Category: Iraq

Making a fetish of the word “freedom”

The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners By Molly Crabapple, July 21, 2014   Andy Stepanian is one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met. An activist publicist, Andy draws attention to Americans imprisoned for their beliefs. He is straitlaced and gentle, and the only time he ever declined to buy me …

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We don’t care so much about the Palestinians, do we?

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity By Robert Fisk, Friday 25 July 2014   Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if you refer only to the “innocent” dead – ie no …

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Not the here and now

A successful caliphate in six simple steps By Khaled Diab, Tuesday 17 June 2014   To the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), I understand you wish to restore the caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But are you sure this is really what you want? As a secular, liberal Arab living in the …

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Modern ideologies masquerading as historical truths

The myth of the 1,400 year Sunni-Shia war By Murtaza Hussain, 09 Jul 2013 11:14   During the period of European rule over Rwanda, the Belgian colonial administrators of the territory accomplished an extraordinary feat in their subjugation of the local population – the deliberate manufacture of new ethnic divisions. By formulating ethnic categorisations based …

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How do they get away with these lies?

Now we see how his doctrine turns enemies into ‘allies’ By Robert Fisk, Sunday 15 June 2014   How do they get away with these lies? Now Tony Blair tells us that Western “inaction” in Syria has produced the Iraq crisis. But since bombing Syria would have brought to power in Damascus the very Islamists …

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When I was there

It was better to live in Iraq under Saddam By Chris Maume, Thursday 12 June 2014   News that Islamic extremists have conquered Mosul took me back 30 years, to memories of a weekend in the city when I responded to the latest caesura between me and my then-girlfriend in a sane, mature fashion, by …

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To fight for us on a lie

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A desert uprising that began in hope but was doomed to end in betrayal By Robert Fisk, Friday 23 May 2014   The Arab Revolt is all about the Arab Betrayal. The blowing up of Turkish trains, the capture of Aqaba, the camel charges and …

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