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Dahr Jamail is an independent journalist currently
stationed in Iraq. Mr. Jamail submits his work to various
publications around the world, and also has a web site at http://dahrjamailiraq.com
by Dahr Jamail
last, the culminating session of the World Tribunal on Iraq is upon us. As a
witness providing testimony, like the other witnesses I’m being interviewed by
many outlets. Today, one of them was by reporters for one of the larger
newspapers in Turkey, the Yeni Safak Newspaper.
leave the reporters nameless, for reasons you’ll soon see.
newspaper has been translating various articles of mine into Turkish and running
them, particularly those concerning the most recent Fallujah massacre. The
report who was interviewing me today told me that the former American consulate
here, Eric Edelman, asked the Prime Minister of Turkey to pressure his paper to
not run so many of my stories.
he do this,” I asked him.
said it was the wrong news,” he told me with a
out Edelman also asked that articles by Robert Fisk and Naomi Klein not be run
so often in Yeni Safak either.
smiled at me while he watched the wheels turning in my head before I smiled back
and said, “That makes me very happy, it means I’m doing my job as a
laughed heartily together at this, as did everyone else at the
me of the obtuse hate mails I sometimes receive-confirmation that I am doing my
job-they always make me smile.
American government is pressuring foreign countries to censor their news. Aside
from the fact that this act is the height of arrogance by the United States, it
makes it exceedingly clear why so many Americans who rely on the corporate media
for their news continue to be so misinformed/un-informed about the goings on in
Iraq. If the American government is attempting to censor the news in foreign
countries, you can imagine what they are doing at home.
people like Edelman don’t want citizens of the United States to know that events
like the massacre of Fallujah or the atrocities in Abu Ghraib are not isolated
like Edelman don’t want people to know what one of my sources in Baquba just
told me today.
the city of Buhrez, 5 kilometers south of Baquba, two Humvess of American
soldiers were destroyed recently. American and Iraqi soldiers came to the city
afterwards and cut all the phones, cut the water, cut medicine from arriving in
the city and told them that until the people of the city bring the “terrorists”
to them, the embargo will continue.”
embargo has been in place now for one week now, and he continued:
Americans still won’t anyone or any medicines and supplies into Buhrez, nor will
they allow any people in or out. Even the Al-Sadr followers who organized some
help for the people in the city (water, food, medicine) are not being allowed
into the city. Even journalists cannot enter to publish the news, and the
situation there is so bad. The Americans keep asking for the people in the city
to bring them the persons who were in charge of destroying the two Humvees on
the other side of the city, but of course the people in the city don’t know who
carried out the attack.”
like Edelman don’t want people to know about the recent US attacks in Al-Qa’im
and Haditha either. Attacks that Iraqis are describing as just as bad as the
massacre of Fallujah.
Haditha and Al-Qa’im, an Iraqi doctor sent me this email
“Listen…we witnessed crimes in the west area of the country of what the
bastards did in Haditha and Al-Qa’im. It was a crime, a really big crime we have
witnessed and filmed in those places and recently also in Fallujah. We need big
help in the western area of the country. Our doctors need urgent help there.
Please, this is an URGENT humanitarian request from the hospitals in the west of
the country. We have big proof on how the American troops destroyed one of our
hospitals, how they burned the whole store of medication of the west area of
Iraq and how they killed a patient in the ward…how they prevented us from
helping the people in al-Qa’im. This is an URGENT Humanitarian request. The
hospitals in the west of Iraq ask for urgent help…we are in a big humanitarian
like Edelman don’t want the public to know that the same tactics used in
Fallujah by the US military-posting snipers around the city to shoot anyone who
moves, targeting ambulances, impeding medical care, or the detaining of innocent
civilians en masse.
After all, Fallujah
is the model. Fallujah is our Guernica. And now, Haditha, Al-Qa’im can be added
to the list, with Baquba and Buhrez under deconstruction.
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