UPDATE FROM ELECTRONIC IRAQ 6 July 2005
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6 July 2005
Iraq Diaries SHOCK AND AWE: ARIAL BOMBARDMENT, AMERICAN STYLE William Van Wagenen, Electronic Iraq, 6 July 2005
Before the 2003 American invasion the Bush administration declared that the strategy of “Shock and Awe” bombing would be used to assault Iraq. Driving through Baghdad during my stay here in the last month has allowed me to see some of the destruction caused by the aerial bombardment, which preceded the US invasion. One thing that struck me as odd was a bombed out government run shopping mall, which resembled the huge Wal-Mart stores back home in the States.
Iraq Diaries TWO DAYS Anita David, Electronic Iraq, 5 July 2005
Last Monday, after a brief interview with a family, Greg and I went on a failed quest to obtain information on a disappeared man. Today, Will and I return to the office of a small human rights organization for our second meeting with the mother and father of the man. The father carries the shopping bag holding copies of documents identifying his son. Will and I ask the parents to try to recreate the order in which they conducted their search.
News & Analysis ATTACKS ON OIL FACILITIES COST US $12 BILLION IRIN, 5 July 2005
Iraq’s Ministry of Oil (MoO) has announced that billions of dollars have been spent on repairing and replacing oil industry infrastructure damaged or destroyed by terrorist attacks nationwide. The money could have been invested in aid and development according to officials.
The Media TELEVISION PRODUCER ABDUCTED AND SHOT DEAD IN MOSUL RSF, 4 July 2005
RSF has voiced outrage at the abduction and killing of television producer Khaled Sabih Al Attar on 1 July 2005. The producer with Iraqi public television station Al-Irakiya was killed in the northern city of Mosul.
News & Analysis ACID ATTACKS ON “IMMODEST” WOMEN ON THE RISE IRIN, 4 July 2005
For Sumeya Abdullah, a 34-year-old primary school teacher in the capital Baghdad, life will never be the same again. In late June she had her legs burned by corrosive acid in a street attack because, she believes, she was not wearing her veil and the traditional ‘abaya’ covering common in many Middle Eastern countries.
Opinion/Editorial IS GOTHAM WORTH SAVING? Daniel Patrick Welch, Electronic Iraq ( 2 July 2005)
Almost every society finds a way to address even the most taboo subjects. Daniel Patrick Welch finds a frank depiction of America’s fate in the Summer movie list, of all places. Sifting through the plot of Batman Begins, Welch reflects on a question Americans may not even admit exists: “Some day we will have to wake up to the reality that the debate has long ago moved beyond our narrow world of runaway brides and sanitized, bloodless wars.”
The Media FEDERATION OF JOURNALISTS CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO MEDIA KILLINGS INVOLVING US TROOPS IFJ, 1 July 2005
The International Federation of Journalists today called on the United States to investigate three new cases of journalists killed in Iraq over the past week – all of them at the hands of United States soldiers. The federation expects the United States to produce credible and exhaustive reports on all these deaths.