Hope fading for the reconstruction of the Iraqi state
The new Iraqi state established in 2003-05 with the help of the US administration has now split into three enclaves (Shia Arabs, Sunni Arabs and Kurds), and failed to resist the invasion of radical Islamist groups in the western and north-western regions of the country. Moreover, in the summer of 2014 much of the Arab-Sunni […]
The Kurds, the Turkmen and the Great Middle Eastern unravelling
As Iraq struggles against Daesh, ethno-sectarian tensions in northern Iraq threatens to throw off the country’s tentative national alliance against radicalism. Eaten away by religious bias, and deep-seated ethnic rancour Iraq stands now to lose its very name, should its leadership fail to forge a new sense of national unity, and identity. While Iraq is […]
Will Tony Blair Be Ever Brought to Justice?
Once the international tribunal delivered its verdict for the former President of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadzic, Western political and media circles have been ecstatic. The verdict was greeted with particular enthusiasm by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who stated that war crimes shouldn’t go unpunished. The US Department of State also commented on the sentencing […]
Will Obama Murder One Million Iraqis Simply to Steal their Oil?
Has the Obama Administration found the perfect crime that it thinks will allow it to finally grab the vast Iraqi oil riches while no one realizes what’s going on? If what I feel is building up in recent weeks over Iraq’s largest hydroelectric dam, Mosul Dam, is true, Washington is planning to let the dam […]
Is ISIS a Scam?
Recent revelations inside Iraq have exposed ISIS. They don’t exist, simple as that, not across Iraq, not in Mosul, not in control of any oil regions, not in any way remotely resembling what the world has been told. The real “ISIS,” more recently identified as a Turkish, Israeli, Saudi construct is, at least in Iraq, […]
Erbil: Western Propaganda and Two Parallel Realities
I thought about writing this essay when I was working in Iraqi Kurdistan, not far from the city of Mosul, one of the areas overrun by ISIS. Since my last visit at the end of 2014, the entire “Kurdistan Region” has been collapsing. Unemployment has been on the rise, unofficially reaching 50%, poverty is rampant, […]
As the Independence Referendum of Iraqi Kurdistan Approaches
The leader of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Masoud Barzani, has announced the appropriate conditions for Iraqi Kurds to hold an independence referendum. Although the leader stressed that even if the results of referendum happened to be positive, it would not imply the immediate proclamation of independence of the region. The reaction of Baghdad and the […]
Disintegration of Iraq Will Take Days Now
As the international community was absorbed by the rapidly changing situation in Syria, where government forces are finally getting an upper hand, the situation in Iraq has slipped the attention of the better part of geopolitical analysts. The rapid developments that are taking place in Iraq may soon lead to the disintegration of the country. In […]
Face It, Iraqi Kurds are ISIS
Kurdistan, the partially self-governing region of Iraq, the one fighting ISIS so bravely is, as it turns out, very much a part of ISIS. ISIS couldn’t survive without the Kurds, the primary source of ISIS oil, their business partners, their transportation hub and the real go-between for their vast financial dealings with the Erdogan clan […]
Creating Sunnistan: Foreign Affairs Calls for Syria and Iraq to be Balkanized
On the 29th of November, 2015, Foreign Affairs – the publication of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – published an article titled: Divide and Conquer in Syria and Iraq; Why the West Should Plan for a Partition. It was written by Barak Mendelsohn, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Haverford College and a […]
McCain is Playing Chicken With Baghdad
According to the Iraq Press Agency, the head of the Iraqi parliamentary bloc Irada, Hannan al-Fetlaui stated that up to 100,00 foreign troops are headed to Iraq. Up to 90,000 are going to be sent by the Arab and Gulf States to Iraq to fight the Islamic State (ISIL), while another 10,000 will come from the United States. According to […]
Should Russia Really Be Involved in the Iraqi Conflict?
The assault against Islamist forces in Syria that was launched by Russia’s warplanes and Syrian regular troops led to what can be easily described as a major victory – ISIL militants are now fleeing to Iraq. Yet the question over what should be done to put an end to the Islamic State in Iraq, where the […]