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  • Muslim Father Arrested for Running Over 'Westernized' Daughter

    10/30/2009 4:00:51 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 934+ views
    abcnews ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | SARAH NETTER
    A 10-day manhunt ended when police arrested an Iraqi immigrant accused of running over his 20-year-old daughter to punish her for becoming "too Westernized" and rebuffing the conservative ways he valued. Share A woman's friends say her Iraqi father injured her for being too Westernized.Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, fled from Peoria, Ariz., on Oct. 20. He was arrested by U.S. marshalls in Atlanta when he arrived at the airport there, according to the Associated Press. His daugher Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, remains hospitalized in critical condition after her father hit the young woman and her boyfriend's mother with his Jeep...
  • Cops Arrest Man in ‘Westernized’ Daughter Case [Ran Auto Over 20 Year-Old Old Daughter!]

    10/30/2009 11:05:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 725+ views
    AP Report ^ | October 30th 2009
    <p>PEORIA, Ariz. - An Iraqi immigrant has been arrested in Georgia for allegedly running down his daughter because she was becoming "too Westernized," police in a Phoenix suburb say.</p> <p>Police in Peoria released few details, but said 48-year-old Faleh Almaleki was in custody. They would not say where he was being held.</p>
  • Police: Strict Iraqi Father Ran Daughter Down

    10/23/2009 1:07:46 PM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies · 1,805+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 22, 2009 | Fox News
    PEORIA, Ariz. - Peoria police are looking for a father suspected of running down his daughter because she was becoming too "westernized" and was not living according to their traditional Iraqi values. Peoria police say 48-year-old Faleh Hassan Almaleki of Glendale allegedly ran his daughter down Tuesday at an Arizona Department of Economic Security parking lot in Peoria. "When I walked out the door I saw two ladies on the ground, so my first thought was some kind of domestic dispute," says witness Synthia Diaz. The victim, 20-year-old Noor Faleh Almaleki of Surprise, is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. A second...
  • Muslim Americans encouraged, hopeful after Obama

    07/12/2009 6:04:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 877+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 12, 2009 | Wendell Marsh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi Americans Wasan Alqaisi and Sumer Majid made a Fourth of July family picnic of kebab -- served on hamburger buns with slices of American cheese. Celebrating Independence Day in the U.S. capital, the two Muslim women were doing what generations of Americans have done before them: blending their faith and lifestyle with a U.S. national identity. Eight years after Middle East militants carried out the September 11 attacks, Muslim Americans are raising their profile, encouraged by the election of Barack Obama, a U.S. president proud of his Kenyan father's Muslim heritage. The president, who is a...
  • Face of Defense: Iraqi-born Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen

    07/06/2009 5:00:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 318+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lt. Col. Pat Simon, USA
    BAGHDAD, July 6, 2009 – Red, white and blue are the colors associated with American independence, but this year, we can add another color: brown. An Iraqi-born U.S. soldier turned American citizen, Spc. “Brown,” right, an interpreter attached to the 225th Engineer Brigade, shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden during a naturalization ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, July 4, 2009. Brown joined 236 other U.S. servicemembers from more than 50 countries to take the U.S. oath of citizenship on Independence Day. U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Pat Simon  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc. “Brown,” an...
  • US soldier missing 2 years after Iraq capture

    10/24/2008 1:03:55 AM PDT · by pasr · 5 replies · 1,034+ views
    AP ^ | Thu Oct 23, 2008 | BEN LEUBSDORF
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An Army translator kidnapped two years ago Thursday is still unaccounted for, the only U.S. servicemember who remains missing in the current Iraq war. Ahmed Kousay al-Taie was visiting his wife's family in central Baghdad Oct. 23, 2006, when a group of armed, masked men dragged him to a waiting car. Al-Taie, a 41-year-old specialist when he was captured, is now 43 and a sergeant. The last public news of him came in February 2007, when a Shiite militant group called Ahl al-Bayt Brigades released a 10-second video of him on the Internet. The military is...
  • [Muslim loyalty] "Americans" for Islamic Terrorists Hezbollah

    06/12/2008 11:41:16 PM PDT · by Righting · 13 replies · 434+ views
    federalistjournal ^ | June 12, 2008
    "Americans" for Hezbollah Via Memorandum, we get this USA Today story about discrimination against Muslims in America and a Gallup poll showing that many Americans mistrust Muslims. The USA Today article defines discrimination broadly, anything from a rude comment to assault.And from NPR, a profile of the Lebanese-American community in Dearborn Michigan includes this: Osama Siblani runs the Arab-American News, America's largest such newspaper. He says the fighting is fueling anger in his community -- not at Hezbollah, but at the Bush administration."The anger that you see in the Arab community, you do not see in the eyes of the...
  • California Chaldeans receive 3,000 Assyrian Christians into Catholic communion

    05/18/2008 5:16:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 215+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/18/2008
    San Jose, CA., May 18, 2008 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- One week ago today leaders of the Chaldean Catholic Church in California formally received into communion a bishop of the Assyrian Apostolic Church of the East, his clergy, and about 3,000 Assyrian Christians. The Assyrian Church, centered in modern-day Iraq, dates back to the earliest days of Christianity.  According to the California Catholic Daily, the church eventually embraced the teachings of Nestorius, the fifth-century Archbishop of Constantinople whose doctrines were condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431.  Beginning in the sixteenth century, large numbers of Nestorian Assyrians came...
  • Freddie Fadhil's Iraq nightmare: He sees progress in light of day

    03/22/2008 2:26:20 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 3 replies · 290+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 3/22/08 | Katherine Kersten
    Fadi Fadhil -- Freddie to his friends -- is probably marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war's launch with closer attention than the average Minnesotan. Fadhil, an Iraqi citizen living in Minneapolis, served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Baghdad, his hometown. From April 2003 to February 2005, he guided American soldiers through some of their most challenging days. Lt. Col. Michael Baumann, commander of a battalion task force with the 5th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division, with whom Fadhil worked, calls him a vital "cultural bridge." Baumann, of Lakeville, moved heaven and earth to...
  • VIDEO: Local (Everett) Iraqis Support War, Hope For Iraq

    03/20/2008 12:47:23 AM PDT · by USMC Brat · 34 replies · 1,378+ views
    kirotv.com ^ | 3/19/08 | KIRO 7 Eyewitness News
    VIDEO: Local (Everett) Iraqis Support War, Hope For IraqIraqis living in Everett see the five-year anniversary of the war as a time to celebrate the future of their country. Related Video: EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Local Iraqi man Ali Al-Faham explains support
  • American POW - One Year in Captivity

    10/23/2007 6:38:00 PM PDT · by pinkpanther111 · 14 replies · 111+ views
    Conservative Thoughts ^ | 10-23-07 | kathywms
    I am again posting the story on one of our American heroes Army Specialist Ahmed Altaie. I have posted several times in past about Ahmed's case asking for anyone who reads the post to contact their Senators and Congressman to ask for an update on Ahmed's status. This was done in the hope that if there were enough inquires it would elevate the investigation into his whereabouts. To date: no new information has been received or released concerning Ahmed's status since March 15, 2007. Ahmed is a Iraqi American U.S. Army linguist soldier, from Ann-Arbor, Michigan who was kidnapped on...
  • Big News: Iraqis in US Protest AGAINST Islamic Terrorism

    08/26/2007 7:57:04 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 13 replies · 795+ views
    TEHRAN, Aug 25 (MNA)-- Hundreds of Iraqis residing in the U.S. converged in the front of the Saudi embassy in Washington on Friday condemning Riyadh’s policy towards Iraq, Sotaliraq said on its website. With slogans “Down with Terrorism” and “Shia and Sunni Should Unite in Iraq,” demonstrators called for the immediate halt to Saudi support for terrorism in Iraq and the issuance of “takfiri” religious decrees (fatwas) by Saudi scholars. Nazar Heydar, the director of Iraq information center in Washington and a member of the international center for campaign against terrorism, said “by this demonstration we meant to draw the...
  • Jihad American Style:Iraqi Sectarian Violence Comes To America

    01/09/2007 5:32:34 PM PST · by roguejew1965 · 15 replies · 1,244+ views
    MensNewsDaily.Com ^ | 01/09/07 | Ze'ev Haas
    It’s the Sunni Head Choppers vs Shiite Head Cutters. The epic battle of Bad Muslim vs Bad Muslim has made it’s way to the good ole U S of A! While Nancy Pelosi's Democratic Party's Chief of Intelligence is still trying to figure out the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims are in the wide world of Islamic Fundemtalism/Terrorism, the sectarian violence that has haunted the Bush administrations plans for peace in Iraq, have finally found their way to our own backyard in my home state of Michigan in Jihad central itself, Dearborn or as we have come to know...
  • The Arabs that pushed us to war in Iraq, Where are they now?

    10/22/2006 2:32:56 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 310+ views
    The Arabs that pushed us to war in Iraq, Where are they now?http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1951039.stm Iraqi refugees hope for US strike http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP19601 An Egyptian Columnist Attacks Pro-Iraqi Arab Lobby (so there is an Arab Lobby pro Iraq war...) http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000681.html Arabs, not Jews, driving Bush’s Iraq plans” (2002) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/middle_east/jan-june98/iraq_4-27.html Iraqi refugees now in the US are united by tragedy, hatred of Saddam Hussein ... Give us the temporary support we need (1998) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/iraq/stories/arabs7.htm Arab states have escalated their attacks on Iraqi President Saddam ... "There is no shred of support for Saddam anywhere in the Arab scene," (1999) _______________ Above are just a...
  • Farris Hassan: Journalist or Jihadist?

    01/17/2006 1:32:10 PM PST · by johnqueuepublic · 24 replies · 1,770+ views
    PipeLineNews.org ^ | January 16, 2005 | Joe Kaufman and Beila Rabinowitz, PipeLineNews.org
    Farris Hassan: Journalist or Jihadist?By Joe Kaufman and Beila Rabinowitz, PipeLineNews.org January 16, 2006 - Miami, FL - PipeLineNews.org - The AP story was splashed all over the papers and television - 'U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself.' On the internet, people playfully compared his saga to the 80's comedy hit 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' Farris Hassan was the talk and toast of the entire country, "...a young man who feels guilty about the comfort he enjoys, who is brilliant but foolhardy, a boy brimming with idealism and the desire to make a difference." This is the way...
  • Baghdad boy met with Hezbollah

    01/09/2006 3:59:45 PM PST · by Scribbz · 17 replies · 706+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | January 9, 2006 | JANE H. FURSE
    The Florida teen who sneaked off to Iraq over winter break also finagled a sitdown in Lebanon with a big shot from Hezbollah, one of the Mideast's top terrorist organizations. "I had to travel through alleyways and I finally walked - this was in the southern Shiite section of Beirut, the poorest section. So walking through alleyways, going up crooked staircases with bullet holes in the walls. And there was no sign saying, this is the Hezbollah office, of course not," Farris Hassan tells MSNBC's Rita Cosby in an interview airing tonight. A sheepish Farris, 16, also tells Cosby he's...
  • Fort Lauderdale teen rests from Iraq trip, promises to share details

    01/02/2006 3:30:44 PM PST · by Pikamax · 34 replies · 695+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 01/02/06 | Tonya Alanez
    Fort Lauderdale teen rests from Iraq trip, promises to share details By Tonya Alanez, Sallie James and Jamie Malernee Staff Writers January 2, 2006, 6:06 PM EST Crossing a busy street to speak briefly with the media isn't always the safest thing, but for a teenager who spent a portion of his holiday break alone in Baghdad, it was a comparatively safe trip in the name of politeness. Farris Hassan, the Fort Lauderdale 16-year-old whose solo trip to Iraq stunned his family, made a brief statement to reporters Monday afternoon, promising more comprehensive comments Tuesday evening and saying little else....
  • Florida Teen Home After Iraq Adventure

    01/01/2006 7:54:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 816+ views
    AP via Yahoo!News ^ | January 1, 2006 | JESSICA GRESKO,
    MIAMI - A 16-year-old who took off to Iraq alone to experience the lives of its people firsthand arrived back in Florida on Sunday, ending a three-week Middle East odyssey — much to the relief of his parents. Farris Hassan, who said it all started out as a personal journalism project, was getting a crash course in media as throngs of reporters and photographers waited for him at Miami International Airport. He smiled and gave a thumbs up before joining his family in a waiting car. "I do want to tell you how flattered I am. The media has been...
  • Florida Teen's Iraq Adventure Draws to Close

    12/30/2005 5:05:46 PM PST · by dannyboy72 · 15 replies · 902+ views
    AP / AOL News ^ | 12/30/2005 | JASON STRAZIUSO,
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Dec. 30) - A 16-year-old from Florida who traveled to Iraq on his own without telling his parents was put on a flight home Friday, the U.S. Embassy said, while warning Americans of the dangers of undertaking similar journeys... ...Hassan, a junior at Pine Crest School, a prep academy of about 700 students in Fort Lauderdale, recently studied immersion journalism - a writer who lives the life of his subject in order to better understand it. The teenager, whose parents were born in Iraq but have lived in the United States for about 35 years, says he wanted...
  • Operation Phantom Fury--Day 419 - Now Operations River Blitz; Matador--Day 314

    12/30/2005 4:15:17 PM PST · by Gucho · 24 replies · 2,064+ views
    Various Media Outlets | 12/31/05
    Iraqis listen to the sermon of a cleric during Friday prayers at Immam Hussein Ali shrine in Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) south of Baghdad, December 30, 2005. Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite politician met the country's Kurdish president at a lakeside retreat on Thursday to sketch out plans for a grand coalition government capable of ending violent sectarian unrest. (REUTERS/Mushtaq Mohamad)
  • Teenager survives secret solo trip to Baghdad

    12/30/2005 10:14:21 AM PST · by Termite_Commander · 20 replies · 781+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | December 30th, 2005
    Most mothers would love the idea of a teenage son who enjoys debating and reading, rather chasing girls and staying out late with friends. But one idealistic 16-year old has invented a new way for recalcitrant children to worry their mothers to distraction after he went to Baghdad alone in the name of cutting-edge journalism. Armed with only an Arabic phrase book and some cash, Farris Hassan can count himself lucky to be alive after a series of adventures involving desert taxis and frantic phone calls. Hassan, a 16-year-old from Florida, hopped on a flight without his parent's permission and...
  • Raw Data: U.S. Teen's Essay

    12/30/2005 10:03:54 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 7 replies · 591+ views
    Foxs News Online ^ | 12/30/2005 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Excerpts from an essay written recently by Farris Hassan, 16, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who traveled to Iraq without telling his parents: There is a struggle in Iraq between good and evil, between those striving for freedom and liberty and those striving for death and destruction. You are aware of the heinous acts of the terrorists: Women and children massacred, innocent aid workers decapitated, indiscriminate murder. You are also aware of the heroic aspirations of the Iraqi people: liberty, democracy, security, normality. Those terrorists are not human but pure evil. For their goals to be thwarted, decent...
  • U.S. student lucky to be alive after risky field trip to Iraq

    12/30/2005 2:33:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 115 replies · 1,983+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 30, 2005 | JASON STRAZIUSO, AP
    BAGHDAD, IRAQ - Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the middle of the desert. Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order. Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the $100 fare. But at some point, Farris Hassan, a 16-year-old from Florida, realized that traveling to Iraq by himself was not the safest thing he could have done with his Christmas vacation. And he didn't even tell his...
  • Farris Hassan’s not-so-excellent adventure (American teen skips school and heads for Iraq)

    12/29/2005 6:16:36 PM PST · by jecIIny · 39 replies · 1,446+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12-29-05 | Jason Straziuso
    Farris Hassan’s not-so-excellent adventure U.S. teen goes to Iraq to see ‘struggle between good and evil’ By Jason Straziuso The Associated Press Updated: 6:55 p.m. ET Dec. 29, 2005 BAGHDAD, Iraq - Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the middle of the desert. Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order. Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the $100 fare. But at some point, Farris Hassan, a...
  • AP: U.S. Teen Runs Off to Iraq by Himself

    12/29/2005 2:07:32 PM PST · by presidio9 · 133 replies · 3,920+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/29/05 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    Maybe it was the time the taxi dumped him at the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving him alone in the middle of the desert. Or when he drew a crowd at a Baghdad food stand after using an Arabic phrase book to order. Or the moment a Kuwaiti cab driver almost punched him in the face when he balked at the $100 fare. But at some point, Farris Hassan, a 16-year-old from Florida, realized that traveling to Iraq by himself was not the safest thing he could have done with his Christmas vacation. And he didn't even tell his parents. Hassan's dangerous...
  • Christmas WARS

    12/16/2005 8:43:18 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 659+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2005 | SABRINA ARENA FERRISI
    NOVI, Mich. — They fled Iraq 25 years ago, and the first Christmas they lived in the United States, they set up a Nativity scene on their front lawn. But this year, it wasn’t so easy for the Samona family, who are Chaldean Catholics living in Novi, Mich., outside Detroit. This year, their crèche brought threats of fines from a housing management company that supervises their home in a newly built community. It’s all part of a strong cultural tide assaulting the only religious federal holiday in the United States. To wit: — The city of Boston caused a furor...
  • Va. firm pleads in oil-for-food scandal

    10/20/2005 9:38:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 415+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/20/05 | Samuel Maull - ap
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Virginia oil trading company has pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal, prosecutors said Thursday. Midway Trading of Reston, Va., was accused of being part of a scheme to pay kickbacks to Iraq in connection with oil purchases made under the program, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. The company will pay a $250,000 fine for its guilty plea to first-degree grand larceny, Morgenthau said. Midway and a trading partner, Bulf Oil, are accused of paying more than $440,000 in kickbacks to Iraqi officials in connection with oil purchases, but falsely...
  • Iraqi-American interpreter plays vital role in referendum, Iraq

    10/18/2005 8:46:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 367+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 18, 2005 ) -- As statues of Saddam Hussein fell across Iraq, he watched from a television, safe in Glendale, Ariz. Then, he volunteered his safety and freedom to serve with the Marines in Iraq and to help bring freedom and democracy to his homeland. Gaby Biroutta, an interpreter with 1st Brigade Service Support Group, has been in Iraq for more than seven months, bridging the crucial communication gap between Marines and the citizens of Iraq. Biroutta, an Assyrian Christian whose family fled Iraq while Saddam’s regime was in power, speaks English, Arabic, Assyrian, Armenic, Kurdish...
  • Iraqi prime minister visits Dearborn

    09/13/2005 8:23:39 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 4 replies · 308+ views
    DEARBORN, Mich. - Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari met with members of the Detroit area's Arab American community and took questions at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. Hundreds of people gathered at the Ritz Carlton in Dearborn to get a glimpse of the Iraqi leader. "This is a unique opportunity," said Oday Hussan, 53, of Livonia. "This is the first time we can hear from our prime minister ... and for all Iraqis this is a great opportunity because the old regime would not give us this opportunity." Dr. Najwa Aljawad of Dearborn said she worked with the Iraqi...
  • For Muslim American women, the hijab expresses true commitment

    08/09/2005 5:01:27 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 41 replies · 1,096+ views
    Fort Wayne Gazette ^ | 7/26/2005 | Samieh Shalash
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - (KRT) - Farah Madhat first wore a hijab as a sign of respect for the Muslim family she was staying with in the United Arab Emirates. When she returned to Kentucky from her study abroad in 1998, the Iraqi-American Muslim couldn't think of a reason to take the Islamic head covering off. "The only doubt I had was, `What will my friends say?'" she said. "But then a verse from the Quran came into play, reminding me we live in a temporal world." At 18, she decided to make hijab a part of her life. There are...
  • How well are American Muslims fitting in?

    07/19/2005 12:09:51 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies · 956+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 19, 2005 | Howard LaFranchi
    The suicide bombings in London raise questions of assimilation for the 3 million Muslims in the US. WASHINGTON - It's called the "Virginia Jihad" case: Iraqi-American medical researcher Ali al-Yimimi, who preached in northern Virginia mosques and disseminated his radical thinking on the Web, was sentenced to life imprisonment last week. His crime: inciting followers, many of them young American-born Muslims, to a violent defense of Islam and war against the United States and its intervention in Islamic countries. Mr. Timimi's sentencing in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom came against the backdrop of the London bombings, which British police now say...
  • Indiana Man Charged With Trying To Sell Secrets To Iraq

    03/04/2005 12:49:51 AM PST · by Samwise · 34 replies · 1,848+ views
    The Indy Channe; ^ | March 3, 2005
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A Greenfield man has been indicted on accusations he tried to sell the names of U.S. intelligence agents to Iraq before the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Authorities: Man Was In Iraq In '02 Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban, a 52-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested Thursday after an investigation of more than a year by the FBI and other agencies, U.S. Attorney Susan W. Brooks said. Shaaban, also known as Shaaban Shaaban Hafed and Joe H. Brown, is suspected of going to Iraq in 2002 and making a deal to sell the names. He isn't accused...
  • An Iraqi American blogging from Baghdad

    02/04/2005 12:59:59 PM PST · by JMartinP · 2 replies · 166+ views
    A friend of mine is back in Baghdad blogging on all things Iraqi again. He spent 3 months last summer reporting on the transition of power. Now he's detailing what's transpiring in the wake of the election. His family is from Iraq - his aunt was poisoned by Saddam's people - and there are many of his relatives still there. His family's story is remarkable. I traveled with them stateside this past weekend to Detroit to vote, and that in and of itself was quite an experience. Enjoy the blog!
  • UDAY'S FAVORITE YANK

    02/01/2005 3:39:11 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 1,143+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 1, 2005 | NILES LATHEM
    February 1, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — An Iraqi-American businessman under investigation in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal was placed on an honor roll of former regime thugs by Saddam Hussein's demonic son Uday just months before the war, The Post has learned. Detroit-area real-estate developer Shakir al-Khafaji, who received millions of dollars worth of vouchers to buy discount Iraqi crude in the U.N. oil-for-food program, appeared on an "Honor List" of Iraqis considered most valuable to Saddam that was published by the Uday Hussein's newspaper, Babil, in November 2002.
  • A True Story About the Iraqi Overseas Elections and Freeper Activism

    01/29/2005 6:13:04 PM PST · by kristinn · 139 replies · 5,757+ views
    Saturday, January 29, 2005 | Kristinn
    File thus under: It ain't braggin' if it's true.Back in October, the D.C. Chapter of Free Republic staged a rally for our Iraqi friends in Lafayette Park in front of the White House.The rally, held on October 25, was hastily put together in two weeks because the Iraqis wanted to send a message of support for President Bush before the U.S. election on November 2.About 30 Iraqis along with a dozen Freepers attended the rally. The media turnout was mixed. Local Washington area media ignored the rally, but NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, Al Hurra and Al Arybia (sp) all...
  • Iraqi-Americans Discuss War's Impact

    01/25/2005 5:52:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 471+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 01/25/05 | Mike Heronemus
    Iraqi-Americans Discuss War's Impact Two Iraqi-Americans tell about their experiences in Iraq, their reasons for coming to the United States and their views on why it is a good thing that America removed Saddam from power. By Mike Heronemus 24th Infantry Division (Mech) Fort Riley, Kansas FORT RILEY, Kan., Jan. 25, 2005 - "Saddam (Hussein) destroyed the family structure in Iraq. He turned brother against brother. He turned sons into informers against their fathers. Fathers could not trust their sons," said Dr. Mahmoud Thamer, an Iraqi-born cardiologist who is now an American citizen. "If an American asks an Iraqi...
  • OIL 'SPY' LOBBIED CARTER

    01/21/2005 12:57:50 AM PST · by kattracks · 30 replies · 1,005+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/21/05 | NILES LATHEM
    Former President Jimmy Carter was a target of the clandestine lobby campaign launched by an Iraqi-American businessman who admitted he was paid millions of dollars to undermine U.S. policy toward Iraq, it was revealed yesterday. Virginia-based oilman Samir Vincent earlier this week became the first person to plead guilty in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal. He had several contacts with the former Democratic president in a bid to weaken and eventually repeal sanctions against Saddam Hussein's regime, investigators said. Contacts with Vincent dated back to 1999, when Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, hosted a delegation of Iraqi religious leaders at their...
  • Iraqi Rally to Thank America - Live Report

    10/23/2004 8:10:30 AM PDT · by StayAt HomeMother · 10 replies · 777+ views
    D.C. Chapter | 23 Oct 04 | kristinn
    Kristinn just called. He's setting up for the "Iraqi Rally to Thank America" discussed at: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1253878/posts Kristinn's by his lonesome so far and would welcome some FReeper company, especially if you can get there by 12:30, when the first reporters are expected. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2004, 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M. LAFAYETTE PARK, 16TH & H ST., NW, WASH., D.C. The D.C. Chapter "is sponsoring a rally with Iraqi leaders from across the country to demonstrate the deep appreciation of the Iraqi-American community for the leadership of President Bush in liberating their country from the terrorist dictator Saddam Hussein. The...
  • IRAQIS TO HOLD ‘THANK YOU PRES. BUSH & AMERICA’ RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE, Sat. 10/23/04

    10/22/2004 2:54:11 PM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies · 1,550+ views
    D.C. Chapter ^ | Friday, October 22, 2004 | Kristinn
    IRAQIS TO HOLD ‘THANK YOU PRES. BUSH & AMERICA’ RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE FORMER REP. BOB DORNAN & MUSLIM CLERICS TO SPEAK WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2004, 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M. WHERE: LAFAYETTE PARK, 16TH & H ST., NW, WASH., D.C. (Washington) The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic, an independent grassroots organization, is sponsoring a rally with Iraqi leaders from across the country to demonstrate the deep appreciation of the Iraqi-American community for the leadership of President Bush in liberating their country from the terrorist dictator Saddam Hussein. The Iraqis will also be offering their gratitude to the American...
  • Iraqis a problem for W – in Mich

    10/17/2004 2:19:22 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 46 replies · 902+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 10/16/04 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    In the tight race for battleground state Michigan's 17 electoral votes, President Bush's fortunes may rest in the hands of Iraqis. These Iraqis, however, are not in Baghdad. They're 150,000 politically active immigrants clustered in suburbs of Detroit. Iraqi-Americans make up almost a tenth of the 1.2 million residents in Oakland County, north of the city, where political analysts say Bush faces his only chance at winning the state. The discontent of the Iraqis, a Christian sect known as Chaldeans, is a huge worry for the Bush campaign. "It is incredibly ironic," said David Bonior, the ex-Democratic House majority whip...
  • Nashville Kurds' gratitude to Bush swaying votes

    10/12/2004 3:29:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 401+ views
    AP | Tuesday, October 12, 2004
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. While their views are with the Democratic Party, their loyalties are with President Bush. That's the sentiments of many in Nashville's large Kurdish community. They say Bush rid their country of Saddam Hussein and liberated their people. They plan to vote for him next month. Nashville is home to more Kurds than anywhere else in the United States, so many that it has earned the nickname "Little Kurdistan" among Kurds elsewhere. Estimates of the population vary widely, from 5,000 to 8,000 residents, including American-born children. Of those, about 1,000 are estimated to be American citizens who are registered...
  • Iraqi Americans Taking Their Stories to U.S. Military Bases

    09/23/2004 1:58:41 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 16 replies · 1,056+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | September 23, 2004 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    Iraqi Americans Taking Their Stories to U.S. Military Bases By Kathleen T. RhemAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2004 -- Dr. Ali Alattar has some compelling stories to tell, and he believes U.S. military service members and their families need to hear them. The Iraqi-born physician knows Americans have heard countless tales of weapons of mass destruction and mass graves in Iraq. But, he contends, most have never heard these stories straight from someone who has seen people suffering disfigurement, burns and hopelessness because of exposure to chemical weapons. And most have never heard directly from someone who...
  • Local Residents Charged With Smuggling Immigrants (200 Middle Easterners)

    09/08/2004 4:15:28 PM PDT · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 53 replies · 1,235+ views
    Three Sterling Heights residents have been charged with operating a smuggling ring that transported more than 200 illegal immigrants from the Middle East to the United States from 2001 on.Those charged include Detroit Assistant Ombudsman Basima Sesi.A federal grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday in Washington said that the smugglers used the Detroit Arab-language magazine al-Qitharah and a travel agency in Jordan to recruit people from Iraq and Jordan who wanted to enter the United States.In exchange for thousands of dollars each, the three would provide those smuggled with visas allowing them to enter a South American country, the indictment said....
  • Iraqi-American Recounts Saddam's Capture

    08/25/2004 11:49:47 AM PDT · by rocksblues · 6 replies · 904+ views
    foxnews ^ | 08/25/04 | unknown
    The former ruler looked haggard, with a wild, graying beard and ratty hair. "He looked old and miserable," Samir says. When Samir called the man names, the ousted ruler retorted, "`Don't talk to me. I'm Saddam Hussein,'" Samir recalled. "I said, `You are nobody.'" Samir cherishes a photo of him helping pin Saddam to the ground. Before returning to the United States, Samir said his family told him to thank Bush for helping liberate Iraq. Last month, Samir got his chance. When Bush came to campaign July 20 in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles, Samir was just one...
  • Free to Disagree (Iraqi-American women )

    08/16/2004 1:57:20 PM PDT · by Dubya · 15 replies · 733+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | Aug. 16, 2004 | Liz Stevens
    Iraqi-American women speak out on presidential politics and the war, and find themselves on opposite sides of the issues Politics never really interested Shayma Bairuty. But you wouldn't know it to hear her speak about the 2004 U.S. presidential race. Bairuty, 26, voted for George W. Bush in 2000. But she is so thoroughly disillusioned with the current administration that "right now," she says, seated on her living-room sofa in Irving, "I would vote for any single one in [the] Democratic Party. Anyone." Chalk one up for John Kerry. But Bairuty's vote isn't just any vote. She's an Iraqi-American with...
  • Letter from Iraq: U.S. liberated oppressed people

    08/08/2004 5:23:07 PM PDT · by eagles · 2 replies · 483+ views
    The Press Enterprise | 8-06-04 | Sabah Salih
    The following letter appeared in our local paper. The author is an Iraqi-American professor at Bloomsburg University who is currently visiting Iraq. U.S. liberated oppressed people By Sabah Salih I’ve been living in Iraq for several weeks now, and I must say I have become ever more convinced that the war was the right thing. Of course, what one’s take is on the war depends largely on the political framework one happens to be functioning in, both consciously and unconsciously. Some opposed (and continue to oppose) the war simply because they don’t like Bush, some because they consider peace at...
  • Iraqi-Americans help 2nd ID troops prepare for Iraq’s culture

    08/03/2004 8:04:05 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 550+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | August 3, 2004 | Seth Robson
    Tuesday, August 3, 2004 Iraqi-Americans help 2nd ID troops prepare for Iraq’s culture By Seth Robson, Stars and StripesPacific edition, Tuesday, August 3, 2004 Seth Robson / S&S Iraqi role players, who met 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John R. Wood at Camp Casey last week, said they now have a better grasp of soldiers' lives. Seth Robson / S&S Iraqi role players interact with Lt. Col. Joseph Southcott, commander of 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment at Camp Hovey during training. Seth Robson / S&S Iraqi role players, who met 2nd ID commander Maj. Gen. John R. Wood at Camp...
  • Coalition of Iraqi and Iraqi-American Organizations Thanks American People for Sacrifices

    07/06/2004 2:52:20 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 269+ views
    The Iraq-America Freedom Alliance ^ | 6/29/04 | The Iraq-America Freedom Alliance
    Coalition of Iraqi and Iraqi-American Organizations Thanks American People for Sacrifices Open letter expressing friendship and hopes for a democratic Iraq to appear in USA Today Washington, D.C. - As the new Iraqi government assumes full sovereignty this week, 15 Iraqi and Iraqi-American organizations have come together to sign an open letter to the American people thanking them for their sacrifices in liberating Iraq. On Wednesday, June 30, the letter will be delivered to President Bush at the White House and will run in a full page ad in USA Today. The letter expresses the Iraqi people's hopes as they...
  • Grateful Iraqis thank America for sacrifice: 15 groups join to express gratitude

    06/30/2004 3:14:52 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 20 replies · 283+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, June 30, 2004
    Following the formal handover of sovereignty to Baghdad, 15 Iraqi and Iraqi-American groups have issued an open letter to the American people, thanking them for the sacrifices they endured to liberate their country. The letter will be delivered to President Bush at the White House today and published in a full page ad in USA Today. "Just as we mourn for the victims of Saddam's regime, we also grieve for the Americans and Iraqis who were killed or injured during the liberation or by terrorists determined to hold us back," the letter reads. "We will honor those who have sacrificed...
  • Iraqi Immigrant's Son Heads to Old Country as U.S. Marine

    05/29/2004 6:02:57 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 32 replies · 3,593+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 5/28/2004 | ROY HOFFMAN
    Iraqi Immigrant's Son Heads to Old Country as U.S. Marine BY ROY HOFFMAN Klaus Nalu as a young man in Baghdad. (Family photo) Patrick Nalu and his father, Klaus Nalu, in front of their home in Barnwell, Ala. (Photo by G.M. Andrews)   BARNWELL, Ala. -- Down a bucolic county highway, in front of a white frame house owned by a man born and reared in Baghdad, there are two flags flying -- the red, white and blue of the United States, and the blue with white insignia of the U.S. Marine Corps. They have been flying every day since...