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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] there was a lot on the 10 o clock news tonight (Thursday) about Iraq, including a report from Baghdad, by Ragy Omar, in which, among other things they had a clip from a Baghdad market where a market vendor talking in Arabic was said to have said that most Iraqis could now afford all the luxury goods in the market. This was in the context of Iraq's improving trade and relations with it's neighbours but the reporter specifically said it was not sanctions busting goods, implying (I suppose) that oil for food is allowing this to happen. My understanding is that without the oil revenues entering the economy (as opposed to the escrow account) the kind of scenario the BBC was attempting to depict was impossible. It would be good to get a transcript of the piece and also if anyone arabic speaking saw the footage to say whether the guy actually did say what the BBC says he said. Potentially this kind of stuff can be used to say that sanctions aren't hurting the people etc. Does anyone have a transcript of the report? Has anyone seen similar stuff in other media outlets? Richard Byrne _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk