Occasional News and comments on the situation in Post-Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi-American living in Texas
The main street is mostly commercial and becoming more so but the district is still residential. Look behind the buildings and it's mostly houses
Traffic jams in your old neighborhood, Zeyad? Well, let's blame Bush and Cheney, right?*smirk**
There are traffic jams because they're GONE, Jeffrey. Poof. Kicked out. Buh Bye.
Quite a nice picture. But there stills seems to be something of a shortage of electricity. Shouldn't a central part of a capitol, even if it's mainly a resedential area, be more lit up at night - like moree streetlights? Or maybe it's normal by Adhamiya standards, I don't know. Zeyad, what's the status of the infrastructure there, if you know? Is it working OK? Is the electricity supply dependable?
Marcus, even at full production and distribution, Baghdad looks dim at night. Infeastructure could never be worse and officials are more concerned with constructing stadiums, mosques, monuments, conference halls, malls rather than repairing damaged outdated infrastructure or paving roads, etc.
I'm sad to hear that Zeyad. My opinion is that basic infrastructure should be way more important than various monuments of any kind. In any sane society - or any real society worthy of the term socierty - it would be.I came to think of this last winter when we had a few power-shortages in Sweden due to wet snow coupled with wind bringing trees down on powerlines. Myself I was not affected at all. But some folks lost electricity for up to 48 hours and were outraged. It was decided at once to bury even more powerlines in pipes rather than having them out in the open. And this was accomplished with haste.Then I though of the peoople in Iraq who have been deprived of electricity for years, and how we here howl if it's out for even a few hours - to which the electricity companies are forced to react. I guess howling about it doesn't really do any good in Iraq these days.
Here's an interesting article I came across about a shism in Iraqi Sunni society:http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-03-110413.html
Looks to me more like a commercial district than a neighborhood.I don't know how Baghdad "grew up", but it kind of looks like when you have small towns that merge into one big city due to population growth. You have a "main street" lined with businesses and residential neighborhoods surrounding it. Minneapolis/St. Paul(the Twin Cities) are two separate cities, but they have run together so that it's hard to tell. Same goes for smaller suburbs.
There are traffic jams because they're GONE, Jeffrey.I was going to guess it was because the barriers are still surrounding that area. It's nice to hear it's because people are feeling safe enough to travel at night, Zeyad. As for what the officials are choosing to repair, I hear what you are saying. It took a bridge collapsing here (in Minnesota) for them to get around to replacing it. Maybe if they had actually looked more closely at its "health" people wouldn't have lost their lives. (Something to think about Baghdad.)
It was decided at once to bury even more powerlines in pipes rather than having them out in the open.After Hurricane Sandy I believe some people out east were talking about burying power lines. Of course, I can't see what good that would do if the house were gone. That's always been an irritant to my father who used to work for a power company. People were always complaining about power outages after a storm and how long it would take to reconnect. Didn't make much difference if the house was gone.
Looks to me more like a commercial district than a neighborhood.I don't know how Baghdad "grew up", but it kind of looks like when you have small towns that merge into one big city due to population growth. You have a "main street" lined with businesses and residential neighborhoods surrounding it. Minneapolis/St. Paul(the Twin Cities) are two separate cities, but they have run together so that it's hard to tell. Same goes for smaller suburbs.What Lynnette said. Adhamiya and kadhimiya used to be suburbs a hundred years ago.
A lot of cities emerged that way. Berlin springs to mind. It has no centre because it's a collection of towns and villages that spread out and grew into each other. Iraq appears to be at least somewhat safer and more stable, which is excellent news. Pity about Syria. What an absolutely tragedy. Zeyad -- What's your take on the upcoming provincial elections?
Pity about Syria. What an absolutely tragedy.Yes. Unfortunately one of those situations where you had opposing viewpoints by major powers, which led to paralysis for too long. It just caused more suffering for those on the ground in Syria.
Excuse the typo!Yes. In the poisonous, cynical world of international relations Syria is strategically important and none of the powerful countries have covered themselves in glory when it comes to Syria. From what I've read and watched over the past few months I have no doubt that 'civil war' is an appropriate term here. Olly Lambert's remarkable recent film - The Bombing of Al-Bara shows that sectarianism is a major factor, and that young rebels are becoming increasingly radicalised. Hopefully there'll be some sort of political solution soon, as it would appear neither side can definitively defeat the other.
An interesting Al Jazeera video about Iraqi immigration to Sweden:http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/aljazeeraworld/2013/04/201349151526757668.htmlThere are a few errors in the end of the movie. The kid shot at New Years eve is unlikely to have been shot in any racist deed. The police report clearly points towards a local youth gang shooting him. I guess they just added that to spice things up, and it's a shame because it's just not true.There was a shooter in Malmö who targetted immigrants but he also shot a swedish dope dealer. He didn't, however, shoot that kid.
JG,Thank you for that video. It was an amazing piece of film. It is easy to see why the people appeal to God as it appears there is no one else to help them.
Interesting film, Marcus. I think any country with a large influx of immigrants will have to deal with similar issues and problems of integration. It's not always easy.Btw, I was reading a piece on the euro the other day and the creation of the eurozone. Would you consider yourself European, or Swedish, first?
Snowing here again. *sigh* It's like winter will never end...
Lynnette,What I found most depressing about that video was how the conflict appears to have taken on a strong sectarian character. Sad to see the man saying he'll take his revenge not only on Bashar but on innocent Alawite civilians.Big respect to the journalists who take the dangerous step of entering Syria and attempting to get at the truth.
Snowing here again. *sigh* It's like winter will never end...Not quite snowing here but it's ridiculously cold for the time of year!Would you consider yourself European, or Swedish, first?I'm quite sure I've never met a European who considers themselves European first but maybe Marcus will buck the trend!
Wahaayyy! Temperature finally doubled, to something a bit more spring-like. Cherry blossoms are finally out but the trees still won't be properly in leaf until May ... unheard of!Agree with JG .. if there were ever any "Europeans" in Europe, they disappeared with the economic woes.
"Would you consider yourself European, or Swedish, first?"Swedish. The EU will never ever be a nation like the US is, because the peoples of Europe don't want that.
JG,Sad to see the man saying he'll take his revenge not only on Bashar but on innocent Alawite civilians.I know. That's what perpetuates civil wars. I know it is extremely difficult not to hate, but to direct it at the general populace does no one any good. At some point in time wars must end or the country faces elimination as a viable entity.
Marcus et al,The EU will never ever be a nation like the US is, because the peoples of Europe don't want that.That was kind of the gist of the OpEd piece I read. That is, the formation of the eurozone would make people feel as if they were part of one entitiy, not necessarily a country, but something in which they would find it easier to get along and prosper. People would identify themselves as European first. It didn't sound like it would work to me either, not just because of economics, but because of cultural differences. But it does seem to have worked in the sense that there have been no inter-European wars recently. At least not yet...If someone were to ask me how I identify myself I would certainly say American first and a Minnesotan second. But then the United States is truly one country.
Pete & JG,Temperature finally doubled, to something a bit more spring-like.Still wainting here. Yesterday I was thinking it looked like the middle of February! At least it isn't snowing today. It's been doing that for the last week!
I got completely soaked out on my bike this evening. I blame Pete; his cheerful comments about the weather must have been a jinx!
lol!Well, it's better than becoming a "peoplesicle". ;)
Hah, probably!I've never experienced extreme cold over an entire season. It must get extremely tiresome after a while. That said, extreme heat and humidity can be pretty tough going too.
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JG,I think it's what you get used to. I don't really mind the cold or snow so much if they don't overstay their welcome. Which is what's going on right now. I talked to someone who grew up in Fargo, ND who married and moved to the Bahamas. She has lived there for the past 40 years. She doesn't mind the humidity, she got used to it. But her friends and family from here who visit her don't care for it much.
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