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New Bloggers Join Wild River Review, Reporting from the Front Line in Beirut and as a Palestinian Refugee from Nazi Germany

August 1 2006

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August 1, 2006
Media Contact: Kim Nagy
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New Bloggers Join Wild River Review, Reporting from the Front Line in Beirut and as a Palestinian Refugee from Nazi Germany

Artist Zena el-Khalil’s blog from Lebanon, “From The Frontlines” provides readers live
personal accounts of daily life from war-torn Lebanon. Gunter David, a journalist nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and an émigré to Palestine, also joins Wild River Review with his blog “The Long Road to the Promised Land.”

August 1, 2006 (Philadelphia, PA) The international online magazine Wild River Review (www.wildriverreview.com) released two new blogs last week, one of which is penned by artist Zena el-Khalil, a citizen of Lebanon. As the bombs fall around her studio and home, she grapples with the future of her country along with the fate of her family and friends, one of whom has advanced cancer and cannot leave the country.

Wild River Review’s other new blogger, Gunter David, fled to Palestine from his childhood home in Berlin in 1933. An award-winning journalist, Gunter covered the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Gunter describes being glued to CNN day and night and fearing for his many relatives in Tel Aviv. Wild River Review hopes to initiate intelligent dialogue and debate around the most recent conflict in the Middle East.

In her blog, Zena writes candidly about her observations and intimate thoughts of anger and disgust. But Zena also describes the wedding in her neighborhood and the birds singing outside her window after a night of jets and falling bombs.

“Another loud bomb. My heart is racing. I can only pretend to be brave,” Zena writes. “I realized what was hurting the most was the “UNKNOWN.” What is going to happen tomorrow? When will this all end? How are we going to start rebuilding again? Are the refugees going to be ok? How are the people in the south? And why punish a whole country? What is the real plan behind all of this? How much worse is it going to get?” She also asks readers to spread the word about her and others in her predicament: “tell them about people like me…who build culture and tolerance. Who work for peace and understanding. Who work to educate. Who work to promote love and compassion. There are thousands like me here. What about us?”

In his blog, Gunter laments, “It is sad to watch the destruction of portions of the city and suburbs on television, to see and hear the human cost on both sides. I know what it means to be awakened at night by sirens and to rush into a bomb shelter… The question is, what options do the Israelis have, when Chezbollah, their mortal enemy, has sworn to destroy them? And Chezbollah, as has been reported and well documented, uses Lebanon and Beirut as a staging ground for attacks against Israel. Their missile launchers are hidden among the civilian population.”

Editor-in-Chief Joy Stocke comments, “By posting their blogs, Zena and Gunter welcome comments and opinions from readers around the world. War brings out the rawest of emotions and the strongest opinions. It is our hope that their blog will begin a real dialogue on all sides of the conflict.”

Wild River Review updates content throughout each month. The publication continually searches for and offers high-quality inventive voices, experimental themes, diverse subjects, and riveting images from around the world. It is the creation of a team of professional writers and artists known as the Wild River Gang.