With all the analysis and news about Iraq filling our airwaves and publications, here’s your chance to hear from three experts who shared their thoughts on the coverage and the future of their country. The Overseas Press Club of America organized a panel discussion that focuses on Iraq, not from the perspective of middle age American pundits arguing the pros and cons of a troop surge, but from real Iraqis…people who know the difference between a Shi’ite and a Sunni.
About the Speakers
Ali Fadhil is a student at the NYU Department of Journalism. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2006, he was a physician and a filmmaker. Among the awards he has won: Amnesty International Award 2005; British Foreign Press Association Awards: Young Journalist of the Year 2005; and winner of 2006 Rory Peck Awards/Sony Awards.
See his NYT op-ed, “Iraq’s Endangered Journalists”
Zeyad Kasim is a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before arriving in the U.S. in September, 2006, he was a freelance writer in Baghdad covering Iraq issues (he is a former dentist). He is the author of the Healing Iraq blog, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, among others. He will be graduating in December 2007.
See his Healing Iraq blog:
Ayub Nuri is a student at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Before arriving in the U.S. in August 2006, he was a freelance radio reporter in Iraq. He covered the war in 2003 and the insurgency that followed including the sectarian vioelnce.He regulary contributed articles to www.opendemocracy.com and www.iwpr.net and the Kurdish newspaper, Hawlati. He will be graduating in May 2007.
See his NYT op-ed, “My War Awar From War”