Ten years ago, President
Behind him fluttered that infamous banner that declared "Mission Accomplished," an embarrassing artifact that nonetheless is housed in the new library he dedicated last month.
A great deal has been written about the miserable failure of the
By almost any measure,
Many writers like to blame
Afterward, in each of the countries dictators kept the lid on the simmering hatred between Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and Kurds. But then, once they were overthrown by uprisings or war, the stew boiled over.
True enough, but in
Maliki certainly knew full well that to make
You can tell a lot about any government by how it treats the news media. A national leader confident he's serving his people as best he can has little to fear from the media. Occasional criticism is part of what comes from holding office.
Maliki obviously holds no such confidence. Late last month, his government revoked the operating licenses for 10 satellite TV channels, including Al Jazeera. The stations were covering the nationwide violence and unrest, as should be expected. But by doing so, the government charged, they were "promoting violence" with "misleading and exaggerated" coverage.
I was based in
No more. And what better demonstrates this than the number of journalists assassinated. Since 2003, more journalists have died in
The CPJ also publishes what it calls its "impunity index," an accounting of how frequently people are arrested for killing journalists. And in
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