Reporters on the Job
• Bribes, Threats, and Final Exams: The story about cheating on final exams in Iraq (see story) grew out of a conversation correspondent Sam Dagher had with a Monitor employee in Iraq. "His wife is a teacher, and she was complaining to him about the intimidation she was facing in classrooms from militias during exams," says Sam.
Initially, Sam dismissed it as the normal complaints about life in Baghdad. But the more he probed, the worse picture became. "It was not only militia and insurgent intimidation, but bribes as well. Dozens of students across Baghdad had similar stories, an education board confirmed it, and a sociologist at Baghdad University told me that it extended to universities and colleges."
• China in Africa: Lessons from Sudan: In the June 26 article, "How China's support of Sudan shields a regime called 'genocidal' " we incorrectly stated the current position of the International Crisis Group (ICG). "Beijing's foreign policy has significantly evolved. China now well understands that its investments in Sudan are threatened by growing instability in Darfur and the potential reemergence of conflict in the south of the country, and has started to lean on Khartoum," says Kimberly Abbott, an ICG spokesperson in Washington. "While not yet doing as much as it could and should to solve the Darfur problem, it is hardly alone in that regard. No country has done enough, and the crisis continues to the shame of the entire international community."
• Prosecutions in Britain: In the July 2 article, "Britain faces Iraqi-style tactics," we should have said there have only been two successful multiple prosecutions of Islamist militants for planning terrorist acts.
– David Clark Scott