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Tom Brown
Tom Brown
Battle Lines is an ongoing Web log (blog) dedicated to providing a broad perspective on the latest news and developments from the war in Iraq. Response and suggestions are welcomed.

Tom Brown has been an editor, reporter and software analyst for The Seattle Times for 20 years.

April 22, 2003

Demonstrations in Karbala

(posted by Katherine Long)

Shiite pilgrims marched to Karbala's holy shrine Tuesday to mark the death of one of their most revered saints. Here's one account of the public demonstrations in the Christian Science Monitor.

In this analysis piece, the BBC examines political divisions among the Iraqi Shia.

Thanks - now, leave

It's difficult for us to understand this attitude, but many foreign correspondents are reporting a growing impatience among Iraqis who want US forces to leave immediately.

"Thank you for getting rid of Saddam," said Hathem Mohammed Bender, a poet who also hailed the arrival of American forces. "Now please go home. Let us take care of things."

Antiquities surface on the black market

Stolen Iraqi artifacts are just now beginning to surface on the international art market. Experts say they expect thieves will attempt to sell most of the stolen pieces in wealthy countries such as the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, France and Switzerland. "People in the United States already buy about 60 percent of the world's art, both legal and illegal," CBS News says.

Posted by Katherine Long at April 22, 2003 12:03 PM

Tom Brown Katherine Long, research editor at the Seattle Times and 18-year editor and reporter, substituted for Tom Brown the week of April 14.

April 2003
March 2003

Signing off
The Saddam Files
Demonstrations in Karbala
Building a government from scratch
Smoking gun?
The irony of freedom
Where are the weapons?
Cultural advisors quit over antiquities issue
Baghdad reality check


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