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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Daily Kos :: Who was the Iraqi Woman in the balcony? Updated info.

   By Marion Delgado at 11:06 PM

Daily Kos :: Who was the Iraqi Woman in the balcony? Updated info.: "Her name is Safia Taleb Al Souhail.

She works for the 'International Alliance For Justice,' which no longer has a website that is functioning. [ ] I tried to do a google search for the site and found a cached version of another one,, which is down now as well and looks like it's been taken over by a defunct porn website. As for, its now a rather generic 'antispyware' website.

Beats me. I have my theories about all of these freedom and justice and happy iraqi websites that are oh so slick and oh so American, but I can't draw any conclusions because I have no background in doing so.

I was struck by the line 'three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote...'

I did a search and found that she published an article in December of 2003 for the group 'Foundation For the Defence of Democracies.'

They seem pretty reasonable when you look at their mission statement on the website.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-partisan, non-profit policy institute dedicated to:

* Finding the most effective ways to defeat terrorism--and the totalitarian ideologies used to incite and justify terrorism.
* Employing strategic communications, education and research to fight terrorism across national, ethnic and religious lines.
* Promoting freedom and basic human rights for all peoples.

So, then I went to see who they are, being non-partisan and all. Board of Directors?

Steve Forbes.
Jack Kemp.
Jeanne Kirkpatrick.

OK, so far not so balanced.

Distinguished Advisors?
Newt Gingrich.
R. James Woolsey.

OK, yikes. Still a bit off kilter.

Board of Advisors?
Gary Bauer.
Charles Karuthammer, (yes the columnist)
Bill Kristol.
Zell Miller.
Richard Perle.

wow. OK and then finally we see who represents the other side on that board.

Donna Brazille. (?)
Frank Lautenberg.
Chuck Schumer.

All very i"


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