September 18, 2004 |
The sharp rise in attacks on Iraq's oil pipelines in recent weeks has substantially impaired the country's production, dealing a blow to the economy and threatening the struggling reconstruction effort, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Insurgents are bombing pipelines and other parts of Iraq's oil infrastructure almost daily, another sign that the country's security situation is deteriorating beyond the control of U.S. military and Iraqi security forces. U.S.
September 15, 2004 |
The Bush administration Tuesday announced plans to divert $3.4 billion in Iraq reconstruction money to shorter-term programs primarily aimed at improving security. The expected shift of funds affects just under 20% of the $18.4 billion approved by Congress in November for rebuilding Iraq's shattered economy. The majority of the diverted money -- $1.
August 5, 2004 |
Officially, the U.S. occupation of Iraq ended on June 28, 2004. But in reality, the United States is still in charge: Not only do 138,000 troops remain to control the streets, but the "100 Orders" of L. Paul Bremer III remain to control the economy. These little noticed orders enacted by Bremer, the now-departed head of the now-defunct Coalition Provisional Authority, go to the heart of Bush administration plans in Iraq. They lock in sweeping advantages to American firms, ensuring long-term U.S.
April 24, 2004
Re "Bush's Tilt to U.N. Shifts Iraq Debate," April 21: President Bush's switch on Iraq "blurs distinctions between himself and Kerry"? I don't think so. Bush has lied (WMD, Hussein-Bin Laden connection), made backroom deals that benefit him and his cronies (flying Saudis out of the U.S. after 9/11, tax cuts for the rich, lowering environmental standards, high prescription medicine prices, efforts to cut overtime, Halliburton and Bechtel reaping contracts and the Saudi Arabian oil-for-winning-the-election connection)
September 22, 2003 |
Iraq lurched toward the global free-market economy Sunday, announcing a program to establish an era of investment-friendly capitalism that would tell the world that the occupied country is building "a strong foundation for the future," Finance Minister Kamel Keylani said. The centerpiece of the initiative, which comes after approximately three decades of state-run socialism, is to open all sectors of Iraq's economy -- except oil -- to foreign investors.
July 26, 2003 |
In the basin of the Shatt al Arab waterway, it's 90 degrees at dawn and rising. They call these midsummer weeks in southern Iraq the palm oven days because it's in the intense heat of July that the sweetness of autumn is made -- the dates cook, the sugars burn and the flavor cures. Kamal Ayoob Khaleel, one man alone against an orchard of a couple of hundred trees, has this day begun the year's date palm harvest, the first of the post-Saddam Hussein era.