Dispatches on the American Occupation
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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In February 2003 I left the University of Michigan to spend my â€ąnal semester at the American University of Beirut. I went to Beirut for various reasons, including a desire to locate distant relations (my maternal grandparents are first-generation Lebanese immigrants). I also....
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These people, in no particular order, helped me maintain my sanity (and safety) as I lived and wrote this book. Shukran. Mom, Dad, Therese, Stephen, Uncle Larry, Alaa Kamel, Ralph Hassall, Mark Gordon-James, Kathleen McCaul, Catherine Arnold, Seb Walker, Kareem Omer, Rosie Garthwaite, James Brandon, Ali Hamid...
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BAGHDADâ€”A country devastated by war and occupied by U.S. and British troops may seem the least promising place to open an English- language paper, but as the first edition of the Baghdad Bulletin hit the streets Monday its owner-editors were confident of success. The bi-monthly news...
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The sun is coming up over the desert, bouncing light off the cars lined up at the border. Weâ€™re near the head of the line. Our driver knew the shortcut through Jordan, and we spent last night flying through the desert on a rolling road past the American bases that King Abdullah...
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The night before the first issue of the Bulletin is set to print, Mark, Ralph, and I break down. The last month has been the most absurd of my life. The day after Jerry and I came into Baghdad, Mark and Ralph followed, driving the car that Ralph and I had bought...
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Sitting in the lounge of Baghdadâ€™s Palestine hotel last week, in the company of six veteran war correspondents, the 24-year-old novice reporter Richard Wild was understandably overawed. â€śHe seemed quite quiet,â€ť recalls Jason...
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Despite reassuring platitudes delivered with the studied certainty of the professional spin doctor, nobody believes the Coalition Provisional Authorityâ€™s claims that the security situation is getting better; least of all the U.N. U.N. security in...
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The people who have walked for three days from Baghdad to Najaf for Ayatollah Mohamed Bakr Al-Hakimâ€™s funeral are finally arriving. The procession numbers in the tens of thousands. The ayatollah was blown up by a massive car bomb while leaving Friday prayers here...
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This is it. Last night in Grand Rapids before I go back. I hate good-byes. I went to a party a few nights ago and ended up in front of the house with a girl I knew from high school and a Vietnam vet. He talked about his war, about the killings he saw, about My Lai and the others...
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Today is Jesus Suarezâ€™s son Ericâ€™s second birthday. Ericâ€™s grandfather Fernando Suarez del Solar will mark the day by visiting the place where Jesus, a U.S. marine, was killed on March 27 after stepping on a modified bomb, an American DPICM (Dual Purpose Improved Conventional...
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Itâ€™s three A.M., and Paola and I have been working late, finishing a translation of her report on the claims system. But to prove how safe this place has become, I decide to make the tenminute walk home on my own. Rory and I have been staying out late just because we hate having...
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Iâ€™ve spent the last couple months in Washington, D.C., trying to take a break from the war zone by freelancing on Capitol Hill. I told my parents I was looking for jobs stateside, but eventually I picked up a couple of freelance assignments in Iraq and got an offer to finish this book. I guess...
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Iâ€™ve decided to make my â€ąrst trip out of Baghdad since returning to Iraq. While waiting at the checkpoint into the city, we met a family who had left during the â€ąghting three weeks ago. Theyâ€™ve agreed to allow us to follow them to their house. We were duly invited for tea, then lunch...
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Iâ€™ve come downstairs to make a grocery run this morning and found Dahr in the lobby doing yet another interview on torture. The subject is a middle-aged woman from Baquba who claims to have witnessed some of the worst abuse, including rape. The woman has brought...
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For most of the week weâ€™ve been waiting to hear what happened to Tarek, a crazy Canadian-born Palestinian med-student acquaintance who came out here to work in a hospital. When fighting broke out in Faluja on the morning of June 24, Tarek was on a bus from Baghdad...
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Publication Year: 2009