Sunday, March 20, 2005

Have added an Afghan blogger

As an experiment I have added a blogger from Afghanistan. Waheed has been blogging since March 8 and seems to have developed a good following in just a few weeks. You can read more about him at his blog, Afghan Warrior.

No longer accepting new Iraqi Bloggers

The situation has improved in Iraq where the cost of accessing the Internet is no longer prohibitively expensive for most of the Iraqi bloggers. Of course there will be exceptions, but at this point there are certainly enough authenticate Iraqi bloggers out there that the true voice of Iraq can not be buried by main stream media.

Therefore I have decided to stop accepting request for new Iraqi bloggers that have not been blogging since January 1, 2005.

Donations to Iraqi Blogger Technical Support being discontinued

With so many bloggers now on the list, the accounting hassles of splitting up the money are becoming more trouble than their worth. Effective immediately, not future donations to Iraqi Blogger Technical Support will be accepted. Of course you can still donate directly to any of the active supported bloggers.

Western Union

A Western Union of $160 was sent on March 11, 2005 to AYS in a secure and undisclosed location. AYS has acknowledge receipt of the funds.

Wire Transfer

A wire transfer of $5,900.00 (USD) was sent on March 10th, 2005. The break down was as follows:

Iraq The Model$2,345.00
Road Of A Nation$75.00
Nabil's Blog$80.00
Iraqi Humanity$800.00

Update* ITM is checking on the status of the transfer, but as of March 27th, we don't have confirmation it has arrived.

Update** ITM has informed me the intermediary we use has been out of town. We hope to hear something within the next few days.

Update *** Omar has the money in hand and will be distributing it shortly.