Magazine article New Internationalist

Baghdad Bulletin

Magazine article New Internationalist

Baghdad Bulletin

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Baghdad Bulletin

by David Enders (Pluto Press ISBN 0 7453 2465 7)

When he graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003, David Enders made what many saw as a foolish or just plain suicidal decision. Having viewed - and opposed - the US invasion of Iraq from his home in Grand Rapids, he travelled to Iraq to see the aftermath of the war first hand. Furthermore, he decided to set up an English-language newspaper, distributed in the Baghdad area.

Financed by gifts from friends, operating on a shoestring, and opposed by the US military and embedded journalists, the Baghdad Bulletin was born. Enders and his staff of idealists, war-junkies and stoned drifters produced eight bi-monthly issues before the paper foundered under intolerable pressures and the inherent absurdity of the venture. After the collapse of the Bulletin, Enders stayed in Iraq, freelancing for various newspapers and working for the NGO Occupation Watch. …

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