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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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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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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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The Economist has a funny cartoon of the situation in Iraq

Sad to see it as an Iraqi

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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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The dilemma for Hizb al-Da’wa: A commentary on the issue of leadership in Iraq

A friend recently said to me that the Iraqi mentality is to only respect the leader and to be outside the spotlight is to be outside full stop. This, according to my friend, means that having a credible opposition is … Continue reading

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