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[casi-analysis] sent to BBC Newsnight

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The BBC and Newsnight have largely celebrated the elections in Iraq
eg 'first democratic elections for 50 years etc'.

There are lots of issues you could report on to remedy the balance:

The above link includes a reference to just one of the Occupying
Forces' little 'fixes' - non-disclosure of campaign funding.

"Although Allawi's list is among the three with more than two digits,
in fact he lost big. Allawi had all the advantages of incumbency. He
dominated the air waves in December and January. He went to Baghdad
University and made all sorts of promises to the students there and
it was dutifully broadcast, and there were lots of photo ops like
that. Allawi's list also spent an enormous amount on campaign
advertising. The source of these millions is unknown, since Paul
Bremer passed a law making disclosure of campaign contributions
unnecessary (the Bush administration's further little contribution to
"democracy" in the Middle East). Despite these enormous advantages,
clear American backing, money, etc., Allawi's list came in a poor
third and clearly lacks any substantial grass roots in most of the
country. It seems to have been the refuge of what is left of the
secular middle class."

"Allawi's defeat (he will not be prime minister in the new
government) is a huge defeat for the Bush administration, though it
will not be reported that way in the corporate media."

Mark Parkinson

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