Category - Iraq

  • September 30, 2014

    'Timor mortis conturbat me' – the fear of death disturbs me. These words, from the liturgy of the Roman Catholic church, first became a literary device in medieval times, bracketing human follies and fears within the ambit of our common mortality.

  • September 27, 2014

    The director of the Baptist Union of Scotland has criticised plans to bomb Iraq, saying Arab Christian leaders do not support western military action.

  • September 26, 2014

    One sign of the impact of militarism is the number of progressively minded people who express a belief in peace but support war once it is proposed. This is rather like being teetotal until you're offered a drink.

  • September 25, 2014

    The UK government is seeking parliament’s approval to join the USA in carrying out air strikes on Iraq. The aim is to weaken Isis forces, responsible for various atrocities. But the attack may strengthen them instead.

  • September 24, 2014

    Attempts to gain widespread support for bombing Iraq suffered a setback today as they were criticised by two of Britain's biggest Christian denominations.

  • September 23, 2014

    I remember the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and how, for a moment, I was seduced by the notion that we needed to re-run World War 2, ousting Saddam, the new Hitler.

  • September 15, 2014

    Sustained funding and support is vital if the UN and its partners are to continue assisting millions of Iraqis affected by the crisis in the country, says the UN's top humanitarian official

  • September 4, 2014

    The recent upsurge in violence in Iraq has led to a major new humanitarian crisis with more than 1.45 million people forced to flee their homes since the start of the year, says Christian Aid.

  • August 30, 2014

    Do they expect us to believe it all again? With weary familiarity, I have been reading the government’s claims that we face a heightened “terror threat”. UK governments have been making this claim every so often since 2001. It is usually followed by a fresh restriction of civil liberties or the departure of British troops to yet another war zone.

  • August 25, 2014

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for an end to the presumption of innocence for those visiting war zones and powers to remove UK citizenship for those supporting a “terrorist state”.