Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
Lynnette in Minnesota ate my hamster.
Let's continue to pray for healing especially in Iraq
very good comment
It would be very interesting with a detailed report on life in Baghdad right now, since it seems to be off the radar of the mainstream media.Is the capitol divided along sectarian lines? Is there much suspicion between different sects/groups? Are there many roadblocks still in place ir is it returning to a more normal state? Have the blast walls come down? Are services uch as water and electrcity improved, or is it still an ongoing problem for people? Etc.
Hi Pete :)
nice blog !!!
Just FYI...I do not believe that we will entirely transition to alternative forms of energy by 2030. At least not if the global economy continues to drag. Free markets are a huge catalyst for that type of change. That prediction in 2010 was a little premature.Also, it is highly unlikely that the US government paid oil companies to stay out of Iraq. Private oil companies will go where there is money to be made. And if that is not easily done they will look elsewhere, like North Dakota.Interesting insights into the way that Iraqis were thinking, though.
P.S.To make the assumption that the world will act to try to reverse the effects of the build up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is to ignore the disfunction of bodies like the United States Congress. So, this is really no incentive to switch quickly to alternative forms of energy.Or, in other words, we're toast. Sorry.
Which prediction was ‘that’ prediction? Ya lost me here.Oh, sorry, Lee. That comment was really addressed to the Blogmiester. In the course of researching another matter I happened to run across a paper written by someone who used to work for the Iraqi Oil Ministry. I found it interesting and I thought it was something Zeyad would be familiar with.
I have always had a great deal of respect for Thomas Friedman's writing. His analysis is usually well balanced.I too took heart at the response of people in Libya to the militia activities. And these articles that Thomas Friedman noted are a positive step in the region. You can't change behavior if you are afraid to discuss it.If the result of the Arab Spring is to empower more people in the Middle East to be more comfortable with those types of discussions, it is indeed a start. I wish them well. :)
I can't help noticing that he's back on the campaign in earnest now, out in public almost every day, and his favorability numbers seem to be dropping.lol! I suspect there is a very good reason for that.
"I thought it was something Zeyad would be familiar with."That don't tell me a lot, but okay. I'll let it go at that.
Leaving Iraq for a moment and returning to Afghanistan, I just discovered something that I wasn't aware of before. Pity I didn't know about it when Bruno brought up Hekmatyar in the other comments section. Apparently while the program to supply the Afghan mujahedin during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was bankrolled by the CIA, it was actually Pakistan's President Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq, through the Pakistani intellegence service the ISI, that had control over which groups were on the receiving end in Afghanistan. It was also Zia-ul-Haq that was instrumental in setting up the madrassas.
R.I.P. Andy Williams.
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Samuel L Jackson has the overconfidence angle covered. Frighteningly bad taste if you ask me, but what do I know about tacky American politics.
I agree Pete, bad taste indeed. Might work though.
It might, Marcus ... getting about a quarter of a million hits a day so far.
Apparently white Americans would rather vote for Ahmadinejad than Obama ... according to an article from an Iranian press agency uncritically copied from a spoof in The Onion.
Frighteningly bad taste if you ask me, but what do I know about tacky American politics.Yes, but some people believe in the sledgehammer approach to getting people's attention. Scare tactics at their extreme.For major changes to be enacted you would need to get the President and the Congress on the same page. Which would mean electing a majority of the same party, not just the President. What is unfortunate is that the Republicans do have a point about not turning the United States into a welfare state and keeping us competitive internationally. They have just left that message to the extremists in their party to bend all out of shape. We will not be able to afford a cradle to grave type of social safety net. There still has to be an incentive to maintain a dynamic workforce.I was reading in the WSJ the other day about the taxes paid in various countries for their medical/retirement employee benefits. The countries listed were as follows(including both employee and employer paid taxes):Ireland - 8.25%Spain - 37.33%Italy - 40.97%France - 42.58%Portugal(current)- 34.75%Greece - 34.65%Germany - 41.28%Slovenia - 38.2%US(current, but will likely go back up 2%) - 13.30%**The WSJ listed US employers as being on the hook for 9.7%, but as far as I know it is still 7.65%, which with the current employee contribution of 5.65% makes 13.30%. They might have been including something else.Those are some huge numbers to have to pay. I can see why there were protests in Portugal after they proposed raising the employee contribution(from 11% to 18%) and lowering the employer contribution.I still think eliminating the wage cap on Social Security is the way to go and raising taxes on the wealthier wage earners. And so far I haven't seen Romney proposing that.
I was waiting for Bruno to maybe bring us that one.Perhaps he has been occupied elsewhere. :)
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