Iraq? Getting better? Not if you're lesbian or gay, it ain't.
It's not the first time it's been said, because it's known among campaigners and those who take an interest in such things that mad Muslim clerics are actively promoting the summary execution of gays.
But it does no harm to remind people of the terrible facts.
See this Guardian piece by Peter Tatchell, the gay- and human-rights campaigner, in its "Comment is Free" slot. There are several links, including one to a short film, Queer Fear – Gay Life, Gay Death in Iraq, produced by David Grey for Village Film, which "documents the tragic fates of several individual gay Iraqis".
UPDATE: Since posting the above, I've learned that a gay leader has been assassinated in Iraq. He was an organiser of safe houses in Baghdad and an LGBT coordinator in the city. Read the story here.