"Good news" update from Iraq

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    Essential Services

    The Marsh Arabs of Maysan Governorate are bringing immediate medical relief to remote areas through community outreach clinics led by two Iraqi doctors and community health workers. The team, working closely with International Medical Corps, visits different marsh villages in Maysan on a daily basis providing treatment. The outreach clinic provides residents with a medical check-up, medication, water purification tablets, and training materials on safe water and sanitation practices.

    In Hillah, the repaired water treatment plant is operating at 80% capacity as compared to the 16% capacity prior to repairs. The plant, repaired by USAID's partner CARE International, now provides potable water for over 550,000 people in Hillah. In the towns of Anah and Hit in Al Anbar Governorate, CARE has repaired 24km of pipes to restore water flow and pressure and reduce contamination from nearby sewage lines. As a result, 1,100 households have improved access to potable water.

    On Oct. 21, CPA Administrator Paul Bremer announced the reestablishment of the Fulbright international education exchange program in Iraq. The first of 20 scholarships will be awarded in late December, with Iraqi students arriving in the U.S. as soon as January 2004. Qualified individuals from all regions and sectors of Iraqi society will be selected to study in several priority areas, including law, public administration, business, and public health.

    Security

    After a two-day trial, Iraq's Central Criminal Court convicted two men of smuggling Iraqi diesel fuel out of the country on the tanker Navstar. Mazurenko Mykola and Ivan Soshchenko were sentenced to serve seven years in prison and pay a $2,415,000 fine. The men were taken into custody Aug. 4 when Coalition naval forces seized the Navstar carrying 3,500 metric tons of smuggled diesel fuel.

    Economy

    The Iraq Donors' Conference is being held Oct. 23-24 in Madrid, Spain. The conference will focus on 14 sector needs assessment reports recently completed by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations. Under Secretary of State Alan Larson said that at the Madrid conference, Iraqis will be able to tell donor representatives their own vision for their country.

    Governance

    To date, 58 Community Development Groups and nine Women's Committees have been established in Wasit, Al Qadisiyah, and Maysan governorates. Mercy Corps, a Community Action Partner, has helped organize these committees to promote cultural practices that encourage women's participation.
     
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    58 community development groups, eh? Hows that going?

    They convicted someone of stealing diesel! WOW! Surely this government has now demonstrated it has the ability to prevent years of bloody ethnic strife!

    You'd think Iraq was Disneyland they way you paint it - back in 2003 - and its just been getting worse and worse. Though I'm sure you'll deny twisting reality to put a pretty face on an ass to the bitter end.
     
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    See insein? Same sort of grocery list. 9 women's groups. Wow.

    If I had told jimmyc three years ago that he was just digging for good news in a country that was in chaos and headed toward deeper chaos - I would have been right.

    What makes it so different now?

    Here's the good news that will mean something - "Violence in Iraq at lowest levels since the fall of Hussein" - let me know when it happens.
     

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