Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Saving Iraqi Culture by Mohammed Ghani Hikmat

One of five monuments designed by the late sculptor opened recently in Baghdad at Zawraa Park near the Baghdad International Fair
انقاذ الثقافة العراقية - محمد غني حكمت

Friday, April 20, 2012

Gulf of Mexico seafood deformities alarm scientists

 This is some crazy stuff. We eat a lot of that seafood here.
Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.

Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp - and interviewees' fingers point towards BP's oil pollution disaster as being the cause.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


I intend to make certain parts of the blog open by invitation only, possibly on its 10th anniversary. I will still post public updates about Iraq and general Arab topics the same as usual, but more in-depth and personal articles would be available for selected readers only. Also experimenting with layout and design. You can share your suggestions and thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Iraq Kurdish donkey party unveils statue

A political party in Iraq's Kurdistan region called the Donkeys' Party has unveiled a statue of its four-legged namesake in dress attire. The bronze statue shows the head and shoulders of a donkey dressed in a suit, collared shirt and tie.

Five feet high and three feet wide, it took Kurdish sculptor Zerak Mira seven months to create and cost £2,500. It is located on Nali Street, Sulaimaniyah, which is named for a famous Kurdish poet who wrote a well-known poem about donkeys.

The statue was unveiled at a ceremony attended by a number of Kurdish artists and intellectuals.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Tunisians to serve 7 years for posting prophet cartoons

TUNIS (Reuters) - Two young Tunisians have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the prophet Mohammad on Facebook, in a case that has fueled allegations the country's new Islamist leaders are gagging free speech.

The two men had posted depictions of the prophet naked on the social networking site, the justice ministry said, inflaming sensitivities in a country where Muslim values have taken on a bigger role since a revolution last year.

"They were sentenced ... to seven years in prison for violation of morality, and disturbing public order," said Chokri Nefti, a justice ministry spokesman.

Sunday, April 01, 2012


A group of political activists and journalists has launched a legal challenge to stop an American law they say allows the US military to arrest civilians anywhere in the world and detain them without trial as accused supporters of terrorism.

The seven figures, who include ex-New York Times reporter Chris Hedges, professor Noam Chomsky and Icelandic politician and WikiLeaks campaigner Birgitta Jonsdottir, testified to a Manhattan judge that the law – dubbed the NDAA or Homeland Battlefield Bill – would cripple free speech around the world.

They said that various provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Bill, which was signed by President Barack Obama at the end of 2011, effectively broadened the definition of "supporter of terrorism" to include peaceful activists, authors, academics and even journalists interviewing members of radical groups.

Controversy centres on the loose definition of key words in the bill, in particular who might be "associated forces" of the law's named terrorist groups al-Qaida and the Taliban and what "substantial support" to those groups might get defined as. Whereas White House officials have denied the wording extends any sort of blanket coverage to civilians, rather than active enemy combatants, or actions involved in free speech, some civil rights experts have said the lack of precise definition leaves it open to massive potential abuse.