No electricity, just bullets, in ‘new’ Iraq

This video is called [Jewish-Iraqi] Dr. Dahlia Wasfi – Life in Iraq Under U.S. Occupation.

A protest over electricity shortages in southern Iraq turned deadly when police opened fire to disperse the crowd on Saturday, killing one protester in a melee that vividly conveyed growing anger over the government’s failure to provide basic services.

Iraq’s electricity minister resigned on Monday in the face of militant street protests over the lack of power despite years of promises that the situation would improve: here.

America leaves Iraq a toxic legacy of dumped hazardous materials: here.

November 2015: BAGHDAD // Fifty-eight Iraqis died of electrocution during heavy rains and flooding last week, the health ministry has said, illustrating the dangers posed by the country’s dilapidated infrastructure: here.

The total British cost of the bloody wars in Afghanistan and Iraq has passed a massive £20 billion, official figures show: here.

27 thoughts on “No electricity, just bullets, in ‘new’ Iraq

  1. Thursday, May 27, 2010 – By: Derek Ford

    The Iraq war is still being touted by Washington and the Pentagon as a war for progress and stability in the region. A study released May 26, however, reveals a radically different reality.

    The Mercer Quality of Living survey ranked Baghdad last in a list of “most livable cities.” The study took into account political, economic, ecological, social and cultural factors.

    The result is not surprising considering the devastation brought on by the U.S.-led invasion. Sewage treatment plants, factories, schools, hospitals, and museums have been destroyed. As a result, Iraqi citizens now have scarce access to water and electricity.

    The demolition of infrastructure is an important tactic in imperialist war and helps explain why the study found that, “A lack of security and stability continue to have a negative impact on Baghdad’s quality of living.”

    The only benefactors from the occupation have been big corporations like BP, who got access to the giant Rumaila oil field. The citizens of Iraq continue to pay with their lives.


  2. Crowds fume over lengthy blackouts

    Iraq: Riot police have used water hoses to disperse an angry crowd protesting against lengthy power cuts in Nasiriyah, where soaring temperatures have pushed tensions over the lack of basic services to boiling point.

    Demonstrators took to the streets two days after a similar demonstration turned violent, with two people killed and two wounded after police opened fire in the southern oil hub of Basra.

    Many impoverished Iraqis in the south have been left without air conditioning or fans despite high humidity and summer temperatures that frequently rise above 43C (110F).


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  18. IRAQ: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi suspended electricity minister Qassim al-Fahdawi today over a power crisis that has spawned mushrooming protests.

    Mr Abadi said the suspension would last until an investigation is concluded.

    Despite billions of dollars spent to repair the power network since its destruction by the 2003 US-led invasion, many cities and towns still suffer severe power cuts and rolling blackouts.


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