Month: May 2007

Total 9 Posts

Kurds and Shia Fight for Power in Baghdad

BAGHDAD — A massacre by members of Shia Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi army on Sunni worshippers earlier this month sparked clashes between patrolling Kurdish militiamen in southwest Baghdad and the Mehdi army, raising tensions that fighting between the groups could spread. Sadr, who emerged from hiding Friday, delivered a fiery anti-occupation sermon at a mosque

Where Nobody Is Accountable

BAGHDAD — Killings, crime, lack of medical care, collapse of education, the list goes on. But with the occupation by U.S.-led forces now into a fifth year, and a supposedly democratic government in place, no one knows who to hold accountable for all that is going wrong. It is the occupation forces, particularly the United

Curfew Begins to Choke Samarra

SAMARRA — At least 10 residents have died as the result of a curfew imposed by the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, local doctors say. Residents in this city of 300,000 located 125km north of Baghdad have been struggling to find food, water and medical supplies. Vehicles have been banned from entering or leaving the city since

Lebanon’s Anti-Heroes Dahr Jamail “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” —Woodrow T. Wilson “We rely on Hezbollah and these other countries which are helping us now because it’s all we have,” Abu Khalil, an unemployed construction worker injured by bomb shrapnel during last summer’s war in Lebanon told me. As we stood talking

Rebuilding Resistance

BEIRUT — As reconstruction resumes in the heavily bombed southern Beirut district Dahiyeh, the signs are evident of a rebuilding of resistance against Israel and the U.S.-backed government, largely by way of increased support for Hezbollah. Hezbollah is leading much of the reconstruction. Dahiyeh was bombed by the Israelis last year because it was seen

Refugees Learn to Substitute Government

BEIRUT — The influx of refugees from Palestinian areas and the inability of the government to do much for them has strengthened a unique NGO providing essential services. The Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD), which began working in the early 1980s before registering as an official NGO with the Lebanese government in 1990,

Iraqi doctors out on a limb

Al-Jazeera English Damascus, Syria — Dr Omar al-Khattab fled Iraq just over a year ago after receiving death threats. At that time, he was working at Balad General Hospital, 50km north of Baghdad. “I had to leave my home, my work and my salary so now I’m living here jobless and am just barely surviving,”