Friday, July 27, 2007

Conditions in Iraq

From a U.S. Department of Defense Report to the Congress in March 2007 titled

Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq

Iraq’s high rate of inflation is a serious obstacle to economic stability. Inflation in 2006 averaged 50%....

Estimates of unemployment vary from 13.4% to 60%. Underemployment may be a much more significant factor. For example, a January 2007 survey by Multi-National Division Baghdad indicated that only 16% of Baghdadis responded that their current income
meets their basic needs......

The Ministry of Agriculture and others associated with agriculture in Iraq have not made adequate progress in leveraging Iraq’s potential. Lack of modern seed and fertilizer, under-developed irrigation systems, and lack of pesticides have all contributed to underachievement of potential. This, in turn, has caused Iraq to continue to be overly dependent on imported food and to fail to achieve a marked increase in employment for the agricultural sector.
Comment: Again, why do the media not cover the situation of the average Iraqi? JAD

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