A note on donations

I’ve noticed something recently concerning donations to back-to-iraq.com. People seem to think they need to be wealthy donors and give, I don’t know, $100 or more at a time. Au contraire!

money.jpgI’ve noticed something recently concerning donations to back-to-iraq.com. People seem to think they need to be wealthy donors and give, I don’t know, $100 or more at a time. Au contraire! Every little bit helps, and PayPal and Amazon (to the right, over there) accept donations as small as $1. Don’t feel like you can’t help just because you’re not rich as Bill Gates. Kick in $10 or $5 or whatever. I will also accept checks, and if people want to mail them to me, I’ll post a PO Box for you.
I’m aiming for about $8,000 to $10,000, which would cover a sat phone, gas mask, atropine, insurance, travel and other expenses for a one to two month trip to Iraq. Donations so far total just under $100 and I’ve saved up a bit myself. I would like to have donations account for up to 20% of the cost of the expedition and I would make up the rest.
Thanks again for your support.

Knock it off, Saddam

blitz4.jpgTo the guy who keeps signing up for notifications under the nom de guerre “Saddam” (Oh so clever, my friend,) you should put an actual email address in the field. I can’t email to just “Saddam.” (I suppose I could send these updates to press@uruklink.net, which is the Iraqi equivalent to president@whitehouse.gov.)
Anyway, give me a real email address and you’ll get the updates. It’s quite simple, really.

Shoutout to the feds!

I’d like to give a big shoutout to the feds reading this site — you know who you are. And now that I have some decent Web analyzing software, so do I.

I’d like to give a big shoutout to the feds reading this site — you know who you are. And now that I have some decent Web analyzing software, so do I.
Hello, you folks at the National Reconnaissance Office. (For those who aren’t familiar with this branch of the government, the Office’s slogan is “Freedom’s Sentinels in Space.” They run the spy satellites.) And hello to all the folks at the State and Treasury departments. Also, NASA has checked in. Hi!
To the brave souls at the Army, Navy and Air Force computers you’re logging in from, I hope my site doesn’t violate your orders. But maybe you guys can tell me what nipr.mil is. I’m a bit puzzled by that one. All I know is that the black helicopter crowd tends to freak out when that domain shows up in the logs. Why would that be, hm?
So happy holidays, fed folks. And happy holidays to everyone else, too, especially the international readers. Back-to-Iraq.com has had visitors from 38 countries, including Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, U.A.E., Czech Republic and Israel. Thanks very much for reading.
This weekend has been slow thanks to the American Thanksgiving holiday, but tomorrow there should be some good stuff. Keep watching this space. (I know the NRO will. Why let them have all the fun?)

Memo to readers: Media coverage, part deux

Time Out New York reviews b2i, and a plea for your support.

To: The readers
From: Chris@back-to-iraq.com

Hi, everyone… Yesterday, the San Diego Union-Tribune ran a piece that mentioned Back to Iraq in the context of online fundraising. (The links and the URL are now corrected.) Today, for the readers in Gotham, Time Out New York‘s Angela Gunn favorably reviewed Back to Iraq in her tech column as a source of independent news and analysis. (View a scan of the page here.)
Also, I’m trying to get more attention and stories published. If any of you know any editors who are looking for stories on Iraq, whether for newspapers or magazines, please mention me and the site. I would really appreciate it. Also, if you like the site, please pass the URL around, tell your friends and colleagues about it. Things are starting to pick up here, but I could use your help.
OK. That’s the end of the booster shot for now. More news as it happens.
Thank you for your support,
Christopher

AvantGo Back to Iraq

For those AvantGo users out there, you can now subscribe to Back to Iraq 2.0 as an AvantGo channel. Simply go to your subscription page at www.avantgo.com and create a custom channel with the URL http://www.back-to-iraq.com. Be sure and increase the channel size to maybe 500 Kb, though, since you’ll be getting the whole front page.
I’ve tried this and it works well. It comes through pretty nicely on my iPaq and formats well, with the sidebar information at the bottom.

Hot new look, same great content

It’s been a busy day, what with analyzing the Turkish elections, becoming outraged at the complicity of the Kuwaitis in helping the U.S. thumb its nose at wimpy Europeans and … (drum roll) a redesign!

Whew! It’s been a busy day, what with analyzing the Turkish elections, becoming outraged at the complicity of the Kuwaitis in helping the U.S. thumb its nose at wimpy Europeans and … (drum roll) a redesign! Hopefully, readers will find Back to Iraq 2.0 easier on the eyes, and easier to navigate through the extra stuff, which I’ve now draped over the sides like bunting instead of dripping down the right (I never did like that.)
Do let me know what you think of the new look and how it can be improved. Thanks everyone for reading.