Donors Conference in Madrid: US Passes Hat for Iraq

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Today in Madrid more than 70 countries have gathered for a two-day conference on rebuilding Iraq. The estimated cost is up around 55 billion dollars, with the US promising 20. What are the prospects for contributions from Europe, Japan and the Arab world. Why should other nations help out especially those who opposed the war in the first place? At the conference US Secretary Kofi Annan made an appeal for contributions. Iraq itself is taking a hard line on countries that aren-t willing to contribute to the rebuilding. We talk with an editor covering the Madrid conference for Newsweek magazine, a representative of the German media, the vice-president of the public policy institute New America Foundation and the editor-in-chief of the Arab News.
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