Unconventional thinking about the Middle East.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

What's not being shown on Aljazeera

Al-Iraqiyya TV, the country's official television station, carried the proceedings of the Kurdish Regional Parliament live today, with simultaneous translation in Arabic.

Then the station re-aired a call-in show where students were venting over not being admitted to state universities and colleges, with an official from the Ministry of Higher Education trying to counter their points.

Now, Al-Iraqiyya is carrying live from Najaf the 'First National Assembly of the Religious Scholars of the Al-Shia and the Al-Sunnah'.

It's funny that 'experts' watch the Qatari-owned Aljazeera satellite channel and draw their Iraq analysis from its coverage. Wouldn't Al-Iraqiyya's coverage be a more accurate reflection of what's going on in Iraq?

Over the past few days, Al-Iraqiyya has carried events from the Vatican, Sunday Mass from Dohuk, parliamentary sessions and the trial of the 1991 Uprising suppression from Baghdad, along with today's programming. This is a revolutionary TV-watching experience for the Middle East, but is anyone paying attention?

Furthermore, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, Gen. Abdel-Karim Khalaf, has categorically dismissed reports over the murder of Dhia al-Kawwaz's family in Sha'ab City, a story carried wide and far in the western media. Why don't the western news bureaus send their correspondents to Sha'ab to check it out?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What info do you have on how many hours of electricity in Baghdad? And do you have any info on access to clean drinking water in Baghdad and beyond? These things never, ever get reported. Its only this stuff about how many dead people there are. I was curious how the alive people are doing. You know, like basic services. I wish these things would be reported on. Because honestly, even if there is not one more violent death in Iraq, but people have no power and cant drink clean water because the refuse and raw sewage is leaking into the water source and the Americans could give a shit, in my opinion. Anyway, thanks for listening!


10:08 AM, November 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Kazimi,
Thanks for your great analysis! I've been following your blog since last August. Is there an RSS feed for Talisman Gate?

12:50 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger Iraqi Mojo said...

Another great post, Nibras!

1:18 PM, November 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post Nibras. Mark Lynch are you reading? Yes, you. Just because you speak Arabic does not mean you understand the currents of the region you claim to be an expert in.

3:24 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


thank you TG.. (thumbsup)

ps: John-Chicago

try doing some research, here's
a few links to get you started..


Freedom Journal Iraq

Portal Iraq


8:55 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


Iraq to seek long-term US presence

update, more info via GP..


9:02 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


Iraq: Beyond the Drop in Violence By Amir Taheri



So The New York Times described the reports of a significant fall in violence in Iraq. But reducing all Iraqi news to measures of violence can hamper understanding of a complex situation.

Those who opposed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 prefer to focus on violence, for it has seemed to confirm their claim that the war was wrong. They've downplayed all good news from post-Saddam Iraq - the end of an evil regime that had oppressed the Iraqi people for 35 years; the return home of a million-plus Iraqi refugees in the first year after liberation; the fact that the Iraqis got together to write a new constitution and hold referendums and free elections - for the first time in their history - and moved to form coalition governments answerable to the parliament.

The drop in violence is certainly a good thing. But other Iraq news, both good and bad, needs to be taken into account.]

[IRAQ today is a hundred times better than what it would have been under Saddam in any imaginable circumstances. Statistics of violence don't begin to measure the efforts of a whole nation to re-emerge from the darkest night in its history. And in that sense, the news from Iraq since April 2003 has always been more good than bad.

What is new is that now more Americans appear willing to acknowledge this - good news in itself. As long as the United States remains resolute in its support for the new Iraq, there will be more good news than bad from what is at present the main battlefield in the War on Terror.]


9:05 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


زيادة عائدات العراق من مبيعات النفط


Increased revenues from Iraq's oil sales

Asim Jihad announced the official spokesman for the Oil Ministry that the ministry expects to increase revenues from Iraq's oil sales, due to higher world prices, indicating that the ministry was planning to raise the production ceiling next year. He added that the ministry has a plan to increase the ceiling of production and export of oil by the beginning of next year, depending on the improvement in the security situation in the northern regions, where it is expected to reach the ceiling of export through the Turkish port of Ceyhan to five hundred thousand barrels early next year. Pointed Jihad exports to South stable currently at the rate of one million six hundred thousand barrels a day, is expected to become Iraq's total exports beginning of the year two thousand and eight more than two million barrels per day.


9:09 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


السيستاني يدعو الشيعة لحماية السنة ودرء الخطر عنهم


Sistani, the Shiite calls for the protection
of the year and avert the threat released

Sheikh Khalid Mullah Chairman of the scientists southern Iraq, the generosity of Mr. Sistani, the highest religious authority, called the brothers the Shiites to protect their fellow Sunnis and prevent their risk, as scientists warned the nation's enemies schemes grown Party among the good of this country.

He explained Khalid Mullah in the conference, which was held, Tuesday afternoon in Najaf after the visit of the delegation included religious scholars from the two communities to Mr. Ali Al-Sistani in his office in Najaf, said that "the great op stressed the sanctity of blood and the sanctity of the Iraqi general blood Sunni particular, and called brotherhood Shiites who frequently with their brethren year to be in the protection and prevention of risk for them."

He added that "Mr. al-Sistani said in a meeting which lasted for two hours with us," I am a servant of the Iraqis no difference between Sunni or Shia or Kurd or Christian."

He pointed out that public discourse was pleased to return to Iraq's recovery and unity, and we convey affirmed that "on the Shiite to the protection of his fellow Sunni, Shiite, Sunni protection brother and I waited for more unity among you."

He went public, "as scientists warned discourse plots of the enemies of the nation, which cultivates Party among the good of this country."

He said publicly that "there is a message we would like to push all media to all scientists Islamic world, and our call to them to condemn all acts of violence committed against Iraqis here and there, and to familiarize themselves with the well-being of the Iraqi reality, and that they must come to condemn and clear and explicit , especially for the act of gang rule in Iraq."

With Prime clerics in Kurdistan Sheikh Mohammed Aeklaoi "We emphasize that the forum is the application of this unit and an attempt to heal the wounds of this nation, Mr. Sistani has confirmed the important role of religious scholars in the country to a role that could change the country's political map."

Preparations are being made to hold the first national forum between scientists Sunnis and Shiites in Najaf.

He added "we hope that these words come out of the kind generosity of Mr. Sistani to all Iraqis of all, where all the nation's scholars addressed the need for unity of the floor and the collection of rows."

The delegation included religious scholars of Kurdistan, Basra, Nasiriyah and Fallujah.

It is the city of Najaf, Center Najaf governorate, 180 km south of the capital Baghdad.


9:20 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger bg said...


While US Democrats continue to bicker on how best to lose the Iraq War, the Iraqis continue to flood back into Baghdad.

20 Busloads of Refugees Head For Baghdad

Godspeed Iraqis!!


9:29 PM, November 27, 2007

Blogger Otter said...

BG, people like john-Chicago are hit-and-run liars / idiots. He'll never see the proof you just offered and his type really do NOT want to know the truth.

3:56 AM, November 28, 2007

Anonymous Wally al-Amer said...

Al-Iraqiya is a NATIONAL channel and therefore should be expected to report on Iraq with the depth you mentioned. So, the comparison with al-Jazeera is flawed.

Also, al-Jaz is banned in 3/4 of Iraq, remember?

10:07 AM, November 28, 2007

Blogger Iraqi Mojo said...

I really believed yesterday that a horrible crime had been committed against Dhia al Kawwaz's poor family. It appears, thankfully, that they are safe:

Iraqi journalist's family 'safe'

The family of an Iraqi journalist - who he claimed had been killed by gunmen in Baghdad - have appeared on Iraqi television, apparently safe and well.

Dia al-Kawwaz, who lives in Jordan, said that several members of his family were killed by Shia gunmen on Sunday.

But a taped report on the US-owned al-Hurra TV showed his family, none of whom seemed distressed or injured.

Mr Kawwaz' sisters denounced his actions, saying there had never been any sort of threat against them.

One of his brothers-in-law suggested that he had made the story up for political reasons.

Mr Kawwaz edits a website that has been critical of the Iraqi government and the US military presence in Iraq.

He has lived outside Iraq for more than 20 years.

On his site, Mr Kawwaz said the gunmen stormed into his family home in a Shia district of north Baghdad on Sunday, opening fire indiscriminately killing his two sisters, their husbands and four young children as they ate breakfast.

He said the attackers threw explosives into the house before driving off in a vehicle with no number plates, passing unhindered through a nearby police checkpoint.

Mr Kawwaz was unequivocal in accusing Shia militia men of carrying out the attack.

At the time, Interior Ministry officials denied all knowledge of any attack.

2:08 PM, November 28, 2007

Blogger bg said...


re: Iraqi Mojo @ 2:08 PM report..



4:12 PM, November 28, 2007

Blogger Anand said...

John-Chicago, data on electricity and other social services by region is reported on frequently in regional briefings here:


I and a few others read them. But very few seem to be interested.

9:21 AM, November 29, 2007

Blogger bg said...


i read them.. (most, if not all of the info/
stories, can also be found via OIF/MNF)..

Anand @ 9:21 AM



9:51 AM, November 29, 2007

Anonymous Don Cox said...

"people have no power and cant drink clean water because the refuse and raw sewage is leaking into the water source and the Americans could give a shit, in my opinion. "_____The Americans are certainly involved right now in building the first ever sewage system for Fallujah, and there have been many other water and sewage projects over the past three years. A ggod place to look for information is here.

10:56 AM, November 29, 2007

Blogger bg said...


will pass that link on, thank you Don Cox.. (thumbsup)


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