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R.I.P., Anthony Shadid

February 17, 2012

Anthony Shadid was the best at the good that journalists do. He won Pulitzer prizes for International Reporting in 2004 and 2010 and had been nominated for the 2012 prize, which will be announced in April, about the time his memoir, House of Stone, is scheduled to be released. He was shot in Ramallah in 2002, then was among four New York Times journalists kidnapped by the Libyan government last March. One of his former editors said: “He changed the way we saw Iraq, Egypt, Syria over the last, crucial decade. There is no one to replace him.” Anthony Shadid died last night from an asthma attack while covering the conflict inside Syria. He was just 43 and was married to Nada Bakri (also a Times reporter) and had two young children. We hope you’ll spend a few minutes reading Mr. Shadid’s work to learn how he tried to help the world to understand the humanity buried in the rubble of war.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Geoffrey Stephens permalink
    February 19, 2012 10:17 pm

    These moving words proved an angle and perspective of civilians in Iraq that I had come close to on my own. Like much mainstream media does, the coverages on the Iraqi war were not filling in the gaps or “real” questions I had. This gentleman’s work showed me close to exactly the conclusions I was coming to after personal research. The bottom line for me is the bold statement that HUMANS ON EARTH ARE MUCH MORE SIMILAR THAN DIFFERENT. Beyond habits, looks, languages, etc it showed me that the people who had lost their children are exactly like much of the American population. They love their families, believe in God and his ways, and want to be safe & not threatened when the issue for war is not due to them…no different that what we would think if another country was bombing us to get at our government and innocent people were dying regularly before our eyes. This work also shows me more tell tail signs of the corruption, brainwashing, and scare tactics in place for a small percentage to benefit from while most suffer…and pay severe consequences for the game playing of the ignorant and heartless souls propelling such actions. Disgusting.

  2. Bob Reinhard permalink
    June 22, 2012 3:54 pm

    Anthony was not great because of his awards. He was not great because his memoirs. He was great because of the good that he did to earn those awards and the memories that he wrote.

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