Sunday, February 18, 2007

War Away from War

Two Iraqis currently living in New York write about their experience away from home.

The first, my friend and colleague Ayub Nuri, writes an op-ed in the New York Times about haunting memories and nightmares from Iraq. And another by Sarmad Ali, an Iraqi journalist working for the Wall Street Journal, about missing family members thousands of miles away in Baghdad.

I am often asked here how it feels to be an Iraqi in New York, and I was even considering writing a piece about it, but I think the above two articles perfectly sum up my feelings and, I'm sure, the feelings of hundreds of thousands of other Iraqi exiles.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Scenes from Baghdad

A view of the dozens of corpses lying in the streets of Baghdad, often for weeks. These scenes of Iraq's civil war have become such a daily part of people's lives so much that they don't bother to remove the bodies. Those were taken in Adhamiya a month ago and the victims were judged as "strangers" or "spies" before they were shot and thrown with the garbage in the street. People in the neighbourhood just covered them with blankets and moved on. Those bodies are rarely counted in the daily death toll, and when they are counted they're just "unknown corpses."

I was told that this man's decomposing corpse was eaten by dogs, and that only his head was left. My friend sent me the photo but it's too graphic to post here.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Kid's latest post is a crude but powerful read. The state of affairs in Iraq today, or maybe the state of Kid's mind at the moment.

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Iraq that was

Iraq in photos, courtesy of Laith at From Baghdad to New York, who is also working on the upcoming online Iraqi encyclopedia WikIraqi. (Music is by the pre-eminent late Iraqi musician Munir Bashir).