Welcome IRAQ!

Streamtime - Free as a fish

Haan al-Irsaal (Arabic for Streamtime), was born in the spring of 2004 when in the attic of Cultural Political centre De Balie in Amsterdam two journalists and a hacker joined their forces with the purpose to promote independent, free speech web-radio and blogging from war-torn Iraq and its Diaspora.

The Streamtime project was lead by Cecile, Jaromil, Jojo and Michel.
To know more about it, read on Linux.com (EN), Nettime (EN), De Nieuwe Reporter (NL), PazLab (IT), Sourceforge / OpenTech (JP) and Incommunicado.


Streamtime consists of a rich collection of sound recordings and texts and stories collected between 2004 and 2010, some yet to be published. It is a unique narration about the many Iraqi bloggers who where online since the beginning of the war in Iraq.

We focused on a cultural sense of finding our own way in the quagmire that is Iraq, and its representation in the global media. We don't try to change politics in order to foster cultural change; we support cultural manifestation in order to force political change.

We imagine improvised expressive devices like a CD that turns your PC into an on line streaming studio. Imagine a mob that creates a traffic jam. Think of the religious policeman in London, the konfused kollege kid and the jealous dentist in Baghdad and the jailed blogger in Cairo. Building autonomous networks in extreme conditions.