Brown and Blair on Iraq war fifth anniversary

23 03 2008


AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Sunday Mirror (Excerpt)

Mr Brown yesterday insisted Britain was right to remove Saddam Hussein.He claimed Iraq has been left a better place by the US-UK led invasion.In a passionate Commons performance Mr Brown said: “There is a democracy as a result of the change we brought about. Millions of children are getting the benefit of education, vaccination and health care services. We are rebuilding with Iraqis the economy of Iraq.” And he told critics no one wanted “to go back to the situation when Saddam was in control”.Mr Blair was yesterday trying to keep a low profile. He is spending this week in the Far East lecturing on climate change. His office refused to answer questions about whether he planned to mark the anniversary. But he has consistently refused to apologise for the war or its consequences.The Government was trying to play down today’s anniversary, with no plans for a commemoration or ceremony.

The Observer: “Five years on, the hard lessons that we must learn from Iraq”

The war in numbers (MSN):

  •  26 – countries involved in the Multi-National Force in Iraq (Source: MOD)
  • 40 – Number of coalition soldiers who died as a result of accidental attacks by their own side during the initial conflict in 2003. (Source: BBC News)5
  • 5 – years since the war began.
  • 79.6 – percentage of the population who turned out to vote in the December 2005 Iraqi Legislative Election. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • 3,987 – US deaths since war began (
  • 1.9 million – estimated number of Iraqis who are internally displaced (CIA)
  • 4,100 – British troops serving in southern Iraq. (MOD)
  • 82,078 – 89,573 – documented civilian deaths from violence (  -March 13, 2008)
  • 0 – Weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq following the 2003 invasion. Most weapons inspectors now believe that the Iraqi WMD program did not proceed after the early 1990s. (Iraq Survey Group final report)
  • 175 – British Armed Forces personnel or MOD civilians to die in Iraq (correct up to February 29, 2008 – MOD)
  • 27,499,638 –population of Iraq (CIA – estimated July 2007)
  • 1441 – UN Security Council Resolution 1441 was unanimously adopted in November 2002, declaring Iraq to be in material breach of previous resolutions. (MOD)

Bush defends Iraq war on fifth anniversary

23 03 2008

Times on line: “Bush insists Iraq war was a success as Bin Laden threatens Europe on anniversary”.

CBS News: Iraq war “noble” and “necessary”.

International Herald Tribune: Bush defends Iraq war on fifth anniversary.

msnbc: On anniversary, Bush cites big successes in Iraq.

The Speech in The White House´s web.

The transcription of the You Tube Video I’ve posted:

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La guerra de Irak, cinco años después, según Aznar

22 03 2008

Volvería a actuar de igual modo, ha dicho Aznar en estos días (Público) respecto a las decisiones que tomó hace cinco años con respecto a Irak. La situación en Irak es muy buena, según él ( El País), “sin ser idílica, es muy buena” (El Mundo).

Carlos Carnicero escribió una columna sobre el tema en El Períodico.

En el vídeo que aparece a continuación,  aparece la noticia de las declaraciones de Aznar comentada por dos televisiones : la sexta y cuatro. En algún momento parece que acaba la noticia pero sigue más adelante. Se comentan otras decisiones de Bush y los políticos americanos que tuvieron que ver con la guerra de Iraq y momentos posteriores.

Si quieres oir las palabras originales de Aznar en inglés puedes ir a la página de la BBC y buscar el séptimo personaje donde aparece la imagen de Aznar. También puedes escuchar el audio en una página de El Mundo (donde se pueden escuhar las palabras de Aznar de forma más clara sin otros audios que hay por el medio en la BBC)

The number of journalists killed has risen 244% in five years

2 01 2008

In 2007:
86 journalists and 20 media assistants were killed
887 arrested
1,511 physically attacked or threatened
67 journalists kidnapped
528 media outlets censored

37 bloggers were arrested
21 physically attacked
2,676 websites shut down or suspended

In 2006
85 journalists and 32 media assistants were killed
871 arrested
1,472 physically attacked or threatened
56 journalists kidnapped
912 media outlets censored

The number of journalists killed has risen 244% in five years

At least 86 journalists were killed around the world in 2007. The figure has risen steadily since 2002 – from 25 to 86 (+ 244%) – and is the highest since 1994, when 103 journalists were killed, nearly half of them in the Rwanda genocide, about 20 in Algeria’s civil war and a dozen in the former Yugoslavia.

More than half those killed in 2007 died in Iraq.

If you want to read more: (Human Rights Education Associates)