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Today's Topics:

   1. Saddam's day,Iraq's poets and Marsh Arabs (Muhamed Ali)
   2. Iraq,Saddam and Sickness (Muhamed Ali)
   3. U.S. MPs Fear Being Tarred with Abu Ghraib Brush 
   4. More than 250  Iraqi college professors assassinated.. (ppg)


Message: 1
Subject: Saddam's day,Iraq's poets and Marsh Arabs
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 12:48:04 +0100
From: "Muhamed Ali" <>
To: <>

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Saddam's day: gardening, reading and eating muffins

=B7 First account of Iraqi despot's life in jail
=B7He is in good health but 'demoralised'

Michael Howard in Baghdad
Monday July 26, 2004

The Guardian,3858,4978740-103550,00.html <http://www.g=,3858,4978740-103550,00.html>

2.Marsh Arabs get =A36m to restore Eden

Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Saturday July 24, 2004

The Guardian,3858,4977865-103550,00.html

3.Capital letters

Iraq's poets of resistance are back with a new voice but an old message

Rory McCarthy in Baghdad
Saturday July 24, 2004

The Guardian,3858,4977868-103681,00.html



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Message: 2
Subject: Iraq,Saddam and Sickness
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 12:56:52 +0100
From: "Muhamed Ali" <>
To: <>

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Justice is a sick business

Milosevic, Suharto, Pinochet. Will Saddam be next to play the illness

Mariella Frostrup
Sunday July 25, 2004
The Observer <>

Saddam Hussein is no doubt praying his pulse would do a bit of racing.
Indications of where his defence is going were apparent during his
recent day in court. He robustly bellowed his innocence and Bush's guilt
at the world's TV cameras before apparently asking his guards to lead
him away 'gently' as he's an 'old man'.

Should frailty and illness excuse murder, torture, rape and abuse of
human rights? Is there any point in mounting these enormous and costly
trials if, when the going gets tough, defendants cry 'headache' and
escape justice.

Feigning sickness is the oldest trick in the book. Most of us are
capable of putting on a convincing performance to win a couple of days
off work. If our liberty were at stake, just imagine how performances
would improve.

If these despots aren't in the best of health, who cares? They should
count themselves lucky that medical care in prison is free. It's a
luxury most of their victims failed to enjoy.,6903,1268751,00.html



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Message: 3
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 14:26:02 +0100 (BST)
From: =?iso-8859-1?q?The=20Iraq=20Solidarity=20Campaign?= <>
Subject: U.S. MPs Fear Being Tarred with Abu Ghraib Brush

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By Adam Tanner
PITTSBURG, Calif. (Reuters) - The men and women of the 870th Military Polic=
e Unit believe they did important work in Iraq  but fear it has gone unappr=
eciated because of the place they did it -- Abu Ghraib prison.

Reuters Photo

When the 124-person unit gathered for a ceremony on Saturday officially mar=
king their return from Iraq three months ago, the reunion was bittersweet.

Shortly after their arrival home, the public learned their commander had be=
en disciplined for secretly photographing his female soldiers as they showe=
red at Abu Ghraib.

Then abuses committed by a separate unit at Abu Ghraib, and in a different =
part of the prison, outraged world opinion. One of the faces of the scandal=
 is that of Pfc. Lynndie England, who was photographed posing with naked, h=
ooded Iraqi prisoners.

"We knew them all. She was laid back," said Staff Sgt. Ted Avila, one of th=
e soldiers at the ceremony at the town hall in Pittsburg, California. When =
the scandal broke, "I said that can't be her."

Many of the 870th soldiers felt that the abuses by England and other soldie=
rs clouded public appreciation for what they felt was their own good work t=
o help the people of Iraq.

"There's a stigma and it will follow," said Lt. Antoine Brooks, a platoon l=
eader. "I got so depressed about it because everyone was focused on the neg=

Unit commander Capt. Michael Drayton, an insurance adjuster in civilian lif=
e, praised his men and women. "(They) didn't get a fair shake because the u=
nit did an outstanding job," he said.

But asked if he had shared his memories from Iraq with his family, includin=
g a 17-year-old son, he replied: "I ain't going to tell them what happened =
over there."

No one in the 870th, a National Guard unit, has been charged with abusing p=

One of their worst days was a prison riot on Nov. 24 during which they shot=
 and killed three inmates.

"It was a tense situation because for every MP you had 250 to 300 prisoners=
," said Drayton, who took over command of the unit after his predecessor's =
Peeping Tom incident.

"We were involved in a few shootings but they were all justified."

Pvt. David Ruth, who killed one inmate during the riot with a shot to the h=
ead from a light machine gun, received a medal on Saturday "for glorious ac=
hievement responding to a hostile crowd of people."

He said that since returning to California he had been looking for a job. "=
I'm still trying to get adjusted and everything," he said, dressed, like hi=
s comrades, in desert fatigues and boots.

Sgt. Terry Stowe, who killed two prisoners in the riot, said the memories r=
emained intense and still filled his dreams.

"I'm still looking for a job, still looking for a house," he said. "Still t=
rying to get my life together."

Some said they remained jittery around loud noises after experiencing frequ=
ent mortar fire from outside the prison. "On July 4, I was kind of frighten=
ed," said Loretta Louie, 21, referring to traditional Independence Day fire=
work displays.
She said she was angry about being photographed secretly by the disgraced c=
ommander but was trying to put it behind her.

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Message: 4
From: "ppg" <>
To: <>
Subject:  More than 250  Iraqi college professors assassinated..
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2004 21:03:13 -0400

The Assassination of Iraqi Intellectuals
International Coalition of Academics Against Occupation

Iraq Statement

Even after the =91transfer of authority=92 the U.S. Government remains in d=
facto military occupation of Iraq. The idea that the escalation of violence
can be put to an end by the =91interim=92 government, while 140,000 U.S tro=
remain in control of major Iraqi cities like Mosul and Baghdad, is far from
the reality on the ground.

Overlooked by the U.S. Press is the escalating assassination of Iraqi
academics, intellectuals, and lecturers. More than 250 college professors
since April 30, 2003, according to the Iraqi Union of University Lecturers,
have been the targets of assassination.

Among the 250 professors assassinated to date include: Muhammad al-Rawi,
President of Baghdad University (July 27, 2003); Dr. Abdul Latif al-Mayah a
Professor of Political Science at Baghdad's Mustansiriya University (late
January 2003); Dr. Nafa Aboud, a Professor of Arabic Literature at the
University of Baghdad; Dr Sabri al-Bayati; a Geographer at the University o=
Baghdad; Dr. Falah al-Dulaimi, Assistant Dean of College at Mustansariya
University; Dr. Hissam Sharif, Department of History of the University of
Baghdad; and Professor Wajih Mahjoub of the College of Physical Education.

Whoever is responsible for these targeted assassinations, the U.S. and its
Coalition of Allies (the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, the Ukraine, the
Netherlands, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, Thailand, Denmark, El Salvador,
Korea, Honduras, Japan, Norway, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Portugal, Latvia,
Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Albania, Moldova=
New Zealand, Macedonia, Estonia, Kazakhstan and, until recently, the
Philippines)=97all of them commanding and controlling the ongoing de facto
occupation of Iraq=97 bear an international responsibility and obligation t=
protect civilians living under occupation and who are protected by the 4th
Article of the Geneva Convention.

The Geneva Convention, which the U.S. and others nations have signed withou=
reservation, holds all occupying authorities responsible for the condition
pertaining to the lives of Iraqi intellectuals, professors, and civilians o=
all types, including the further undermining of the already sanctioned and
utterly destroyed system of education in Iraq.

We, the undersigned, deplore the killing of professors, intellectuals and
other civilians, and urge a full Congressional investigation into the
circumstances that led to the ongoing, systematic and targeted assassinatio=
of Iraqi intellectual, academics, and professors. According to Union of
Iraqi Lecturers, if =93the stream of assassinations=94 continues Iraqi Coll=
and Universities will be left without a qualified teaching staff.

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