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RE: [casi] "Where is Raed?" website


Salam does speak completely fluent english and I think
he's an Iraqi who has spent a lot of his life living
in the West (his email address is even hosted through
NME magazine!).

We've emailed a couple of times and from the viewpoint
and details he gives (down to the gold lettering on
Iraq Peace Team backpacks) I'm pretty convinced he's
genuinely on the ground in Baghdad. He has a very
personal take on events in Iraq which I find
incredibly interesting (and often quite funny). His
blog shows what it feels like to be a Westernised Iraq
trying to participate in the global internet community
and get his head around his personal life
(particularly his Jordanian boyfriend, the emponymous
Raed) against the backdrop of a collapsed country
facing immanent war.

Give him an email on and he might be
prepared to talk to the Guardian.

Justin Alexander
Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 12:47:03 +0000
Subject: [casi] "Where is Raed?" website

I recently discovered this website:
It appears to be a diary written from Bagdad, though
it doesn't read as if it is
 written by an Iraqi.
Does anyone have more information about this site? Is
it genuine, a propaganda
exercise, or what?

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