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Democracy Now! (6 am) – January 31, 2005

Robert Fisk on Iraq Elections: Iraqis Voting for "Freedom From Foreign Occupation"
A day after elections in Iraq, we go to Baghdad to speak with Robert Fisk, chief Middle East correspondent for the London Independent. Fisk says, "What this election has done is not actually a demonstration of people who demand democracy, but they want freedom of a different kind, freedom to vote, but also freedom from foreign occupation. And if they are betrayed in this, then we are going to look back and regret the broken promises.

Candidates on Kurdish Electoral Slate Include Former Baathists
Kurds – who make up about 20% of Iraq’s population – voted in large numbers in Sunday’s elections. Pacifica reporter Aaron Glantz files a report from Irbil, the regional capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iraqi in Baghdad: "The Election Was Shoved Down Our Throats"
To get an Iraqi perspective on the election, we go to Baghdad to speak with retired Iraqi engineer Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar. Mukhtar says, "What do I do with democracy? Does it allow me to walk across the street without being feared of being kidnapped or being shot at or being mugged or being stolen? Would democracy feed my children? Would democracy allow me to quench my thirst? The U.S. has not done anything at all to improve the life of Iraqi people."

British MP George Galloway: Elections in Occupied Iraq "Flawed Beyond Redemption"
British MP George Galloway responds to the Iraqi elections and discusses his victory over various British newspapers which were forced to print retractions of earlier reports that he had received secret payments from Saddam Hussein.

Occupied Elections: Journalist Christian Parenti on Voting from Afghanistan to Iraq
We speak with Christian Parenti, correspondent for The Nation magazine and author of the new book, The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq.

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