Posts Tagged ‘Society’

A year after murder, Iraq press freedom threatened

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on September 5, 2012. It can be found in full here, and photographs illustrating the story can be found here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – One year after a prominent Iraqi journalist and government critic was killed, no one has been arrested for his murder and activists [...]


Still raw wounds greet US medics in Iraq’s Fallujah

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on August 8, 2012. It can be found in full here. FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) – In an Iraqi city where US military offensives levelled entire neighbourhoods in 2004, a hospital has turned to American doctors to treat children with heart problems that residents blame on [...]


Iraq film seller laments Bollywood decline

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was published by AFP on June 20, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Adil Hamid Khalaf is like many Iraqi traders, with his tiny store stocked to the brim with VCDs and DVDs. What sets him apart is he can extol, in halting Hindi [...]


Baghdad’s protest movement: despondent and divided

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on January 31, 2012. It can be found in full here. BAGHDAD (AFP) – Nearly a year after national rallies rocked the government, Iraq’s protest movement is a shadow of its former self, after the authorities cracked down and demonstrators themselves became divided. While [...]


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)


Mheibes – a multimedia essay on Ramadan in Iraq

Mheibes - a multimedia essay on Ramadan in Iraq

On August 10, I went with a couple of colleagues to check out Iraqi men play a game of Mheibes during Ramadan in Adhamiyah. Adhamiyah was playing Saba Abkar, an adjacent neighbourhood. TANGENT: A version of the video of the bottom filmed entirely on the iPhone 4 has been shortlisted for the Grand Prize at [...]


AFP’s coverage of the US withdrawal from Iraq

Agence France-Presse has put out several stories in recent days about the US withdrawal from Iraq, and now that it is complete, I wanted to put together a one-stop-shop of all the articles AFP has published. Without further ado, a summary of AFP‘s coverage of the US withdrawal from Iraq: December 18, 2011 US forces [...]


Where Iraq stood in August 2010

Where Iraq Stood in August 2010 – RTE World Report August 2010 was a busy month in Iraq. Along with US forces gearing up to declare an official end to combat operations, and get troop numbers below 50,000 (from a peak of around 170,000 during “the surge”), a suicide bomber blew himself up amid a [...]


Mheibes – A traditional Iraqi game during Ramadan

Mheibes is a traditional game playing during the evening in Iraq throughout Ramadan. This short video, filmed in Baghdad, features a match between Adhamiyah in north Baghdad and nearby Saba Abkar. This is my first attempt at some form of video journalism — I used only my Canon EOS 550D and iPhone 4. Please let [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]