Iraq is still in the news a lot, but many reports have a military angle. How can we find different perspectives on what is happening there? One way is to look for blogs written by ordinary Iraqis.
Iraq used to have a very lively blogosphere and there were several blogs dedicated just to tracking its updates. Unfortunately there hasn’t been so much activity in the last year. Baghdad Dentist wrote an update during Ramadan this August:
“its early morning. we’ll have electricity for a while. im sitting on the dental chair with my laptop since there is neither a space in the clinic nor chairs to sit on. the employees took them out to the garden of the health centre because we didnt have electricity and the generator was broken. my colleagues are talking about clothes and shopping…the working hour now starts at 7:00 a.m. its very early though its good for us because the sun is burning and the temperature hits over 50c many times.”
Searching further, there are more blogs to be discovered. In Iraq, sex is like snow (not as racy as it sounds), juxtaposes a cheery post about Eid in Baghdad with a more sobering near-death experience.
Can you recommend any more Iraqi bloggers? Tell us in the comments.
Thanks to Najma for sharing these kebabs on the barbeque from Iraq.
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This week Jews are celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.
Many Jews eat sweet foods during this festival to symbolise their hopes for the year to come. However one traditional dish eaten by Jews coming from Amara in Southern Iraq is a combination of bitter chard, sweet beets and sweet and sour sauce.
In this article from the International Herald Tribune Joan Nathan describes the picnic in a pine forest near Jerusalem where he first tried the dish.
Written by Najma, which means ‘star’ in Arabic, this is the the blog of an engineering university student living in Mosul in the north of Iraq.
A Star from Mosul is a well written blog which gives a vivid account both of daily life and customs of Iraqi people, and the reality of living in a country at war.
Riverbend gives a first hand account of life in Baghdad. It can be painful reading, as we see the effect the war is having on the daily lives of the Iraqi people. Updates are rare these days due to lack of electricity and other problems. The first year of her blog has been published as a book.