YouTube has been staging a lot of interesting interviews as of late, reaching out to their users to come up with interesting questions and vote on the questions they’d most like to see answered. YouTube recently interviewed Bill Clinton, and everyone’s favorite furry red guy Elmo. However, the next interview they have in store is breaking down cultural barriers and giving YouTubers the opportunity to ask Iraq’s top officials questions about the current state and future of Iraq.
YouTube is launching a series of interviews, in partnership with Arabic-language television network Al Arabiya, called “Iraq Looks Forward.” YouTube users will be able to engage directly with top Iraqi officials by submitting their own questions on the Al Arabiya YouTube page or voting for the questions they’d most like to see answered by giving them the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down”. The top-voted questions will be answered in interviews with sitting Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki; Barham Sailh, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and others. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 27.
The fact that YouTube and Al Arabiya are giving web video viewers around the world the opportunity to ask questions of Iraqi officials firsthand is incredible. It really shows the power of the web and social media in closing cultural gaps and bringing people together from all walks of life, all around the world. Where else can every day people get their questions answered by Bill Clinton, and other key figures in politics, world news and the state of our planet?
Check out the video below to find out more about the “Iraq Looks Forward” project. Do you have a question for Iraq’s top officials? Tell us about it in the comments.