Posts tagged "Religion in Iraq"

Where’s the Why?

Why is the American press ignoring the role of religion in Iraq? The question bears that blunt a phrasing in light of today’s coordinated Shia uprising and the press’ non-coverage of its catalyst. The Washington Post reports that Moqtada Sadr ”delivered a sermon here Friday calling on supporters to challenge the occupation.” The New York Times says less than that. CNNcovers...

“Incomprehensible”

A NEW DAILY FEATURE With only a few exceptions, the Western press and the elite Arab press are reporting the war in Iraq primarily in political and strategic terms — despite the fact that many Iraqi combatants see their fight as a defense of Islam, and the U.S. has framed the battle with the theological...

Enlightening Iraq

We suppose it should come as no surprise that The Salt Lake Tribune, using a Combined News Service report, should give bigger play to the latest bit of Paul Bremer‘s diplomatic theology in Iraq, while The New York Times and The Washington Post pay little attention to the issue. Salt Lake City is a town that knows a thing or two about...

Take ‘Em To The River

The Baptists in Iraq are getting antsy about the U.S. invasion, but not because the crusade isn’t going according to plan. Rather, these Baptists, members of one of the world’s oldest monotheistic traditions, are waiting for the American occupiers to move out of Saddam’s palace so they can restore the Tigris tributary over which it...

The “R” Word

There’s a valuable comparison to be found by slogging through this week’s New Yorker lead story (print only), by the normally-astute Jon Lee Anderson, on “the Shiite leader who says he can run Iraq” and The New York Times Magazine’s piece on “The Shiite Surge,” by the normally-gaseous David Rieff. But this time around Rieff gets the story, or at...

The Samson Effect

To shave or not to shave, that was the question Saddam Hussein‘s captors faced; and the answer, writes The Washington Post‘s Philip Kennicot, was to produce photographs of an unshaven Saddam, looking like a disgraced prophet, and then a haggard but clean-shorn Saddam, lest anyone miss the message: The king is dead. In “Bearding the Tyrant,” Kennicot examines the images...

Christ Without Saddam

Saddam’s not the only thing gone missing from Iraq; according to the British Daily Telegraph, booze and gambling are disappearing as well. The work of Christian missionaries from the west? Hardly. Damien McElroy reports that Iraqi Christians made strong showings in such trades until post-Saddam Muslim activists started shutting them down. Saddam used Christian churches that would pledge loyalty...