From Iraqi Press Monitor on Nov. 28:
Caring for Women
(Al-Mutamar) Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed al-Chalabi, who is also head of the Iraqi National Congress slate running for parliament, said there is no way to build the new Iraq without putting women in leading roles. He noted that women in Iraq had been marginalised for decades and described them as “patient mothers and active sisters.” He praised their roles in keeping Iraqi families together during the aggressive wars of former president Saddam Hussein. He emphasised that they must participate in the political process with fair representation equal to their social importance.
(Al-Mutamar is issued daily by the Iraqi National Congress.)
Jonathan Finer doesn't perceive much good news to report, but that's because he and his colleagues subscribe to the crashing-airplane school of journalism and have not reflected on some essential differences between the political culture of Des Moines and Baghdad. Declarations by national leaders about the political rights of women are just possibly more worthy of coverage in one place than another.