Tallha Abdulrazaq is an award-winning academic and writer, with a specialism in Middle Eastern strategic and security affairs.
The country’s militias and politicians only care about lining their own pockets rather than dealing with the concerns of the people.
Dictators worldwide are using offshore tax havens to hedge against potential revolutions, while Western business and political leaders use them to dodge taxes. Will the latest revelations bring about meaningful change?
Conscription is highly politicised and the use of military and paramilitary institutions has become another lever for Iraqi politicians to exploit.
America’s prestige has been irreparably tarnished, its credentials diminished, and is now in global retreat as hungry powers rise to challenge it. It only has itself to blame.
Baghdad relies heavily on American military and economic aid, and the fall of Kabul demonstrates the inherent instability of US client states.
Pakistan may be an easy scapegoat, but the culprit behind the current situation in Afghanistan is the US, which created a political order that prioritised its counterterrorism agenda over the Afghan people.
Rolling back democracy won’t remove the desire for freedom in the Arab world.
Iraq once boasted one of the best healthcare systems in the region. Its crippled health infrastructure is but a microcosm of the neglect and misconduct in governance following the Gulf Wars.
Nearly 20 years after the US invasion, the Iraqi officials lamenting the loss of sovereignty today are the same ones who contributed to its demise.
The repeal will not bring justice to those who were tortured. It will not bring back those murdered by a bloodthirsty military alliance of “civilised” Western powers.
If state actors and legal institutions fail to hold Israel to account for its war crimes, it will further undermine a set of laws that are increasingly viewed as applicable only to the weak, not the powerful.
The US has lost its bargaining power with Iran, and its allies have lost faith in its ability to influence the Middle East.
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