piranha: toothy open mouth of piranha (pissed)
when it comes to the news from iraq, you would be wrong.

so i've been looking around for a while now for information on iraq that doesn't focus on the daily violence and the american bodycount (and lately the constitution). just to get more of a picture of how things are actually going for the people who're just regular peons like you and i.

and in the process i stumbled across this investigative report in the chicago tribune, which was completely surprising to me; i hadn't even heard a peep of it anywhere else, beyond some blips about halliburton using TCNs (third-country nationals):

American tax dollars and the wartime needs of the U.S. military are fueling an illicit pipeline of cheap foreign labor, mainly impoverished Asians who often are deceived, exploited and put in harm's way in Iraq with little protection.

we're basically talking about treatment of human beings that amounts to slavery. there are two parts and two sidebars, a lot of reading. but it's eye-opening. and infuriating. the magnitude of the problem is just mind-boggling. the silence from the US government -- not so much. i am by now completely convinced that the bush regime is ethically corrupt, that it is driven by greed and lust for power instead of any conservative principle.

(i forgot whether the chicago tribune requires registration; i think so: bugmenot.)
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
regarding the infamous "hearts and minds" of the iraqi people, things in iraq might be even worse than i thought.

a secret nationwide poll, conducted for the british ministry of defence, has found the following:

  • 45% of iraqis believe attacks against british and american troops are justified, rising to 65% in the british-controlled maysan province
  • 82% are "strongly opposed" to the presence of coalition troops
  • less than 1% of the population believes coalition forces are responsible for any improvement in security
  • 67% of iraqis feel less secure because of the occupation
  • 43% of iraqis believe conditions for peace and stability have worsened
  • 72% do not have confidence in the multi-national forces

the poll was conducted by an iraqi university research team that wasn't told the data it compiled would be used by coalition forces.

i would like to see the entire poll, and learn more about its methodology.
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
today i am reading and thinking about the iraqi constitution. it's been quite confusing; i wish i read arabic -- though i suspect that might not necessarily make things less confusing.

this site is helpful, and even though i don't read arabic, the fact that the arabic text is displayed next to the english version inspires me with somewhat more trust than many other sites.

completely aside from the general feelings i have about US/UK involvement in iraq, and the way things have been going, i find the drafting of a constitution terribly exciting and inspiring.

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