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  1. Alright, Airedale (cool name!), but my friend's hollering that her "figures" prove she is right about the suffering in Iraq because the prices have gone up so high .. so I'm looking for help in a rebuttal .. "everything's on the table" doesn't surprise me but where did she get those numbers? Haha, sorry, didn't mean anything heavy by the question about the bloggers. Healing Iraq is in a bit of hot water right now and your statement just made me wonder. If you like humor, do you read "Allah"? Or The Mesopotamian is eloquent today. I know many have their own agendas, etc. but it's all interesting! Thanks for your input
  2. Part 2: Here are the figures from my friend: .."The food costs continue to rise on nearly a daily basis. Here is a short list of price comparison from before the War to now, on basic food and fuel supplies: Sugar 1 kg 150 ID (Iraqi Dinars) 750 ID, Tomatoes 1 kg 100 ID 750 ID, Rice 1 kg 150 ID 600 ID, Gas cylinder 300 ID 5000 ID, Diesel 1 ltr. 20 ID 300 ID, Benzene 1 lt. 20 ID 500 ID. Please tell me why diesel fuel is 10 times more expensive, or that gas cylinders are 15 times more expensive." Are these correct? Thank you for your input! Betsy
  3. Hey .. go Cats! and Pack! I sent you an email on that topic, Rob. Hope you don't mind. If you do, it's ok if you don't answer .. *grin* .. I do have a question for someone living in Iraq, please - I've been chatting with a friend about the prices of things since the "official" end of the war (mainly in Baghdad, I guess) and she says everything has gone up dramatically. I had a quote from her I copied but it won't print out, so I'll go back and see about getting the actual figures she quoted. From other sources my impression was that prices on food, gas, etc. (not counting the black market, etc) had gone down. Or prices may remain higher in Baghdad than the out-lying cities? Thank you. I'll see about those figures. Betsy
  4. Hi Airedale #50 .. Yeah, I had a difficult time that day, I'm a Panther fan now and my hub is an ardent Cowboy fan. You are right and I am aware of that, the bloggers' situation that is, as to internet access, speaking english, etc. Don't we wish we COUld hear from that "silent" majority as well? Reading a blog for some time gives you an idea the blogger's position/bias/leaning and then many tell what they do, where they are, etc. I admire their willingness to share with us no matter what their position in life, and eat up all of the history they share with relish. Riverbend is ok she's just to negative for me. I don't believe you can afford to be negative and still end up putting your country back together. A positive can-do attitude is imperative (a good ole 'merican trait). And yes, I did in fact read Healing Iraq's blog this morning and the update. I'm putting that item on "hold" until we find out more information - it does not ring true, but who knows? I'll wait for more info before forming an opinion. The "gang" there emailed that letter to all websites, newspeople, newspapers, etc. so I'm sure Salem Pax had it from them. It is imperative we find out the truth. What do you mean by "probable changes" in current bloggers? That's an odd thing to say. There have been bunches added constantly as new ones join in, I know that. So many now I'm having trouble keeping up with all of them! Take care!
  5. Hello Ladies! Thank you so much for sharing about your foods .. I'm wondering if the foods differ in the north of the country from the south, like they do here in the USA? You should each write a cook book as I'm positive American women would be very interested in purchasing these. While your peoples are rarely heavy, we 'mericans are know to be, um, a little on the chubby side. I can see immediately from your diet that with all the fresh fruits and vegetables and rice, this is partly why (plus you don't have our horrible junk food diet). Maybe someone might start a web site to educate us about your foods and terms and spices, give total recipes, etc. For instance, the lamb idea sounds delicious but I couldn't fit a whole lamb in my oven! But I'm looking forward to experiencing new foods from your country. Many thanks!
  6. Hello Woody. Yes, the Mesopotamian is a fav blog as is Iraq The Model. Mohammed today wrote an excellent blog with regard to my doubts and questions. It makes me wonder as well why we don't have a strong radio or tv station broadcasting the positives going on in the country so as to help the people understand more of what is going on all over. And Achillea, I have trouble with Riverbend as she is so negative, but her recipe section is good! So is the food one here. My hub and I are newly to NC from Chicago and the local news down here is .. um, different but the football team is better!
  7. Hi Achillea. You are definitely correct about the news via tv or newspaper. Every one has an "agenda" and the reporting of good old fashioned news without bias or slant has gone by the wayside. Rarely do the media offerings get any credence from me; yet this ice cream vendor incident jumped out at *me* just because it seemed so silly. Iraqi bloggers and military bloggers are not only accurate but very insightful as to what's really going down (annnd, my son is in the AF, flying C-130's out of Doha. He recently flew supplies into Iran) as are several friends in Iraq. It does seem to depend where you are, as well. Some cities are doing very well and are attack free while others are not doing well at all. I have friends on the "pessimistic" side of this discussion and like to give them a "positive" reply from the Iraq point of view. I fear if there is no turnaround soon the US will be in big trouble as the population while staunchly behind Iraq, is getting weary of the daily slaughter of our military. Thank you again!
  8. Hello All .. I too am most perplexed as to what is happening in Iraq now. While gathering most of my information on the net, my preferred mode of learning is from the Iraqi bloggers and I've been reading them faithfully; As many as I can each day, to try to get a more clear picture of what people there in the midst of it all are thinking. Before the capture of SH and the demise of his sons, I thought I fully understood the reluctance of the Iraqi people to participate in their own march to freedom. With Saddam and sons gone, thus the fear of retribution, it amazes me that the "street" is not hustling hard and fast to get their country back, up and running and cooperating with the US to get things fixed and working ASAP, thus accomplishing their wish to get us (the US) out of their country faster. We have no desire to stay in-country, but won't too swift a withdrawal throw the country into civil war, as many Iraqis have said? I'm also wondering, is the "bottom line" as we call it here in the USA (the almighty dollar) really the thing that counts? An ice cream vendor was complaining on tv recently that although his business was booming more than ever before, before SH he could stay open until Midnight; now with the insecurity, he is only able to stay open until 9pm. Well .. hmm .. does the fact that his family is now safe from execution and torture not mitigate this 3 hour difference? Why do not the Iraqis help in droves in ridding the country of the "insurgents" causing this insecurity? I'm afraid it is very confusing for me but I have confidence that my Iraqi blogger friends will continue to help me understand. Thank you all for your input! What a gift it is to be able to communicate during this time of difficulty. This is truly marvelous towards helping all peoples of the world understand each other.
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