. "Iraqi and U.S. officials think Iraq's ailing economy could get a kick-start from U.S. consumers interested in giving Iraqi-made clothes as Christmas presents. "We are hoping if everything goes well, by Thanksgiving and Christmas we will have from the Mosul factory teenage clothing, and from the Najaf factory ready-made suits, and from the leather industries here, leather jackets, and so on," Sami al-Araji, the deputy industry minister, said Sunday during the announcement of a plan to put state industries back to work." New rebuilding slogan: This Christmas, buy Iraqi, August 13, 2007
Comment from a friend: "I can't believe that these people are so naive..... What do they take Iraq for!!! A sweat shop to produce garments for the USA? الله يلعن الزمن اللي وصـّلنا الى هنا"ـ
and another: ـ"الله الله...اشلون عبقرية...وين كان هذا الأعرجي قبل كم سنة، راح تنحل كل المشاكل بعشرة آلاف جاكيت و عشرين الف قاط (ما ادري سرة واحد لو سراوين) ، بس (مع اعتذاري الشديد)، ماكو ذكر (للقنادر الجلد)، يبدو راح تتوزع مكرمة للسادة المسؤولين يعلسونها باعياد الميلاد حسب المحاصصات! بلكت يشبعون ويكفون"ـ . Update: "More than a year after the Pentagon launched an ambitious effort to reopen Iraqi factories and persuade U.S. firms to purchase their goods, defense officials acknowledge that the initiative has largely failed because American retailers have shown little interest in buying products made in Iraq. ... Iraqi officials have recently highlighted pending deals with retailers such as Wal-Mart and J.C. Penney, businesses that they said were considering purchasing Iraqi products from the few local factories that have restarted. But the two companies said last week that they are not in negotiations to buy Iraqi products, citing Iraq's uncertain future and the questionable viability of potential suppliers there. ... In an interview last Friday, Paul A. Brinkley, the deputy undersecretary of defense in charge of the task force, acknowledged that promising opportunities with U.S. companies have slipped away as the war's popularity fell. ... In recent weeks, the Defense Department's Office of Inspector General began an investigation after allegations by two task force officials that Brinkley engaged in erratic behavior, public drunkenness, mismanagement, waste of funds and sexual harassment." U.S. Falters In Bid to Boost Iraqi Business August 24, 2007
I doubt we in Ohio will ever see any of these suits or kids' clothing. What, might I ask, is the point of talking about all this industry if we haven't ended the War ON Iraq and pulled out troops on a regular and sane basisThe ? This cart before the horse kind of thinking is INSANE.
Death toll in Iraq blasts rises to 250: Rescuers used bare hands and shovels Wednesday to claw through clay houses shattered by an onslaught of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 and possibly as many as 500 members of an ancient religious sect in the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.
The U.S. military blamed al-Qaida in Iraq . . .
(Meanwhile, bring out the Christmas baubles. Buy Iraqi. Kill Iraq. Who are these the bloody PR fools? The day leather jackets come streaming out of Mosul factories will be the same day Lazarus truly rises from the dead.)
Video (32 min.), Deir Yassin Remembered: Early in the morning of April 9, 1948, commandos of the Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) and the Stern Gang attacked Deir Yassin, a village with about 750 Palestinian residents. The village lay outside of the area to be assigned by the United Nations to the Jewish State; it had a peaceful reputation. But it was located on high ground in the corridor between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Deir Yassin was slated for occupation under Plan Dalet and the mainstream Jewish defense force, the Haganah, authorized the irregular terrorist forces of the Irgun and the Stern Gang to perform the takeover.
In all over 100 men, women, and children were systematically murdered. Fifty-three orphaned children were literally dumped along the wall of the Old City, where they were found by Miss Hind Husseini and brought behind the American Colony Hotel to her home, which was to become the Dar El-Tifl El-Arabi orphanage.
2nd Edition Charles Tripp School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
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In response to current events, Charles Tripp has updated his incisive book A History of Iraq to include developments as recent as mid-2002. Since its establishment by the British in the 1920s, Iraq has witnessed the rise and fall of successive authoritarian regimes, competing ruthlessly for power and resources. This struggle culminated in the dictatorship of Saddam Husain, who still maintains his grip over a fragmented and increasingly isolated society. Tripp's book traces Iraq's political history from its nineteenth-century roots in the Ottoman empire, to the development of the state, its transformation from monarchy to republic and the rise of the Ba'th party and the ascendancy and current rule of Saddam Husain. This is a story of social conflict, of power struggles between rival clans, of hostility and wars with neighboring states, as well as of their aftermath, and Iraq's deteriorating relations with the West. A History of Iraq offers incisive analysis of the making of a modern state and how it creates its own distinctive politics. Charles Tripp is Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the General Editor of the Cambridge Middle East Studies Series and author of A History of Iraq (3rd Edition, CUP, 2007) and Islam and the Moral Economy: the challenge of capitalism (CUP, 2006).
The Bipartisan Guarantee of More War in Iraq: We invaded your country. We occupied your country. We wrote your constitution, in which the arbitrary decrees of our colonial viceroy were imposed as fundamental law. We looted your money. We armed your sectarians. And we are going to keep a large number of troops in your country, come what may. But we aren't going to baby-sit you anymore. No, if you don't get your act together -- and sign the goddamned Oil Law already -- we are just going to withdraw to our permanent bases and watch you kill each other. -- That is the sum total of the leading Democratic candidate's position on Iraq.
Thus turning over ostensible authority to a "sovereign" Iraqi government was another masterstroke by the Bushists, a truly audacious scam. While still occupying the country and controlling its affairs, the United States has divested itself of the legal responsibilities of an occupying power. The leaders of both parties in Washington are now busy washing their hands of the blood they have shed, putting the onus on the occupied, co-opted and controlled nation to "put its own house in order." But of course, the Iraqis don't own their house anymore; the largest and most powerful armed force in the world is squatting there, and will keep squatting there for years to come, if the "serious" leaders of both parties have their way.
(More on kick-starting Iraq's 'economy', . . . and so on) Sex for survival: When Rana Jalil, 38, lost her husband in an explosion in Baghdad last year, she could never have imagined becoming a prostitute in order to feed her children.