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Car bombings, roadside bombs, new governments and the latest body counts of dead U.S. soldiers… there’s no shortage of news coverage of Iraq these days. Yet, it’s very difficult to get a clear picture of daily life for the 25 million people who call Iraq home.
Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Making Contact’s Aaron Glantz traveled to Iraq as an un-embedded journalist for Pacifica Radio. He criss-crossed the country interviewing regular Iraqis and returned to write a book called “How America Lost Iraq.” Now, back in the U.S., he continues to report on the conflict in collaboration with Iraqi journalist Salam Talib. Together, they offer a unique window into life in wartime.
Hamid, lost wife in Iraq War and lives in Iraq; Jasim Farhan, lives in Baghdad’s central Karada neighborhood; Salam Talib, computer programmer and journalist; Joseph Hatcher, served in 1st Infantry Division in the Western Iraqi town of Dawr; Salam al-Amidi, translator for the U.S. military; Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, U.S. military; Dr. Salam Ishmael, Projects Manager of Doctors for Iraq; Nouri Kamel al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq; Fadil e-Sharra, spokesman for the cleric Moqtada al-Sadr; Alaa al-Obeidi, computer programmer who lives in Baghdad; Mo’ayyad al-Hamdani, Baghdad journalist; Ahmed el-Ahmed, manager of the Human Rights Association in primarily Shi’ite Diwaniya; Mazen Lido-Rathi, Professor of Law at the University of Qaddiseah in Diwaniya.
Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio. Contributing Producers: Aaron Glantz and Salam Talib. Mixing Engineer: Mike Lamar.
For more information:
Arab-American Anti Discrimination Committee – Washington, DC
Answer Coalition – Washington, DC
Middle East Children Alliance (MECA) – Berkeley, CA
Not in Our Name – Oakland, CA
United for Peace and Justice – New York, NY
Talking about Iraq (blog)