In 1991, the United States bombed and invaded the sovereign country of Iraq. While Iraq at the time was ruled by a dictator, as were other countries in the region, the country functioned reasonably well for most Iraqis. Saddam was brutal to those who opposed his rule but education and health care were free to all citizens. The regime was disproportionately comprised of minority Sunnis.
This August 15 to 17 in Berkeley, California, young adults and their elders will gather for an intergenerational summit on social, economic, and racial justice. Will you be there?
I left Iraq in 2010 and studied academic English in Damascus for a year then started my bachelor’s degree in Montana. I was born and raised in Baghdad. I mainly came to the United States for studying and to experience traveling.
This interview with an Iraqi human rights defender (“QC”) from Mosul was conducted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by a member of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. ICSSI is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and human rights for all.
Dallas, Texas – Moved to pilgrimage in prayer for the abolishment of the death penalty, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Board Member Rev. Jeff Hood will conduct “A Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty from Livingston to Austin” from Friday, June 13, 2014 to Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with 30-plus activists, journalists, and politicians from Asia, Africa, and South America to observe the Syria presidential election. Bashar Assad won 88% of the vote.
When I received the news that one of my dearest mentors, “Uncle” Dr. Vincent G. Harding had passed away, I had just finished some research he invited me to do for him as he was preparing to dedicate time to a memoir he’d long planned to write. Dr. Harding had asked me to collect some of the essays he wrote in the 1960s.
After visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in DC for the first time, I wrote a poem for one of my buddies memorialized there.
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From 1962 to 1964 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria. I taught at a secondary school in a part of northeastern Nigeria, along the Cameroon border, that is currently under siege by an extremist group called Boko Haram, which translates in the Hausa language somewhat loosely as “Western education is a sin” in an ill-defined attempt to impose their value system on the state.