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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