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Thousands Of Sadrists Demonstrate In

Thousands of Sadrists Demonstrate in KirkukAFP reports that nearly 2000 members of the Army of the Mahdi, the militia headed by young Shiite radical Muqtada al-Sadr, demonstrated in Kirkuk on Saturday. The…

Ash Sharq Al Awsat Afp Shaikh Abdul

Sistani's Representative in Karbala Rejects Referendum on Provincial Council>ash-Sharq al-Awsat/ AFP: Shaikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbala'i, the representative in Karbala of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, rejected the suggestion by another cleric that the…

Vigilanteism In Basra Scheherezade

Vigilanteism in BasraScheherezade Faramarzi of AP reports on the Shiite militias of Basra and the way they are imposing both law and order, and a puritan style of life on the population…

What Document Looks Like Jonathan

What a Document Looks likeJonathan Schanzer, writing in the Weekly Standard, notes that I had asked Bill Safire for even a single "document" that shows that Saddam Hussein's government cooperated with al-Qaeda…

6 Us Soldiers Wounded In 24 Hours Wire

6 US Soldiers wounded in 24 hoursWire services quoted by al-Jazeerah report that guerrillas wounded three US soldiers with rocket-propelled grenade fire Thursday night near Tikrit.On Friday morning, guerrillas in Tikrit lightly…

Islamists On Igc Defeated On Islamic

Islamists on IGC Defeated on Islamic Law ProvisionRaghida Dergham reports in al-Hayat that the representatives on the Interim Governing Council of the Islamist tendency suffered a political defeat on Friday when the…

Abdul Hamid Confronted Over His

Abdul Hamid Confronted over his Allegation that the Shiites are a MinorityThe Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas reports that it had a further confrontation with Muhsin Abdul Hamid, leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party…

Explosions In Baquba Baghdad Ap Reports

Explosions in Baquba, BaghdadAP reports that ' In Baqouba . . . an explosion occurred Thursday in the city center and witnesses said three police cars were on fire. '. It continues,…

Army Of Helpers Of Sunnah Major

Army of the Helpers of the Sunnah a Major Insurgent GroupAl-Hayat newspaper in London says it has gotten hold of many memos and videotapes concerning Jaysh Ansar al-Sunnah and pointing to its…

Cole Interviews With Chicago Public

Cole Interviews with Chicago Public Radio's WorldviewThose of you with RealAudio can listen to two interviews I did with Chicago Public Radio's Worldview program, hosted by Jerome McDonnell. The interviews are listed…

We May As Well Just Record All Our

We may as Well Just Record all our Telephone Calls and send them to MarylandPhilip Knightley and Kim Sengupta describe how the US National Security Agency and the British Government Communications Headquarters…

Sistani Reaffirms Demand For Elections

Sistani Reaffirms demand for Elections by end of YearThe NYT reports that Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has again said the UN needs to set a date certain for direct elections in Iraq,…

High Baghdad Official Forced To Resign

High Baghdad Official Forced to Resign over Veiling IssueAz-Zaman reports that Jawad Kadhim al-Anani, appointed to a high position in the Baghdad provincial government just twenty-four hours before, was forced to resign…

Mahmoud Uthman Igc Too Weak To Be Given

Mahmoud Uthman: IGC too Weak to be given SovereigntyIn an interview with ash-Sharq al-Awsat, Kurdish Interim Governing Council (IGC) member Mahmoud Uthman (Osman) said that a national congress should be held to…

Two Us Soldiers Die In Helicopter Crash

Two US Soldiers die in Helicopter Crash; Police General KilledAP reports that two US soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday near Haditha in the Sunni heartland. Guerrillas shot down…

Sunni Clerics Fail To Secure Release Of

Sunni Clerics Fail to Secure Release of 150 Imprisoned Women(AFP/az-Zaman): Sunni clerics meeting with US officers failed to secure the release of 150 Iraqi women imprisoned by the American forces. A US…

Passion Of Christ In World Religions

The Passion of Christ in the World ReligionsThe phenomenon of Mel Gibson's The Passion, about the death of Jesus of Nazareth, has provoked a lively debate about the dangers of anti-Semitism. Historians…

3 Iraqi Contractors Killed 2 Wounded In

3 Iraqi Contractors Killed, 2 Wounded in MosulAFP says that guerrillas sprayed machine gun fire from a car at Iraqi contractors in Mosul working for the Americans, killing 3 and wounded 2…

Bremer Fails To Resolve Deadlock In Igc

Bremer fails to Resolve Deadlock in IGC over Fundamental Lawash-Sharq al-Awsat reports that Paul Bremer met Tuesday with the nine most powerful members of the Interim Governing Council in an attempt to…

Karbala Provincial Council Row Shows

Karbala Provincial Council Row Shows Power of Shiite Clergy in IraqMariam Fam has the best and clearest account I have seen of the recent trouble in Karbala over the provincial council. Apparently…

Iraqi Women See Window Of Opportunity

Iraqi Women see Window of Opportunity ClosingScheherezade Faramarzi reports on women's aspirations for Iraq. It sounds as though not only did Mr. Bremer not appoint many women to the Interim Governing Council,…

Muqtada Un Has Agreed To Occupation Of

Muqtada: The UN has Agreed to the Occupation of IraqExcerpts from and comments by me on an IRNA (Iran) news agency interview with Muqtada al-Sadr, 23 Feb. 04 (courtesy BBC monitoring) follow.…

Iraq As Election Issue In Ohio Leo

Iraq as Election issue in OhioLeo Shane II reports that many local voters continue to be concerned with the Iraq war as an issue even when it no longer affects them personally.…

Bush Started Iraq War Planning In

Bush started Iraq War Planning in February 2002The Guardian reports that Rowan Scarborough reveals in his new book, ' On February 16, 2002, Bush signed a secret national security council directive establishing…

Treasury Department Attempts To Stop

Treasury Department attempts to stop Editing of Papers from IranThose of you who care about what is left of the First Amendment in this country should read this article at Democracy Now…

Un No Early Elections In Iraq Kofi

UN: No Early Elections in IraqKofi Annan released his report on Monday suggesting that direct elections can't take place in Iraq until December of 2004 or early 2005. He made no suggestions…

Rumsfeld Warns Iran And Syria Us

Rumsfeld Warns Iran and SyriaUS Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had Iran and Syria exactly where they want him. he alleged that Syria accepted Baath escapees from Iraq during the war last…

Sistani Wants Deep Un Involvement Al

Sistani wants Deep UN involvementAl-Sabah newspaper in Kuwait, quotes a statement put out by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Monday.DPA summarizes it: Sistani ' said the UN should play a central role…

Delaying Elections Is Time Bomb

Delaying Elections is a Time Bomb: MudarrisiWire services report that Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Taqi al-Mudarrisi speculated that the transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis on June 30 would cause the guerrilla insurgency to…

About Half American Public Is

About Half the American Public is Terminally StupidA new poll shows that 51% of Americans believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the US went to war with it last…

Oil Pipeline Near Karbala Blown Up

Oil Pipeline near Karbala Blown UpSaboteurs have long prevented oil from being pumped from Kirkuk to Turkey through sabotage of the oil pipelines. But on Sunday they struck in the south, as…

Bombing At Kurdish Police Station Kills

Bombing at Kurdish Police Station Kills 13, Wounds Dozens Reuters now says that a suicide bomber killed himself and 13 policemen in an attack on a police station in a Kurdish neighborhood…

Al Hakim To Us Stop Stalling On

Al-Hakim to US: Stop Stalling on ElectionsAP reports that Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), has demanded that the US stop "stalling" a national…

Kwiatkowski On Neoconservative Coup At

Kwiatkowski on the Neoconservative Coup at the PentagonThe LA Weekly interviews Karen Kwiatkowsky, retired US Air Force Lt. Colonel, who watched the Neocon network take over Middle East policy at the Pentagon…

Prominent Sunni Cleric Assassinated

Prominent Sunni cleric AssassinatedThe Chicago Tribune reports on the assassination Saturday in the Western Baghdad quarter of Khadra of prominent Sunni cleric Shaikh Dhamir al-Dhari. He had been one of several Sunni…

Update On Americana In Arabic Project

Update on Americana in Arabic ProjectThe project to translate key works of American thought, culture and history into Arabic and have them properly distributed is forging ahead. The first translation will be…

4 Us Soldiers Wounded Their Translator

4 US soldiers Wounded, their Translator KilledAccording to Reuters, '''Four US soldiers were wounded and their Iraqi translator was killed in a small arms fire ambush 22 km (14 miles) south of…

Four Members Of Karbalas Provincial

Four Members of Karbala's Provincial Assembly Resign under Pressure from Sistanial-Hayat: Four members of Karbala's American-appointed provincial council yielded to the demands that they resign issued by the representative of Grand Ayatollah…

Is Iraq Arab Country Islam Online

Is Iraq an Arab Country? Islam Online reports a heated debate in Iraq and in the Interim Governing Council over whether Iraq should be identified in the Fundamental Law (the interim constitution)…

Abdul Hamid Shocks Kuwait And Jordan

Abdul Hamid Shocks Kuwait and Jordan with Claims on their Territories Bahrain Daily News reports, The president for a month of the Interim Governing Council, Muhsin Abdul Hamid (leader of the Iraqi…

Chinese Excited Over Iraqs Free Market

Chinese Excited over Iraq's Free Market GrowthThose capitalist roaders among the Chinese communists in Shanghai appear to be watering in the mouth over the potential profits to be made from a reviving…

Annan Plan For Iraq London Daily Ash

The Annan Plan for IraqThe London daily ash-Sharq al-Awsat says it has acquired an advance draft of comments UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will make on Monday regarding the future of Iraq…

Kurds Demand For Autonomy Roils Igc

Kurds' demand for Autonomy Roils IGCThe Washington Post reports that the issues of the nature of federalism and the rights of minorities and provinces with regard to Iraq's Kurds are creating a…

2 Us Soldiers And Iraqi Killed Near

2 US Soldiers and an Iraqi Killed near KhalidiyahWire services report: 'Two US soldiers and an Iraqi have been killed by a roadside bomb near the city of Khalidiya, west of Baghdad.…

Al Zarqawi Rebuffed Nyt Reports That Us

Al-Zarqawi RebuffedThe NYT reports that US suveillance of "chatter" among suspected terrorists suggests to them that al-Qaeda has decided not to get involved in Iraq, as Zarqawi had proposed.al-Hayat profiled Abu Musab…

Al Karbalai Calls For Resignation Of

Al-Karbala'i calls for Resignation of Provincial CouncilAFP/ash-Sharq al-Awsat report that Shaykh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbala'i, the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in the holy city of Karbala, called on the members of…

Demonstrations For Elections In Najaf

Demonstrations for Elections in NajafThe Iranian news agency is reporting that thousands of demonstrators came out in the shrine city of Najaf in Iraq on Friday to demand early elections:'In Najaf, thousands…

Annan No Direct Elections Are Possible

Annan: No Direct Elections are Possible before July 1The Washington Post reports the following: Kofi Annan did as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani asked, and delivered a considered judgment about whether direct elections…

Iran Iraq And Two Shiite Visions

Iran, Iraq and Two Shiite VisionsVeteran Middle East reporter Nicholas Blanford writes in the Christian Science Monitor about Grand Ayatollah Sistani and the implications of his movement for Iran. It is a…

Sistani Interview In Der Spiegel If

Sistani Interview in Der SpiegelIf the article coming out on Saturday in Der Spiegel, the German news magazine, is accurate, it seems to me to portend significant difficulties ahead for the US.…

Zarqawi Issue Still On Front Burner

Zarqawi Issue Still on the Front BurnerTony Karon at Time's weblog and Jim Lobe in the Asia Times both write interestingly on the letter attributed to Abu Mus`ab az-Zarqawi (i.e. Ahmad Fadil…

11 Iraqis Killed 55 Foreign Troops

11 Iraqis Killed, 55 Foreign Troops Wounded in Car BombingsReuters reports that guerrillas launched two car bomb attacks against a military base near Hilla yesterday, killing 11 and wounding over 100 others,…

Bush Contradicted Again President Bush

Bush Contradicted AgainPresident Bush keeps saying that everyone thought Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq war, implying that if he was wrong, he was in good company.But Deutsche Welle…

Armed Militias Of Sciri Dawa Patrol

Armed Militias of SCIRI, Da`wa Patrol SamawahAFP via az-Zaman: Security is being provided to the southern Shiite city of Samawah, pop. 350,000, by the paramilitary forces of the Da`wah Party and the…

Laissez Faire Kaput Reuters Confirms

Laissez Faire KaputReuters confirms earlier reports that Tom Foley, the Coalition Provisional Authority official in charge of economic policy, has given up on a plan to privatize 150 state-owned companies. The plan,…

Karbala Affairs Az Zaman Reports That

Karbala Affairsaz-Zaman reports that a CPA official* has forced the resignation of the governor and deputy govenor of Karbala province along with several members of the provincial council. No reason was given…

Bremer Left Brass Out Of Loop On Iraqi

Bremer left Brass out of Loop on Iraqi Army DissolutionAFP reports that Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace says that the Joint Chiefs were never consulted by…

Women Demonstrate Demanding Equal

Women Demonstrate Demanding Equal RightsSmall groups of women demonstrated in cities all over Iraq on Wednesday, demanding that equal rights for them be specified in the Fundamental Law now being drafted by…

Japan Invites Samawah Chieftains To

Japan invites Samawah Chieftains to TokyoThe tribal chieftains of the Samawah region have been invited to Tokyo in April for consultations about the best ways to rebuild their city, according to az-Zaman/…

Sistani Opposes Appointed Transitional

Sistani opposes Appointed Transitional GovernmentThe Jordan Times reported on the various plans being put forward for the July1 US hand-off to a sovereign Iraqi government. Since direct elections probably cannot be held…
Arab Americans And Bush I Was Glad To

Arab Americans And Bush I Was Glad To

Arab-Americans and BushI was glad to see Jack Shafer at Slate take on the awful NYT report about "Arab-Americans" giving big donations to Bush. Most of the donors cited were Iranians and…

Informed Comment Wins 2003 Koufax Award

Informed Comment wins 2003 Koufax Award for Expert BlogMany thanks to all the kind readers who voted for Informed Comment, and to the authors of the progressive "Wampum" site for hosting the…

Ashura Coming Nir Rosen Has Important

Ashura ComingNir Rosen has an important piece in the Asia Times on the preparations for Ashura in Iraq. Ashura, the 10th of the month of Muharram, commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson…

Bremer Pledges To Block Islamic Law

Bremer Pledges to Block Islamic LawPaul Bremer appointed Muhsin Abdul Hamid, the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party (i.e. the Muslim Brotherhood) to serve on the Interim Governing Council. One could argue…

Brahimi Warns Iraqis Of Civil War Un

Brahimi Warns Iraqis of Civil WarUN envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi knows whereof he speaks when it comes to civil war. He is Algerian, and watched his own country descend into a…

Interim Governing Council Rethinks Its

Interim Governing Council Rethinks its ShapeIt seems increasingly likely that the national elections in Iraq scheduled for May 2004 will be pushed to December, but that the delay will not affect the…

Controversy Over Whodunit In Fallujah

Controversy over Whodunit in FallujahThe Scotsman has a balanced article on speculation concerning the identity of the attackers in Fallujah on Saturday. It notes that Iraqi police and Paul Bremer have tried…

Shiites Have Alternative Plans Afp

Shiites have Alternative PlansAFP reports that the Shiites say they have alternative plans for elections if direct elections are declared impossible by the United Nations. They say they will not reveal them…

Dangers Of Economic Shock Therapy In

The Dangers of Economic Shock Therapy in IraqNobel Laureate, economist Joseph Stiglitz, sagely warns against Bush administration plans for economic "shock therapy" (rapid and radical liberalization and privatization) in Iraq. He points…

Zarqawi Letter And Fear Of Democracy

Zarqawi Letter and Fear of DemocracyMatthew Yglesias asks at his thoughtful blog:"Something a bit curious in the (purported) Zarqawi letter: [I]f we fight them [Sunni Arab policemen working for the new Iraqi…

Fallujah Phase Ii Guerrilla War Reuters

Fallujah: Phase II, Guerrilla War?Reuters reports on the impressive coordinated tactical strike by guerrillas at Fallujah on Saturday. Some forty masked, armed men were involved, and the attack was brazenly launched in…

Arab Kurdish Chieftains Visit Sistani

Arab, Kurdish Chieftains Visit SistaniJalal Talabani, the Kurdish leader, met with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Saturday, and emerged to say he was confident that the Coalition Provisional Authority would turn over…

Bush And Service In Texas Air National

Bush and Service in the Texas Air National GuardI have not said anything about the controversy concerning George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. The controversies have mainly centered…

Zarqawi Letter I Have Had Chance To

"Zarqawi" LetterI have had a chance to examine the letter the Coalition forces say they found on a Compact Disk on the person of al-Qaeda courier Hasan Ghul.The fax of the letter…

Sistani Considers Meeting With Un Envoy

Sistani considers the Meeting with the UN Envoy a Successaz-Zaman reported today that informed sources affirmed that Lakhdar Brahimi's report for the United Nations will include a consensus about the importance of…

Abizaid Escapes Unharmed From Fallujah

Abizaid Escapes Unharmed from Fallujah AttackThe poor security situation in the Sunni heartland was eloquently underlined Thursday when US military commander in Iraq, Gen. John Abizaid, visited Fallujah, which has been a…

Ibrahimi Un See Consensus On Direct

Ibrahimi, UN, see consensus on Direct ElectionsUN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani on Thursday. On emerging from the meeting in Najaf, he said he agreed on the need…

British Official Basra Shiites Who

British Official: Basra Shiites who Oppose Sistani and Muqtada Keep QuietAccording to the London daily ash-Sharq al-Awsat, an informed Brtish diplomat says that Muqtada al-Sadr and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani have wide…

Americana Translation Project More On

Americana Translation ProjectMore on the new project I've launched, to translate works of American thought, history and culture into Arabic and have them printed, probably in Baghdad, and properly distributed.Some kind readers…

Guerrilla War Continues In Iraq London

Guerrilla War continues in IraqThe London Times reports that another 48 were killed and dozens wounded in a bombing of a police recruitment center in Baghdad on Wednesday. This comes after a…

Unemployed Plan Protests Al Zaman

Unemployed plan ProtestsAl-Zaman reports that the Union of Unemployed Workers has decided to begin its demonstrations outside the headquarters of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Interim governing Council again on the…

Iraq To Participate In Conference Of

Iraq to Participate in "Conference of the Neighbors"Interim Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari told the Kuwaiti daily al-Qabas Wednesday that Iraq will for the first time participate in a conference of Iraq's…

Safire Gets It Wrong Zarqawi William

Safire gets it wrong: ZarqawiWilliam Safire's piece, 'Finally, a smoking gun,' provoked a lot of dissent among my readers, who asked me to say something.I am waiting to see the Arabic text…

Americana In Arabic Translation Project

Americana in Arabic: Translation ProjectI was talking yesterday about the tragedy that American culture is so little known (except through bad television shows) in the Arab world. One of the problems is…

Tens Of Thousands Of Pilgrims Flock To

Tens of Thousands of Pilgrims Flock to Najaf, Support SistaniWire services report that tens of thousands of Shiites thronged to the holy city of Najaf yesterday to celebrate a holy day. Many…

Sistani In Secure Location Annan

Sistani in a Secure Location; Annan worries about Partition of Iraqaz-Zaman and Deutsche Press Agentur report that UN Secretary General gave a speech Tuesday expressing concern about ethnic tensions tearing Iraq apart.…

57 Killed In Separate Incidents Iraqi

57 Killed in Separate Incidents; Iraqi Police TargetedWire services report that: About 57 people were killed yesterday in separate incidents in Iraq. A powerful truck bomb exploded yesterday outside a police station…

Basras Security Endangered By Drug

Basra's Security Endangered by Drug Smugglers, TerroristsAz-Zaman conducted an interview with the Iraqi police chief in Basra about security there. He said the city's security was threatened by al-Qaeda terrorism and by…

Sunni Cleric In Iraq Resistance Against

Sunni Cleric in Iraq: Resistance against Occupation is Licit in International LawMuhammad Bashar al-Faidi, official spokesman for the Sunni Board of Muslim Clerics, gave an interview in ash-Sharq al-Awsat in which he…

Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood Seeks To

Iraqi Muslim Brotherhood Seeks to Islamize the ConstitutionMuhsin Abdel Hamid, the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party (Muslim Brotherhood), is this month's president of the Interim Governing Council. He has weighed in…

Good Bad And Ugly Scott Taylor Reports

The Good, the Bad and the UglyScott Taylor reports on his bad experiences with the security situation in Iraq, painting a pretty scary picture of the situation in Baghdad and points north.…

Failure Of Us Public Diplomacy In

Failure of US Public Diplomacy in the Middle EastMichael Pan and Jeremy Weinstein argue in "Forfeiting the War of Ideas" that the US government has failed to fund public diplomacy efforts that…

2 Us Soldiers Killed In Blast 2 Ramadi

2 US Soldiers Killed in Blast; 2 Ramadi Sheikhs AssassinatedAP reports that a man wearing an explosives belt showed up outside the compound of brothers Majid and Amer Ali Suleiman in Ramadi…

Sunnis Opposed Early Direct Elections

Sunnis Opposed Early Direct ElectionsBoth az-Zaman and Reuters highlight the opposition of many Sunni Arab leaders to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's demand for open, direct elections in Iraq this may. It quoted…

Provincial Election In Iraq According

Provincial Election in IraqAccording to az-Zaman, the 40-person provincial council of the province of Salahuddin has elected a new governor, Falah Hasan Mustafa al-Naqib. This story is of course a minor one,…

Bush Appointeee Silberman Has History

Bush appointeee Silberman has History of ScandalThe Guardian complains today about Bush appointing Laurence Silberman to head up the commission looking into intelligence failures regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Since this…

One Us Soldier Killed 5 Wounded On

One US Soldier killed, 5 Wounded on Sunday; Iraqi police Major among InsurgentsAP reports that a roadside bomb exploded in a median in a highway south of Baghdad, killing one US soldier…

Chalabi Meets With Sistani Un Can Be

Chalabi meets with Sistani: "UN can be Convinced"Ahmad Chalabi, a secular Shiite member of the Interim Governing Council, met for 90 minutes with Grand Ayatollah Sistani and emerged to declare that he…

Militias And Terrorism Terrorism And

Militias and Terrorism; Terrorism and MilitiasThe news from Iraq in the New York Times focuses Monday on terrorism and militias. Edward Wong of the NYT surveys the persistence of Shiite and Kurdish…

Bush On Meet Press Bush I Expected To

Bush on MEET THE PRESS BUSH: I expected to find the weapons. Sitting behind this desk, making a very difficult decision of war and peace, and basing my decision on the best…

Candidates Discussed For 3 Man

Candidates Discussed for 3-Man PresidencyAl-Qabas (Kuwait) reports that Iraqi sources close to the Interim Governing Council say that the IGC is now negotiating with the Americans about forming a three-man presidential council…

2 Us Soldiers Wounded Friday In

2 US Soldiers wounded Friday in Roadside BombingAP says, "A roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad on Friday, wounding two U.S. soldiers. The explosion that wounded the soldiers took place about 3 p.m.,…

Imminent Threat And We Know Where They

'Imminent Threat' and 'We know where they are' becomes "Intent" (Cheney)I am so naive that I still read items like this with my jaw on my keyboard: AP reported that US Vice…

John Hannah Allegedly Focus Of Plame

John Hannah Allegedly Focus of Plame ProbeRichard Sale, respected intelligence reporter for UPI, has given credibility to a story that had been rumored for several weeks . It is that the FBI…

Jaafari Of Al Dawa Calls For Shiite

Jaafari of al-Da`wa Calls for Shiite Unity PlanThe London daily al-Hayat says today that after being roiled by divisions after the fall of Saddam, the Shiites are now seeking a way to…

Sadrists Occupy Provincial Hq In

Sadrists occupy Provincial HQ in Nasiriyah, force Resignation of some Members of Provincial Council Sat. 8:30 pm. Just checked my email and am getting some information indirectly from a CPA source in…

Disputed Assassination Attempt On

Disputed Assassination attempt on SistaniAlissa Rubin of the LA Times reports that there are conflicting stories about whether Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani was the victim of an attempted assassination attempt on Thursday.…

Rumsfeld We Never Said It Tony Blair

Rumsfeld: We never said it!Tony Blair admitted Thursday that he had not understood what was being claimed in British intelligence estimates that Iraq could launch weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.…

Honduras Protests Against Iraq War Us

Honduras Protests against Iraq War, US ImperialismThousands of protesters, including students, union members and leftists, thronged the streets of five major cities in Honduras on Thursday to protest the Iraq war and…

Kurdish Parliament Rejects Islamization

Kurdish Parliament Rejects Islamization of Personal Status LawsLate last December, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and some allies on the US-appointed Interim Governing Council issued an executive order abrogating Iraq's secular personal status laws…

Al Hakim Presidential Council Ok Abdul

Al-Hakim: Presidential Council OKAbdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and a member of the US-appointed Interim Governing Council, has according to AFP given his assent…

Reformers Implore Sistani To Intervene

Reformers implore Sistani to Intervene in Iran CrisisAli Nourizadeh of the Saudi newspaper ash-Sharq al-Awsat reports today that more than 400 Iranian writers and cultural figures, along with some members of parliament,…

Sistani Aide Loose Federalism Not In

Sistani Aide: Loose Federalism not in Iraq's InterestsBBC Monitoring picked up a radio interview in Cairo on Sawt al-`Arab on Wednesday with an aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani named Ayatollah Abu…

Tension In Najaf Between Sciri And

Tension in Najaf between SCIRI and SadristsHamza Hendawi of AP recently reported on the rising tensions between the followers of young radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and other Shiite factions in Iraq.In my…

1 Us Soldier Killed 1 Wounded By

1 US Soldier Killed, 1 Wounded, by Roadside Bomb; Kurdish toll rises to 100BAGHDAD, Feb. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- "A US soldier was killed and another injured on Tuesday by a roadside bomb…

Kerry Slams Bush On Iraq On Winning 5

Kerry Slams Bush on IraqOn winning 5 of 7 primaries on Tuesday, John Kerry immediately came out swinging at Bush over Iraq, Dean-style (without the growl): '"They obviously misused information and misled…

United Nations Will Decide On Election

United Nations will Decide on Election Mechanism for IraqAP reported of Bush's meeting with Kofi Annan Tuesday that, Kofi said, "The Iraqi Governing Council ... indicated that they would accept the conclusions…

German Aid For Iraqi Higher Education

German Aid for Iraqi Higher EducationEvery indication is that as soon as they get their independence, the Iraqi politicians will immediately invite France, Germany and Russia into Iraq as investors and advisers,…

Supreme Council Denounces Terrorism In

Supreme Council Denounces TerrorismIn his sermon in Najaf for the Eid al-Adha, Sadr al-Din al-Qubanji of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) said that terrorism must be exterminated from…

Inquiry Must Cover Cheney Feith Bush

Inquiry Must cover Cheney, FeithThe Bush Administration will probably attempt to dump all the blame for the WMD fiasco on the CIA. As many are saying, this move is highly ironic. Every…

Patel On Grand Ayatollah Kadhim Al

Patel on Grand Ayatollah Kadhim al-Haeri as a possible Sistani SuccessorDavid Patel, in Basra, brings up the question of who would succeed Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who is 73 (some say 75)…

Brown Translation Commentary On Draft

Brown Translation, Commentary on Draft of Iraqi Fundamental LawProfessor Nathan Brown of George Washington University, among the foremost US experts in Middle Eastern law, has kindly translated and commented on the draft…

Were Irbil Bombings Revenge For Capture

Were the Irbil Bombings Revenge for the Capture of Hasan Ghul of al-Qaeda?The London daily al-Hayat raised the question today of whether Sunday's twin bombings of Kurdish party headquarters in Irbil (in…

Reply To Yglesias On Palestine Matthew

Reply to Yglesias on PalestineMatthew Yglesias, a philosopher who runs a very interesting web site, cited my piece on 2/2/04 about Muqtada al-Sadr's objecting vehemently (and, characteristically, vulgarly) to Iraq selling electricity…

At Least 56 Dead Over 200 Wounded In

At least 56 dead, over 200 Wounded in Irbil BlastsSuicide bombers blew up the headquarters of the two major Kurdish political parties in Irbil northern Iraq, on Sunday. The number killed is…

Muqtada To Electricity Minister Over

Muqtada to Electricity Minister over Israel: "Go to Hell!"According to AFP, Aiham al-Samarrai, interim minister of electricity in Iraq, has said that although Iraq would not buy electricity from Israel (as it…

Muslim Brotherhood Heads Up Iraq Under

Muslim Brotherhood Heads up Iraq under Americans AFP reports that the president of the Interim Governing Council for February is Muhsin Abdul Hamid, the leader of the Iraqi Islamic Party, the Iraqi…

Details Of Iraqi Draft Fundamental Law

Details of Iraqi Draft Fundamental LawThe Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas ["Firebrand": Arabic URL] has published a draft of the Fundamental Law on which the Interim Governing Council is working. It will function as…

14 Dead In Iraq Attacks Including 3 Us

14 Dead in Iraq Attacks, including 3 US SoldiersGuerrillas used a roadside bomb to kill 3 US troops near Kirkuk on Saturday. Another group car-bombed an Iraqi police station in Mosul on…

Shiites Seek Something Close To Free

Shiites Seek Something Close to Free ElectionsA glimpse of the likely strategy of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani and his chief aides can be found in an Iranian news report quoting this week's…

Senior Us Officials Knew In May There

Senior US Officials Knew in May there was no WMD in IraqThe Observer reports that "US military survey teams sent to visit suspected sites of WMD, and intelligence interviews with Iraqi scientists…