Category Archives: The West

Not all Iraqis are the same

Recently I have been developing some thoughts about identity and the issue of national versus religious identification in Iraq. Specifically, I have been trying to formulate an understanding of the modern day Iraqi psyche and to what, and how, an Iraqi … Continue reading

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The dilemma of US troop withdrawal – good or bad?

So it seems that President Obama is dead-set on keeping to his word of removing all ‘combat’ troops from Iraq by end of August and apparently the rest of the military presence by end of 2011. His meeting on Wednesday … Continue reading

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A mosque closed in Hamburg – a dangerous precedent?

Yesterday, the authorities in Hamburg, Germany closed Masjid Taiba, apparently a favoured place for radicalising young men among Muslim extremists of the Salafi trend. The troubling development is not the closing of a mosque by governmental authorities, I’m sure this … Continue reading

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Why the letter to Sistani could backfire

By now most of you will have already been aware that recently the US President Barack Obama dispatched a letter to Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani, the Supreme Shi’ite religious authority, based in Najaf, Iraq. While the contents of the letter … Continue reading

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