Tale of Two Cities* Neighborhood
Ann Arbor to Baghdad
Sandra L. Arlinghaus
offer direct interactive visual evidence of pattern. An applet
is a dynamic object that represents the stability, or lack thereof,
in a system. Scramble the applet; does it settle down to a steady
The size of the bounding box helps to determine the steadiness of the
are many parallels to these ideas in human systems. Move the red
box--try moving it to the lower right corner of the display. Move other
parts of the applet as you wish, to expose names or structure.
In the Ann Arbor Neighborhood Watch structure, notice the strong
linear, hierarchical pattern centered on Neighborhood Watch
Coordinator, Adele ElAyoubi. She is directly linked, via e-mail,
to hundreds of individuals. Those without e-mail are linked to
someone who is directly linked to Adele. Thus, in the applet
below, Adele is linked to many individuals directly. Each of
those represents an e-mail connection between Adele and a trained
background-checked Neighborhood Watch block captain. In a few
cases, there is direct outreach from block captains to other block
captains (who are not directly linked to Adele). Those patterns
represent connection patterns between Adele and block captains without
e-mail (using as an intermediary a block captain with e-mail).
In the applet below, the members of the Original Neighborhood Watch
Advisory Board (later "Panel") are shown as at its first
meeting, October 18, 2001. The name of the police chief is as it
was then, as well.
pattern in Baghdad is not yet well-formed and information is difficult
At the top of the hierarchy is a man from Northern Ireland, apparently,
who led the effort to implement crime prevention using established
Others, whose names appear in recent references are:
Lt. Col. Sagub
Muhammad, Senior Security Officer--reports
of his activity in Sulaymaniyah in Northern Iraq date from as early as
May 30, 2004.
Diller Mula senior official from the Ministry of
Interior (MoI) in northern Iraq--May
Isam Rasheed, Alive in Baghdad
commentator made live video of neighborhood watch in Baghdad.
Alaa Adel, assistant to
Isam Rasheed, who was killed Sept. 15, 2006.
al Jubouri, founds
Neighborhood Watch in Muqdadiya; Jubouri is former Governor of Diyala.
Mayor Najim, Muqdadiya Mayor
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