Posts from March 19, 2004

Mirror

Mirror
: Fast Company has a big feature on biz blogging.

Huh or Heh?

Huh or Heh?
: I’ll defend anyone’s First Amendment right to speak. But I just don’t get the Rev. Billy‘s flashmob campaign to have people on cellphones swarm at the World Trade Center to recite the First Amendment and protest a mall. What the hell does free speech have to do with shopping? And religion? Whatever.

Joblog

Joblog
: The Wall St. Journal just started a blog on outsourcing jobs. See another from the South Asian Journalists Assn.

:UPDATE: And here’s yet another, thanks to VC Ed Sim.

Happy Persian new year

Happy Persian new year
: An explanation of the traditions of the holiday, with blog links, here.

Iraqi bloggers speak to the world

Iraqi bloggers speak to the world
: Paul Wolfowitz quotes Iraqi blogger Ali today and notes the importance of this new means of free speech:

After the horrific March 2 bombing that killed 170 at Shi’a shrines in Baghdad and Karbala, one Iraqi had an answer for those in the West who wonder if such tactics can work. His words speak to the horror of the events in Spain last week and in Baghdad on Wednesday.

His name is Ali and his Web log said this about the terrorists and their allies: “They are spitting in the face of the wind.”

One of the interesting developments in post-Saddam Iraq is the appearance of amateur Web sites, where Iraqis are taking advantage of modern technology to give voice to their newfound freedom….

A few weeks ago, after an attack on a police station in Fallujah, when the U.S. offered Iraqi Civil Defense Corpsmen help in subduing the attackers, they said, no thanks – we want to do this job ourselves so people will know we can.

Ali, the Iraqi blogger, put such attacks into a larger perspective: “Some people still wonder what would be the relation between the liberation of Iraq and [the] war on terrorism. I think that the fact that nearly all the terrorists are gathered on our land to fight so fiercely should be more than enough explanation.” He added: “We are . . . showing [other Arabs] what they can achieve once they are free . . . I see these evil powers show their true and ugly face and play their last card – surer than ever that we are winning.”…

Someday, Iraq will be one of these free and prospering nations. As Ali put it so well: “It’s just a matter of time.”

: Well, bravo for Ali and the Iraqi bloggers.

Just this morning, I wrote an email to a magazine editor looking at blogs in that part of the world and I emphasized the power of one person to change the world with blogs.

Hoder did it in Iran. Salam Pax did it in prewar Iraq and Zeyad has been doing it in postwar Iraq, recruiting friends to blog and tell their story to the world.

They have not only told their story to the world. They have told their story to the White House.

Blogs are power.

Iraqi blogs a year later: Bugged

Iraqi blogs a year later: Bugged
: Zeyad isn’t writing about the anniversary of the war. He’s writing about the heat in Basrah:

Which brings us to the topic of mosquitos/fleas/bugs. Those adorable flying creatures. I remember once asking my parents when I was a bit young and innocent, something like “Why did God create bugs?”. Unfortunately nobody then had pointed me to the infamous book authored by Khairallah Talfah (Saddam’s uncle) titled ‘Three things God should not have created: Jews, Kurds, and mosquitos’.

Anyway, the last four nights have been terrible thanks to those restless godawful vampires.

: Zeyad also points us to an article by a member of the Baghdad municipal council telling us that we — U.S. media and authorities — are giving too much weight to the words of Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani.

: Ays is writing about the anniversary of the war:

For all those who say that the war on Iraq was wrong and G.W.Bush or T.Blair depended on wrong information and their intelligence agencies were misled cause it depended on faulty sources regarding WMD …

Just tell me what

Calendar

Calendar
: I would have liked to have gone to the Politics Online Conference but didn’t know about it. Is anyone keeping a good calendar of such events? Anybody want to start a wiki for one?

Semitic chic

Semitic chic
: Headline of the week from the the Best Week Ever blog:

Haven’t the Jews Suffered Enough?

Guy Richie and Madonna are scouting locations in Israel for a “God-inspired” film based on the teachings of Kabbalah.

Oy, but the suffering never ends. From Jewsweek’s Yadayadablog:

In a radio interview with WABC’s Sean Hannity, director Mel Gibson said he wants to make a movie about the story of Chanukah. “The story that’s always fired my imagination … is the Book of Maccabees,” Gibson said. “The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war, they stuck by their guns, and they came out winning. It’s like a Western.” When Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti Defamation League and a virulent opponent of Gisbon, heard the news, he quipped: “My answer would be ‘Thanks but no thanks.’ The last thing we need in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western. In his hands we may wind up losing,” he joked.