It's Down to the Wire for Iraq's New Constitution

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Iraq is currently governed by a temporary constitution, which stipulates that if a new constitution is not agreed on by midnight tonight, the interim government will go out of existence and new elections will have to be held. But Sunni Arabs who ruled under Saddam Hussein fear that Kurds and Shiites are making a deal to monopolize Iraq's oil. If they're not part of the action, the Sunnis could fuel an increasingly violent insurgency for a long time to come. After last-minute postponements, we get a progress report on meeting tonight's deadline, and update the disagreements over federalism, the role of Islam, and the consequences for women's rights.
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Israel's disengagement plan

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon addresses nation on Gaza pullout

BBC on Gaza pullout

Rubin-s article on Iraqis- failure to meet constitutional deadline

Van Der Werf-s article on the drought



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