Friday, March 23, 2007

Hometown Baghdad and other links

Hometown Baghdad is a new website that features short, compelling video documentaries of the lives of several Iraqi youth in Baghdad. Filmed completely by Iraqis, it follows the lives of Adel, Ausama and Saif, three college students, and their families, as they brave the streets of Baghdad, people who have nothing to do with the conflict going on in the country but who were sucked up in the madness nevertheless. They are the people behind the headlines and the numbers you so often see in Iraq coverage (50 Iraqis killed, 100 Iraqis wounded, 600 thousand Iraqis dead, 3 million Iraqis displaced, etc). It is classic citizen journalism from the front in Baghdad, despite Adel's slightly annoying Americanised accent. One of them is a despairing dentist! I have never seen anything like it before. This is their YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to.

Four years later: Alive in Baghdad brings the thoughts and reactions of a wide range of Iraqis on the fourth anniversary of war.

Vice magazine, a controversial arts and culture publication based in New York, has a new Iraq issue written completely by Iraqis. Both Nabil and I contributed stories, photos and graphics for the issue.

Baghdad Treasure interviews several Iraqi and American bloggers on their opinions on the war four years later.

And be sure to check Iraq Slogger for daily in depth Iraq coverage. You can always check my daily column there if I don't post here for a while (you can find it here but scroll all the way down for most recent).