Maybe I was wrong to complain about the lack of constitutional coverage, if this is how they're going to cover it.
Iraq Constitution May Erode Women's Rights
Udai Hussein raped women at a whim, and this constitution "may erode women's rights?"
Where's any mention of all the freedoms this historic document specifically codifies, like free press, free speech, or free elections, which comprise the main body of the document and represent a revolutionary change in Iraqi liberties? Totally ignoring that this constititution marks a watershed moment in Mideast democracy, they dredge up a vague reference to Islamic law in Article 19 and editorialize about the possibility it's going to make women chattel.
And what horrors does the offending Article contain that have the chattering class so worked up?
"the followers of any religion or sect are free to choose their civil status according to their religious or sectarian beliefs."This is even worse than no coverage.
UPDATE: Omar at ITM issues a laundry list of things he doesn't like about the constitution (notably absent is the one above). I agree with pretty much all of his points and I hope they are addressed as he suggests, either before the referendum or in the amending periods specificed in the document. Omar's criticisms would tend to undermine my point, except that 1) Omar has been very enthusiastic about the constitution and the freedoms it codifies is; 2) Omar is supposed to editorialize; he's not a news service; 3) As an Iraqi, Omar is part of the Iraqi political process and that means pushing his point of view, which is admirably libertarian in nature. Debate is what drives democracy, and I welcome all of it. But news services should be giving the bigger context, too, not treating this as a step backwards from the Saddam era of mass graves and rape rooms.
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