Plus ca change, and all that


Najaf, Iraq (Agence France Press) – Iraqi policemen rounded up dozens of journalists at gunpoint in a Najaf hotel and took them to police headquarters before later releasing them, an APF correspondent said.

The story goes on to say that the chief of police, Ghaleb al-Jezari, told the reporters he had had them brought to police headquarters because they don’t publish the truth, as he sees it, anyway. Progress in Iraq, the middle east’s newest democracy. Yup; uh huh.