Found this fascinating interview as I surfed around this morning:
"Hacking in Iraq, Interview with Jake Appelbaum"
I hang out on IRC a lot, Jake Appelbaum (ioerror) popped in the other night and we talking about the satellites he was setting up in Iraq on his vacation along with all sorts of hackery. I was completely fascinated why he was over there and of course curious about what type of 'Makers' there are and what they're building. Hacking the border, internet connections, handing out Knoppix CDs, video blogging, amazing stuff- Jake was kind enough to answer some questions via email. And here they are...
So you're in iraq? What's the all about?
I am in the northern Kurdish controlled area of Iraq in a city called Arbil. It's one of the two capitals of Kurdistan, if that sounds odd, you're not the only one that thinks that way."