Saddam Hussein

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.

Iraq - Lessons From an Insider

Paul Reynolds | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

In Iraq everyone privately knew the WMD thing was a pretext, and this assumption underpinned all our political work. No-one was 100% certain of the real aims. Still today. So we made it up.

Iraq - Ten Years After

Tim Fenton | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tim Fenton

A grim anniversary was celebrated yesterday, and that is the passing of a decade since the invasion of Iraq. To illustrate the new and more peaceful state of the country, the eve of that anniversary was marked by a wave of bombings that left 65 people dead. The timing of the attacks was not an accident: someone wants the West to understand that they still have the capacity to carry out such atrocities.

The Curse of the Careerist

Matt Carr | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Whether any of the officials who are now coming forward felt similar pangs of conscience at the time about the discrepancy between what they knew and what their government was saying is not known, but what is certain is that none of them were prepared to act on them if they did.

What Iraq Says About Labour, Past and Present

David Clark | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
David Clark

The Iraq War was the culmination of a process that started in 1994 with the rise of New Labour and reflected its heady psychological brew of arrogance and self-loathing. The arrogance came from a quasi-Leninist belief in Labour as the agent of some great historical mission on behalf of the masses - a traditional conceit of Labourism, admittedly.

Energy, Federalism, the Constitution and Iraqi Unity

Gary Kent | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The great achievement of post-Saddam Iraq is its transition from a centralised and mainly Sunni dominated one-party rule to federalism and power-sharing between Sunnis, Kurds and Shia, and small minorities. All this is, or should be, governed by the constitution, approved by over 80% of the people in a referendum in 2005.

The Iraqi Revolution Will Not Be Televised - But the Battered Detainee's 'Confession' Will...

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Since Saddam's departure Iraqi television viewers have been served up programmes with names like Terrorism in the Grip of Justice. This has shown pre-trial detainees 'fessing up to things like being a member of an armed group, abduction and murder... In some cases the 'confessees' have actually been executed in shoddy trial largely based on these highly prejudicial appearances

An Audit of Iraq Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurdistan region is clearly thriving as the safest, most stable, and prosperous part of Iraq, with a headstart of 12 years of relative freedom from Saddam. The number of deaths through terrorism is about 200 since 2003. It has built a major energy sector from nothing in just a few years. And it has helped stabilise the rest of Iraq and could be a model for it to follow.