UK Iraq

Smiling IS Suicide Bomber 'Was British Guantanamo Bay Detainee Awarded £1M Compensation'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK

A British Islamic State fighter who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to repor...

What Life Is Like In Mosul Now

Bathoul Ahmed | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Bathoul Ahmed

People are trying hard to rebuild their lives. Schools are now open for registration and local primary health care centers are slowly opening up again. Some professionals who fled, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, have started to return. Although the local hospital in Hay el Sucar was largely destroyed, residents are adamant that it will re-open and a group of young locals are volunteering to clean it up, to get it running again.

Americans Need To Hear What Iraqis Have To Say

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Today we bid farewell to the first month of 2017, during which many of us have made and sought to maintain our New Year's resolutions. Mine, perhaps ...

America Should Be Welcoming Muslim Students Not Turning Them Away

Nick Petford | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Petford

The ruling by Donald Trump to place a temporary ban on Muslims from selected countries entering the USA has provoked global outrage. While a similar ban on students wanting to study in the UK seems (hopefully) inconceivable, when it comes to obtaining entry visas bona fide students and staff from Muslim countries can face an uphill struggle.

Soldier's Poignant Story Of Iraqi Refugee Shows Just What Is Wrong With Trump's Ban

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK

As the world reels from Donald Trump’s Muslim refugee ban, an ex-US soldier has shared the story of an Iraqi refugee who saved his life twice. Dylan...

Donald Trump's State Visit Should Be Axed Until He Ends Refugee Ban, Says Jeremy Corbyn

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Politics

.@jeremycorbyn comes out strongly against the state visit organised for @realDonaldTrump #Peston pic.twitter.com/gAqopUmxWk— Peston on Sunday (@pest...

A Proud Week In Theatre

James Haddrell | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
James Haddrell

This is a proud week for Greenwich Theatre, a week in which we celebrate theatre for its ability to confront, to challenge and to inspire - and this is not unusual for us here...

A Fishy Tribute To Donald Trump In Iraqi Kurdistan

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK

A restaurant serving fire-roasted carp in northern Iraq has endorsed the US President-elect with the distinctive moniker ‘Trump Fish’. Based in th...

"Without Your Help We Will Die": Why The People Of Mosul Need Our Help

Melanie Ward | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Melanie Ward

"All of my friends have been killed," Abdullah* tells me. I'm in Khazer Camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 30 km east of Mosul in Iraq. Abd...

2016: Goodbye And Good Riddance

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The lesson to be learnt from Syria, we are told, is that this appalling tragedy is the kind of thing that happens when foreign powers turn their backs on tyranny and refuse to intervene. The lesson to be learnt from Iraq, on the other hand -- and Libya, and Yemen, come to that -- is that chaos, violence and human suffering on an unimaginable scale are what follow when foreign powers intervene.

End Of 2016: A MENA Post-Mortem

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

As we rapidly approach the end of another challenging year, my mind strays once more to the Middle East North Africa (MENA) and to the atrocities visi...

Owen Jones And Kate Tempest: Wake Up And Love More

Kate Wyver | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Wyver

"too concerned with their own thoughts to think about the weather But we see clouds like furious ink Thick liquid sinks and whips the wind Pitch shift...

Corbyn Defies Labour MPs Over Motion Attacking Blair

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has rejected pleas from Labour MPs to force the party to oppose a controversial motion attacking Tony Blair over Iraq. The Labour leader...

Corbyn Told By Labour MPs To Oppose SNP Attack On Tony Blair

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics

Labour MPs have urged Jeremy Corbyn to oppose a Commons move to reprimand Tony Blair for his record on Iraq. The Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) aske...

Upholding Imam Hussain's Legacy And Walking For Peace

Sara Yasmin Anwar | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sara Yasmin Anwar

"If you don't believe in any religion and don't fear the day of resurrection, at least be free and noble in this world." - These are the words of Imam Hussain, whose martyrdom inspired a movement in the pursuit of justice and freedom regardless of race, religion or creed. With the rise of fascism and fear of the other, now more than ever community cohesion matters.

15 Minutes From Mosul But A Lot Further To Go

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Sam Slota-Newson

We must support these children and pressure our governments to do the same. There is a strong humanitarian imperative for this, but it is also in our interests to avoid 1.6 million children in Iraq growing up with no education, huge burdens of trauma and no prospects.

President Donald Trump: The World Turned Upside Down?

Alistair Burnett | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Donald Trump, who may prove to be the most unprepared, uninformed president ever to enter office, shows no sign of having applied much thought to such questions and is inclined to shoot from the hip. Despite some conciliatory language since his victory, the rest of us can only hope he'd only be shooting metaphorically.

Iraq's Chance For Peace

Khalid Al-Alusi | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Khalid Al-Alusi

The humanitarian needs in Iraq are huge but not insurmountable. Together Iraqis can help each other to recover and rebuild. But we must continue to promote this unity, and lead by example. Only then will Iraq once again become a beacon of hope and prosperity.

The Waugh Zone November 3, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, November 3… 1) TITANIC STRUGGLE Such jolly japes at the Spectator’s awards last night, not lea...

The Tyranny Of Terrorists On Twitter

Alicia Kearns | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Tech
Alicia Kearns

Our preoccupation with social media companies is fogging our vision and preventing us from seeing the wider picture, making society feel that the answer to recruitment and radicalisation is a simple, immediately remedied problem.

Syria And Iraq Invade My Memories Today

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Some of my readers are old enough to recall that 5 June 1967 was the start of the Six-Day War between Israel and its erstwhile Arab enemies. As a todd...

Have You Heard About The Yazidi People?

Louisa de Albuquerque | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Louisa de Albuquerque

Everyone has heard of ISIS by now, so why then has one of their most brutal atrocities gained such little public attention? As stated by Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and recently appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking - "the world remained silent".

On Love And Cynicism

Arthur Peirce | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

As much as humans are social creatures, they are fundamentally creatures of love. It is itself, a motive, goal, and resolution. For many it's a reason to be, and it is the only reason that I think we can combat, or in the very least, remain sane in the constant horrors of our present world.

The Other Side Of The Mosul Operation: How Do You Help One Million People Who Need Food, Water And Shelter?

Mike Adamson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

Over recent weeks and months we've seen attacks on civilian targets such as hospitals and aid convoys in Syria and Yemen. We appeal to all parties to respect the basic principles of international humanitarian law - precaution, protection and distinction of civilians. Everything must be done to allow the safe and unimpeded access to any humanitarian organisation working to protect and assist the people fleeing Mosul.

The Refugee Crisis As Political Narcissism

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Such is the self-absorption of Britain with things that affect Britain, you could almost be forgiven for thinking the world's refugee crisis is largely about who comes to this country. It's all about Calais, isn't it?... The UK is just a bit player in the global drama - the tragedy - which has seen tens of millions of people forced out of their homes because of war and repression.