The Wall Street Journal's online editorial page, October 25, 2004:
...A roundup of the past two weeks' good news from Iraq.
...The media expose us on a daily basis to the idea that things [in Iraq] are not as good as they seem. Below are some stories that suggest things aren't as bad either:
...From sublime to ridiculous, Iraqi TV has a new most popular show:
... Caricateera--or Caricatures--is Iraq's answer to Saturday Night Live, a variety show driven by biting political satire. It's must-see TV for millions of Iraqis every Friday at 2:35 p.m. Thousands more catch the show on bootleg videodiscs, which sell for less than $1.
The show's popularity stems from the shots it takes at topics ranging from Iraq's interim government and the nation's violence to the lack of electricity and the U.S. military presence. Such criticism was taboo under the regime of former leader Saddam Hussein.
It certainly beats watching the never-ending speeches of the Great Leader....
BAGHDAD - The body of an Iraqi actor was found with three bullet wounds in the head in al-Yarmouk district in western Baghdad, police and al-Sharkiya channel said. Waleed Hassan was known for his popular sketch show "Charicature".
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