Monthly Archives: February 2008

Baquba Losing Life – And Hope

BAQUBA — Life has been bad enough in Diyala province north of Baghdad after prolonged violence, unemployment and loss of all forms of normal living. What could be worse now is the loss of hope that anything will ever be better. In Baquba, capital city of Diyala province 40km northeast of Baghdad, it’s all about […]

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In Tatters Beneath a Surge of Claims

BAGHDAD, Feb 22 (IPS) – What the U.S. has been calling the success of a “surge”, many Iraqis see as evidence of catastrophe. Where U.S. forces point to peace and calm, local Iraqis find an eerie silence And when U.S. forces speak of a reduction in violence, many Iraqis simply do not know what they […]

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Unemployment Too Becomes an Epidemic

BAQUBA — For a few, salaries have soared. For the rest, unemployment has Many Iraqi workers enjoyed huge salary increases following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. But unemployment rose more sharply under policies introduced by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA).

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The Lights Have Gone Out, Who Cares

BAQUBA — Lack of electricity in Baquba has shattered businesses, and the lives of families. Months of power failures has darkened morale everywhere. In Diyala province, just north of Baghdad, a generation has grown up in dark. The province, and its capital Baquba 40 km north of Baghdad has lived with intermittent electricity supply since […]

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