Dahr Jamail – USA

Linked with Dahr Jamail’s MidEast Dispatches.

Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. (full text).

Presentation – October 17, 2007, Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.: The Center for Economic Research and Social Change and The Nation Institute present Dahr Jamail and Jeremy Scahill Beyond the Green Zone, a talk, book launch, discussion, and book signing. (Tickets $5 at the door), at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 West 14th Street on Broadway, New York … (full invitation text).

Read: Fighting Amongst Shias Adds to Violence, written by Dahr Jamail, September 12, 2007, by Dahr Jamail & Ali al-Fadhily.

Listen and read him: on Voices in the Wilderness; on Google’s book-search; on Google’s blog-search; on Google’s VIDEO-search; on YouTube.

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Dahr Jamail – USA

Independent News From the MidEast: In late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself. His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent to name just a few. Dahr’s dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints. (full text).

Read: Too Many Search Hopelessly for the Kidnapped, Sept. 05, 2007.

Religious clerics are beginning to play an increasingly powerful role in Iraq. Many Iraqis now fear that they are endangering human rights and religious freedom in the once largely secular country. Clerics began to play a major role since the U.S.-led occupation began in April 2003. Despite the promises of U.S. President George W. Bush to turn Iraq into a secular and free country, clerics have become the real leaders, and are beginning to control most political matters. (full text, Sept. 10, 2007).

Read: Iraqi Hospitals Ailing Under Occupation, not dated.

And he says: ” what I use as one of the major examples of that is the U.S. military operations, both sieges of Fallujah, that is, where – particularly the November siege, the first thing that the U.S. military did was go into Fallujah General Hospital and occupy it, place snipers on the roof and detain doctors, prevent them from carrying out their medical care, as well as the deliberate targeting of ambulances. And since that siege, in ongoing operations like in Al Qaim and in Hadithah, we have seen a almost exact repeat of that, where hospitals are sealed off, medical workers are prevented from working or being targeted themselves, and this has become clear that not only in Al Qaim and Hadithah, but it’s ongoing right now in Buhrez, which is right near Baquba; as we speak, this is ongoing, and any time there is a major operation now by the U.S. military in Iraq, this is the type of tactic that they’re using … “. (full text interview, published July 14, 2005).

links:

The real benchmarks in Iraq, Sept. 14, 2007;

Loaded Words: ‘Surge’, ‘Reconstruction’ And ‘Withdrawal’, Sept. 13, 2007;

Gorilla Radio Podcast this Week, Sept. 11, 2007;

Occupied Iraq: A Horizontal View, Sept. 10, 2007;

Revelations of war-torn Fallujah, Sept. 09, 2007;

If you knew… , Sept. 08, 2007;

What Bush calls “progress in Iraq”, Sept. 07, 2007;

In Fallujah, donkeys tell a tale, Sept. 07, 2007.

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