Iraq

As Iraq's first elected parliament in decades prepares to begin its work, the women who make up nearly a third of its members agree on one thing: they want more power ... At the same time, the assembly's women are deeply divided.
More than 50 per cent of female parliamentarians belong to the cleric-backed United Iraqi Alliance, which won the election in a landslide with just over half the seats. It has called the implementation of Sharia “non-negotiable”.
Extremists have shot women activists in the streets and killed them in private. Other threats are more insidious—and may be growing. Article by Babak Dehghanpisheh, Eve Conant and Rod Nordland.
Since March 15th there have been massive and courageous student demonstrations in the southern Iraqi city of Basra against the notorious Islamist gang led by Moqtada al-Sadr.
Pour avoir joué de la musique, des étudiants sont battus à mort par des miliciens chiites déchaînés. Les étudiant-es ont commencé à installer leur pique-nique sous le soleil printanier, quand les hommes ont attaqué.
While Iraqis largely blame foreign forces for the relative loss of security and freedom, secular Iraqis fear other products of the 2003 invasion - fundamentalist militants and the prospect of religious rule - as much as occupation and daily terrorism.
Giuliana Sgrena, 57 ans, Italienne. Journaliste du «Manifesto» et militante féministe. Otage un mois à Bagdad, elle n'est pas encore sortie du drame qui a ensanglanté sa délivrance.
A growing number of Iraqi women are falling prey to insurgents killing those in prominent positions.
Suppose, as a result of George W. Bush's decision to go to war there, that Iraq turns into Iran? Just what do we do then?
Police said they believed the women had been accused by a religious movement of being prostitutes, and were not killed for political reasons.
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