Author Archives: Sarah Smiles

Gold rush

Gold rush

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes “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