UK Iraq

Will Mosul Really Be Liberated?

Aysha Al-Fekaiki | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Aysha Al-Fekaiki

In a few weeks, over one million internally displaced Iraqis could be fleeing for their lives from the occupied city of Mosul in Iraq. Hundreds of US ...

War Dogs

Harry Crawford | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Harry Crawford

Funny? Sure. Dramatic? Nope. War Dogs was brought off the boil too early. It's a film of two halves, and that's never entertaining. Hangover instigator Phillips gives it a shot, but ultimately this is The Big Short with big guns smacked with a little Lord of War egoism for kicks. On the plus side, I like that Philips is investing comedy in this way. Imagine if more comedies were this unique?

Islamic State Is Killing People With Weapons Fast-Tracked From Europe

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK

Islamic State fighters are illegally using guns and other weapons made in Eastern European factories, in a newly-discovered supply chain that is “al...

We Know About The Lies Over Iraq But What About Syria?

Mark Curtis | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

British wars abroad have two enemies. First, the official enemy, portrayed as a monster whom we always battle with noble intentions. But second is the enemy within - us, the public.

When Did the Left Start Supporting Fascism?

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

If you're indulging yourself in liberal guilt, I'll give you something else to feel guilty about. While we discuss the relative merits of Britain's isolationism around our dinner table, safe in our homes, there are still another 10 million people under IS control.

'Arrested, Jailed, Bailed' - Why It Should Be Illegal to Fight Against ISIS

Henry Tuck | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Politics
Henry Tuck

It remains unclear what the future holds for the hundreds of westerners that have fought, or are fighting against, ISIS. For those that do come home, the consequences of their decision to travel, whether physical, mental or legal, could be life changing. In the legal context at least, it appears many were unaware of the potential implications. With more legal clarity, such a situation could have been avoided. The conflict in Syria and Iraq is not the first to feature large numbers of foreign fighters, but considering the outcomes so far, we should make it the last.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Charlie Compitus | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Politics
Charlie Compitus

BLAIR REVEALS HE IS HUMAN & THE CHICKEN COUP The year two thousand and sixteen (MMXVI) will no doubt be chiselled into the dusty, rich leathery bo...

Review: Choman Hardi - Considering the Women

Phil Brown | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Phil Brown

Considering the Women is impressive in the sense that it leaves its dent upon the reader. I came away from my first reading dizzied, imbalanced and ashamed in a way which I have not felt since first encountering the work of Primo Levi.

Chilcot Report Highlights US-British Threat to Middle Eastern Leaders

Michael Barron | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

The Chilcot report has laid bare the US-British plot to remove Saddam. This is the second time (that we know of) where the US and the UK have conspired to remove a Middle Eastern leader. "The world is safer" claimed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in justifying the removal of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. More than a decade after the event and following the seven year wait for the Chilcot report, it is too early to say whether this is the case.

Iraq: 'A Different Kind of Terrible'

Robin Lustig | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Blair's refusal to admit error, coupled with his jet-setting lifestyle earning millions as a consultant to a variety of distasteful regimes, means that his epitaph will be a cruel one. And judging by his haunted, haggard look at last Wednesday's surreal press conference, he knows it. What he does not know, and what he refuses to acknowledge, is what it is like to live in the Iraq that he and Bush have created.

Tony Blair Cannot Carry the Blame for Iraq Alone

Justin Huggler | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

But if we allow Blair to carry the blame for the disaster of Iraq alone we are deceiving ourselves. He was aided and abetted every step of the way by the Labour Party and the Conservatives, by the overwhelming majority of the British press, by vast sections of public opinion, both on the patriotic right and the worthy left -- in short, by the entire British Establishment.

Essential to Counter to Iran's Regional Misconduct

Lord Maginnis | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As we approach the first anniversary of the Iranian nuclear deal, tens of thousands of activists and Iranian dissidents are set to rally this Saturday in Paris, calling for Tehran's nefarious conduct at home and in the region to be tackled. One of the primary messages at this rally will be to condemn Iran's role in the massacre of the Syrian people and to demand an end to its assistance to the Assad government.

Chilcot, Iraq and the Culture of War

Richard Reoch | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

"Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?" asked Albert Einstein in a letter he wrote to Sigmund Freud in 1932. The report of Th...

Iraq: The UK's Chilcot Report Asks the Wrong Question

Paul Reynolds | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The publication of the Chilcot Report into the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq war has as its focus the events that led up to the flawed decision over the UK going to war, and to some extent the other side of the equation; the impact of this flawed decision-making on the conduct of the subsequent 'nation-building'.

How We Rebuild Trust and Learn the Lessons of Iraq

Dan Jarvis | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

The publication of the Chilcot Report will lead to renewed soul searching over our future international commitments. I was neither for nor against the war, rather I served in it. As an elected representative today my duty is to scrutinise the basis for that decision with dispassionate care. We must freely and frankly debate the mistakes that were made so they may never be repeated. We need to undertake our analysis in a forensic manner. Only by doing so will we regain the trust and confidence of the public in making these decisions.

Why the Chilcot Report Must Not 'Put to Bed' the Iraq War

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Over the coming weeks and months MPs and experts will be poring over the detail of what is in John Chilcot's report. I have all twelve volumes sitting on my desk right now and I aim to read as much as possible. It's crucial that this report doesn't 'put to bed' the Iraq War. The families of the British troops and Iraqi civilians who died deserve better than that. Instead this moment should be a springboard for making the changes needed to ensure that there is never another unjustified and bloody intervention like the one we embarked upon in Iraq thirteen years ago.

Amid the Chilcot Report, We Must Not Forget the Lessons of Britain's Occupation of Southern Iraq

Jamie Gaskarth | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jamie Gaskarth

While much of the commentary on the Chilcot report is on the decision to go to war, it is important not to miss the lessons of Britain's occupation of Southern Iraq. How it went from a brilliantly successful initial invasion to a rapidly deteriorating security situation and finally what Chilcot described as the 'humiliating' spectacle of doing a deal with violent militia groups to stop attacks on British troops holed up in their bases is an important story.

Regardless Of Who's To Blame, Let's Not Forget The Human Cost Of The Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK

With the release of the The Chilcot Inquiry today, all eyes will be on Tony Blair et al with the aim of pinning blame on those it responsible for the ...

Reflecting on World Refugee Day 2016

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Women, who are among the most disadvantaged, have become responsible for protecting and providing for themselves and their children with next to nothing in hand yet they bring enormous resilience to the task of survival and step courageously outside traditional roles to keep families afloat. That's why we must continue to invest in these solutions.

Widows Face Increased Suffering in Patriarchal Societies

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Baroness Emma Nicholson

Once AMAR learned about Samila's story, we immediately went into action, helping her to develop the skills needed to provide for her family. We were able to help her buy a sewing machine, and she now has clients of her own with a steady income giving her peace of mind and a new confidence.

An Interview With Osman Ocalan: The Guerrilla Movement Rejecting Discrimination Against Women in Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

My meeting with Osman Ocalan was for me, truly revolutionary. In the midst of this tremendous violence facing women not just in Iraqi Kurdistan but throughout the world, there are men who choose not to conform to the discriminatory attitudes that promote the rights of men and limit those of women.

A Tide of Violence and Discrimination Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

Johanna Higgs | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

Sitting on a park bench in the center of Erbil, northern Iraq with two local Kurdish men, I'm deep in conversation about violence against women. My long-standing work on women's rights with my charity Project Monma has brought me to northern Iraq twice now.

Learning to Smile Again: Saving Lives and Relieving Suffering in Al-Dora, Iraq

Larissa Schneider | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

Nine-year-old Haneen has not eaten for days and often cries herself to sleep. Born with physical disabilities, Haneen is unable to hear, speak or walk since birth - issues that would be challenging in any environment, let alone in a camp outside of Baghdad for people who have fled their homes.

US Visa Rules Jeopardise Good Works in Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Orthopaedic and trauma surgeon Professor Deiary Kader has recruited many scrubs, nurses, physiotherapists, and surgeons into the Newcastle-Gateshead Medical Volunteers.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...