Archive | April, 2005

Amy Goodman In Conversation with Dahr on Democracy Now!

April 28, 2005 – Amy Goodman Interviews Dahr Jamail about Iraq in the Democracy Now! firehouse studio.

This 20 minute interview is an excellent summary of the situation in Iraq through independent reporter Dahr Jamail’s eyes. Amy talks with Dahr about his perspective on the Abu Gharib prison abuse scandal and the torture that is occuring in Iraq. Dahr also talks extensively about Fallujah, citing his April 27, 2005 piece about Fallujah published in the Guardian entitled “This is Our Guernica”.

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This is our Guernica

Robert Zoellick is the archetypal US government insider, a man with a brilliant technical mind but zero experience of any coalface or war front. Sliding effortlessly between ivy league academia, the US treasury and corporate boardrooms (including an advisory post with the scandalous Enron), his latest position is the number-two slot at the state department.

Yet this ultimate “man of the suites” did something earlier this month that put the prime minister and the foreign secretary to shame. On their numerous visits to Iraq, neither has ever dared to go outside the heavily fortified green zones of Baghdad and Basra to see life as Iraqis have to live it. They come home after photo opportunities, briefings and pep talks with British troops and claim to know what is going on in the country they invaded, when in fact they have seen almost nothing.

Zoellick, by contrast, on his first trip to Iraq, asked to see Falluja. Remember Falluja? A city of some 300,000, which was alleged to be the stronghold of armed resistance to the occupation.

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Eyewitness in Iraq: Dahr Jamail, an Unembedded Report

A Pepperspray Production, 28 minutes Dahr Jamail recognized that Americans were being misled about the US occupation of Iraq, so he went to Iraq to find the truth. After being unembedded in Iraq totaling over 8 months, he returned to the States to tell what he discovered. In this video Dahr Jamail speaks of the horrors of occupation, the use of illegal weapons by American forces, the rip-off of American taxpayers by Bechtel and other US corporations, the shabby and biased media coverage of the situation by US media, and of the resilient determination of the Iraqi people to be free from foreign occupation. A portion of the price of this video goes to support Dahr in his ongoing efforts.

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Independent journalist Dahr Jamail:“Life in Falluja is a horror story”

Interview with ERIC RUDER, Socialist Worker Magazine

April 1, 2005 – DAHR JAMAIL spent eight months working as an independent journalist in Iraq. As one of the few journalists not “embedded” with U.S. forces, his reports earned a reputation for being an uncompromising look at life under occupation.

Currently, Jamail is back in the U.S. on a speaking tour that will take him to several West Coast cities. He spoke to Socialist Worker’s ERIC RUDER about the destruction unleashed on Iraq by the U.S. during two years of occupation.

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