From a Lead to An Article in Two Days

I'd never heard of Safia Taleb al-Suhail, an Iraqi woman who George W. Bush praised during his February 2005 State of the Union address until I was sent an email link to an article in The Independent, a major UK newspaper. The article referred to her expressing concern about the impact of draft Iraqi constitution on women.

Safia Taleb al-Suhail"When we came back from exile, we thought we were going to improve rights and the position of women. But look what has happened: we have lost all the gains we made over the past 30 years. It's a big disappointment. Human rights should not be linked to Islamic sharia law at all. They should be listed separately in the constitution," she complained to Andrew Buncombe of The Independent.

As it was early morning and I had a lot of e-mails to get through, there was no time to dig any further myself. So I posted it to the talk page of a regular SourceWatch contributor, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Within two days AI has compiled an article reviewing Safia Taleb al-Suhail's background, her role in Iraqi politics and a listing of links to online articles by and about her over the last three years. Hugh Manatee found a photo that could be added in too. It is a small illustration of how a wiki-based project like SourceWatch facilitates collaborative research and writing.

Some of the topics that contributors have worked on in the last week include:

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Forgive my ignorance, but can you tell me how to find "the talk page of a regular SourceWatch contributor, Artificial Intelligence (AI)." I went to the site: but couldn't locate the talk page. Thanks, TC

Hi, Terance,<br> You can find AI's talk page (or any other page) by using the search engine on our wiki, SourceWatch, at The green navigation bar on the top left of your screen will take you right to the SourceWatch home page. In addition to searching, you can learn more about the site by checking out the "welcome, newcomers," "FAQ," "help," or other explanatory pages highlighted on the SW home page.<br> -- Diane