Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Iraq war updates
U.S. couple calls for death investigation: "Parents of an American activist killed earlier this year in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer called Monday for an independent U.S. investigation of her death."

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Republicans mobilize to get Iraq money approved: "Key US Republican senators argued President George W. Bush needed 87 billion dollars to defray rebuilding and military costs in Iraq and Afghanistan if chaos is to be avoided there. (AFP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. to Offer 'Political Horizon' for Iraq: "The United States, in a new draftU.N. resolution on Iraq, will lay out steps to put Iraqis backin control of the country and give a bigger political role tothe United Nations, a U.S. official said on Monday. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

UNHCR must work closely with Iraqis, says Ruud Lubbers at ExCom opening: "UN refugee agency chief Ruud Lubbers today opened the annual meeting of its governing body by affirming UNHCR's commitment to Iraq and pledging to work closely with local authorities to help hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis return home eventually."

In Electronic Iraq

NGOs scale down presence: "Stacked boxes are piled on chairs, on desks and against the front door - as Save the Children UK, an international NGO, is closing its doors in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad and moving international workers to offices in the north and to Jordan, at least temporarily."

In Electronic Iraq

Insecurity, tardiness deal blow to phasing out of UN food programme: "The terrorist bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, the resulting drastic reduction in international staff and tardy action by the United States-run Coalition Provisional Authority have dealt a major blow to the timetable for ending the Oil-for-Food programme, the UN official in charge of the operation said today."

In Electronic Iraq

"Doubletake": a day in Iraq: ""As we find so often when there is no rush or time pressure on a visit, the level of conversation deepens as trust is established. This gentleman began to tell me that in the area where he lives, the mayor and police chief are former Ba'ath party members. He said that in the meetings with the Coalition authorities people are not free to speak for fear of repercussions. In his words, 'The American army doesn't get the right advice.' How, he asks, can one speak in front of the U.S. army when the Ba'ath party is present?" Cathy Breen writes from Baghdad."

In Electronic Iraq


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