7:23 am
Wed July 2, 2014

WSW: "None of This Happened Overnight" in Iraq

Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of violence before his burial in Najaf
Credit The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Ben Lando


Kalamazoo native Ben Lando has witnessed violence in Iraq up close. He says the latest wave of attacks marks an "evolution." 

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2:33 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

WMU Iraqi Students Seek Peace

Iraqi students at WMU rally for peace in their homeland
Credit WMUK

A thunderstorm didn’t stop Iraqi students at Western Michigan University from holding a rally for peace in their home country Wednesday afternoon. During the event organized by the WMU Iraqi Students Union, speakers and supporters chanted “Long Live Iraq; ”Peace for Iraq;” and “Pray for Iraq”.

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Iraq Oil Report
7:21 am
Wed February 19, 2014

WSW: Covering Oil, Politics and More in Iraq

Ben Lando outside the Baghdad Zoo
Credit Courtesy of Ben Lando

WestSouthwest with Ben Lando

Ben Lando's career in journalism has taken him from Kalamazoo to Baghdad. 

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2:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Kalamazoo dinner helps Iraqis rebuild

Food distribution in Basra
Credit Haider Alsaedy / Iraqi Health Now

Middle Eastern restaurants in Kalamazoo are catering a dinner Friday, March 1st, to help send aid to people in Iraq. It starts at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 321 South Street, in downtown Kalamazoo. The money raised will support the group Iraqi Health Now that has been sending money and supplies needed in Basra in southern Iraq since 2006. The project was the idea of Haider Alsaedy, who came to Kalamazoo from Iraq in 1991. He wanted to help people in his hometown recover from the U.S.

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