“Ama-gi” (the lower word), the first known written expression of the idea
of freedom, from an inscription found in the city
of Lagash — Telloh in contemporary Iraq

I just finished and sent off for translation a list of principles on constitutional democracy and a corresponding Powerpoint presentation for my presentations to Iraqis. Boiling down the principles to two pages was a useful project and gathering images that Iraqis would recognize and appropriate as their own was a challenge. After the documents have been gone over by a few other people, I may post them. (Or I may wait until after I get back.)

The Great Mosque of Samarra, built between 847 and 851 under the caliphate of
al-Mutawakkil, is a widely recognized monument in Iraq