New search engine - search in Arabic
Sort of new anyway, it was copyrighted sometime in 2005.
Sort of new anyway, it was copyrighted sometime in 2005.
Nothing really new to say here, as Najma and Haidar point out, .iq domains are still not available for your average non-corporate blogger or site builder (although iraq.ir blogs are). According to this Marcaria.com can register .iq domains but only if you are an institution or business. Marcaria .iq FAQ; "in Iraq, a private person cannot register a domain".
I expect we can expect a bit of opinion polling targeting constitutions in the next few weeks/months.
Someone sent a link to a new Iraqi blog hosting service. No idea who's behind it - could be anyone. Anyway, it's here, the blog service is run from here, there is a sort of a messagey board thing here, some news feeds, some info... and a bit from the "about Iraq" page...
Iraq enjoys a very important position, as it has been cradle of inspiration miracles and virtues throughout the history of Prophets, Imams, and self denying pious men.Part of me wants to say yay yay woohoo Iraqi's are doing it for themselves, and part of me is saying hang about - this could be the perfect front for almost any kind of scurrilous activity. Just like blogspot. Which is also a cradle of inspiration miracles and virtues, prophets and self denying pious men.
Some informations about our blog hosting program:
users can automatically have profesinal blog addresses like http://blog.iraq.ir/username. If they want they can email me and have blog address like http://username.iraq.ir and if they like I can give them UNLIMITED email addresses like firstname.lastname@example.org for free, So they can give these email acounts for free to their users. Also users can upload photos directly to their blog. and can have some categories in their blog. ofcoarse our blog hosting has all other regular features that are in other blog hosting services.
I am 26 years old Iraqi guy living in Iran for many years. designing websites and services like this are one of my interests.
Happy Birthday link to Najma, who just outlived Anne Frank by two years. She's right of course, their diaries are completely different. Although I'm not entirely sure how innocent Ann Frank really was, she devoted entire diary entries to drooling over her only available love interest. Poor girl. Shudder to think what she'd have been like with a blog. (Lol, just having a read here, omg, Albert Dussel was a dentist).
I don't want to satisfy my readers anymore, I am not seeking for perfection, nor entertainment, I'm seeking for satisfaction, going to bed feeling that I have told you what I had to tell you, not what will please you...Congrats, the only way to blog.
I wonder if she is gonna write when she gets there...
This is turning into a bad habit - everytime the site looks empty and I go to post Najma beats me by minutes, will make this short so you can scroll down to the carnival; just wanted to draw attention to A Free Writer who is drawing attention to the Iraq Living Conditions Survey.
Here is the latest posts of my relatives this week:
Latest further update on the Douglas Wood saga;
Hopes for the release of Douglas Wood soared yesterday after the hostage was allowed to make a phone call in which he assured the Australian cleric Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly he was alive and well.
"I'm all right," said the hostage of 20 days, before repeating the Arabic term for thank you: "Shukran, shukran." more.
"We'd all hope that it's right. But we'd also be aware in a situation like this, there are always people who may be representing to [the mufti] things that are not correct."
Looks like the Sheik found Doug.
"While everyone I meet is being very careful with me, I have been assured that Mr Wood is safe and well and that the deadline [for Australia to pull out its troops] has now been extended indefinitely.
"While I am told the conditions for his release are likely to be strict, I am led to believe they will arrive in one or two days."
Ever the mindful vendor, the Shura Council of the Mujahideen of Iraq have been checking fine-print and reviewing Sheik Alhilali's trading history;
"They have now had time to access some of his speeches and work. They know everything there is to know about him.
"But reading between the lines, they are also very aware he will be debriefed at the end of his mission, if he likes it or not.
"As a result of this, information from the kidnappers is now reaching him, but at the same time, everyone is remaining two steps back." more
Summary; It's probably advisable anyone trading on the Baghdad Stock Exchange invest prudently - it's a cut-throat high risk market out there, loaded with volatile commodities.
I'd say the Shura Council of the Mujahideen have bargain power so long as their commodities are fresh, the Mufti has researched his options but understands he could lose consumer confidence by being over speculative, and Downer - well telling Downer to button it was priceless.
Further Update; as usual, nobody knows what to believe anymore.
Further further update; Canberra Times (paper edition) issues further statement. Mufti;
"I ask god that Alexander Downer and his office make no statements".
Unclear if new prayer or Canberra Times repeat of Paul McGeough Sydney Morning Herald updates last week. Am not religious but, extra prayer wouldn't go astray. Paul McG is getting fustrated. Everyone else getting bored. When will war end. Sorry to not be tactful this update.
You can see the complete post on my blog
This is going to be a quick carnival.. I have an exam tomorrow (The Arabic teacher LOVES exams).
Dad: *The old city of Mosul.
*Cardiac Catheterization ..... for my Boss.
Aunt Rose: *Dairy of Rosebaghdad.
Hassan: *Weapons in a university.
Me: *All bloggers know what I mean.
HNK: *I'm an Iraqi girl.
Dalia: *I am happy.
*One of my old drawings.
Raghda: *Two more cat photos.
Sunshine: *My American relative.
*Bad day in my memory.
I shouldn't laugh, it's not funny, peoples lives are in danger - but here;
The sheik hopes to make contact with the hostage takers... he said he was treating Baghdad's criminal and insurgent world as a market in which he had to find the right trader.You really have to read the whole thing.
Comments by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer on Al-Jazeera may hinder efforts to free Australian hostage Douglas Wood, Australia's Islamic spiritual leader has warned.
Sheik Taj Aldin Alhilali told SBS radio last night that it would be helpful if Mr Downer did not make comments to the media.
Downer to Al Ja zeera;
"You know, killing people and hurting people - it's just not going to help Iraq"Al Ja Zeera to Downer;
Why, then, isn't there a light at the end of the tunnel and the coalition forces determining a date for that departure and maybe that would help pacify the situation?And now, taking the advice of mufti Sheik Taj Aldin, I'll refrain from further comment (not easy).
Letters from Abu Khaleel.
Over the past year, I was frequently taken aback by the ferocity of the attacks (and, sometimes the abuse) directed at me when criticizing the policies of the present American administration in Iraq. I was fascinated by those people. I began calling them 'American Saddamists' because they cannot distinguish between country and government.... or leader. more
I know, last week I missed it.. I was too busy in Baghdad to write it, I wouldn't have posted any way if I had time cuz they don't have Internet at grandma's.. Anyway, you won't miss anything, it's all here, carnival of the relatives for 2 weeks:
Video of the killing last November, which was taken by a US cameraman, was flashed around the world. It came during a bloody operation to recapture the rebel-held city. In sworn statements, the unnamed marine corporal said he had shot three insurgents in self-defense in the mosque on 13 November, believing they posed a threat to him and his fellow marines.
Which brings up an important issue, a reader of my blog mentioned it accidentally in an e-mail.. If an Iraqi soldier(or let's say a mujahid), shot an American soldier (Or a citizen) who he thought was holding a gun although he was lying helplessly on the ground of a MOSQUE (Or a church, or a temple).. Would any of you be satisfied if the soldier was not even judged? Even if you said yes, I wouldn't believe you, talking is much easier than doing.
A post about the UK for change, just to be multi-cultural. Galloway won a seat from Blair.
London and the south-east delivered the heaviest blows to Labour, heightening the party's fears that it has been seriously damaged by the Iraq war and signs of its vote being eroded by the Tories and Lib Dems.Ok just to quit fooling around - Galloway is an ex-Labour MP who was tossed out by Blair for his stance on peace.
The most extraordinary result was secured by the maverick former Labour MP George Galloway, who defeated the Blairite MP Oona King, the culmination of a bad tempered campaign in Bethnal Green and Bow.
In a seat with a large Muslim population, Mr Galloway's party, the Respect Coalition, contrasted his opposition to the war with Ms King's decision to support the government.more.
My recent post was published on streamtime :
Oop, nearly missed one
Lack of blogging might indicate apathy? Hah, not likely. Very dedicated individuals out there have been very busy...
I suppose you've all read this really weird post on bbc.co.uk...
When George met SalamQue pasa? But, but, but...
"I know who you are," said Mr Galloway, warily eyeing Mr Pax, whose weblog gave the world an insight into the lives of ordinary Iraqis in the run-up to the US-led invasion...
"You welcomed the invasion of foreign armies into your country. I opposed it. So we are not going to agree on this, which is why I didn't think it would be productive to have a discussion with you and I do have to go now."
But Mr Pax - whose real name has never been revealed - pressed the point. Galloway: "I just want to be honest with you. You can not demand that our armed forces occupy your country - that's a matter for us.I suppose it was just all a very strange dream then, where this guy known as Peace Truce wrote about being bombed and how it quite sucked. And then he got famous and hung out with those rebels at the Guardian and sought out peace marches and stuff and was like, totally bent.
Baghdad family avoid limb loss by green grocer;
...Three minutes later, an explosion rocked the house. The windows rattled momentarily and a door slammed somewhere upstairs. I was clutching a corner of the living room rug where I had pulled it back to assure my aunt that there were no bugs living under it... more RiverbendAnd more carrot relief from The Healing Kitchen;
Carrots are a highly nutritious vegetable with great restorative properties. Carrots can bring relieve to both constipation and diarrhoea. It can be used to expel mucus from the chest. A raw carrot poultice can be used to help the speed healing of wounds, varicose ulcers, burns, whitlows, boils, and abscesses. A broth made with half a kilogram of carrots to a litre of water, blended is good for chilblains, chapped skin, cold-sores and soothing itching from eczema.The world could be a better place with more carrots.
This actually caught my eye in a local rag on the train today, it's splashed all over the place now (if you can call filler headings and bottom of page eyecatchers "splash").
Bad morale at the office? Letter shows terrorists have it, too
The military says U.S.-led forces have recovered a letter they believe is addressed to wanted militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The letter was found during a raid in Baghdad a few days ago.
The military says the letter complains of low morale among Zarqawi's followers and about the incompetence of leaders in his terror network.
It says the letter is addressed to "the sheik" and praises him for being "a thorn in the mouth of the Americans."
I was all ready to write a post about how authentic the letter might be, and how struck I was by the literate and democratic approach these disgruntled insurgents have taken.
I was going to write a post that went something like;
It kind of sheds light on a few things really, and calls a few preconceptions into question. Far from the popularpolarised "terrorists driven by merciless and irreproachable leaders" hype, these guys have equitably just gotten together and written a letter to their commandant, a bit like you might do if you were a union member. I mean, how many other armies in the world cultivate foot soldiers with the gumption to question command center operations? It sounds almost democratic, which is more then can be said for certain pro-combatant armchair bloggers who ban guest-posters the moment "friends" question "the party line" (remember the days when blogging was supposed to all be about independence and saying what you couldn't say anywhere else?).
So what does "the letter" say? A few things really, whoever wrote the letter isn't afraid to discuss difference or air grievance (openly expresses leadership incompetence complaint) has enough political savvy to soften dissent by appealing to it's recipients ego (letter addressed to "The sheik ~ Thorn in the mouth of the Americans") is literate, vocal, and rather then tossing arms in the air and walking off the letter-writer has outlined, in print, some areas that could do with a makeover. The letter-writer is committed to making improvements. And understands bargain power, implying a politically and economically astute letter-writer.
Well yes, I was going to write a post all about that. Then I started reading various versions of the story and returned to my gut response, which leaves me wondering if the whole thing wasn't just a fraud afterall.
And I seem to have company there. Today the Boston Globe headlines "Possible letter to Zarqawi eyed" the San Diego Union Tribune publishes "US-led forces recover letter believed for al-Zarqawi" while the Long Beach Press-Telegram writes "Letter may have been to al-Zarqawi" (and with four short paragraphs has managed to A not waste space and B pad out the two paragraph press release everyone else published). The LBPress;
"The US military released (?!) a letter it believes was addressed to terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi... The letter's authenticity could not be independently confirmed."The Gulf Times (Doha, Qatar) is going with US military authentication, helpfully pointing out that "An English translation of the letter was posted on a US military website." Apparently the letter urges Zarqawi "do not hear from just one side, even if that person was close to you. But hear from all sides so the facts will become clear to you." Which just seems a bit weird if you ask me. A bit weird, Gulf Times, noting;
"the letter was captured in a US raid in Baghdad on April 28"Plus The Washington Times says the letter is "dated April 27".
Letter dated April 27? Letter captured April 28?
As to what has happened to the letter writer or where he/she might be now, nobody is saying.
The letter was apparently written in Arabic by Abu Asim al Qusayami al Yemeni, but all the press releases seem to be in english and include such statements (translated) as "We have leaders that are not capable of being good leaders," and "We are not accusing them without reason, but we have tested them and found them incapable." Assuming Yemeni is talking about cell leaders. Go figure.