Dahr Jamail spent over a year in Iraq between 2003 and 2005 and quickly became a trusted source for reporting the reality of war that embedded, corporate media reporters could not and would not see or tell. His stories appeared at his website, the Inter Press Service News Agency, The Asia Times, The Nation, Democracy Now! (where I first saw him), TomDispatch, Truthout, The Sunday Herald in Scotland, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Al Jazeera, NPR and the BBC. Jamail has also reported from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan and reported extensively on veterans’ resistance against US foreign policy, a story the mainstream media ignored. He spent ten years in the region.
And he wrote books, like Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible (an e-book co-authored with William Rivers Pitt).
And earlier this year, Jamail published another book: The End of Ice, Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. Jamail takes us to Denali, the highest mountain peak in America and “arguably the largest mountain on the planet when measured from its edges,” a mountain he has “spent many months” of his life on and a mountain on which one can clearly witness the ravages of our rapidly warming planet. Here on one of the coldest places on Earth, even here, the ice is rapidly melting thanks to human-caused climate disruption.