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The new American bosses in Baghdad must have been a bit shocked, even awed, by the mixture of ecstasy and rage in the faces of the Shia flagellators during the religious rites at Kerbala in late April--a reminder of how much Iraq has in common with the Islamic republic next door (see articles inside by Samii and Kamrava).
One of its features is serialized novels about governess flagellators.