Paul Schemm
Guest Author
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/ 21 January 2007

Egypt reform moves forward

Three decades ago, millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country to protest the government’s removal of subsidies on basic commodities in an explosion of violence that shook the regime to its core and appeared to end any further talk of economic reform.

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/ 26 December 2006

Shattered Iraq limps into 2007

A shattered Iraq limps into 2007 after a year in which a bloody insurgency escalated into brutal sectarian war, forcing Washington to contemplate a major policy shift to halt total disintegration. Standing out from the daily bombings and late-night murders that define life in Iraq, one single attack set the tone for the dramatic collapse in security.

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/ 18 October 2006

Saddam trial: ‘We heard screaming and gunfire’

Saddam Hussein’s troops drove truckloads of terrified Kurdish villagers into the desert and gunned them down by the hundreds, a witness told the ousted Iraqi leader’s genocide trial on Wednesday. After managing to escape, the detainee ran off through the night and fell into a ditch of the recently killed, in the middle of a vast field of burial mounds left behind by a systematic slaughter, he told the court.

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/ 13 June 2006

Bush in Baghdad for morale-boosting talks

United States President George Bush arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday on a surprise five-hour visit in a bid to boost the new government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in its fight against the raging insurgency. A White House spokesperson confirmed that Bush was in Baghdad. ”I can confirm President Bush is in Iraq,” Ken Lisaius told Agence France-Presse.