February 8, 2005 |
Down a side street in the busy Yarmouk district, midterm exams are underway at Al Mamoon Scientific Secondary School. Principal Sabah Masraf unlocks a cabinet, takes out a stack of sealed brown envelopes, slits them with a razor blade, then hands out tests to rows of anxious teenage boys. Al Mamoon itself is a test. It is among 13 new private schools that opened here in the fall, the first of their kind since Saddam Hussein nationalized the education system three decades ago.
December 16, 2006
EDITORS' CHOICE: It's giving season on Wall Street. When Morgan Stanley Chief Executive John Mack checks his stocking, he'll find a $40 million Christmas bonus in stocks and options. And no lumps of coal at Goldman Sachs -- employees there will earn an average of $622,000. BUSINESS, C1.
May 11, 2003 |
With Washington fixated on the looming war between the departments of State and Defense, almost no one has noticed an even stranger development within the Bush administration -- its sudden, and apparently wholehearted, embrace of socialism. Echoing sentiments expressed in an earlier era by Eugene V. Debs and Woody Guthrie, Colin Powell declared recently, "Iraq's oil belongs to the Iraqi people."
October 19, 2003 |
American-led forces surrounded the headquarters of a militant Shiite leader near one of Islam's most revered shrines Saturday and set up roadblocks to prevent more of his supporters from entering the city center a day after three U.S. soldiers were killed in a brief but violent firefight with his bodyguards. The battle here between U.S. and Iraqi police and the followers of Ayatollah Mahmoud Hassani claimed the lives of a U.S. military police battalion commander and two other U.S.
October 10, 2003 |
In twin speeches seen as the unofficial opening of his reelection campaign, President Bush on Thursday forcefully invoked the memory of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, warning that "America must not forget the lessons of Sept. 11." "After all the progress we have made against terror, there is a temptation to think the danger has passed.
December 16, 2006 |
Iraq's schools, long touted by American officials as a success story in a land short on successes, increasingly are being caught in the crossfire of the country's escalating civil war. President Bush has routinely talked about the refurbishment and construction of schools as a neglected story of progress in Iraq. The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent about $100 million on Iraq's education system and cites the rehabilitation of 2,962 school buildings as a signal accomplishment.