The US's occupation of Iraq will see to it that the Lion of Babylon rises again ..
سنـُبعـَث ُ من جَديد ، وإلى ضَـيـرِِهِـم
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The overcast of the Quds Force over Iraq ... غيمة قوات القدس الصفراء فوق العراق
Belatedly, and after several previous postings بعد نشرات سابقة عن قوات القدس أدناه:
"One of the most powerful men in Iraq isn't an Iraqi government official, a militia leader, a senior cleric or a top U.S. military commander or diplomat,
He's an Iranian general, and at times he's more influential than all of them. (emphasis added)
Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani commands the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force, an elite paramilitary and espionage organization whose mission is to expand Iran's influence in the Middle East .
As Tehran's point man on Iraq , he funnels military and financial support to various Iraqi factions, frustrating U.S. attempts to build a pro-Western democracy on the rubble of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship.
According to Iraqi and American officials, Suleimani has ensured the elections of pro-Iranian politicians, met frequently with senior Iraqi leaders and backed Shiite elements in the Iraqi security forces that are accused of torturing and killing minority Sunni Muslims.
"Whether we like him (Suleimani) or not, whether Americans like him or not, whether Iraqis like him or not, he is the focal point of Iranian policy in Iraq ," said a senior Iraqi official who asked not to be identified so he could speak freely. "The Quds Force have played it all, political, military, intelligence, economic. They are Iranian foreign policy in Iraq ..."
.... McClatchy reported on March 30 that Suleimani intervened to halt the fighting between mostly Shiite Iraqi security forces and radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army militia in the southern city of Basra. Iraqi officials now confirm that in addition to that meeting, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani personally met Suleimani at a border crossing to make a direct appeal for help.
Iraqi and U.S. officials told McClatchy that Suleimani also has:
— Slipped into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified seat of the U.S. occupation and the Iraqi government, in April 2006 to try to orchestrate the selection of a new Iraqi prime minister. Iraqi officials said that audacious visit was Suleimani's only foray into the Green Zone; American officials said he may have been there more than once.
— Built powerful networks that gather intelligence on American and Iraqi military operations. Suleimani's network includes every senior staffer in Iran's embassy in Baghdad , beginning with the ambassador, according to Iraqi and U.S. officials.
— Trained and directed Shiite Muslim militias and given them cash and arms, including mortars and rockets fired at the U.S. Embassy and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, the sophisticated roadside bombs that have caused hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi casualties."
".... A year later, in April 2006 , Iran became deeply concerned about a deadlock in negotiations over the selection of a new Iraqi prime minister after a second round of parliamentary elections.
This time, Suleimani slipped into the Green Zone to negotiate with Shiite politicians and to ensure that Iraq's final choice was acceptable to Tehran ...
In the end, the Iraqis compromised on Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki .
Stunned by the security breach, American officials demanded an explanation from their Iraqi allies. U.S. officials "were upset, but this solved the problem at the time," Iraqi Vice President Adil Abdul Mahdi (see previous posting: The Battle of Baghdad .... معركة بغداد January 27,2007) told McClatchy in an interview this month at his Baghdad office. "I think they were pleased on one side, they were unpleased from the other side. Pleased that there was a solution to the standstill situation that we had at that time, but of course, I think, unpleased because he (Suleimani) was in the Green Zone."
""..... As long as the dialogue is about Iraq , meetings will be held on the soil of Iraq as well as the other places," said Hadi al Ameri (see previous posting: Will the US have to reinvade Iraq to depose him? November 21, 2006) , an Iraqi legislator who commands the Badr Organization . "Maybe the president going to the border can be questioned as far as protocol, but protocol is not our main concern. Our main concern is putting out the fires." Is an Iranian general pulling the strings in Iraq? April 28, 2008
.ـ"أشار تقرير نشرته شبكة مكلاتشي الامريكيه على موقعها الالكتروني إلى أن أحد أقوى الرجال في العراق ليس مسؤولا حكوميا أو قائد ميليشيا أو مرجعا دينيا أوقائدا عسكريا أميركيا أو دبلوماسيا، بل هو جنرال إيراني يُدعى اللواء قاسم سليماني، قائد قوات القدس التابعة للحرس الثوري الإيراني.وتشير الشبكة الأميركية إلى أن هذه المنظمة هي شبه عسكرية، ذات طابع استخباراتي تضطلع بمهمة توسيع النفوذ الإيراني في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.وتشير الصحيفة إلى أن مهمة اللواء سليماني تتلخص بتوفير الدعم العسكري والمالي للجماعات العراقية المختلفة بهدف إفشال التجربة الأميركية لبناء نظام حكم على النمط الغربي.ويؤكد مسؤولون عراقيون وأميركيون أن اللواء سليماني عمل على ضمان فوز السياسيين العراقيين الموالين لإيران في الانتخابات الأخيرة، وعقد لقاءات عديدة مع قيادات عراقية بارزة، فضلا عن توفيره الدعم للعناصر الشيعية في القوات الحكومية المتورطة بجرائم تعذيب وقتل السنة.قوات القدس: منظمة شاملةوقال مسؤول عراقي طلب عدم الكشف عن إسمه، إن سليماني هو نقطة ارتكاز السياسة الإيرانية في العراق، مضيفا أن قوات القدس تُعنى بجميع الملفات السياسية والامنية والمخابراتية والاقتصادية، وهي بمثابة السياسية الخارجية في العراق.ونشرت شبكة مكلاتشي الأميركية تقريرا نهاية الشهر الماضي تشير فيه إلى أن اللواء سليماني تدخل شخصيا لإنهاء القتال الأخير في البصرة بين القوات الحكومية وميليشيا جيش المهدي، ونقلت عن مسؤولين عراقيين تأكيدهم أن طالباني إلتقى شخصيا باللواء سليماني في إحدى النقاط الحدودية مع إيران لطلب مساعدته في ايجاد حل للأزمة.دخل المنطقة الخضراء ليختار رئيس الوزراء ونقلت شبكة ماكلاتشي عن مسؤولين عراقيين و أميركيين، لم تكشف عن هوياتهم، أن سليماني تمكن من الدخول إلى المنطقة الخضراء في شهر نيسان/أبريل من عام 2006 بغرض عملية اختيار رئيس الوزراء في حينها"ـ
قائد قوات القدس الإيرانية هو الأكثر نفوذا في العراق ـ30 نيسان 2008"American researcher Suzanne Maloney spells out the results of the “successfully” surging American war on Iraq:“Of the many American illusions and delusions surrounding this war, the Administration’s calculations with respect to Iran were among the most wildly off base. Instead of generating a liberal, secular democracy whose reverberations would drive out Iran’s clerical oligarchs, the disastrous Bush policies fostered a sectarian Iraq that has helped empower Iranian hardliners. Rather than serving as an anchor for a new era of stability and American preeminence in the Persian Gulf, the new Iraq represents a strategic black hole, bleeding Washington of military resources and political influence while extending Iran’s primacy among its neighbors.” How the Iran War Empowered Iran March 21, 2008Yes, sure!"Baghdad says it agrees that Iran has supplied militants with weapons, but the Iraqi government seems to want the US to back off threats of military action and let it pursue diplomatic solutions.... Iraqi advisor Rikabi indicated Monday that using the media as the conduit for airing differences with Iran was reminiscent of the propaganda methods of Hussein, and something the current leadership preferred to avoid.
"We avoid using propaganda against this country or that country," he said. "We're trying to give a new face to Iraq."
As he spoke in his office in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and most Iraqi government offices, sirens began wailing to warn of incoming rocket fire. Rikabi leaned forward slightly, away from his window, then relaxed after a crash sounded some distance away.""Iraq Jumps Into US-Iran Tussle April 29, 2008
Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani اللواء قاسم سليماني، قائد قوات القدس
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The lying scoundrel - Douglas Un-Feith
."The man who led the office that supplied the Bush Administration with "raw intelligence" on Iraq now says everyone else is to blame but himself.
Douglas Feith, President Bush's former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, headed the Office of Special Plans, a secretive outfit which passed along unverified "alternative" intelligence to Administration decisionmakers in the run up to war.
A Senate Intelligence Committee report found that the Office "developed, produced, and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al Qaida relationship, which included some conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community, to senior decision-makers."
In other words, they passed on "intelligence" that was never vetted, much of which appeared to align with a hawkish Administration agenda."Iraq war architect blames Powell for Iraq: Blames Powell, Armitage, Bremer, Rumsfeld, Rice April 25, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
What is the fate of the "Liberated" Iraqi Children? . ما هو مصير الأطفال العراقيين "المـُحررين"؟
ـ"قالت الممثلة الخاصة للأمين العام للامم المتحدة لشؤون الأطفال والنزاعات المسلحة راديكا كوماراسوامي امس، ان أطفال العراق هم الضحايا الصامتون للعنف الدائر في البلاد ..... وأشارت الي أن "حوالي 50% فقط من طلاّب المدارس الابتدائية يرتادون المدارس وهو عدد متدن مقارنة بالعام 2005 حيث كانت النسبة 80%، وأنّ حوالي 40% فقط يحصلون علي مياه نظيفة للشرب ولا يزال الاحتمال قائما لتفشي مرض الكوليرا." وتابعت قائلة انه "ومنذ عام 2004، تنامت أعداد الأطفال الذين يتم تجنيدهم في العديد من المليشيات والجماعات المتمردة للقيام بعمليات منها شن الهجمات الانتحارية، ويقبع زهاء 1,500 طفل في مرافق الاعتقال." وقالت ان العديد من العقبات تعترض المساعدات الانسانية التي يتم تقديمها للمجتمعات المحلية في أرجاء متباينة من البلاد لتحول دون حصول الأطفال علي هذه المساعدات، لافتة الي ان " أكثر من نصف النازحين داخلياً واللاجئين هم من الأطفال الذين يتعرضون لصعوبات جمة في الأماكن التي يعيشون فيها سواء داخل العراق أو في دول الجوار." وأشارت الي انه "يتعين علي المجتمع الدولي تقديم المساعدات للبلدان المضيفة لضمان حماية حقوق هؤلاء الأطفال وحصولهم علي الخدمات الأساسية كالتعليم والرعاية الصحية."ـ
ـ25 نيسان 2008
"Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, said her recent five-day trip to Iraq convinced her that the country's children are "the silent victims of the ongoing violence."
"Since 2004, an increasing number of children have been recruited into various militias and insurgent groups, including as suicide bombers," said Coomaraswamy in a statement released Friday after she returned to Amman, Jordan. She did not reveal the source of her information.
... She said only 50 percent of primary school-age children were attending class, down from 80 percent in 2005. Approximately 1,500 children are known to be held in detention facilities, she added."
The "American" occupier's solution?
Build the Iraqi children a "very profitable" Disneyland (previous posting, April 24, 2008) in the middle of Baghdad with the proviso that "entry to the park would be strictly controlled through tight security".
"The entertainment park is an integral part of war propaganda.From a comment by Buthaina:
Establishing an American cultural outpost in an occupied land serves to uphold the legitimacy of the invaders and their Worldwide "cultural values".
Most of the country's cultural and educational infrastructure including museums, schools, universities, parks, theaters, cinemas have been destroyed and now the invaders are "helping to rebuild". War Propaganda: Disneyland goes to war-torn Iraq April 28, 2008
"Mr. Werner is a jew. His concern will be the "housing and hotel development" which will be "culturally sensetive".
1- For whom those housing and hotels?
2- will the iraqi puppets give him the land for the project, free of charge?He is a jew and he will be owning a huge land in the centre of Baghdad. "
Also, this idea is not new.
The occupier's "Iraqi" puppet parliament solution?
Promoting a law that would forbid the import of toy guns and fireworks that create loud noise and to combat the spreading belief among Iraqi choldren that they can take what they want by force. (the below report in Arabic).
This proposed law would for sure not refer to the noise of the bullets, rockets and bombs of the American occupier nor the fact that the US and Britain illegally occupied Iraq by force.
The Iraqi children would thus be expected to close their ears to "that" noise and shut their eyes and mind to "that" fact.
ما هو الحل من قبل المُحتل الأمريكي؟
بناء ديزني لاند (نشرة 24 نيسان 2008، بالإنكليزية) من قبل رجل أعمال يهودي على مساحة واسعة في قلب بغداد،ـ ـ (وهناك من سبقه في هذا الفكرة - إنظر النشرة السابقة بالإنكليزية في 4 آذار 2005 حول مشروع مقبور لبناء ديزني لاند في الأهوار للسياح الأمريكيين).ـ
ما هو الحل المقترح من قبل البرلمان "العراقي"؟
ـ"أعلنت عضو في البرلمان العراقي أن لجنة برلمانية تضع مسودة قرار يحظر بموجبه استيراد المسدسات اللعبة والألعاب النارية إلى العراق، على أمل خفض التصرفات العدوانية بين الأطفال الذين كبروا في ظل حرب حقيقية. ـوقالت النائب سميرة الموسوي، رئيسة الهيئة البرلمانية للنساء والأطفال، التي تحضر مسودة الحظر المقترح "انتشرت ثقافة العنف في مجتمعنا وتحكمت بالعائلة العراقية، وهذا أثر على ثقافة الأطفال." ـوأضافت الموسوي قائلة: "لقد أصبحت عادة بين أغلبية أطفالنا أن يأخذوا ما يريدونه بالقوة ونريد تغيير هذه الثقافة"، وفقاً للأسوشيتد برس. ـوقالت "جميع الألعاب التي تسبب الخوف بين الأطفال عبر إصدار أصوات متفجرات، كالألعاب النارية، وتلك التي تؤثر على تصرفات الأطفال، كالمسدسات، ستكون مشمولة في القرار." ـ
البرلمان العراقي يقترح حظرا على استيراد ألعاب الأسلحة
ـ24 نيسان 2008
طبعاً وبغض النظر عن أصوات قنابل وطلقات وصواريخ المُحتل الأمريكي وأخذه العراق بالقوة، إذ على الأطفال العراقين أن يسدّوا آذانهم عن سماعها ويغمضوا أعينهم وعقولهم عن رؤية واقعهم.ـ
Whose solution? .... حلّ من؟
Friday, April 25, 2008
The hara-kiri of the "Brave" war criminals
."Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
The dramatic increase is revealed in new U.S. Army figures, which show 2,100 soldiers tried to commit suicide in 2007. "Concern mounts over rising troop suicides February 23, 2008"In a stunning admission, top officials at the Veterans Health Administration confirmed that the agency’s own statistics show that an average of 126 veterans per week -- 6,552 veterans per year -- commit suicide, according to an internal email distributed to several VA officials. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Kussman, the undersecretary for health at the VA, sent the email, dated Dec. 15, 2007. Kussman had inquired about the accuracy of a news report published that month claiming the suicide rate among veterans was 18 per day..."VA confirms 18 vets commit suicide every day April 22, 2008"On April 17, 2008, AP News reported that a new study released by the RAND Corporation concludes that “some 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from major depression or post traumatic stress from serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 320,000 received brain injuries.”On April 21, 2008, OpEdNews.com reported that an internal e-mail from Gen. Michael J. Kussman, undersecretary for health at the Veterans Administration, to Ira Katz, head of mental health at the VA, confirms a McClatchy Newspaper report that 126 veterans per week commit suicide. To the extent that the suicides are attributable to the war, more than 500 deaths should be added to the reported combat fatalities each month."What the Iraq War is About april 23, 2008"“Shh!” Katz wrote in his response to Chasen. “Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among the veterans we see in our medical facilities. Is this something we should (carefully) address ourselves in some sort of release before someone stumbles on it?”VA tried to conceal extent of attempted veteran suicides, email shows April 23, 2008
It is more fitting for these chicken hawks to be charged with War Crimes Against Humanity
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Contorted Black Humor ... عرب وين طنبورة وين و شرّ البلية ما يضحك
."Mr Werner, chairman of C3, a Los Angeles-based holding company for private equity firms, is pouring millions of dollars into developing The Baghdad Zoo and Entertainment Experience, a massive American-style amusement park that will feature a skateboard park, rides, a concert theatre and a museum. It is being designed by the same firm that developed Disneyland.
"The people of Iraq need this kind of positive influence. It's going to have a huge psychological impact," Mr Werner said.....An Iraq government spokesman is equally excited about the entertainment park:
Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, is equally optimistic: "There is a shortage of entertainment in the city. Cinemas can't open. Playgrounds can't open. The fun park is badly needed for Baghdad. Children don't have any opportunities to enjoy their childhood," he said, adding that entry to the park would be strictly controlled through tight security."'Disneyland In Iraq': Multi-Million Dollar Entertainment Park Coming To Baghdad April 23, 2008"The project, wholly financed by Mr. Werner, will cost half a billion dollars to develop and will be managed by Iraqis. Under the terms of the lease, Mr. Werner will retain exclusive rights to housing and hotel developments, which he says will be both "culturally sensitive" and "enormously profitable."
"I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't making money," he said. "I also have this wonderful sense that we're doing the right thing. We're going to employ thousands of Iraqis. But mostly everything here is for profit.The project is meant to lure "the demographic of ... kids standing idly by on corners, who are susceptible to influence from the bad guys," he says."U.S. businessman aims to bring 'badly needed' fun to Baghdad April 23, 2008 "Wonderful sense", indeed. What else? Well, "mostly everything here is for proft".The greedy arrogance stinks..
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Anti Occupation video clips by Buthaina Al-Nasiri ... باقة من أفلام الفيديو ضد الإحتلال - بثينة الناصري
And here are a few more Iraqi Resistance videos, just in case Bush was not watching:
Monday, April 21, 2008
Liars and Deceivers
."David Barstow, an investigative reporter for The Times, examines primary source documents detailing the Pentagon’s response to criticism of then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld by a group of prominent retired generals. (Related Article)"How the Pentagon Spread Its Message
(See the video) April 20, 2008.Condoleezza Rice on Torture – Liar.The lies that Led to War ...... Originally Broadcast on March 7, 2007
Sunday, April 20, 2008
An inescapable truth: An occupier's puppet is a traitor in disguise
."In testimony before Congressional committees last week, Gen. David Petraeus portrayed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's late March offensive in Basra as a poorly planned effort that departed from what U.S. officials had expected.What Petraeus did not reveal is that al-Maliki was deliberately upsetting a Petraeus plan to put U.S. and British forces into Basra for a months-long operation to eliminate the Mahdi Army from the city. Petraeus referred to a plan for an operation to be carried out in Basra that he and his staff had developed with the head of the Basra Operational Command, Gen. Mohan al-Furayji....In testimony before Congressional committees last week, Gen. David Petraeus portrayed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's late March offensive in Basra as a poorly planned effort that departed from what U.S. officials had expected.What Petraeus did not reveal is that al-Maliki was deliberately upsetting a Petraeus plan to put U.S. and British forces into Basra for a months-long operation to eliminate the Mahdi Army from the city. ...The main point of al-Maliki's operation, however, was that it would exclude U.S. troops. As al-Maliki explained in an interview with CNN correspondent Nic Robertson Apr. 7, he had demanded that U.S. and British troops stay out of Basra, "because that would give an excuse to some militant groups to say that this is a foreign force attacking us." (emphasis added) al-Maliki thus feared that a confrontation between thousands of U.S. and British troops and the Mahdi Army would further inflame the feelings of Shiites in the south about the occupation, with which his own regime has been so tightly linked." Petraeus Hid Maliki Resistance to US Troops in Basra April 17, 2008" US air strike has killed six Iraqi civilians, wounding 15 others in the Sadr City area of Baghdad, police and witnesses say. They said the air strike also set fire to a building, destroyed several vehicles and damaged homes. One local woman told AP Television she was at a loss to understand why her people were being attacked. ''Why do aircraft and missiles pound us? They destroyed our houses and our properties. Why?" Um Hussein exclaimed. The US air strikes have left many Iraqi civilians dead and wounded since March 25 when the Mahdi Army of anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has been involved in fierce clashes with US troops and Iraqi forces after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered a security crackdown in the southern city of Basra."Iraqi civilians target of US grudge April 20, 2008.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Mental cost of the occupation
."About 300,000 U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, but about half receive no care, an independent study said on Thursday. The study by the RAND Corp. also estimated that another 320,000 troops have sustained a possible traumatic brain injury during deployment. Billed as the first large-scale nongovernmental survey of its kind, the study found that stress disorder and depression afflict 18.5 percent (emphasis added - compare with Iraqi percentage below) of the more than 1.5 million U.S. forces who have deployed to the two war zones."Study says 300,000 U.S. troops suffer mental problems April 17, 2008What would then be the mental cost of the occupation to the Iraqi people?For example:"Iraqi refugees in Syria are suffering from extreme levels of trauma, far higher than among refugees elsewhere from other recent conflicts, according to new figures released on 22 January by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The figures, based on interviews with 754 refugees and analysed by the US Center for Disease Control using the Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSC) and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire (HTQ), reveal that 89.5 percent are suffering from depression, 81.6 percent from anxiety and 67.6 percent from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (emphasis added).“We are shocked by the statistics, but at the same time we are not surprised because every hour of the day there is somebody who reports torture, there is someone who reports the devastating effects of the violence,” said Sybella Wilkes, spokesperson for the UNHCR in Syria. "UN research indicates high levels of trauma among Iraqi refugees January 22, 2008Especially with 'Brave' American soldiers like these, treating Iraqis like this!.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Iraqi Culture - Not for Sale
The Iraqi May Joseph
Thursday, April 10, 2008
They Lied, are Liars and were Wrong
."George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, along with a slew of administration underlings and a revolving-door cavalcade of brass hats from the Pentagon, have been making claims regarding Iraq for many years now.
They claimed Iraq was in possession of 26,000 liters of anthrax, "enough to kill several million people," according to a page on the White House web site titled Disarm Saddam Hussein".Remember: They Are Liars April 8, 2008
.Updates:The Shamelessness of Doug Feith and the Neocons April 7th, 2008
The lies that Led to War ...... Originally Broadcast on March 7, 2007
Monday, April 07, 2008
With friends like these, who needs enemies
With American friends like these:
" While the battle of Basra raged last week, a series of talks between the Bush administration and the US-backed Maliki government rolled forward. These negotiations may have at least as many implications for Iraq's future as the violence on the ground.
The discussions, ongoing since November, stem from a "Declaration of Principles" agreement signed by the two leaders, aimed at establishing a long-term "friendship" between their countries.
While the portion of the Declaration that suggests a permanent US military presence in Iraq has garnered much attention, the agreement also proposes another goal: to solidify "economic ties" between the two countries and grant the US preferential treatment in trading with Iraq.
As brought to light by last week's oil price surge during the assault on Basra, economic concerns are inextricably linked to the occupation. When it comes to oil, the coming months may be crucial in determining what kind of "friends" the US and Iraq are going to be over the long haul....In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last month, State Department Iraq Coordinator David Satterfield revealed the Declaration of Principles proposals have now been divided into a binding Status of Forces Agreement (on military involvement) and a nonbinding Strategic Framework Agreement (on economic and diplomatic relations). Neither would be submitted for the consent of Congress. Though Satterfield emphasized that, being nonbinding, the Strategic Framework would not "tie the hands" of future administrations, it could solidify changes the US has already made to Iraq's economic landscape - and pave the way for increased US control over Iraq's oil in years to come, according to Antonia Juhasz, a fellow at Oil Change International.
"A lot of frameworks for foreign investment were set up under [former Director of Iraq Reconstruction L. Paul] Bremer, and are already in place," Juhasz told Truthout. "A bilateral agreement would lock all that in (emphasis added) and also place pressure on the government to pass the domestic oil law, to settle access for foreign companies to Iraq's oil underground."
The "all that" encompasses a host of sweeping reforms: Thanks to Bremer's alterations of Iraqi law during the first year of the US occupation, American companies are now allowed to buy out 100 percent of Iraqi businesses, instead of partnering with them. Bremer's orders also eliminated Iraq's high taxes on corporations, exchanging them for a 15 percent "flat tax." They abolished the practice of giving preference to Iraqi companies - in contracting out reconstruction work, for example - and erased a requirement to hire Iraqi workers.
Previously, Iraqi banks were closed to foreign ownership. Now, not only can foreign banks operate in Iraq, they can take over private Iraqi banks as well.
Bremer reworked Iraq's trademark and copyright laws, eliminated trade barriers and afforded foreign businesses the option of circumventing Iraq's legal system and taking any disputes to international tribunals....Last week's assault on Basra was "part of an effort to defeat the 'nationalists' in Iraq and consolidate a pro-US political regime that will go ahead with the oil deals," Paul told Truthout. Just before fighting erupted in Basra, the Iraqi presidential council approved the "provincial law," which clears the way for elections - potentially allowing nationalist leaders who oppose US oil interests to come to power. Maliki's Basra attack, says Paul, represents a failed attempt to quash that possibility. (emphasis added)""Managing Iraq's Econoccupation April 4, 2008.
And, with Iraqi friends like these:
"Ambassador Ryan Crocker first learned of the Iraqi plan on March 21: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki would be heading to Basra with Iraqi troops to bring order to the city.
But the Iraqi operation was not what the United States expected.
Instead of methodically building up their combat power and gradually stepping up operations against renegade militias, al-Maliki's forces lunged into the city, attacking before all of the Iraqi reinforcements had even arrived. By March 25, a major fight was on. "Nothing was in place from our side," Crocker said in an interview. "It all had to be put together."
Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, lies atop vast oil reserves and is a strategically located port on the Shatt al-Arab waterway controlling Iraq's access to the Persian Gulf.
Predominantly Shiite, it has suffered from infighting among numerous Shiite militias, tribal forces and criminal gangs struggling for control of its lucrative smuggling and oil revenues. Even some of the Iraqi police are believed to be under the influence of militia groups.
One U.S. intelligence officer in Washington, however, said that although restoring order was his stated goal, the Iraqi leader was also eager to weaken the Mahdi Army militia and the affiliated political party of the renegade cleric Muqtada al-Sadr before provincial elections in the south that are expected to be held later this year. The Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a Shiite political party and militia that are rivals to al-Sadr, his party and his militia, forms a crucial part of al-Maliki's political coalition."
One would need friends like these:
"In Senate hearing on Wednesday about the future of Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) asked Nir Rosen of the NYU Center on Law and Security what advice he would have for the U.S. going forward in Iraq, given Rosen’s extensive first-hand experience in the country. Rosen declined to respond, saying he felt “uncomfortable” giving advice to an “imperialist power”:
BIDEN: Based on what you’ve said, there’s really no hope — we really should get the hell out of there right now. I mean, there’s nothing to do. Nothing.
ROSEN: As a journalist, I’m uncomfortable advising an imperialist power about how to be a more efficient imperialist power. And I don’t think that we’re there for the interest of the Iraqi people. I don’t think that’s ever been a motivation. […]
BIDEN: [If we withdraw], the good news is we wouldn’t be imperialists in Iraq, from your perspective.
ROSEN: Only elsewhere in the region. (laughter). … There’s no positive scenario in Iraq these days. Not every situation has a solution. .... Watch the video in the link". Rosen: 'U.S. occupation in Middle East is ‘imperialist.’ April 4, 2008
Then again, is Rosen a friend?
See Paola Pisi's comment after Anonymous below.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
نزيف العقل العراقي ... و ... مؤسـسات الإبادة الجماعية في العراق
.This is an Arabic version of the previous posting "The Iraqi Brain Suction", April 1, 2008..
ـ"لقد ادَّت سياسات الإحتلال الى ما يلي :ـ
ـ لقيَ ما لا يقلّ عن 345 من المدرسين واساتذة الجامعات في جميع انحاء العراق مصرعهم (هذه قائمة بالإنكليزية بالأسماء التي تم توثيقها لحد الآن و قائمة أقدم بالعربية) على أيدي جهات ما زالت هويتها تثير الشك القريب من اليقين في أنها بدواعي الإنتقام والتصفية المقصودة فى حملة منظَّمة من الاغتيالات، ويمثل هؤلاء النخبة جميع التخصصات العلمية والاكاديمية. ولقد أعلنت وزارة الداخلية العراقية مؤخراً بأنها احتجزت اكثر من 6000 شخص من المشتبه فيهم بتهمة اغتيال الاكاديميين والعلماء و قد حُكم علي 600 منهم بالاعدام ، وإن احد المشتبه فيهم قد إعترف بقتل 60 من قائمة العلماء والاساتذة . ومع ذلك، فان وزارة الداخلية العراقية تتوقف عن تقديم اي توضيح عن إنتماءات هؤلاء المتهمين ولا عن المحرّضين او الذين يقفون وراءهم.ـ
ـ ومن المقدر ان 2000 من الاطباء العراقيين قد قتلوا، وأن نصف الـ 34000 من الاطباء المُسجلين في عام 2003 قد غادروا البلاد، كما وإن تسعون في المائة من 180 من مستشفيات العراق الكبيرة تفتقر الى المواد الاساسية. وأثناء تولي جماعة مقتدى الصدر شؤون وزارة الصحة سقطت الوزارة في مستنقع الفساد والعنف الطائفي حيث تحوّل العديد من المستشفيات الى مراكز اعتقال سرية يُمارس فيها التعذيب والقتل بطريقة منهجية على ايدي فرق الموت الطائفية.ـ
ـ إعترفت وزارة الداخلية العراقية بأن اكثر من 9000 من موظفي الخدمة المدنية، بما فيهم من موظفين رفيعي المستوى في مكتب رئيس الوزراء، قد قدموا شهادات جامعية مزوّرة تم شراؤها من السوق المحلية.ـ
ـ توقّف اكثر من 800,000 من تلاميذ المدارس (22 في المائة من فئة ذلك العمر) عن الالتحاق بالتعليم الابتدائي، وإن حوالي نصف الذين يكمّلون التعليم الابتدائي فقط يتابعون تعليمهم الثانوي. كما ان اكثر من 220,000 طفل عراقي، والذين رافقوا أهلهم في اللجؤ الى البلدان المجاورة، هم الآن محرومين من حقهم في التعليم بسبب الظروف المادية أو العقبات الإدارية في الهجرة.ـ
ـ لقد إنهارت معظم الخدمات العامة فعلياً منذ عام 2006، حيث إن حوالي أربعون في المائة من الموظفين العراقيين المهرة قد غادروا البلد طالبين اللجوء أو الهجرة
ما ينبغي اعتباره شرعياً وباصرار دائم هو ماذا تُدين به الولايات المتحدة الى العراق بعدما تسبب بوِش بأكثر من مليون قتيل عراقي، وعشرة اضعاف هذا العدد من الجرحى والمنكوبين خلال خمس سنوات من اراقة الدماء بدون هوادة و أدى الى نزوح 5,000,0000 من العراقيين من الذين إقتُلعوا من أرضهم أوشُردوا من ديارهم، وقد إضطر نصفهم إلى الفرار من وطنهم، علماً ان 65 ٪ منهم من النساء والاطفال، و إن 80 ٪ من الأطفال هم أقل من سن 12 سنة؟ إن هذه الاعداد تكوّن ما مجموعه 10 مليون عراقي من اصل عدد السكان الذي يوازي حوالي 27 مليون. أن مصطلح "مؤسسات الإبادة الجماعية" يطابق تماماً وصف هذه المأساة الانسانية."
ـ30 آذار 2008
ـ"ان عملية الإبادة الجماعية بواسطة المؤسـسات هي عملية تكتل كثيفة لغزو عسكري يقوده رجال اعمال حيث يُقدم الاهالي الى المذابح من اجل غنائم يجنيها الغُزاة. أن عملية الابادة الجماعية بواسطة المؤسـسات يتجاوز الحقد الاعمى وقتل المدنيين الابرياء إذ أنه يُنفّذ بصورة رئيسة من اجل الوصول الى السلطة و الإستحواذ على الموارد الطبيعية والنفوذ الأقليمي استطاعت الشركات الاجنبية التي تكسب ارباحا وازدهاراً أثناء الحروب (تجار الحرب) ان تحقق مواقع قوة لها في العـراق دون ان تتعرض للمسـاءلة. ثم ان شـركات الامن الخاصة والتي إنتشرت بصورة ملحوظة في العراق لا تجد دافعاً لأن تعمل للسلام او ان تحول دون الابادة الجماعية - وان كان ذاك من ضمن اختصاصها.ـ
لقد اصبح ترهيب الأهالي وقتلهم هو مصدر رزق لهم، كما انه يحرم اطفال العـراق الجائعين من لقمة العيش. اصبحت الحرب علينا مصدر رزق لهم!ـ
لقد تمَّ، وما يزال، توزيع الموارد الطبيعية العراقية وبعثرتها بين أعتى الشركات، فيما يُخصص القدر الضئيل جدا من الربح نحو اعادة بناء العراق. وهذا هو تماماً مفهوم مؤسـسات الابـادة الجماعية."ـ
ـ18 أذار 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
The Iraqi Brain Suction
.This is a presentation that I delivered to the conference on "The Muslim World and the West: Emerging Avenues for Convergence" hosted by the International Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada during March 28-30 2008:"· A documented list of at least 345 teachers and professors from universities across Iraq, representing all academic disciplines, have been killed in a systematic campaign of assassinations. The Iraqi Interior Ministry has recently announced that it has detained more than 6000 suspects charged with the assassination of academics and scientists (in Arabic), 600 of whom have been sentenced to death, with one suspect alone who has admitted to killing 60 of the above. Yet, the Iraqi Interior Ministry provides no explanation on the affiliations of these prisoners nor of their instigators and who is behind them.
· It is estimated that 2,000 Iraqi doctors have been killed and half of the 34,000 doctors registered in 2003 have left the country. Of Iraq’s 180 large hospitals, 90 per cent lack essential resources. Under the control of Moqtada Al-Sadr, the Ministry of Health has plummeted into corruption, while hospitals have been transformed into secret detention centres where torture and murder are endemic at the hands of death squads.
· The Iraqi Interior Ministry has admitted that more than 9000 civil servants (in Arabic), including high ranking staff in the prime minister’s office (in Arabic), have provided purchased fake university degrees.
· More than 800,000 schoolchildren (22 per cent) have stopped attending primary school and only half of those who complete primary school continue their education. More than 220,000 refugee Iraqi children in neighbouring countries are denied their right to education.
· All public services have collapsed. Already in 2006, 40 per cent of skilled Iraqi personnel had left the country.
What should legitimately and persistently be considered is what does the U.S. owe Iraq for over a million dead and ten times that number wounded or otherwise devastated in five years of Bush's unrelenting bloodletting? And for the 5,000,000 people who have been uprooted and displaced from their homes, half of them forced to flee their homeland, 65% of them women and children, 80% of the children less than 12 years of age?"The Iraqi Brain Suction
, March 30, 2008.
An assassinated Iraqi academic