Friday, January 28, 2005

Iraq Voting

Clicking on the title above "Iraq Voting" will take you to a left wing Canadian blog - - Anyone signed up (Reg. Req.) with them may want to post an opinion - - - Update 10APR06 - - Link to W-3 is now worthless - Check this page - Guardian Article - If it is no longer working and you are really interested I have saved it and might be able to email it to you...

The Independent - U.K. online edition has the article supposedly by an Iraqi woman that tells of atrocities by U.S. troops against Iraqi women


I am an Iraqi woman, and I am boycotting Sunday's elections. Women who do vote will be voting for an enslaved future. Surely, say those who support these elections, after decades of tyranny, here at last is a form of democracy, imperfect, but democracy nevertheless?

In reality, these elections are, for Iraq's women, little more than a cruel joke. Amid the suicide attacks, kidnappings and US-led military assaults of the 20-odd months since Saddam's fall, the little-reported phenomenon is the sharp increase in the persecution of Iraqi women. Women are the new victims of Islamic groups intent on restoring a medieval barbarity and of a political establishment that cares little for women's empowerment.

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I just finished listening to Hugh Hewett's show and he broadcast from El Toro, CA where they have a polling place for Iraqi citizens in the U.S. - One of the people he interviewed was a young man whose mother is in Iraq. She is running for office. She hopes to be on the parliament that is going to shape the constitution for the future of there nation. He voted for his mom of course. He also said that it is required that every third person on the ballot be a woman! - - -

I thought the interview with the young lad sort of blew the article out of the water. I then wondered if it was some man that beats his wife that really wrote the Independent article.
So I ran a Google search on "Houzan Mahmoud", author of the article. - Hmmmm! This explains it!

Had to do a bit more research to figure this out. Came up with this -
from an ABC News article (Still makes it questionable in my eyes...)
- - - Women have much at stake in this race. That's why the rules guarantee at least a quarter of the 275 seats in the new parliament will go to women. -