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Miracle in the Marshes of Iraq

A tear-jerking documentary about the marshes of Iraq and one man’s crusade to undo decades of injustice. Highly recommend all to watch. The four-part documentary is available on YouTube. To become a member of Nature Iraq, the organisation spearheading the effort to restore the marshes to its former glory, click here.

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No news is good news, good news is better.

There are enough tears shed by Iraqi eyes, you have to wonder how it keeps coming. It is vitally important that injustices and suffering be exposed in full public view; it’s cowardly and selfish of us to run away from bad news. Also vital is that the government gets called out on the right occasion, […]

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Leaving Basra to the bandits

As the Royal Navy concluded their training mission last week, it marked the official end of the British military operations in Iraq. The task of training Iraq’s nascent navy is crucial due to the strategic importance of the southern oil ports and the 90 percent of Iraqi revenues that comes from selling crude. When the […]

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Bin Laden’s Burial

There seems to be some controversy over how Osama’s body was disposed of. Chucking it in the sea apparently is offensive to some Muslims. By some Muslims, I mean some rather important ones. For example, “The Grand Imam, Dr Ahmed El-Tayeb, the sheikh of Al-Azhar condemned the reports, if true, of the throwing of the […]

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Remembering Halabja

Today is the anniversary of one of the most devastating massacres in modern history. Halabja. On 16 March 1988 at least 5000 people were gassed to death and over 7000 were injured. All in one day. And the world kept quiet. Silent. Halabja is not a moment in history to be remembered by Kurds only. […]

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Where is the outrage?

Yesterday, a baffled Iraqi parliament completely ignored the very laws it legislates by voting in six MPs to replace ministers who have moved up the food chain. An Iraqi MP with only 3 votes (himself, his wife, and maybe one of his brothers) now represents 100,000 citizens. But I suppose that’s okay, because the Supreme […]

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We are not all Ba’athists

Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, we have witnessed an unprecedented and simultaneous awakening by people who have shocked the world and rattled the thrones of dictators who have been in power for decades on end. In Iraq’s Day of Rage, tens of thousands have taken to the streets demanding change. However, the nature […]

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Dictators and Violence; What Saddam could teach Gaddafi

Violence only works if it is overwhelming. Up to a critical point, civilian losses embolden protestors who will rally against the injustices they see in the loss of their comrades. If the losses are massive, and pass that point, protestors are likely to realise that the state means business and is here to stay. This […]

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Day of Rage

There have been exhilarating winds of change in the Middle East, thanks in no small part to Twitter and Facebook. Today it’s Iraq’s turn, and London-based Iraqis have been debating whether or not its a good thing. A couple of weeks ago, Nouri al-Maliki backed the protests, people there told me that this one move made him […]

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Charisma

Charisma and the ability to charm; these are traits that  are held naturally by some, and are not easily learnt (if it is at all possible to learn them).  When is it advantageous for an individual to possess charisma? Most of the time you can probably say that at the very least it does not […]

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