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Baghdadis battle it out with graffiti on city walls

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Baghdadis battle it out with graffiti on city walls

Pundits wage war by proclaiming allegiances, opinions, political views through kilometers of script written on barriers

 

Annia Ciezadlo

Special to The Daily Star

 

BAGHDAD: Each dawn, Baghdadis discover the helpless victims of the city’s nightly battles: its walls, scarred by a ferocious war of words.

In a city where graffiti was once punishable by death, there’s barely a surface that doesn’t shout a political position, from the sacred “We will return with the army of Mohammed” to the profane “Saddam, eat shit.”

Not all the writings are political. Some take aesthetic positions: “F**k Metallica,” cries one music critic, in English, on the kilometers of wall surrounding the gigantic Al-Rahman Mosque.

But for the most part, the Arabic script that crisscrosses every wall in this city is like American talk radio writ large: obscene, inaccurate and often hilarious political abuse.

Like shock jocks, Baghdad’s hundreds of anonymous new pundits even interrupt each other: Every night, warring scribes scratch out each other’s manifestos and superimpose their own, turning Baghdad’s kilometers of gray concrete walls into a cacophony of public opinion...

 

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/features/06_02_04_c.asp

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Originally posted by the-quiet-1

fuck them, i say just bomb the whole country and get rid of them once and for good....:mad: :mad:

Seems like america has tried that already mate. Fuck Bush

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i wonder when they will start to do graffitti like we know,

throwups and peices etc.

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