Saturday, January 01, 2005

Iraq Election Link Special

What you've all been waiting for. What Iraqi bloggers have been saying about elections.

(Sorry if missed anyone, have like 89 blogs to read. Did me best with a bloglines feed but if you've posted "Iraq election" lately and it's been overlooked just shout and I'll do an update)

Abbas Kadhim posts that Abdul Aziz al-Hakim survives assassination and notes;

the Islamic Party withdrew from the elections, leaving the Sunni Arabs with a bunch of secular candidates. Very bad news for those who count on the elections to be meaningful.

Faiza writes of people's fears

The Iraqi elections are drawing near, and people are afraid of what will happen. There are daily threats against whoever distributes the election cards, of killing, and the burning of his house and workplace.

Rose shares her thoughts

I don’t want to vote based on religion. I want to choose what I think is right and best for my country.

Zeyad is concerned

The Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq has been far behind in educating Iraqi voters on the details of the voting system. I fear this can have catastrophic consequences on the whole process.

Ays has tough news from friends and family but still fits in a blog or two

the terrorists are threatening to bomb the elections' centers especially the Shia ones.
If the situation continues like that, I think the elections must be postponded.

Abu Khaleel is refreshingly frank

The problems in Iraq cannot be solved by just by having elections. They can be solved by democracy. Elections will not work. Democracy will.

Mohammed. at Iraq The Model bless's all the lists and says

First of all, lots of people and parties try to speak on behalf of Iraqis and I tell them "we're capable of expressing ourselves and no one can do play this role other than Iraqis themselves".

casts a vote of no confidence

I will NOT vote because :

* A report published by the Kurdistan Regional Government's Human Rights Ministry, announced that this year 130 Kurds have been beheaded in 2004 by terrorists. ( Voting for Iraq, means more Kurds killed in Iraq.

(And that's just the first reason).

Fayrouz provides valuable information with a list of candidates. She notes

Searching for candidates' names is like searching for a needle in a haystack. I guess most running parties are keeping a low profile for security reasons.

blogs expat low-down

Last Friday a conference was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A panel of Iraqi professors were present to inform us and educate us about the process of elections and explained how we, the Iraqi expats, can vote.

Raed doesn't sound impressed with sub-divisions

Federal Iraq is at the core of the US project in the Middle East, the dream of the bush-administration. Cutting Iraq apart, turning the country into small administrative cantons...

And Khalid barracks for honest fair play

without real guaranties that the elections will be clean and honest, without giving all parties a fair role in the poletical game, this elections are only a dor to hell.

Too right. In fact, that sums it all up rather well - wouldn't anyone in any country ask for that? A clean, honest election where all parties have a fair role in the political game ! (Oh damn. Who opened the door?)

UPDATE !!! Ali (Liberal Iraqi) makes lucid observation

I think that most Iraqis won't vote for the existing 'major' political parties in the future. This may not be so evident in the 1st election but I have no doubt that with the ones that will follow these parties will lose a lot of ground for the small more democratic and liberal parties.


Re Comments

My intention was to post a short excerpt from each blogger that might make a reader curious enough to follow the link and read the whole thing.

You might not like hearing it Jeffrey, but these excerpts belong to other bloggers who are entitled to speak freely and I'd appreciate you showing them and me some respect.


#1/02/2005 07:24:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Unkown

everyone should vote, becuase if you dont then you are victims of terrorism.

and btw can you please add my blog to you list

#1/02/2005 09:04:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey



#1/02/2005 09:10:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey


I have NEVER seen such a selective and slip-shod bunch of quotes in all my years of teaching. You look for any possible section of a blog and cut and paste without context and without even suggesting all the other positive aspects within the same text.

You can take all your negativity and SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS!

You are now officially in my cross-hairs. You have been warned.


#1/02/2005 06:55:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous


Stop! Your turning into them. I agree with what you said. It was a hatchet job. Cmon! You and I both know that ITM & Zeyed are both pro Democracy.

But arguing with him/her is geting you no where. Please don't act like Ghandi, leave them alone and let them post what they want. It's not worth your time. If they dont want to vote, fine! It's their loss, just like people bitching here, if they didnt vote..they lost.
It's a right here in US, it's not a right there yet. They have there chance at the end of the month to elect the delegates who will write the constitution. If they choose to not vote, it's their loss. A samll slice of the pie is better than none. Better yet, the suni vote could balance out the shia vote to a degree. Would be harder for religious law to take hold, but they are blowing it by not voting. It's their loss dude...let them go.


#1/02/2005 11:58:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

When I get someone in my cross-hairs I always nail them in the end.

#1/03/2005 12:00:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Me too!

#1/03/2005 12:02:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Why can't everyone just get along and respect other people's rights to hold different opinions? What are some of you guys, thought fascists?

#1/03/2005 12:08:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Yeah, chill guys. Can't you see we've all got more in common than that which divides us? C'mon, we're all the same here! Everyone's entitled to their shout, right?

#1/03/2005 12:44:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Wow! This is cool! I feel strangely at home here. I was going to say that only my opinion counts and that everyone else in the world is wrong except me but then I read the other comments and I felt less special somehow. O.K., how about me telling you what I really think and saying the Iraqi elections are a farce and a travesty and are merely another example of a failed American strategy lurching inexorably towards meaninglessness just like every other stunt that's been spun for all its worth so far only to end up inevitably crashing down in flames and meeting hoots of derision from everyone who can see all along that U.S. window-dressing, doomed yardsticks of 'progress' and other such transparent efforts to paint a successful face on the debacle in Iraq are just the desperate efforts of blundering right-wing American imbeciles who are in a state of denial about the real situation in Iraq and who are hoping against hope that the fantasies and timetables they offer to an incredulous world will be at least sufficient to fool the less astute and intellectually challenged members of their own domestic population into continuing to offer uncritical and deranged support for the mirage being offered in lieu of a true acknowledgement of the doomed American project in Iraq?

#1/03/2005 01:09:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

*squeak squeak squeak*

Hey everyone, the Not-Heads are back! Still stealing people's identities because they have no ideas of their own.

*squeak squeak squeak squeak*

Oh. Not says that they LIKE Emigre's place and plan to stay.

*squeak squeak*

Ha ha. Cheese? Let me ask Emigre.

Hey, Not! Good news. Emigre has a big block of cheese in the fridge!


Okay, call all the guys over.


#1/03/2005 01:28:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

What on earth is wrong with this Jeffrey person? Has he been drinking? All he's doing here is making himself look ridiculous with his silly posts. This thread is supposed to be about the impending failure of the U.S. administration's attempt to promote the coming Iraqi vote-rigging scam as some kind of watershed despite the world and his brother knowing that the outcome will simply be an unrepresentative talking shop lacking either legitimacy or credibility and subject to allegations of massive electoral fraud, personation, corruption and malign U.S. interference, the whole being set against a backdrop of explosions and escalating mayhem as the Iraqi resistance steps up its operations.

#1/03/2005 02:52:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger CharlesWT

5:04 PM: Jeffrey #1
5:10 PM: Jeffrey #1
7:58 AM: Jeffrey #2
8:00 AM: Jeffrey #3
8:02 AM: Jeffrey #4
8:08 AM: Jeffrey #5
8:44 AM: Jeffrey #6
9:09 AM: Jeffrey #1


#1/03/2005 05:27:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeffrey

Good work Charles WT. It seems that Jeffrey # 1 is the foul-mouthed simpleton and your sleuthing has exposed and nailed the villain. It's a common enough name but evidently some Jeffreys are more common than others. Well done, have a cigar.

#1/03/2005 05:44:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Goodness. Clones.

Whoever did that, it's probably unethical.

Perhaps could try replicate Florence Nightengale instead? (For wounded ones).

#1/03/2005 08:45:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger CharlesWT

"It's a common enough name but evidently some Jeffreys are more common than others."

So...since you are not one of the other Jeffreys, are you Jeffrey Prime?... :)

#1/03/2005 03:15:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

In defence of the truth, the unethical behaviour began at Raeds Little Hell Hole by several individuals. People like Bruno and Not Anonymous from the Kadhim site began using this method to attack Jeffrey. It was akin to a homicide bombing. If you stop in that blog now, you can still see the effects. As to who is responsible here, my money would be on some of the same people. Jeffrey does not seem to mind saying derisive things in his own name, so why post as another Jeffrey. No reason for it.

PH 101

#1/03/2005 04:34:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Hell? Attack? Homicide? Bombing? I feel Faint.

No wonder he comes over here and takes it out on us all the time. You brothers play rough.

Must go water peace lily now.


#1/04/2005 06:57:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

PH 101

One man alone cannot be permitted to smear the reputation of an entire group. Just as it was wrong that 'the evil of Saddam Hussein' was offered as an excuse to attack innocent Iraqis so certain individuals should not believe that their use of a name gives them a monopoly on opinions, the name or an unfettered right to be offensive and abusive towards others without inviting retaliation. Perhaps you are from a remote tribe where names are allocated on a once-off basis and your elders expect you to behave in eactly the way they wish. Alas, PH 101, in the real world those matters which seem to be of such pressing concern and importance to you are treated in a far more cavalier manner by those who respect neither you nor your quaint and one-sided sense of justice. That you even think to make a correlation between the squishing of an overblown ego and events that actually cause death and suffering suggests that when it comes to perspective and a sense of proportion you may have rested rather too much faith in your capacity to read and make sense of realities by an over-reliance upon the soap opera world of blog comments sections. You are troubled by this. To see one of your tribe mocked and ridiculed vexes you. You have struggled to make connections, to apportion agency to the source of the mockery that swoops and makes your world tremble. So bothersome to you is this earth-shattering phenomenon that you have now launched your own one-man crusade in search of 'truth' and wish to alert as many as you can to your understanding of the dark forces at work based upon your dimly grasped readings of what goes on in the subterranean world of comments sections, far far away from the real world and its doings. Without a shred of proof you name other posters' signatures as being culpable for what you perceive to be equivalent to murderous slaughter. You have become like Chicken Little or one of the hysterics who rushed about identifying witches in the Salem of long ago. You are a joke wallah, you really need to get out more. If you cannot learn to embrace the real world with all its blessings and trials and understand that there are those in it who neither hold nor respect your 'rules' and petty concerns then you expose your own self to the risk that someone might pass by in the dark caves of Blogland and laugh at you.

The Jeffrey Liberation Front

#1/04/2005 12:10:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

My. The shore is all awash with chivalry.

How moving (earth).

Jeffrey? Liberate? Bring back? Oh he has rejuvenated many times. Like "cutting" (horticultural). From a leaf sprouts new shoots.

He has been quite liberated enough already, poor man. Am not altogether sure would trust our Jeff in hands of Liberation Front. Still, needs must - we do take these risks on occasion.

#1/04/2005 01:13:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

hahaa... Your ability for self-flattery knows no bounds, Not.

But, to others you are "Oh so boring". Alas, that is very typical of the self-indulgent isn't it.

You always have that mirror, don't you. When you awake in the morning, when you come home at the end of the day...that is the one, the only thing that a person like you can count on. Mirror, mirror on the wall..who, oh who, flatters themself most of all.


#1/04/2005 01:45:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Live by the sword, die by the sword, Wallah.


#1/04/2005 01:47:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

mirror mirror
on the wall
sees the truth
and knows them all

mirror mirror
face did crack
seize the wolf
and slap him back

mirror mirror
on the wall
rocking cradle
before the fall

wrong not

#1/04/2005 06:14:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

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#1/04/2005 06:39:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

No spam.

#1/04/2005 06:44:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

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#1/04/2005 11:32:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger Jeff Garzik

Thanks much for your collection of election blog posts.

I am running a blog dedicated to news items, editorials, and blog posts related to the election,

A link to Iraq Blog Count, and the election links post, will appear in a couple hours (as soon as the auto-posting system gets to it).



#1/21/2005 04:21:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Jeffrey, what are you some kind of lil crybaby bitch? Need your Mommies tit? I'll put you in my crosshairs punk bitch. Mondo from Cali.


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