Paul’s Iraq Notebook

Patched oil pipe in a pool of crude oil in Iraq’s South Rumaila field

Friday April 17th: Hungry? Wait a year while we increase oil production. Touring Iraq’s war-damaged oilfields, it’s a miracle they’re producing as much as they are.

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Dr Jawad al-Ali in the gloom of his office in Basra’s teaching hospital

Thursday April 16th: Are Gulf War depleted uranium weapons causing cancer in Iraqi children?

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Canal House, the centre of UN operations in Baghdad.

Wednesday April 15th: ‘Weapons inspectors in the field say they are just the tools. So who are UNSCOM’s brains?

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The Burbs in Iraq. A middle class house in Mosul.

Monday April 13th: ‘To hell with sanctions, let’s party’. Iraq’s elite at play.

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The inside of a church in Mosul run by Dominican Brothers.

Sunday April 12th: As Iraq’s 800,000 Christians celebrate Easter,  I investigated their situation under Saddam Hussein

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A Qadiri devotee eating glass as a spiritual exercise.

Friday April 10th: I watched a man drive three daggers into his head. Then I had to pull them out. The mystical order of the Qadiris

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Picture of Saddam in Iraq’s official press centre. Big Brother is watching you.

Thursday April 9th: Of minders, drivers and official tours. Journalism in Saddam’s Iraq

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Hussein, 18 months old and malnourished.

Tuesday April 7th: The politics of health in Iraq: Is everyone to blame for the dying children?

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Sunday April 5th: Ali Talib dreams of the day he can become an ordinary struggling artist. Art and escapism in Saddam’s Iraq

Talib with some of his photos at an exhibition in Baghdad.

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Saddam poster at a filling station on the highway from Jordan. The man is everywhere.

Saturday April 4th: ‘Sanctions have hit Iraq randomly. One man flashes a fistful of dollars. Another begs by the side of the road.’

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