Alive In Baghdad Perspectives on Electricity

Perspectives on Electricity - 12.04.2006

Tech Headlines - 12/05/2006 17:53:01

Video blogger dodging bullets, teargas in Oaxaca, Mexico…

What’s more ballsy than picking up your video camera and jetting off to Baghdad, Iraq to report on conditions…

Lesley - 12/06/2006 07:48:42

Ouch. 120 degrees. Thats hot.
This war is wrong and horrible.

Treasure of Baghdad - 12/07/2006 16:19:51

hey man! That was awsome.

I know the situation is crazy there but I wish you guys could film more stories in places other than Adhamiya. There are areas where you can find incredible suffering and mayhem stories.

Keep up the good work.

George Taylor - 12/08/2006 08:47:08

Keep up the good work. What you are doing is very important. I hope you are doing an arabic version too.

I’ve donated $10 to you - the first time I have done anything like that on the internet. I wish I could give you a lot more.

some generic american - 12/08/2006 09:23:00

This thing kind of makes me wonder.

Why were the national guard shooting out the generators? This is a very strange behavior for a government body.
There’s a question begging an answer.
Annother is why exactly is it taking so long to restore electricity?
IIRC way back in the beginning of all this, it was imnplied by the american media that the US military tried to restore power, but the insurgents kept destroying their work and shooting the workers. If this is true it would imply not incompetence but rather a whole different problem.

I’m just speculating from what little I know, but it makes me wonder if this isn’t some sort of “war of the utilities” going on.

If for instance the generator operators in queston were paying bribes to local militias to be allowed to operate, they would be effectivbely enemy utilities. It’s like a gangland drug war where the illegal drug is electricity.

Amacu - 12/08/2006 09:32:30

Great, good for you, “live from” finally means exactly that - this kind of photography and video is gaining momentum all over the world. The hundreds of projects that already exist are giving ordinary people a real voice, and other ordinary people can finally see what the media ignores.

echavez - 12/08/2006 14:21:43

I think this is very crucial information for the American viewers to see. The media here in US say nothing about what’s really going on out there. I will definately tell all the people I know about this web site.

whisker - 12/11/2006 08:51:51

I just found this from the BBC:
Good work!

Alive in Baghdad: first-hand accounts

lenina - 12/12/2006 09:22:34

Hey, good work! It’s great to see that online video is not just about spectactle and entertainment! Keep disseminating your views and I’ll also make a small donation to help you along :)

Yog Shothoth - 01/06/2007 03:39:59

This leaves a lot of questions. It’d be nice if the first guy specified which bunch of National Guards were shooting at generators. I can’t imagine he saw some people in uniform, US or other, shooting at generators and went up and asked them who they were.

I’m an industrial maintenance tech and I can tell you right now that just refurbishing or rewiring an average piece of machinery can take hours, even days depending on the system. When you talk about repairing the grid of an entire city — or even the larger part of a nation — that can take a lot of time.

Throw in the war zone, and the time drags on.

Did anyone see the power poles? It looked like a mass of individual spider webs sprawled out from the tops. Even with my experience I’d be damned nervous about going around that mess, which doesn’t even mention the chance of random shootings going on around me.

Get with the program. When you’re dealing with transmission line voltages, running gun battles in the streets and that ungodly mess of power lines, this will all take some time. Just to swap out a transformer would be quite a feat.

mookie - 02/20/2007 12:31:30

Obviously these men are reluctant to say why the electrical supply is targeted - which is the real news. They also blame the Iraqi National Guard rather easily. Others have equal means and possible motives to do this. Can the interviewer be encouraged to work his questions more obliquely. Possible questions might be:
1) “Is it safe for those being interviewed to speculate why the electrical supply is targeted?”
2) “How did those being interviewed learn that the National Guard did this?”
3) “Who benefits from the destruction of the electrical supply and how do they benefit?”

Alive In Baghdad - 08/27/2007 08:32:37

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appletree » Blog Archive » News from Iraq: Sept. 12, ‘07 - 09/12/2007 09:24:57

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