You are the future of Iraq
: The American authorities are publishing a newspaper for kids in Iraq and Ays scanned a copy. Included is a cartoon about reporting people with suspicious packages that turn out to be bombs. Hard place to be a child.
: In response to a comment: The paper is written in Arabic and English; Ays is showing us the English scan, for obvious reasons. We’re not as multilingual as Iraqis.
New Iraqi blogs
: New Iraqi blogs are sprouting up:
: The Iraqi Agora (that is, marketplace) is a group blog from some of the luminaries, including Salam (posting here as infrequently as he does on his own), River, Liminal, and others inside and out of Iraq.
: Khalid, formerly a member of A Family in Baghdad, now has his own blog, Tell Me a Secret.
: Iraqi Spirit is by an expat engineer.
: Road of a Nation promises to write about Iraqi reconstruction.
: Sun of Iraq posts occasionally.
: Ihath is by an expat in Canada.
: Kurdo, a Kurdish blog.
: John Galt of the CPA is pissed about the U.N.
U.N. personnel have been in Baghdad since Friday to assess the security situation….
Months ago, the U.N. Iraqi mission was attacked and twenty two people were killed.
Sergio Vieira De Mello was the U.N. mission chief…. De Mello removed the Coalition guards and disregarded security recommendations for his mission and people in Baghdad. He and twenty-one people died in a preventable car bomb attack. These deaths were due to negligence in ignoring the security recommendations and the arrogance which sprang from that negligence.
As usual, the U.N. cannot make a real security assessment without what we in America referred to as being
: I went looking to see who was blogging the Super Bowl. ESPN is (of course). And so I start reading Bill Simmons’ blog and see this:
I’m going to miss Houston. Remember when the Zionists kidnapped Patty Hearst, and she started to identify with them, and pretty soon she was robbing banks? That’s how I’m feeling. I like being miserable. I love traffic. I don’t need to see the sun ever again. I might never leave.
The Zionists? Zionists? Yes, Patty went to work in a California kibbutz and ran a bank instead of robbed one. Man.
: Meanwhile, Oliver Willis is blogging Beyonce.
: UPDATE: Simmons blog now corrected, a commenter informs us. This sure beats paper, huh?
On the air
: Zack Rosen starts Dean Radio. Smart. [via Joi Ito]