Monday, October 29, 2007

Salam Pax's BBC Newsnight Reports

While searching the BBC Web site, I found some interesting items from Salam Pax, and I share them with you:

"Magical thinking and the lost country," Salam Pax's Window on Iraq, BBC Talk About Newsnight blog post 20 March 2007.

"Losing our country," Newsnight post 10 April 2006.

Salam Pax as reporter / filmaker - BBC video - "The Life and Death of Saddam Hussein." Try this link for the video and more.

Saturday, September 8, 2007


The female blogger known as Riverbend, whom I have followed since the invasion of Iraq, posted in April that her family had decided to leave Baghdad and were packing. Then, nothing.

Yesterday she posted that the family has finally made it to Syria. Please read her post on her blog,
Baghdad Burning!

After you do that, go to Khalid's blog Tell me a Secret, and read the post about the project to help Iraqi refugees, the Collateral Repair Project. Thank you!

Again, please leave a comment, especially if you have any information or Web links relating to Salam Pax. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007


I have created this blog to search for Salam Pax. The name is a pseudonym of the "Baghdad Blogger." It is composed of the Arabic and Latin words for peace. After seaching the Web, I found that he was, apparently, last heard from when he posted two videos in April 2007 on CNN's "World's Untold Stories."

He last posted on his "
Justzipit" blog , also known as "Shut Up You Fat Whiner," 18 July 2006. As of this posting, Salam's original blog "Where is Raed?" had been tampered with and is now unreadable, unless you use the edit/select all button on your browser. Does he know this? Does he care?

You can buy the book of the blog,
Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi on While you are there, order Riverbend's Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog From Iraq. Raed Jarrar, the "Raed" Salam was looking for, calls Riverbend (pseudonym) his virtual sister. Raed is now in the U. S.

A couple of years ago, Salam revealed that his father is Adnan al-Janabi, who was elected to the National Assembly in the January 2005 elections and in May 2005 became a member of the committee set up by the Iraqi Transitional Government to write a permanent constitution. His father is not a member of the current Council of Representatives.

So, where is Salam now? Is his family still in Baghdad? Has the al-Janabi family fled to Jordan or Syria? Riverbend reported on her last post in April that her family had decided to leave Baghdad, and there have been no further posts on her blog,
Baghdad Burning.

Please comment, especially if you can offer any information as to the whereabouts of these two talented and brave bloggers, Salam Pax and/or Riverbend.