Tallha Abdulrazaq is an award-winning academic and writer, with a specialism in Middle Eastern strategic and security affairs.
Iraq's ruling elite fear the unity of the Iraqi people because it directly undermines their divisive rule.
Iraqi demonstrators are being killed in the streets for demanding an end to a corrupt status quo propped installed by the US and propped up by Iran.
Killing the leader of the most brutal terror organisation is a symbolic blow but the breeding grounds for the group's ideology thrive.
If there were peace then the PKK would lose its relevance - and this has been proven repeatedly.
The West's fetishisation of the YPG in northern Syria is ignorant and insulting to all Kurds - and that's just one part of a broad narrative riddled with hypocrisy and an ignorance of history.
Iraq's political system will continue to fail its citizens unless it undergoes deep reforms, or is overhauled completely.
Saudi Arabia has failed to devise a long-term strategy in the region while decades of Iranian planning now bears fruit.
Petulant snubs to Israel in sporting competitions make Arabs and Muslims look insecure and unsportsmanlike - and do nothing to advance the Palestinian cause.
Saudi Arabia's revision of its history curriculum is politically motivated and a swipe at present-day Turkey.
The British prime minister's move to suspend parliament is profoundly undemocratic but is being treated with kid gloves.
Israel is using Iraq as a staging ground for its proxy battles with Iran - and Iraq can do nothing to stop it.
The UK's marginally increased naval pressure on Iran is not likely to make waves in the Gulf, but it does serve as a good example of a shifting tide in global influence.
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