"Iraq: Death of a Nation" examines how the U.S. invasion and occupation created a multi-faceted civil war in which the U.S. is now actively arming multiple factions. Last summer, the project focused on how Iraq's refugee crisis was created by the invasion and the fighting that has followed. This summer, Enders and Rowley will focus on Iraq's upcoming elections, the issue of US detention of Iraqis and continued US pacification efforts in Sadr City and Falluja. These two locations, while at the opposite poles of local Iraqi politics, are both important test cases for the US as it attempts to move forward in Iraq. Enders and Rowley also travel to Syria to examine the continuing struggle for Iraqi refugees there.
David Enders, for the Pulitzer Center
Photo of minibus in July 2007, which according to Baghdad residents was fired on by a US military helicopter the previous day.
Yesterday, Democracy Now ran interviews Rick Rowley and I did with Iraqis in July 2007 in Baghdad's Al Amin al Ithania neighborhood following the killing of about a dozen people, including two Reuters journalists.
Rick Rowley was interviewed on Democracy Now! on September 14th about his interaction with Abu Risha in Amman, Jordan during one of his last taped interviews. Abu Risha's death is considered a major setback for U.S. forces in Anbar. Democracy Now! broadcasts never-before-seen excerpts of Abu Risha in this broadcast exclusive.
As the crowd of chanting men grew around us, my translator gave me a sidelong glance.
"We should leave now," he said.
Iraq's agricultural sector is in serious trouble. The crisis is much worse than one bad growing season, and the explanation goes far beyond drought. David Enders reports from the formerly fertile crescent.
In this video you will meet young Iraqi refugees living in Syria.
Pulitzer Center Staff
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, a daily NPR radio and TV news program, interviewed Rick Rowley on his view of Ambassador Crocker and General Petraeus' report. David Enders and Rick Rowley's investigative video of Al-Anbar was also featured on the program.
An excerpt from the interview:
David Enders and Rick Rowley spent a month and a half this summer criss-crossing Iraq, embedded with the different militias that now control the country. They will be screening video from the refugee camps on the outskirts of Baghdad, Central Iraq with America's new Sunni militia allies, Basra with the embattled Governor and his Islamic Virtue Party militia, Najaf with the US-allied Badr militia, and Sadr City with the Mahdi Army.
Columbia University, New York City
A discussion with Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer and Pulitzer Center grant-recipiens David Enders and Richard Rowley. Plus video screenings of a few of David and Rick Rowley's videos, including "Dangerous Allies." Followed by Q & A and a reception.
Busboys & Poets, Washington, D.C.