Mythical Beliefs Threaten the Middle East

Mythical Beliefs Threaten the Middle East Hamid Alkifaey* Creed is sacrosanct; no one has the right to interfere with people’s beliefs or impose their beliefs on others, it’s a basic human right guaranteed by laws, norms and religions themselves. The Qura’an, for example, has many verses to this effect such as verse 29 of the Cave Chapter “The truth is from your Lord. Whoever wills—let him believe. And whoever wills—let him disbelieve”... 

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A Discussion with Hamid Alkifaey, Author of ‘Failure of Democracy in Iraq’

A Discussion with Hamid Alkifaey, Author of ‘Failure of Democracy in Iraq’ Foreign Policy Concepts4th June 2019 Interview with the author of ‘Failure of Democracy in Iraq’, Dr Hamid Alkifaey  1- What led you to write your book?  I explained in the introduction what led me to write the book. I opposed the dictatorship in Iraq since the mid-seventies and was engaged in exposing the regime’s dictatorial ways of ruling Iraq, wasting Iraqi... 

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Inconclusive Elections Leave Iraqis Searching for Compromise

Inconclusive Elections Leave Iraqis Searching for Compromise by Hamid Alkifaey Although the May 12 Iraqi parliamentary election was the country’s fifth since 2005, it was remarkably different from the previous ones in many ways. For the first time since the beginning of the democratic process in Iraq following the removal of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship in 2003, Iraqi electoral lists, by and large, did not use sectarian, tribal, or regional... 

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Lisbon’s Sun

 The sun shines in Lisbon It emits light and heat on living creatures and other things; On trees and palms Yes, Palm trees in Lisbon! (Who smuggled this palm tree from my country?)*   Here, in the land of Portugal, the land of oranges** the land of Alberto the land of Alberta the land of Iberia the land of ab, as in the land of the Spanish and the Greeks, unlike the land of the English, the Americans, the Germans, the Italians, and the Iranians, and... 

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Our suffering will continue unless Extremism is uprooted

Our suffering will continue unless Extremism is uprooted   Hamid Alkifaey Extremists, with their religious ranting, are accustomed to confrontation with whomever they disagree with. The nature and degree of this disagreement are of secondary importance to them. The confrontation with their foes has not come out of nowhere. They firmly believe that they are able to defeat their enemies because they think they are on the right side while their enemies... 

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Yes, there is discrimination in Britain

Open Democracy, 5th Nov 2016  I came to Britain from Iraq 36 years ago. I was running away for my life, so it didn’t really matter which country I go to, most important for me then was to leave Iraq before I meet the same fate as many of my relatives, friends and colleagues who were murdered by the regime. I remember I visited almost every foreign embassy in Baghdad to get a visa, including the embassy of the Republic of Afghanistan which was at... 

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The Islamic State that isn’t – Hamid Alkifaey

The Islamic State that isn’t OPenDemocracy 11/12/2015 ‘The Islamic State has taken the Iraqi city of Ramadi’. ‘The Islamic State beheaded British aid worker Alan Henning’. ‘The Islamic State beheaded American Journalist Steven Sotlof’. ‘The US discusses with its allies how to respond to the Islamic State’. ‘Russia is taking a tough stance against the Islamic State’. These are not made up phrases of any one’s imagination. They... 

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Sectarianism in Iraq-Interview with Dr Khalil Osman

Please briefly describe your book for us – what are the key points covered? The book deals with an issue that is becoming more and more important in Iraq and the wider Middle East – that is the issue of sectarianism. The sectarian problem in Iraq, which had largely lain dormant since the establishment of the modern Iraqi state following World War I, forced its way onto the political scene, with a vengeance, so to speak, after the US-led war... 

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Food security in Iraq

Food security in Iraq Hamid Alkifaey Introduction This study will discuss the issue of food security in Iraq, but since the issue of food and hunger is a part of an international problem, the Iraqi food scene must be linked to the world at large and international efforts to counter the problem. I begin with the larger problem of old insecurity in the world, then I will talk specifically about Iraq and the challenges facing it in this regard. I will... 

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Arab Americans Seek A Palestinian State Because It’s ‘In The US Interests’ Hamid Alkifaey

Al Hayat Wednesday 13 November 2013 For the last half century, Arab politicians and intellectuals have often talked about the need to create an Arab lobby in the United States to advocate for Arab issues. Often, they attributed the weakness of the Arab diplomatic position to the absence of Arab advocacy groups that explain and clarify the Arabs’ legitimate concerns and interests in the West, particularly in the United States. Often, they attributed... 

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