Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Oh My!

It looks like the fate of Saddam Hussein is starting to hit the news, now that the turnover of power is only about two weeks away.

Saddam tortured, says lawyer

Amman - Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein has been subjected to "physical and moral torture" by the occupying forces, his lawyer alleged on Tuesday.

"We have received a confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Crescent (ICRC) that the former Iraqi president was subjected to physical and moral torture on January 21, 2004 and that he suffered wounds as a result," Mohammad Rashdan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.


Moral torture? Translation, please.

Rashdan leads a defence panel for the ousted Iraqi president, comprising dozens of renowned Arab and non-Arab lawyers.

He said that about 1 500 Arab lawyers, including 700 hundred from Jordan, had so far volunteered to defend the former Iraqi leader. - Sapa-dpa


I would like to see those names. Does anyone know anything about Mohammad Rashdan?

Raghad Hussein has given a recent interview.

Saddam's daughter laments her 'hard life'

It was Raghad's first print interview since she and her sister, Rana, and their children sought asylum in Jordan last July. Shortly after moving to Amman, the two gave interviews to Arab satellite channels and CNN, but have kept a low profile ever since.

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The Saudi-owned, London-based glossy magazine spread the interview over 14 pages, mostly filled with family photographs, old and new. Raghad, who covered her head with a while veil in last year's television interviews, showed off a new look in jeans and a black sweater, her head bare.

As in the previous interviews, she avoided talking about political issues.

"We didn't want an interview about politics, as we are bored of it," magazine editor Hani Naqshabandi wrote at the beginning of the magazine. "We didn't want an interview about war, as we all are trying to forget it."

Raghad's "new look":

Raghad, who covered her head with a while veil in last year's television interviews, showed off a new look in jeans and a black sweater, her head bare.

I wonder what Saddam's "new look" will be for the trial.

NOW Raghad is bored with politics.

"We didn't want an interview about politics, as we are bored of it,"

So NOW she's bored with politics! Just when Iraqis have chance to build their own representative democracy and NOW she's bored. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like giving her a swift kick?

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UPDATE: Ali from Iraq the Model posted a blog yesterday called The Iraqi trap. The comments have almost reached 300 already. Check out the discussion.

Zeyad over at Healing Iraq continues today with Iraq's tribal society: A state within a state (part three)

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ANOTHER UPDATE: Sheriff Lee C. has stepped into KURDO'S WILD WEST SALOON. No doubt about it, he's a straight-talker. Pony up to the bar and grab a cold one. NOT to be missed.

Being an "original people" is not going to prevent ya'll from getting your butts kicked (again) in a full scale war with the Arab Iraqi if it goes to that over secession.

The comparison only fails because you refuse to see even that much.

Lee C. ― U.S.A. | Email | 06.15.04 - 9:35 am | #


Oh, and Paul "Doc" Edwards is sitting at the bar over a whiskey neat, his eyes smiling behind his spectacles.



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