TITLE

IRAQ'D

AUTHOR(S)
Ackerman, Spencer
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/22/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 10, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
Now that Iraq's provisional constitution has been signed, it is worth wondering what role Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani played in the March 12, 2004, walkout by five Shia members of the Governing Council. They had asked that the Kurds not be given a veto over a permanent constitution and that there be a five-person presidency--a step that would have given the Shia much greater power. Sistani might well have objected to a Kurdish veto, but it is hard to believe he would have advocated much greater executive power for the Shia. His vision for Iraq--on direct elections, for example--has always been couched in terms of what is best for the country as a whole, and he has not taken advantage of the many opportunities he has had to stir up ethnic trouble.
ACCESSION #
12515480

 

Related Articles

  • THE RADICAL VOICE AGAINST THE U.S. Fang, Bay // U.S. News & World Report;4/19/2004, Vol. 136 Issue 13, p30 

    Profiles Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shiite cleric who is fomenting rebellion against allied forces and the Iraqi governing council in Iraq. Son of the most powerful Shiite cleric in Iraq, who was killed by Saddam Hussein's agents in the 1990's; Embracing of an extreme, politicized version of Islam...

  • TNR.commentary. Easterbrook, Gregg; Lizza, Ryan; Ackerman, Spencer // New Republic;3/8/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 8, p9 

    This section presents excerpts from Web logs posted on the TNR.com Web site. Gregg Easterbrook: Last week, "The New York Times" declared that the universe could be torn out of existence in an ultimate cataclysm in as little as "a few billion years." What's at work here? It's "dark energy," the...

  • Checkmate the Ayatollah. Jeffrey, Terence P. // Human Events;9/5/2005, Vol. 61 Issue 30, p5 

    The article features Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, Iraq's preeminent Shiite cleric, and his role in the U.S. government's ability to withdraw and leave behind a stable Iraqi regime. Sistani vetoed a plan for a U.S.-appointed council to draft an Iraqi constitution in June 2003. In 2004,...

  • Panic Room.  // New Republic;2/9/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 4, p7 

    Claims that calls by influential Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani for direct elections in June could threaten the future of liberal democracy in Iraq. Concerns that Sistani's challenge to the U.S. plan for a phased transition to Iraqi self-rule could lead to the Shia majority forming an...

  • DEAL MAKER, DEAL BREAKER. Whitelaw, Kevin // U.S. News & World Report;1/26/2004, Vol. 136 Issue 3, p26 

    Discusses the political teachings of Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq. Pronouncements made by Sistani on the political future of Iraq and the occupation of U.S. forces; Support from Sistani for early direct elections to a transitional assembly; His views regarding the agreement...

  • Bowing to the Mighty Ayatollah. Zakaria, Fareed // Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);1/26/2004 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 143 Issue 4, p15 

    Offers a look at the power and influence held by Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Report that Sistani is seen by Iraqis as having been uncorrupted by former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein; Fears of the United States that the Iraqis will see them as colonists; Involvement of the United Nations in...

  • Bowing to the Mighty Ayatollah. Zakaria, Fareed // Newsweek;1/26/2004, Vol. 143 Issue 4, p38 

    Offers a look at the power and influence held by Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Report that Sistani is seen by Iraqis as having been uncorrupted by former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein; Fears of the United States that the Iraqis will see them as colonists; Involvement of the United Nations in...

  • America's own goal in Iraq. Tinsley, Becky // New Statesman;8/16/2004, Vol. 133 Issue 4701, p24 

    Offers a look at political planning in Iraq following the Iraq War of 2003. Failure of the Coalition Provisional Authority, led by L. Paul Bremer of the United States, to establish a structure for peaceful change; Lack of durable government institutions and local representation; Lack of a...

  • Bowing to the Mighty Ayatollah. Zakaria, Fareed // Newsweek (Pacific Edition);1/26/2004 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 143 Issue 4, p13 

    Offers a look at the power and influence held by Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Report that Sistani is seen by Iraqis as having been uncorrupted by former Iraq leader Saddam Hussein; Fears of the United States that the Iraqis will see them as colonists; Involvement of the United Nations in...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics