Archive: October 09, 2005 - October 15, 2005

Withdrawal Symptoms

"Flailing away with a stick at a hornets' nest while loudly proclaiming 'I will stay the course' is an exercise in catastrophic leadership," writes former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski in today's edition of the Australian. Brzezinski calls for "a...

By Jefferson Morley | October 14, 2005; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (9)

Does the Constitution Matter?

Saturday's referendum on Iraq's constitution will do less to shape the country's future than its escalating level of violence, say two war correspondents. Iraq is descending into anarchy, says Robert Fisk, veteran Middle East correspondent of the London Independent. The...

By Jefferson Morley | October 14, 2005; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

When the 'Great Satan' and 'Axis of Evil' Agree

Iraqis may be split on the proposed constitution that will be subject to a nationwide referendum on Saturday, but Iran and the United States are firmly in the "vote yes" camp -- two countries that often portray each other as...

By Jefferson Morley | October 13, 2005; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Iraq: Referendum Preparations Weakest in Sunni Areas

Several new polls show that support for Iraq's proposed constitution is running strong among the country's Kurds and Shiites, and preparations for Saturday's vote appear to be further along in the Kurdish and Shiite regions of the country than in...

By Jefferson Morley | October 13, 2005; 9:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Iraqi Corruption Watch

As the prospects for approval of the Iraqi constitution grow, so does the story of Iraqi corruption on the U.S. watch. Iraq issued arrest warrants Tuesday for 27 officials allegedly involved in the embezzlement of more than $1 billion from...

By Jefferson Morley | October 12, 2005; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Women Fear Iraq's New Order

In southern Iraq, London Independent correspondent Kim Sengupta reports on a "new, public mood of defiance and nationalism among the Shia ... as they prepare for power for the first time in 100 years." Having survived Saddam Hussein's repression, the...

By Jefferson Morley | October 12, 2005; 8:20 AM ET | Comments (7)

The Nobel Plot

Iran isn't cheering last week's announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize is going to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency any more than the Bush administration. While some Western observers felt the prize was "a slap in the...

By Jefferson Morley | October 12, 2005; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Follow-up on Smut-For-Gore Story

"The operator of a Web site which posted grisly pictures of people killed in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts was arrested on obscenity charges unrelated to the war photos," Reuters reported over the weekend. The Reuters story stated .......

By Jefferson Morley | October 11, 2005; 6:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Saddam in the Polling Place

Saddam Hussein may be sitting in an Iraqi prison awaiting trial, but that won't stop him from participating in his country's constitution referendum this Saturday.  Tuesday's Times of London reported that the ousted Iraqi president will be able to cast...

By Jefferson Morley | October 11, 2005; 5:40 PM ET | Email a Comment

Constitution Supporters Seem to Have the Upper Hand

"We the sons of Mesopotamia." So begins Iraq's draft constitution. You can read it here, but bear in mind, political leaders are still tinkering with the language just four days before the country votes. The proposed national charter would establish...

By Jefferson Morley | October 11, 2005; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Radical Gardener

Spy novelist John Le Carre talked to The Guardian about his "radical politics" and the movie version of his latest book, "The Constant Gardener." Among his targets: The Iraq War: "It destroyed our relationship with the Middle East and with...

By Jefferson Morley | October 10, 2005; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

 

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