Now isn’t this a pretty sight?

bulletin.jpgNow isn’t this a pretty sight?
: Here’s the first issue of the Baghdad Bulletin, a not-quite-weekly English-language newspaper in Iraq put out by a small group of entrepreneurs and locals.

Already, I’m seeing reporting there I’ve been wanting to see from western sources. For example, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain why restoring power has been a problem when in this war (vs. 1991), the power stations were not bombed. Here’s a comprehensive report that explains just what’s happening.

The circulation in Baghdad:

Office of the Coalition Provisional Authority – 600

NGOs, including USAID – 300

Embassies – 100

Hotels – 1000

Iraqi English speaking neighbourhoods – 2000

Businesses direct – 300

Private universities/ hospitals – 100

Supermarkets/ shops – 500

Sold through newsagents – 1000

It’s a start.

I’ll suggest writing a story about how to start a weblog.

  • Diana

    Interesting, Apparently the guys who started it were anti-war:
    http://quickstart.clari.net/qs_se/webnews/wed/dq/Qiraq-media.ROvE_Du9.html

  • Ron Norman

    Some one had better start reading the content be fore posting…this is pretty bad anti US propaganda. Read LaRita Smith’s article about marines shooting civilians for target practice and the “Museum being looted” and you’ve pushed this stuff over to instapundit, Reynolds is going to fry your xxx for this.

  • Joshua Chamberlain

    I agree with Ron. If you read the article, two explanations are presented:
    1. The Americans aren’t really interested or they’re incompetent.
    2. The damage is actually worse than in ’91, because the Americans encouraged looting and destruction of the power infrastructure by the Iraqi people.
    Anne Marlowe had a great piece in the New York Post where she argued that one of the worst atrocities of Saddam’s regime was what it did to the Iraqis’ self-respect and individual dignity. They’ve got to start relying on themselves and stop blaming other people for their misfortunes.
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/06222003/postopinion/opedcolumnists/1420.htm

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    I’m not scared of opinions with which I disagree.

  • http://laddy.blogspot.com Kombiz

    Jeff,
    There’s an interesting story in there that reeks of arab nationalism. http://www.baghdadbulletin.com/pageArticle.php?article_id=10&cat_id=13
    It would be much more interesting if it wasn’t written by foreigners. But none the less a good scoop. I posted some thoughts on my website.
    I posted some thoughts on my website :
    http://laddy.blogspot.com/2003_06_01_laddy_archive.html#105640144875453077