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31/3/06 
Riverbend | Iraq War Funding | CPT hostage statements & media analysis
  

Date: 31 March 2006 18:55:51 BDT

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UPDATE FROM ELECTRONIC IRAQ

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Iraq Diaries UNCERTAINTY… Riverbend, Baghdad Burning (30 March 2006)

“I sat late last night switching between Iraqi channels. It’s a late-night tradition for me when there’s electricity- to see what the Iraqi channels are showing. I was reading the little scrolling news headlines on the bottom…Suddenly, one of them caught my attention and I sat up straight on the sofa, wondering if I had read it correctly. The line said: ‘The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area.’” Award-winning Iraqi Blogger Riverbend writes about death and uncertaintly in this chilling post.

electronicIraq.net/news/2326.shtml

News & Analysis NEVER ENDING FUNDING FOR THE NEVER ENDING IRAQ WAR: A DISCUSSION OF THE PENDING SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL Jeff Leys, Voices for Creative Nonviolence (28 March 2006)

Once again, Congress is poised to approve “emergency” funding to prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The House already approved $67.5 billion on March 16, 2006-rushing the bill through the Appropriations Committee and the House floor in order to get home in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

electronicIraq.net/news/2325.shtml

The Media BRIEFING ON MEDIA ACCUSATIONS AGAINST CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS Media Analysis, Ekklesia (27 March 2006)

27 March 2006 — Since Christian peace activist Norman Kember returned to Britain on 23 March 2006, following four months of captivity in Iraq, numerous media outlets have printed hostile, inaccurate, poorly researched and sometime vitriolic accusations against him and his colleagues. Ekklesia, the respected UK religious think tank, published an analysis to clarify those major misconceptions which are in danger of being received as ‘facts’ in some quarters. The concern is to seek the truth of the situation and present information which, in spite of being made available to media sources, is still overlooked.

electronicIraq.net/news/2327.shtml

News & Analysis STATEMENTS BY FORMER HOSTAGES JIM LONEY AND HARMEET SOODEN Jim Loney and Harmeet Sooden, Statement (27 March 2006)

“During my captivity, I sometimes entertained myself by imagining this day. Sometimes I despaired of ever seeing it. Always I ached for it. And so here we are. For 118 days I disappeared into a black hole, and somehow by God’s grace I was spit out again. My head is swirling and there are times when I can hardly believe it’s true. We had to wear flak jackets during our helicopter transport from the International Zone to the Baghdad airport, and I had to keep knocking on the body armour I was wearing to reassure myself that this was all really happening.”

electronicIraq.net/news/2324.shtml

News & Analysis FREED CPT HOSTAGE NORMAN KEMBER’S STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA Norman Kember, Statement (27 March 2006)

On Saturday, Norman Kember read a statement to the media: “There’s a real sense in which you are interviewing the wrong person. It’s the ordinary people of Iraq that you should be talking to. Those are the people who have suffered so much over so many years and still await the stable and just society that they deserve.”

electronicIraq.net/news/2323.shtml

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