The Devil, as we all know, is...

…in the details. But the Iraqi Constitution does not seem to be as much of a disaster as we were led to believe only a few days ago, at least according to this Toronto Globe & Mail breakdown: Among highlights…


-Islam is the official religion and the main source of legislation.


-No less that 25 per cent of the seats in parliament must be held by women.

-Basic human rights for women, for example legal equality, banning of violence, abuse and trading of women.

Twenty-five percent doesn’t seem so bad compared to, say, the US Congress and most other legislative bodies in the world. And “legal equality,” assuming it’s real and actually overruns Sharia, is a huge step.

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