The Murder Of Karar – Thoughts Of A Gay Man From Baghdad

My name is Amir Ashour, and I’m a gay guy from Iraq. I was born in Zayouna – Baghdad in 1990, I went to school in Baghdad before we moved with my family to Sulaimaniyah were I continued my education. My dad is an Arab Shiite, and my mom is a Kurdish sunny. As you …

Iraqi Parliament Again Considers Reducing Legal Marriage Age

Baghdad – Mohammed Al-Hikmat The so-called “Jaffari Law”, dropped by parliament in 2014 after strong opposition from both political powers and human rights organisations, is back in front of Baghdad lawmakers. The bid to amend the Civil Status Law, instituted in 1959, was resurrected by parliament in late May, with the Speaker directing both the …

(Exclusive) Abadi: Officers Found Guilty of War Crimes Will Be Sentenced By Military Courts

Baghdad – Maher Abdul Latif Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has convened a special commission to look into accusations of the rape, torture and murder of civilians in southern Mosul, allegedly carried out by members of the Emergency Response Division (ERD). German magazine Der Spiegel this week published images by Iraqi photographer Ali Arkady appearing …

Once The Schools Are Rebuilt, Focus Must Turn To Rehabilitating Mosul’s Children

In 2015, a YouTube clip of a French child went viral. The child, in fluent academic Arabic, calls himself “Abu Al-Qa’qaa” of the Islamic State while greedily eating his food in the company of his teacher at an ISIL school. ISIL’s once-slick propaganda machine released the film to boast that close to 600 students, of …