Iraq Up Close

If the U.S. invades, defeats and then occupies Iraq, it will take control over a once prosperous nation brought low by years of war and international isolation. A look at what life is like in Iraq tod

PEOPLE

CLASS STRUCTURE People close to the Baath Party regime constitute a small upper class rewarded for loyalty with lives of luxury. A wealthy smuggler class makes its money--with the government's blessing--importing goods barred under U.N. sanctions. But for survival, 60% of the population depends on government food rations, which do not include any fruit, vegetables or meat

WOMEN Compared with their counterparts in many neighboring countries, Iraqi women enjoy tremendous freedoms. They work as doctors, lawyers, engineers and teachers; they drive cars and dress and gather freely

TRIBAL TIES At least three-quarters of Iraqis are members of one of...

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