Iraqi political analyst Raed Jarrar to speak Monday

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009

JUNEAU - In a joint effort by local organizers from four communities, Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi political analyst for the American Friends Service Committee, will speak about the American occupation in Iraq in Juneau, Haines, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

His Juneau presentation, "Beyond the Occupation: The Future of the US-Iraqi Relationship," will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and was sponsored by Juneau People for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace Chapter 100 and Northern Light United Church Mission Committee.

Born and raised in Iraq, Jarrar obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Baghdad and a master's degree in post war reconstruction from the University of Jordan.

While he was in grad school in Jordan, Jarrar's close friend, Salam Pax, started a blog to stay in touch with him. "Where is Raed" became the most widely read blog originating from Iraq during the war. Pax described events from Baghdad and Raed contributed from Jordan.

After returning to Iraq in 2004, Jarrar worked as the country director of CIVIC, the only door-to-door Iraqi casualties survey. He then founded Emaar (Abaric for "reconstruction"), an Iraqi grassroots organization that operated in 10 Iraqi cities.

In 2005, Jarrar moved to the United States. He is the Iraq consultant to the American Friends Service Committee based in Washington, D.C. Last year he leaked and translated the only publicly accessible draft of the US-Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement (SoFA), which formally addressed withdrawal of U.S. troops. It was a document that proved to be vital to congressional hearings and in public debate across America. With Jarrar's assistance, the AFSC was able to arrange two Iraqi parliamentary delegations to participate in official congressional briefings about the SoFA .

For more information on Jarrar's presentation, call Amy Paige at 586-4409. For more information on the SoFA and the president's plan to end the Iraq occupation, visit the American Friends Service Committee's Statement at www.afsc.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/76010/pid/450.



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