How Hashd may destroy Iraq in a way ISIS never will

Sami Hamdi Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

Much has been said regarding the fall of Ramadi and the various rumours suggesting that Nouri-al-Maliki, former prime minister and current vice president, ordered the military to withdraw from the city thereby allowing ISIS to enter virtually unopposed. However the operation to liberate Ramadi threatens to open a new bloody, sectarian, and quite simply destructive chapter in the fight against …

Migrants are human. We in the UK need to learn that.

Soumaya Hamdi Europe, UK, Western Europe

The migrant saga has exposed a glaring hypocrisy amongst us Europeans, particularly here in the UK. For whilst our leaders revel in our international role in promoting democracy, human rights and good governance, we are unable to accept that doing so has in many instances created instability and sown the seeds for internal warfare…

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …

Editor’s Piece: Obama’s Iraqi gamble

Sami Hamdi Iran, Iraq, Middle East/North Africa

On Monday 21st October, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi succeeded in forming a complete government after a delay of over one month as a result of disagreements over appointments to the Defence and Interior ministries. Mohammed Salem Ghabban was appointed as Interior minister whilst Khaled al-Obeidi was given the post of Defence Minister. These two ministries were previously the subject of …