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Iraq
Phones down, borders sealed, troops on the streets: it's time for democracy -
at The London Times
(1132005)

THE plan sounds more like the preparations for war than the holding of Iraq"s first democratic elections. But such is the dire state of Iraqi security today that the authorities in Baghdad are considering a complete lockdown of the country ahead of polls in two weeks time
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1142005 Poll dragging Iraq towards civil_war

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11944149%255E601,00.html

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Britain Hundreds of Iraqis trained to run expatriate polling stations in Britain
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U.K. LONDON (AFP) - Five hundred Iraqis have been trained to run and oversee polling stations in Britain to allow up to 150,000 expatriate Iraqis to cast their vote for the elections in Iraq 050114
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Turkey Up to 30,000 Iraqis expected to vote from Turkey

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U.S. Many Iraqis to Cast Votes in U.S. - at The New York Times (reg. req'd) (1132005) 050114
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. Bush administration officials said Wednesday that an estimated 240,000 people living in the United States will be eligible to cast ballots in the coming election in Iraq, by voting in five American cities later this month. 050114
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Jordan Iraqi elder statesman Adnan Pachachi urges Iraqis living in Jordan to vote
AFP - Fri Jan 14, 1:15 PM ET

, home to an estimated 150,000-200,000 Iraqis.
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. "The IOM (Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration) estimates that up to one million Iraqis expatriates may be eligible to vote in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Turkey, Britain, the United_States, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan." 050115
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1162005 U.S. Lowers Expectations for Once-Heralded Iraq Vote

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The_missing_Dot "These elections are a joke," said Juan Cole, a professor of modern Middle East history at the University of Michigan.


"The Bush administration has created the worst possible advertisement for democracy because the perception across the Middle East is
that democracy means you get a country where everything is out of control,"
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1172005 Anxious Iraqis Are Leaving Before Elections at The Washington Post (reg. req'd) (Jan 17, 2005) 050117
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... "despite the significance of the elections -- the first democratic vote in the country in nearly half a century -- a growing number of Iraqis are making plans to get as far from the voting booths as possible." 050117
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4 minutes ago Iraq Insurgent Attacks Kill More Than 50

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