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Brian, 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 email@example.com and he might be prepared to talk to the Guardian. regards Justin Alexander ---------------------------------- From: Brian.Whitaker@guardian.co.uk To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 12:47:03 +0000 Subject: [casi] "Where is Raed?" website I recently discovered this website: http://www.dear_raed.blogspot.com/ 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? __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts http://uk.my.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk