Archive | May, 2008

Through Occupation, The Very Dreams Change


BAQUBA, May 27 (IPS) – After more than five years of U.S. occupation, the very dreams of the people of Baquba have changed. For a start, they are no longer about the future.

Today, a shower is a dream. Or that the electricity supply continues just that little bit longer.

“These needs are very trivial for people of other countries,” 43-year-old political leader Saad Tahir told IPS. “But in Iraq, people dream more of these things than of some ambition or success.”

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Martha Gellhorn Award Media

Reporters share Gellhorn prize
The Guardian
by: Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Monday May 19 2008

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Two freelance journalists have jointly won this year’s Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism for their reports from the Middle East.

The prize is to be shared by the American Dahr Jamail for his work as an unembedded journalist in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria; and the Palestinian Mohammed Omer for dispatches from his native Gaza. Both journalists work without the backing of news organisations.

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Inter Press Service Writers Win Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

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IPS is delighted to announce that Mohammed Omer (Gaza) and Dahr Jamail (Iraq) have won the influential Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

Mohammed reports for IPS on the plight of surviving in Gaza. Much of his work arises from the personal experience of living in an extremely traumatic situation. Since 2004, Dahr has seen much of what has happened in Iraq after the invasion. Together with local writers, he has been able to bring out the street voice and the experiences of people beyond anything official or only political.

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Praying, Not Playing

DAMASCUS — In the struggle now just to stay alive, everyone has forgotten that Iraq has lost, among other things, its tradition in sports. Some of its best sportsmen are now refugees.

“No one seems to care about us,” 20-year-old footballer Ali Rubai’i told IPS. Ali fled Iraq with his family to Syria like countless other young Iraqis. The young from Iraq, born after 1980, have grown up amidst three major wars, 13 years of strangling economic sanctions, and now five years of occupation.

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