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News :: Politics
Alive In Baghdad, Acoustic Benefit Show 12-28-05
16 Dec 2005
Wednesday, December 28th at 7:00pm at the old Harvard Social Forum in Harvard Square, there will be an acoustic benefit show for Alive In Baghdad, a boston-based activist film project taking footage in Iraq.
The Riot-Folk! Collective Presents...
Alive In Baghdad Alternative Holiday Benefit Party!!!

@ 45 Mount Auburn Street in Harvard Square
(Formerly the Harvard Social Forum)
7:00pm. $5-25 sliding scale donation.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Featuring music from...
EVAN GREER - (boston's own radical folkster!
SHARP TEETH - (catchy and heartfelt local folk-rock,
MIMI LAVALLEY - (local activist singer/songwriter,
PROJECT: CITIZEN - (political acoustic punk from NY,
-plus other acts TBA-
AND! a discussion and film screening with Brian Conley, a boston activist who recently returned from filming on the ground in Iraq.
Proceeds from the show will go to help Brian pay off his debts from his last trip, and hopefully to return to Iraq for more filming!
More information at:
For more information on the show, visit, e-mail evan (at), or call 978.852.6457
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23 Dec 2005
The news we don't hear. Looks like we are doing something good in Iraq.

Of course I didn't know. How could I?

Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?

Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under
rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools
have been built in Iraq?

Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20
Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all
currently operating?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January
2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-foot
patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons,
which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under
Iraqi operational control) which operate! day and night, and will soon add
16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and
equipped police officers?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over
3500 new officers each 8 weeks?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq?
They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad
stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the
first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school
by mid October?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and
phone use has gone up 158%?

Did you know that Iraq has ! an independent media that consists of 75 radio
stations, 180 newspaper s and 10 television stations?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a
televised debate recently?



Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag
burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the
presidential motorcades.

The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes. It is
intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus
minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American