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We're doing a weeklong series of shows to mark the five year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
More than one million Iraqis have been killed, according to ORB, a British polling agency. Four million have been displaced.
So far, 1.6 million U.S. troops have served in Iraq, more than a third of them for two or three tours. Almost 4,000 soldiers have been killed, and 60,000 wounded. According to a Pew poll released last week, only 28 percent of Americans know that almost 4,000 American soldiers have died. According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the percentage of news stories devoted to Iraq has sharply declined since last year, dropping from an average of 15 percent in July to just 3 percent in February.
The U.S. government is spending $275 million per day on the occupation.
*Monday - Women and War
What impact has the occupation had on Iraqi and American women?
Guests: An Iraqi professor who taught at Baghdad University for 30 years -- she recently left Baghdad after receiving death threats
Basma Al Khateeb, gender and youth project manager at Iraqi Al Amal Association
Wendy Barranco, a 19-year-old who served as an anesthesia technician in Tikrit for two years - she was sexually harassed multiple times by her superiors
*Tuesday - Coming Home
The occupation has had a devastating effect on communities in Iraq. Many have been ethnically cleansed. Two million Iraqis have left the country; another two million are internally displaced. In the U.S., soldiers with serious wounds, both physical and mental, have had a difficult time returning and putting the pieces back together. Who should be held accountable for what's happened to Iraqis and Americans? Will anyone ever be held accountable?
*Wednesday - Rebuilding
The rebuilding efforts in Iraq have been full of corruption and mismanagement. Is it possible to rebuild Iraq? What would it take for the UN and other international aid groups to return? Where should the money come from and who should administer it?
*Thursday - Justice and Healing
Iraq has been hit hard by two invasions and years of sanctions. What's next? What would be just? What do we, as Americans, owe the Iraqi people?
*Friday - Media Roundtable
We'll hear from Iraqi journalists. According to the Union of Iraqi journalists, 272 Iraqi journalists have been killed since the invasion.