Category Archives: Iraq

ISIS – The Inside Story – by Martin Chulov In the summer of 2004, a young jihadist in shackles and chains was walked by his captors slowly into the Camp Bucca prison in southern Iraq. He was nervous as two American soldiers led him through three brightly-lit buildings … Continue reading

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Women as tools: on the selective fetishization of female resistance fighters – by Roqayah Chamseddine The fetishization of women during times of war, especially women in combat, can be argued as being a reification of patriarchal power; the patriarchal view of female violence as being a demonstration of chaos reimagined as tolerable and even … Continue reading

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I Understand Why Westerners Are Joining Jihadi Movements Like ISIS. I Was Almost One of Them

Regarding the news about ISIS in which its members are represented as non-human, I think it’s important to look on the other side and try to understand why Westerners are joining them in fact. From Alternet By Michael Muhammad Knight … Continue reading

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Why Iraq is not a sectarian conflict

Great article by SOAS graduate Sofia Patel on “It is an over-simplification to refer to IS as ‘Sunni insurgents’” Last week, the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) officially declared the establishment … Continue reading

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Does Kurdish Independence become more realistic?

This article by Sirwan Kajjo on Carnegie Endowment treats the question if the rise of ISIS is in fact an opportunity for the Kurds in Iraq to move from being an autonomous region in the federal state of Iraq to … Continue reading

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Interview with persecuted young atheist in Erbil

 KURDISTAN A teenage school student from Erbil has made headlines after it was revealed that he was imprisoned in solitary confinement, severely tortured, simply for openly saying that he is an atheist. Ahmad Sherwan, 16, says he was first arrested last … Continue reading

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Red Prison Museum Sulaymaniyah

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