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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Dear list, Just come across a fascinating Reuters article from a week ago - http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=590914§ion=news The main thrust is that Bush lid by claiming there are 100,000 fully trained Iraqi policemen, whereas leaked documents show that only 8,169 have been completely trained. All good stuff, especially for American activists. But what surprised me was this piece towards the bottom: "Of the $232 million in Iraqi funds set aside for the Iraqi electoral commission, it has received a mere $7 million, according to House Appropriations Committee staff." Can anyone explain this? I don't see why even the most self-interested US administration would skimp on funding elections: both the actual value for Iraq of having elections, and the propaganda value of demonstrating that Iraqis have been liberated, far outweigh the small costs of providing material aid. Dan ------------ Daniel O'Huiginn email@example.com 07745 192426 24, Priory Road, Cambridge ------------ _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk