Iraq: The Ministry of Death Under Fire
· August 2020
The Iraqi health system is on the road to ruin. The country’s public hospitals, where the medical practice was once the finest in the Arab world, have become places of bribery, theft and murderous clientelism. At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic flares up again, all attempts to reform the (...)
Oman Has a Strategic Port to Avoid the Ormuz Straits
· June 2019
Duqm, once a modest fishing harbour located on the Arabian Sea is about to become an economic megalopolis—a mammoth project, initiated by the Sultanate of Oman but taken over by the great powers. On 13 March 2019 the United States signed an agreement to make it easier for their warships to access (...)
Afghan Illegal Workers Flee Iran
· December 2018
Now that Iran has once again been hit by US economic sanctions and its currency undergone significant depreciation, each month hundreds of undocumented Afghan workers have been going home. Once looked down upon with contempt, they have come to be considered a shot in the arm for many sectors of (...)
Iraq. Has the Sadrist Movement Rallied to the Fight against Confessionalism?
· June 2018
Having won the recent parliamentary election, Moqtada Al-Sadr and his Sadrist Movement are seeking to reshape the political scene in Iraq: less corruption, less religion and more civic involvement. A dynamics inspired and described here by his chief of staff, Dhia Al-Asadi.
My taxi driver, (...)