Since May 1 > By Charles Mitchell > > > The next time you hear a network news story, or read > a newspaper, keep these > facts in mind and ask, why isn't this being > reported? Below is the list > that NEVER makes the Media Moguls' "news" headlines. > They just keep printing > the explosions, shootings, deaths and failures. Have > faith! > > "Since May 1..." > > Since May 1...the first battalion of the new Iraqi > Army has graduated and is > on active duty* > > Since May 1... over 60,000 Iraqis now provide > security to their fellow > citizens. > > Since May 1...nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are > functioning. > > Since May 1... the Iraqi judiciary is fully > independent. > > Since May 1...on Monday, October 6 power generation > hit 4,518 > megawatts-exceeding the pre-war average. > > Since May 1...all 22 universities and 43 technical > institutes and colleges > are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary > schools. > > Since May 1... as of October 1, Coalition forces had > rehabbed over 1,500 > schools - 500 more than their target. > > Since May 1... teachers earn from 12 to 25 times > their former salaries. > > Since May 1...all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 > clinics are open. > > Since May 1...doctors' salaries are at least eight > times what they were > under Saddam. > > Since May 1...pharmaceutical distribution has gone > from essentially nothing > to 700 tons in May to a current total of 12,000 > tons. > > Since May 1...the Coalition has helped administer > over 22 million > vaccinations doses to Iraq's children. > > Since May 1...a Coalition program has cleared over > 14,000 kilometers of > Iraq's 27,000 kilometers of weed-choked canals. They > now irrigate tens of > thousands of farms. This project has created jobs > for more than 100,000 > Iraqi men and women. > > Since May 1...we have restored over three-quarters > of pre-war telephone > services and over two-thirds of the potable water > production. > > Since May 1... there are 4,900 full-service > connections. We expect 50,000 by > January first. > > Since May 1...the wheels of commerce are turning. > From bicycles to satellite > dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to > life in all major cities > and towns. > > Since May 1...95 percent of all pre-war bank > customers have service and > first-time customers are opening accounts daily. > > Since May 1... Iraqi banks are making loans to > finance businesses. > > Since May 1...the central bank is fully independent. > > Since May 1... Iraq has some of the world's most > growth-oriented investment > and banking laws. > > Since May 1... Iraq (has) a single, unified currency > for the first time in > 15 years.