Editor: Erik Leaver Foreign Policy In Focus Editors Note: The following is an excerpt from the introduction to Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (Haymarket Books, 2007).
RAMADI — A semblance of calm belies an undercurrent of violence, detentions and fear across Iraq’s volatile al-Anbar province. The province — which occupies one-third of Iraq’s geographic area — has been a bane to authorities since the beginning of the occupation.
DIWANIYAH — Detentions have become commonplace in Iraq, but now more than ever before people are being detained after being accused of membership in “militias supported by Iran.” “Hundreds of our men were detained and accused of being militiamen supported by Iran,” Mahmood Allawi, a 50-year-old lawyer from Diwaniyah, 160-kilomtres south of Baghdad, told IPS.
By Dahr Jamail | TomDispatch | Published: November 26, 2007
Acts matter. Here’s how Dahr Jamail, a young mountain guide and volunteer rescue ranger in Alaska (who did freelance writing in the “off-season”) describes his rash decision, back in 2003, to cover George W. Bush’s Iraq War in person: “I decided that the one thing I could do was go to Baghdad to report on [...]