Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Reading Iraqi blogs

Found interesting reading on Iraqi blogs tonight. The posts go from the somber to the whimsical.

Treasure of Baghdad describes a community funeral for victims of bombing last week in front of a falafal stand. Apparently, the deaths took place in a neighborhood where various sects of Muslims live. A Christian woman was among the 14 victims.

Ibn Alrafidain gives an account of a neighbor who was detained by Iraqi commandoes. Also, showing racism knows no boundaries, he describes the treatment received by a Sudanese neighbor, a Baghdad resident for the last 15 years.

At 24 Steps to Liberty, there's an account of a family gathering where part of the conversation centered on how your fashion choices may kill you. It closes with an interesting quote from the blogger's aunt:

“Now what do you say?” my aunt asked me, referring to that I might be the last Iraqi who is still in favor of the war. “Do you still like what happened in Iraq?”

I wanted to answer her, but I was really hungry. I didn’t want to be deprived of food at 3pm! Also, I didn’t have evidences to back my answer up!

Talisman Gate, authored by Nibras Kazimi, an Iraqi who is currently a visiting scholar at the Hudson Institute relays news on a Moqtada Sadr fatwa. Apparently Sadr issued an ordering forbidding his followers from practicing an underground Shi'a movement called Sulukiyya. Among other beliefs, Sulukiyya offers the road to divinity through sexual stimulation. Kazimi wrote that it is also believed that Sadr dabbled in the practice a little himself.

The Neurotic Iraqi wife finally convinced her husband to give her a tour of the Red Zone in Baghdad. Good pictures.

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