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Paralympic dream over, Iraqi wakes up to old life

Paralympic dream over, Iraqi wakes up to old life

BATHA, Iraq (AFP) — For a moment, Ahmed Naas thought his life would change — he overcame the odds to not just qualify for the Paralympics, but briefly held a world record, and was eventually awarded a silver medal. He dreamed of fame in his native Iraq, adulation from his friends and compatriots, and a [...]


Christmas in Iraq

Christmas in Iraq

A soldier stands atop the Church of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in east Baghdad, as congregants attend Christmas mass. The church was struck by a suicide car bomb on July 12, 2009, that left four people dead and 21 wounded. (Click on the photo for a larger version)


US takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

US takes on Iraq pullout 'one bite at a time'

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on July 25, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq (AFP) — From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are [...]


Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 9, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – Known across the region for its fine texture, the Najafi abaya is worn by all manner of VIPs from officials to oil-rich sheikhs. But the men who produce the hand-made cloth, [...]


Iraq military lacks resources for Iran frontier

Iraq military lacks resources for Iran frontier

by Prashant Rao This article was originally published by AFP on December 23, 2009. It can be found here. AL SHIB PORT, Iraq (AFP) — Iraq’s border forces lack the resources to properly police the country’s long frontier with Iran and keep out insurgents and smugglers, US soldiers engaged in training them say. The soldiers [...]


Life on the margin: Iraqis grapple with poverty

Life on the margin: Iraqis grapple with poverty

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on February 22, 2011. It can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Faleha Hassan lives in a tiny house in central Baghdad with 11 other family members and, like thousands of protesters across Iraq, does not believe her leaders have done anything to make her [...]


Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

Najaf rushes to get ready as Islamic culture capital

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 15, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – A half-billion-dollar effort to showcase Iraq’s holiest Shiite city to the world is coming down to the wire as many contracts remain unsigned and funds are being hastily re-allocated. Preparations for [...]


Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

Iraqi city sees hotel boom as pilgrims proliferate

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 13, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – The holy Shiite city of Najaf in central Iraq, home to the shrine of a revered cleric, is in the midst of a hotel building boom in a bid to dramatically [...]


Why?

Why?

As a first post, I thought I would quickly summarise why I’m doing this. I’m a (relatively) young journalist working for “old media” — the organisation I work for is trying to adapt to the changing media landscape, and I’m attempting to do the same by learning how to take half-decent photographs, perhaps some video, [...]