Iraq

Time to repay our debt to Kurdistan

Lewis Baston  |  19 October 2017

With some imaginative, practical and humane support, Britain can deter threats to Kurdistan’s safety in the wake of its independence referendum, reports Lewis Baston I am interested in elections, and that is what took me to Iraq. I was privileged to observe the referendum on independence organised on 25 September by the Kurdistan regional government, …

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Kurdish independence on the ballot

Gary Kent  |  4 July 2017

With a referendum looming, Kurdistan stands on the cusp of independence – but it would be unwise to think a ‘yes’ vote is already in the bag, writes Gary Kent The announcement that the Kurds are holding a referendum on independence from Iraq on 25 September has so far been obscured in the swirl of domestic and international events but …

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The Last Word: No excuses for terrorism

Richard Angell  |  26 May 2017

Taking the Stop the War coalition’s warped world view head on, keeping up the pressure on social care, and a special nine seat challenge – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word We are all Mancunians. It was true on Tuesday when we woke up to the heartbreaking news that a pop concert was …

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Celebrating success

Editorial  |  4 April 2017

There is no going back to New Labour, only going forward with its ‘attitude of mind’ The Labour party finds success a challenge. It is much more au fait with failure – it expects it. The Conservative party ran Britain for 57 years of the last century. This century started with an attempt to change those numbers. However, …

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Building a Labour alternative

Renie Anjeh  |  27 March 2017

Chuka Umunna’s ‘The Labour alternative’ essay sets out broadly the right direction for Labour, but there are several glaring omissions, writes Renie Anjeh It is a great shame that Chuka Ummuna is no longer a member of the shadow cabinet. The telegenic and talented member of parliament for Streatham was a rare voice of sanity during …

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A post-Daesh Marshall plan

Gary Kent  |  16 February 2017

With our support, the pro-western Kurdistan Region could be a magnet for decent, secular and progressive change in the Middle East, writes Gary Kent The Kurds in Iraq have been less visible recently but this is only a lull before political storms about reconstruction, reform and remapping that will follow the military defeat of Daesh …

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Anti-west

Grace Skelton  |  3 February 2017

It is anti-imperialism that drives Jeremy Corbyn and his hard-left cadre, argues Grace Skelton Speak to most Momentum activists and they will proudly tell you that for decades Jeremy Corbyn has stood shoulder to shoulder with those struggling against the establishment and has expressed solidarity with civil rights causes across the world. So why has …

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‘Save Aleppo, save Aleppo, save Aleppo’

Abdiwali Duale  |  16 December 2016

‘Save Aleppo, save Aleppo, save Aleppo’, were the words being chanted, as hundreds of people gathered – myself included – in front of 10 Downing Street in the mildly foggy weather. As small drops of rain trickled down from the sky, one of the guest speakers compared it to the way in which chemical poisons would trickle …

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A new order is forming in Mosul

Gary Kent  |  18 November 2016

Last week British members of parliament visited a Christian suburb of Mosul where Iraqi officers told us of the unprecedented unity between the Iraqi and Kurdish armies which once fought each other but are now closing on the common enemy of the Islamic State. That Islamic State will be defeated militarily is certain but the new question …

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The tragedy of Western isolationism

Grace Skelton  |  27 October 2016

The Labour party has always had a proud internationalist tradition. Yet in recent years we have allowed ourselves to be bullied into thinking that any attempt by the West to intervene in the affairs of another country, regardless of the reasons for intervention, is modern day colonialism. This thinking is not the preserve of the Labour …

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