Articles by Camp Liberty Residents

Quite a few things have coincided with each other, today

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By Abdollah Pakatchi, Camp Liberty

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I want to tell you one of my stories.  So let’s go back a little bit.

It is Sunday, January 5th, 2014. I am walking down my usual route in Camp Liberty, Iraq.  It is about an hour to noon. It is cold and starts raining. People pass me by with their heads covered for the cold. They’re all rushing to fulfill their daily jobs.

Quite a few things have coincided with each other today. It is Sunday, normal weekend in western countries. It is also the last day of Christmas and the New Year holidays. For us, Camp Liberty residents, of course, only a few days have passed since we were targeted by a fourth missile attack. We too intend to celebrate Christ’s birthday, but our enemy fired those missiles on us from somewhere in our neighborhood. This region is strictly controlled by Iraqi security forces. Read the rest of this entry »

Negotiating with the mullahs at all costs

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By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty

Last week, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama boasted that, “… it is American policy; backed by pressure that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program.” He also made it clear that he would do anything to keep the mullahs ruling Iran at the negotiation table, even if it meant defying the will of Congress.

In this same regard, Zarif, the foreign minister of the Iranian regime, confidently dismissed the threats of further sanctions by the US Congress. “Because Obama has promised to veto,” he said.

Obama’s has sent a clear message: He is willing to turn a blind eye on anything the mullahs do as long as they are willing to continue the nuclear talks. Read the rest of this entry »

Take Action!

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By Shaghayegh Azimi, Camp Liberty resident

“Take Action” is an imperative clause, urging the addressee to do take a concrete measure about an issue of concern. It might seem to be composed of two simple words, but these two words have been very decisive in the history of humankind. It is said that every human being talks an average of 2500 words per day. But is there a cost to all this talking as well, or is it merely idle prattle? Does it make a difference whether or not we make use of terms such as “commitment” or “massacre” or “condemnation”? Is it important that we reflect on the dangerous consequences that our words might have – however kind and positive they might sound – and to ponder a little about how we can prevent disasters from coming to pass? Read the rest of this entry »

Human Life, the Floundering Currency

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By Majeed Mohades, Camp Liberty

With the advent of cutting edge technology, payment methods have undergone drastic changes in the past years. Electronic mediums are gaining popularity with each passing day. Bitcoin, PayPal, mobile payment, and a slew of other payment systems – all of which are easy-to-use and user-friendly – are making people less dependent on carrying cash. Hardware stores, grocery stores, and even small mom-and-pop stores are offering the newest technologies to their customers.

Yet, in the domain of politics, one currency still hasn’t lost its popularity, even though its value has degraded considerably: human life. The price of politics, especially failed politics, is being paid with the lives of innocent people, and the customers are being quite generous with their purses – or better put, others’ purses. Read the rest of this entry »

A glimpse at my father changed my life

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By Bahador, Camp Liberty resident

26 years ago, when I caught my first glimpse of my father, Mansoor, I didn’t think that such a brief encounter would have such a great impact on my life. Neither did I think that it would be the only time that I would ever see him alive. Read the rest of this entry »

The image of my father’s death still haunts my dreams

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By Saber, Camp Liberty resident

One who bears hardships; that is the meaning of my name, Saber, in Persian and Arabic. Might be that my parents knew in advance that my entire life would be marked with these “hardships” when they chose my name. What I do know is that the trials began from the very first months of my life. Read the rest of this entry »

A Different New Year

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Shahabeh, Camp Liberty resident, and her mother, Mahnaz, abducted by Iraqi forces

By Ebrahim Mir Seyyedi, Camp Liberty resident

As New Year approaches, children steal glances at mothers, wondering about the presents they will be receiving this year. They dream of toys and new clothes, and how they will proudly show their new acquirements to their friends when schools reopen. This is a story that repeats itself at every New Year. New Year is a time of joy, happiness, and reunion. Read the rest of this entry »