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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 11:30 am

Good news from Iraq—in the New York Times:

Enrollment in Iraqi schools has risen every year since the American invasion, according to Iraqi government figures, reversing more than a decade of declines and offering evidence of increased prosperity for some Iraqis.

That’s nice. But we hit a roadblock in the second paragraph:

Despite the violence that has plagued Iraq since the American occupation began three years ago, its schools have been quietly filling. The number of children enrolled in schools nationwide rose by 7.4 percent from 2002 to 2005, and in middle schools and high schools by 27 percent in that time, according to figures from the Ministry of Education.

Iraq prior to 2003 was so peaceful that CNN’s Baghdad bureau rarely reported any violence at all.

UPDATE. In other education news, take the Australian Educator’s geography quiz.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/28/2006 at 08:49 AM
    1. Real peaceful before 2003. Ask Saddam: It’s hard to work on those I.E.D.s when you’re busy shooting innocent Iraqis in the back of the head and toppling them into mass graves.

      And those Kurds aren’t going to gas themselves, you know.

      Posted by SoberHT on 2006 06 28 at 09:45 AM • permalink


    1. Indeed – “since the American occupation began

      Iraq – land of milk and honey ( and those peacefull happy kite flyers ) before all this trouble began in 2003

      Nice to see the Times has maintained its journalistic standards from the days of Duranty reporting on the happy peasants of the Ukraine who were not, according to him, starving to death by the tens of millions

      Posted by Pogue Mahone on 2006 06 28 at 09:47 AM • permalink


    1. Before Team America arrived Iraq was a happy place…

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 06 28 at 09:54 AM • permalink


    1. I took the geography quiz. Something about it reminded me of that old Star Trek episode where everything was reversed…

      Posted by Billy Hollis on 2006 06 28 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. Ah, prior to the American occupation, the schools were filled with young girls that Uday and Qusay could grab and rape at will.  Those were such happy, carefree days…

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 28 at 10:26 AM • permalink


    1. I guess the Times felt compelled to print some good news this week after destroying our intelligence capabilities last week.

      Posted by Patricia on 2006 06 28 at 10:37 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, but had to include the de rigeur “killing by American” blurb.

      Posted by Patricia on 2006 06 28 at 10:40 AM • permalink


    1. Ah, but are they being given classes in self esteem and how to put a condom on a cucumber?


      And you call THAT an education?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 28 at 11:13 AM • permalink


    1. Sure, laugh it up, you right-wing crazies, at the expense of a serious publication like the Australian Educator. But due to global warming and, like, other stuff that’s totally our fault, the situation depicted on the cover could come true someday. Probably in the next decade!

      Posted by ak on 2006 06 28 at 11:54 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Do you have a goatee, by any chance, Billy?

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 06 28 at 04:46 PM • permalink


    1. Now, now Tim, I think this ‘Iraq was a bad place before 2003’ thing is turning into your own little plastic turkey, EVERYBODY knows that it was a desert wonderland of happy children playing with balloons (except for those ones heartlessly and deliberately starved to death by US sanctions – despite Saddam spending all his personal money on food for them).
      There’s no need to take my word for it either, the award winning and highly respected (by EVERYBODY) journalist Michael Moore proved it in his undisputedly accurate expose’ “Fahrenheit 9/11”
      Simple put Tim, EVERYBODY knows Iraq was wrecked by America. Case closed.


      Posted by KP62 on 2006 06 28 at 05:22 PM • permalink


    1. #9 ak: You’re saying, what? Global warming is going to force the continents into rearranging into a mirror image, in the next ten years?

      What company is it that sells the most household aluminum foil? I want me some of that stock!

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 06 28 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, they aren’t GRADING these poor little children, are they?  Because that’s just so elitist and judgmental…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 28 at 08:35 PM • permalink


    1. ak—If you ever wondered whether lefties really came from Bizarro-Earth…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 28 at 08:36 PM • permalink


    1. Re: the AustralianEducator…wouldn’t it be a good idea to show Australia on a front page headline graphic? In any event, that planet doesn’t look anything like Earth, looks like the Alien Hybrid/Hallibushitler death ray is projecting the alien’s home planet!

      Posted by Chunder on 2006 06 28 at 09:00 PM • permalink


    1. That cover is Wronwright’s fault.  The configuration of the continents is close to what it was in the early Tertiary period.  He has been inviting naive young things from among the Australian Education Union to make trips in the Tardis into the past.  It’s his new pickup line: “Hey babe, you want to see some real global warming?”  Then he invites them up to his place to view his collection of dinosaur photos.  Karl warned him not to use the Tardis for anything but official Conspiracy business, but he never listens.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 06 28 at 10:28 PM • permalink


    1. Are you guys sure this is even a mirror image?  I have not held my computer screen up to the mirror yet, but I don’t think it is even mirror image – I think it is “liberal interpretive artist” world.

      Posted by bill w on 2006 06 28 at 10:28 PM • permalink


    1. Have Iraqi colleges introduced anger management classes (especially for terrorists), yet? What about aromatherapy, wine appreciation, Thai cooking classes and jazz ballet? No? Well, they’ve still got a long way to go to reach our standards then.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2006 06 28 at 10:37 PM • permalink


    1. Man, they just cannot stand good news, can they?  How pathetic.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 06 28 at 11:34 PM • permalink


    1. The magazine cover is a picture of Leftworld, also known as Earth through the Looking Glass, or Gaia in Wonderland.

      It should not be confused with the map currently used in Australian schools, which can be restored to a form familiar to our N. hemisphere friends by a simple 180 degree rotation. Instead it exists in a parallel universe, topologically disconnected from reality.

      Posted by dipole on 2006 06 29 at 12:41 AM • permalink


    1. #18. They (all arabic/muslim places) have us beat in at least one of the libernazi imperatives, hopefully forever too.

      If you bother to check, you’ll find any library is just about as NAMBLA friendly and supportive as can be… if you took the NA part out.

      Posted by Grimmy on 2006 06 29 at 09:53 AM • permalink


    1. I’m with bill w at #17…I’ll admit that spatial thinking was never my strong point, but that planet on the magazine cover doesn’t look like any I’ve ever seen, mirrored or not. Outside of SimEarth, anyway.

      Posted by PW on 2006 06 29 at 10:26 AM • permalink


    1. #17,22 – I’ve looked at the flipped image. It is a pretty accurate looking globe, showing mainly the N. Atlantic.

      Posted by dipole on 2006 06 29 at 11:00 AM • permalink


    1. #23, I think it’s the North Atlantic, too. It’s pretty easy to accidentally flip an image in layout. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of the pious teachers’ magazine anyway.

      Posted by ak on 2006 06 29 at 11:23 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Do you have a goatee, by any chance, Billy?

      Well, one version of me does…

      Posted by Billy Hollis on 2006 06 29 at 03:56 PM • permalink


    1. Let’s hope they are public schools and not Islamic schools. Let’s face it, discrimination in relation to Australian Islamic schools against non muslims is evident when it comes to sex education.

      Just another part of the delusional conspiracy in which Australians now live in. Cultural delusions are everywhere. Any wonder, we pay Suspect Terrorist gaol wives 50,000 dollars while aussie’s pay the burden.

      Who’s cultural delusion are we following?

      We don’t need more delusional knowledge hovering into communities,I hope they

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 06 30 at 09:04 PM • permalink


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