(December 17, 2003) The trial of Saddam Hussein must do several things at once. It must educate Iraqis and the world about the nature of his regime, adhere to the highest international standards of fairness, and provide a mechanism for appropriate punishment.
Baker’s mission on Saddam’s debt may undermine Iraqi democracy
(December 17, 2003) By arranging a Paris Club debt restructuring James Baker is going against the will of Iraqis, who are demanding a fair arbitration tribunal on Saddam’s odious debt.
Watchdogs afraid of war crimes show trial
(December 16, 2003) Saddam Hussein will face war crimes charges in a special Iraqi court, despite international concerns that it will be a show trial leading to a death sentence.
Trial venue may be tug-of-war
(December 15, 2003) An international row over where Saddam Hussein should face justice began yesterday, with Iraq’s U.S.-backed leaders vowing to try him and human rights groups saying the former dictator will not get a fair trial in an Iraqi court.
Rebuilding policy is conflicted
(December 12, 2003) Iraqis cannot effectively rebuild their country and rejoin the global community unless they can get out from underneath their government’s staggering debt. It, and the war reparations, need to be forgiven.
Baker visiting 5 allies seeking Iraq debt relief
(December 11, 2003) Former Secretary of State James A. Baker will visit Russia, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany next week in an effort to persuade those countries to forgive Iraq’s debts.
Bush asks excluded nations to forgive Iraq’s debt
(December 11, 2003) President Bush found himself in the awkward position of calling on the leaders of France, Germany and Russia to forgive Iraq’s debts, just a day after the Pentagon excluded those countries from $18 billion in U.S.-financed Iraqi reconstruction projects.
Russia won’t write off $8 bn Iraq debt
(December 10, 2003) Russia today maintained a sturdy silence on the reported decision by the United States barring its companies from competing for contracts to rebuild Iraq but said it will not write off the eight billion US dollars debt owed by Baghdad.
Allies angered at exclusion from bidding
(December 10, 2003) Countries barred by the Pentagon from bidding for $18.6 billion worth of prime reconstruction contracts in Iraq, noted the move was all the more astonishing given recent appeals by Washington for help in postwar Iraq.
Pentagon bars three nations from Iraq bids
(December 10, 2003) The Pentagon has barred French, German and Russian companies from competing for $18.6 billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq, saying it was acting to protect "the essential security interests of the United States.
Former Iraqi official says Hussein stashed tens of billions abroad
(December 8, 2003) A former Iraqi minister said Saddam Hussein began depositing 5 percent of Iraq’s oil revenues in overseas accounts in 1972, and has likely accumulated tens of billions of dollars outside Iraq.
Finance minister says Iraq will demand assets from Syria
(December 8, 2003) Finance Minister Kamil al-Kaylani has said that Iraq will soon demand that Syria turn over an estimated $3 billion in Iraqi cash assets held in its banks on behalf of the former Hussein regime.
Iraq debt write-off plea waits for PM
(December 7, 2003) Saying "No" to America on the request for troops in Iraq was easy. For South and North Blocks, the next phase of US pressure on India in sorting out the post-war mess is going to be much more difficult.
James Baker: Negotiating through a minefield of debt
(December 6, 2003) Can Iraq’s debt be classified as odious? Yes, say many experts.
Bush turns to Baker as Iraq debt envoy
(December 5, 2003) U.S. President George Bush appoints longtime family friend and troubleshooter to be his personal envoy in seeking an international deal to lower and refinance Iraq’s staggering foreign debt.