IRAQ: The Coed & the Communists

Iraq last week counted the consequences of a coed's tears: a fallen cabinet, 15 to 20 dead, hundreds wounded, $200,000 worth of damage, troops in the streets.

It all began when the coed, Siham Salih of Baghdad's Royal College of Pharmacy & Chemistry, refused to join fellow students in a walkout. She had a good reason: the dean of the pharmacy school, against whom they were striking, is her brother-in-law. When the strike was over, a few of Siham's classmates cornered her in a classroom and berated her. She fled in tears. Soon she had reinforcements. Gallant students from...

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