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Salam Pax

Salam Pax (Arabic and Latin for "peace") is a pseudonymous blogger from Iraq whose site "Where is Raed?" (see external links) received notable media attention during (and after) the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Within his blog, Salam discusses the war, his homosexuality, his friends, disappearances of people under the government of Saddam Hussein, and his work as a translator for journalist Peter Maass[?]. Pax's site is titled after Pax's friend Raed, who was working on his master's in Jordan: he didn't respond promptly to email, and so Pax set up the weblog for him to read. In May 2003, the U.K.'s The Guardian tracked the man down and printed a story indicated that the man did indeed live in Iraq, with the given name Salam, and was a 29-year-old architect.

First circulating the blogging community, discussion eventually reached the New York Times, with some pundits[?] speculating that the blogger was secretly a US government agent spreading disinformation about the war. Pax continued to post updates to the site after it was temporarily blocked in Iraq. During the war, he gave accounts of bombings and other attacks from his suburb of Baghdad until his internet access (and the electrical grid[?]) was interrupted. Pax remained offline for weeks, writing entries on paper to type[?] in later. Later entries discuss the chaotic postwar economy and a June 1 ('03) entry appears to celebrate an anarchist effort, centered in Adil[?], to provide free internet access to all of Iraq.

Quotes by Salam Pax

External links

  • "Where is Raed ? (http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/)" - Salam Pax's weblog (may also be accessible here (http://dearraed.blogspot.com/))
  • "Salam's story (http://media.guardian.co.uk/newmedia/story/0,7496,966935,00)" - article from The Guardian, dated Friday, May 30, 2003
  • "Salam Pax Is Real (http://slate.msn.com/id/2083847)" - Slate article, by Peter Maass, posted Monday, June 2, 2003

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