REBUILDING Iraqi Science

All photos courtesy of Sam Jaffe UTTER DEVASTATION: First, looters stole everything from Rajwan Hassan Issa's lab, then burned the remains. Alternating pavement stones at the entrance to Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad bear a bas-relief image of Saddam Hussein's face, minus his eyes: somebody chipped them out of each brick. Political banners drape the iron fence that surrounds the campus, seemingly unnoticed by the crowd of buzzing students as they race to class. Some banners procla

Sam Jaffe
Jul 13, 2003
All photos courtesy of Sam Jaffe
 UTTER DEVASTATION: First, looters stole everything from Rajwan Hassan Issa's lab, then burned the remains.

Alternating pavement stones at the entrance to Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad bear a bas-relief image of Saddam Hussein's face, minus his eyes: somebody chipped them out of each brick. Political banners drape the iron fence that surrounds the campus, seemingly unnoticed by the crowd of buzzing students as they race to class.

Some banners proclaim the virtues of a new Kurdish party. Others announce the arrival of a new Shiite Imam from exile in Iran. One poster, signed by the Muslim Students' League, demands that students and faculty refuse to cooperate with American soldiers and say nothing to American journalists. At the bottom, it chillingly reads, "You are being watched. If you defy this proclamation, your family will be informed."

This isn't your average university campus. That fact becomes...

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