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The Impact of War on the Environment of Kuwait

Looking out of the window of an airplane as you fly into Kuwait, the lakes of oil that sit on the surface of the desert are a startling reminder of the ecological devastation created during the Iraq occupation of Kuwait in the late 1980s. As Saddam's army fled Kuwait after the liberation of Kuwait in 1989 they lit the oil fields on fire creating one of the worst man made ecological disasters in human history. In 1995 Kuwait formed the Environment Public Authority (EPA) to repair the ecological damage from the war and oversee environmental standards in the reconstruction and further development of Kuwait. Though the Authority has strove to improve the environment, Kuwait is still plagued by the shadow of Saddam and the war in Iraq which continues to massively pollute both the air and water that travels into Kuwait.

Sitting in the luxurious office of the Director General of the EPA, Captain Ali Haider, surrounded by dark, rich wood and model ships, it is a far removal from the environmental devastation that surrounds the office outside in the Kuwaiti landscape. The leathery, withered complexion of Captain Ali's face is a much more accurate depiction of the turmoil and damage that Kuwait has experienced during his many years being exposed to the environment. According to Captain Ali, "the greatest challenge that Kuwait's environment currently faces does not come from within Kuwait, but yet travels across our borders from the devastation of Iraq." "The pollution from the war in Iraq is endangering the lives and wellbeing of the citizens and ecosystem in Kuwait."

The Articles in the Telegraph took a different point of view on the budget and instead emphasized the Tory stance that the budget was filled with "stealth taxes." "The Conservatives claimed yesterday that Gordon Brown had hidden no fewer than 40 new "stealth taxes" in his Budget this week" (Carlin 2007). Another article depicts the amount in pounds in hidden taxes and states that, "Gordon Brown was accused yesterday of helping to shatter faith in politics amid new claims that his Budget concealed £15 billion of "stealth taxes"" (Carlin and Thomson 2007). The Telegraph even went to the degree of including an article that listed all of the "stealth taxes" perceived by the Tory party. Throughout the coverage this political buzz word of "stealth taxes" appears over and over again.

From analyzing the articles in the Guardian and the Telegraph about the budget 2007, it is obvious the degree of politics that are involved in newspaper publications in the UK. Instead of reporting news from an unbiased point of view, these newspapers choose to report events according to their political line and sentimentalities. The depiction of Gordon Brown and the main concerns over the budget were at complete odds in the two different publications. After this analysis it is understandable how the Telegraph could be satirized as the "Torigraph" and the Guardian known as a newspaper for the sandal wearing liberal.

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