New forms of violence
have risen out of the vacuum of civil conflict in post-Saddam Iraq. Ten years after the Iraq war, this violent legacy is emerging in the work of the country's
artists through film, painting and poetry
The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is at the heart of Syria's destructive stalemate. This proxy conflict, with Baghdad providing crucial help to Tehran, highlights the scale of the blowback from the United States's war in Iraq.
The only Arab country where
protests started from rural areas might find itself facing an internationally
funded reconstruction which will award money to urban centres, thus abandoning the
very roots of the current crisis. The only solution is to build economic
awareness. Starting from now.
The massive 2003 public campaign against Blair’s attempt to take the UK into war against Iraq demanded a war powers rule in Parliament to ensure that no government could ever again commit the country to war without Parliament’s approval. A decade later, the fight goes on for the ruling.
The Syrian social movement has
to be conscious of the necessity of establishing a just economy. Strong checks need
to be built against the post-war government so that all Syrians understand the
conditions of aid and consequences of reconstruction plans on their lives and
the lives of their children.
they continue to caricature and minimise the opposition at the time as they
sense the threat to the balance of power. But the fact is this. Without the
battering ram of the Murdoch press especially, and media generally, the UK Parliament
could not have voted for the Iraq invasion.
It is an odd coincidence, the sudden bright spotlight on
drones at the same time as the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, but it raises at least one common question: what is our attitude
toward the innocent victims of war? The answer trends
toward utter indifference.
From a potentially subjective point of view, a Kurd could argue that the long hardship and series of disasters inflicted upon the people of Iraq are direct consequences of the complacency and indifference embedded in the foreign policy of the superpowers.
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