Iraqis blog to bypass politicians, media

In Iraq, news and information is filtered through government and/or media. But, according to a BBC report, some 70 Iraqis are writing blogs that allow them to issue uncensored reports on their daily lives.

One blogger, a mother of three and manager at a Baghdad water plant, initially shared her hopes for a better life based on the U.S. invasion, but time has changed her views. “Fighting, explosion, killing and blood everyday,” she said. “You are not safe, and everything is confusing you. Everything is sad, because you’re scared about your sons, your family, your job, everything.”

Ali Fadhil, a Baghdad medical resident, says, ““I was… Read More »

A political version of Slashdot

Slashdot.org was the original blog. Before the term was first uttered, Slashdot was a place where anybody could open a topic on something to do with technology and others could comment. The software that makes it work has been freely available for others to use. In many ways, Slashdot (motto: “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.”) paved the way for today’s blogosphere.

Today, Slashdot.org has opened an adjunct community dedicated to the discussion of politics. “With the US Presidential Election coming up, we’ve had a lot of story submissions that we would like to post, but they don’t fit very well on the Slashdot main page,” writes… Read More »

I’d vote for this guy

Florida Representative Peter Deutsch wears a Blackberry on his belt. When the live, delevised debate of Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate hit commercial breaks, Deutsch checked his Blackberry. And he’s under attack for it.

Apparently, it’s seen as cheating if he got an answer to a tough question or a suggestion about adjusting his style during the debate. Deutsch insists he only received words of encouragement and nothing of substance. But the criticism has led him to insist he’ll stop wearing the device during debates. “Im going to use an abascus,” he said.

What’s the big deal? Who cares if he got cues or speaking points from… Read More »

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