August 02, 2003

BAGHDAD UNIVERSITY isn't doing quite as well as this opening paragraph suggests, but the news is still encouraging:

BAGHDAD -- Two young women strolled arm in arm toward the university bus stop, giddy with relief that final exams were over. Around them surged a stream of students as diverse as it was high-spirited: girls in modest black veils or skin-tight fashion ensembles, trim-bearded Shiite and clean-shaven Sunni Muslim youths, minority Kurds and Christians.

Fascinating stuff.