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News titles, 23-30/7/03 News, 23-30/7/03 (1) BUSINESS * U.S. to appoint consortium of banks to manage Iraq Trade Bank * U.S. Defense Department creates office to support Iraq reconstruction [Another one?] * Companies make first buy of Iraqi oil since end of war [BP PLC and Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos] * Mobile phone battle breaks out in Iraq [Piece of piracy from Bahrain phone company Batelco which could warm out hearts if we didn't know that they're closely associated with Cable and Wireless of which George "Lord" Robertson is about to become a deputy chairman (he being so well appreciated throughout the world for his business acumen)] * Photo mystery still unsolved [Story of the river of light which may be oil being stolen from Iraq to finance the occupation] * Jordanians, Iraqis establish $50m 'reconstruction' firm * Bahraini company told to stop Iraqi service COLLABORATION * 3 on new Iraqi team get qualified welcome at UN [and project for a new Security Council resolution authorising more international involvement in Iraq] * CPA opens recruitment centers for new Iraqi army ['The Vinnell Corp. in Fairfax, Virginia, has won a contract for training the new army.' So perhaps this item should have gone in the 'Business' section] * Centcom chief announces 7,000-strong militia * Iraqi party helping U.S. reassemble Iran spy unit [What is most puzzling about this story - that the INC is negotiating with the Ba'ath intelligence services to provide information for the Pentagon - is why the INC should choose to proclaim it to the world. Its hardly calculated to please the US, the Iraqi people or Iraq's neighbours (and Chalabi was somewhat excessively well treated by the Iranians shortly before the invasion)] * Iraq chooses rotating presidents [9 of them. One a month. Possibly in alphabetical order. Are we supposed to take these people seriously?] REMNANTS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ * Qusay Saddam Hussein [This Guardian obituary appears to be partly based on the contents of the 'dodgy dossier' and affirms that Qusay Hussein was organising obstacles to the 2002-3 inspections, though Hans Blix is on record as saying he saw no evidence of it (see Glen Rangwala: 36 Lies About the War, http://middleeastreference.org.uk/writings.html)] * Uday Saddam Hussein * Senior Republican Guard official captured by troops [The head of the Special Republican Guard, Barzan Abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid al-Tikriti] * Voice thought to be Saddam's calls on soldiers to rise up * Saddam's personal guards 'snatched in Tikrit raid' * Whimsical de-Ba'thification * Tape Hails Hussein Sons as 'Martyrs' AND, IN NEWS, 23-30/7/03 (2) CIVIL SOCIETY * Will Sunnis fight Shiites in Iraq? [Juan Cole indicates that the recent Sunni and Shi'i religious/political demonstrations have been much more serious than the mainstream press would have us believe] * Iraqi police close down newspaper ['Al-Mustaqillah', after they pubished an article entitled 'Death to all spies and those who cooperate with the U.S.; killing them is religious duty'] * Turkoman leader sends Bremer written protest [at being excluded from the'governing council'] * Alternatives to the state in struggling Iraq [Argument that clerical and tribal power should be seen as positive forces which have helped keep the society intact despite the collapse of the state] PRETEXT * 9/11 report: No Iraq link to al-Qaida [Note that no-one, not even James Woolsey, is referring to the Laurie Mylroie (remember her?) thesis that the Iraqi government was behind the 1993 WTC bombing] * Bit by bit, the real Dr Kelly emerges from the shadows [The Independent presents Dr Kelly as a tough old bird largely responsible for exposing Iraq's biological weapons programme and closely linked to MI6 so, reasonably, he could be regarded as one of the UNSCOM spies. He must have known an awful lot about what was really going on. Which poses the question, why did he present himself before the FAC as a bumbling, nervous fellow? And then kill himself? Possible answer to number one: he was very frightened. Possible answer to number two: he had reason to be.] SECURITY * Rights watchdog [Amnesty] raises alarm about detentions, use of force in US-run Iraq * U.S. Soldiers Killed in Area where Saddam Sons Died [Thursday, 24th July] * US troops turn botched Saddam raid into a massacre [Fisk] * Another soldier killed in Iraq as US accuses Arab media of incitement [Early Sunday, 27th July, 'near a bridge in Al Haswat, 30 kilometres south of Baghdad'] * 'Third Gulf war' warning as more US troops die [New Center for Strategic and International Studies report by Anthony Cordesman] * US soldier killed in Baghdad attack [Monday, 28th July] REST OF THE WORLD * Are Washington hawks setting Damascus up? [Includes more details on the US incursion into Syria last June when, it appears, 'The attack resulted in huge fireballs, the destruction of nearby houses and many casualties.'] * Athens bar association to file suit against Blair over Iraq * [US soldier killed in Baghdad attack] [Short extract on resignation of Denmark's Ole Woehlers as regional coordinator for Basra] * Syrian PM urges joint regional stand against US [Syrian Prime Minister Mustapha Miro 'on the eve of his visit to Ankara'] * Comment: Blair's lack of courage [Clare Short in The Guardian, mainly complaining about the fialure to hand the whole show over to the UN] _______________________________________________ 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