Category: Iraq

Paul Bignell: Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq

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Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

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Patrick Cockburn: Iraq protests

Baghdad unrest signals disintegration of a political system established in wake of US invasion

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Juan Cole: The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites invade Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

The Bush administration presided over the installation of an Iraqi spoils system more rowdy and rapacious than anything Andrew Jackson ever imagined

Cathy Breen: Stories by the Fire


The families behind curtains like these, in camps, or in repurposed or unfinished buildings, have for the time a desperately welcomed measure of security

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Vijay Prashad: Iraq’s Torment: A Letter to George W. Bush

A message to the ex-president

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Patrick Cockburn: End Times for the Caliphate?

The war in Syria and Iraq has produced two new de facto states in the last five years and enabled a third quasi-state greatly to expand its territory and power

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Edward S. Herman: King of Chaos

If Hillary Clinton was Queen of Chaos, Obama is surely King. Iraq, Libya, and Syria have been reduced to a chaotic state, and Obama has a heavy responsibility for these developments. There was also Obama’s widening use of drone warfare and declared right and intention to bomb any perceived threat to U.S. “national security” anyplace on earth.

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Tom Engelhardt: Failed States and States of Failure

“We Destroyed the Cities to Save Them” and Other Future Headlines

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Bruno Jäntti: On Racism, Patriarchy and Corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan

When working in Iraqi Kurdistan, I was struck by the prevalence of regressive attitudes, including racism and sexism

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