The WP goes inside with Iraq's Debaathification Committee removing Saddam-era monuments that it deems offensive. The committee has drawn up a list of all the memorials scheduled to be nixed, but that list has remained secret. Many Iraqis worry that razing these statues may obliterate an important, if painful, part of the country's history.
Smoked out … The Christian Science Monitor reports that Turkey may soon pass a bill that imposes serious limits on smoking in public places. It's a major change for the notoriously cigarette-loving Turks, who are trying to conform to EU health standards. Turkey, the CSM says, is after all a "country of 71 million, where some 60 percent of men, 20 percent of women, and 11.7 percent of schoolchildren smoke."
TODAY IN SLATE
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The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
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Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.