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AMIDA and Iraq: anybody interested?

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Subject:    AMIDA and Iraq: anybody interested?
>From:       Diaa el Radwa Hadid <>

Diaa Hadid:     (+61 2) 62547399

AMIDA magazine to give its next edition an Iraqi theme:

AMIDA magazine ( intends to give its next edition an Iraqi 
theme.  Almost ten years after the US/UN sanctions, it is timely to explore 
the country: its politics, culture, society and its future- in one edition- 
approximately 28 pages.

Articles and photographs have not been finalised for any of the sections.  
We are currently searching for contributors.  If you are interested, or have 
any ideas for the design/layout, please contact me via e-mail or telephone 

AMIDA plans to assign the following allotments to Iraq.


Guest editor: the topic will broadly be "10 years under sanctions: where to 
now for Iraq?"

Features: 2 Articles, approximately 1,000 – 2,000 words each.

Article 1: AMIDA plans to publish a photo essay of the sanctions.  We 
believe this will generate the most impact.  Currently we are looking for 

Article 2: This is yet to be decided.  We are open to ideas.

Comment: Approximately 700 to 1,000 words.

Comment differs from the editorial in the following ways:
1. Its subject may or may not be related to the theme.
2. It is opinion and emotion, and as such, it may come from an obvious 
ideological standpoint (please note: AMIDA takes no responsibility for the 
views given.  We also do not generally publish extreme or offensive view 
3. It may be written in any variety of styles: humour, sarcasm, etc.

Travel:  Up to 700 words.

Iraq is not simply the sanctions.  A part of what we hope to show in this 
issue is the dynamism of Iraq and Iraqis- even in exile.

We are looking for good articles from people who have recently travelled to 

Books: Up to 500 words.

1. One non-fiction book on Iraq (we are looking for a review of "Iraq Under 
Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War" by Anthony Arnove (Editor)

2. A review of recent Iraqi fiction, preferably by new authors, most likely 
in exile.  If anybody would like to contribute at least names of such 
authors, I would be very grateful, as I am not familiar with Iraqi fiction.

Film: Up to 500 words

This will be either of a recent movie/documentary on Iraq, or work by an 
Iraqi film maker, whether in exile or not.  As above, if anybody could 
contribute at least the names of artists, I would be very grateful.

Study: Up to 500 words

We hope to dedicate study in this edition to studying Arabic in the Middle 
East- I am yet to discover if Iraq has any institutions.  If people would 
like to forward me their preferred places of study with brief comments (and 
URL’s, if they exist), this will be of great use.

Language: the piece d’resistance: Up to 500 words

A piece of writing in Arabic about Iraq: it can be an article, a poem, pure 
stream of consciousness, an old travel guide describing Iraq.  What ever 
comes to mind, as long as it is of high quality and innovative.

Photos are always welcome, even if unaccompanied.  Provided we have some 
information about the date and place of the photographs, as well as the 
photographers, they may be given consideration.

Profiles: approximately 700 words.

Profiles will be in-your-face style.  They comprise information about the 
person and brief interviews with them.  We hope to do (at least) a profile 
of one successful Iraqi refugee settled in Australia, and a profile of a 
more recent immigrant and his/her experiences, in Iraq and Australia.

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