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ATYCLB
May 25th, 2008, 07:48 PM
Iraq's Babylon bears scars of US-led invasion
5-23-08
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hxKeeDEeW34SksVaG_AavMLCC8Og


Leading archaeologists fearing for the physical safety of Babylon's remaining archaeological treasures, have launched efforts to protect the site from further damage and resume archaeological research.

They are pushing for Babylon to be included on a list of protected World Heritage sites. This would mean excavations could be relaunched and archaeologists from around the world would once more have a chance to probe Babylon's rich history.

"The Iraqi authorities must complete an enormous amount of work to achieve this objective and we must prepare a plan to accomplish it," Qataa said.

ATYCLB
May 29th, 2008, 12:03 PM
Iraqis hooked on 'mazgouf' dream of fish farm bonanza
5-28-08
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/iraq/20080528-0859-iraq-fish-.html

Iraqis are very fond of 'mazgouf', fish split open and cooked over a wood fire.

But years of conflict and environmental woes have cut the supply of much-prized river fish, the preferred ingredient to make the dish.

The U.S. government is footing the bill for millions of three-month-old carp that will be sent out from Iraq's largest hatchery to about 1,000 fish farms in Babil province, a traditional fish farming area south of Baghdad. There, they will grow to full size before being sold.

The Euphrates Fish Farm began life as one of Saddam's showpiece projects in 1979, within sight of the imposing palace Saddam built on the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon.

Years of war, sanctions and strife reduced it to a shadow of its former self. Production of baby fish, known as fingerlings, dropped to fewer than 2 million last year, down from 12 million in the early 1990s.

This year, output is back up to 12 million again, thanks to $3.6 million in U.S. aid. Fully grown, those fish could be worth about $180 million in Iraqi markets.

ATYCLB
May 29th, 2008, 12:11 PM
North Babil USACE projects register significant gains
5-17-08
http://www.blackanthem.com/News/U_S_Military_19/North-Babil-USACE-projects-register-significant-gains16590.shtml

Two key projects in Iraq 's North Babil province--the rehabilitation of a vocational-technical school and the construction of a maternity hospital--are registering significant gains.

The second phase of a three-pronged effort at the Iskandariyah Vo-Tech was just completed and an important third phase, to include refurbishing dormitories, will start soon, said Lt. Col. Gregory McMahan, head of the Forat Area Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Vo-Tech project is a top priority of Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the Third Infantry Division, who views the project as critical because it provides job skills and expands options for young people in the area. The project is being funded with 3rd ID CERP (Commander's Emergency Response Program) funds and is being managed by USACE.

Also hitting its stride after a start slowed by a now-resolved land dispute is construction of a maternity and pediatrics hospital in Mussayyib. The contract for the job is nearly $5 million. Winbourne ("Mac") Drake, serving as a construction representative with GRS, voiced confidence that the job will continue to progress satisfactorily due to the close cooperation between the contractor and his local office.

This project will provide a 50-bed hospital, including a surgery wing, outpatient care, a premature infant nursery, and other maternity and pediatric care. The new hospital will replace a deteriorating hospital in the same city. McMahan said the work is of high quality, with special care being taken to provide an immaculate, attractive complex.

Construction is now about 40 percent completed. The hospital is projected to be finished is early October 2008.

ATYCLB
May 29th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force
http://www.trade.gov/iraq/

Investing in Iraq’s Industrial Sectors

The Government of Iraq, led by the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals (MIM) is currently in the process of evaluating investor proposals to enter into joint venture partnerships between many of Iraq’s lucrative State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and international companies. These partnerships will permit investors to acquire production output from Iraq’s productive factories in exchange for investment of expertise and capital to improve and rehabilitate these assets. This initiative is part of a larger process to transition and modernize key industries through 2012. Minister of Industry and Minerals Fawzi Hariri has publicly confirmed that companies taking up these early ventures will have the right of first refusal on eventual privatization. The government has also established an investment board to oversee foreign direct investment in Iraq and the development of SOEs.

From April 19-20, 2008 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, UAE, Iraq’s Ministry of Industry and Minerals convened to meet with foreign investors to discuss these deals. The two day summit, was attended by over 150 company executives from every corner of the globe who were met by an Iraqi delegation of 85 individuals, including senior officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Industry & Minerals and director generals from over 45 SOEs-the largest delegation seen at any commercial event on Iraq, according to event organizers.

ATYCLB
May 29th, 2008, 12:25 PM
China's Iraq goal worries Turk firms
5-24-08
http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=105382

Iraq, which drew foreign investment worth $41 billion last year, aims to reach a volume of $50 billion in investment this year, said Iraqi Minister of Commerce Abdulfalah Hasan El Sudani. Construction investments, which totaled $7 billion in 2005, are expected to reach $17-20 billion, he added.

ihope
May 29th, 2008, 02:49 PM
ATYCLB...

You've laid out some awesome articles and information....now can you sum it up and do some editorial writing? Your thoughts on all this? Thanks in advance if you are willing.... :hug

FaithContender
May 29th, 2008, 04:02 PM
There really is a Babylon NY???:scratch

:ahaYes, on the south shore of Long Island.

seekingtruth1
May 29th, 2008, 07:26 PM
nahhh itll just get burned up.....hahah
But what does this matter? From what I read on another thread the other day, the babylon of the end times is babylon New York, right here in the US!!:pound:pound:pound

Ok, Obviousley, I do not believe that Babylon is in the US. I was being Snarky. Bad Anna!:tsk

Non the less, this stuff is fascinating. Clealry, Babylon is being rebuilt. We are getting closer and closer.

I think I am going to start a scrapbook, with bible prophecy on one side, and the fullfilment of it with news articals on the other page. Ya know, like side by side comparrison. :shocked

ATYCLB
June 2nd, 2008, 07:01 AM
Sweden's Scania to co-establish new firm in Iraq
6-1-08
http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story_s.asp?StoryId=1093198816

Iraq's Ministry of Industry and Minerals recently inked a signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Swedish motor manufacturer, Scania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scania_AB), Iraq Directory reported.

According to the memorandum, Scania will develop the General Company for Motor Manufacturing in the Babylon province. The agreement was signed on the sidelines on the minister's participation in the 2nd International Compact with Iraq (ICI).

ATYCLB
June 11th, 2008, 04:05 PM
Not really a "Babylon News Bite", but it does show how fast a city can grow and prosper.



Dubai 1991

http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/3/14/1814874/Dubai1.jpg


Dubai 2005

http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/3/14/1814874/Dubai2.jpg