Monthly Archives: September 2007

Refugees Bring In Some Brittle Strength

DAMASCUS — Syria’s decision to accept Iraqi refugees streaming into the country has brought the government of President Bashar Assad more power within Syria and the region, but at significant cost. The ministry of interior in Syria estimates the total number of Iraqi refugees to be around 1.5 million.

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Review of “Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, by Muhammad Idrees Ahmad of Spinwatch

The Fanonite “…for the last forty years, our thought has been trapped in hollow structures of language, a stale, dead but immensely successful rhetoric. This has represented, in my view, a defeat of the intelligence and of the will.” — Harold Pinter Occupied Iraq: A Horizontal View September 9th, 2007

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Fighting Amongst Shias Adds to Violence

BAGHDAD — Clashes between rival Shia militas in Kerbala have spread across southern Iraq and Baghdad, adding a new dimension to sectarian violence. Clashes between the Mehdi Army militia of Shia anti-occupation cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Badr Organisation militia of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) erupted over recent days in the holy city […]

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Clerics Begin to Take Over

BAGHDAD — Religious clerics are beginning to play an increasingly powerful role in Iraq. Many Iraqis now fear that they are endangering human rights and religious freedom in the once largely secular country. Clerics began to play a major role since the U.S.-led occupation began in April 2003. Despite the promises of U.S. President George […]

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