Thursday, October 14, 2010


Change 2010

The last presidential election proved that we are capable of change.

The following two years proved that while we are capable of change, we won't.


And next week it will be 3 years since Riverbend's last post. Lest we forget...

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Sunday, November 09, 2008


Riverbend - A Year Later

"The opposite of war is not peace; it's creation."

People of all nations are celebrating the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America, a celebration of hope and a new dawn for America and the world.

Yet in this time of joy perhaps we should give pause to reflect upon the magnitude of the human tragedy inflicted upon the world by George W Bush and his kind. A tragedy that becomes personal when we reflect upon the fate of one blogger from Iraq, who went by the name of Riverbend.

Riverbend, the pseudonym of a young Iraqi woman, a programmer and engineer in Iraq, she gave us, through her blog, a human face to the war and occupation. She offered eyewitness accounts of the everyday realities on the ground.

Riverbend recounted stories of life in an occupied city - of friends murdered, of neighbors whose home are raided by U.S. troops, whose relatives disappear into prisons, and whose children are kidnapped by money-hungry militias.

The only Iraqi blogger writing from a woman's perspective, she also describes a once-secular city where women are now afraid to leave their homes without head covering and a male escort.

In her last post, she and her family had fled Iraq, to join the millions of refugees in exile. That was a little over a year ago (October 22, 2007).

She hasn't posted since.

Another life destroyed by the arrogance and incompetence of George W Bush. We can only offer our hopes and prayers. She will be missed and we will not forget, Riverbend will remain forever in a class of one.

... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...


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Thursday, November 06, 2008


A New Dawn

Photos From Around The World

History has been made! People of all nations, post a photo to celebrate, welcome, bless, or support the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America!

Yes We Can...

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama!

The people have spoken and it's a Landslide, 364 to 174.

The long nightmare for the nation and the world is over. November 4th, 2008 marked the end of an error and a new dawn, a new hope for America.

Election 2008 References

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Thursday, July 24, 2008


Essential Reading

Some essential reading...


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Friday, September 07, 2007



I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

There's a new post from Riverbend!

She hadn't been heard from since April and many feared the worst.

But now there's a new post! She's safe, relatively speaking, in Syria. Her family left Baghdad, now one of many refugees.

And for those of us here in America, who listen to the politicians and pundits blithely talk about surges and nuanced responses, check out her blog, Riverbend, to see what life is really like in Iraq, and now her new life as a refugee in Syria, and beyond...

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