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Commentary :: Globalization : Human Rights : International : Race : Social Welfare
In Katrina Aftermath, Don't Forget Iraq
10 Sep 2005
Modified: 03:59:57 PM
Is the News media's recent endeavor to tell the story of Katrina's aftermath a new renaissance in Journalism? Let's look to Iraq...
It’s September, 2005. It has been four years since September 11th, 2001. As we look to the news each evening, we are shocked by the images of the recent devastation in New Orleans. Some of us are outraged by what is still censorship of images from even our own country. We are still not seeing bodies in either Iraq or New Orleans.

The sensationalist images seen on the nightly news are not truly descriptive of the devastation seen in New Orleans or Baghdad, and certainly not of the battles being waged on Iraq’s border with Syria. Al’Qaim and Tal Afar are just the latest in a lengthening list of western towns drifting back and forth between being controlled by the resistance and simply being ignored. These are provincial, mostly Sunni, towns that the central government couldn’t concern itself with except to and example of when the resistance comes to town.

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps this is the sort of relationship that a large portion of the Gulf Coast seems to have with the United States’ central government as well. What little we see demonstrates a situation of people forgotten by the United States in its efforts to eradicate Terrorism. We’ve already realized that the levees weren’t funded because of budgets slashed due toa desperate need for funds to cover the Iraq war.

Just as journalists now are venturing to New Orleans to cover the story, I will be traveling to Baghdad at the end of the month, to remind Americans about the ongoing devastation a world away from us. In order to make this happen, I still need to get funds and visibility in order to help shine the same kind of light on the Iraqi situation that our media is now making an effort to bring to New Orleans.

In just over a month the Iraqis will be voting on their new constitution. I intend to be in Baghdad or elsewhere in Iraq when this happens. Whether this is possible, and certainly whether I can continue to remain there after the vote, depends very much on the funds I can raise before I leave and while I am there.

Please, if you aren’t in a place to donate funds, or perhaps feel too drawn to aid those in the United States, at the very least spread word of my project, of my site and blog, to others. By reaching out as far as possible, I believe I can find enough people who want to see truth from Iraq, to see the devastation there as much as we currently yearn for truth from New Orleans about Katrina, as much as we simultaneously cringe from and are fascinated to see, the wreckage of a great natural disaster.

Together we can make a difference. We can shine a light in the darkness, and provide what support we can to the Iraqi people.
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The author leaves for Iraq on September 30th. You can keep up with his travels at his website, http://www.aliveinbaghdad.org. Please consider donating, every dollar will help lengthen his stay and increase the amount of alternative journalism work he can accomplish.
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http://www.aliveinbaghdad.org
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Re: In Katrina Aftermath, Don't Forget Iraq
11 Sep 2005
I borrow this comment to send an urgent message to all American who are frustrated by the procrastination and fumbling in providing relief to the victims of Katrina.

We are a global group of voluntary, benevolent researchers, headed by a Canadian, who approached the Prim Minister of Canada to lend us his collaboration to provide immense assistance to the Katrina victims. He refused because our solution is politically incorrect and demands that the Prime Minister send an envoy to the General Assembly of the UN.

Our potential contribution once Martin is forced to collaborate would restore normal life for each and every victim in a period on six months. Please read attentively our article in Indymedia entitled: KATRINA: CANADA CAN DO MUCH MORE! The article is a little complex because we speak of new economic techniques. The important fact of the article is that we appeal to all supporters of the victims to take the phone an contact all your radio stations, to send messages requesting Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, to provide all the collaboration that TEIC (techno Economics Int'l consultants) may require, to get out of normal economic channels all the assistance that all and every victim needs. These stations could Brach out with Canadian Stations who may try to have politicians replying to your questions. Furthermore, notable people in the USA like Pitt, CLooney, Degeneres, Oprah, etc, etc., who have influence on Bush, must be given total information on the conduct of Martin, discreetly pressuring Bush to push Martin to be responsible. Finally, whatever your politics, contact Bush himself to pick the phone and call Martin and give him a good pep talk and” command his Canadian eunuch" to collaborate in all aspects with TEIC to obtain unlimited help for the victims of Katrina.

Help us to help you. The victims of Katrina will thank you all. We are merely technician with new knowledge and we will be your intermediaries between the victims and the complete solution of their predicament. Even Bush will thank you because you will get him out of a very hot, humiliating spot. You and us know what we are doing; let’s not waste more time. Let’s act now.

Print this comment and distribute among your neighbors door to door if necessary. Email to your representatives in congress. Just flood America with pressure on aloof, rigid Mr. Martin
Don't Forget Iraq, Iran, Venezuela and Haiti!
13 Sep 2005
Could be draft real soon. Can't make robot soldiers in bulk!
Bush and his cronies are RUINING us!
Forgive us future generations! The majority of us are selfish and selfless. The World will tell the true history of the United States. The truth will be appalling.