Iraq: Between Drug Dealers And Death Squads

  • What has tragically replaced education, stability and employment is an increasing subservience to alcohol and drugs, with “violence, unemployment and poverty” leading to a dramatic “increase in alcohol abuse,” according Younis Obeidi, a psychiatrist at the Ibn Rushd Hospital. Drugs have also become an alternative to the squalor of poverty, as the first three years of theUS/UK occupation, saw over 2 million people “living below the poverty line”
  • Two-thirds of Haiti’s people face hunger and malnourishment as problems worsen in storms’ wake

Hussein Al-alak, Countercurrents.org

12 July, 2013 | As a result of nationalised oil, during the 1980’s the Government of Saddam Hussain had run literacy campaigns, which saw illiteracy drop to less than 10% of Iraq’s entire population. UNESCO applauded the fact, that Iraqi’s were able to access free education and come out with qualifications and employment on the other side.

It was stated in 1998; “UNESCO said that Iraq was one of the only countries in the world where, even if you were born in absolute poverty, with illiterate parents you could come out of the education system either a brain surgeon, archaeologist or whatever you wished to become.”

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Two-thirds of Haiti’s people face hunger and malnourishment as problems worsen in storms’ wake, Trenton Daniel, Associated Press / Washington (DC) Post

“They will be counting bodies,” Mabriole town official Geneus Lissage said, “because malnutrition is ravaging children, youngsters and babies.”

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