Eyewitness: Ghost city calls for help
by | BBC News | 13 November 2004
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As US-led troops battle rebels in the Iraqi city of Falluja, aid agencies have warned that civilians are left with little food and no drinking water. The BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, an Iraqi journalist and resident of Falluja who reports regularly for Reuters and the BBC World Service in Arabic.

We are publishing his and other eyewitness accounts from the city in order to provide the fullest possible range of perspectives from those who are there:
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Submitted by: Mona Baker on Nov 18, 04 | 12:30 pm

Eyewitness: Fear remains after assault
by | BBC News | 16 Novemebr 2004
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As US forces say they have overall control of Falluja, the BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, an Iraqi journalist and resident of Falluja who reports regularly for Reuters and the BBC World Service in Arabic.

We are publishing his and other eyewitness accounts from the city in order to provide the fullest possible range of perspectives from those who are there:
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Submitted by: Mona Baker on Nov 18, 04 | 12:24 pm

Dogs Eating Bodies in the Streets of Fallujah
by Dahr Jamail | Information Clearing House | 15/11/2004
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11/15/04 "ICH" -- It never fails to get my adrenaline flowing when my hotel rumbles from a car bomb detonating in central Baghdad. 
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Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 16, 04 | 12:49 am

Doctor is haunted by siege of Fallujah
by Alissa J. Rubin | Concord Monitor Online | 15/11/2004
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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Dr. Ahmed Ghanim's nightmarish week began with a phone call in the operating room of a triage center in downtown Fallujah. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 16, 04 | 12:38 am

AP Photographer Flees Fallujah
by Katarina Kratovac | The Guardian | 14/11/2004
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - In the weeks before the crushing military assault on his hometown, Bilal Hussein sent his parents and brother away from Fallujah to stay with relatives. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 16, 04 | 12:33 am

Gaza Sinks in a Sea of Blood
by Mohammed Omer | RafahToday.org | 16/10/2004
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It smells unbelievably bad here. To walk down any street—if you dare to—you skirt, or sometimes unavoidably walk through, pools of blood. There are shreds of human flesh—some of them unrecognizable as human remains—all over, on rooftops, plastered to broken windows, on the street. The stench of rotting blood mixes with the more acrid odor of flesh burnt to black char by the rockets fired by the Israeli Army's American-made Apache helicopters. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Oct 18, 04 | 12:44 am

From Baghdad, a Wall-Street Journal's E-mail to Friends
by Farnaz Fassihi | MER- Mid East Realities | 2/10.2004
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Iraq is a "disaster" that has deteriorated "into a raging barbaric guerilla war" that will haunt the
United States for decades.

Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest. Forget about the reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore the exotic, meet new people in far away lands, discover their ways and tell stories that could make a difference. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Oct 02, 04 | 11:12 pm

By Right of Birth
by Martin Lukacs | McGill Daily | “?”
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This summer, Martin Lukacs travelled to Israel and Palestine in search of answers

Welcome home.

Its odd to hear this as you enter a country you have never set foot in. These were the words I heard as I passed through customs at Ben-Gurion Airport and found my hand clasped in a warm, strong handshake by Schlomo Momo Lifshitz a paunchy, muscular former Army Colonel, and current director of Oranim Birthright. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Oct 01, 04 | 2:55 am

“Finally it Broke My Heart”. Random Impressions from Palestine
by Kathleen & Bill Christison | CounterPunch | 24/9/2004
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A few weeks spent in Palestine is always an assault on the senses, on the emotions. And after three trips to the West Bank in the past eighteen months, it is impossible not to draw some conclusions. For most Americans, the eleventh commandment of the politics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is Thou Shalt Not Reach Conclusions, for conclusions ­ that Israel wants the land of Palestine without the people; that the Israeli settlements, the roads accessible only to Israelis, the land confiscations, the house demolitions, the destruction of agricultural land add up to an act of ethnocide against the Palestinian people; that Israel's occupation and Israel's land greed are the root of the conflict and the root cause of terrorism ­ are too pointed for most people, too embarrassingly descriptive of an ugly reality impossible to ignore. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 25, 04 | 6:55 pm

After Abu Ghraib
by Huda Alawazi | The Guardian | 20/9/2004
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Huda Alazawi was one of the few women held in solitary in the notorious Iraqi prison. Following her release, she talks for the first time to Luke Harding about her ordeal

It began with a phone call. In November last year 39-year-old Huda Alazawi, a wealthy Baghdad businesswoman, received a demand from an Iraqi informant. He was working for the Americans in Adhamiya, a Sunni district of Baghdad well known for its hostility towards the US occupation. His demand was simple: Madame Huda, as her friends and family know her, had to give him $10,000. If she failed to pay up, he would write a report claiming that she and her family were working for the Iraqi resistance. He would pass it to the US military and they would arrest her.

"It was clearly blackmail," Alazawi says, speaking in the Baghdad office of her trading company. "We knew that if we gave in, there would be other demands." The informant was as good as his word. In November 2003, he wrote a report that prompted US soldiers to interrogate Alazawi's brother, Ali, and her older sister, Nahla, now 45. Wearing a balaclava, he also led several raids with US soldiers on the families' antique-filled Baghdad properties. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 21, 04 | 12:09 am

He's Just Sleeping, I Kept Telling Myself
by Ghayth Abdul Ahad | The Guardian | 14/9/2004
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It started with a phone call early on Sunday morning: "Big pile of smoke over Haifa Street." Still half asleep I put on my jeans, cursing those insurgents who do their stuff in the early morning. What if I just go back to bed, I thought - by the time I will be there it will be over. In the car park it struck me that I didn't have my flak jacket in the car, but figured it was most probably just an IED (improvised explosive device) under a Humvee and I would be back soon. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Sep 16, 04 | 11:54 pm

A Journey into the Epicenter of the Sadr Standoff
by Scott Baldauf | Christian Science Monitor | 21 August 2004
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NAJAF, IRAQ – Technically speaking, what we were about to do was more than risky. It was foolish. But we told ourselves that it was a risk for a cause.

Thursday, several journalists and I began organizing a delegation to enter the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf.

We had two goals: First, to seek what may be the final comments of the top leadership of Moqtada al-Sadr's Shiite militia, the Mahdi Army, who were taking shelter in the holy site. Second, we wanted to help two colleagues, freelance photographer Thorne Anserson and freelance reporter Philip Robertson, get out of the shrine after they had spent a harrowing three days at the epicenter of this armed showdown.

Between us and the shrine were two US military checkpoints, countless snipers, and hundreds of Mahdi Army fighters who had already committed themselves to die for their cause. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Aug 22, 04 | 10:09 am

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