is a state-controlled Iraqi
* daily newspaper
. It is published by Al-Wahda
, an Arabic
printing establishment. The paper was first published June 1, 1963
, shortly after the Baath
party siezed control of the Iraqi government. Al-Wahda also publishes various local Syrian
newspapers, namely: Al-Jamaheer (Aleppo
), Al-Orouba (Homs
), Al-Fidaa (Hama
), and Al-Wahda (Lattakia
The paper is published online at www.thawra.com, in English and French; the English version is largely unmaintained. Articles tend to contain phrases like "the Zionist threat". Al-Thawra refers to the U.S. president as "Little Bush." The paper occasionally makes point in a reasonable manner; however, its facts are invariably based on the state information wire. Al-Thawra steadfastly denies the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and claims that America's only motive is a desire to dominate Iraq's oil production.
The Iraqi state press has many other branches; 13 television stations, more than 50 radio stations, and innumerable other newspapers.
* Say what you will about Iraq, but "Iraqi" is a rocking word. Ih-RAK-EE. It just rolls off the tongue.