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Dahr Jamail's Report Back From Iraq

Date:
Monday, April 11, 2005
Time:
7:30 PM - 7:30 AM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Jesika
Location Details:
California College of Arts and Crafts
Nahl Hall
5212 Broadway, Oakland

Artists for Social and Political Awareness present:

DAHR JAMAIL'S REPORT BACK FROM IRAQ

Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself.

His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource and he is now writing for the Inter Pres Service, The NewStandard and many other outlets. His reports have also been publied with The Nation, The Sunday Herald and Islam Online, to name just a few. Dahr's dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Indonesian, French, Chinese and Arabic. On the radio, Dahr is a special correspondent for Flashpoints and reports for the BBC, Democracy Now!, and numerous other stations around the globe.

What does indpendent journalism show you that the mainstream US media does not? In Dahr's words from a Newtopia magazine interview:

"The devastation. The massive suffering and devastation of the people and their country. Baghdad remains in shambles 19 months into this illegal occupation. Bombed buildings sit as insulting reminders of unbroken promises of reconstruction.
Bullet ridden mosques with blood stained carpets inside where worshippers, unarmed, have been slaughtered by soldiers.
Entire families living on the street. 70% unemployment with no hope of this changing. Chaotic, clogged streets of Baghdad and 5 mile long petrol lines in this oil rich country.
Engineers and doctors, unemployed, driving their cars as a taxi to try to feed their families.
The seething anger in the eyes of people on the streets as US patrols rumble past.
Iraqis now cheering when another US patrol or base is attacked. Dancing on the burning US military hardware.
Dead and maimed US soldiers. The wounded screaming and writhing in agony. Their shattered families.
The mass graves of innocent Fallujans after the utter destruction of their city.
Children deformed by Depleted Uranium exposure lying in shattered hospitals, suffering from lack of treatment, or even pain medications.
Dead, rotting bodies in the streets of Fallujah of women and children being eaten by dogs and cats because the military did not allow relief teams into the city for nearly two weeks"

Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. His presentation will include slides of his photographs taken in Iraq, video from his most revent visit and a Q&A session.

Visit dahrjamailiraq.com for his reports and more resources for information on the Iraq war.


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