Sat Apr 28, 2007
From the same folks who brought you the “reconstruction” of New Orleans …
Rebuilt Iraq Projects Found Crumbling
by JAMES GLANZ
The New York Times
April 29, 2007
“In a troubling sign for the American-financed rebuilding program in Iraq, inspectors for a federal oversight agency have found that in a sampling of eight projects that the United States had declared successes, seven were NO LONGER OPERATING as designed because of plumbing and electrical FAILURES, lack of proper maintenance, apparent looting and expensive equipment that lay idle.
The United States has previously admitted, sometimes under pressure from federal inspectors, that some of its reconstruction projects have been abandoned, delayed or poorly constructed.
But this is the first time inspectors have found that projects officially declared a success — in some cases, as little as six months before the latest inspections — were NO LONGER WORKING properly.
[NOTE FROM ME: Not to worry though [sneer]; Halliburton already collected its money for these jobs.
So, whether things are falling apart or not is of NO concern for the folks at Halliburton — including Dick Cheney, who still collects money from Halliburton.]
Read the rest of this here.
See also here.
As I wrote before: NO schools, hospitals, etc. were built in Iraq since Bush’s March 2003 invasion.
Bush’s Iraq war was officially about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
When that turned out to be lies, the Bush administration flip-flopped to talk about ‘rebuilding’ Iraq, about building houses, schools, hospitals.
Only talk, as the only things built in Iraq, as the US goverment says, are prisons (apparently, dictator Saddam Hussein had not built enough of those).
Oh yes, and the gigantic new US
colonial governor’s building embassy in Baghdad (see also here; and here; including photos).
And now, a wall to keep people apart who had been living together for centuries, but were set against each other in Bush’s and Blair‘s ‘divide and rule strategy‘.
The ‘rebuilding’ of Iraq and the CPA: here.
Bechtel in Iraq: here.
Dear sisters and brothers,
The struggle for immigrant workers’ rights needs your active participation and solidarity. Remember May 1, 2006? Millions of immigrant workers from coast to coast walked off their jobs and rallied in just about every major city to demand full rights for undocumented workers.
The same thing is planned for May 1, or “May Day” 2007. Many of you who are reading this appeal probably have a good idea of why it’s important for you as anti-war activists to be involved in the movement for immigrant workers’ rights. Even so it’s worth reviewing just a little.
To begin with, while we march against the war in Iraq, it’s absolutely critical that we march against the war on the people right here at home. The level of institutional racism on the part of the capitalist system and government that resulted in massive death and continued suffering in New Orleans is part of a “war at home.” So are the police murders of 23-year -old Sean Bell in New York City and 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston in Atlanta several months ago.
When it comes to the government anti-immigrant raids that go on daily, calling it a war is no metaphor. No other word could describe it more accurately. Thousands of immigrant workers have been arrested over the past year alone. On the morning of March 6, an army of hundreds of heavily armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI agents raided a leather factory in New Bedford, Mass., arresting and terrorizing 350 workers, many of them women whose children were suddenly left stranded. It’s time that we UNITE and show by our actions that we are as angry about these raids as we are about the war in Iraq. When we do that, we are truly connecting the struggles against the war abroad and the war at home.
The main weapon that the government and the capitalist media are using to try to deter more people of all nationalities and races from demanding an end to these raids is anti-immigrant racism. When immigrants rally for their rights, and you look out at many of the big immigrant rights rallies and see a tremendous sea of people—including, however, very few people who are either white, or whom you usually might see at a big anti-war march—that’s a sign that the divide and conquer with racism strategy is being used.
On May Day 2007, it is up to us to make sure that the anti-war movement shows up to stand side by side, shoulder to shoulder, with immigrant workers against these terrorist raids.
Another point is that it’s so important that immigrant workers have chosen May Day as the day to boycott work and rally for their rights across the country. May Day is the day the workers in every part of the world rally and march to show their solidarity with the struggle of all workers everywhere. Even though May Day was born in the working class struggles of the 19th century right here in the U.S., up until recently May Day has not been widely observed in this country. But all of that’s changing, in large part because immigrant workers are bringing May Day back to the U.S., along with its message of worldwide working-class unity and militancy and anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-war solidarity.
The anti-war movement must get behind May Day 2007 and build for it with the same passion and energy that we put into anti-war marches. If we do that, we will not only be solidarizing ourselves with immigrant workers, we will be helping to revive worldwide working-class solidarity in the country where it is most needed.
Anti-war movement—all out for May Day ’07!
LeiLani Dowell, Fight Imperialism-Stand Together (FIST)
Teresa Gutierrez, May 1 Coalition, New York City
Larry Holmes, Troops Out Now Coalition (TONC)
John Parker, March 25 Coalition, Los Angeles
Tuesday, May 1
12:00 pm – March at the beginning
of Olympic & Broadway
National May 1st Movement for
Worker & Immigrant Rights
c/o United Teachers Los Angeles
3303 Wilshire Blvd. 10th floor
Los Angeles CA 90010
Download flyers in Español and English
New York City
Tuesday May 1
4:00 pm – Rally & March
Union Square Park, 14 St. & Broadway
Marching to Federal Plaza/ Foley Square
(Site of the African Burial Ground)
NYC May 1 Coalition
55 W 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
646.291.2778 • http://www.may1.info
Download flyers in Español and English
National May 1st Movement for Worker & Immigrant Rights
5274 West Pico Blvd. #203
Los Angeles CA 90019
(213) 995-0694 (voicemail)
Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com
Thu Oct 2, 2008 10:00 pm (PDT)
The Mother of All Flip Flops: George Bush on Nation Building – Bush
Today the mother of all flip flops is evident as George Bush, in a
debate with Al Gore, argues against ‘nation building’. Incredibly,
Bush would go on to become nation building’s poster child. Also on
this date, a former Bush official admits there might have been a tiny
problem with an administration program to spy on Americans: ‘the law’.
Poor George’s Almanac: 365 Reasons to Fight Against McBush’s 3rd Term!
Today’s categories: Bushisms, Constitutional Abuse, Hypocrisy, Iraq
You are all athiest communist hippies. Your a disgrace to this nation saying that were over there for the oil.
Hi John, before you try to drag atheism into a discussion on a war with over a million Iraqi civilians dead, over 4,000 US soldiers dead, over four million Iraqi refugees, torture in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere: please learn to spell “atheist” properly.
If you really think that saying that the Iraq war is basically about oil makes one an “athiest communist hippie”, then Alan Greenspan, George W. Bush’s money czar, and the Howard administration in Australia, conservative allies of George W. Bush, and John Mc Cain, Republican presidential candidate, etc., who also said so, probably are “athiest communist hippies” too … Come on!
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