I had the best day!
I really really had fun!
I really really had fun!
The shooting incident from Fallujah mosque is blogged about from the journalist that shot the footage. A very disturbing account. All I could think off was, war is hell.
I wonder if Kevin Sites would write a letter to the family of the shot man, what would it say?
Since the shooting in the Mosque, I've been haunted that I have not been able to tell you directly what I saw or explain the process by which the world came to see it as well. As you know, I'm not some war zone tourist with a camera who doesn't understand that ugly things happen in combat. I've spent most of the last five years overing global conflict. But I have never in my career been a 'gotcha' reporter -- hoping for people to commit wrongdoings so I can catch them at it.
Dear Family of shot man, I made sure not mention the names of the soldiers involved in the shooting in order to protect their privacy, in your son's case I didn't mention his name because I never bothered find out what his name was. I worried for hours about how the footage broadcast would effect the morals of the soldiers and their families back home, but really I didn't spend one second considering how seeing the last few seconds of your son's life would effect you. Afterall, your son chose to live by the sword and he died by the sword. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. I do hope that all the American troops return home safely soon. When people like you commit acts of savagery, I have no problem showing them to the world and generalizing that all your people and your religion is to blame, when one of us acts in the same manner we ensure to explain the horrible strain the poor fellow was under and the circumstances that might have led the person involved to "lose it". I am American you see and I work for NBC, you hate us already so we don't bother with your feelings. I would like to report that while your son was being killed I performed my duties proudly, I kept rolling the camera and did my job. I watched and never lifted a finger to save your son's life.
Oop, nearly forgot. Sunday Penpal feature. This week, Vaughn ~
Hello, I am a 23 year old music student from West Virginia. With the various media biases in the United States, I have a hard time knowing what is truly going on in Iraq or what perceptions are of this war and of my country.
I'd love to write back and forth with someone from Iraq just to get an honest glimpse into the life and culture of one person. Let me know if you can help!
OMG. Guys. I can't believe you have been linking to mechanics and elbow farters when you could be linking to this.
shakomakoNET *Iraq's First Electronic Magazine*
After an absence of more than three years, the staff of shakomakoNET couldn't resist coming back to cyberspace after all that has happened to Iraq and Iraqis. We also couldn't sit by idly and let millions of Iraqis waste their precious surfing hours at sites that do little more than reprint other people's news and offer low quality music.
Here is something better than the guy that fixes cars, a guy that does nothing
Hey hey hey check out this site, new guy with some REAL skills (Reality skills not VR skills like some of us computer geeks here - if you don't think you're a geek, you're NOT, I didn't mean anyone by that other than MYSELF, ok? don't go riding my back over this one- )
Just as his soul was about to leave his tired body....[read the rest of the story]...
online now, ask him your questions..
Ok. Here we have it. A New Sunday Feature. Iraq Blog Count New Weekly Personals.
I'd love to correspond with someone from Iraq. I'm 38, male & from New Hampshire. I want people in Iraq to know that we're looking for the truth about what is happening in their country. Only then can we really do something about it.
Please facilitate this if possible!!
Thanks & God Bless
Iraq Blog Count has been counting blogs for exactly one year to the day !!! To eb (sic) precise, since 14 November 2003 !!! The close of one year and the beginning of another is a good time to review ones plans, ones technique, ones accountability, as it were.
Brewing for quite some time, emigre senses an explosion of noise on the verge of eruption...the blogstorm is reaching Iraq. One at a time, typists begin to whisper at keyboards, screens begin to briefly flare. If you listen you can hear these voices, the anguish, the technical difficulties, and voices of support, of debate, from around the world.
I do not verify the sources of these blogs. I do not agree with or even endorse the content. I simply count.
You are right. Absolutely correct. It is a long time since anything's been counted around here. And seeing as ihath just beat me to counting the only (as far as I know at this moment) new Iraq blog I shall resort instead to counting, in the communal spirit of community, the top 10 sites (apart from google) that send traffic this way.
Tareek Al Sha'ab a newspaper issued in Baghdad and run by the Iraqi Communist Party has started a new blog in arabic to report a stream of daily news. They seem to focus on the upcomming Iraqi elections. Its been a while since we found a new Iraqi blog.
I am alive, I don't know about the kicking, but I know that I am definitely alive...
We thought they were like the energizer bunny. We thought that they would just keep going and going and going and going, but alas! they have paused.
Alert to all factions of dissent. Political masochist's and machoists, the malign, the magnanimous, the malevolent and the benevolent. All typists from all degrees of the political spectrum are called upon to visit Ladybug who, in the spirit of goodwill and freedom of speech has chosen to rescue fragments of deleted comment from Iraq Blog Count's ruthless oligarchy and post it With Comment Facilities on her blog (click here).
Maybe need to start personals feature. Have another request from college student seeking penpal. If anyone is interested in contacting Allison either leave a (named) comment for her here or if you prefer anonymity send an email to email@example.com and your address will be forwarded to her.
I was searching the internet looking for a way to find an Iraqi penpal and I found your website. I'm a young college student living in Virginia and I'd like to speak with somebody from Iraq. I know that I, or any American for that matter, don't really know what all the facts are about this war and who is right or who is wrong. Even though I can't do much about the war, I want to at least know someone over there and treat them as a friend. I'm sure almost all Iraqis cannot stand Americans but I'd like to know one person from there who knew that we weren't all bad. I also would like to talk to someone about their culture and how they feel about things. Do you think it is possible? Thank you very much.
Ibn Alrafidain (son of two rivers).
Has anybody seen /heard Khalid?
Oh dear, I was waiting. Rebuttal. Thank you Charles WT for providing this valuable opportunity. You can't possibly be telling me you place any faith in all those partisan links? Let me begin with Shannon Love's post. I will use the Q A format, two answers for each question.
|19 Mar 2003 -
09 Apr 2003
|-||19 Baghdad hospitals||-||-||1482||
|4 Apr 2003 -
31 Aug 2003
|-||Violent deaths recorded at Baghdad city morgue||-||60 per cent from gunshot wounds||1214|
|20 Mar 2003 -
24 Apr 2003
|-||Municipality of Baghdad||-||-||778||
|20 Mar 2003 -
06 Apr 2003
|05 Apr 2004 -
30 Apr 2004
|-||city of Falluja||'insurgents', incl. those responsible for the killing of four US security contractors||air attacks and ground battles||572||
|20 Mar 2003 -
20 Apr 2003
|-||Hospitals in Najaf, Karbala, Mosul, Samawa, Madain, Diwaniyah, Kut, Tikrit||-||various||484|
|01 Sep 2003 -
30 Sep 2003
|-||Violent deaths recorded at Baghdad city morgue||-||Over 55% by gunfire||362|
A new study points to 100,000 civilian deaths in Iraq as a direct result of the current war. This is a much higher civilian casualty rate then anyone else has estimated (anyone else being an extremely small and dedicated group of people collecting data in an extremely large and messy conflict). The results of a cluster sample survey were published last week in The Lancet, a British Medical Journal (if you visit the site you'll need to register to read the article, registration is free). Most of the deaths are attributed to air strikes.
Researchers concluded that the risk of violent death was 58 times higher than before the war. And most of those killed were women and children. -rfe/rl
research teams led by scholars at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University interviewed 1,000 Iraqi families in 33 locations. The families were asked about deaths and births in their homes in the 15 months before the March 2003 invasion and in the 18 months since.