Toward a Partial Accountability for Chemical Weapons Attacks?

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 27.08.2016 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

More recently, and in relation to Syria, it was discovered that between 2004 and 2010, Britain had issued five licences for the export of sodium fluoride which can be used to make sarin, the most potent of nerve agents, used in the chemical weapons attacks in Syria in 2013. Further such licences were granted in 2012.

Jeremy Corbyn and Foreign Policy: The Boy in the Bubble

Gary Kent | Posted 21.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Such radical thinking on domestic and foreign policy highlights the gap between Corbyn and mainstream social democracy, a big plus for his followers, who are fed up with centrist politics. Every generation challenges received wisdom.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Looking Back in Anger: The Plight of the Syrian Refugees

Gary Kent | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week I visited the Domiz refugee camp for the third time in six months and saw many children at school and play. Once again, I was struck by their cheeriness and resilience. I wanted to find some of the children I met in June but the camp has mushroomed since then from 50,000 to 75,000 so it would have been difficult.

Using Chemical Weapons Is Always Abhorrent - Except When It Isn't

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The point is not just that missile strikes won't prevent Assad from carrying out attacks with chemical weapons, nor will they help bring the Syrian conflict to a much-needed close, but that our political leaders in the west occupy very little moral high ground when it comes to condemning the use of such horrific weapons.

A Case for Intervention in Syria

Gary Kent | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The feasibility of intervention was greater two years ago. I know that there is little public appetite for it in the west but inaction has empowered the radical jihadists. This has made it harder to achieve either a political settlement or a pluralist Syria which would protect the rights of minorities such as the Kurds, the Christians and the Alawites.

The Kurdish Revival?

Gary Kent | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The public outrage led to Prime Minister John Major taking the lead in establishing a no-fly zone over the safe haven of Iraqi Kurdistan. It was a triumph for humanitarian intervention which was not, as it happened, sanctioned by the UN. It saved the Kurds.

The Power of the Pomegranate in Raising Hope in Halabja

Gary Kent | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It could be a massive symbol of change if Halabja were to become known worldwide for pomegranates rather than weapons of mass destruction. Fortunately, the land wasn't contaminated around Halabja.

Under a Chemical Cloud

Jonathan Fryer | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Fryer

Halabja is one of those place names, like Srebrenica and Katyn, that are etched into the collective memory of the extremes of man's inhumanity.

Campaign to Recognise Kurdish Genocide Gathering Global Momentum

Gary Kent | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The more countries that mark the Kurdish genocide, through parliaments, governments, towns, civic groups, school talks and visits the better. There is a handful of memorials in Britain. There should be more. The 25th anniversary of Halabja has helped develop an international momentum that puts the past Kurdish Genocide and the future of the Kurdish people firmly on the map.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

British MPs Officially Recognise Halabja Genocide

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Halabja poisonous gas attack is known by several names, namely 'bloody friday', which took place on March 16, 1988. Chemicals weapons were used against civilians indiscriminately by the Iraqi government. The attack killed thousands of people, and injured more than 10,000.

Historic Debate Secures Parliamentary Recognition of the Kurdish Genocide

Gary Kent | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons has formally agreed to recognise the genocide against the Kurds 25 years after the poison-gas attack on Halabja and following a concerted campaign by Kurds and their British supporters, led by Iraqi born Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi, to break the silence on this untold story.

Was It Worth It? Iraq, Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

We are not only marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saddam but the 50th anniversary of the beginnings in 1963 of a campaign of demonisation of the Kurds that proceeded to full-blown genocide, most notably at Halabja where 5,000 people were killed and many more hideously injured by Saddam's Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Holocaust, Halabja and Recognising Genocide

Gary Kent | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The untold story of the Kurdish genocide was the subject last week of a major international conference organised, just a stone's throw from Parliament, by the Kurdistan Regional Government in the UK.

Remembering the Past - Why 2003 Is Not Year Zero

Gary Kent | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. This often astonishes people because it remains very vivid and even vicious in British politics. The usual historical perspective about past events hasn't yet overcome often hysterical arguments about this intervention.

Exploring the Erbil-Baghdad Ankara Triangle

Gary Kent | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Next year's 10th anniversary of the Iraq war may focus on the feebleness so far of federalism and the country possibly breaking up without the urgent...

Halabja and the Dangers of Mustard Gas

Michael Freemantle | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Mustard gas is actually not a gas but a thick viscous liquid that can remain on the ground for years when conditions are right. The chemical releases a vapour that is either odourless or smells of mustard depending on the purity of the liquid.

Hillsborough and Halabja - The Search for Justice and Truth

Gary Kent | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

I am making another comparison in support of the campaign for the UK and the wider international community to recognise other events that finished 24 years ago: the genocide against the Iraqi Kurds which began in 1963 and culminated in the use of weapons of mass destruction, most notoriously at Halabja in 1988.

The Banality of Evil and the Measuring Stick

Gary Kent | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Iraqi Kurds are trying to encourage the world to understand that a decades-long process of genocide killed hundreds of thousands of people and that it remains a living legacy that affected almost all people in a region just twice the size of Wales, or about the same size as Holland.

What if Kurds Were Palestinians?

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The palestinian cause has become internalised within Human rights discourse, and Muslim movements, the Kurdish cause in contrast has been marginalised, and sidelined. Kurdish population is close to 40million while palestinian population exceeds four million, but enjoy the sympathy and support of the Arab world.

24 Years Later, Kurds Still Mourn for Halabja

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK
Ruwayda Mustafah

Halabja is a Kurdish town in Southern Kurdistan, and Northern Iraq. It is nearly 150 miles north-east of Baghdad, and has a rich history. It is home to Adela Khanum, an iconic feminist Kurdish figure, who was honoured with the title of "Princess of the brave" and helped save lives of British soldiers during World War I.

New UK Plan Could Bring Internationals Complicit in Halabja Massacre to Justice

Shwan Zulal | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK
Shwan Zulal

This article was published on Niqash Saddam Hussein's poison gas attacks on Halabja still claim victims today with locals sick and projects on hold b...