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National curriculum 

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article on the small company, Creative Associates International, which has been awarded the $65 million contract to get Iraq’s schools up and running again (no link because subscription required). Here’s an excerpt from an English language textbook used in Karbala.

“Can’t you stay a little longer?” “No, I’m afraid I have to go to the General Union of Iraqi Women.” “What for?” “To design a picture there for the President’s saying: The revolution led by our party is seriously determined to liberate women.”

More on CNN 

Eugene Volokh has done the necessary digging on CNN in Iraq, which I wrote about on Friday. Last year, news chief Eason Jordan, who wrote the op-ed piece in The New York Times, said, “We work very hard to report forthrightly, to report fairly and to report accurately and if we ever determine we cannot do that, then we would not want to be there.”

What he said is right; what he actually did is wrong.

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