By Geoff Moore On March 16th, the Kurdish flag went up in government buildings around Kirkuk, the disputed city that lies between the Kurdish and Arab parts of Iraq. This decision, taken by Governor Najmadeen Karim, was followed by a … Continue reading Putting the ‘flag’ in a Kirkuk Conflagration
By Larissa Schober As Donald Trump’s inauguration finally happens today, and with world politics trying to adapt to this new reality, many are left wondering how we got here. I found myself amongst them, and I tend to think back a … Continue reading From New York City to Portland: an outsider’s view of Trump’s America
By Geoff Moore The Hashd al-Shaabi, known in English as the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), are a largely opaque entity to people outside of Iraq. Created in June 2014 as “a conglomeration of some 40 militias,” the PMUs were organized … Continue reading Who are the Hashd al-Shaabi?
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson The attacks on the Radisson hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako in November 2015, in which 20 people were killed, once again put the country’s instability into the headlines of international news. With neighbouring Burkina Faso experiencing … Continue reading Terrorism in the Sahel: flourishing in the desert chaos
By Jacob Lindelöw Berntson Over recent years, there has been much debate about the position of Muslim women in the West. In the context of organisations such as ISIS justifying its actions with Islam, the familiar debate of the role … Continue reading Book review: ‘Do Muslim Women Need Saving?’ by Lila Abu Lughod