Episode 31 - “City on the Sea”

Adel in Syria.

A bit of recent history of Syria. Adel was in Latakia.

IMPORTANT: I just found what I consider a gold mine filled with gold mines. It is a blog that chronicles the emerging Iraqi blogosphere. It links to an incredible amount of blogs written by Iraqis both in Iraq and in exile. They aren’t afraid to give their own thoughts but they don’t censor the voices they don’t agree with. It represents everything that is great about this new era of citizen journalism. Anyone with even a passing interest in Iraq could get lost among these links for hours. They link everyone from my old favorite Healing Iraq to HTB viewer Konfused Kid to an unabashedly sectarian blog (speaking of which, there is an interesting defense of sectarianism on that blog). Also, as a devout beer enthusiast, I was completely intrigued by this guide to drinking beer in Baghdad. Forgive me if I never post any more videos here because I’m too busy reading all these blogs….

I know a few people saw us on NBC News. Can someone post in the comments what the story was like? Here at Chat the Planet we didn’t get to see it. Also, we have been getting some press in countries all over the world. Poland, Brazil, Denmark, etc. If anyone can snap pictures of themselves holding articles about us a la me and my colleague, I’ll be sure to post them.

18 Responses to “Episode 31 - “City on the Sea””

  1. Noor Says:

    Nice, i hope you had a good time.
    If your father found a job will you go back to Baghdad and pack your things to go and live in Syria??

  2. Samara Says:

    Adel, I hope your father is able to find a job somewhere. Has he tried the UAE?
    I hear sadness in your voice, and I see it in your eyes, it seems to be there all the time, I’ve seen it in all the videos, and I find it hearbreaking. You deserve better, Iraqis deserve better than this constant fear and stress.
    Keep safe.

  3. Billie Says:

    This comment really belongs under “Nothing But Guitar” probably, but it’s an older vlog ; so I’m making my comment here. There’s been talk that the guys like some country music and one of the country music stars has a new song out with a video. I’m bringing it up because in his video he has quick flashes of life in different cultures and he has three of those with Muslims in it. I thought you might be interested in viewing it. You can go to http://www.myspace.com/keithurban and turn off his music player and click on his video. Thought you might appreciate the nod.


  4. Destino Guarujá Says:

    Heloo Friends , I published this page in our ortl here in Guarujá http://www.destinoguaruja.com mean that we are praying so that this war finishes that it is violencia finishes and that you alive in peace, all the Brazilians is with you. Adm http://www.destinoguaruja.com

  5. mike Says:

    Hey Destino, thanks for posting this article! Here is a translated version of the page into English. http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=pt_en&trurl=http%3a%2f%2fdestinoguaruja.com%2fportal%2findex.php%3fpg%3dnoticia%26id%3d467

    A computer did it so it is far from perfect. And here is the original language version (for those having trouble finding it on the main site: http://www.destinoguaruja.com/portal/index.php?pg=noticia&id=467

  6. Lucila Says:

    Hi guys, congratulations for your job. It´s fantastic to see that there is more than war and politics in Iraq, youngs like you are trying to live in a better way and also giving us some hope.

    I found your web just today, it was an article in one of the free papers giving on the metro in Madrid - Spain, ADN.

    I´m giving you the link and you can also see it, but it´s in Spanish.

    Good luck and keep on going!!


    (pages 16/17)

  7. Tracy Says:

    Syria is very beautiful and peaceful looking. I never would have imagined.

    I can understand wanting to distance yourself from the news. I do this “news fasting” sometimes just because I’m a very sensitive person and constantly hearing of the violence and hatred in the world causes me deep sorrow.

    I hope your father has found a job.


  8. Clevergirl Says:

    Not to detract from Adel’s new post from Latakia — looks beautiful, but I agree with Samara that Adel sounds and looks sad. :-( Wish we could cheer you guys up.

    This is my first time commenting & it is mostly to show you that I, too, have blogged about HTB. I hope you don’t mind. I had to point out to my readers that your blogs about your school/education experiences are smiliar to the ones in my own research … and also reflect what some of the big agencies are saying about education during war and conflict.


    Thanks for putting a human face on an important issue.

    Peace & Love,

    CG :-)

  9. Tegan Says:

    Syria looks so, so beautiful. Especially the sunset, and the sea!
    Good luck to Adel’s family, the little girl getting the shoulder ride is so cute.
    I hope you’re all happy and safe, because you really deserve it.

  10. Rick S Says:

    Does Israel allow Iraqis to immigrate? I looked at the Syria entry in the Wikipedia. They actually have a holiday for the Yom Kippur War, when they and Egypt bombarded Jews in the synagogues of Israel on the holiest day of the year. Funny thing is the in 2 days the Israeli army bounced back and drove the Syrian armies back out of Israeli land. A holiday , give me a break. Here are the casualties:

    2,656 killed
    7,250 wounded
    400 tanks destroyed
    600 tanks damaged/returned to service
    102 planes shot down[5]

    Arab (Syrian, Egyptian, Jordan and Iraq
    8,528* – 15,000** dead
    19,540* – 35,000** wounded
    2,250 tanks destroyed or captured
    432 planes destroyed[5]


  11. Ahmed Naji Says:

    Adel.. I wish you can feel safer everyday you wake up in Baghdad. Iraqis are asking for safety, and it is not much to ask. But, safety is everything.. so it is too much to ask unfortunately. Good luck on your exams, and I wish you can enjoy the Syrian safety again soon with your family.

  12. lelly Says:

    Beautiful sunset.
    Good luck and peace and love, Adel. People do care. We’re trying.

  13. A. Rawaf Says:

    I’m really proud of what I’m watching here. You are showing all the people in the world that we long for freedom and democracy.
    I hope you are all doing fine and that you are safe.

    I would like to contact any of you so please if it is possible contact me back.

    Ali Rawaf.

  14. André Gentil Says:

    O povo do Iraque é lindo! As pessoas são lindas…

    Que Deus ajude aos verdadeiros…!

    André Gentil

    São Paulo, Brasil.

  15. a7la3yo0on Says:

    hey adel… nice view! i love sea and sand… anyway i have a question.. what kind of job is ur father looking for? what does he do? u knw sharing with ppl make the thing easy…
    i would really want to get your email or something, so please if u dont mind… email me back.. oh btw i live in dubai

  16. a7la3yo0on Says:

    hey adel… i would really like to contact u can u email me back on iraqi_chick_89@hotmail.com

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