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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:19 PM
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NYT: Iraqi Constitution May Curb Women's Rights
Another sign of all the "progress" that's being made in Iraq.


July 20, 2005
Iraqi Constitution May Curb Women's Rights
By EDWARD WONG

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 19 - A working draft of Iraq's new constitution would cede a strong role to Islamic law and could sharply curb women's rights, particularly in personal matters like divorce and family inheritance.

The document's writers are also debating whether to drop or phase out a measure enshrined in the interim constitution, co-written last year by the Americans, requiring that women make up at least a quarter of the parliament.

The draft of a chapter of the new constitution obtained by The New York Times on Tuesday guarantees equal rights for women as long as those rights do not "violate Shariah," or Koranic law.

The Americans and secular Iraqis banished such explicit references to religious law from the interim constitution adopted early last year.

http://nytimes.com/2005/07/20/international/middleeast/...
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efhmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:22 PM
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1. No one in power in this country cares a fig about women's rights here
or there.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:27 PM
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5. Of course not
Then the women would have the power. This kind of nonsense goes back to Biblical days as well. It's the same old thing.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:23 PM
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2. Once again, *'s puppet government worse than Saddam.
Just lovely.. and predictable.
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LeftNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:25 PM
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3. I thought we were fighting for "freedom" over there? nt
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:25 PM
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4. so much progress & freedom & democracy
and all that jazzz :eyes: i wonder what those "concerned women of america" think about this.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:27 PM
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6. They don't give a rat's ass
about freedom--unless it's the freedom to rape and pillage.

And some Islamic males are just as bad.
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:31 PM
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7. Iraqi women won't have a chance with the Shiites.
The document's writers are also debating whether to drop or phase out a measure enshrined in the interim constitution, co-written last year by the Americans, requiring that women make up at least a quarter of the parliament.

The draft of a chapter of the new constitution obtained by The New York Times on Tuesday guarantees equal rights for women as long as those rights do not "violate Shariah," or Koranic law.

The Americans and secular Iraqis banished such explicit references to religious law from the interim constitution adopted early last year.
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