May 10, 2003 |
The looting of the National Museum in Baghdad has spurred widespread concern among archeologists, scholars, conservators and arts administrators in the West. Struggling to assess the loss and make sense of conflicting reports, they have rallied to the cause of retrieving and restoring the stolen art and artifacts. In Washington, D.C., the American Assn. of Museums held a meeting April 16 of representatives from 17 American cultural heritage organizations to gather facts and assess needs.
December 10, 1996 |
Sajeda Mousawi describes herself as a mother and a lover, someone who yearns through her poetry to celebrate the sublime and beautiful miracle of everyday life. She abhors sadness and suffering and tries to banish it from her mind. Yet when she sat down to write her contribution for this year's Arab poetry festival in Baghdad, her pen couldn't do that.
February 24, 1996 |
Two defector sons-in-law of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were killed by clan members who stormed their residence Friday--three days after their return from exile and a day after their wives divorced them--according to the Iraqi News Agency. Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel Majid and his brother Saddam Kamel Majid had vowed to topple the Iraqi leader during their six-month stay in Jordan.
September 2, 1991 |
Iraq will give men who marry widows $940 and lend them $1,250, Iraqi newspapers reaching Jordan on Sunday said. The state-run newspapers did not elaborate on the decision by the ruling Revolutionary Command Council.
March 2, 1991
New songs are being broadcast in Iraq, apparently with the aim of improving Saddam Hussein's image. The songs suggest a propaganda campaign by the ruling Arab Baath Socialist Party to tell the world and Iraqis that Hussein is still a popular leader and will remain in power. Most have a martial beat rather than Iraq's traditional folk ballad style. Some lyrics: "Sir, don't worry, with you Iraq is safe. . . . Only God knows how much we love you, O Saddam."
February 26, 1991 |
Several years ago, during a visit to the palace of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein startled his hosts with a sudden, ghoulish intimation of the violent end that he foresaw for himself. "If I ever fall," Hussein said, brandishing his little finger, "you won't find this much of my body left. People will cut it into pieces."