Archive for April, 2009

Water Bottle

April 30, 2009

Anyone who’s spent time in Iraq will recognize this:

Water Bottle

Now that summer heat is arriving, everyone goes through a couple of these a day.  Uses I have seen for empty water bottles:

  • Cut down, as scoops for laundry detergent
  • As bumpers for hand-operated steel automobile barriers
  • Filled with sand, as counterweights for improvised self-closing doors
  • As floats for the ropes separating lanes in a swimming pool
  • With holes punched in the cap, to spray water on the short-order grill
  • Full of water, in shrink-wrapped packs of 12, as temporary furniture

Iraq Stock Exchange Starts Electronic Trading

April 20, 2009

A signal day.  Without fanfare, the ISX has opened electronic trading in five companies, with more to follow.  Here are Reuters and USA Today.

“This is an important step to opening ourselves up to foreign investment,” said Taha Ahmed Abdul Salam, chief executive of the exchange. “We are starting to create the transparency and systems that will make Iraq attractive to investors outside of Iraq.”  [That’s from USA Today.  The AP got the CEO mixed up with the head regulator.]