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Blogging from Baghdad

By circletimessquare in Internet
Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:01:58 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)
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I don't know how appropriate it is to draw even more attention to a probably overloaded server, but this guy's ability to blog is probably already somewhat sketchy due to oh, about 25 different reasons you or I can think of right now, so here it is: Blogging from Baghdad.


Who knows? Maybe we'll catch a first hand account. Cross your fingers for him. Please post updates if you notice a glimmer of activity. I hope the blogspot.com guys keep the traffic level down so this guy can update, if possible.

Please note: this looks like the real deal. I found it through an MSNBC story. Not that that is a stamp of approval, but their fact-checking resources are probably more extensive than mine. There is some good background to the blog in the MSNBC story if you wish to follow up.

He updated the site at 5:46 AM March 20th... which is 9:46 PM Eastern Standard Time March 19th in the US. This is half an hour before President Bush made his 4 minute speech announcing the start of the war. The blogger's depiction overlaps with what news reports are saying was an "opportunistic decapitation" bomb dropping flyover aimed at the Iraqi elite.

If you can't get to his blog, here are the topmost few paragraphs right now (12:45 AM March 20th Eastern Standard Time, USA)...

:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 ::

air raid sirens in baghdad but the only sounds you can here are the anti-aircraft machine guns. will go now.
:: salam 5:46 AM [+] ::
...

It is even too late for last minute things to buy, there are too few shops open. We went again for a drive thru Baghdad's main streets. Too depressing. I have never seen Baghdad like this. Today the Ba'ath party people started taking their places in the trenches and main squares and intersections, fully armed and freshly shaven. They looked too clean and well groomed to defend anything. And the most shocking thing was the number of kids. They couldn't be older than 20, sitting in trenches sipping Miranda fizzy drinks and eating chocolate (that was at the end of our street) other places you would see them sitting bored in the sun. more cars with guns and loads of Kalashnikovs everywhere.
The worst is seeing and feeling the city come to a halt. Nothing. No buying, no selling, no people running after buses. We drove home quickly. At least inside it did not feel so sad.
The ultimatum ends at 4 in the morning her in Baghdad, and the big question is will the attack be at the same night or not. Stories about the first gulf war are being told for the 100th time.
The Syrian border is now closed to Iraqis. They are being turned back. What is worse is that people wanting to go to Deyala which is in Iraq are being told to drive back to baghdad, there was a runor going around that baghdad will be "closed" no one goes in or out [check the map go from Baghdad in a N/E direction until you reach Baqubah, this is the center of Deyala governerate] people are being turned back at the borders of Baghdad city. There is a checkpoint and they will not let you pass it. there are rumors that many people have taken the path thru Deyala to go to the Iranian border. Maybe, maybe not.
If you remember I told you a while ago that you can get 14 satellite channels sanctioned by the state, retransmitted and decoded by receivers you have to buy from a state company. This service has been suspended. Internet will follow I am sure.

Things on Iraqi TV today:

  • an interview with the minister of interior affairs. Turned the volume down, didn't want to hear anything.
  • demonstrations in Iarqi cities
-yesterday the last 500 prisoners from the Iraq-Iran war were being exchanged. I can't believe they are still doing this, for fuck's sake that war ended in 1989. every Iraqi family can tell you a hundred heart braking stories about things that happen when you have thought you brother/father/son is dead and he suddenly appears after 10 years.
:: salam 12:21 AM [+] ::
...

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Blogging from Baghdad | 101 comments (90 topical, 11 editorial, 0 hidden)
Thanks (2.50 / 2) (#1)
by noproblema on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:47:03 AM EST

to you I have found that

See you all in the streets



Good source (4.60 / 5) (#2)
by rusty on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:49:11 AM EST

He's in Baghdad. Many people have been following his posts for several weeks. He reported at 6:40AM (local) that the BBC reports that Iraqi radio had been pre-empted by US military broadcasts was untrue, and that was confirmed shortly thereafter on TV news.

I suspect the blogspot server is going to get hammered today.

____
Not the real rusty

help rusty! (none / 0) (#5)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:55:51 AM EST

i forgot an underscore in the main link! it should be dear_raed, not dearraed as noted by trebuchet... thanks!

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
sorry, nevermind, got clued into faq for this (nt) (none / 0) (#13)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:12:34 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Interesting. (1.25 / 4) (#6)
by Syntax on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:04:15 AM EST

Interesting in that this is written in English.

yes, as noted by msnbc.com (4.00 / 2) (#10)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:09:26 AM EST

but it is not THAT strange to find an english speaker in baghdad after all

Ostensibly based in Baghdad, Where is Raed? is written by a person blogging under the pseudonym of Salam Pax, a tech-savvy Iraqi whose mastery of English provides for vivid descriptions, cutting wit, and thoughtful commentary. In the past there has been some discussion of the veracity of the writer's claims, but those appear to have been resolved, with several bloggers offering testimony to Salam's authenticity --and frankly, the more you read, the less doubt there seems to be.

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

You might be surprised to hear this (4.66 / 3) (#43)
by borderline on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 07:11:37 AM EST

But in many countries one is not considered educated without speaking at least one foreign language.

[ Parent ]
FUD (4.66 / 3) (#54)
by Beltza on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:33:50 AM EST

Listening to George's FUD too much lately? Iraq is a very developed country, and not some Arabs living in small shelters.
But the image of well educated English speaking people does not fit in the picture the American government want to give to the people (however, it will be true after the invasion is finished and all refugees live in tents).

Be alert!!!
The world needs more lerts...


[ Parent ]
You, Sir, are a moron! (or a troll) (3.00 / 2) (#65)
by jabber on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:17:43 PM EST

If Americans knew as much about the world, as the world knows about America, they would all be at least bilingual.

English is the second language of choice around the globe. It is the linguistic equivalent of Budweiser. Virtually all technology using people, throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, speak English with fluency adequate to live in the US.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"
[ Parent ]

update that rusty alluded to (none / 0) (#8)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:06:55 AM EST

:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 :: there is still nothing happening im baghdad we can only hear distant expolsions and there still is no all clear siren. someone in the BBC said that the state radio has been overtaken by US broadcast, that didn't happen the 3 state broadcasters still operate. :: salam 6:40 AM [+] :: ...

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

wow. (none / 0) (#9)
by /dev/trash on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:07:48 AM EST

He has some very good English skills.

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Updated 02/20/2004
New Site
not strange to find english speaker in baghdad (nt (none / 0) (#11)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:10:27 AM EST



The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]
Educated class in Iraq speaks good English (4.66 / 3) (#53)
by Eric Green on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:26:57 AM EST

Remember that Iraq was a British protectorate after it was created from remnants of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Also remember that Iraq has three major languages, Arabic in the middle, Farsi in the south, and Kurdish in the north. The educated class in Iraq has viewed good English skills as a prerequisite for success ever since the nation was cobbled together from three different tribal regions (the same circumstance which has basically precluded democracy in Iraq, since it would result in the breakup of the country into three nations in a bloody civil war). Having English as the major language of commerce allows not having to learn the language of the hated Kurds or Shiites (or the hated Kurds and Sunni if you are a Shiite, or the hated Shiites and Sunni if you are a Kurd).
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You are feeling sleepy... you are feeling verrry sleepy...
[ Parent ]
Very cool. (none / 0) (#14)
by Arkayne on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:23:34 AM EST

I'll be bookmarking this one. Hopefully he continues to post daily, if not hourly.

interesting (4.00 / 5) (#15)
by Delirium on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:25:44 AM EST

How did someone with a banner reading "support democracy in Iraq" and with some rather not-pro-Saddam comments manage to keep his blog going this long, from Baghdad, the one city probably under very good government control?

and also... (4.85 / 7) (#16)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:44:51 AM EST

his site has a quote like this...

"the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
----------
Samuel P. Huntington

so his pov seems pretty balanced to me. of course there is a possibility he could be a hoax, but the thinking by a lot of people right now is that he is not a hoax. read his blog. your doubt will fade some, really. his details are just too cutting.

also note rusty's comment (earlier than this in the same thread):

He's in Baghdad. Many people have been following his posts for several weeks. He reported at 6:40AM (local) that the BBC reports that Iraqi radio had been pre-empted by US military broadcasts was untrue, and that was confirmed shortly thereafter on TV news.
I suspect the blogspot server is going to get hammered today.

here is the entry rusty alludes too:

:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 ::
there is still nothing happening im baghdad we can only hear distant expolsions and there still is no all clear siren. someone in the BBC said that the state radio has been overtaken by US broadcast, that didn't happen the 3 state broadcasters still operate.
:: salam 6:40 AM [+] :: ...

so on the subject of the truthfulness of this blog, by the timing of his blog statements, he seems to indicate foreknowledge of conditions no one but a resident should have, or at least someone in or near baghdad.

it is not impossible to dream of an iraqi who desires democracy, no? but that he blogs from baghdad though IS suspect. you are right to point that out. however, from the msnbc story there are 2 paragraphs which go to the heart of 2 of your concerns- that it is propaganda, or that it is a hoax:

Ostensibly based in Baghdad, Where is Raed? is written by a person blogging under the pseudonym of Salam Pax, a tech-savvy Iraqi whose mastery of English provides for vivid descriptions, cutting wit, and thoughtful commentary. In the past there has been some discussion of the veracity of the writer's claims, but those appear to have been resolved, with several bloggers offering testimony to Salam's authenticity --and frankly, the more you read, the less doubt there seems to be.

       The back story of the "Where is Raed" Weblog is difficult to discern. Salam presents himself as an architectural engineer of some kind, and Raed is his friend. At this point, autobiographical explanations are distinctly avoided in the uncertain environment of Saddam Hussein's regime, as they can mean the end of the blog, not to mention the end of Salam. Readers across the blogosphere held their collective breath last December, when Salam's public profile rose too high (the result of being featured in a Reuters news article) and he closed down the blog for a while out of fear of being discovered by Iraqi officials.

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

after reading through, I'm convinced (3.50 / 4) (#17)
by Delirium on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:04:36 AM EST

I was just a bit surprised that something like this could be posted with a high profile from right in the middle of a fairly totalitarian state. I suppose Saddam's police aren't quite as good at tracking these things down as, say, the Chinese are.

[ Parent ]
i agree (5.00 / 3) (#22)
by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:06:46 AM EST

this is really remarkable. it really is.

it is history being made. it sounds like cliche-mongering to say it, but it must be said: it is the democratizing, censorship-fighting and equality-promoting effects of the internet in action.

thank you, salam, or whatever your name is. we really thank you for your bravery for bearing witness. you sacrifice your safety to blog, we know this. but your efforts do not go without benefit, for us all, for all of humanity. you really can't ask to do more in life.

ok, now i really am cliche-mongering. lol ;-P


The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

[ Parent ]

It's not his name. (none / 0) (#64)
by Dr Caleb on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:15:28 PM EST

If memory serves "Salam" is a blessing. Roughly "God bless you". It's used in most Arabic countries much the same way we'd use 'Good bye', just more emphatically.


Vive Le Canada - For Canadians who give a shit about their country.

There is no K5 cabal.
[ Parent ]

i was under the impression (none / 0) (#86)
by LittleLui on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 05:04:26 AM EST

that "salam" meant "peace" (just like the hebrew "shalom") oh yeah, and "pax" is latin for peace.
This sig will self destruct in ten nanoseconds.
[ Parent ]
FUD (5.00 / 3) (#55)
by Beltza on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:35:31 AM EST

Listening to George's FUD too much lately? Iraq is a very developed country, and not some Arabs living in small shelters.
But the image of well educated English speaking people does not fit in the picture the American government want to give to the people (however, it will be true after the invasion is finished and all refugees live in tents).

Be alert!!!
The world needs more lerts...


[ Parent ]
I'm not speaking of level of education (none / 0) (#68)
by Delirium on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:46:14 PM EST

I was referring more to the fact that Iraq isn't a particularly politically free country; the Ba'ath party tends to look down rather harshly on agitation for political change.

[ Parent ]
and american polititions... (none / 0) (#101)
by bluemonkie24 on Sat Apr 05, 2003 at 02:07:14 AM EST

...spend their time telling everyone how their opponents are wrong and not trying to do anything for the people...then again, lots of americans rather just stick their heads in the sand and not both

[ Parent ]
Good point! (none / 0) (#67)
by jabber on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:40:17 PM EST

Rusty must have a mainframe on his little island paradise.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"
[ Parent ]

Facts to check (4.50 / 4) (#18)
by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:26:55 AM EST

Some things I'd like to know for sure before I believe Salam is the real thing:
  • 1] Does "al-ithara wa al-faza" really mean "shock and awe" in Arabic?
  • 2] Can you change the the date/time of a Blogspot entry (to make entries like his radio scoop look more timely)?
  • 3] Since he visits other blogs, can those blogmasters show that their access logs have visits from Iraqi or Middle Eastern IP addresses?
  • 4] Is "itha allah khalana taibeen" really a common Arabic saying meaning "We'll see you tomorrow if good [sic?] keeps us alive"?
  • 5] Can one really "smell" a sand storm coming?
  • 6] Are the names of all the districts in Baghdad real?
  • 6] Is "shabab TV" the youth TV program?
These are just a few culled from the first few entries. It would be interested to hear from an Arabic speaker on this. The rest of you guys are invited to submit your own facts you'd like checked, and also try to check a few yourselves.

Salam's pictures, Salam's face (5.00 / 3) (#19)
by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:44:30 AM EST

He uses a service from IndustrialDeathRock.com to host his photos. Here's a gallery of all his photos.
  • There are a few images of a dark-skinned gentleman -- is his appearance typically Iraqi?
  • Do these photos seem to be scanned in, or taken from news sources?


[ Parent ]
Wow, Baghdad is a real city (5.00 / 6) (#21)
by Nike on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:04:40 AM EST

When watching CNN etc, they go out of their way to make Iraq look positively uncivilized ; they do an excellent job of making people forget that Iraq is a real city just like the one the war-monger (for who else could stomach CNN) viewer is living in.

[ Parent ]
Scanned in? (5.00 / 4) (#23)
by TheOnlyCoolTim on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:10:08 AM EST

It seems they have buses and tall buildings and the internet in Iraq. Maybe they have a digital camera too?

Tim
"We are trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death."
[ Parent ]

that's what i meant, oops (n/t) (none / 0) (#24)
by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:11:27 AM EST



[ Parent ]
salam mentions a scanner (5.00 / 2) (#27)
by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:26:41 AM EST

in this entry. that's why it was on my mind:
sometime ago I promised to show you the new 10,000 Dinar bill, it has been issued around 4 months ago and might become a part of this country's history soon.

[PICTURE]

please excuse the quality i don't have the scanner at home ...



[ Parent ]
And where the hell are these images linked from ?! (none / 0) (#93)
by emo1313 on Sat Mar 22, 2003 at 02:31:57 AM EST

This shit is KILLING my bandwidth... Putting out over 15 megabit all day... I will be deleing thesee images... Sorry to who ever but I can take this no longer, if some one will email me emo1313@dopplegangers.com to tell me what this is about I would much like to know! Emo1313 - over and out.

[ Parent ]
Deleted. (none / 0) (#98)
by emo1313 on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 03:37:29 PM EST

Due to the over whelming band with , my server - industrialdeathrock can not handle the load... The images have been removed and the account locked . sorry, i just can not take it any more.

[ Parent ]
8e6 Firewall screenshot, Iraqi Internet filter (4.25 / 4) (#25)
by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:18:59 AM EST

In this entry Salam has a screenshot of being blocked by a firewall developed by 8e6 Technologies. This Wired article corroborates this:
Iraq also blocks access to vast portions of the Web using content-filtering software from 8e6 Technologies, an American company. The company has repeatedly denied selling the software to Iraq, but reporters and Iraqis said the Access Denied message that pops up on screens when they attempt to connect with forbidden websites contains a reference to 8e6 Technologies.
It's really unethical, the way US companies are helping repressive regimes like China and Iraq by selling them firewalls and filtering software. In China, I know that you can go to jail or work camp for years for what you say in emails or which websites you visit -- and it was American software companies that gave China the ability to find out who's looking at the wrong sites.

[ Parent ]
Yay for Capitalism! (none / 0) (#66)
by jabber on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:37:10 PM EST

Hitler used IBM mainframes to organize the Holocaust. Remington makes bullets, some of which are used to murder people. Software can be stolen or resold.

I think your might be suffering from premature infuriation.

[TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"
[ Parent ]

Try this one on for size (none / 0) (#95)
by Hechz on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 01:04:05 AM EST

I got the link off of the blog. It's nice to see globalization at work. $host baath-party.org baath-party.org has address 65.115.131.50 $awhois 65.115.131.50 [whois.arin.net] OrgName: Qwest Communications OrgID: QWST Address: 950 17th Street Address: Suite 1900 City: Denver StateProv: CO PostalCode: 80202 Country: US NetRange: 65.112.0.0 - 65.127.255.255 CIDR: 65.112.0.0/12 NetName: NET-QWEST-BLKS-4 NetHandle: NET-65-112-0-0-1 Parent: NET-65-0-0-0-0 NetType: Direct Allocation NameServer: DCA-ANS-01.INET.QWEST.NET NameServer: SVL-ANS-01.INET.QWEST.NET Comment: ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE Comment: NOTE: For abuse issues, please email abuse@qwest.net. RegDate: 2001-01-04 Updated: 2002-07-12 TechHandle: QN-ARIN TechName: NOC, NOC TechPhone: +1-703-363-3001 TechEmail: support@qwestip.net OrgAbuseHandle: QIA2-ARIN OrgAbuseName: Qwest IP Abuse OrgAbusePhone: +1-703-363-3001 OrgAbuseEmail: abuse@qwest.net OrgNOCHandle: QIN-ARIN OrgNOCName: Qwest IP NOC OrgNOCPhone: +1-703-363-3001 OrgNOCEmail: support@qwestip.net OrgTechHandle: QIA-ARIN OrgTechName: Qwest IP Admin OrgTechPhone: +1-888-795-0420 OrgTechEmail: ipadmin@qwest.com # ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2003-03-23 20:00 # Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

[ Parent ]
Damn formatting drop down (none / 0) (#96)
by Hechz on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 01:05:41 AM EST

I got the link off of the blog. It's nice to see globalization at work.

$host baath-party.org
baath-party.org has address 65.115.131.50
$awhois 65.115.131.50
[whois.arin.net]

OrgName:    Qwest Communications
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NameServer: SVL-ANS-01.INET.QWEST.NET
Comment:    ADDRESSES WITHIN THIS BLOCK ARE NON-PORTABLE
Comment:    NOTE: For abuse issues, please email abuse@qwest.net.
RegDate:    2001-01-04
Updated:    2002-07-12

TechHandle: QN-ARIN
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OrgTechHandle: QIA-ARIN
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# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2003-03-23 20:00
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

[ Parent ]

Shabab TV (5.00 / 4) (#32)
by AtADeadRun on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:49:51 AM EST

Is indeed an Iraqi TV station, owned by Saddam's eldest son. It does indeed mean Youth TV. It's in the third-to-last paragraph there.

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Pain heals. Glory is forever. Keep running.

We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
[ Parent ]
Number 4 (5.00 / 4) (#37)
by Devils Advocate on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:56:03 AM EST

4] Is "itha allah khalana taibeen" really a common Arabic saying meaning "We'll see you tomorrow if good [sic?] keeps us alive"
According to my broken Arabic:
  • itha = if
  • allah = God
  • khalana = leaves us/keeps us
  • taibeen = healthy/OK/alive
  • Sounds legit. No idea about "al-ithara wa al-faza" though, my vocabulary is too limited.

    [ Parent ]
    Timely updates (5.00 / 4) (#46)
    by jrumney on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 08:20:17 AM EST

    One possibility is that the blog is operated by the US government as part of the propaganda campaign linked with the war. If that is the case, then they would have the inside information necessary to make updates before the news broke.

    So I don't think 2 is important. I think it is more likely that the times do not need to be changed either because Salam is a genuine Iraqi inside Iraq or someone working from inside the CIA or similar organization.

    Personally I think the most likely scenario is that Salem is genuine, but the multitude of other "Iraqi" bloggers that will pop up over the next couple of weeks will not be. Forging a genuine looking blog is just too big an opportunity for producing disinformation for intelligence agencies to overlook.

    [ Parent ]

    Agreed (4.00 / 4) (#52)
    by Eric Green on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:19:46 AM EST

    Many of the statements on the blog are very anti-American and anti-war. This does not sound like a CIA operation. It is clear that "Salam" is not going to welcome American troops with flowers and rice the way that the CIA wants, no matter how much Salam hates the Baathist regime (from his description, the Baathists are basically like the Nazi or Stalin-era Communist Party, an organized minority imposing their will on a nation via propoganda, fraud, and force).
    --
    You are feeling sleepy... you are feeling verrry sleepy...
    [ Parent ]
    Agreeing for the wrong reasons (none / 0) (#87)
    by jrumney on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 05:30:18 AM EST

    If the CIA are using this blog for propaganda purposes, then they are not going to be preaching to the already converted. It is in their interests to make Salem look like he has nothing to do with the American government, to the point of being mildly anti-American (he is very opposed to war, but I would not say very anti-American).

    What makes me think he is genuine is that he refutes claims made in Western media about US forces knocking out radio and TV stations. If the CIA were behind this, I beleive they would be using it to back up the propaganda about US achievements in this war they are feeding to CNN etc, while making Salem appear to be not linked to America in any way. Ironically, the fact that the blog is US hosted probably points to it being genuine too; if the CIA were trying to fake it they'd probably steer clear of hosting it at home.

    [ Parent ]

    confirming sandstorm smelling (4.00 / 1) (#47)
    by JussiK on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 08:27:04 AM EST

    I've seen 'sandstorm smelling' happen in northern parts of Kenya. Couldn't do it myself though (the smell environment was very different than what I as a Finn was used to).
    Without seeing or hearing any official weather predictions most people could somehow tell when a storm (even just a small one) was coming.

    --
    jussi

    [ Parent ]

    Sandstorm smell (5.00 / 5) (#51)
    by Eric Green on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:13:52 AM EST

    There is an acrid, somewhat humid smell that precedes a sandstorm. I can generally tell when a sandstorm is going to hit by the smell, too (I live in Phoenix, AZ, where sandstorms hit regularly in the autumn, though they no longer roll into Phoenix proper very often due to the heat island effect).
    --
    You are feeling sleepy... you are feeling verrry sleepy...
    [ Parent ]
    I can attest to (5.00 / 1) (#74)
    by Gailin on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:18:09 PM EST

    the smell of a sandstorm coming.  I also live in Phoenix, Avondale to be exact.  Which is on the western border of the Phoenix area.  Having grown up here, I have seen my fair share of sandstorms, and they definitely have a smell :)

    G

    [ Parent ]

    Confirmation from an arabic speaker (5.00 / 2) (#84)
    by patrickas on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 02:56:18 AM EST

    1 - "al-ithara wa al-faza"
    It means roughly the same thing as "shock an awe", al-faza means awe/scare but al-ithara means more excetement/panic then shock,  but I guess it is just an expression.

    4 - "itha allah khalana taibeen" means litteraly "if God keeps us alive" and yes it is an expression that is fairly used especially by the elderly.

    6 - "shabab TV" is youth TV

    [ Parent ]

    More blogs from Iraq (5.00 / 3) (#20)
    by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:00:23 AM EST

    This MSNBC article suggests ElectronicIraq.net, a site featuring posts from Kathy Kelly of the Iraq Peace Team (not "human shields," as they like to point out).

    It also mentions next-scud-stud Kevin Sites's photoblog.

    Holy Shit! (1.75 / 4) (#35)
    by medham on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:11:21 AM EST

    I dreamed I saw Stevie Nicks and asked her how she liked the Camper van Beethoven version of "Sara." She said she liked it.

    The end times are near.

    The real 'medham' has userid 6831.

    You truly are the King of Kings. (none / 0) (#85)
    by Demiurge on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 03:22:11 AM EST



    [ Parent ]
    Announcement: Poll on "K5 effect". (1.25 / 4) (#36)
    by flo on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:34:46 AM EST

    Sorry that this is a bit off-topic, but there was a discussion here via editorial comments shortly before this was posted and the editorials were (more or less) hidden. The point is, the Baghdad blog has been slashdotted. Now, since readers here don't seem to like the "S" word all that much, we need a verb to describe the action of bringing a serve to its knees by posting a link to it on K5. The current suggestions are:
    to corrode / corroded
    to korr0de / korr0ded
    to kuro5h / kuro5hed
    to kru5h / kru5hed.

    A poll has now been created to decide on this. Unfortunately, the last entry above is not yet on the poll, since it came up after the poll. Once more suggestions have come in, I can host a second poll, including more options. Let's see what happens.
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    Already done (4.33 / 3) (#39)
    by zakalwe on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 05:23:02 AM EST

    "Kuroded" seems be the standard one when anyone bothers. This has been around for a long time already.

    [ Parent ]
    On a related note... (5.00 / 3) (#38)
    by NFW on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 05:08:20 AM EST

    See what the US has been telling the Iraqis.


    --
    Got birds?


    Optical cable (none / 0) (#44)
    by drquick on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 07:30:39 AM EST

    Interesting! Pentagon fears optical cable. Now that we can read the US propaganda pamphlets we can easily see that the "military optical cable" [sic] is a crucial target for air strikes. Obviously the pentagon assumes that maintaining the optical cable system in working condition would mean very much for the war in Iraqi favor. Using WMD ranks high too. Tracking aircraft with radar, operating weapons systems, laying mines not equally high.

    [ Parent ]
    mirror (none / 0) (#58)
    by quelrod on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:02:45 PM EST

    Hey tossing up a mirror tho it's still wget'ing cuz the site is slow: mirror

    [ Parent ]
    underscores not allowed in hostname? (4.00 / 2) (#40)
    by danny on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 05:47:25 AM EST

    I just get "Illegal character in hostname; underscores are not allowed" when I try to view the site... Do I need to tweak my nameserver?

    Danny.
    [900 book reviews and other stuff]

    Same problem (none / 0) (#41)
    by ffrinch on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 06:42:07 AM EST

    I get the same problem, but I don't have my own nameserver, so I guess I can't fix it.

    If you're lazy, you can still get to the site through The Cloak or another proxy, though.

    -◊-
    "I learned the hard way that rock music ... is a powerful demonic force controlled by Satan." — Jack Chick
    [ Parent ]

    Wierd! (none / 0) (#42)
    by drquick on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 06:42:39 AM EST

    Just wanted to say that http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/ works for me.

    [ Parent ]
    Underscores in hostnames (5.00 / 1) (#45)
    by otmar on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 07:44:50 AM EST

    The only legal characters in hostnames are the letters a-z (capitalisation is preserved, but ignored), the digits 0-9 and the dash '-'. The '_' is only legal in SRV-type records.

    Namesservers usually have an option to a) allow illegal chars in own zones, b) allow them only when resolving a name from a remote nameserver, or c) completely suppress them.

    /ol

    [ Parent ]

    Try not to use a proxy (none / 0) (#49)
    by lugumbashi on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 09:06:03 AM EST

    I found that when I connect direct to the net instead of via a Squid proxy it works otherwise I get the same message.
    -"Guinness thaw tool in jew me dinner ouzel?"
    [ Parent ]
    Same for me. (none / 0) (#60)
    by Dr Caleb on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:43:02 PM EST

    Squid seems to choke on the underscore.


    Baroque: [Bar-oak] (adj.) (s.) ; What you are when you have no Monet.

    There is no K5 cabal.
    [ Parent ]

    BBC blogs in from the region (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by Siddhi on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 08:55:14 AM EST

    Various BBC correspondents are also blogging from the region. This is the link -

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/2866547.stm

    no comparison to real info (none / 0) (#61)
    by fhotg on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:50:38 PM EST

    Gavin Hewitt, I hope someone shoots you in the head soon.

    [ Parent ]
    Goddamn.... (4.66 / 3) (#50)
    by JahToasted on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:09:23 AM EST

    This is amazing. This is the sort of first person quotes you see in history books, but in real time. It seems to be legit too... just the everyday matter of factness about it. Talking about the weather, discussing the best pattern to use when taping up the windows. There's just too much detail to be fake.

    This went straight to my bookmark bar and out to the printer. This will be kept with my favourite books. It is just so true.

    Now that the war has started (4.75 / 8) (#56)
    by sophacles on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:43:51 AM EST

    I think that this blog, and many of the blogs other users have linked to, need to be shared with as many people as possible.  Yesterday during his speach Bush stated that one of the goals of this campaign is to bring democracy and freedom to the Iraqi people. Hold him to it.  If war protests don't work, and the anti-war people are being labled as the tree-hugging hippie types, don't be one of them.  Show dissaproval of the war, but don't insult Bush, or use inflamitory comments that just harden the pro-war types against you.  Instead, remind them that they want democracy in Iraq. Link them to this and other blogs that humanize Iraqis. Perhaps we can at least have something good out of this war.

    Don't get me wrong, I believe this war is wrong. I just think that now that the US/coalition has committed to this war, they won't stop it.  I just feel that we should make the best out of a bad situation, and that those opposed to the war, need to start humanizing the Iraqis before US soldiers start dying.  Once that happens the "fuck 'em, just turn the place to glass" crowd will have more sway, and there won't be any action towards helping the Iraqis after the war.

    .....humanizing Iraqis.... (none / 0) (#62)
    by Niha on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:52:25 PM EST

      I think you have had an interesting idea,but I´m afraid is the kind of idea not many politicians would like....

    [ Parent ]
    Right On. (4.33 / 3) (#57)
    by mrondello on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 11:51:13 AM EST

    It is great to see news like this, as it provides another avenue to wade through propaganda and dis-information.

    I found two to three sites like this during the NATO attacks in Yugoslavia. Using those sites, along with foreign and local news outlets, I was able to piece together a somewhat accurate account of what was going on over there. I.E all the colateral damage.

    Of course I understand that nothing can ever be entirely accurate, but I feel I can take in news easier if I check all available sources and extrapolate what I believe from them. The differences from the US news outlets and the Serbian Web Blogs was enough for me to flat out question the truth and validity of the US media in reporting on the military action.

    Alas the Blogs inside the war zone did not last long, as eventually all internet connectivity was cut off, and things like this happened .

    I do however feel that I have a little more insight to that conflict and others because I found those web blogs. It has taught me that over 75% of what I see and hear in the media is propaganda and dis-information.

    Mirror or save, please (4.66 / 3) (#59)
    by jabber on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 12:21:01 PM EST

    I've shared this link with a few people this morning. Their almost unanimous reaction was: "He knows English? He's so pragmatic! I didn't know Iraqi's thought like this!"

    I'm keeping a copy of the page, for posterity, before the US media tells everyone how grateful to be liberated, or brainwashed by their leader, or fanatically anti-American the Iraqi population is.

    [TINK5C] |"Is K5 my kapusta intellectual teddy bear?"| "Yes"

    iraqis? (3.66 / 3) (#69)
    by si13nz on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:00:17 PM EST

    huh,iraqis are among the brightest of the lot. remember that iraqis were civilized and had cutting edge technology when europe was pre-barbarian. [later they exported all the barbarians to america] someone was airing whether he really was an iraqi. i have strong feeling that he is, because i have a few iraqi friends who speak like that. i mean, the smarty-pants digs. ---- america may have a history of pillaging of a mere 80 years. [best estimates] iraq has borne the brunt of many savage pillagers for centuries - count hulago son of ghengiz khan among others. moreover, the most ignorant lot i ever see are from that God-forsaken land they call america. brrrr. they gimme the creeps.. some [american] posters make me whine like tom sawyer did: 'if i were so ignorant i would never talk'. iraq was the most advanced nation in the middle east before the wretched americans crippled them with sanctions. i repeat ad nauseum, it was the united states of a******* who destroyed this country.

    [ Parent ]
    orange alert! (2.00 / 2) (#63)
    by si13nz on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 01:13:35 PM EST

    looks like the u.s. ministry of truth gotten wind of the blog. or some other sinister thing happening... i cannot access the blog; either the website is hammered as rusty (or whoever) puts it, or the u.s m-0-t hath gotten it down. pretext? no need. you are all living in the state of emergency. wake up americans, you lost america [and so-called liberty etc.,] the day the wind blew hanging chads. in my mind's eye, i can see a distant future-historian [?] writing about Dear Leader, George W. Bush 2 - savior of the masses. the protector of the poor and the deprived. the leader of the demented... / due to a technical difficulty, we cannot complete the paragraph.

    No problem here (none / 0) (#70)
    by TurboThy on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:01:26 PM EST

    I have had no problem accessing the site all day from Denmark. Perhaps it is the link across the Atlantic that is saturated?
    __
    'Someone will sig this comment. They will. I know it.' [Egil Skallagrimson]
    [ Parent ]
    I'm in... (none / 0) (#71)
    by m42gal on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 02:19:41 PM EST

    no problem here either...it's coming up fine.

    St.
    [ Parent ]

    This is interesting (none / 0) (#82)
    by jup on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 09:57:13 PM EST

    Can't connect to the site using proxy server. However, with direct connection to internet, everything works just great.

    Seems that us ministry of truth has pretty long hand, since it must have forced my internet provider in Czech Republic to censor its users.
    --
    Two beers or not two beers. That's the question.
    [ Parent ]

    Proxys are choking on the underscore (none / 0) (#88)
    by Gully Foyle on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 08:47:15 AM EST

    See this thread.

    If you weren't picked on in school you were doing something wrong - kableh
    [ Parent ]

    if you see an update... (none / 0) (#72)
    by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:11:15 PM EST

    post it here, for the sake of those who can't get to the blog ;-)

    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    ..or post a mirror (5.00 / 2) (#78)
    by nermal on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:55:49 PM EST

    Even if people can get to the blog it's important to mirror it in as many places as possible so that it can be viewed without drawing attention to the actual blogspot site. Post updates here AND encourage others to mirror the site.

    My Mirror
    Intro page
    Actual blog

    [ Parent ]
    update (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:12:32 PM EST

    :: Thursday, March 20, 2003 ::

    the all clear siren just went on.
    The bombing aould come and go in waves, nothing too heavy and not yet comparable to what was going on in 91. all radio and TV stations are still on and while the air raid began the Iraqi TV was showing patriotic songs and didn't even bother to inform viewers that we are under attack. at the moment they are re-airing yesterday's interview with the minister of interior affairs. THe sounds of the anti-aircarft artillery is still louder than the booms and bangs which means that they are still far from where we live, but the images we saw on Al Arabia news channel showed a building burning near one of my aunts house, hotel pax was a good idea. we have two safe rooms one with "international media" and the other with the Iraqi TV on. every body is waitingwaitingwaiting. phones are still ok, we called around the city a moment ago to check on friends. Information is what they need. Iraqi TV says nothing, shows nothing. what good are patriotic songs when bombs are dropping
    around 6:30 my uncle went out to get bread, he said that all the streets going to the main arterial roads are controlled by Ba'ath people. not curfew but you have to have a reason to leave your neighborhood, and the bakeries are, by instruction of the Party, seeling only a limited amount of bread to each customer. he also says that near the main roads all the yet unfinished houses have been taken by party or army people.

    :: salam 10:33 PM [+] ::
    ...
    I watched al sahaf on al-jazeera. he said that the US has bombed the Iraqi sattelite channel, but while he was saying that the ISC was broadcasting and if it really did hit the ISC headquarters it would have been right in the middle of baghdad. what was probably hirt were transmiters or something. all TV stations are still working.
    :: salam 4:28 PM [+] ::
    ...
    Now that was really unexpected. When the sirens went on we thought we will get bombs by the tom load dropped on us but nothing happened, at least in the part of the city where I lived. Air-craft guns could be heard for a while but they stopped too after a while and then the all clear siren came.
    Today in the morning I went with my father for a ride around Baghdad and there was nothing different from yesterday. There is no curfew and cars can be seen speeding to places here and there. Shops are closed. Only some bakeries are open and of course the Ba'ath Party Centers. There are more Ba'ath people in the streets and they have more weapons. No army in the streets. We obviously still have electricity, phones are still working and we got to phone calls from abroad so the international lines are still working. water is still runing.
    the english speaking radio station on FM is now replaced by the arabic languge state radio program broadcasting on the same wave length. i just say thet because last night just as the BBC was broadcasting from baghdad (yes we have put up the sat dish again) their news ticker (or whatever you call that red band down there) said that the Iraqi state radio has been taken over by US broadcast. We watched saddam's speech this morning, he's got verse in it!!
    :: salam 1:23 PM [+] ::
    ...

    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    Somebody posted this here before (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by salsaman on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 03:42:59 PM EST

    Iraq body count (currently standing at 16).

    Mirror is up (5.00 / 4) (#76)
    by nermal on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:47:37 PM EST

    A few people here have encouraged others to set up a mirror of the blog but I haven't seen posts by anyone who has actually done it. I've set up a crude mirror on my own webhost. It's just the front page and I am manually updating it, but hopefully it can keep people advised of what's going on without drawing too much attention to the site. For those who haven't read, the author recently took the blog down when it got too popular for fear of it being noticed by the authorities. I make no claims as to the veracity of the blog, but here it is. Please link liberally: http://academy.phpwebhosting.com/dear_raed/blog/index.html


    More info (none / 0) (#77)
    by nermal on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 04:49:32 PM EST

    For those wishing to send the link to the uninformed, I wrote a simple introductory page with congressional contact info here: http://academy.phpwebhosting.com/dear_raed/

    [ Parent ]
    Some odd things (3.20 / 5) (#79)
    by cestmoi on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 08:41:05 PM EST

    It strikes me as odd that he would use a British advertising company's email address. Nme.com is owned by IPC media in London. Here's the Whois record on his email address:

    Domain Name: NME.COM
    Administrative Contact: Administrator, DNS (DA8274-ORG) dns_admin@IPCMEDIA.COM IPC Media Ltd A Wynn-Ruffhead Room 2810 King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street London, UK +44 (0)20 7261 6774 Fax- +44 (0)20 7261 7788
    Another odd thing. If he were legit, he'd have to be awfully dumb to post this...
    around 6:30 my uncle went out to get bread, he said that all the streets going to the main arterial roads are controlled by Ba'ath people. not curfew but you have to have a reason to leave your neighborhood, and the bakeries are, by instruction of the Party, seeling only a limited amount of bread to each customer. he also says that near the main roads all the yet unfinished houses have been taken by party or army people.
    Hard to believe anyone would openly post targeting information. Finally, Instapundit posted this link that says Iraq has shut down their phone network. A sat phone might work, but again, why we would he risk it?

    Some of you may remember the story about babies being dumped out of incubators when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Turned out it was a story fabricated by an ad agency hired by the Kuwaitis. Maybe it's a conicidence that nme.org is owned by an media agency, but then again, maybe it isn't.

    the debate rages on (nt) (none / 0) (#80)
    by circletimessquare on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 09:34:24 PM EST



    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    [ Parent ]
    Inconclusive (none / 0) (#81)
    by zakalwe on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 09:54:53 PM EST

    It strikes me as odd that he would use a British advertising company's email address.
    It looks like nme.com give out email addresses: see here ("Get Your NME.COM Member Name/E-mail Address")

    I'd guess this is just an yahoo style free mail account type thing.

    Hard to believe anyone would openly post targeting information.
    What targetting information? Not sure what you mean here. This doesn't seem to point to any specific address or location.
    Instapundit posted this link that says Iraq has shut down their phone network.
    Yeah - I'm currious about how he's getting this out. He states "phones are still ok" in the latest post. This should probably be added to the "questions to be answered" list below.

    [ Parent ]
    Internet (none / 0) (#89)
    by Gully Foyle on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 08:52:51 AM EST

    Politechbot had a post on Iraqi internet connections this morning.

    If you weren't picked on in school you were doing something wrong - kableh
    [ Parent ]

    NME is a very popular music mag, not ad company (5.00 / 2) (#83)
    by cce on Thu Mar 20, 2003 at 10:00:52 PM EST

    Didn't you visit the site? It's not an "ad agency," it's the British equivalent of Rolling Stone and their website gives out free email accounts. If he likes "Oasis" or something it's very reasonable that he just got a free email account there. I think it would be unreasonable to suggest that someone would hire a music magazine company to run a secret PR campaign.

    [ Parent ]
    May be usefull... (5.00 / 1) (#90)
    by Opium on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 12:49:07 PM EST

    Q: Is the Baghdad Blogger for real?
    Enjoy.

    "Ars Gratia Artis"... When will Metallica T-Shirts have this quote?
    [ Parent ]
    update (1.00 / 3) (#91)
    by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 01:24:47 PM EST

    :: Friday, March 21, 2003 ::

    as usual Diane comes to the rescue
    IS SALAM PAX REAL?
    please stop sending emails asking if I were for real, don't belive it? then don't read it.
    I am not anybody's propaganda ploy, well except my own.
    2 more hours untill the B52's get to Iraq.
    :: salam 6:05 PM [+] ::
    ...
    The most disturbing news today has come from Al-Jazeera, they said that nine B52 bombers have left the airfield in Britain and flying "presumably" towards Iraq, as if they would be doing a spin around the block. Anyway they have 6 hours to get here.
    Last night was very quiet in Baghdad. Today in the morning I went out to get bread and groceries. There were no Ba'ath party people stopping us from leaving the area where we live, this apparently happens after the evening prayers. But they are still everywhere. The streets are empty only bakeries are open and some grocery shops charging 4 times the normal prices, while I was buying bread a police car stopped in front of the bakery and asked the baker if they had enough flour and asked when they opened; the baker told me that they have been informed that they must open their shops and they get flour delivered to them daily. Groceries, meat and dairy products are a different story. One dairy product company seems to be still operating, not state owned, and their cars were going around the city distributing butter, cheese and yoghurt to any open markets. Meat is not safe to buy because you wouldn't know from where and how it got to the shops. Anyway we bought fresh tomatoes and zucchini for 1000 dinar a kilo which would normally be 250. and most amazingly the garbage car came around.
    The Iraqi Satellite Channel is not broadcasting anymore. The second youth TV channel (it shows Egyptian soaps in the morning and sports afterwards) also stopped transmitting. This leaves two channels: Iraq TV and Shabab (youth) TV. They are still full of patriotic songs and useless "news", they love the French here. We also saw the latest Sahaf show on Al-Jazeera and Iraq TV, and the most distressing minister of Interior affairs with his guns. Freaks. Hurling abuse at the world is the only thing left for them to do.
    On BBC we are watching scenes of Iraqis surrendering. My youngest cousin was muttering "what shame" to himself, yes it is better for them to do that but still seeing them carrying that white flag makes something deep inside you cringe.
    we sit infront of the TV with the mao of Iraq on our laps trying to figure out what is going on in the south.
    :: salam 3:13 PM [+] ::
    ...


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    IS SALAM PAX REAL? (5.00 / 1) (#92)
    by circletimessquare on Fri Mar 21, 2003 at 01:25:59 PM EST

    IS SALAM PAX REAL?

    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    Am I the only one (none / 0) (#94)
    by flo on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 12:29:29 AM EST

    to be disturbed by the fact that Salam Pax hasn't written anything since Friday?

    Most probably, his power and/or telephone connection is now dead from the bombing. But I really hope that nothing has happened to him (e.g. been found by the authorities).
    ---------
    "Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
    His connection is probably severed (none / 0) (#97)
    by drquick on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 04:22:36 AM EST

    Can't be the power. He has a small generator for electric power. I don't know if he uses modem and telephone or if he has a direct conection. It seems likely that the internet or telephone connections are severed by bombings. That's one of the targets anyhow, no matter if it has civilian use :-(

    [ Parent ]
    update (none / 0) (#99)
    by circletimessquare on Mon Mar 24, 2003 at 04:48:01 PM EST

    :: Monday, March 24, 2003 ::

    The last two days we didn't have internet access. I thought that was it and started what a friend called a "pblog", what you will read is what should have been the entries for the 22nd and 23rd.
    Blogger and Google have created a mirror to this weblog at [dearraed.blogspot.com] for those of you who have trouble with the underscore in the URL. There are not enough words to thank the people at Blogger for their help and support.

    1. /3
    2. :30pm (day3)
    half an hour ago the oil filled trenches were put on fire. First watching Al-jazeera they said that these were the places that got hit by bombs from an air raid a few miniutes earlier bit when I went up to the roof to take a look I saw that there were too many of them, we heard only three explosions. I took pictures of the nearest. My cousine came and told me he saw police cars standing by one and setting it on fire. Now you can see the columns of smoke all over the city.
    Todat the third in the war, we had quite a number of attacks during daytime. Some without air-raid sirens. They probably just gave up on being able to be on time to sound the sirens. Last night, after waves after waves of attacks, they would sound the all-clear siren only to start another raid siren 30 minutes later.
    The images we saw on TV last night (not Iraqi, jazeera-BBC-Arabiya) were terrible. The whole city looked as if it were on fire. The only thing I could think of was "why does this have to happen to Baghdad". As one of the buildings I really love went up in a huge explosion I was close to tears.
    today my father and brother went out to see what happening in the city, they say that it does look that the hits were very precise but when the missiles and bombs explode they wreck havoc in the neighborhood where they fall. Houses near al-salam palace(where the minister Sahaf took journalist) have had all their windows broke, doors blown in and in one case a roof has caved in. I guess that is what is called "collateral damage" and that makes it OK?
    We worry about daytime bombing and the next round of attacks tonight with the added extra of the smoke screen in our skies.
    1. /3
    2. :30pm (day4)
    we start counting the hours from the moment one of the news channels report that the B52s have left their airfield. It takes them around 6 hours to get to Iraq. On the first day of the bombing it worked precisely. Yesterday we were a bit surprised that after 6 hours bombs didn't start falling. The attacks on Baghdad were much less than two days ago. We found out today in the news that the city of Tikrit got the hell bombed out of it. To day the B52s took off at 3pm, on half an hour we will know whether it is Baghdad tonight or another city. Karbala was also hit last night.
    Today's (and last night's) shock attacks didn't come from airplanes but rather from the airwaves. The images Al-jazeera is broadcasting are beyond any description. First was the attack on (Ansar el Islam) camp in the north of Iraq. Then the images of civilian casualties in Basra city. What was most disturbing are the images from the hospitals. They are simply not prepared to deal with these things. People were lying on the floor with bandages and blood all over. If this is what "urban warefare" is going to look like we're in for disaster. And just now the images of US/UK prisoners and dead, we saw these on Iraqi TV earlier. This war is starting to show its ugly ugly face to the world.
    The media wars have also started, Al-jazeera accusing the pentagon of not showing how horrific this war is turning out to be and Rumsfeld saying that it is regrettable that some TV stations have shown the images.
    Today before noon I went out with my cousin to take a look at the city. Two things. 1) the attacks are precise. 2) they are attacking targets which are just too close to civilian areas in Baghdad. Looked at the Salam palace and the houses around it. Quite scary near it and you can see widows with broken glass till very far off. At another neighborhood I saw a very unexpected "target" it is an officers' club of some sorts smack in the middle of [.........] district. I guess it was not severely hit because it was still standing but the houses around it, and this is next door and across the street, were damaged. One of them is rubble the rest are clearing away glass and rubble. A garbage car stands near the most damaged houses and help with the cleaning up.
    Generally the streets are quite busy. Lots of cars but not many shops open. The market near our house is almost empty now. The shop owner says that all the wholesale markets in Shorjah are closed now but the prices of vegetables and fruits have gone down to normal and are available.
    While buying groceries the woman who sells the vegetables was talking to another about the approach of American armies to Najaf city and about what is happening at Um Qasar and Basra. If Um Qasar is so difficult to control what will happen when they get to Baghdad? It will turn uglier and this is very worrying. People (and I bet "allied forces") were expecting things to be mush easier. There are no waving masses of people welcoming the Americans nor are they surrendering by the thousands. People are oing what all of us are, sitting in their homes hoping that a bomb doesn't fall on them and keeping their doors shut.
    The smoke columns have now encircled Baghdad, well almost. The wids blow generally to the east which leaves the western side of Baghdad clear. But when it comes in the way of the sun it covers it totally, it is a very thick cloud. We are going to have some very dark days, literally.
    We still have electricity; some areas in Baghdad don't after last night's attack. Running water and phones are working.
    Yesterday many leaflets were dropped on Baghdad, while going around in the streets I got lucky, I have two. After being so unkind to the people at [industrialdeathrock.com] I don't know whether I should post images or not.
    And we have had another email attack, this time I was lucky again and have copies of those, the sender is something called [blablabla@hotpop.com]. I have not checked on that yet. Three of them are to army personnel and two to the general public in those they gave us the radio frequencies we are supposed to listen to. They are calling it "information Radio".
    :: salam 4:41 PM [+] ::
    ...
    I have internet again will post soon.
    but i really have to apologize to the people at [www.industrialdeathrock.com] because the amount of traffic this blog has been getting cause their servers to go down, I am very sorry. I should have been more careful.
    looking thri my mail i see that this blog has also been causing blogspot problems. sorry. and Blogger has been generous again with me and allowed this to go and and help. thanks. my mail box is full because of the last two days of internet blackout, going thru them now.
    :: salam 3:24 PM [+] ::
    ...


    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

    Well... (5.00 / 1) (#100)
    by laotic on Wed Mar 26, 2003 at 07:48:59 AM EST

    ...seems like the blog is becoming 'old news' (in the sense of 'what happened yesterday is old news, but copied and adapted things which were here time and again for centuries, like fashion, are 'the news').

    Under the circumstances, I guess, everybody thinks 'oh hell, one isn't likely to last long in Baghdad these days'. It's sad...

    I wish the guy did not become trapped between the fighting morons...

    Sig? Sigh.
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