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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:09 AM
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Somebody see if they can link to Riverbends site...
I just tried and it's come up as a dead link!!!!

This is weird.

:scared:
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johnfunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:10 AM
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1. Blogspot.com is hosed (Error 500) -- EVERY blog there is down
Someone forget to turn on the routers?
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:11 AM
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2. dupe
it's a problem with blogspot, lots of blogs are down
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Atman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:23 AM
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4. Ya see, that's why I don't blog!
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 09:23 AM by Atman
You just can't trust those things!

;)



Sincerely, though, I hope Riverbend is okay, but this long span without an update is pretty ominous, considering her locale.

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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:15 AM
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3. Here's Riverbend's site -- August 5, 2006 -- last entry ---
Edited on Thu Oct-12-06 09:18 AM by Karenca
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:51 AM
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5. i cant get into raeds either. i got this
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isnt he in the u.s. and she is his cousin. he should know what is up. if someone can get a hold of him
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:57 AM
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6. My browser opens the site---Here's her last entry:
Baghdad Burning

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Summer of Goodbyes...
Residents of Baghdad are systematically being pushed out of the city. Some families are waking up to find a Klashnikov bullet and a letter in an envelope with the words Leave your area or else. The culprits behind these attacks and threats are Sadrs followers- Mahdi Army. Its general knowledge, although no one dares say it out loud. In the last month weve had two different families staying with us in our house, after having to leave their neighborhoods due to death threats and attacks. Its not just Sunnis- its Shia, Arabs, Kurds- most of the middle-class areas are being targeted by militias.

Other areas are being overrun by armed Islamists. The Americans have absolutely no control in these areas. Or maybe they simply dont want to control the areas because when theres a clash between Sadrs militia and another militia in a residential neighborhood, they surround the area and watch things happen.

Since the beginning of July, the men in our area have been patrolling the streets. Some of them patrol the rooftops and others sit quietly by the homemade road blocks we have on the major roads leading into the area. You cannot in any way rely on Americans or the government. You can only hope your family and friends will remain alive- not safe, not secure- just alive. Thats good enough.

For me, June marked the first month I dont dare leave the house without a hijab, or headscarf. I dont wear a hijab usually, but its no longer possible to drive around Baghdad without one. Its just not a good idea. (Take note that when I say drive I actually mean sit in the back seat of the car- I havent driven for the longest time.) Going around bare-headed in a car or in the street also puts the family members with you in danger. You risk hearing something you dont want to hear and then the father or the brother or cousin or uncle cant just sit by and let it happen. I havent driven for the longest time. If youre a female, you risk being attacked.

I look at my older clothes- the jeans and t-shirts and colorful skirts- and its like Im studying a wardrobe from another country, another lifetime. There was a time, a couple of years ago, when you could more or less wear what you wanted if you werent going to a public place. If you were going to a friends or relatives house, you could wear trousers and a shirt, or jeans, something you wouldnt ordinarily wear. We dont do that anymore because theres always that risk of getting stopped in the car and checked by one militia or another.

There are no laws that say we have to wear a hijab (yet), but there are the men in head-to-toe black and the turbans, the extremists and fanatics who were liberated by the occupation, and at some point, you tire of the defiance. You no longer want to be seen. I feel like the black or white scarf I fling haphazardly on my head as I walk out the door makes me invisible to a certain degree- its easier to blend in with the masses shrouded in black. If youre a female, you dont want the attention- you dont want it from Iraqi police, you dont want it from the black-clad militia man, you dont want it from the American soldier. You dont want to be noticed or seen.

I have nothing against the hijab, of course, as long as it is being worn by choice. Many of my relatives and friends wear a headscarf. Most of them began wearing it after the war. It started out as a way to avoid trouble and undue attention, and now they just keep it on because it makes no sense to take it off. What is happening to the country?

I realized how common it had become only in mid-July when M., a childhood friend, came to say goodbye before leaving the country. She walked into the house, complaining of the heat and the roads, her brother following closely behind. It took me to the end of the visit for the peculiarity of the situation to hit me. She was getting ready to leave before the sun set, and she picked up the beige headscarf folded neatly by her side. As she told me about one of her neighbors being shot, she opened up the scarf with a flourish, set it on her head like a pro, and pinned it snuggly under her chin with the precision of a seasoned hijab-wearer. All this without a mirror- like she had done it a hundred times over Which would be fine, except that M. is Christian.

If M. can wear one quietly- so can I.

Ive said goodbye this last month to more people than I can count. Some of the goodbyes were hurried and furtive- the sort you say at night to the neighbor who got a death threat and is leaving at the break of dawn, quietly.

Some of the goodbyes were emotional and long-drawn, to the relatives and friends who can no longer bear to live in a country coming apart at the seams.

Many of the goodbyes were said stoically- almost casually- with a fake smile plastered on the face and the words, See you soon Only to walk out the door and want to collapse with the burden of parting with yet another loved one.

During times like these I remember a speech Bush made in 2003: One of the big achievements he claimed was the return of jubilant exiled Iraqis to their country after the fall of Saddam. Id like to see some numbers about the Iraqis currently outside of the country you are occupying Not to mention internally displaced Iraqis abandoning their homes and cities.

I sometimes wonder if well ever know just how many hundreds of thousands of Iraqis left the country this bleak summer. I wonder how many of them will actually return. Where will they go? What will they do with themselves? Is it time to follow? Is it time to wash our hands of the country and try to find a stable life somewhere else?


- posted by river @ 12:38 AM
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Karenca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:04 AM
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7. Raed's latest entry was July 18, 2006
If I'm correct, Raed's real name is Salam Pax--http://justzipit.blogspot.com /


Tuesday, July 18, 2006

New report for Newsnight went out a week ago.
You can watch it HERE - needs Real Player - it is slightly squished because they have the 16 :9 transmitted version on that site instead of the 3:4 version.
The second film has been shelved until August.
posted by salam at 5:09 PM
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:10 AM
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9. Salam Pax isn't anyone's real name...
"salaam" means "peace" in Arabic, and "pax" means the same thing in Latin.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:34 AM
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11. It's a pseudonym
A reporter figured it out sometime in 2003, though. I know he's been working on film as well as getting paid for his writing. He also did translation for Americans, something that might be too risky now.

I hope Riverbend is doing the same. I know her blogs have been collected into a book.
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:09 AM
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8. I got in just fine. No new posts... n/t
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:25 AM
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10. Worked fine for me
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com /

I just wish "Summer of Goodbyes" hadn't been so literal a title.

I'm very worried about her and her family.
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