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A Tale of Two Doctors and the Kurdish Struggle

Gary Kent | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Kurdish Doctor Najmaldin Karim once helped save the life of President Reagan when he was shot. Now his urgent job as its elected Governor is to help save the Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

Payback For ISIS As 'Militants Execute' Judge Who Signed Saddam Death Warrant

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

The judge who sentenced former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to hang has been executed by ISIS militants, multiple reports have alleged. The Iraqi ...

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

What US Refused to Believe: Without Saddam Iraq's Fate would be Sealed

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

With Iraq it was a case of naivety, blind stupidity or a gamble that has been first gradually and now speedily evolving the wrong way thanks to a new player the Syrian war created called ISIS. It's an extremist pan Islamic war machine determined to create a Mid East wide caliphate. And it may force NATO back into this land...this time oil is at stake...the magic phrase for military action.

Who Are The Islamic State Of Iraq In Syria (ISIS)?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK

The capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, by Jihadi insurgents on Monday highlighted not only the chaos blighting Saddam’s former state, b...

Islamist Militants Capture Tikrit, Birthplace Of Saddam Hussein

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK

Islamist militants have attacked and captured the city of Tikrit in northern Iraq. The insurgents, a group with al-Qaeda ties called the Islamic State...

Syria And 7 Other Totally Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president. Here at The Hu...

Leaving A Nasty Taste: Lebanese Restaurant Displays Giant Saddam Hussein Poster As 'Political Protest'

Huffington Post UK/ National News | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Customers are calling for a boycott of a Lebanese restaurant after the owner placed a giant photograph of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the...

Successful Commons Debate on UK Relations With the Kurdistan Region

Gary Kent | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Commons, for the second time in a year, returned last week to debating the Kurdistan Region and, specifically, British relations with it. This is very unusual given that Kurdistan is a faraway place of which most British people are unaware. Such debates can change that.

Saddam Hussein Captured 10 Years Ago Today

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

It's 10 years to the day that Saddam Hussein was tracked down and captured by US forces. It was an ignominious end for the former Iraqi president, ...

Half A Million Iraqis Dead Since End Of Iraq War

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

Nearly half a million Iraqis have died as a result of the war in their country, according to the findings of a new study. An estimated 461,000 Iraqis ...

Saif Gaddafi's Trial in Libya Is Victor's Justice

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On 20 October it will be two years since the death of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi... Cut to the present: Muammar's favourite son Saif al-Islam is about to go on trial for a string of alleged offences (including war crimes) along with 37 others. Pre-trial proceedings began in Tripoli this week. The extravagant cruelty is obviously absent but is the trial of Saif and Co at least likely to be a fair process, the respectable flip-side to the shabby killing of Saif's father? Sadly, no, not really.

Technology Has Transformed Detection of Chemical Weapons Use

Julian Hunt | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Tech
Julian Hunt

The depth of intelligence and information on the chemical attacks that have been released underlines a stark contrast with the 1920s when, for instance, there were no satellites and modern communications. There is also a clear contrast in the intelligence evidence that has been assembled compared to that about Iraq a decade ago.

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.

Nein, Nein, Nein!

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

Two of the world's most brutal dictators may not be exactly what immediately springs to mind when you think of crazy golf. But an eyebrow-raising n...

Iraqi Kurds: From Object to Subject of History

Gary Kent | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It sometimes seems that Iraqi Kurds have no word with the urgency of manana but it hasn't stopped Iraqi Kurdistan making tremendous strides in a few short years. The best start date for their renaissance is 2006, the first full year of the new Iraqi constitution, agreed by the people and which recognised Kurdistan as a largely autonomous region.

Assed Baig's Skin Deep Analysis of the West and Malala

John Sargeant | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

What "saved" Malala was not a knight in shining armour, but a skilled experienced team of specialised trauma surgeons and intensive care staff in the UK. That a 15 year old being shot for writing about civil rights might strike a chord with activists on these global universal human rights issues should not surprise us, except perhaps Baig and others that suggest a Western saviour complex.

The Last Of The Bad Guys

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

Everything must come to an end. The departure of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marks the culmination of an era of bad guys who reached a truly ...

Why Students Don't Care About Syria (or Iran or Sudan or Myanmar or...)

Alastair Carr | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

So what happened to us as we evolved from shaggy haired Cold War rioters to studious devotees to our laptops? We know more, we appear to be more independent politically as seen in the diverse reaction to Thatcher's death, surely we should be more politically active?

Reflecting on Iraq: Ten Years On

Sara Daoud | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Daoud

A decade has passed since George Bush issued an ultimatum, demanding that Saddam Hussein and his sons were to leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an invasion by the US. Bush's rhetoric made frequent mention of a 'free' Iraq, a country that would be 'liberated' from a dictator, yet the events that transpired from that ill-fated speech have devastated a country.

'Syrian Forces Have Used Sarin Gas On Rebels'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK

Syrian government forces have used chemical weapons against rebel fighters, the Israeli military's top intelligence analyst has claimed. Brigadier...

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.

Was Thatcher a 'Champion of Freedom and Democracy'? Don't. Be. Silly.

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The reactions and tributes to Margaret Thatcher's death have illustrated the way in which modern conservatives have emptied the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' of all meaning and import. If (wo)man is judged by the company (s)he keeps, then Thatcher must be judged a champion of despotism and dictatorship, not of freedom or liberty.

Exposing the Myth Ten Years On: Humanitarian Intervention and Iraq

Daniel Wickham | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

Throughout the war, our governments insisted that they had a genuine humanitarian interest in bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq. To put it simply, this is a lie, and needs to be exposed as such. A brief look at the West's record in the Middle East provides all the evidence we need in order to unearth the great myth of 'humanitarian intervention' in Iraq.