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Seeing the light in Iraq

Rector Rawafid Shahad looks optimistic at the upcoming Iraq elections. She means to speak on behalf of the majority of Iraqis when she challenges the Norwegian left.


Another week has passed in Iraq, as the week appears in Norwegian media: The lawyer of one of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants has been killed in his own car. In Anbar Province in western Iraq, 3500 is fighting US and Iraqi forces against so-called rebels. While al-Zarqawi has announced new suicide attacks as revenge.

Still, Rawafid Shahad is sitting and smiling. She is the principal at Urtehagen Free School in Greenland in Oslo, which was started in 1998. Under her leadership, 70 immigrant women receive upper secondary education in social sciences and media. Shahad herself came to Norway from Baghdad in 1993, where she had taken her bachelor's degree. . .

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Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.

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