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Saturday, August 09, 2003
Bush vs. Reality

Yes, yes, I know, it's no contest. But still, this from Bush's weekly radio address:

Life is returning to normal for the Iraqi people -- hospitals and universities have opened, and in many places, water and other utility services are reaching pre-war levels. Across Iraq, nearly all schoolchildren have completed their exams. And for the first time in many years, a free press is at work in Iraq. Across that country today, more than 150 newspapers are publishing regularly.
A local newspaper has been shut down and its manager arrested because of an article that US occupation authorities and Iraqi officials considered to be an incitement to violence and a threat to human rights in Iraq.

Iraqi police accompanied by US military forces raided the offices of the newspaper al-Mustaqila, which means ''The Independent'' in Arabic. Neighbors said troops broke down the front door, ransacked the office, and detained the newspaper's manager, Abdul Sattar Shalan.

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