.Baghdad BurningA young Iraqi woman’s first-hand account of life in Baghdad as it is lived now. Riverbend, whose real name and that of her family are concealed for security reasons, worked as a software engineer prior to the occupation of Iraq and has been keeping her internet blog for the past three years. A collection of her writing has been published and her blog is accessed by thousands of readers worldwide.
Baghdad Burning is dramatised by John Fletcher.
BBC 4 - Woman's Hour: Three parts serialization on Riverbend, December 18-20, 2006
(Requires Real One Player, each segment is 15 minutes long)"And no - not the celebrations BBC are claiming. With the exception of a few areas, the streets are empty.Now we come to CNN. Shame on you CNN journalists - you're getting lazy. The least you can do is get the last words correct when you write a story about an execution. Your articles are read the world over and will go down in history as references. You people are the biggest news network in the world - the least you can do is spend some money on a decent translator." A lynching..., Riverbend, December 31, 2006(See also: "Information about Iraq propagated by Western media is often woefully inaccurate or downright wrong, according to leading Arab figures, and such distortions are damaging any chance of peace in the country." Media bias 'threat' to Iraq, December 19, 2006)"You know your country is in trouble when:
1- The UN has to open a special branch just to keep track of the chaos and bloodshed, UNAMI.
2 - Abovementioned branch cannot be run from your country.
3 - The politicians who worked to put your country in this sorry state can no longer be found inside of, or anywhere near, its borders.
4- The only thing the US and Iran can agree about is the deteriorating state of your nation.
5 - An 8-year war and 13-year blockade are looking like the country's 'Golden Years'.
6 - Your country is purportedly 'selling' 2 million barrels of oil a day, but you are standing in line for 4 hours for black market gasoline for the generator.
7 - For every 5 hours of no electricity, you get one hour of public electricity and then the government announces it's going to cut back on providing that hour.
8 - Politicians who supported the war spend tv time debating whether it is 'sectarian bloodshed' or 'civil war'.
9 - People consider themselves lucky if they can actually identify the corpse of the relative that's been missing for two weeks."End of Another Year..., Riverbend, December 29, 2006 .