New Internationalist

A Letter to the Prime Minister

November 2005

Jo Wilding’s Diary from Iraq

Jo Wilding is a peace activist, not a professional journalist or filmmaker, but she makes a revealing guide to events in Iraq. Without any slickness, ego or pretensions, she’s wonderfully honest and disarming and even gets into Falluja during the American siege after Al Jazeera has pulled out. Her video diary reveals the simple awfulness of everyday life, that Iraqis don’t want American troops who are, at best, extremely careless with Iraqi lives, and asks serious legal questions – Wilding is a law student – suggesting, for example, that the bombing of power stations is against the Geneva Convention. This is engaged reporting that gets to parts the mainstream never reaches.

This column was published in the November 2005 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

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