Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Mubarak Dégage

Journalists rounded up. Time Magazine and Washington Post reporters arrested.

BBC maintains some live coverage at

Follow the sympathic comments of concerned Americans here


"We've spent a trillion dollars trying to bring democracy to the Middle East through our misadventure in Iraq. Now the Egyptians are doing it, all by themselves, with enormous courage and spirit"

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Mubarek Dégage!

Link to Al-Jazeera's live coverage

2 million brave Egyptians in Tahrir Square. US nationals should be cheering them from the sidelines!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Recalling the surge

Women and children the gunsites!

July 21, 2007

"American helicopters and warplanes attacked a Shiite area on the outskirts of northern Baghdad late Friday and early Saturday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 10, according to an official at the Iraqi Interior Ministry who said some of the casualties were women and children...."

July 16, 2007

"The pilots believe [Reuters personnel] to be insurgents, and mistake Mr. Noor-Eldeen’s camera for a weapon. They aim and fire at the group [on a Baghdad street], then revel in their kills.

“Look at those dead bastards,” one pilot says. “Nice,” the other responds.

A wounded man can be seen crawling and the pilots impatiently hope that he will try to fire at them so that under the rules of engagement they can shoot him again. “All you gotta do is pick up a weapon,” one pilot says.

A short time later a van arrives to pick up the wounded and the pilots open fire on it, wounding two children inside. “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle,” one pilot says.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Donate to Wikipedia and Feel Connected

Give a buck or rial to preserve Wikipedia. If anything, the real time Donor's Comments Page is a joy to behold! It made me feel good and provided a few good laughs, too.

"I'm giving $35 to Wikipedia, because I've paid more for less content..."
"Safe when used as directed"
"Here's $10. I'm too cheap to donate more."
"I am sure every penny helps, so here are 3500 of them."

Of course, most donors are very serious and their comments are very touching:
My two favorites are:

I'm proud to support an organization whose goal is to improve our world.
Wikipedia is perhaps the ultimate realization of the promise of the Internet.

Do the right thing and click on the link on this page at the lower left.