WOMAN IS NOT WELCOME ON BENCH IN IRAQI CITY

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/31/international/worldspecial/31JUDG.html?hp The Marine colonel supervising government reconstruction in Najaf, Iraq, indefinitely postponed the swearing in of the city's first-ever female judge after her appointment provoked a wave of resentment, the New York Times reports. The firestorm was emblematic of the tension between the American desire to leave an imprint on the levers of government in Iraq versus a conservative religious establishment determined to fight what its sees as a military invasion . . .

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