[News] Iraq: Disastrous and Shocking Official Statistics
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Sabah al-Baghdadi - Iraq: Disastrous and Shocking Official Statistics
Aug 7th, 2009 at 15:21
Translated and adapted from Arabic by Khalil Nakhleh
The following official governmental statistics,
up to December 2008, show the disastrous
conditions prevalent in Iraq since the American
invasion and occupation of that country.
1. One million widowed Iraqi women
(according to Iraqi Ministry of Women Affairs).
2. Four million orphaned Iraqi children
(according to estimates by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning).
3. Two and a half million (2,500,000) Iraqis
killed (according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and Forensic Medicine).
4. 800,000 Iraqis have disappeared in secret
holding places connected with the different
ruling parties (according to registered
complaints at the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior).
5. 340,000 Iraqi prisoners, detained without
charge, in U.S. army prisons, the prisons of the
Iraqi government, and the prisons in the
Kurdistan District (according to Iraqi, Arab,
international and UN human rights organizations
and agencies). US occupying forces admit
officially that the number of Iraqi detainees in
their prisons is about 120,000.
6. Four and a half million (4,500,000)
Iraqis are refugees outside Iraq (according to
statistics of those seeking passports (category
C) from the General Directorate of Passports.
7. Two and a half million (2,500,000) Iraqis
are refugees inside Iraq (according to the Iraqi Ministry of Refugees).
8. 76,000 registered Iraqi cases of AIDS;
this number did not exceed 114 cases before the
invasion and occupation of Iraq (according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health).
9. Frightening spread of the use of
addictive drugs imported from Iran, among youth
(according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and
the Center for Combating Drugs and
Addictions). I have written a series of
well-researched articles about the various
methods used to smuggle drugs, some of which are
highly toxic, and how they are collected in
different storage places in the southern
districts, under the total control of some of the
parties and the militias participating in the
government, and how the profits from these drugs
are used to buy (pay off) government officials,
in order to gain their support and silence, and
to finance their election campaigns.
10. Three out of every four marriages end up in
divorce since the invasion and occupation of Iraq
(according to Iraqi Ministry of Health).
11. More than 40% of the Iraqi people are under
the poverty line (according to the Iraqi Ministry
of Human Rights). I believe, however, that the
actual percentage is much higher, and surpasses 55%.
12. Decline in the level and quality of basic
and tertiary education, according to statements
made by officials in UNESCO, which led this
organization to refuse to recognize university
degrees issued by Iraqi tertiary institutions (universities and colleges).
13. Tens of thousands of forged university
degrees are granted to high government officials,
high ranking officers, directors generals, and
senior officials of political parties (according
to statements and statistics from the Iraqi
Honesty and Transparency Commission).
14. There exist about 550 political bodies and
party coalitions (according to the Iraqi
Independent Public Elections Commission), and, as
of today, there is no law regulating this large number of political bodies.
15. There exist about 11,400 civil society
organizations (according to the Iraqi ministries
of the Interior, Justice and Social
Welfare). These organizations have public and
secret objectives, and it is not clear what these
are, and how they are financed.
16. There are 126 security companies controlled
by foreign secret service agencies, and
registered at the Iraqi Ministry of the
Interior. The declared objective of these
companies is to protect foreign embassies,
foreign diplomats, and visiting VIPs. However,
their hidden objectives are unknown. In this
case, what is the value of having today one
million persons under arms in Iraq, distributed
among the Ministries of Defense, the Interior,
the various governmental security agencies, in
addition to the security agencies of the various ruling parties.
17. There are 43 officially registered armed militias connected to parties.
18. There are 220 newspapers and media
publications financed by foreign secret service
agencies (according to Iraqi Journalist
Union). The specific objectives of these
publications is to do brainwashing of Iraqis, to
remove their thinking about the various projects
aiming at fragmenting Iraq into sectarian,
regional, and ethnic mini-states, and to destroy their national identity.
19. There are 45 TV channels financed by foreign
secret service agencies (according to statements
by the Management of Nilesat and Arabsat satellite service providers).
20. There are 67 radio stations financed by
foreign secret service agencies (according to
statements by the Iraqi Information Commission).
21. There are 4 networks of digital
communications, the estimated value of each is 12
billion dollars, financed in favor of party
leaders. Among which are the following companies:
· Kork Company owned exclusively by
Masaoud Barazani (the President of the Kurdistan District);
· Assia Company owned exclusively by
Jalal Talbani (the President of Iraq);
· Zein Company (Kuwaiti), 50% is owned by
Ahmad Jalabi and the Islamic Dawah Party;
· Atheer Company owned exclusively by Abdel Aziz al-Hakim.
22. There are more than 11,400 official and
unofficial party headquarters. These could be
the offices of fake contracting company, or an
NGO, or a political group. However, these
headquarters in reality are public premises for
the Iraqi government that were taken over from
their legitimate owners after they were
eliminated, or forced to vacate and seek refuge
somewhere else. All are paid for from the Iraqi national budget.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of whats
happening in their new democratic Iraq, since
the American invasion and occupation of the country.
The article appeared originally in
<http://www.kanaanonline.org>www.kanaanonline.org, no. 1973, on 30.7.2009.
Sabah al-Baghdadi is an independent Iraqi
journalist and researcher; he may be reached at
<mailto:sabahalbaghdadi at maktoob.com>sabahalbaghdadi at maktoob.com.
Translated and adapted by Dr. Khalil Nakhleh:
Dr. Khalil Nakhleh is an independent Palestinian
researcher and development consultant; he may be
reached at <mailto:abusama at palnet.com>abusama at palnet.com.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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