Iraq

  • The role of the oil market in the Kurdish referendum

    While Europe remains largely focused on the tension between the Spanish government and the Catalonia region after the greatly debated referendum that occurred on 1 October 2017, in the Middle East, another population is striving for independence. On 25 September 2017, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), under the leadership...
  • What is the EU Relocation Scheme and why does it exist?

    According to the Dublin Regulation (which first came into force in 1997 and was altered in 2003 and 2013), asylum seekers have to go through the process of applying for asylum in the first EU country they enter. While this may not have seemed such a bad idea in...
  • Yazidi Road to Peace: Territory, Politics, and Accountability

    Thousands of Yazidi people continue to be impacted since 2014 when the Islamic State invaded their villages in the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. The Yazidis are an ethnic and religious minority who have endured centuries of persecution from Muslim leaders. Since 2014, the Islamic State (IS) has murdered...
  • Robert Wyatt – Lullaby for Hamza

    According to Shakespeare’s King Lear, “when we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools”. After coming into this world on the 17th of January 1991, amidst the start of the bombardment of Iraq during the Gulf war, Hamza al-Ghanem cried relentlessly for...
  • Give Peace a Chance,With War

    “The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war that we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.” (Omar Bradley) Fighting for peace is an oxymoron.  Parties must stop...
  • humanitarian workers

    We Are not Immune

    What are the consequences of the increase of the deaths of journalists and humanitarian workers in unstable environments to international aid and policies? We are not immune. With World Humanitarian day happening just two days ago, the recent kidnapping of two Italian girls in Syria and the very sad...