Iraq & The Arab Identity

Who are we?
Iraq Struggles With Its National Identity
Harith Hasan for Al-Monitor Iraq, 22-8-2013

 

saddam_bday“So we stand unshaken, clear in our mind and vision as to truth against falsehood, the colour black , which represents darkness, wickedness and aberration, as opposed to the colour white which represents truth, justice, fairness, purity, virtue, adherence to principle and defending these principles against those who abandoned them…, blind in both heart and conscience.” Saddam Hussein, 16-11-2002

“You Westerners do not realize that an Arab can do without everything except his dignity. If you touch his dignity he will be as ferocious as a lion.”  Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid of Babylon over the Chaldeans, 2002
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Saddam & Narrow-Mindedness

Saudi Gazette Editorial, 19-8-2013
Iraq problems started with war
Narrow-minded political leadership in Baghdad

 
Nothing reveals the calamitous failure of American adventure in Iraq more than the fact that 10 years after the war, this Arab country remains one of the most unstable and one of the most violent in the world. And nothing reveals the Iraqi leadership’s shortsightedness than their move to enlist US help to set things right.
More than 1,000 Iraqis were killed in terror-related attacks in July, the deadliest month since 2008. August looks to be no better. … People are getting killed in terrorist bombings, internecine strife and security operations.

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Between Sharia and International Law

Elham Aminzadeh:  Iran’s top female politician
I24 News, 13-8-2013

 
Aminzadeh1Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has appointed Elham Aminzadeh as Vice President for Legal Affairs – the first female to occupy the position in Iran’s history.
Aminzadeh is a law and public policy professor at Tehran University. Like Rouhani, Aminzadeh earned her Ph.D from the Glasgow University in Scotland.

The political role of women in Iran has been a touchy subject for years. Women in Iran were granted the right to vote only in 1963. Since then, they have held several high-ranking positions in public offices, serving as ministers and ambassadors. Since then, the progress of women’s rights in Iran has been unsteady.
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