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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Friday, January 06, 2006

Less Posts for this Month

     Well, what can I say?. My mid-year exams are coming in two weeks. So my studies are taking more and more time from me. Hassan Kharrufa is a student before and after he is a blogger. Therefore, it is understandable that I will be making fewer posts on the coming days. Once a week maybe.

     Anyway, the big news in Baghdad these days are kidnapping of the daughter or sister of the Iraqi internal affairs minister, Bian Sola3`. The news are still vivid as it looks like they are trying to cover it. But with all those checkpoints around the city, it is obvious that something is wrong. One of my friends did ask them about the reason of all this. That is how I know. The city is looking just like it looked a few days before the elections, or maybe worse. There is a checkpoint in every main street. They reduce a 4-lane street to a single lane street, search the cars, and look at all the women in the cars. Looks like they are determined to find her. So far, the kidnappers have not attempted to contact the family, I think. However, they know that she has been kidnapped because the driver was found, shot.

     Most people say that the woman has been kidnapped as an extreme protest to the current fuel prizes. Although I do not think that, it is relevant. I think that if it was political, the kidnappers would have gone public with it, they have not.

     The result was, that I missed a good part of a lecture I should have attended. Great timing with the mid-year exams knocking on the doors.

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Blogger programmer craig said...

Hi Hassan... it's a true story. Al Jazeera has video of her (the minister's sister) but will not show it, due to "professional and moral" reasons.

Here's a link to an article:

Iraq group sets conditions to free minister's sister

I'm not sure why Al Jazeera is holding the video instead of showing it, they show video of all the other hostages. The deamnds are apparrently the release of some dozen or so innsurgents who have been detained.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Morbid Smile said...

Hello Hassan,

I miss those days of the mid-year's exams!! My last time was in hight school as there were no mid-year's exams in my college :)

I wish you good luck with your exams, and happy Eid!

12:33 AM  
Blogger laminar_flow said...

After the Exams, one has enough knowledge in their minds, to write a detailed paper on the soil analysis of Iraq. In 3 Volumes, including the mechanics.

Eid Mubarak!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Melantrys said...

Hm, I hope he'll remember regular topics as well, not just soil analysis.... ;)

11:17 PM  
Blogger Pebble said...

Good luck with your exams!


3:40 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Dear Hassan:

I won't wish you luck as I am certain you won't need it. You will do very well in your exams.

I hope after you have aced them you might address a topic I am curious about. What is the Iraqui perception of the trial of Saddam Hussein? Is it fair? Is it undermined by Baathist participants? Any clue as to who is killing attorneys? Any arrests?

Thank you and take care,

12:05 AM  
Blogger The Sniper said...

Nice blog.

Iraqis are quite used to their dirt cheap gas. Is it still US subsidized to remain at 50 cents a gallon?

I hope Iraq is able to restore order in the not too distant future, and put an end to the kidnappings.

and good luck with exams, I just finished mine...good overall, but I'm still a bit disappointed.

7:18 AM  
Anonymous ImCheleIn[dot]LA said...

just checking in..
wondering about your world once again.

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Blogger Nadia said...

Hope all is well!

Here is something good to read:
The Iraqi RoadMap: An Exit Plan

The bush administration should adopt this roadmap to assure giving Iraq back to Iraqis:
1- Issue a Public Apology and hold responsibility for the destruction of Iraq and the murder or Iraqis…
2- Announce A Schedule For Complete Military Pullout From Iraq: a full withdrawal that leaves no permanent bases behind…
3- Start fixing the mess caused by the war and occupation by both Paying Compensation And Bringing War Criminals To Justice…

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Blogger Melantrys said...

Hey, the month is done; blog some!!!

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