Shock Treatment by Karl Eschenbach
Mohammed Fadhil of The Barbecue Brothers, LOL, says change must come from without as regards the Middle East and Arabic society. Sounds like a cop out to me. Sure, let America do the regime changing, while the Arab intelligensia runs off to graduate school in the U.S., when things become difficult. Well, I'm sorry, but if you want your culture and society changed, you have to be willing to stay within it, shed your blood, and fight for the changes you believe in. Change from without in Iraq led to a more sectarian, less secular society.
Zeyad has banned Iraqi blog groupie, Lynnette from Minnesota, where they all think Garrison Keillor is a real hoot. Poor Lynnette, she was Mugged By Reality. LOL. Zeyad has asked people to donate money in memory of Lynnette. Ha haaaah.
Blog Iraqi has a new post from Heaven. He asks, "Don't tell my wife, but where the hell are my 72 virgins?"
I'm bitter because I still can't visit my soul's land. I'm bitter because I can no longer visit my home because there are strangers living in my house, going through my family photo albums and "acquiring" the only connection I still have to my homeland.
I'm bitter because there is nothing I can do to help my family that is still struggling in Baghdad because none of our Arab Neighbors accept their presence anymore.
I'm bitter because our Arab Neighbors make it so damn apparent that those who did make it into their promise land have clearly overstayed their welcome.
I'm bitter because I still can't taste, smell, and live within my soul's land.
I'm bitter because there is nothing left in my soul's land.
Nothing.... no humanity, no pride, no cause, no respect, no innocence, no beauty, and no heartbeat.
Ishtarria is simply the greatest storyteller in the Iraqi blogosphere. This blog dwarfs all others in the literary department.
The Happy Bushra is back in business with his own website: Happy Thoughts... Sad Thoughts, or vice versa, I lose track. But, he's mourning Tim Russert.
Wafaa Al-Natheema, an Iraqi academic in the U.S. is very angry that Iraqi children have been treated in Israel, the U.S., and other countries involved in the Iraq conflict, and says so in her controversial post, Iraqi Children in Algeria and Israel:
Iraqis should only be treated in Arab and Islamic countries as well as in countries that have had no military presence in IRAQ such as China, Cuba, India and Russia. All have excellent medical services. Countries that have been participating in the destruction of IRAQ and the killing of Iraqis; the USA-UK-Iran-Israel collaborative or those provided military forces to participate in the killing of Iraqis and the robbery of the country’s treasures (such as Holland, Japan, Korea and many others) must be banned from offering any health treatment to Iraqis, thanks for the patronage and double standards. Israel has had its long history of terrorism and human rights violation not just against Palestinians, but also against their own Jewish community mainly those who came to Israel from Arab and African countries.
I hope during her long stay in the U.S., she hasn't partaken of medical care from those evil American oppressors' doctors, clinics, or hospitals. LOL, I think she likely has seen an American doctor or hospital or two. It's Ali al-Wardi time folks, LOL. And this from an Iraqi academic. I'm prescribing a big dose of APU Vaccine. She needs one.
Saddam's Family, the heavy metal band from Iraq, tells you how they got started:
1: The beginning:
It was in the year of 1991, and dark clouds were hanging over Iraq. Saddam´s invasion of Kuwait had made the whole region stand on its toes. "The Scud", Baghdad-Bjork, Chemical Kim & Taha - Johan Ramadan, friends since early childhood, decided to flee the soon to become war-zone. Different routes led them through Europe, and finally they found their sanctuary in a little county called Sibbo in Finland. At the moment they couldn´t dream of playing in the same band. Although they all attended a music academy program in Baghdad, the war and the escape forced them to leave their precious hobby. And it was not until the autumn of 1997 that the music once again brought the old friends togheter.
You can listen to and download their songs. Worth a shot.
Riverbend is still silent. Some would applaud. Maybe, she's working in Syria as a car hop girl at a diner in Damascus. There, Riverbend is rolling around on roller skates, in a short skirt, snapping her bubble gum, and asking customers, "What would you like to order, Habibi?"
Sunshine had a wisdom tooth extracted and offers photographic proof. For a wisdom tooth, Sunshine should have received at least 12,000 Dinars from the Iraqi Tooth Fairy, if he hadn't been kidnapped and tortured by militias.
Fayrouz Does Dallas once again. Film at 11.
Sam the Interpretor has chick problems, and seems about ready to marry his hearthrob Amy. Two weeks after Sam is hitched and the lovemaking wears off, he'll be screaming out in fright, "I'm trapped for life, I'm trapped for life." Just wait until Amy gets pregnant and Sam gets no loving for 14 straight months...
The infamous and erudite Layla Anwar, who makes people upset, if you don't call her a bigot, describes the Colors of an Occupation:
I simply can't come to terms with a very simple fact--this Occupation (Zionist American and racist Iranian - and I will never cease repeating it) has managed to turn a modern country, a modern state, a functioning entity, a sovereign nation into a rubble of sectarianism, corruption, theft and murder...
Al Tarrar, angry at the Americans, says:
Thugs peer into each others’ deeds
The American junta in Iraq have finally brought it out to the open and officially confirmed that Al Qaeda are innocent!! of the latest bombing in Baghdad that claimed many lives, and simultaneously established a strong link of that crime to a few thugs from Jaish Al Mahdi. Needless to mention how thrilling this piece of news has been for both Al Badar army (death militias) and Fedayeen Petraeus (Baathists and Al Qaeda) to witness how the invaders cherry-picked an accomplice.
Muqtada al-Sadr is battling it out against Hassan Nasrallah over at Ladybird's.
HNK is rising and falling to a nice poem of hers. The most angst-ridden Iraqi blogger is a poet and we didn't know it. And she would like your prayers...
Little Snippet came back, but is gone again, perhaps they will return anew in 2009.
Ihath has a weird family including a grandmother from Czechoslovakia with huge breasts and little fishes that swim inside her bathing suit.
By the time you read this, Shaggy will be done with college:
Just two more days and I'll be done with college. It's going to be wonderful, still haven't stocked up on booze though. Lots of people boozing in the street these days by the way. Driving on the Jadriya bridge these past few evenings you can see cars parked on the side with guys boozing up. And while dropping off Muni today, there were a bunch of guys boozing up not too discretely ahead of a checkpoint.
Hammorabi, the voice of the Shia Hoi Polloi says in his famous yellow box:
Any one sign a treaty with the occupiers before the end of occupation is a traitor. No for permanent US bases in Iraq. End the US barbaric occupation first.
At a Family in Baghdad, Faiza Jarrar makes us laugh:
Most of America's budget is directed to war, (more than 50% of their budget is for military purposes); so, it is a country that spreads destruction and ruin among people on earth, and doesn't spread justice, freedom, or democracy, as they claim….. Unfortunately, these are actual facts, and I do not invent them myself… She's first in line to be Barak Obama's Director of the Pentagon.
Liminal rhymes with Criminal endorses Obama Hussein Barak for President, "Golly, gee willikers, I think he's a bona-fide Chi-town Hawaiian Kenyan Kansan Compound Identity freakazoid like me."
World traveler Faiza Al-Arji (Jarrar) has photos of her Global Journeys at Pictures in Baghdad. Hmm, I wonder who paid for all those earthly adventures?
Najma didn't know who Iraqi vice president Tariq al-Hashimi was until he showed up at her university and then she did the silent lucidity thing at the Q and A session they had for him.
Mama has given up driving in Iraq:
Imagine a crowded street with no traffic lights ,without (or almost without) traffic police, even when there is a policeman he has no power though no control on the drivers. Imagine that the roads can be closed suddenly, others are crowded ,with wrong side coming and going cars .Sometimes Hamars or tanks with continuous horns’ sounds. craziness all the time , fear of accidents , explosions ,shooting, and car bombs .
Michomeme is doing some Cosmic Ordering as she recovers from some sort of medical procedure. We wish her luck.
The Lovely Attawie is returning to Jordan, even though, she was upset by the poor treatment she received during her last visit to Amman, aka Club Med for the Baathists.
Zmanutdz, the One Red Devil, like many Iraqis, loves his Football.
Gilgamish in the U.A.E. says Radicalism is a must.
An Oldy but Goody from Children's Voice from Iraq, Being Girl Child.
Iraqi Geek is all about technology and gadgets.
Eye Raki, who should check out Ladybird's blog, provides coverage of the Iraqi government's operations against the Sadrists.
The Exiled Shalash hasn't posted since 2006, but her exile ended as she traveled to Baghdad for a couple of visits, the last one not so memorable :
Baghdad has changed since the last time I was there, everywhere you go, you can see that this city is at war with itself, demolished buildings, dirty streets, pick-up trucks with machine guns on top of them, rumors, conspiracy theories and generally news about murder, rape etc... What's most extraordinary though is that very seldom can one find a smiling man or woman. Everywhere you go, there are sad people who have no idea where their lives are going.
Semiramis didn't like The Mesoptamian.
Although her time in America appears to have been a disappointment to her, My Letters To America expresses her thoughts eloquently.
A&E Iraqi's sister is going to be married, and A&E would like your suggestions on what wedding dress he should buy her? Why can't she buy her own? I know, I know, cultural -- Iraqi/Arab/Islam, man of the family, blah blah blah -- trappings, LOL. But, it's the 21st Century. Some traditions need to gather dust in the closet.
Morbido is going back to Iraq,
So now I'm staying in the States till late September or until I get my diploma from the university. After that, I'm going home! I know it sounds crazy to go back right now, but I made my decision to go back a long time ago, because, I can't afford staying here on my own, I don't want to apply for asylum or anything like that because it takes a very long time and I don't know if it worths it, and I don't think I can live by myself any longer. It's not scary, but it's just so hard not having anyone to talk to and missing all events and things that happen in my family. And even though I have many friends here, it's nothing like being with your own family. So I said that's it, I'm going back...
Marshmallow says Happy Father's Day to her Dad, who is recovering from a wiggy and jiggy sciatic nerve.
Iraqi Roulette once told the tale of Abu Jwad.
Salam Adil looks at the death of Blog Iraqi.
Bassam Sebti has outed himself (avec photo) and renames his blog, It's a New World. If only he had renamed his blog, It's A Small World, then he and the shrilly sycophantic Annie could do a cover version of the Disney song...
I Was There, one of the more underrated Iraqi bloggers and journalists, has arrived in the US by now.
It was bad for the Iraqi kids, said Ishtar back in February of 2007:
Iraqi Kids After The Invasion I was talking with an Iraqi psychiatrist about cases of kids traumatized by the war and terror wave that is ravaging Iraq, the doctor told me that the number of the Iraqi kids who suffered of different types of sycho problems since the US invasion till now is increasing rapidly.
He said, " If I receied five patients in my clinic every day, be sure one of them is a kid, which means I receive no less than 60 kids per a month."
Baghdad Dentist is in Mosul. Shouldn't he call himself, Mosul Dentist?
ZZ delivered a startling post: The Human Cost of War and American Indifference.
Fatima of Thoughts From Baghdad is intrigued by the spreading influence of Facebook among Iraq's computer literate:
And now, I've noticed that Iraqis are increasingly joining the world of Facebook! It's not as widespread in Iraq as it is in the rest of the Arab world, but it is slowly gaining in popularity. From my husband's account, I see a good number of his colleagues and former co-workers adding him as Facebook friends. And one of my buddies from Iraq added me recently.
Zappy is Happy to be alive. Aren't we all?
Turkmeneli EN (Turkmeneli News Agency) functioned as a forum for the Turkemen peoples of Northern Iraq views.
Friend of one of the World's Biggest Con Men, Ahmed Chalabi, the one and only Nibras Kazimi talks Iran's Shifting Strategy. Actually, Iran's strategy in Iraq has been relatively simple. Let America do its work for it, and pay off as many factions of the Iraqi government as possible to gain some sort of controlling influence.
MixMax received a phone call from The Twilight Zone.
The Words That Come Out... regales us with their poetry.
Raed is on NPR... those poor listeners. How soon before blood starts spurting from their ears?
Do you think Omar and his fiancée are playing the Iraqi version of Hide the Salami?
Last of the Iraqis wishes to elucidate us about the true conditions of Baghdad. But one man's truth is another man's US foreign policy. LOL.
Khalid's an engineer now. The Jihadist wannabee can make bombs now with the best of them.
Great Baghdad says Saddam resembled Hitler:
I still remember the striking resemblance between the German dictator and our own home grown dictator, Saddam Hussein. The police state he created and the Militarized society and the wars that brought disasters to Iraq and to the entire region. The liberties which were frozen, and most importantly, the psychopath manner of ruling. The one and only feared leader to whom we are supposed to sacrifice our “ souls and blood”.
Alaa the Canadian.
Before Nancy at Beth Nahrain stopped blogging, she produced a great post about author Rosie Malek-Yonan and the new Assyrian Genocide in Iraq:
Ms. Malek-Yonan states: My churches are being bombed. My elders are being killed. My young brothers are being assaulted and kidnapped. My fellow students are being harassed and beaten. My children and neighbors are being beheaded. If my sister refuses to wear a Muslim hijab, she is raped or tortured by having acid thrown in her face. And yes, the majority of these incidents have gone unreported in the western media. These atrocities are occurring right under the watchful eyes of my American government since the “liberation” of Iraq.
Ara Ashkjian was one of the many Armenians in Iraq who was forced to leave the country after the invasion. Sadly, many of Iraq's minorities have vacated the premises in the last sixty years, for parts unknown, although Ara emigrated to Armenia to start his life anew.
Imad Khadduri, quite possibly the most openly hostile anti-American Iraqi blogger, discusses Occupier's Mega Bases.
Iraqi Pundit doesn't like Barak Obama. Maybe, he and Fay can battle it out, pull each other's hair, kicks to the groin, and everything like that.
Before he became the famous Ghaith, he was Gee in Baghdad, the photoblogger. And you can see his images here.
Ays is taking a very long glance at Saddam's execution.
Iraqi Lord loved his Duke Nukem:
4 years ago, I don’t remember that exact date, but I was around this time, me, my brother and my mother were sitting at home. Listing to the sound of explosions, shaking with everyone of them. I was playing on my PC, I think the game was “Duke Nukem”. My mother and brother were sitting in the other room when they bombed Al-hakimiayh, the building where the Iraqi intelligence used to interrogate people. Our house was 2 blocks from that building, the sound was deafening, I literally flew up in the air, with the PC, for several seconds, then came back to the ground and continued playing like nothing happened. My mother on the other hand, was crying and shouting of fear. We took her to some relatives’ house, and came back home. My brother kept shouting at me and telling me that I’m crazy, emotionless, and his favorite, careless.
Coloured Bubbles, enjoy the girlish photos of this long forgotten Iraqi blog.
The Woman I was apparently changed forward to the woman she became in 2007.
My Photo Gallery is Bookish's interesting photoblog, mainly concerned with Mosul.
These are a few of my favorite things... is quite possibly the best Iraqi photoblog, still in existence.
Serendipity is a very peaceful and happy blog.
Even a Cat is a Lion brought Kitten's fictional stories to life.
Yasmin still searches for that ever elusive Noomeeheloo.
Abu Khaleel once advocated True Represenative Democracy. Where is he now?
Baghdadi, the Iraqi-American gave up the ghost of blogging in 2006.
Astuma, the Free Man, apparently found his freedom in Germany.
Dr. Hanoudi, one of the better letter writers in the Iraqi blogosphere, is working on a book about Saddam.
Ali is in hiatus, apparently.
Saddam is better than you all concludes The Storyteller. Well, his ghost perhaps, LOL.
M.H.Z. promulgates on stereotypes:
In Iraq, the living evidence on the idiocy of all stereotypes is schools, as sectarianism, which is just a form of pushing stereotypes into our everyday life in disguise, hasn’t yet worked its way through the destroying of the college and education society, at least in some schools. Every school that I’ve been in as a student had a very diverse population of students including Arabs, Kurds, Muslims, Christians, and others, most of which are best friends and will hold friendships that last a lifetime.
Among Sooni's better efforts was Woman Day in Iraq.
Iraqi Calamity kept a running tab of the calamities in Iraq and seems to have become a calamity himself.
Bookish is dealing with curfewesque Mosul. Hopefully, he'll update his blog.
Yes, Iraq has a Gay and Lesbian community, although much diminished in the post-Invasion period, the LGBTQ of Iraq blog is there to cover it.
Murteza Ali in London, of mixed Iranian-Iraqi ethnicity wanted you to Pray 4 Iraq.
The Kurdish Engineer is a poetic and romantic man by nature, bemused by events and the seasons.
No one apparently got in to Koranic Phenomenology, because it quickly went in to hiatus.
Adfero, five years after, at Baghjdad Skies 2, is very disillusioned:
I felt -- desperately hoped -- the invasion might produce a good result for the Iraqi people, even though I knew the reasons Bush and Blair gave for invading were lies.
In recent months Blair (my former prime Minister) has not publicly admitted he cocked it up. Perhaps when he has retired he will do so. If he doesn't he will be plagued with it for the rest of his life.
Fayrouz's Break Room, a happy place of humorous stories.
Ali al-Wardi would be proud of Still Alive from My Letters to America.
Sahar at McClatchy ruminates on displaced Iraqis and home:
Displaced Iraqis – a nuisance over and over..
Will we ever have "homes" again?
A "home" that is safe.
A "home" that has electricity.
A "home" that has water.
A "home" that we can live in as normal people live in their homes.
A "home" to come back to after a long day's work.
A "home" in which a family can sit to have a meal together, listen to music, joke about the day's events – even to fight our little fights in the privacy of our "homes..."
A Free Writer, I did an In T View with him, formerly of Mosul, he moved to Switzerland.
NIW has a good post, Iraqi Boots on the Ground.
My Everything Baghdad has some lovely pics of the Ishtar gate.
Remember the Nice Boy? You probably don't, but he had amusing images on his blog.
Exiled to Canada, Duraid Munajim provided Notes on Cinematography.
Narsay, once was an Iraqi in the West, specifically Atlanta, Georgia.
What happened to Raghda, Iraq's most famous Cat Blogger, and cousin to Sunshine?
He didn't have many ideas about Baghdad's security. LOL.
Remember when Baghdad's Mistress outed Zeyad's connected family?
Sleepoholic once discussed Dreams:Are They reality or illusions ?
Once I had a dream about a friend and we had a fight in that dream .
The day after I woke up confused and angry , I saw him and I was still feeling angry , We had the fight . Oh was it a vision or what happened .
Who can forget the Little Penguin, who reminiscences about When:You seek warmth in the hidden treasure inside you.. the flame of life and seed of love that makes you who you are..
You seek solace in the sea of beauty that is your God-given soul..
When you realise that less needs to be decided and more needs to be done..
When you feel empowered by a stranger's smile..
When you feel that Heaven's might lies between your hands..
When you reach your summit of selflessness..
You have been happy, though you may not know it...
Hala writes a Dear Baghdad letter:
I tried to forget about you Baghdad but you are like a curse you keep on controlling my life and many others. The people who hurt you are paying dearly and the people who were hurt because of you are paying even greater...
Majid Jarrar, the former Saddam-era fixer went camel riding to Petra with his Canadian girlfriend. One wonders, what are Canadian women thinking?
Vahal for McCain says, Oh Samantha (Powers).
Dog of Sun, the multimedia Iraqi guy.
Baghdad Artist as usual, has produced some beautiful artwork, symbolic and upliftingly brooding, under the motif or meme of Prophecy and beyond:Prophecy - a prediction of the future, made under divine inspiration; an inspired message or prediction transmitted orally or in writing.
Bubzi's last post was about the Walk For Iraq, Part II.
At one time, Akba talked Sunnis and Shi'a.
The Red Serpent is still blogging.
Shut Up You Fat Wiener was one of Salam Pax's weaker creations.
Ayad stopped being Live From Baghdad in April of 2005.
Alaasmary asked back in May of 2005, Do we need USA longer? And concluded, yes.
I witnessed the change in Iraq since the beginning and my opinion is not prediction of should or should not. It is merely the true that I concluded it from my work side by side with the coalition and Iraq government.
Yes, we need the U.S. for longer time or we shall fail. They helped us to start the change but the changes happen in steps and we just started in Iraq. Even if there are many complains about instability within these two years. Iraq community is so difficult and needs more than these years to re-communicate with each other without privilege of one ethnicity to the other.
Was he right?
From Baghdad to New York is a news blog on Iraqi culture and society.
Rejected of Why Dubai? once queried about Raping Women in Iraq:
I was at the dentist’s when I heard the news.
- Did you know? They raped a woman and she came on Tv.
- What!!!??? Who? Another Abeer?
- This time it’s Iraqi force!
My jaw was widely opened for a while even though it was not me who was sitting under my dentist’s drill, not because I think that Iraqis are so honorable and far from raping their own blood. On the contrary, Iraq is being raped every day by Iraqis before any invasion force but the shocking thing is that finally a woman , brave enough to come on tv and admit that.
Gilgamesh X wants to know where he can find Iraqi movies:
Especially the old ones, I mean those like 'I'm Iraq' or "min al-Mas'ul' or so on. I also would like to know where to get a movie with the Iraqi actrice "Zeinab" who died some years ago in Swede.
Sandybelle loves everybody, especially her Daddy:
He calls me , and when he calls me, I feel of my wings, how great they are , as they try to take me to the other world. Where I am creating my dreams and put them in a great house. House of dreams . my wings keep taking me all around , and I feel so great to see my house trees , they are growing very rapidly, as my house is being rebuilt day after day...
Caesar, the Horny Guy, has been busy.
Chikitita doesn't like the Baghdad Airport:
Always wear grey or beige, clothes will be smeared all over. Never wear footwear with tricky shoelaces. If you have smelly feet, don’t worry, no one will notice, other passengers are busy cursing the funny regulations. Always make space for a comfy pillow; you’ll never know you might spend the night there. Never trust your instinct and have some sense of adventure, not all cab drivers who look like thugs are true militiamen, and if they were, cheer up, they might be the key to your demise, an option you’d rather consider than go through debilitating experience. Don’t bother ask the information desk or anyone in uniform, they’re always clueless. Look for grumpy passengers who like to complain, they’re the ones who will tell you when HER MAJESTY THE PLANE will show up.
Snarki Anarki is looking forward to The Hulk.
Iraqi Translator said Happy Mother's Day.
The angry Delilah's hard to read new blog.
The Great Iraq provides long details of the Bush administration's war crimes in Iraq.
Abbas finds Syria beautiful. Hmmm, unless you're a un-Hijabbed Syrian woman stared at by Syrian men. Then, your opinion might be a little different.
Iraqi Mojo is in his Truth phase. What truth do we hold to be self evident? There are no Sunni mosques in Tehran. Big Baby Davis has man boobs. I like blueberry muffins. What is the truth?
Nadia is talking music, bands, and events happening in Iraq, which make her furious.
Ibn Alrafidain did an exemplary job of examining the De-Baathficiation policy enacted within Iraq.
Iraqi Athiest provided a critical look at Islam before he stopped blogging. Perhaps he will resume with a critique of other religions.
The Hometown Baghdad Blog won three Webby Awards.
From the Diary of a Iraqi Doctor was a very fine post from Sheko Mako.
Delilah once ascerbically critiqued the Iraqi blogosphere:
Recently, I have been thinking about the fact that there's a great many around our Blogosphere who appear to idolize themselves. They seem to have read their own posts and have fallen in love with themselves, imitating a mentality quite as naïve as that of their designated readers. Then there are others who don't need to read their own posts as they are already much in love with themselves. After several readings and certain encounters I have come to believe that there are some smug characters around the corner, the less fortunate of which blames his failures upon everybody else. Especially since everybody else is perceived to be less intelligent and therefore less likely to succeed. The logical conclusion they seem to reach is that everybody is stealing their good luck, which accounts for why their lives are still pathetic.
Tara discusses the perils of eating ice cream in the summer.
Bug-Code is for the Iraqi computer geek.
Karim at The Tad is suspicious of bombings in Iraq.
Who could ever forget the Iraqi Heavy Metal band, Acrassicauda? Check out their Turkish and Syrian gigs and digs.
Kyubai gifted us with some interesting Iraqi-themed, martial arts-flavored poetry:
Iraqi I am and this is my life
You live by the rules you die by a knife
Once I walked with head held high
Now in the shadows I crawl and lie
Cheap as a dogs my life does worth
Wherever I go east, west, south or north
But you know what? I no more care
When facing death in his eyes I stare
Watching people die, more numb I grow
Not knowing when I’m next in the death row
Every day death I do cheat
Some times I think death is a bitter sweet...