Archive for the ‘Adel’ Category

The Final Episode - “Jimi Hendrix”

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

The final episode of Hometown Baghdad.

In the coming days, we will be transitioning to a brand new www.hometownbaghdad.com. I’ve combined a number of viewer suggestions with my own thoughts. The result is a new site layout that should help people find all the videos a bit more easily and help viewers engage in more conversation.

Also, watch out for us on ABC’s Nightline in the coming days.

Episode 35 - “Trouble Finds Its Way”

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Upon returning from a peaceful few weeks in Syria, Adel makes two upsetting discoveries.

In response to some reader demand, I put together a more extensive Behind The Scenes page that shows the producers at work on Hometown Baghdad.

Ausama also wanted me to share some videos from the great Iraqi Oud (Middle Eastern Guitar) player Naseer Shamma.

Episode 31 - “City on the Sea”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

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.

Episode 30 - “Over Here and Over There”

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Syria has been a refuge for Iraqis fleeing their dangerous homeland since the war began. Life as a refugee there can be incredibly difficult but hopefully things will start getting a bit better. In today’s episode, we get to experience what Syria is like from Adel’s Iraqi perspective. Though throughout his visit, Adel knows that he must return to Baghdad.

For a peak at Iraqi refugees in Syria, watch this.

Episode 25 - “The Palace Maid”

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Adel risks a few moments out in the open with the cameras to tell a story from his Iraqi heritage.


Viewers in the UK should tune into “Today” on BBC Radio 4 on the morning of May 9th to hear a story about Hometown Baghdad. In the US, there will also be a story on NPR’s Morning Edition sometime in the upcoming days. Since I don’t know when exactly it is, just listen to NPR every morning. I do!
Update: NPR aired their story this morning on Hometown Baghdad. Here it is.

Update: Hometown Baghdad producer, Fady, sent me a great picture of a statue in Baghdad that depicts another story from the Arabian Nights. Read Fady’s brief description of it. Check out the photo below.
Statue of characters in Arabian Nights

Episode 24 - “Troops”

Monday, May 7th, 2007

American troops in Iraq - threat or protection?

Episode 22 of 45 - “Sick of This”

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Murder in the name of religion.


If you live in the New York area, I am going to be on Brian Lehrer’s show on channel 75 tonight talking about Hometown Baghdad, online video and politics. It will also be available as a video podcast in a few days. I will be appearing with Zeyad, the incredible blogger behind Healing Iraq. It will be an honor to appear with him.

Also, many people were confused by the episode of Hometown Baghdad, “Forbidden Salad,” because Ausama and his family talked about how a certain salad was banned by religious extremists. Some people thought they were joking. Some commenters on one site thought we were putting out Israeli propaganda (yes, they actually thought that). But I found a blog post that explains the thinking behind this ban on sexually indecent salad(!!!). It is from Nabil’s blog. He is another educated young Iraqi being forced to leave due to the violence that threatens him daily. Let’s hope that he, like Adel, Saif and Ausama, stays safe.

Episode 20 of 45 - “Liberation”

Friday, April 27th, 2007

If you’re new to this series, catch up on previous installments using the episode guide to the left. If you’re a regular, check out our new episode below…

Nearly everyone who has seen Hometown Baghdad has been desperate to know what Saif, Adel and Ausama think about the American invasion/occupation. After having seen how it has affected their lives, their families and their friends, we now get to hear them talk honestly about it.


And a special hello to new visitors to this site who saw us on CNN in the US, Swiss TV, Swedish TV and all the other great media outlets that are helping us further the awareness of these Iraqi voices.

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