| Oct 1, 2008
THE LITERATURE of human conflict divides itself into two schools: One -- the more ancient -- is bardic and celebrates war and warriors; the other is the tradition of witness, which elucidates war and records the fates of those caught up in it.
| Mar 4, 2008
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiled for the cameras.
At ease, he parried with reporters, sitting alone at a simple table Monday inside the Iraqi presidential compound here. The visiting Iranian patiently called on raised hands without even the...
| Mar 25, 2007
BAGHDAD — Artist Jabbar Muhaybis stood amid the ashes of Baghdad's storied literary bazaar. Bloodstained pages were scattered at his feet. A wooden crate, eerily reminiscent of a coffin, covered his head.
Muhaybis spread his arms wide and, in a...
| Nov 13, 2007
U.S. officials on Monday sidestepped the demand of Iraq's prime minister for the immediate transfer for execution of three former officials from Saddam Hussein's regime.
The U.S. military issued a written statement reaffirming its position, shared by the...
| Jun 4, 2008
The two women couldn't be less alike: Melath Dulaimi is a single woman in her mid-30s who wears a knee-length skirt, strappy sandals and refuses to cover her hair. Lekaa Mohammed is a retiring widow draped in a navy blue veil and concealing robes.
| Nov 29, 2008
Day after day, the widows sit silently in court, a few feet from the soldier accused of murdering their husbands. They listen as their husbands' violent deaths play out again and again in witness testimony. Sometimes, they say, the defendant stares at...
| Feb 7, 2009
For years, opponents of the Iraq war claimed it was an unwinnable waste of resources that wasn't worth fighting anyway. The real war against terrorists, they argued, should be waged in Afghanistan. But now that Iraq has made heartening progress and we are...
| Jun 18, 2008
Rafid Ahmed Alwan hoped for an easier life when he came here from Iraq nine years ago. He also hoped for a reward for his cooperation with German intelligence officers.
"For what I've done, I should be treated like a king," he said...
| Oct 30, 2009
For much of their lives, Yona Sabar and his son Ariel were like warring countries with radically different customs, languages and concerns.
In those days, Ariel was, he says, "a very bratty, 1980s L.A. kid" who "bought into many of the superficial values...
| Dec 27, 2007
Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to a six-month delay of a referendum on whether the oil-rich city of Kirkuk should join the semiautonomous region of Kurdistan or remain under Iraqi central government control.
The delay had been expected because of...
| Jun 14, 2007
"Nicky! Look over your shoulder. Nicky!"
It was 11:30 in the morning and the paparazzi firing squad was lined up in front of the Kodak Theater on Hollywood and Highland.
Technically this was Barbara Walters' hour in the hot, bright, Hollywood sun -- the...
| Mar 9, 2010
Karl Rove is a true believer, as the subtitle to his memoir suggests, in a fighting faith. Much that vexes our current politics flows from the fact that he is an exemplar rather than a singular case.
"Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in...