DoS/International Information Programs: Foreign Commentary on the US

There are "Issue Focus Reports" giving summaries of newspapers around the globe to assess the POV of different readerships. Here is the one about Iraqi elections. Yea, diplomats and staffers at the Department of State do not tend to read much news. They absorb it in the abridged version most times. The following is from the 1 Feb. edition about the Iraqi elections.


** Global media more positive about elections than any development since fall of Baghdad.

** Dailies praise voters for their "courage and determination," term poll "auspicious."

** Still, "a rough road" lies ahead; some fret about possible rise of "Iran-style theocracy."

** Critics label elections "neither free nor fair," say only U.S. withdrawal can lead to peace.


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