Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 26-31 January 2005

31 January 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
Part 5 January 26-31 2005
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005


Iraq: Who voted and who didn’t and why :

The real numbers of this election are difficult to obtain as international monitors were not allowed to observe the proceedings for “security reasons.” Even if we use the highly unreliable figures distributed by the Iraqi government and sources close to the US embassy in Baghdad, the results seemed to indicate a mixed bag, no matter what the different parties are trying to spin:

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Iraq: One ‘Election’, Two Different Stories By William Bowles

31 January 2005

BBC coverage of the ‘election’ in Iraq is nothing short of amazing, with so much ‘spin’ I’m left feeling dizzy. Aside from the fact that throughout the entire week’s coverage by the BBC in the run-up to the ‘election’, we were not told how a fair election could be held in a country under military occupation and marshal law, we have the following outrageous statements by BBC reporters ‘on the spot’:

Iraq may have democracy but it still doesn’t have much electricity.

[T]he taste of democracy today is particularly sweet.
– Ben Brown, Basra, 30 January

Democracy? How does this measure up to the reality, for example the almost complete destruction of a city of 300,000 people, where even according to the BBC, at best only 2,500 men returned allegedly to vote but an on-the-spot journalist tells us that those who voted: Continue reading