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Iraq at the crossroads

I spent the last weeks of 2014 and the first ones of 2015 in Iraq and felt it was important that I share some of what I witnessed. My time in Iraq was during the busiest time of the year, … Continue reading

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Why should America continue to pay for Iraq’s reconstruction?

I’ve now read in full the report released today by the Government Accountability Office of the United States Congress on Iraqi-US cost sharing. The subtitle of this report, Iraq has a cumulative budget surplus, clearly elucidates the Obama administration’s policy … Continue reading

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Up to 50 people living in a house in Iraq – no joke

The video above is a satirical piece by a comedian in Sadr City, Baghdad which does exaggerate things a bit, but is not that far off from the truth. I know because I have seen it, several families crowded into … Continue reading

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Iraq is still there despite efforts to destroy it

It has been a long 7 and a half years since the fall of Saddam, but Iraq is still facing terror, although in different forms and with no one person to blame. Attacks on infrastructure, civilians, governmental institutions and individuals … Continue reading

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Talking up a new PM in Iraq

A week has passed since the start of the month of Ramadhan, and none of the general goodwill people express towards each other in this holy month seems to have been passed on to the politicians. If anything, things have … 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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$300m for 6 hotels in 7 months – why can’t the rest of Iraq’s problems be solved like this

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, announced yesterday that Iraq will be spending $300m to refurbish the top 6 hotels in the capital Baghdad in time for the Arab League summit at the end of March 2011. While I’m sure … Continue reading

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A familiar problem – MP out of contact

I read today that a newly elected Conservative Member of the UK Parliament asked for his email address to be removed from certain sites, despite him freely handing it out during the election period. I’m writing about this because it … Continue reading

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Jumping a red light just became more dangerous

Another part of Iraqi society has been targeted recently, namely the traffic policemen. This past week several have been killed and many more injured in terrorist attacks. After a plea for help, the traffic police force in Baghdad has begun … Continue reading

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Fasting in the summer of discontent

Around the world, Muslims will begin a month of dawn-to-dusk fasting in observance of one the pillars of Islam, fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan. The Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, therefore out of sync with … Continue reading

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