Health Care Given A ‘New Look’

BAGHDAD — The Baghdad Medical City has begun to look nice in its new coat of paint.

It does not look that nice to Dr Hammad Hussein, ophthalmology resident at the centre. ”I have not seen anything which indicates any rebuilding aside from our new pink and blue colours here where our building and the escape ladders were painted,” he told IPS.

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Bechtel’s Dry Run: Iraqis Suffer Water Crisis

Dahr Jamail was the primary contributor to this report concerning the failure of Bechtel to reconstruct/rehabilitate the water treatment plants it mentioned in its contract. Released by Public Citizen last Spring, the report was sent to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense as well as the Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Dying for Democracy

Violence and fear is growing in Iraq ahead of next Sunday’s vote. Dahr Jamail, in Baghdad, Foreign Editor David Pratt, in Basra, and Diplomatic Editor Trevor Royle report

“I will not be voting because it is a useless charade,” says Salah Abrahim as he pushes his car towards a petrol station to get fuel in a bustling street in the Karrada district of Baghdad, a sector of the capital city populated primarily by Shia Muslims.

“Any clever person can see that this war and its expenditures would lead to a government that opposes the Americans.”

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