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  • Restoring the Paradise that Saddam Destroyed

    08/06/2010 1:05:22 AM PDT · by caveat emptor · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 08/03/2010 | Samiha Shafy
    Saddam Hussein drained the unique wetlands of southern Iraq as a punishment to the region's Marsh Arabs who had backed an uprising. Two decades later, one courageous US Iraqi is leading efforts to restore the marshes. Not even exploding bombs can deter him from his dream. Azzam Alwash is an anomaly in Iraq, a country devastated by war and terrorism. As he punts through the war zone in a wooden boat, his biggest concerns are a missing otter, poisoned water and endangered birds. Who thinks about the environment in southern Iraq, and who is willing to risk his life to...
  • Video- Saddam's Killing Fields (where were the bleeding heart liberals)

    07/04/2008 4:50:30 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 10 replies · 161+ views
    liveleak ^ | 7/4/08
    "Saddam's Killing Fields," an award winning account of the destruction of the Marsh Arabs of Southern Iraq and other crimes committed by Saddam's regime in the early 1990s including those committed during the 1991 uprising. Filmed in 1993 by Michael Wood a popular English historian and broadcaster.
  • Sadoun Street Receives Facelift in Baghdad

    05/24/2007 5:07:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Maj. Sean Ryan
    Local Iraqi artists created murals on concrete security barriers on Sadoun Street near the Abu Nuwas Market in eastern Baghdad. Under Operation Fardh Al-Qanoon, also known as the Baghdad security plan, the Abu Nuwas Market is going to be re-opened for public use which will mean more customers for Sadoun Street, as well. More than 140 artists were employed for this project. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Sean Ryan Sadoun Street Receives Facelift in Baghdad Murals bring a community some sense of hope amid recent violence. By Maj. Sean Ryan2nd Brigade Combat Team2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office FORWARD...
  • The myth of 'all Arabs being natives in all of the middle east' (Arabism)

    01/02/2007 6:45:54 PM PST · by PRePublic · 436+ views
    The all out myth of 'all Arabs being natives in all of the middle east'     A myth that terrorists which have far greater ambitions such as to Islamize the entire region if not the entire world or racist local Arabization, have been using it (still do) to the loss of so many lives among Israelis, 'Palestinians', but it is a tool in the wider Arab land to fuel bitterness at the entire west, (with historic colonialists like Great Britain, France, Belgium, etc. in mind).   To be true to history, the Berbers were before the other Arabs...
  • RAF troops open lifeline into marshlands

    08/17/2006 4:48:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 489+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | British Ministry of Defense
    The patrol pulled up and men of the U.K. 3 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment jump out of their vehicles and approached a crowd of waiting men. Unlike most places in Iraq the airmen are relaxed. They are able to remove their helmets and conceal their weapons as they meet and greet the familiar faces of the Shaghamba tribe. For the Iraqis and British airmen the occasion is a happy one. The ceremony marked the completion of a project financed by Coalition forces in Iraq to pump water into a Marsh Arab village near Basra Air Station. "We are very...
  • Possible link between eurasian bird flu and destruction of Iraq marshes

    01/12/2006 9:56:27 PM PST · by gleeaikin · 4 replies · 330+ views
    self | 1/13/06 | gleeaikin1/
    My son, who was with the 82nd Airborne, and spent 8 months in Iraq during Gulf War I, was scheduled to be shipped to either Iraq or Afghanistan this January 06. I decided to do some research on Iraq and discovered that very little has been done to restore the vast marshes at the mouth of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Saddam Hussein decided to destroy this haven for freedom fighters by draining and drying the marshes. He succeded in driving all but 50,000 of the original 300,000 population of this giant wetland away. He transported many to cities in...
  • The Winning Side (FOX-Tonight at 9)

    12/03/2005 1:33:27 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 46 replies · 1,317+ views
    The National Review ^ | 12-02-05 | Stephen Spruiell
    December 02, 2005, 8:19 a.m. The Winning Side Fox tells some of the mostly untold stories from Iraq. By Stephen Spruiell Whenever anyone — typically conservatives — criticize the media for not reporting on the successes the U.S. military has achieved in Iraq, the inevitable reply comes, "Well, what if there isn't any good news to report?" As a matter of fact, there is. And fortunately there are a few reporters and news organizations who are getting outside the Green Zone, talking to Iraqis in other parts of the country and finding a lot of success stories out there. On...
  • Saddam second in charge dead

    11/11/2005 6:19:14 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 35 replies · 1,270+ views ^ | 12th November 2005
    IZZAT Ibrahim al-Duri, one of Saddam Hussein's top deputies and a man who eluded US capture despite a hefty bounty on his head, reportedly died quietly overnight at the age of 63. The notice of his death came not from the US military, but from a statement signed by the dissolved Baath Party command. "The leader of the resistance died on Friday November 11 at 2:20 am," according to the statement signed by the Baath command. There was no immediate confirmation of his death. Duri was one of Saddam's most feared right-hand men and was said to be suffering from...
  • Water of life is flowing again through Iraq's Garden of Eden

    08/24/2005 5:35:14 PM PDT · by REactor · 23 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Thu 25 Aug 2005 | HANS GREIMEL
    THE marshlands of southern Iraq, considered by some to be the inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden, have recovered to nearly 40 per cent of their former glory since the toppling of Saddam Hussein. The dictator's mismanagement turned much of the lush waterscape into arid salt flats. But yesterday a United Nations report on a multi-million-pound restoration project revealed new satellite imagery showing a big increase in water and vegetation cover in the past three years. The marshes have rebounded to about 37 per cent of their 1970 extent, from about 10 per cent in 2002. "The evidence of...
  • Water returns to Iraqi marshlands

    08/24/2005 6:47:20 AM PDT · by minus_273 · 9 replies · 698+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/24/05 | BBC
    The marshlands of Iraq, which were drained during the early 1990s, are returning to their original state. Under Saddam Hussein, the area of marsh was reduced to a tenth of its former size, as the government punished people living there for acts of rebellion. The latest United Nations data shows that nearly 40% of the area has been restored to its original condition. Drinking water and sanitation projects are under way, but the UN says that a full recovery will take many years. Way of life destroyed The marsh area, near the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was...
  • U.N. Agency: Iraqi Marshlands Recovering

    08/24/2005 3:07:57 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 6 replies · 640+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/24/05 | AP
    TOKYO — The marshlands of southern Iraq, reputed inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden, have recovered rapidly since the fall of Saddam Hussein, whose regime turned much of the lush waterscape into arid salt flats, the United Nations said Wednesday. New satellite imagery shows a rapid increase in water and vegetation cover in just the past three years, with the marshes rebounding to about 37 percent of the area they covered in 1970, up from about 10 percent in 2002, the United Nations Environmental Program (search) said. "The evidence of their rapid revival is a positive signal," UNEP executive...
  • Iraqi Marshlands Rebounding Quickly Since Fall of Saddam, UN Reports

    08/24/2005 1:18:14 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 9 replies · 780+ views
    AP ^ | 8/24/05 | Hans Greimel
    The marshlands of southern Iraq, reputed inspiration for the biblical Garden of Eden, have recovered rapidly since the fall of Saddam Hussein, whose regime turned much of the lush waterscape into arid salt flats, the United Nations said Wednesday. New satellite imagery shows a rapid increase in water and vegetation cover in just the past three years, with the marshes rebounding to about 37 percent of the area they covered in 1970, up from about 10 percent in 2002, the United Nations Environmental Program said. "The evidence of their rapid revival is a positive signal," UNEP executive director Klaus Toepfer...
  • Wisconsin Environmentalists Restore 'Eden Again' In Iraq

    07/19/2005 2:54:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1,210+ views
    WISC TV ^ | July 18, 2005 | Staff Writer
    Saddam Hussein Polluted Habitat Of Thousands Of Marsh Arabs They were bigger than the everglades, older than the Bible -- until Saddam Hussein set out to decimate the cradle of civilization. Now wetland experts in Wisconsin are helping restore historic wetlands in Iraq, reports News 3's Joel DeSpain. Joy Zedler, who holds the Aldo Leopold chair in Restoration Ecology at the UW, and Dr. Rich Beilfuss, a hydrologist with Baraboo's International Crane Foundation, head the uncommon international restoration mission. "It's an amazing area," Beilfuss said. "The Mesopotamian wetlands are probably something we all know a little bit about from childhood....
  • Oil barons played a role in Saddam's Garden of Eden destruction

    05/23/2005 7:47:04 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 1 replies · 185+ views
    CFP ^ | May 23, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Only Saddam Hussein could make an arid desert out of the ancient Iraqi marsh considered by biblical scholars to be the Garden of Eden. While there is no doubt that revenge was in the Butcher of Baghdad’s heart when he cut the water flow to the marsh following 1991’s Gulf War, part of his motive originated from cutting breaks for business cronies. In draining the marsh, Saddam’s intent was to punish the Marsh Arabs who opposed his rule. To the heartless Saddam, it made no difference that the Arab culture had lived there for thousands of years. Saddam cutting breaks...
  • Iran's dam threatens Iraqi marshes

    02/24/2005 11:06:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 515+ views
    New Scientist Print Edition ^ | 26 February 2005 | staff
    ust when things were looking up for Iraq's iconic marshlands, another threat has materialised. Iran has begun building a dyke that will threaten the water supply to the healthiest of the wetlands, the Al-Hawizeh marsh. "It will cut off a vast amount of water and remove some of the recovering marshes," says Curtis Richardson of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who is monitoring the recovery. Richardson told New Scientist that maintaining the Al-Hawizeh marsh, which straddles the border between Iran and Iraq, is crucial because it is a refuge for species that may recolonise other marshes. The wetlands, which...
  • BBC: Promising signs for Iraq marshes

    02/21/2005 1:48:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 575+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 21 February, 2005, 13:05 GMT | Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter, in Washington DC
    Promising signs for Iraq marshes By Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter, in Washington DC Local people reflooded the marshes after the fall of Saddam Iraq's devastated marshlands can be partially revitalised, says a team writing in the journal Science. Saddam Hussein ordered the extensive draining of the wetlands, in part to punish the native Marsh Arabs who opposed his rule. But the quality of water now flowing into the marshes is better than expected and researchers say 30% of the former wetlands could be restored. Details were presented at a major science conference in Washington DC. The marshes...
  • Iraq marshes(Biblical Eden) can be partially restored

    02/21/2005 7:04:50 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 218 replies · 2,673+ views
    The fabled marshes of Mesopotamia, largely destroyed by Saddam Hussein in one of the worst pieces of ecological vandalism in recent history, can be partially restored, scientists said on Sunday. The first scientific assessment of the marshes in southern Iraq, al considered by some to have been the Biblical location of the Garden of Eden, was presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington. Saddam's drainage programme - accompanied by the persecution and forced relocation of the Marsh Arabs who had lived there for 5,000 years - reduced the wetlands to 7 per cent of...
  • Careful Flooding May Restore Iraq Marshes

    02/20/2005 9:36:38 PM PST · by Peelod · 25 replies · 817+ views Careful Flooding May Restore Iraq Marshes USA: February 21, 2005 WASHINGTON - Wetlands that once sheltered Marsh Arabs and a host of wildlife in southern Iraq are being partly restored and could offer a haven once again if it is done right, experts said on Saturday Luckily, water coming into the area from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is unexpectedly clean, washing away toxic salts that built up when the area was drained under Saddam Hussein's regime, the international team of experts reported. Bird species are starting to return, including pelicans, cormorants and wading species. The area was also...
  • Iraq’s Garden of Eden returns to life

    02/20/2005 9:31:47 AM PST · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 1,540+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/20/05 | MSNBC
    WASHINGTON - Water and new life are returning to an ancient Iraqi marsh considered by many as the cradle of Western civilization. Saddam Hussein drained the area after the 1991 Gulf War to retaliate against the people who had lived there for thousands of years. International and Iraqi experts are now restoring it. For more than 5,000 years, the Marsh Arab culture thrived in the 8,000 square miles of wetlands fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The marshes boasted hundreds of species of birds and fish, and periodic flooding created fertile farm lands. Some scholars believe the flooded, flat...
  • Army engineers helping restore Iraqi wetlands

    08/04/2004 5:18:22 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 483+ views
    Army News Service ^ | August 4, 2004
        Army engineers helping restore Iraqi wetlands WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug.4, 2004) -- The Mesopotamian Marshlands, considered by many to be the cradle of civilization, were largely drained by Saddam Hussein’s regime. Now the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is helping restore the historic wetlands. Located between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the marshes were once among the world's largest wetlands. Within this 8,000-square-miles area, the 5,000-year-old culture of the Madan, or Marsh Arabs, developed the first alphabet. Before their destruction, the Mesopotamian Marshlands spanned an area roughly twice the size of the Florida Everglades. They were known...
  • Iraq 'Prince of the Marshes' Wanted in Murder Case

    06/18/2004 7:27:42 AM PDT · by TexKat · 85+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/18/04 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S.-appointed Iraqi judge has issued an arrest warrant for one of the fiercest opponents of former President Saddam Hussein in connection with murder, politicians and lawyers familiar with the case said Friday. Abdul Karim al-Mohammadawi is known as "Prince of the Marshes" for leading resistance to Saddam in Iraq's southern marshlands even after the ousted dictator drained the wetlands in a campaign to crush Shi'ite rebels in the 1980s and 1990s. The warrant states that Mohammadawi, a former member of Iraq's now defunct Governing Council, is wanted in connection with the murder of a police officer...
  • Mass grave found in Iraq's southeast marsh region

    03/22/2004 6:58:05 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 14 replies · 192+ views
    Mass grave found in Iraq's southeast marsh region Amara, March 22 A grave containing the bodies of 15 men and two women has been found in Iraq's southeast marshlands, home to the Shiite Marsh Arab ethnic community, a spokesman for a leading militia said on Monday. "These people were killed in 1996 in fighting between people living in the marshes and the Iraqi army. The mass grave was found with the help of relatives who had come from abroad," said Badr Organisation spokesman Saad Hussein. "They asked us to find the mass grave and we located it over a...
  • Partial Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands May Be Feasible

    02/28/2004 8:30:50 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 239+ views
        Partial Restoration of Iraqi Marshlands May Be FeasibleWashington -- Despite what initially seemed to be irrevocable damage to the marshlands of southern Iraq at the hands of Saddam Hussein's regime, it now appears that a significant portion of the wetlands may be restored as sustainable managed ecosystems. During a February 24 hearing before the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia several witnesses testified that measures could be taken to rehabilitate portions of the desiccated marshes. "The good news in Iraq is that restoration is completely within the realm of possibility. The difficulty lies in creating...
  • Vow to improve Marsh Arabs life

    02/04/2004 5:33:03 AM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 116+ views
    Iraqpress ^ | 02/04/04 | IRaqpress
    Vow to improve Marsh Arabs life Baghdad, Iraq Press, February 3, 2004 – The interim authorities have pledged to extend a helping hand to the thousands of deportees who have decided to return to the southern marshlands. In the 1990s, the former regime of Saddam Hussein drove into destitution and internal exile hundreds of thousands of marsh Arabs after drying up the water that sustained a way of life dating back to around 5,000 years. As water levels rise and more and more marsh Arabs return to their ancestral land, the authorities are determined not to let them down again....
  • Iraq: As the tide of violence recedes, Marsh Arabs hope for new start

    10/18/2003 7:26:21 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 1 replies · 54+ views
    Guardian ^ | 10/19/03 | Patrick Graham
    As the tide of violence recedes, Marsh Arabs hope for new start Patrick Graham in al-Juweibir sees the people of southern Iraq slowly return to their way of life as Saddam's dams are unblocked. But, they explain, it's not just water that they need Sunday October 19, 2003 The Observer Haider doesn't know a lot about fishing, he says, and tosses his net out into the water from his narrow boat. His small catch of zuri, just covering the bottom of a Styrofoam crate, won't fetch more than a dollar. Barely enough, he tells us as he punts through the...
  • A Gift From God' Renews a Village (Marsh that Hussein drained is revitalized)

    10/13/2003 4:16:19 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 16 replies · 164+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/11/2003 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    'A Gift From God' Renews a Village Iraqi Engineers Revitalize Marshes That Hussein Had Drained By Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, October 11, 2003; Page A01 ZAYAD, Iraq -- The surging water from the Euphrates River first quenched the desiccated soil around this village. Then, with a steady crescendo, it smothered farming tracts, inundated several homes and enveloped the landscape to the horizon. "Hamdulillah," intoned Salim Sherif Kerkush, the stout village sheik. Thank God. Thin reeds now sprout on the glassy surface. Aquatic birds build nests on tiny islands. And lanky young boys in flowing tunics spend the...
  • Project To Restore Wetlands Destroyed By Saddam Begins

    10/09/2003 2:38:48 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 336+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 10-10-2003 | Terri Judd
    Project to restore wetlands destroyed by Saddam begins By Terri Judd 10 October 2003 A project has begun to reverse one of the greatest humanitarian and ecological disasters of recent times, the draining of the wetlands that were home to Iraq's 250,000 Marsh Arabs. Saddam drained the wetlands after the Marsh Arabs, whose world of reed houses, water buffalo and canoes captivated the writer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, supported the Shia revolt in the early Nineties. Some experts believe it may not be possible to recreate a way of life which had existed for 5,000 years in the largest wetlands in...
  • Iraqis Reclaim Their Ancient Wetlands

    10/01/2003 7:03:49 PM PDT · by Ex-Dem · 12 replies · 266+ views
    NewScientist ^ | October 01, 2003 | James Randerson
    The Marsh Arabs of Iraq have given up waiting for outsiders to restore their wetlands. Local people are taking matters into their own hands by breaching dykes and shutting down pumping stations in a bid to restore the marshes drained by Saddam Hussein's regime. But some experts worry that their actions could hamper the region's recovery. Five months ago, New Scientist reported that an international team of wetland experts, backed by the US State Department, planned to gradually re-flood the wetlands (print edition, 26 April 2003). But reports from inside Iraq reveal this plan is increasingly irrelevant. Even as Saddam's...
  • Water and hope flow again in Iraqi marshlands

    07/31/2003 1:28:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 203+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Richard C. Hottelet
    WILTON, CONN. - Good news for those rebuilding Iraq: Mother Nature has pitched in. Water is returning to the Mesopotamian marshlands, turned into salt-encrusted desert by Saddam Hussein. The marshlands used to cover nearly 8,000 square miles (larger than Maryland) in southern Iraq, above the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. They have been known since ancient times as the Fertile Crescent and were said to be the biblical Garden of Eden. More than 5,000 years ago the Sumerians lived there and recorded in their artwork the domed reed houses and the newly domesticated water buffalo that have marked...
  • Iraqi Regime Devastates Environment of Marsh Arabs

    07/30/2003 5:09:11 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 12 replies · 764+ views
    Middle East/North Africa | Iraq The southern marshes as they looked in 2000. By May 2001, more than 90 percent of the Al 'Amarah and the Hawr al Hammar marshes were almost completely dry according to the UN Environmental Program. (DOS Photo) 24 April 2002Iraqi Regime Devastates Environment of Marsh Arabs Satellite imagery shows extensive injury to wetland ecosystemBy Jim Fuller Washington File Science Writer Washington — The marshlands of southern Iraq are a unique part of the world. The region, lying between the lower reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, is where the ancient Sumerians, it is...
  • A Culture on Our Conscience: In 1991 America betrayed Iraq's Marsh Arabs. Now they're free at last

    07/20/2003 9:04:07 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 225+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 07/21/03 | PAUL A. GIGOT
    <p>AL TURABAH, Iraq--To reach the ninth level of Saddam's Inferno, you take a plane from Baghdad south to Basra, then hop an open-air 40-minute helicopter ride in 118-degree heat to what was once the world's closest approximation to the Garden of Eden.</p>
  • Marsh Arabs threaten to resist 'army of occupation'

    06/26/2003 3:07:09 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 21 replies · 144+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 06/27/03 | Patrick Cockburn
    On the edge of the Iraqi marshlands, guerrillas who fought Saddam Hussein for years say they fear that Britain and the United States now want to take away their weapons so they can occupy Iraq for many years. Al Sayyid Kadum al-Hashimi, a leader in the town of Majar al-Kabir south of Amara where six British soldiers were killed on Tuesday, said yesterday: "It is the belief of people here, and it is believed by all other Iraqis, that the British want to disarm us so they can stay for a long time."Guerrillas, who resisted the Iraqi army for almost...
  • Marsh Arabs Threaten To Resist 'Army Of Occupation'

    06/26/2003 4:30:18 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 335+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-27-2003 | Patrick Cockburn
    Marsh Arabs threaten to resist 'army of occupation' By Patrick Cockburn in Majar al-Kabir 27 June 2003On the edge of the Iraqi marshlands, guerrillas who fought Saddam Hussein for years say they fear that Britain and the United States now want to take away their weapons so they can occupy Iraq for many years. Al Sayyid Kadum al-Hashimi, a leader in the town of Majar al-Kabir south of Amara where six British soldiers were killed on Tuesday, said yesterday: "It is the belief of people here, and it is believed by all other Iraqis, that the British want to disarm...
  • Bled dry, Marsh Arabs retaliate

    06/13/2003 10:02:16 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 6 replies · 272+ views ^ | June 13, 2003 | Paul Salopek
    HAWR AL HAMMAR, Iraq -- It's 100 degrees at noon, the hour when the sky itself seems to melt into chrome-colored lakes--rippling pools that shimmer like mirrors in the vast salt pans of southern Iraq. These days, however, those liquid sheets of light are no mirage. They are real water--and one of the most poignant symbols of liberation since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
  • Meteor Clue To End Of Middle East Civilisations

    06/08/2003 7:17:12 PM PDT · by blam · 81 replies · 1,393+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-11-2001 | Robert Matthews
    Meteor clue to end of Middle East civilisations By Robert Matthews, Science Correspondent (Filed: 04/11/2001) SCIENTISTS have found the first evidence that a devastating meteor impact in the Middle East might have triggered the mysterious collapse of civilisations more than 4,000 years ago. satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide impact crater caused by a meteor Studies of satellite images of southern Iraq have revealed a two-mile-wide circular depression which scientists say bears all the hallmarks of an impact crater. If confirmed, it would point to the Middle East being struck by a meteor with the violence equivalent...
  • Iraq's dried-out marshlands reviving, UN says

    05/30/2003 6:46:23 PM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 16 replies · 310+ views
    Planetark ^ | May 30, 2003 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA - Water is returning to Iraq's southern dried-out marshlands, the U.N. said in a report on the home of a unique Arab culture almost destroyed by Saddam Hussein in apparent retaliation for an uprising. The United Nations' environmental agency UNEP said mechanical diggers had broken down barriers and levees built under Saddam, allowing water to flow into the area - believed by some archaeologists to be the Garden of Eden in scripture. Satellite images of the area, once home to some 450,000 largely Muslim Shi'ite Marsh Arabs made famous by British traveller and explorer Wilfred Thesiger, "dramatically reveal streams...
  • Green, Back

    05/29/2003 3:51:06 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies · 156+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | May 28, 2003 | JAMES TARANTO
    <p>"War would have devastating human and environmental consequences. The last Gulf war killed two hundred thousand people and left many of the survivors malnourished, diseased, and dying. Damage to ecosystems in the area remained years after the war ended. What would be the consequences of another war?"</p>
  • Marsh Arabs, Modern Sumerians

    05/14/2003 4:07:17 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 762+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 5-14-2003 | Joe Rojas-Burke
    Marsh Arabs, modern Sumerians 05/14/03 JOE ROJAS-BURKE Amid the ruined temples of a civilization abandoned 4,000 years ago in southern Iraq, archaeologists on a 1968 expedition noted a striking parallel: Fragments of the long-extinct Sumerian civilization they were unearthing seemed to depict the present-day lives of the nearby tribal people. From Our Advertiser They speared fish from slender wooden boats, herded water buffalo and fashioned fantastic vaulted houses from the few building materials the marshes had to offer: reeds, clay and buffalo dung. Their secluded villages dotted the vast marshes and stream-braided lower reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers....
  • Exiles return as hope flows again in ancient land

    05/01/2003 5:43:32 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 187+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 2, 2003
    A herd of chocolate-brown water buffaloes snort their way across a corn field followed by their owner, Ahmed Kadhum Na'eem, who 18 days ago transported them on trucks from a farm outside Baghdad in an eight hour journey, the most exciting trip of his life. For the first time in decades his family have been able to return to farm the marshlands which they had lived off for generations but - along with thousands of other Marsh Arabs or Ma'dan - were forced to abandon. From the late 1980s Saddam Hussein drained most of the 4,000 square miles of the...
  • After 13 years fighting Saddam, Lord of the Marshes wants his country back

    04/27/2003 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 11 replies · 277+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 04/28/03 | Ewen MacAskill
    Guerrilla leader who became a legend emerges from hiding For 13 years he was a defiant symbol of Iraqi resistance. Hunted in vain by Saddam Hussein's militia, the legendary guerrilla fighter Abu Hattem fought an extraordinary campaign against the Iraqi regime from his secluded bases in the poisoned marshland of southern Iraq. Known as the Lord of the Marshes, his exploits earned him a reputation that is a cross between Robin Hood and Lawrence of Arabia, with tales of suicidal missions and narrow escapes. Western journalists tried for years to track him down during the guerrilla years, visiting Iranian border...
  • U.S.forces capture Iraqi spymaster, warn self-installed Baghdad mayor (news on marsh Arabs and more)

    04/24/2003 3:04:59 AM PDT · by hotpotato · 8 replies · 395+ views ^ | April 24, 2003 | David Crary
    <p>American forces in Iraq have captured a former spymaster believed to know about Iraqi espionage in the United States. In Baghdad, U.S. officials warned the self-proclaimed "mayor" not to arm his followers and conferred Thursday with civic leaders on how to restore order.</p>
  • US claims biggest regime scalp yet

    04/21/2003 11:54:23 PM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 155+ views
    Guardian ^ | 4/22/03 | Oliver Burkeman in Washington
    The hunt for Saddam Hussein's inner circle claimed its biggest success so far last night when American military officials announced the arrest of Mohammed Hamza al-Zubaidi, a former Iraqi prime minister who was implicated in the suppression of Shia uprisings after the 1991 Gulf war. Mr Zubaidi, accused of masterminding the slaughter of thousands of Marsh Arabs, was seized at about 9.30pm local time at a house in Hillah, 56 miles south of Baghdad, by a brigade of fighters affiliated to the Iraqi National Congress (INC), working with American special forces. A former member of the Iraqi revolutionary command council,...
  • A dream of restoring Iraq's great marshes: Wetlands destroyed by Hussein could thrive again

    04/18/2003 2:44:47 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 444+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/18/2003 | Glen Martin
    <p>There could be an unexpected beneficiary of the war in Iraq: the environment.</p> <p>More specifically, the late, great Mesopotamian marshes -- a decade ago, the largest wetland by far in the Middle East, and a site considered by many religious scholars as the inspiration for the Garden of Eden in the Bible and Koran.</p>

    04/07/2003 9:33:26 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 67 replies · 2,264+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/1/2003 | Fred Pearce
    <p>Saddam Hussein turned a thriving marshland into a poisoned desert. Can it be restored?</p> <p>The project, which has been discussed only in outline by scientists so far, would be the largest and most ambitious recovery of a wetland ever attempted. It might cost tens of millions of dollars or more, but could be a model for reviving many other natural water reservoirs as the world staves off growing water shortages.</p>