A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Riverbend Returns, At Least Briefly

During the early and middle years of the Iraq war, a female Iraqi blogger who called herself Riverbend became something of an Internet sensation in those pre-social media days. Her blog, Baghdad Burning,  began after the American invasion and continued until she and her family fled to Syria in 2007. Her  blog also was published in two books.

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the US occupation of Baghdad, she has posted one update after a six-year silence, which she says will likely be her last. She left Syria before the fighting got too bad, spent a year in another Arab country "nearby," and is now in still another Arab country, angry about the fate of Iraq.

Perhaps the last word we'll hear from a pioneer Middle East blogger. 

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