IRAQ: Standstill

The Government, bent on taking a census of Iraq's 3,500,000 (estimated) people, bethought itself of the surging throngs in the bazaars and narrow lanes of Old Baghdad. If noses were to be counted, the nose-bearers would have to stand still. So last week the Government ordered every one (including Government officials other than census-takers) to stay home on census days.

One unintended catch in the net was visiting Scripps-Howard Correspondent William H. Newton, who wanted to take a plane out the day after the census. He needed an exit visa to leave Iraq.

"I cannot get an exit visa because it...

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