It is over a month now since those Iraqis that forsook the relative safety of their homes, attempting to register their vote in an election fraught with major problems (understatement of the year), hoping to secure independence for a country that has long suffered at the hands of cruel dictators propped up by foreign powers. However, the pounding of the ballot box calling for coalition withdrawl has been comprehensively supressed by many, if not all, national newspapers. Today, Iraq's first "democratically" elected government in more than 50 years will devote themselves "to preserv[ing] the independence and sovereignty of Iraq and to preserv[ing] its democratic and federal system," while at the same time backing "the US military presence in Iraq" against the democratic wishes of it's people. The obvious hypocrisy negated the need for further comment from The Irish Times, however, the dead cannot speak for themselves. 100,000 and counting. What's the exchange rate on human life for truth
Fuck it, who cares
"I did not think so at first. But the U.S. is incredibly dependent on oil," news agency TT quoted Blix as saying at a security seminar in Stockholm. "They wanted to secure oil in case competition on the world market becomes too hard." Hans Blix
"The family was all carrying white flags, as instructed, according to the young man who gave his testimony. Yet he watched his mother and father shot by snipers-his mother in the head and his father shot in the heart. His two aunts were shot, then his brother was shot in the neck. The man stated that when he raised himself from the ground to shout for help, he was shot in the side." Reported by Dahr Jamail
"The death toll from the highly toxic weapons component known as depleted uranium (DU) has reached 11,000 soldiers and the growing scandal may be the reason behind Anthony Principi?s departure as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department."
Jaafari nominated prime minister as Iraq's president is sworn in
IRAQ: Islamist Shia Ibrahim Jaafari was named as Iraq's next prime minister yesterday, moving the country a step closer to its first democratically elected government in more than 50 years.
Mr Jaafari announced his own nomination shortly after Iraq's new president, Kurdish former guerrilla leader Jalal Talabani, was sworn into office in parliament, along with two deputies.
"Today represents a big step forward for Iraq and a big responsibility for me," said Mr Jaafari, who spent more than two decades opposing Saddam Hussein from exile. His appointment to the most powerful post under the interim constitution had long been agreed in principle but was delayed by weeks of bargaining over other jobs among the Shia and Kurdish groups that dominate the parliament elected on January 30th.
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