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Waiting for the Anti-Saddam Revolt: Where Is It?
By Frank Smyth, April 17, 2003, LAWeekly

Why aren’t more Iraqis rising up against President Saddam Hussein? Most likely, many remember what happened the last time they followed U.S. instructions to rise up against him.

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Iraq: Telling the Left from the Right
By Frank Smyth, February 28, 2003, LAWeekly

HOW MANY AMERICANS WHO OPPOSE THE LOOMING war know the left from the right when it comes to Iraq? The only two players on the field are not George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein.

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Iraq’s Eclipsed Red Star?
By Frank Smyth, January 13, 2003, Guerrilla News Network

Not that long ago, when American progressives spoke about being in solidarity with the people of a foreign nation they were supporting leftist national liberation movements. Back in the 1980s, for instance, the Committee in Solidarity with the People…

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Living Dangerously: A Review of “The Lion’s Grave”
By Frank Smyth, November 10, 2002, The Washington Post

Any egomaniac with an audience can do a live stand-up in an alleged combat zone these days, but Jon Lee Anderson is a war correspondent’s journalist. On Sept. 11, while most Americans were still either looking up…

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Hussein Opens His Prison Doors to Trouble
By Frank Smyth, October 25, 2002, Newsday

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein released thousands of political and other prisoners from jails across his country last Sunday, including from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. The broad amnesty was no doubt welcomed by many Iraqi families whose…

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Iraq’s Forgotten Majority
By Frank Smyth, October 3, 2002, The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Last month, President Bush invoked the prospect of a democratic Iraq in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, while Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress that he foresaw “a government of Iraqis governing Iraqis in a democratic fashion.” Yet the administration remains closest to Sunni Arabs…

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The Chance to Cry
By Frank Smyth, May 1, 2002, United Nations

Not all my prison memories are bad. Nearly every reporter who has covered a blood-and-guts beat knows that trauma can also bring out the best in people.

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