Zarqawi dead but Iraq still a mess

A long time since I published anything of my own analysis, so the time has come.

Iraq is now 3 years down the track of an u unsuccessful occupation and the questions still remain:

Who is in control of this country?

When will the reconstruction begin?

When will electricity and clean water be available for everyone?

Exactly what is in the “Green Zone” and when can Iraqi’s begin to use it?

Who really was al-Zarqawi, where are his “deputies” and how will you stop them?

Who am I asking these questions to?

When will Iraqi’s be safe to walk their children to school?

When will Iraqi children go back to regular school?

Who exactly are the tens of thousands of Iraqi’s and foreigners still locked up behind bars in make-shift Coalition prisons or interior ministry “detnetion centres”?

When the hell will things get better? Continue reading Zarqawi dead but Iraq still a mess

Jill Carroll & The Iraqi Blogosphere

Iraq has never experienced an online campaign with such local, national and international determination to help an individual as the campaign for Jill Caroll‘s safe release.

Two well known Baghdadi bloggers Baghdad Treasure and 24 steps to liberty (both are contributors here at the Olivebranch Network) were very close to Jill and played an important role in this campaign by inspiring other bloggers to offer help. Which they did.

In whatever way they could find bloggers were reaching out to help Jill, be it contacting media, politicians, other important political//religious figures or just posting, praying and sending support to Jill’s family and employers at the Christian Science Monitor.

Iraqi bloggers and the blogosphere which immediately surrounds had a strong response to the incident surrounding Jill’s capture- particularly the death of Alan Enwiya (Jill’s translator). Alan was much loved by the younger generation of Baghdadi’s for his all-encompassing knowledge and love of music. Alan ran a popular music store which became central to the life of many music loving Iraqi youths including many popular Iraqi bloggers- until war came back to Baghdad once again.  Continue reading Jill Carroll & The Iraqi Blogosphere