Iraq

The Brutes Haven’t All Been Exterminated

Sometimes I struggle to explain why none of the endless wars can ever be ended. Are they just too profitable? Is the propaganda self-fulfilling and self-believing? Is the bureaucratic inertia that powerful? No combination of semi-rational motivations ever seems sufficient.…

The pope in Iraq

The Pope’s decision to visit Mesopotamia must be carefully considered, given the complexity of the geopolitical issues of the Near and Middle East. The Pope went to a place that is the scene of a geopolitical clash, where there are…

Hezbollah praises Pope’s visit to Iraq

Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Tuesday hailed Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq and his meeting with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani. Both religious leaders agreed on the need to ease the suffering, injustice, oppression, poverty, religious and intellectual persecution, wars, violence…

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Jim Murphy Trending human rights tweets this week: Europe’s Guantanamo; Azerbaijan mistreats Aremenian POWs; dangerous escalation in Hong Kong; and HRW’s call for the US to halt weapons sales to the UAE. Europe's Guantanamo: At least 640 children from UK/EU…

2018 Nobel Peace Prize highlights need to prevent rape as a weapon of war

In their talks at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo on 10 December 2018, the co-laureates, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege urged concerted global action to stop rape and sexual violence as weapons of war. Dr Denis Mukwege has…

Noam Chomsky Discusses Iraq

By Christopher Cramer Since the start of the Vietnam War, Noam Chomsky, an emeritus Institute Professor and Professor of Linguistics at MIT, has become increasingly popular with time. By 1992, the Arts and Humanities Citation Index declared him the most…

The U.S. War in Iraq: 15 Years and Counting… the Dead and Displaced

Fifteen years have passed since President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and a coterie of neoconservatives, enabled by mainstream media cheerleaders, launched the invasion of Iraq with a murderous bombardment of Baghdad they branded “shock and awe.” Far…

Iraqi Seizure Of Oil-Rich Kirkuk From Kurds Risks Broader War

By Jordan Shilton Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered an offensive by Iraqi army units and pro-government Shia militias Monday to capture the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and surrounding areas from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). The attack, which reportedly…

US-led coalition admits use of white phosphorus in Mosul amid mounting criticism

A New Zealand general has confirmed that the US-led coalition fighting in Mosul has used munitions loaded with white phosphorus. It comes amid mounting criticism over the use of the multipurpose weapon, which can be extremely dangerous to civilians. Over…

Understanding the situation of the Middle East today. From one world war to another (1/3)

To understand the situation of today’s Middle East, it’s necessary to review a century of history. It’s necessary to go back to the aftermath of the First World War to see a large part of the geopolitical data that explains…

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