting and patrolling the Gulf.
He said their mission is to detect, deter and deny terrorists or
extremists posing a serious threat to key maritime infrastructures in
the region, such as the Iraqi oil terminals.

"As part of our mission, we are also integrating the Iraqi naval force
into our task force," he said.

"They are actually replacing coalition units rather than working
alongside them."

Cmdr Gilmore, who was speaking on board guided missile cruiser USS
Normandy which is anchored at Mina Salman, said they are beginning
phase two of the three-phase process of preparing Iraqis to take
command control of their waters.

"Over the next 12 months the pieces will be put together after the
Iraqi Navy take on new equipment and achieve higher training and
expertise," he said.

Iraqi police training continues:

Almost 200 cadets became full-fledged Iraqi police officers in a
graduation ceremony July 23--the last such class to be trained by Task
Force Liberty. The new officers spent over two weeks at the 4th Iraqi
Army Training Academy here and learned a variety of things, to include
hand-to-hand combat, urban tactics, arrest procedures, search
techniques, traffic control points, in addition to rifle and pistol
training.

Says Cadet Unis Hamid Salman Almujami: "I want security for Iraq, for
my family, my children's family, and even visitors from outside Iraq,
because this is a free country. . . Everyone is welcome here, except
for terrorists, because we want to live in peace."

With more trained recruits swelling the ranks, Iraqis are assuming a
greater security role. In the past week, Iraqi and American authorities
have formed five joint committees charged with transforming security
responsibilities from Multinational forces to Iraqi security troops.

"Army Major General Joseph Taluto, commander of the multi-national
division in the north-central part of the country, told reporters in
Baghdad July 15 that Iraqi security forces 'are already conducting over
half of the operations that we do.' The Iraqis are either integrated
into coalition operations or carrying them out with minimal coalition
support, Taluto said, and 'that's a huge accomplishment.' "

With boots on the ground, Sgt. Robb Kidwill, who's teaching Iraqi
troops leadership procedures at Forward Operation Base Cobra with the
Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team, says: "We
have slowly transitioned from a point where we led to a point where we
assisted, and now we are in a mentoring role in many ways."

On July 12, an Iraqi army battalion trained by Bulgarian and Polish
soldiers took over control of an area in southern Baghdad.

In Kirkuk, the American troops are also stepping back:

As the battle against insurgency continues in Iraq, U.S. forces in
Kirkuk are taking the backseat and putting Iraqi police (IP) up front
and in control.
Soldiers of 3rd platoon, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat
Team have been working with the Kirkuk police for almost six months and
said they feel confident that it's time for the Iraqis to be seen as in
charge.

"The Iraqi police have been running traffic control points (TCP) since
May and they have been doing a pretty good job," said Staff Sgt. Brad
E=2E Attebery, a Soldier with the 3rd platoon and native of Weiser,
Idaho. "Now we stay out of sight so the town of Kirkuk sees its police
out in front doing their job."

Read also this story of a true pioneer, a 34-year-old mother of four,
Sgt. Bushra Jabar, the first woman in her unit:

As Jabar strides down the street, she draws snickers from women covered
from head to toe in abayas (robes and veils).
"For them, it's amazing," Jabar said. "Maybe it's the first time they
see a woman with a uniform or with pants."

The young girls she meets are fascinated, asking her questions and
posing with her for pictures.

Meanwhile, the first all-female police station has been opened in
Najaf, to deal with cultural and religious sensibilities that prevent
male police officers searching female suspects.
And this is what they are fighting against--a TV program that documents
the confessions of Sheik Zana, leader of a Kurdish jihadi cell, who for
a decade has been terrorizing the north of the country in cooperation
with Islamic terrorist groups. Iraqi viewers have seen taped
confessions before, but this case is different:

Sheik Zana's confessions, delivered in Kurdish, stand out because he
and his followers had a habit of videotaping not only what appear to be
horrific murders and rapes, but also sex among themselves and with the
young men whom they were trying to recruit for their cause.

In stories of security cooperation from ordinary Iraqis:

"An East Baghdad resident alerted Iraqi Soldiers that a terrorist was
preparing to fire a rocket at around 8:30 a.m. July 10. Coalition
Soldiers responded immediately and cordoned off the suspected site.
After searching the area, the Iraqi Soldiers discovered the rocket
ready to be fired from an improvised launcher and safely disarmed the
rocket launcher and took it back to their base. The terrorists were not
seen or captured."

Army Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto, commander of Task Force Liberty, which is
active in cities of Balad, Kirkuk, Tikrit and Samarra, reports a 150%
increase in tips from the public about weapons caches and suspicious
vehicles and individuals.

On July 15 in Baghdad, "soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry
Regiment, captured three personnel, all positively identified as
targets. The 2-156th personnel knocked on doors when the targeted
houses turned up empty, and citizens of the neighborhood led soldiers
to the suspected terrorists."

"A group of Iraqis stopped a Task Force Baghdad unit patrolling in
southeast Baghdad July 15 and told the Soldiers they'd found some
weapons. The patrol followed the Iraqis to the site and found two
mortar tubes and three base plates, one rocket-propelled grenade
launcher, 17 mortar rounds, 39 artillery rounds and 25 boxes of hand
grenades."

A cache of mortars was placed on the side of the road for a patrol from
Third Squadron, Seventh Cavalry, Second Brigade Combat Team, Third
Infantry Division to discover on July 22, in the same spot where locals
have previously placed ammunition for collection. Says Maj. Russ
Goemae "We would prefer civilians not place themselves at risk by
handling munitions in this manner. We would prefer they just tell us
where to find the munitions so we can remove them safely. We are
pleased, however, that the citizens of Iraq are supporting the cause of
democracy and helping to protect their community."
In other recent security successes:

On July 10, "during a routine patrol in the Ameriyah District . . .
Iraqi and Coalition Forces noticed a black BMW parked in the driveway
of a house that was typically unoccupied. Soldiers searched the house
and found a bag of raw C-4 plastic explosives and four other containers
believed to be filled with explosives." More weapons and munitions were
found inside the house.

The capture of Khamis Farhan Khalaf Abd al Fahdawi, known as Abu Seba,
a senior Al Qaeda operative suspected of the murder of the Egyptian
diplomat; he was among 30 suspected terrorists arrested in Ramadi on
July 10.

Twenty-two suspects rounded up during the latest phase of Operation
Scimitar around Fallujah in the runup to July 11.

"Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Baghdad soldiers wounded and
captured a suicide bomber [July 14] before he could blow himself up
near a Coalition checkpoint in central Baghdad."

Thirty-nine suspects arrested in joint American and Iraqi operations in
Baghdad on July 15.

Seventy-seven suspects, including some wanted terrorists, arrested in
Fallujah and throughout Diyala province on July 16 and 17.

On July 17, soldiers from Second Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment fended
off two suicide car attacks while on patrol in Rawah, near the Syrian
border.

"Multi-National Forces from Task Force Freedom and Iraqi Security
Forces detained eight suspected terrorists during separate operations
in northern Iraq [Mosul and Tal Afar] on July 17."

Three insurgents killed and 29 suspects captured by Iraqi security
forces and Task Force Baghdad soldiers in a series of operations in and
around Baghdad on July 17.

"Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces from Task Force Freedom
seized a large weapons cache, detained eight suspected terrorists, and
killed five terrorists during operations in northern Iraq July 17 and
18. Iraqi Police with support of Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th
Infantry Regiment seized a large weapons cache during a raid operation
in western Mosul July 18. The cache consisted of over 1,000 mortar
rounds, over 25 mortar firing systems, 150 rockets, 450 rocket
propelled grenade rounds, 26 RPG launchers, numerous missile firing
systems, shape charges, improvised explosive devices, and over 30
assorted rifles."

Twenty suspects detained and an arms cache recovered during operations
in Tal Afar, Mosul and Rawah on July 18.

"Soldiers from the 256th Brigade Combat Team and the 6th Iraqi Army
Division are taking part in Operation Warrior's Rage, a series of
'cordon and search operations and combat patrols,' officials said
Monday [July 19]. Some 70 suspected insurgents were snared in what the
military called 'targeted raids' seeking specific individuals."

On July 19, a joint American/Iraqi raids in Baghdad's Ameriyah district
and Al Dora neighborhood "led to the capture of four suspected
terrorists, including an individual believed to be a mid-level
terrorist cell leader with ties to Ansar Al Sunna. . . . During
operations July 18, the military reported that Iraqi security forces
and Task Force Baghdad soldiers detained 17 individuals and uncovered
as many as six roadside bombs at various locations. . . . The previous
day . . . in a large military operation in east Baghdad, Iraqi Special
Police commandos raided 19 targets and captured 24 more terror
suspects."

Fifty suspects captured on the first day of a new security operation by
Iraqi troops in Baghdad on July 19.

"Security officials said the Interior Ministry has discovered an
insurgent plan led by one of the high-ranking official of the ministry.
The plan was to blow up the ministry and the headquarters of the
Magaweer forces (commandos), and bomb the al-Shaab stadium with mortars
during the final match of the Iraqi League. The plan also was to
assassinate some of the Arab and foreign ambassadors of Egypt, Bahrain,
Turkey, Iran, and Lebanon to rid Iraq of Arab and foreign diplomats."
"The 1-24 U.S. Infantry Regiment along with the 1st Battalion 3rd
Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division make two discoveries over the last 72
hours [to 21 July] that gathered enough weapons and explosives to kill
thousands of people. U.S. Forces uncovered a hidden cache of weapons in
the floor of a chicken coop in Mosul. The weapons and explosives
include 26 surface-to-air missiles, 700 mortar rounds, 450
rocket-propelled grenades, and 150 57-mm artillery rockets. Iraqi
forces made their discovery about 60 miles south of the Mosul location
in the town of Qayyarah, where they confiscated six 1,000 pound bombs
in a raid."

"U.S. soldiers captured nine terrorists July 22 after they were seen
placing an improvised explosive device. . . . The soldiers saw two
vehicles pull to the side of a road north of Forward Operating Base
Kalsu. Nine men armed with AK-47 assault rifles got out and began
placing an improvised explosive device. The soldiers engaged the men
with small arms fire and captured five wounded terrorists. Four others,
one of them wounded, fled and were captured by another U.S. patrol."

Iraqi security forces arrested 119 suspects, including three
specifically targeted individuals and discovered variety of weapons in
security operations in and around Baghdad on July 22 and 23.

Twenty-two suspects, including eight Egyptian nationals, arrested after
a gunfight when the Iraqi police stormed a building in the Yousefiyah
district of Baghdad on July 23.

"A suspected mastermind of [a] devastating attack in Musayyib was
captured during a raid by Iraqi forces in which two of his associates
were killed, police said Saturday [July 23]. . . . The suspect was
captured in a raid in the nearby town of Jarf al-Sakhr."

"Soldiers from the 150th Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team,
captured more than 100 suspected terrorists [on July 24] near Owesat.
The soldiers also seized and destroyed a cache of weapons that included
186 mortar rounds, three 122 mm artillery rounds, 65 hand grenades, 500
pounds of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, launchers, small-arms
ammunition, and aiming equipment."

A weapons cache discovered and secured by the Ukrainian troops.

The capture by Iraqi commandos of Hamdi Tantawi, an Egyptian associate
of Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a raid on a farmhouse near
the town of Yusufiya on July 27.
Writes Jennifer O'Doan, now a political science major at Northern State
University:

I have been skeptical of the national media coverage of the War on
Terrorism since my return home from Iraq. Immediately I noticed that
each day the death count of American soldiers was given, yet it was a
rare occasion to see coverage on the accomplishments being made over
there. I began to feel as though the consensus of the news media was
that news from Iraq wasn't news unless it was bad news. . . .
I understand that not all people agree with this war, but the
broadcasting world is doing a huge injustice to soldiers by using its
weight to levy against an already diminishing support for the war. If
we only count the bodies but never mention the accomplishments, we are
undermining everything each of our soldiers has done. . . .

The media needs to recognize the accomplishments of our soldiers.
Wouldn't all of you like to know what our troops are dying for? In the
hearts of those families and friends who have lost soldiers to this
war, there is no accomplishment in Iraq worth the life of the ones they
love. But for every solider who walked an extra step or lent an extra
hand to ensure that his or her mission was completed to make those
accomplishments happen, it is worth it. That's why so many give their
lives.

We should hear the full story for the sake not just of our soldiers but
also of the Iraqi people, who are also making the ultimate sacrifice
for peace, democracy and normalcy.

Mr. Chrenkoff is an Australian blogger. He writes at
chrenkoff.blogspot.com.

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Old August 18th 05, 07:38 AM
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Lester Long wrote:
cha ching!

Must be up to $80-$90!


"Hank" wrote in message
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snip commie hank's bull****

lol, I always enjoy reading your responses to hank Lester. Simple and to
the point.
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Old August 18th 05, 04:01 PM
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"Larry Hodges" wrote in message
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Lester Long wrote:
cha ching!

Must be up to $80-$90!


"Hank" wrote in message
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snip commie hank's bull****

lol, I always enjoy reading your responses to hank Lester. Simple and to
the point.
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Thanks Larry.....luckily I think Hank is $lowly being accepted by the
professor$ up at Cornell, and he'$ $pending le$$ time profe$$ing his
political view$ here.




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Old August 18th 05, 04:17 PM
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Lester Long wrote:

Thanks Larry.....luckily I think Hank is $lowly being accepted by the
professor$ up at Cornell, and he'$ $pending le$$ time profe$$ing his
political view$ here.



Henry is not an academic. He's a lab tech.

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Old August 18th 05, 04:28 PM
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"JMW" wrote in message
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Lester Long wrote:
Thanks Larry.....luckily I think Hank is $lowly being accepted by the
professor$ up at Cornell, and he'$ $pending le$$ time profe$$ing his
political view$ here.



Henry is not an academic. He's a lab tech.


Exactly........he's overhearing a couple of the "wimmyns' studies" profs as
they walk pass him on the way to the anti-Bu$h rally, took off the safely
goggles and took up the cause, and maybe he's a big hit with the profs of
the opposite........$ex.

Then again, maybe he's an academic wannabe.........



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Old August 20th 05, 12:30 AM
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Rayvan wrote:

BTW, Hank. Do you ever read websites that are *not* socialist?


Actually, http://www.wsws.org/ is the only socialist
web site that I read. Of course I also read CNN, and
other mainstream corporate news organizations. That's
the only way to get a balanced view. Your problem is that
you only read right wing "news" sources that support the
bu$h regime, and ignore it's lies and crimes. That's why
you're ignorant of many crucial facts. Here's just one
example of distorting the truth by your right wing
"blogger".

USAID is assisting the development of Iraqi agriculture
through various initiatives:


Two irrigation canal cleaning projects are underway in Ninawa' and
Diyala' governorates to improve farmers' access to water and increase
agricultural production. The projects are funded by USAID's
Agricultural Research and Development for Iraq (ARDI) program. . . .
ARDI, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), is
conducting a survey of poultry farms near Baghdad to collect
information about the poultry industry, including the economic
performance of poultry farms. The results will allow ARDI and the MOA
to better understand the poultry industry and the problems poultry
farmers face. . . .


USAID and the MOA recently conducted a series of technical
demonstrations for tomato farmers in Karbala, Najaf and Basrah
governorates. The demonstrations familiarize farmers with new
technologies for tomato production in order to boost the yield and
quality of tomato crops. . . .


To increase farmer income and reduce public health risks, USAID has
recently approved a grant that will fund a training program to improve
livestock breeding techniques in Iraqi villages. . . . The program will
provide training to 4,800 women in 240 villages to improve breeding
techniques and educate the rural population about preventing the spread
of diseases from animals. . . .


Nowhere does your right wing blogger mention Paul Bremmer's
order 81, which prohibits Iraq farmers from saving their
seeds, which has been done for thousands of years. The
reason for this order is war profiteering for the Monsanto
corporation through the sale of patented seeds. I'm sure you
know nothing about it, but you should.

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12547

Also, your bloggger has never been to Iraq, so it's
easy for him to tell pleasant fairy tales that little in
common with reality. Here's someone who literally risks
his life to find and report the truth from Iraq. Needless
to say, he tells a much different, more honest story.

http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com/


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http://www.commondreams.org/
http://www.truthout.org/
http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/
http://counterpunch.org/
http://responsiblewealth.org/
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pol/80315675.html

In September and October 2003, McClellan said he had spoken
directly with Rove about the matter and that "he was not
involved" in leaking Plame's identity to the news media.
McClellan said at the time: "The president knows that Karl
Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion"
and "It's not true."
Yet another in the endless stirng of bu$h's lies.

"We argued, as did the security services in this country,
that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the
threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners
have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such
warnings." Respect MP George Galloway 7-7-05

"They are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And
there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to
take... men with blind hatred and armed with lethal weapons
who are capable of any atrocity... they respect no laws of
warfare or morality."
-bu$h describing his own illegal invasion of Iraq.
http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
a walk in the park. AFAIK, No one died or even lost any blood."
-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook and blatant liar, on the rape,
torture and murder at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0512-10.htm

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf Hitler

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

Don't let bu$h do to the United States what his very close
friend and top campaign contributor, Ken Lay, did to Enron...
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Old August 20th 05, 12:52 AM
Hank
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JMW wrote:

Henry is not an academic. He's a lab tech.


Wow, you know more about me than you do about
the president of The United States. I wonder why
you "think" the career of a stranger posting to
newsgroups is more important to you than bu$h's
career...
Oh well, it's certainly not the first time a bu$h
apologist has revealed its bizarre priorities...

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http://www.commondreams.org/
http://www.truthout.org/
http://www.prohibitioncosts.org/
http://thirdworldtraveler.com/
http://counterpunch.org/
http://responsiblewealth.org/
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/pol/80315675.html

In September and October 2003, McClellan said he had spoken
directly with Rove about the matter and that "he was not
involved" in leaking Plame's identity to the news media.
McClellan said at the time: "The president knows that Karl
Rove wasn't involved," "It was a ridiculous suggestion"
and "It's not true."
Yet another in the endless stirng of bu$h's lies.

"We argued, as did the security services in this country,
that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the
threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners
have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such
warnings." Respect MP George Galloway 7-7-05

"They are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And
there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to
take... men with blind hatred and armed with lethal weapons
who are capable of any atrocity... they respect no laws of
warfare or morality."
-bu$h describing his own illegal invasion of Iraq.
http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.htm

"Brutal and sadistic? By what girly-man standards? Compared
to how Saddam treated his prisoners, a bit of humiliation was
a walk in the park. AFAIK, No one died or even lost any blood."
-Albert Nurick, a usenet kook and blatant liar, on the rape,
torture and murder at bu$h's Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0512-10.htm

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them. And then
he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did."
-- George W. Bush

"Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the
will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the
Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord."
-- Adolf Hitler

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is
not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
to the American public."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1918)

Don't let bu$h do to the United States what his very close
friend and top campaign contributor, Ken Lay, did to Enron...
  #10  
Old August 20th 05, 04:38 AM
JMW
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Hank wrote:
JMW wrote:

Henry is not an academic. He's a lab tech.


Wow, you know more about me than you do about
the president of The United States. I wonder why
you "think" the career of a stranger posting to
newsgroups is more important to you than bu$h's
career...


Your hyperactive insanity can be amusing, but your delusions are
boring.
 




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