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
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
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).
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
BAQUBA — The Awakening Councils in Diyala province are stepping up their protests against the government in Baghdad. The Awakening Councils, or the Sahwa as they are called, are a mostly Sunni Muslim force set up by the U.S. to draw in resistance fighters into their ranks, and then to help U.S. forces fight other
BAQUBA — U.S. backed Sunni militants have challenged the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in Baghdad, and demanded political power after two women were killed by government forces. Tensions rose earlier this month when men dressed in Iraqi security personnel uniforms kidnapped two women. Their naked bodies were found later.
BAQUBA — University professors now enjoy increased pay, but in the face of threats and isolation, there is little they are able to do in the world of academics. All that has got better is the pay packages. Under the regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein — and primarily because of the U.S.-backed and UN-enforced
Dahr Jamail: Beyond the Green Zone by JEREMY SCAHILL [posted online on February 8, 2008] EDITOR’S NOTE: Dahr Jamail has spent more time reporting from Iraq than almost any other US journalist. His new book, Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, is a chronicle of his experiences there. He
Matt Renner of Truthout.org asks Dahr about some of the untold stories of the Iraq war, including the hidden (by the US media) ramifications of the so-called “surge” strategy and the backstory to the brutal 2004 sieges of Fallujah. Dahr also discusses the personal impact and choices related to being an “unembedded” correspondent reporting from
BAGHDAD — Now that the smoke has cleared and the rubble settled, residents of a group of bombed Iraqi villages see the raid as really a U.S. loss. Many Iraqis view the attack Jan. 10 by bombers and F-16 jets on a cluster of villages in the Latifiya district south of Baghdad as overkill.