Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The In T View: Waheed, Afghan Warrior For Democracy

Waheed of the
Afghan Warrior Blog
is the first
native Afghani Blogger in Afghanistan.
And in the: In T View: Waheed, Afghan
Warrior For Democracy he tells of his
Heritage, Afghanistan under the Taliban,
his Love for his Mom, the Changes that
have taken Place, his Interest in Blogging,
his Work as an Interpreter for the U.S.
Military, and who's Prettier: Afghani
or Lebanese Women. . .

And a whole lot more in the
In T View: Waheed, Afghan Warrior For Democracy

MG: Waheed, how did you become
interested in Blogging, and how did
your Blog:
Afghan Warrior
come about?

Waheed: From childhood I was
interested to be lyric or writer.
One day I went to check my email
and after I checked it I had 15 more
minutes so I went to IRC chat room
and I met Paul Edwards who persuaded
me to start my blog. My first post
got many comments and I was so
impressed and happy so I decided
to keep on blogging.

When I was 9 years old the war started
in the capital Kabul in 1992 and the
situation was very horrible. Many
rockets blasted near our house and
we had to immigrate to many places.
It is a long story to tell you and
Afghan warrior means i keep fighting
against those responsible.

MG: What is your favorite food?

Waheed:I like all kinds of food
that are cooked well. Afghan rice
beef steak is my favorite food.

MG: Without divulging anything of
a confidrential nature, what exactly do
you do in your job as a translator with
the U.S. Miltary?

Waheed: As an interpreter I go on
patrols and also communicate between ANA
and US Army. When we go on patrols we
talk with people and ask questions about
their problems and whether they have
any problem with robbery or bad guys.

MG: Is Afghanistan a very tribal

Waheed: Yes, Afghanistan is a tribal
society but the tribes are united.

MG: Waheed, if it's not too
personal, could you tell me which
tribal group you belong to?

Waheed: I belong to the Tajik

MG: And when you reached
adulthood, did you have to undergo some
sort of initiation, ritual or ceremony?

Waheed: When I reached adulthood
I was in Pakistan with my family because
the living conditions weren't good in
Afghanistan. So I really didn't have
any sort of ceremony. I was only thinking
when will I be able to go back to my
country and go back to school.

MG: What does the name Waheed mean?
Does your name have a meaning?

Waheed: My name means "united" or
"unity". In some old books it also means
"single" or "only".

MG: What's the best book you ever read?

Waheed: My favorite book is Shahnama-E-Firdawsi. This book is full of nice stories
about former kings of Afghanistan going
back 1800 years and it's full of nice
epic poems.

MG: So, do you have a favorite
sport or activity that you like to do?

Waheed: I like all sports, especially
soccer. Right now I don't have time because
I work from 4pm till 7am, but sometimes
I like to watch sports on TV.

MG: If you could go on vacation to
any place in the World, where would it

Waheed: I love to travel and visit
different countries. There are many places
I would love to go e.g. US, Canada,
Australia, India, Egypt.

MG: So, how bad was it living under
the Taliban?

Waheed: When the Taliban came to
power I moved to Pakistan with my family
but I was reading the newspaper every day.
Also I was talking with people who were
coming from Afghanistan. Life was hard
and very boring. No TV channels, no music.
It was especially hard for women as they
were not allowed to work outside of their
houses. There was no education for women
and no freedom of speech.

MG: Waheed, if someone said to you
five years ago that the Taliban would be
out of power, Afghanistan would have
democratic elections, Kabul would be
being rebuilt and blossoming, women
would be actually allowed to protest
for their rights, new schools would be
being built, you would be working for
the U.S. Military and telling the world
about Afghanistan through your Blog on the
Internet, would you have believed them?

Waheed: During the Taliban regime
we wouldn't have believed that the
US Army would come to Afghanistan,
but we were hoping that one day
Afghanistan will be free. But when the
US attacked, everything changed very
quickly. I wouldn't have believed that
one day I would be working as an
interpreter and we would have 4 TV
channels and women would have their
ministry and protest for their rights.

MG: Now that Kabul has four
TV Channels, do you have a television
program you like to watch?

Waheed: I like all programs on
our TV channels, but my favorite is
Sahat-e-bashuma which gives very useful
information about new technology and
also is shows strange events. Also "hop"
program, which is a music program which
play different songs such as Indian,
Afghan, Iranian, English, Arabic

MG: Do you have any pets?

Waheed: I used to have a dog but
not now.

MG: Who's Prettier: Afghani women
or Lebanese women?

Waheed: Hahaha. I don't know which
women are prettier. I guess they are very
similar but we have some that are very pretty .........

MG: What's the strangest thing
you've ever seen in Afghanistan?

Waheed: The strangest thing I ever
saw was the 1992 war in Kabul. The rockets
were coming from everywhere and the Kabul
sky was covered by smoke.

MG: All Afghani boys love their
mothers, so what is it about your
mother that is special?

Waheed: Yes, all boys and girls love
their parents, especially their mothers.
There is a great respect for parents
in Afghanistan and I love my mother
more than anything in the world.
My mother is a special mother -
she is very smart, she is a high
school teacher. The special thing
about her is that she is really kind
to me and she always cares for me.

MG: What is the biggest problem
facing Afghanistan today?

Waheed: Afghanistan is facing a lot
of problems today. The biggest problem
we are facing is terrorism. Other problems
that we are facing are power, weak economy,
unpaved roads. We need hospitals and
universities and we must have colleges
in every province. Sports stadiums and
much more.

MG: Do you have a favorite place
you like to visit in Afghanistan
and why?

Waheed: My favorite place in Afghanistan
to visit is Panjshir and Paghman Valley.

MG: Waheed, I understand that Internet
Costs are very expensive in Kabul and that
you have a great need for a Digital Camera
and Laptop. If people want to help you with
these things, how do they go about it?
Can they make donations to your Blog?

Waheed: Internet is expensive here in
Kabul. It's impossible for people to get net connection for their homes because only few
people have digital phones. The government
hasn't issued new phone systems to the people.

They are working on it, but it might take
a long time. There are some net companies
in Kabul that issue satellite connection
which costs US$3000 for the satellite and
3 months in advance, and every month they
charge you US$300 for the lowest speed.

I am waiting to get a phone connection.
It costs US$270 to get a phone
but I don't know when they will issue
them, so most people go to net cafes.
There are almost cafes in all Kabul now.

If anyone wants to send me a second hand
laptop or digital camera they can send it
to me via the US Army mail. One guy offered
me a laptop and one guy a digital camera,
so I hope they send them.

Yes, they can donate money to my
. (MG Says: Yes, you can donate
to Waheed via the PayPal button
at Afghan Warrior.)

MG: Thanks very much, Waheed,
and final question: Have you ever seen
a ghost?

Waheed: I have never seen a ghost
in real life but sometimes in my dreams.
My friend told me that he saw a ghost.

Monday, March 28, 2005

The In T View: Dr. Humanity, Bright, Humane, And Caring

Bright, Humane, and Caring, with a love for
Pringles and Evanescence, Medical Student
Dr. Humanity of the Iraqi Humanity Blog
surrounds us with his thoughts on Life in
Iraq, Med School, Patient Care, Mom,
and more.

It's the In T View: Dr. Humanity,
Bright, Humane, and Caring

MG: Dr. Humanity, how is life
treating you these days?

Dr. Humanity: Financially good, I have
some problems in Pharmacology in the college, socially I returned now from a funeral of my friend's 3 aunt & their 2 daughter who were
shot last Thursday in there car for no reason
so I shall take care & take precautions cz
it's dangerous situation nowadays in Baghdad.

MG: What's the average day of a Iraqi
Medical Student like?

Dr. Humanity: Waking up at 7:00 AM
then some sport, breakfast, get my clothes
on & then 7:30 am my friends came to take
me to the college except for the days that
would be my turn so I will ride with them,
in college we start the day by some greetings,
jokes except when we have an exam that day,
lectures begin at 8:30 am & end usually
10:30 am then followed by labs which sometimes continues till 3:30 PM or earlier, returning
home, having lunch & watch TV, sleep till 12:00
night, watching TV & sometimes studying.

Note: this is my life in this semester only cz
it's the hardest one in the medical college &
if I finished it, In the next semesters I will finish nearly at 12:00 noon. & this was a
normal day but on weekends I study more &
visit my friend who is a student in the
dental college & I knew him since I was 13
years old.

MG: How difficult is it to become a
doctor in Iraq?

Dr. Humanity: It's very difficult since
it needs a lot of studying & need a very high average in the higher schools so not everyone
will be able to enter the medical college so
we r the students that got the highest average
marks in the higher schools, for me I was no.
13th in Iraq. Also medical college need 6
years to be a doctor compared with 4 years
to be an engineer so unless u r financially
fine u will not be able to continue but this
is a very rare case here.

MG: What's the biggest problem facing
Iraqi hospitals? Lack of supplies? Danger from insurgents and terrorists? Theft? Lack of
security? Too many patients and not enough
qualified medical personnel?

Dr. Humanity: I will list it according
the importance from my view which almost right:

a-lack of a good leaders.
b- Theft, by all the Hospital staff, from
the simple worker to the substaff but not
c- Lack of supplies.
d- Too many patients and not enough equipment
& if there is, it is very very
old; ex: in our hospital we have one CT
scan & I hadn't see it working once!!!!

But we have a qualified doctor who most of
them are in the world's hospital & as about the Iraqi doctor.

MG: How frustrating of an experience
is it, when you're unable to help a patient?

Dr. Humanity: At the beginning it will depress u very much but then u will get on it
& like when someone saw a glass of water half
empty & the other see it half filled, to me
I see it half filled, cz in this situation
being able to cure a patient is like a
Miracle !!

MG: You've seen death close up, does something like that change your perspective
on life? Do you lose some of your humanity?

Dr. Humanity: Death well u learn u
to respect life & to see how is the human
beings r weak & I now evaluate every happy
moments u live it with u family or whatever
but about humanity, it is difficult to say
but when u see many people dying or dead u
will not have time to be sad for them but
u will have time to save other patients
or lessen their suffering, do u get it?
(MG says: Yes, quite understandable.)

MG: On a more pleasant subject,
how nice was it to finally be able
to participate in a free election?

Dr Humanity: At the beginning it was
normal but when I remembered Saddam's election
I feel it & I was so happy when for the same
time I see The election results with no 99.999 number in it as Saddam did.

MG: How did you become interested in
Blogging and how did your blog:
Iraqi Humanity
come about?

Dr. Humanity: My friend Ferid of Iraqi4ever (Loser's Blog) began before
me & I become interested & I started
with some of his directions.

MG: When you're not doing the medical
thing, what do you do to relax?

Dr. Humanity: Music, TV, sport, readings
& going outside.

MG: Music: Got a favorite band or singer
you like to listen to?

Dr. Humanity: Evanescence is my favorite
band & sometimes I use their songs as a Title
for my post, also I like Linkin Park & about
singer I like Madonna & MJ but not as
Evanescence. & I hear some Arabic songs too.

MG: How's the fishing in the Tigris
River and what type of fish do you catch?

Dr. Humanity: I don't know how to fish
but I want do it sometimes but after all &
don't like fish too much!

MG: Iraqis boys love their Mothers.
So what is it about your mother that is

Dr. Humanity: Sure My mother is the one responsible for us ( me & my brothers) she is a great woman she raised us alone during my father being abroad & when he died in 2000 she become
my father, mother & friend & I wish I make here happy & proud of me like my bro.

MG: Favorite Iraqi food?

Dr. Humanity: (Gozzi) which is meat & rice, chicken also I like European food Pizza & spaghetti & American Hamburger

MG: I've always wondered about this,
why do Iraqis love Pringles Potato Chips so

Dr. Humanity: This is due to the embargo bcz before the last war & since we havn't here in Iraq Pringles, chocolate like (Mars, Today, Toploron), even sometimes we hadn't Pepsi & 7up also I remember when I was 7 years old there was no desert or Ice Cream sold in shops cz Saddam said that there was Embargo & we shall keep our sugar for our important needs & this last till I reached 13 years old, so u can say that Iraqis didn't see Pringles before war & this is our first experience, ymym I need Pringles by now.

MG: What was the most interesting birthday present that you ever received?

Dr. Humanity: This computer & a small
ironing machine.

MG: If people want to donate to your blog: Iraqi Humanity or to the Medical College you
attend, can you provide some information
on how they can do so?

Dr. Humanity: Yes donation through my
blog: http//:iraqidoctor.blogspot.com
in the donation link & to my college u
can send it to this address: Iraq, Al-kadimia, Baghdad P.O. Box 14222.

MG: Thanks Very Much, Dr. Humanity,
and final question: Have you ever seen a ghost?

Dr. Humanity: I saw many pictures of
Ghost & if u r interested, I can send it.
Thanks & goodbye

Sunday, March 27, 2005


- Hat Tip: LGF Commentator - Kevin P.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Can Raed Jarrar Sink Any Lower?

Well, yes Raed can, but he's near bottom with his posting criticizing an American Soldier for adopting a mentally and physically handicapped Iraqi child:

I watch GMA most days now...

Was Desperate America Housewives not available?

after the Saudi Channels started broadcasting some "important" US shows live to us middle easterners.

Would that be the WBN, Raed? The Wahabbi Broadcasting Network. I bet those Saudi
Stations are very sympathetic to the US.

On GMA Yesterday, we enjoyed the story of
a US soldier that went back to Iraq to adopt
a mentally/physically challenged kid called

And you have a problem with this Raed? Don't
you think that's a good thing, giving the Iraqi child a chance at a better future?

Charlie Gibson was asking the 10 year old kid:

*Do you like America?
*Do u like the life here?
Do you go to school?

Then Gibson turned to the soldier and said: "Hey! his english is really good!!"
What the hell?!

For Pete's sakes, Raed, Gibson is a vapid journalist/interviewer. A dim-bulbed
talking head. What exactly did you expect?
And making fun of the child's speech! I
mean really, Raed.

The US soldier, who came in his official uniform, is a sorry attempt of the US adminstration to enhance the image of the US army.

Well help spruce up that image, Raed, lend him one of your family's three Mercedes.

Why didn't the soldier tell us how many parents he killed in Iraq? Or how many houses he destroyed?

Not as many as the terrorist insurgents you show sympathy for have likely killed and destroyed.

This is his real job, right?

His real job Raed is to win wars and target/destroy/eliminate enemy forces.
At times, civilians and their property
are adversely affected, but unlike
the terrorist insurgents, American
Soldiers don't indiscriminately
target civilians or wage war on
them at all.

But the best part of the interview was the part where the humane US soldier tells us exactly why he chose Alaa-Addin in Particular.

please listen carefully:

"Both Alaa and I are devout christians"

So Raed, you have a problem with devout Christians now. Join al-Muqti's Brigade why don't you.

Raed was last seen crashing through the Gates of Hell screaming, "Take me Satan, I'm yours. . ."

No Wonder Riverbend Is Cranky

No wonder Riverbend Is Cranky

She's got something like 30 people cohabitating in her domicile, or at least did during the beginning phases of the War For The Emancipation Of Iraq:

The house was chaotic that moment. The parents were running, dad trying to locate his battery-powered radio and mother making sure the stove was turned off. She was also yelling orders over her shoulder, commanding us to go into the “safe room” we had specially decorated with duct tape and soft cushions, or ‘bomb-proofed’ as my cousin liked to say. The aunt that was staying with us was running around, shrilly trying to find her two granddaughters (who were already in the safe room with their mother). The cousin was rushing around turning off kerosene heaters and opening windows so that they wouldn’t shatter with the impact. E. hurried in from outside, trying to keep his expression casual under the paleness of his face...

The faces in the safe room were white with tension. My cousin’s wife sat in the corner, a daughter on either side, her arms around their shoulders, murmuring prayers softly. My cousin was pacing in front of the safe room door, looking grim and my father was trying to find a decent radio station on the small AM/FM radio he carried around wherever he went. My aunt was hyperventilating at this point and my mother sat next to her, trying to distract her with the voice of the guy on the radio talking about the rain of bombs on Baghdad.

I get annoyed with just two other people inhabiting my household and the best days are when the house is quiet and I have it to myself, so I can see where Riverbend must be pulling out her hair. And how long is the line to the bathroom? Do they pass out numbers to use the toilet? And what happens when she feels "Frisky"? Where does she seek some privacy? The only place left, without standing room attendance, is the roof.

Friday, March 25, 2005

For The Want Of A Nail

For the want of a nail, the horse was lost. . .

Powerline has the photo of a happy Iraqi boy who was shot seven times in the leg by Insurgents. And they apparently saved the leg.

For the want of a horse, the rider was lost. . .

Christian Iraq has an interesting article, that few others seem to be noticing:

Growing Shia calls for their prime ministerial nominee to be replaced by a more moderate candidate.

By Kamran al-Karadaghi in London (ICR No. 118, 23-Mar-05)

Ibrahim Al-Ja’afari is under pressure from leading Shia to withdraw as their candidate for post of premier because of his slowing progress on forming a new government and concerns over his Islamist orientation.

Al-Ja’afari, the candidate of the Shia-dominated United Iraqi Alliance, UIA, is apparently struggling to deal with Kurdish demands for greater autonomy and a general resistance to the possible imposition of Islamic law, after more than a month of negotiations on the formation of a new government. . .

For the want of a rider, the message was lost. . .

Muammar Gadhafi is comedically whacked according to Little Green Footballs, as the world's best dressed crazy tyrant brought down the house at the recent Arab League Meetings...

"The Israelis are idiots and the Palestinians as well," Kadhafi said Wednesday in the speech at the closing session of the two-day summit in Algiers which is usually reserved for a reading of the final resolutions.

"The Jews are dying by the dozen because they are in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. If these regions are so important to them, why didn't they occupy them before seizing other Arab land," Kadhafi said.
"The Palestinians, too, are idiots because they lost these territories in 1967. So we must admit that both are idiots," he added.

The leaders, including Abbas who is making his debut at an Arab summit after he succeeded Yasser Arafat who died in November, broke out into uncontrolled laughter.

For the want of a message, the battle was lost. . .

last update on Muqti's Men Killing and Maiming Spree in Basra. Zeyad was really going to town on the story. . .

Another Update: Here is a detailed account of the incident from the Times which confirms the death of the two students...

There have been rumours that nobody died from the attacks but it seems that these rumours originated from sympathetic Islamic parties and their supporters, all of whom are Shi'ite, and for some bizarre reason they are denying that it was a Christian girl that died, but a Muslim one, as if that is going to make it any less outrageous. The same people who rant about Wahhabi and Salafi crimes everyday. Pot meet kettle.

Friends from Basrah say the sit-in at Basrah university is still in effect, with Sadr's militia now threatening to bomb the campus with mortars if the students do not return to their classes. Governmental authorities and the police force in Basrah have publicly admitted that they are helpless and incapable of doing anything to stop the Sadrists.
Actually, all this is for the good of Iraq. At least the Iraqis can now realise what kind of 'progressive' and 'blessed' monsters they have elected to govern them and write their constitution.

For the want of a battle, the war was lost. . .

Time Magazine has an excellent article on the fine work by the Iraqi Commandos. Too bad they can't sic them on Muqti's Thugs in Basra. . .

For the want of a war, the nation was lost. . .

The Financial Times says the Iraqi Insurgents are seeking an exit strategy - Hat Tip Instapundit

The Nation of Insurgency in Iraq has truly been lost, and rightly so.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The In T View: Nabil, Scholarly And Soccer-Loving

Scholarly and Soccer-Loving, the Uber-Cool
Nabil of Nabil's Blog represents the best of both
worlds of Iraq's Young Generation, with a
love of Education, Soccer, dating Jennifer
Aniston, WWE Pro Wrestling, War Games,
and Democracy in Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers Central is proud to present:
The In T View: Nabil, Scholarly and

MG: How are you doing these days?

Nabil: Fine thank you.

MG: So, what's your favorite food?

Nabil: Fries

MG: If you had the opportunity to go
out on a date with any woman in the world,
who would it be? Any special reason why?

Nabil: Jennifer Aniston, I like her
hair and the way she looks.

MG: How did you become interested
in Blogging and how did your blog: Nabil's Blog come about?

Nabil: Well, first my brother made his blog, and after he made fans and been famous, he told me to make my own blog, and I agreed, and the name of Nabil's Blog came out like this because my blog is not about somthing itself, its about everything, my life, sports in Iraq, my comments about the situation in Iraq and so on...

MG: Your brother Zeyad of Healing
Iraq fame caused a bit of the stir
with his mysterious hiatus from Blogging.
Can you comment on this? People are wondering
if Zeyad is okay?

Nabil: Zeyad is okay, but I never had discussed this with him, and I don't know
why he is not blogging, I mean did he
stop?..... (MG Says: Zeyad has resumed
blogging after a short hiatus.)

MG: What's the most special thing
about your mother?

Nabil: She is very good educated......

MG: What's the Hottest Online Game being played at the Internet Cafes in Iraq right now?

Nabil: Medal of Honour and Counter Strike.

MG: Do you and your friends have a
favorite game at the moment?

Nabil: Pc games : Medal of Honour
PS2: Winning Eleven 8 (soccer) Real: Soccer

MG: Perhaps you could describe what's it
like to be in the last year of high school?
How much pressure do you face? How hard
are the exams? Will you miss your school
friends when you graduate?

Nabil: Well, its good to be in the last year of high school, and yes I am facing a lot of pressure right now, cause you know, my whole future depends on this year, some of the exams are hard and some are easy, and of course I will miss my buddies.

MG: So, what would you like to do
after you graduate?

Nabil: well my parents want me to go
to a medical college, and I am just puzzled
cause I don't know which college to pick.

MG: How much do you love soccer?

Nabil: Soccer is in my DNA.

MG: Who's the best Soccer Player
in the world right now?

Nabil: Christiano Ronaldo (Man Utd)

MG: Where would you rank the Iraqi
National Football Team? Are they in the
Top 5? Top 10? Top 20 of world teams?

Nabil: According to Fifa rank, the Iraqi team is # 40... and I think that's a good rank for us...

MG: From reading your blog, you seem to think that Islam and Democracy have difficulty coexisting. Why is that?

Nabil: Well, of course I think like that, cause if you know the Islamic religion you would think like me, cuase Islam prevents the people from doing a lot stuff that any person would like to do, like drinking alcohols, or having a girlfreind, but freedom let the people do that..

MG: Do you have any pets?

Nabil: I used to have a dog, but he passed away... I am thinking to buy a dog after finishing this studying year....

MG: You want to visit the U.S. after
you graduate from school this summer. What
is it about America that intrigues you or
interests you?

Nabil: Well, I wanted to do that
because most of my fans are from the
U.S. and because I've never been there.

MG: You recently took a little heat
for the comments you made about Sistani
and the the Iraqi Election. What is it
about Sistani or the way people are
treating him that bothers you?

Nabil: Well, Sistani doesn't deserve it, because since we knew him (after the war) he had done nothing but making stupid decisions and comments.... I don't say this because I hate
Shea, I don't hate them and that has nothing
to do with what I think about Sistani, but
I think that he had just ruined the Iraqis

MG: How long have you been
interested in Pro Wrestling and are
there a lot of wrestling fans in Iraq?

Nabil: About 2 years ago, my dad
subscribed in ART tv channels, and so
I had the chance to see it, and no
Iraq doesn't have a lot of fans of

MG: Rob Van Dam. Is RVD your favorite wrestler, and why?

Nabil: Yes he is and I DON"T KNOW

MG: Any other wrestlers that you like?

Nabil: Triple H, Undertaker,
Stone Cold Steve Austin, Yasser K,
and many others..

MG: Which Pro Wrestler or WWE
Personality do you hate the most?
Who would you just like to body slam
into the ring and then apply the
figure-four suplex to them?

Nabil: KANE....

MG: Thanks very much, Nabil, and final question: Have you ever seen a ghost?

Nabil: No I never saw a ghost!!!!!,
cause I don't believe that there are ghosts..
thanks for asking.

The Face of Evil?

Is THIS the Face of Evil?

Nah, it's just Khalid Jarrar.

Heh heh.


Monday, March 21, 2005

Zeyad's Back With News Of al Sadr's Men Murdering Students

According to Fay, that was not a Christian that was killed. This in no way lessens what a horrible deed was perpetrated by al-Sadr's men...

Zeyad from Healing Iraq (Hat Tip Fayrouz) is back from hiatus with a sad
post: Muqti al Sadr's men attacked a group of students having a picnic in Basr and killed two of them, one Christian:

Mahdi Army Beats 2 Students to Death in Basrah

No one seems to have reported the latest events in Basrah. Not any of the news services or the blogs.

Students of the Basrah and Shatt Al-Arab universities in Basrah city have been on strike for the last three days as a reaction to the attack last week by Sadrists and Mahdi Army militiamen on tens of students organising a field trip or a picnic at Al-Andalus park, downtown Basrah.

Hooded men assaulted the students with rubber cables and truncheons which resulted in the death of a Christian girl, Zahra Ashour, and another student who came to her rescue after militiamen had tore off her clothes and were beating her to death. He was shot in the head.

Students say that their belongings, such as mobile phones, cameras, stereo players and loudspeakers, were stolen or smashed to pieces by the militiamen. Girl students not wearing headscarves, most of them Christian, were severely beaten and at least 20 students were kidnapped and taken to Sadr's office in Al-Tuwaisa for 'interrogation' and were only released late at night.

Students also say the police and British soldiers were nearby but did not intervene.

A Sheikh As'ad Al-Basri, one of Sadr's aides in Basrah, stated that the 'believers' of the Mahdi Army did what they did in an act of 'divine intervention' in order to punish the students for their 'immoral and outrageous behaviour' during the 'holy month of Muharram, while the blood of Imam Hussein is yet to dry.' He added that he had sent the 'group of believers' to observe and photograph the students, and on witnessing them playing loud music, 'the kind they play in bars and discos', and openly talking to female students, the 'believers had to straighten things out'...

The British have been very lax in Basra regarding the safety of Christians, who have been threatened continously, and have suffered a great deal from radical Shiite types like al Sadr in post-War Iraq. Makes me wish the Kurdish Peshmerga were patrolling the city. They wouldn't put up with any of Muqti's crap and thank you Nobel Prize nominee (bleeeccchhhh) Sistani for rescuing al Sadr.

Happy Newroz To All The Kurds Worldwide

Today is Newroz: Kurdish New Year 2705,
or as Laila explains it in Kurdo's comments section:

The Story of Newroz

On March 21st some 2000 years ago, Kawa, a Kurdish smith, killed the Assyrian tyrant Dehak and liberated the Kurds and many other peoples in the Middle East. Dehak was an evil king who represented cruelty, abuse, and the enslavement of peoples. People used to pray every day for God to help them to get rid of Dehak. On Newroz day, Kawa led a popular uprising and surrounded Dehak's palace. Kawa then rushed passed the king's guards and grabbed Dehak by the neck. Kawa then struck the evil tyrant on the head with a hammer and dragged him off his throne. With this heroic deed, Kawa set the people free and proclaimed freedom throughout the land. A huge fire was light on the mountaintop to send a message: firstly to thank God for helping them defeats Dehak, and secondly to the people to tell them they were free. This is where the tradition of the Newroz fire originates."

Kurdo has lots of photos on the Newroz celebrations.
Kurdish Lilly, Medya at KBU,and Simko at Kurdistan have more. Interestingly, Newroz is also spelled Nawroz.

However it's spelled, a Newroz Piroz or Happy Kurdish New Year to you all.

Springtime For Hitler: Canadian TV Broadcasts Special On Jarrar Iraqi Crime Family

Springtime For Hitler: Canadian TV Broadcasts Special On Jarrar Iraqi Crime Family

Khalid (Fredo) Jarrar here or here (hat tip: Mad Tom & Fay) breathlessly announces to the world:

"A War in Words - An Iraqi Family Diary" on CBC Newsworld (channel 26 in Toronto) at 8pm Sunday March 20th, is the result of long hours of work, here in Baghdad, in Amman and in Canada. Its the last and longest peace that CBC did
about me, and my family. I hope you like it:)

The Khalid Monster is pysched. "I'm going to be a TV star!" you know those thoughts are rattling around in his dusty brain. Despite the fact that about 12 Canadian anarchists actually watched the special, Khalid be so beaming at the moment, he might actually lose his virginity. Maybe he can film the momentous occasion on the Internet and raise funds for a good lawyer for his brother, so Raed Jarrar can fight those charges of anti-semitism and get a Visa to the U.S. Although it might actually help Raed, if he stopped making anti-semitic statements.

Then there's Raed's endorsement of Saddam:

Saddam was our national leader,
And yeah, I know I know…
he was a dictator,
he was stupid and self-destructive
but he was our national leader, that I
didn’t enjoy any external forces to come and change.

I wonder if the "Special" noted that?

I wonder if the "Special" showed the photo of Dr. Death on the Jarrar Family Water Filtration Site? You would think the Jarrars knowing the hatred associated with such Baathists (who are likely to be tried, hung, and then shot just to make sure they stay dead in the next 12 months), might actually remove such pictures from their business website, but hey the clue brigade never passed close to their household.

And wither Canada? They don't support the U.S. in their efforts to free the Iraqi people, but are more than happy to allow one of their televison networks to bubble over with Pro-Saddam and Baathist oooze in your typical Anti-American propaganda puff piece.

And leave it those "innovative" lefty Canadians to come up with a non-whup-ass title for the program: "A War in Words - An Iraqi Family Diary". Maybe those CBC Network Programmers aren't shooting enough maple syrup into their veins these days, but that title is pretty lame.

We can do better down here in the States. . .

Top Ten Better Names For The Jarrar Iraqi Crime Family Canadian TV Special

Number 10: Canada, America's Number One Welfare State Proudly Presents "The Jarrar Family"

Number 9: Hey Dude, Where's My Mercedes?

Number 8: The Jarrarfather

Number 7: I Love Nikki...And Saddam...And Those Democratically-Elected Mullahs

Number 6: The Saddamites

Number 5: Desperate Iraqi Filtration Salesmen

Number 4: Iraqi Fellas

Number 3: My Three Crazy Iraqi-Palestinian Sons

Number 2: Sponge Bob Baathist Pants

And the Number One Better Name For The Jarrar Iraqi Crime Family Canadian TV Special. . .

When The Going Gets Tough, We Haul Ass To Amman.

Ladybird's Been Kidnapped - Ferid A Terrorist - Husayn Likes The New Iraq As Does Others

Ladybird Has Been Kidnapped...Shot At...And In Six Wars. Yay, I say, as the Ladysweetie is finally revealing some of her extraordinary past. We want to hear more about these events, Ladybird, but you really shouldn't hesitate about going back to Iraq. When it's your time to go, it's your time to go. You can't do much about it, so why be afraid? Now, if you could just kill those two large uncompressed photos on your Blog that never load and fill my Temp folder with about 35 clogging Megabytes, I'd be appreciative.

Ferid The Terrorist

Sorry for not blogging for the past days, I simply didn't find anything interested to blog for; until the day before yesterday and as I've arrived to my college, I watched a crowed of students gathering near parts of trapped vehicle I knew lately that it was just detonated half an hour ago, so I thought of taking some photos with my digital camera that I just bought lately, and maybe post here with another photos showing all the damage that caused by the explosion for the near properties… just after taking two photos for it, one of the police man suddenly took my camera and dragged me to there vehicle, telling me that "who allowed you to take photos? You are a terrorist and trying to sell these photos!!"

So I became a terrorist!! and as trying to clarify everything I told him "That these are old Saddam cops procedures and am just student at that college…"

Am pretty sure now that it was not the best line to pick up, since that cop picked his walkie-talkie and reported to the police station, "A suspect has been captured near the scene, holding a camera and offended the police men!!"

The answer was "Hold the suspect for more interrogations later"

That stunned me and even more the other cops that were near me, one of the cops told the officer why sir, you know he is an innocent, I really thought that I can solve this misunderstanding, but the other cops told me that they can't do anything now, not even him; now it's between you and the judge at the court!!

I was escorted to Al-Alathamyia Police station, on my way to the police I saw American soldiers at the garage of the station, thought if I should start, then maybe best to start that am a blogger, and not a terrorist, like what those stupid cops think :P

I was not chained at that time, and soldiers where not away from me, but I canceled that idea telling to myself, I can easily solve my problem there, and what if the soldier didn't understand a word from me :P

Then maybe I'll just complicate my case; at the station and after I gave my statement waiting to be raised to the judge, one of cops told me that it's forbidden an all world to tape a terrorist action, I answered him "Why? You remember in 9/11 when the two planes hits the towers, did they arrest every one who taped it!!!

Replied "That operation was held by the American government, and they put the cameras and broadcast it live to the world!!!"

I said well I thought It's a free country now, the other replied "who is laughing at you with this, who said were not free at Saddam time!!!"

To Read More, click on the above link...

Husayn from Democracy In Iraq (Hat Tip: LGF and Instapundit) tells the feeble Iraqi-War Protestors: I Like The Post-War Iraq And Middle East:

So you ask me, Husayn, was it worth it. What have you gotten? What has Iraq acheived? These are questions I get a lot.

To may outsiders, like those who protested last year, who will protest today. This was a fools errand, it brought nothing but death and destruction. I am sheltered in Iraq, but I know how the world feels, how people have come to either love or hate Bush, as though heis the emobdiement of this war. As though this war is part of Bush, they forget the over twenty million Iraqis, they forget the Middle Easterners, they forget the average person on the street, the average man with the average dream.

Ask him if it was worth it. Ask him what is different. Ask him if he would go through it again, go ahead ask him, ask me, many of you have.
Now I answer you, I answer you on behalf of myself, and my countrymen. I dont care what your news tells you, what your television and newspapers say, this is how we feel. Despite all that has happened. Despite all the hurt, the pain, blood, sweat and tears. These two years have given us hope we never had.

Dhafir Al-Samawi from Friends Of Democracy is the Anti-Riverbend:

A new day has come, and when I stepped out of bed this morning I smelled yesterday's rain.

I took my breakfast and listened to the SAWA broadcast. The reporter talked about bombings, killings, etc. "How long will this go on?" I said.

My mother in the kitchen answered me. "I don't think the day will come when this will be over."

I stood up. "No, mother," I said. "This time will pass."

I went outside. The rain had turned the street in front of our house into a beach. Some of my neighbors asked "Where did the contractor's projects go?"
The bus arrived after ten minutes and I rode it to the garage. I stepped off into a traffic jam and crowds full of people. Wow, I said to myself. There are so many imported cars.
This is a good sign.

I often say to myself "Oh dear God, have mercy on our people and keep them safe. They have suffered. The time has come for our old people and children to live a peaceful life."
After the muezzin's call to afternoon prayer I headed back home and saw many students on the way. It was a happy scene for me to see. In the evening I went to the Al-Meskouf Market which is always so crowded nowadays. You can't go in without bumping into men and young boys because people visit the market every day now. Before they were afraid of the secret police and would rather stay home. Today the Samawa locals crowd the market from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

I sat down at Hassan's coffee shop. I had to drink his tea before continuing on my way to the Kournish to look at the merchandise on the sidewalk. It's what we used to hear about all the time from our friends abroad: mobile phones, satellite dishes, and house supplies. Teachers can now buy what they want after a long period of deprivation.

Iraqi Contractor and Constructionist Sarmad from Road Of A Nation is enthused about the New Iraq too:

Dear friends, I have a lot of things that I want to share with you all. I am happy to talk about all that is happening in Iraq and the special time I live in; after ages of confinement and injustice, here we are, changing all this and fighting for it.Dear friends, we believe something here in our country: it's a sayingthat "you will only die when your time comes." The explanation is that you will not die if it's not your time; therefore, after all Iraqis saw and suffered, they are still optimistic and hard workers. I am working in the most dangerous places here in Iraq, amidst bombing and killing; I see a lot, and many brave people who are offering their lives for a cause. My life is not worth more than theirs; this is my country and it needs me. As long as I am capable of offering help and working for it I will do so. . .

Saturday, March 19, 2005

These Are The Dog Days Of Iraqi Blogs

These Are The Dog Days Of Iraqi Blogs

Of all the things I should've said,
That I never said.
All the things we should've done,
That we never did.
All the things I should've given,
But I didn't.
Oh, darling, make it go,
Make it go away.
Kate Bush

There doesn't seem to be much happening of a magnitudinal nature with the various Iraqi
Bloggers these days. Ali Fadhil is as analytical as ever discussing Lebanon, and Arabic losses into pseudo gains; Rose's husband got his Dubai residency papers and now she is waiting to join him; Dr Husayn tells us that he has the dreaded Mid-Term exams upcoming, the Tigris is threatening to engulf his home, and an interesting Medical Diagnosis:

The other case was of a man too, complains of abdominal pain & swallowing (ascitis) & unfortunately, the case was a case of a malignancy. when I took the history from him he said that he is a teacher & lived in Al-Basra & he was a soldier during both Gulf War I & II so the Doctor related that Malignancy to the Depleted Uranium Missiles thrown on Iraq During the 2nd Gulf War & the last war by the Allied Forces.
I am sorry about him since he is 55 years old only. . .

Beware the Dreaded Depleted Uranium Missile Syndrome!

Dr. Saif also needs a better car than his old dinged-up wreck. My suggestion for him is to put in a new car donation meter at his Iraqi Humanity.

Mohammed Fadhil hasn't posted for a while; Zeyad is on hiatus; Fay is celebrating her Fourth Anniversary in America with her husband at a Top Secret Location without Internet Access. Mom from the Family From Mosul recalls the Iraqi-Iranian War and her Brother-In-Law taken prisoner and released years later:

Few years before the end of the war(1986), my younger sister's husband (who was a jet fighter pilot)'s jet fighter was shot and fall down, but he managed to jump out of his falling plane by a parachute, and land in the Iranian land, He captured by the Iranian army, and become a prisoner of war. He had a one-year old baby boy.

After another annoying 5 years, there were a war prisoners exchange between the two countries, and my sister's husband was released, we and all the families of the released prisoners started celebration with a lot of joy which cannot be described, I don't remember a better day for all the families.

As regards momentous news, all is not yet loss. Neurotic Iraqi Wife, subject of a recent interview, may be joining her hubby in Baghdad, as a dream financial job has opened up:

I sat there staring at the screen.Im finally going to Baghdad, Im finally gonna be with HUBBY, Im finally gonna be part of this rebuilding process, but then the balloon of excitement just fizzled down when I realised that there's my parents to break the news to. The phone rings yet again, and this time its the HR person in Baghdad. Thats when it hit me, HUBBY wasnt joking. She asked about the citizenship I hold and what sort of salary Im looking at. Then she said that I might need to go to Wshington to undergo health checks and security clearance inorder to get the paperwork. I kept nodding my head as if she is gonna see me through my mobile. At the end of the conversation she said "Please, at any time you feel nervous, and you dont think you are ready for this, please call me or drop me an email, I will understand" She continued "Its not a joke being here, its extremely dangerous" I gulped, not from fear but from the sudden adrelanin rush I got.

My comments to her were:

Dear NIQ,
I hope you go for it. Your husband needs you; you need your husband; Iraq needs young committed people to build a democracy. And how often do you have a chance to take on your dream job? And a trip to Washington. Think how many people would love to be in your exciting shoes. So, you go for it.

As regards your parental units, well I think you have to give them the Worf Destiny speech from Star Trek. "If it is my time to die, I will surely die. There is no escape. No where to hide. Death tears at me in its hands. Today is a good day to die."

Okay I made that part up. But the thing is when it's your time to go, it's your time to go. You could be outside of your present location and get hit by a drunk driver or suffer an aneurysm and fall down your steps. There's no escaping whatever your destiny
is, no matter what the location, so Iraq could just as well be Greenland.

Afghan Warrior, the world's first Afghan-based Afghani Blogger needs a Laptop and Digital Camera badly, and can't afford it on his small salary:

Waheed really needs a laptop and a digital camera, but he's too shy to ask for it. Two people offered a digital camera, but they didn't provide an email contact. If you have either of these two items available, could you please send an email to Waheed. The items can be posted to a US address (which will be provided) which will get through to Waheed's US boss in the military. Also, PayPal has been added to the account, thanks to Tom Villars. It costs Waheed US$3/hour to access the internet and he doesn't get paid very much (he told me how much but I don't know if he wants that info to be made public). He has been spending a lot of time online trying to assemble the news, because he doesn't have the ability to do it offline.

The Euros continue to exhibit vast amounts of Stupidity regarding the Mideast. If the Italians and Spanish aren't paying off the Hostage-taking Terrorists -- thus insuring a fresh supply of bombings, shootings, and kidnappings -- before then the Outlaw Ukranians (Hat Tip: Lucianne Goldberg) were selling the Iranians nuclear-capable KH-55 cruise missiles with a range of 1800 miles, enough to target most of the Middle East and some of their fellow Europeans. Some one buy these Euros a clue or a larger military. They're going to need it, if the U.S. is contantly having to clean up their messes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The In T View: Neurotic Iraqi Wife ~ Not So Neurotic After All

Blogging from a secret location somewhere in the Middle East, the Neurotic Iraqi Wife reveals her thoughts, views, and desires through her appropriately named blog: Neurotic Iraqi Wife, while awaiting the return of her beloved Hubby busy reconstructing Iraq. And she really doesn't seem that neurotic. . .

The In T View: Neurotic Iraqi Wife ~ Not So Neurotic After All

MG: Neurotic Iraqi Wife How is life these days for you and your Hubby?

NIW: Hey there MG, well, what can I say, right now this minute, my life is really "like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get". Having come back recently from our vacation, its back to the norm of whining and complaining while dear HUBBY is "rebuilding" Iraq...

MG: For a long while, writing in your blog, you seemed very pessimistic about Iraq's future. You seem more optimistic these days, what has happened to change your feelings?

NIW: Yeah that is true, I was pessimistic to a certain extent, but after that historical day the 31st of January, and after seeing the outcome of the 8million Iraqi heroes voting in Iraq, I came to realise that after all there is light under the tunnel even though its kinda dim at the moment, but its there and that’s what’s important.

MG: How happy were you to be able to finally participate in an Iraqi election?

NIW: Wow, I really couldn’t believe that the day will come. It was almost like a dream. For me it was actually the day I registered (outside Iraq the registration and voting process were 2 different occasions) that made my eyes water, I dunno why, but walking through the doors for the first time gave it some unique flavour. As for the voting process itself, that was surreal by itself. I still have the stain of ink on my finger (the mark of my freedom).

MG: Was it a bit worrisome that most Iraqi voters seemed to vote along religious or ethnic lines?

NIW: I have to admit that there wasn’t really much choice. The outcome was pretty predictable and the mere fact that Iraqis voted is by itself a sign of the new found democracy no matter whom they voted for. At the end of the day what matters is that they voted for who they wanted.

MG: You know, you don't seem so Neurotic at all, should readers of your Blog ask for a refund?

NIW: Lol, you haven’t seen anything yet. Believe me when I do lose my temper (and I wander why its always with poor HUBBY) I not only become neurotic but lets say I need to be restrained, I think enough said, hehe. . .

MG: And speaking of blogging, how did you get interested in it and how did Neurotic Iraqi Wife come about?

NIW: Well I have always been reading the Iraqi blogs for sometime, and infact Ill let you on a secret, Neurotic Iraqi Wife wasn’t my first blog. I had started one a few months after the war on Iraq and it was mainly about my childhood memories in Iraq. It was a feeble attempt of blogging and I lost interest pretty soon after that since I only had a few memories. Neurotic Iraqi Wife came about just after HUBBY’s first R&R. I became so depressed and thought I was losing it and the only way of releasing my emotions was to start blogging. I was desperate in finding a solution of getting him to change his mind and return to me, hence I needed outside help, I thought maybe, just maybe someone out there is cunning enough and will guide me through, but that didn’t happen. I guess the blog has worked wanders for me and made me realise that I’m not alone in this situation….

MG: And will we ever see your Hubby having his own Blog? Would he call it Neurotic Iraqi Husband? Reconstructing Iraqi Husband? My Cell Phone Is A Natural Extension of Myself Iraqi Husband? Please Honey, I Love You, But Stop Calling Me Iraqi Husband?

NIW: Its like asking will the rooster ever lay eggs…….HUBBY aint into blogging, its sad but true.

MG: Your husband and you are separated by countries and hundreds of miles, how difficult is it to maintain a long distance relationship?

NIW: Hmm, I never ever thought that I would be in this situation, but the key to keeping a healthy relationship be it distant or otherwise is COMMUNICATION. I’m the type of person that would like to know EVERYTHING that’s happening with HUBBY. What does he eat, who does he hang around with; how his work is etc…It’s like trying to “live” these moments with him, if you know what I mean. I also believe that you either have it in you to maintain a distance relationship or you don’t.

MG: Let's talk about your trips. Your Hubby and you seem to really love to travel to exotic and interesting places - What was the strangest place you visited or the strangest thing you've witnessed during one of these travels?

NIW: I have to admit that it was in Thailand that I was most startled. The first thing was in Bangkok when we strolled around Patpong road (kind of the red light district of Bangkok). We entered into one of those so called go-go bars and there they were young boys, maybe around the ages of 15 and above being fondled by older western men. It was a very disturbing sight for me. Hadn’t it been for HUBBY dragging me out of that place I probably would have gone up to some of these men and told them “shame on you, you are disgusting paedophiles” But I guess HUBBY saw what was coming and saved his face from being punched…The second thing was infact in Phuket where we were yet again strolling through its notorious streets and there it was an area filled with beautiful women who turned out to be in reality MEN!!! I never ever saw such beauties in my life before. . .

MG: In your latest travel adventure, you tried some of that "Evil Devil Weed" in Amsterdam for the first time in your life, What was that experience like for you?

NIW: Oh God, I don’t wanna ever do THAT again. It was awful. It was like seeing myself losing it and not being able to control myself, not that I’m capable of controlling myself most of the time, but I got the laughing fits while at the same time thinking “damn I cant stop” then I start to cry thinking”OMG what have I done to myself” Its that Not in control feeling that really got to me. Awful awful experience, I dunno how people just smoke that stuff as part of their daily lives. . .

MG: On a sad note, you visited Phuket before it was hit by the devastating tsunami - When you saw those images, what thoughts came to your mind? Were you like, for the grace of God, Hubby and I could have been there?

NIW: It was only 3 weeks after we came back from Thailand that the tragic tsunami happened, all I could think of was shit is the driver of the tuk tuk ok? You see, we got to meet a really nice fellow by the name of Abdulsalam; he was ever so friendly and helpful. I would look closer at the TV monitor and scan the crowds praying to God that Abdulsalam survived. It really was an awful tragedy, made me for quite some time question many things around me. May God be with all those that lost their loved ones. . .

MG: On to happier stuff, Do you really want to have a Baby, and any preference, boy or a girl?

NIW: At first I was stressing myself about having a baby, but now not as much. I really don’t want to go through pregnancy without having HUBBY around. Oh and definitely I want girls, girls and more girls, a football team of girls, yeah that’s what the world needs... I think girls can be the cheekiest and the cutest of the 2, and I’ll make sure they know exactly where to kick the balls, Lol.

MG: Let's talk a little bit about Iraqi food. Do you have a favorite Iraqi food or dish that gets your taste buds salivating?

NIW: Actually yeah, yummy, just thinking about it now makes me salivate. There are 2 dishes that I absolutely love one is called “Qeema” and it’s basically similar to the Bolognese sauce except it’s even yummier and eaten with rice. The other is a dish called “Fasanjoon” and it’s more common with the people from the South of Iraq. It’s a chicken dish made with crushed walnut and pomegranate sauce (yummmmy) Kind of like a sweet and sour dish and that too is accompanied with rice. Here’s a site I found that has some interesting Iraqi dishes recipes: http://www.shakomako.net/foodistic.html

MG: I love sweets myself. Is there an Iraqi dessert that would knock my socks off?

NIW: Well I’m not sure about knocking your socks off, Lol, I myself am not really into sweets, I tend to go for chocolates more, but there’s one Iraqi sweet that I wont say no to and its called ”halawat haleeb” Its also a dish from the south, mainly Najaf. “Halawat Haleeb” literally translates into milk sweet but infact it’s like a thick brown paste made from sugar, saffron cinnamon, flour and milk.

MG: Okay, let's say Hubby and you are enjoying a romantic moment on an isolated beach in Tahiti, when suddenly three Klingon Warriors from the Star Trek universe teleport in beside you and threaten not to leave, unless you answer the following question: "What is the most unique thing about Iraq to you?" So, what is the most unique thing about Iraq to you?

NIW: Oh NOOOOOOOOOO, not Star trek again, Geez….LOL. Well instead of saying what’s unique about Iraq, cuz Iraq is unique by itself, with its history and its culture and its people. I’m gonna say what Iraq represents for me. Iraq for me represents many things. It represents that yearning that a small child has to find its lost mother. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s a passion with all Iraqis especially those that were forced to leave it 30 years ago. Iraq represents those innocent childhood memories, Iraq represents all those good people that came into my life and left a huge impact then had to leave the world. Iraq represents that final place on my itinerary of life. That’s where I wanna be, where I wanna live, and that’s where I wanna die….Iraq is my country, my beloved country. . .

MG: Thanks Very Much, NIW, and final question: Have you ever seen a ghost?

NIW: Thanx MG for giving me this opportunity and I also thank Iraqi Bloggers Central. And an Answer to your question, Yeah, have you???

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Riverbend Is Completely Insane; Sam Is Mysterious; Shaggy Misses The Cheap Booze And Broads

Ladybird has me blocked again from commenting - Unblock me you sweet lunkhead. But hey, go check out her latest interesting posts and photos. . . And I actually have a soft spot for Ladysweetie in my heart, after reading about the various travails in her life.

Riverbend is completely insane and proves

The irony of the situation lay in the fact that Sgrena was probably safer with her abductors than she was with American troops. It didn't come as a surprise to hear her car was fired at. Was it done on purpose? It's hard to tell. I can't think why they would want to execute Giuliana Sgrena and her entourage, but then on the other hand, I can't think how it could have possibly happened that they managed to fire that many rounds at a car carrying Italian intelligence officers and a journalist (usually they save those rounds for Iraqi families in cars).

There really is no good excuse for what happened. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out what the Pentagon will say short of an admission that it was either on purpose or that the soldiers who fired at the car were drunk or high on something…

I have a feeling it will be the usual excuse, "The soldiers who almost killed the journalist were really, really frightened. They've been under lots of pressure." But see, Iraqis are frightened and under pressure too- we don't go around accidentally killing people. We're expected to be very level-headed and sane in the face of chaos.

Riverbend goes on to say: Blah blah blah blah
I liked it much better when the Baathists were in control blah blah blah I'm so depressed blah blah blah I could use a drink right now blah blah blah Maybe I should move to Jordan blah blah blah I'd kill for a pair of thong panties, but that damn Sistani won't let me wear them blah blah blah. . .
Okay, she didn't say any of that, but you know she wanted too.

Sam says it looks like they've captured Zarqawi:

The rumours about the capture of the terrorist Abo Mosab Zarqawi last month near Mosel in the North West of Iraq looks true. The prove is not the outbreaks of its news in its city in Jordan last week neither his new released pictures and the arrest of his driver and his postman but the smell of the same news when one read the sites supporting them. The extremists who support the terrorists called for the last few days to be patient and pray and don't make false assumptions. It is like some one calling its fellow to restrain themselves about a nearly certain news which just need some approval!

But then again, he says that about Zarqawi every month. So, as usual with the news in the Middle East, we shall have to wait before drawing any conclusions. And wouldn't everyone like to hear more about Hammorabi's personal life? We know next to nothing about the feisty, mysterious Sam. I picture him as being a former Iraqi wrestler or boxer in his
younger days. Who knows? And maybe he wants to keep it that way.

Shaggy at Baghdad Bacon cries about the loss of booze and prostitutes in post-war Iraq:

Before the war, we used to stay out very late at night. There were prostitutes on the streets that could give you a blow*** for a few bucks. There was booze in the stores. There was locally made beer that everybody had a suspicion that it was spiked. When I was in school in the mid 90s we used to make house parties, boys and girls would come over and we'd go home around midnight.

Now, we're all home by 9pm and the prostitutes all left to other countries to make more money or aren't able to work on the streets anymore because of punk zealots. All the booze shops got closed down because of the same psycho zealots that threatened to blown them up and in many cases they did. I think the local beer factory got blown up by the americans because they thought it was a chemical arms plant I think. And because of the security situation parents are very fearful of letting their girls go out of the house except if it is to go to school or work (the religious-social norms-wholesome-decency thing comes into play here too strengthened by the fear created by the psycho zealots).

Poor Shaggy, he'll just have to go back to hanging out with Scooby Doo. Maybe no booze or prostitutes is the reason Raed Jarrar is so cranky about Post-War
Iraq. Maybe Raed could go hang out with the sultry Najla in Lebanon. But don't tell Nikki.

And speaking of Lebanon:

Lebanon is all in the rage as the Pro Democracy demonstrators have staged one of the most massive Freedom Rallies in Mideast History.

Free Lebanon Democracy Days Photo Gallery - 56 or so photos you can scroll through - Hat Tip Publius Pundit

And Publius Pundit has great coverage of the demonstrations - Hat tip LGF

Sgrena-what happened? -- Excellent analysis of LGF poster "manofaiki" - Hat Tip Rantburg

Powerline Reader Dafydd ab Hugh suggests a way to stop Iran (via Morton Kondracke):

Mort Kondracke, I believe, noted that even though Iran is one of the world's largest exporters of oil, that in fact they have no refining capability to speak of... which means they must import nearly all of their gasoline. It seems plausible that a simple blocade of all gasoline deliveries to Iran, especially those from Venezuela, might be an effective come-to-Jesus meeting with the mullahs (er, so to speak).

Monday, March 14, 2005

The In T View: Medya Reaching For the Stars - Part I

Reaching For The Stars. That's what Kurdish-Iranian Blogger Medya G. is doing in his life these days and through his two blogs, Medya Daily and Focus on the Unfocused, his Photoblog about Kurdistan.

In the In T View: Medya Reaching For The Stars, Medya provides an in-depth look at the life of a young Kurdish-Iranian man in Modern Iran, his hopes, his thoughts, his dreams, and his views for a better tomorrow.

MG: Medya, how is life treating you these days?

Medya: As always hard, I'm trying to get ready to apply for some university abroad. You know in third world countries there is too much bureaucracy for small works...

MG: Yes Medya. I remember reading in your blog about you going for your driver's license and having to cope with all the crazy bureaucracy. I think it took you something like 8 hours or more to get a license. I felt really bad after reading that, because the last time I went to have my license renewed, it took all of ten minutes. And I can imagine, trying to get a VISA to go overseas for your education, must be a nightmare experience. Could you describe or tell us about the things you have to do to obtain a VISA and how difficult the process is?

Medya: Well before a VISA you must have a passport and to have passport, if you are male, you need to finish the military duty that takes 2 years unless you should have a medical exemption.
Thank God I had enough diseases to get a medical exemption (lol). I have been in offices for 6 months just to get the exemption card and I never forget those that were like hell for me ...

The post office sent the Exemption card to me with 3 months delay, so I put 9 monthes full stress just to get an exemption card, tomrrow I will apply for the passport, and then after a univesity sent me the letter of acceptance, I must go to their embassy in Iran, to get a student visa and if the univesity is in American, then I would have to go to United Arab Emirates or Turkey to find an American embassy there. As Turkey government are sensitive about Kurds, then I won't go to Turkey.

You know they had arrested some passengers that had Kurdistan word in their passport, they believe there is no Kurdistan in this world, and they make problem for the people whose birthplace is written Kurdistan. And also getting a student visa from a western country for an Iranian Middle Eastern Iranian Young Kurd can never be easy ... heh , sorry for the wrong reply !

MG: That's okay, Medya. That's a pretty detailed description of the difficulties you have to endure. Is there any particular country or school you would like to go to? And what subject or subjects are you interested in studying?

Medya: Well I love to study in USA, in Georgia where I have some freinds and there are many Kurds too. And I want to study in Software Engineering or Information Technology or a similar field . I like Sweden or Canada as well but you know USA is another thing.

MG: In other words, you'd like to move away from Iran. How dangerous is it to be a Blogger in Iran these days?

Medya: Iran is one of the most dangerous countries for the bloggers, acording to the news they have arrested some bloggers, tortured them and put them to long jails. But the reason that I am gonna study abroad is not just moving away from Iran, the truth is in Iranian Universities I won't get what I want, I want to (be) the best in my field.

MG: The best in your field, I can understand that. You want to reach your full potential and that's not fully available at an Iranian University. Do you ever feel living in Iran that your soul is caged, that your spirit is restricted?

Medya: Yeah, that's the normal feeling that you should have in an ideological government, you were not born to do and to believe what they tell you, specially if you are in youngster age, you can not get along with them. And about Iranian Univesities, I should say, there are 2-3 good Iranian Univesities but you know Iran is the youngest country of the world, 2 million students attend in a one test in one day in 6 hours. The test is only multiple answer questions.

And because of the lack of spaces, only 8% of these 2 million sutdents will be accepted in the univesities and I can tell you less than 1% of them would be accepted to the field they want, most of them just choose a field to get accepted. But the sad part is the test, a test is about all of the Books in one day in 6 hours ... no matter what you want to study, you must answer Shite Relligion (you know Kurds are Sunni), Chemistry and... so If I somebody is good in Shia rellgion and chemistry, can go to computer field easier ...than one who is talented in math and in computer but not religion ... and also students who are Basij (students in Hezbollah ) and sons of Shahids and ...get Bonus Scores ! Arent we talking too much about university let change the subject? lol

MG: Very good Medya, let's move on from the University stuff and talk about your blog and blogging in general. How did you get started in blogging and how did your blog come about?

Medya: I used to read my American Online friend (Justin)'s blog, and one day he encouraged me to open one, I was the first Kurd or may the first Iranian who started a blog in English. I sent my first post on 2003/6/9 with a lot of hesitation. Because Middle East you are not supposed to say how you feel or what you think, you must believe and feel what the others do.

So my blogging faced several objections but I continued blogging in English because: I felt (I) have things to say that Medias don't mention I liked to be heard, to fight with loneliness feeling. To practice English writing. To share my feeling with the world as an Iranian Kurd.

I must say that before US-Saddam war my blog was more personal, but after the war, more people read Middle Eastern blogs, so I feel obligation to talk about my nation's problem too.

MG: What is your nation, Medya, Iran or Kurdistan? Do you identify more with being an Iranian or being a Kurd? And how are Kurds treated in Iran? Is there a lot of prejudice exhibited against them?

Medya: I used "My Nation word" because I didnt want to mention being Kurd or being Iranian. Ok now I have to explain, unlike Kurd& Arab and Kurd & Turk's relation, Kurds & Persians have some ethnic similiarities, Kurds and Persians are Both Aryian. Kurds and Persian are brother and sister they both have the same parent.

But they are not son (Kurd) and father (Persian), as some Persians claim. Kurds were the creator of Iran, Khatami the refomer president of Iran has a famous sentence "without any doubt no nation can say they are more Iranian than Kurds" about 4000 years ago, Medes (Kurds) called Persian and Parts to make a Federation of Nations called Iran and that empire had a great rule in civilization and human rights, but after Arabs attack (1400 years ago) the Iran federation was forgotten, and sad stories happened to the Kurds...

Kurds saved their language/cutlure and nationality from Arabs Domination, but Persians didnt do as well. Today 50% of the words that Persians use are Arabic. The first modern Iranian government was made 75 years ago by Reza Khan on the bases of Persian Nationalism not "Iranian" and he didn't respect any right of the Kurds to save their identity.

I wish I have well explained the difference of Iranian and Persian today although Kurdistan has a rich region but it is one of the poorest parts of Iran. After the Islamic Shia Revolution the Kurds problem in Iran was doubled, because after 1979, Kurds have two sins, 1- being Kurd , 2-not being Shia (Sunni) do I see myself more as Kurd or Iranian? I must say: people of Iran can never be compared to racist people of Turkey or Arabs. I like Iran but I love Kurdistan more, and I will love Iran if I see Kurds happy in it, Kurds can get their rights.

The In T View: Medya Reaching For The Stars - Part II

MG: I think I've found from reading various Kurdish blogs, that there's a very strong love for Kurdistan, although Kurdistan doesn't exist officially on the map today, as the Kurds are scattered around the planet in a Kurdish diaspora. Will there ever be a nation of Kurdistan? Will the Syrians, Turks, Arabs, Iranians etc. let it happen?

Medya: It will happen for sure ... the word diaspora is not true. although many Kurds immigrated to USA and Europe and there has been several Arabization/Turkization process but still there is a united region called Kurdisatan there is only border between them, it is not like some 50% Kurds are in Eastern Asia and 40% in Africa, and 10% in America.

The thing that makes a nation is "common pain" or "common dream" ... and in this world of Internet, there is no distance between Iranian Kurdistan and Turkish occupied Kurdistan and we shout our pain and our dream in Internet. When a Turkish Police kills a Kurdish child we all cry for him, for example in blogs a Kurd blogger from Iraq, another from Iran showed their protest against that.

In Kurdistan Bloggers Union , we have Kurds from all over the world, even Jewish Kurd that her ancestors imigrated to Israel. Let them make foolish borders, we will break it, nothing can divide us some years ago you they could easily cut Kurd's tongue for speaking Kurdish, they wanted us to be Turk/Arab, but in this world of Internet they can't do without being watched by world. When we look back at history we see by fighting against "The Great Kurdistan"'s Dream, Turks, Arabs and Iranians earned nothing except nasty reputation in history for their own nation, black pages of genocide against Kurds.

MG: Well it's pretty evident Medya, that the spirit of a United Kurdistan burns deeply within you. Let's talk about another one of your interests, Photography. You have a Photoblog: Focus On The "Unfocused" (catchy title by the way) and it's obvious you love taking pictures. How did you get your start in Photography and is there any particular type of camera that you use?

Medya: Well, when I was child, I used to take funny pictures of myself... and everybody liked those funny photos, I wish I could publish them, may be after I moved away from Iran. After I bought a Digital Camera, I took more photos, because it was cheaper to take photo then I found taking photos from nature is safer to publish on internet, I really didn't think people would like my photos, when I got an e-mail from http://www.KMVT15.org to ask my permission to show my photos in their TV, I couldn't believe it; about my camera, it is a Benq Digital Camera, it is not a professional camera at all, I have to force it to give me a good picture.

I named my photo blog "focused on the unfocused" , because I believe Kurdistan is the most unfocused region of the world in the medias, here is a little math : x =(the nunmber of the times that Palestine word was said in medias) / (number of the Palestinians been killed) y =(the nunmber of the times that Kurdistan word was said in medias) / (number of the Kurds been killed) if you compare X and Y , you will find X so much bigger than Y.

MG: Thanks for clarifying the name, Medya. And I can't disagree with you about the lack of Media attention towards Kurdistan. Kurdistan and the Kurds are sort of in the Media Boonies (that's American slang for out in the boondocks or far away from the main focus of things), but then again perhaps that's a good thing. Generally the Media reports from areas of strife and conflict - old saying: If it bleeds it leads. Kurdistan (at least the Iraqi part of it) isn't bleeding too badly right now and seems to be becoming one of the more Progressive Democracies in the Middle East.

Would you agree with that statement, Medya? And what about one of Kurdistan's neighbors, Turkey? You've written a lot about Turkey in your blog. Could you give me your thoughts on Turkey and Turks?

Medya: This being ignored by medias has been for decades ...I myself am a Kurd, I didnt know about Anfal until last year, but I knew about the palesininans problem when I was 4 years old . Just in Anfal genocide more 180 000 Civilian Kurds been killed by saddam, thats too much ! so much more than all of the Palestinians that been killed.

I myself as a Kurd didnt know there is any Kurd in Turkey until 2 years ago , and I think thats the Medias Sin , because I always listened to Medias . (like American Farsi Radios) well you mentioned Turkey , yeah you are right , I worry about Kurd humans in Turkey . before 2 years ago , I liked AtaTurk I though he was a hero for his nation, I loved to go to Turkey, I thought Turkey is the country of bikini babes, Music, Beach, Singers. But one day that I was listening to a Ibrahim Tatlist the Turk singer, I heared from one of friend that he is Kurd, I used to yell at Ibrahim Tatils for not singing in Kurdish until I heard from one of teachers that "speaking Kurdish in Turkey is forbidden" that sentence was the start of a 180 degree change in my brain...

I started to find more articles about Turkey, the more I read, the more I found Turkey Evil, even worse than evil. Comparing Iran and Turkey I must say Iran is so much better than Turkey. Acording to the Human Right Watch, Turkey has the most newspapermans in prison after Iran. I bet if Turkey had more Kurd writers, then Turkey would have the first place, I am sure if you read more about Turkey, you will believe that all of the men and women in Turkey government has no no no job except thinking about destroying Kurds. The sad part is America Supporting Turkey. I am always on the Weak's side against the Powerfull side (even if Kurds are the powerfull side) for example I always do my best to help Turkmens, Assyrian Chrisitan and Jew minorities, Recently I sent an e-mail to the KurdSat TV and I asked them to make some programs for Turkmen and... and fortunately they did.

Today where I went out to take my driver's licence , there was an alone Turk with many Iranians surrounding him and making fun out of him, and I automaticly become as angry as hell and fell into verbal fight with those Iranian. You know Iranians say jokes about Turks , as american say about Blondes.

MG: Medya, that's very noble of you, as Fayrouz would say, you lighted a candle to cast away the darkness. I wanted to ask you a question about Kurdish food, since I know absolutely nothing about it. What's your favorite Kurdish food and what are some popular dishes?

Medya: Aaah again food ... I am the one who is not interested in food, I wish we didn't have to eat food, if my mother didn't force me I wouldn't eat at all. Generaly I don't like the foods that have meat but I like foods with bean, like "xoresht sawzi" that is called "qorme sabzi" in Farsi. The same feeling about dishes, I believe dish is dish, but some women pay thousands of dollars to buy foolish dishes, but I am so intrested in ancinet dishes, the first glass and metal dishes were found in Kurdistan.

MG: Okay Medya, I want to thank you for a nice interview. I think your mother is worried about your health and wants to keep her son feeling well. All moms are like that for the most part. I'm a picky eater too. I don't eat red meat, but like chicken and seafood. I love archaeology, so that dish information is interesting. Now, just one final question, Have you ever seen a ghost?

Medya: I thank you too and sorry for the long boring answers. And my final answer: Yeah I see a very handsome intelligent ghost that likes to sutdy abroad in the mirror everyday. Ha ha.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

The In T View: Kurdo Unbound!

In the Elite Pantheon of Kurdish Bloggers, Kurdo of Kurdo's World stands high above the courtside of the Kurdistan and Iraqi geopolitical milieu, always ready to offer a needed Kurdish Perspective on events in Kurdistan and Iraq, as he does here in: The In T View: Kurdo Unbound!

MG: How is life for you in Post-Election Northern Iraq, Southern Kurdistan these days?

Kurdo: Life in Kurdistan is usually better than the rest of the areas in Iraq. But people are anxious as no one knows what is going to happen in the coming months.

The Kurdish parties are now in harsh negotiations with the Iraqi parties and so far the Iraqi parties are not accepting the Kurdish demands. You can
sense that people are not really looking forward for post-elections Iraq after this 6 weeks of tough negoatiations with the Iraqi groups in
which until now the Iraqis are not ready to give us any guarantees on our demands.

The Kurdish demands are the return of the Kurdish refugees to Kirkuk. Giving a federal statue for Iraq and giving a fair share of the Iraqi natural resouces to the Kurdistan federal government, and keeping the Kurdish security forces (Peshmarga) as they are the reason for our success in "keeping the peace". As you know the Iraqis and the Allies Forces have failed to maintain peace in other parts of Iraq.

MG: Were you happy with the Iraqi Election results?

Kurdo: With the Iraqi elections I was quite pleased. We managed to get a fair share of seats in the Iraqi parliaments. If the people in Kurdistan didn't go out in masses to vote, we would have been sidelined now in the Iraqi government.

MG: As you see it Kurdo, what are the Hot Issues confronting Northern Iraq, Southern
Kurdistan these days?

Kurdo: The main issue which worries people is Kirkuk. If you go back in history to the last 30 or 40 years, you see that the issue of Kirkuk is one of
the reasons why there has never been an agreement with the Iraqi governments and Kurds.

But so far the current negotiations with the Iraqi groups show that there are no committment from the Iraqis towards finding a peaceful solution to
the issue of Kirkuk. Just a few days ago, there
were statements from high ranking members of both Allawi and Sistani's parties calling Kirkuk
an "Arabic" city.

MG: How did you get interested in Blogging and how did your Blog come about?

Kurdo: The first blog I read was Salam Pax's "Dear Raed". This was before the war.
So after the war I noticed that Iraqi bloggers
are on the increase. So I sensed that there was
a great need for a Kurdish view to balance out
the Iraqi bloggers. First I started blogging in "Kurdish", then I noticed changing to English would be much better because it is nearly the
official "internet language" and would be easier
to communicate with other bloggers and readers.

MG: Besides your own Blog, are there other Blogs that you like or would recommend?

Kurdo: The KBU blog is a good blog. Simply because a number of different bloggers write there and they all have different interests and tastes and opinions on the Kurdistan/Iraq related issues.

MG: Kurdo, you appear to be the A Number One, Top Of The Heap, the Most Read Kurdish Blogger in the World. Does this put any extra pressure on you, when you're blogging?

Kurdo: hahah you making it sound very huge...I think it does have some pressure as
people expect that "Kurdo's World" is the
reflection of the Kurdish view..So for that
reason most of the time I try to be as
accurate as possible in reflecting how I
feel about a certain issue and I make sure
that I mix it with the general feelings of
the Kurdistan people.

MG: Besides Blogging, do you have
any hobbies or sports that you're interested in?

Kurdo: I like football (soccer) and running and swimming..I used to like reading books but now they are just too boring..I also like listening to music, Kurdish, English, Arabic, Turkish anything just let it be music...and I am also a good chess player...

MG: Okay, Word Association, Kurdo:


Kurdo: Sad-damned

al Sistani

Kurdo: Opportunistic


Kurdo: half-democratic


Kurdo: no choice


Kurdo: Nazi

Paul Bremer

Kurdo: cowboy

MG: And speaking of Paul Bremer, you
seemed to have a lot of problems with his administration of Iraqi affairs. What was
it about the guy or his practices that
really tanked you off?

Kurdo: I sometimes think that this guy was being told by someone "Iraqis only understand the use of force" and "dictatorship"..He started to
act all-alone and sometimes ignore the 25 members
of the Iraqi Governing Council. Also if you follow up the news now there are reports that he has given
massive contacts to a lot of people without checking up on them. He did some good things in the beginning then he became self-centered. I think this was as a
result of his frustration in being unable to stop the terrorist attacks. I think he was under pressure from the White House as well. But I personally think that people are thinking of these "instability" in Iraq as something new because they are looking at the smaller picture. If you look at the bigger picture, the current borders of Iraq throughout
the last 5000 years, there has never been peace
in this land. So there was no reason to become
self-centered because he had a good start but unfortunately a bad finish.

MG: Kurdo, let's say you were out taking a stroll some night in beautiful Southern Kurdistan and a UFO stopped by and abducted you. The aliens
in the UFO came to inspect you, and telepathically
asked you: "Kurdo, tell us something unique about Kurdistan or being a Kurd?" What thing or things, that are unique about Kurdistan or being a Kurd, would you tell the UFOnauts?

Kurdo: Well about Kurdistan I will try to give them a few mountains for free so that they release me..We have a lot of these mountains I am sure we can give one or two in return for freedom. Something unique about "Kurds" is that they love dance and music and food. So as long as Kurds have music, dance and food there are no worries. I am sure the aliens would love to dance the Kurdish style.

MG: Kurdo, it seems like a Kurdish Diaspora has taken place with Kurds scattered to the far
ends of the planet. Do you have family members
and relatives elsewhere?

Kurdo: That is true yeah I think now every Kurdish family has one or 2 members living in diaspora and especially Europe. There are rarely
a family who is not related to someone living in diaspora. And thankfully this has made a great impact on changing the way people think and act. These diaspora Kurds are helping in importing democracy, capitalism, and modern life style
to Kurdistan.

MG: Will the powers that be in Mideast and the World ever allow a Nation of Kurdistan to come into existence?

Kurdo: I think if these nations and superpowers want a peaceful Middle East they
should allow that. Because if you look at
Europe, first all the nations got independence
and now they are working for unity. But you can't jump to unity if you don't taste independence.
But I think in the long term, say in the next
30 to 40 years there will be a nation of Kurdistan because all the indications are saying that.

Turkey was opposing a federal state for Kurds
in Iraq and just a few days ago it said
that they accept that. So you never know.

MG: How could US and Kurdish Relations
be improved in your opinion?

Kurdo: We have a bitter experience with
the US..If they don't sell us out again like in
1974 and 1991 then the relations are good..
Remember that Kurds were and are the main
allies of the US in the whole Middle East
after Israel. So I hope the Kurdish-US
relations become a 2 sided relations and not
just orders and advices. Don't be put off by
the Kurdish critics. Only good friends criticize, bad friends strike.

MG: So, do Kurds really love to dance?

Kurdo: Absolutely and sometimes to death.

MG: How vibrant is the Kurdish Art Scene?
Has there been an emergence or blossoming of
Kurdish Artists, Musicians, Painters, and Movie Makers?

Kurdo: Yes especially after 1998... There
has been a massive increase in Kurdish artists activities.. We now have some very professional dancing team...Kurdish music has also gone wild since 2000...The number of the Kurdish singers
can't be counted now...Everyone has turned into
a singer...And the thing to be proud of is movie making...And that is all thanks to a Kurd from
(Iranian aka Eastern Kurdistan) Bahman Qobadi
who is now producing an international film every year...And there is a massive production of local movies which are not as good to be screened on an international level.

MG: Thanks Very Much, and Final Question: Have you ever seen a Ghost?

Kurdo: Unfortunately not I am still
waiting to see one but no luck. And thanks for
you and Iraqi Bloggers Central for the interview.

Friday, March 11, 2005

David Kaspar and Sandmonkey Respond

David Kaspar has written an open letter to Stern magazine in Germany about their coverage of the Sgrena incident.

UPDATE: Stern replied immediately to David Kaspar's letter and changed the wording in the online article from "ermordeten" to "getoeteten" ("murdered" to "killed"). This is exactly what should happen. Bloggers as Watchdogs is good for everyone!

Listen, it isn't as dramatic as Dan's Phony Docs, but it's a very good start for Germany.


And Sandmonkey looks at the Hezbollah-fueled demonstration in Lebonon.

As does Ahmad. You should read all of his latest posts. I would pay good money to get Ahmad and Raed Jarrar into the same room to debate.

Syrian blogger Amarji speaks out on the matter too. (Hat Tip: Fayrouz)

Husayn has let us know that he will continue to post.

Our Man Kevin is Singing in the Rain in Baghdad.


It's great when two people you have admired and blogrolled get together for a cup of coffee: Michael J. Totten and Asher Abrams.

Here's Asher Abrams' blog entry and here's Michael Totten's.

New York Metro Liberal Hawks Movie and Dining Group?!

Hey, where do they meet?


And here's a strange story about a homeless student.

Yes, that was me.


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