When one thinks of Iraq, a whole host of mental images and thoughts come to mind. One of the planet's oldest countries in terms of ongoing human civilisation is also one of the most troubled, with a fraught political and religious history culminating in the 2003 invasion and subsequent toppling of Hussein's government. The road to recovery has been an arduous one and continues to garner media attention. While there are a good number of excellent journalists reporting from Iraq, we've turned our attention to the overlooked medium of blogs in order to get an authentic view on culture, politics and living in the country.
A blog of massive cultural importance detailing and preserving the art of the Iraqi Maqam. The amount of dedication and work which clearly goes into the site is award worthy in itself.
Muntadhar al-Zaidi rose to global infamy following the shoe-throwing incident during a press conference with then-US president George W. Bush. His actions were generally applauded, and sparked an unprecedented level of discussion on freedom of expression - this blog is the most comprehensive collection of press coverage on the web.
A deep and refreshing series of reflective posts by Violet, a medical student living and learning in Iraq.
News commentary in which the author asks all the right questions, no matter how uncomfortable those questions are. Well-measured and concisely written - a master class in political and news blogging.
Written by a number of journalists inside Baghdad and in the greater area, this mix of personal accounts from the thick of it portrays a powerful picture.
A network of media experts and activists contribute to Streamline, a long-term project born out of passion with the aim of breaking down barriers of communication.
The strength of the Baghdad Dentist's blog is its striking honesty and visual narrative of the country's healing process. If ever there was an authentic depiction of life in Iraq as written by one of its citizens, this is it.
Political discourse and commentary on The Iraqi Future is regularly delivered and consistently high in quality. It also represents a great cross section of the Iraqi population.
Representing the female voice in the Middle East, Layla is a blogger who tells it like it is regardless of who it offends. We need more bloggers like this.
Had enough negativity? This blog will restore your faith in the great, albeit troubled, nation by highlighting the rich cultural heritage of Iraq.
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