Muhsen al-Khafaji, a prolific and creative short-story writer, languishes in a U.S.-run jail in Iraq. He has been behind bars for over two years.
Khafaji is just one of a long list of prisoners of consciounce held in Iraq. They, among them this brilliant writer, should all be immediately released unless found guilty [Read more]
Iraqis have a right to know whether they have any options left. But wherever they turn, they are told "the worst" is in store.
Only a few days ago, U.S. President George W. Bush warned that there will be an upsurge in attacks ahead of this month's referendum on a new constitution.
Only last month, British Prime [Read more]
Their faces beamed as they left the Prime Minister’s office. But the glee was over the cash gifts they received, and not for promises of determination to bring prosperity and security to the country.
The Prime Minister has made a habit of receiving notables, among them tribal chieftains from across the country. That [Read more]
To persuade Americans that the "war on terror" is worth the price in money and human life, the U.S. administration keeps telling them that Iraq has become the hub for terrorists all over the world.
The U.S. administration says that Americans will remain safe so long as U.S. troops remain in that country, fighting the [Read more]
Analysts are puzzled and even shocked when comparing the goals that the U.S. has said it wanted to achieve by sending troops to invade our country.
Initially, the target was to “liberate Iraq from the despotic grip” of Saddam Hussein. That was easy to achieve, as it took only a few days for the troops to find [Read more]
In his efforts to bolster his falling ratings, U.S. President George W. Bush has let no occasion pass without telling Americans that the Iraq War is worth sacrifices.
By insisting that the sacrifices in Iraq are worth it, the President wants to drive the following message home: his Iraq policy will go ahead regardless [Read more]
A government minister has openly lambasted U.S. occupation of the country, blaming it for the upsurge in violence and rampant corruption.
Transport Minister Salam al-Maliki said that the presence of U.S.-led forces was as detrimental to the country's well-being as the devastation of terrorist attacks. [Read more]
It took U.S. President George W. Bush over two years to understand that an ostrich, though a bird, is too large to fly. That is how many Iraqis interpret a report in the Washington Post in which senior White House officials are quoted as saying that Bush has lowered his expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq. [Read more]
We are a country without statistics to the extent that we have no exact figures on the number of our people who get killed or go missing. We are a country without charts and tables and it seems that in Iraq, numbers, an essential part of a civilized society, have lost their significance.
Our politicians try to [Read more]
The headline of this article is not the title of a science fiction film. It truthfully portrays what is taking place in Iraq.
The gates of hell are now wide open – thanks to the U.S. invasion – and the fires have enveloped almost everything in our country.
There is no electricity, no water, no fuel, no food [Read more]