Baghdad Burning, October 22, 2007

Riverbend is back online and writing about her escape to the relative safety of Damascus

The Great Wall of Segregation...

The Great Wall of Segregation…

The Wall is the latest effort to further break Iraqi society apart. Promoting and supporting civil war isn’t enough, it’s time for America to physically divide and conquer – like Berlin before the wall came down or Palestine today

The Rape of Sabrine…

Just know that we never had to tolerate this before. There was a time when Iraqis were safe in the streets. That time is long gone, writes Riverbend from Baghdad

The Lancet Study…

Abductions, militias, sectarian violence, revenge killings, assassinations, car-bombs, suicide bombers: We literally do not know a single Iraqi family that has not seen the violent death of a first or second-degree relative these last three years

American Hostages…

The big question is – what will the US do about Iran? America may have the guns and planes but Iran has 150,000 US hostages in Iraq

Uncertainty…

Things are so bad in Iraq now that officials announced: “The Ministry of Defense requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces working in that area”

Thank You for the Music

An ongoing chronicle of daily life for the ordinary citizens of Baghdad: this week, Riverbend laments the murder of an unassuming man who brought joy to the lives of many

2006…

An ongoing chronicle of daily life for the ordinary citizens of Baghdad

Mother of all Trials…

Witnesses at Saddam Hussein’s trial yesterday described how his secret police uprooted whole orchards looking for suspects and conducted mass detentions of men, women and children. Just like the Americans now, writes Riverbend from Baghdad

No Voice

‘There are moments when you forget the personal affronts,’ Iraq’s award winning female blogger writes, ‘the raids, the checkpoints, the fear of bombing, the detentions, etc. and you see through it all to the actual person behind the weapons and body armor

House of Horrors…

The US occupation forces recently found a torture centre run by the Iraqi government. But, writes a Baghdad correspondent, the Americans had known about it all along and only raided it in the mistaken belief that it was an insurgents hide out

Movies and Dreams…

The Puppets the Americans empowered are advocates of every dream except the Iraqi one, writes Riverbend from Baghdad. Unwittingly however, they may be handing the reins of power to those who serve hard line clerics in Teheran

General Update…

“The Americans won’t be out in less than ten years”, says one Iraqi. If you could see the bases they are planning to build – if you could see what already has been built – you’d know that they are going to be here for quite a while

Shia Leaders

The latest report from Baghdad, a city that increasingly resembles the Gaza under siege, from the girl blogger Riverbend as she takes to task New York Times writer and Neocon supporter Thomas L. Friedman

The Dead and the Undead…

She stood surrounded by minions,writes Riverbend. The photograhers lights flashed against her as her cruel lips curled into a grimace. It was meant to be a smile but it wouldn’t reach her cold, lifeless eyes. It was the leer of the undead before a feeding

American Media…

Writing from Baghdad, Riverbend has a suggestion for a TV ‘reality show’ featuring 15 Bush supporters in a house in Fallujah. We could watch them cope with the water problems, the lack of electricity, the raids, the bombings, and- oh yeah- the ‘insurgents

“Embedded” in the Real Baghdad, Telling It Like It Is

Riverbend is a blogger, a 24-year-old woman whose’s first hand reports from Iraq are helping us to see what the mainstream news media often misses or ignores