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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 08:44 AM
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Jolie in Iraq: 2M refugees need help
Source: CNN

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie is visiting Iraq to boost what she sees as lagging efforts to deal with the problems of 2 million "very very vulnerable" internally displaced people in the wartorn country.

"There doesn't seem to be a real coherent plan to help them," said Jolie, speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN's Arwa Damon Thursday.

"There's lots of goodwill. Lots of discussion, but there seems to be a lot of talk at the moment, and a lot of pieces that need to be put together. I'm trying to figure out what they are."

More than 4.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes, around 2 million to neighboring states, mostly Syria and Jordan, and another 2.2 million displaced inside Iraq.

"How Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East," said Jolie. "It's in our best interest to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale because displacement can lead to a lot of instability and aggression."Read transcript of CNN's exclusive interview



Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/02/07/iraq.jolie/index.html
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 08:56 AM
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1. How many will she adopt?
I'm not sure if Iraq is open to adoptions from the US, but it will be interesting to see if she adds an Iraqi refugee to her growing international family.
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Hieronymus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-29-08 03:52 AM
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11. How many do you plan to adopt?
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 09:02 AM
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2. She speaks the truth
"How Iraq settles in the years to come is going to affect the entire Middle East," said Jolie. "It's in our best interest to address a humanitarian crisis on this scale because displacement can lead to a lot of instability and aggression."
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 10:03 AM
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3. Would you ever have imagined that the U.S. would have..
created a situation like this? Out of all the horrible things this country has done in the name of "foreign policy" this just goes beyond the wildest imagination. What are we going to do about this? What can we do about this? We've got to sit around at least for the next 11 months to wait out the psycho in chief while possibly millions suffer and die there? What a charlie foxtrot.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 10:09 AM
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4. About 17% of there country is "displaced"
that is out of the original 25 Million (not accounting for the ones who have died)
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ursi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 10:37 AM
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5. ...that is so disgusting. America bears all of the shame for this. Bush & Cheney the most.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 01:06 PM
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6. We are , without a doubt, the leading terrorist state in the world.
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GMFORD Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 02:02 PM
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7. Well, we know this much.
The republicans can't even rebuild the NOLA, let alone rebuild a whole country they have bombed to smithereens.
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ursi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 06:49 PM
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8. All the Repugs can do is destory ...
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-07-08 07:43 PM
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9. she's out there trying to make a difference
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-29-08 03:15 AM
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10. She says the surge is working and that the soldiers wish to stay there.
Edited on Fri Feb-29-08 03:17 AM by SemiCharmedQuark
While she makes a good point about refugees, she offers these two pieces of "evidence".
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