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Baghdad Observer

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Fri, 11 Dec 2009 14:10:12 -0500

Favorite checkpoint story: After an interview today at the Ministry of Interior, we drove back home down Abu Nawas street, which runs along the east side of the Tigris. With other cars, we went through a vehicle checkpoint, and were...

The forgotten war?

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 14:54:56 -0500

The Korean War used to be known as "the forgotten war." More recently, during the hey-day of the Bush administration's adventure here in Iraq, Afghanistan was the forgotten war. No more, of course. Now, it seems, Iraq is the forgotten...

Iraqi journalists speak out

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 12:52:22 -0500

The crowd was not large, but given the fact that a gathering of outspoken Iraqi journalists is an obvious target for violence here in Baghdad, and that the Muslim world is currently celebrating the Eid al-Adha religious festival, the crowd...

North of the "border"

Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:50:43 -0500

Flew up from Baghdad to the northern Iraqi city of Suleimaniyah this afternoon, crossing the "border" between Arab Iraq and Kurdish Iraq. There is of course, no border there - Iraqi Kurdistan is part of Iraq, de jure if not...

It's raining in Baghdad

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 07:12:00 -0500

I woke last night to the sound of thunder, as Bob Seger used to sing, and whether it was an explosion, I sat and wondered. It wasn't. It was a precursor to rain. Rain! It doesn't precipitate much in Baghdad,...

The other war: fighting corruption in Iraq

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 14:18:21 -0500

November 17 update: Transparency International today released its 2009 version of the Corruption Perceptions Index. Iraq moved up slightly in the rankings, from 178 to 176 out of 180. The other country where tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops...

These are a few of my favorite signs

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:20:23 -0500

Well, this is no doubt old hat to my veteran journalistic colleagues here in Baghdad, not to mention diplomats, aid workers, contractors and, most importantly, Iraqis themselves, but first impressions are important. I know 40 or so words of Arabic,...

Baghdad, plus 7

Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:17:38 -0500

It was a shock today to see Saddam Hussein's old Ministry of Information, on the West side of the Tigris in central Baghdad. In more recent times, the building has been known as the headquarters of the Baghdad Provinical Council....

Ten Lessons Learned from War

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 18:19:23 -0400

Forty years ago last week I landed in Vietnam as a soldier. I covered the war in Iraq for the last six weeks as a correspondent. Bookends. Several volumes between them -- a dustup in Belize with Guatemala; South Korea's...