Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

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 [...]


Baghdad Diary: Tech frustrations in Iraq

Prashant’s Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on November 26, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao I love technology — I regularly read tech-related blogs, usually buy New Scientist, What Hi-Fi or similar magazines when I travel, and have spent more than I’d care to admit on [...]


Upstart Iraqi bloc seeks ‘peaceful uprising’ in Kurdistan

Prashant’s Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 6, 2010. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — In March 1991, Kurdish rebels rose up against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in what is known in the region simply as “the uprising”. Almost 19 years later to the [...]


US deaths in Iraq a bid to torpedo troop stay: experts

Prashant’s note: This article was originally published by AFP on June 7, 2011. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao BAGHDAD (AFP) – An attack that killed five American soldiers Monday was the deadliest in an increasing spate of bids by insurgent groups to ensure Iraq and the US do not agree [...]


Iraq violence (January 2007 to May 2011)

Iraq violence (January 2007 to May 2011)

On the first day of every month, the Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defence release a toll of how many Iraqis were killed and wounded in violence in the previous month, and the figures for last month were the lowest this year, though not the lowest since the 2003 invasion. Here is a chart [...]


Baghdad Diary: Hope and Heartache

Prashant’s note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on July 14, 2009. It can be found in full here. by Prashant Rao Since I arrived in Baghdad, by far the most frequent question I am asked by friends and family back home has to do with what the country is like, and I’m increasingly [...]


Facebook on the Frontline (Part II)

Prashant’s note: The following article was originally published in the latest issue of Correspondent, the bi-monthly magazine of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club. It is reproduced here in full with the permission of the magazine. by Prashant Rao How is social media changing the role of today’s correspondent? All I know is that for [...]


Ah yes, that world famous restaurant chain — Pizza Hat

Ah yes, that world famous restaurant chain -- Pizza Hat

Spotted this while driving through Mansur, in west Baghdad: This place really makes me laugh, sometimes. (Photo taken on my iPhone 4 using Camera+)


Baghdad match a triumph for security

Baghdad match a triumph for security

by Prashant Rao NOTE: This article was originally published by AFP on July 15, 2009. It can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) — Standing alongside the pitch at Baghdad’s Al-Shaab stadium as more than 50,000 rabid fans cheered on their national side, Mohammed Raed spelt out his own measure of the city’s improved security. “The [...]


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 [...]


Baghdad Diary: Dealing with the damage of Abu Ghraib

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on June 27, 2009. It can be found here. Perhaps no single revelation in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq was more notorious than that of prisoner abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad. It led to courts martial for [...]


Baghdad Diary: New Beginnings

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was published by AFP on June 12, 2009. It can be found here. In the past couple weeks here in Baghdad, I’ve met several journalists from rival foreign news organisations, be it at press or social events, and one of the first questions asked is how long, respectively,  [...]


Baghdad Diary: “Get used to it – This Is Iraq”

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on June 3, 2009. It can be found here. Most people, everywhere, tend to think their country is exceptional, in one way or another. Iraq, my new home for a year, is probably one where they are right more often than not. I’ve [...]


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 [...]


Baghdad Diary: The Weekly Shop

by Prashant Rao Note: This blog post was originally published by AFP on March 9, 2011. It can be found here. There are many ways to measure progress, from rapid GDP growth to declining poverty rates. One of the ways I’ve begun to view progress, though, is through the prism of our local supermarket. When [...]


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, [...]