Author Archives: Sarah Smiles

Gold rush

Gold rush

The violence still plaguing Baghdad has done little to deter a brave band of entrepreneurs – many of whom are Lebanese – to march into the capital and snap up lucrative post-war contracts with the coalition forces. Free trade and privatization, forbidden under Saddam Hussein, has plenty of opportunists biting. “Before the war there was

Biting the bullet

“No serious newspaper will survive in Iraq today unless the security situation improves. Advertisers aren’t interested. Locals can’t afford to spend much on a newspaper. As a newspaper owner, you’re in trouble,” said Mark Gordon-James, 25, the former finance director of the BAGHDAD BULLETIN, the English language newspaper that has gone belly-up. Established by a