In an era when the value and credibility of multinational institutions everywhere is being questioned, the 2019 Arab Summit produced a coherent message about the pressures and threats which affect its constituent states; foremost of these continues to be Iran
Against the background of recent failed international gatherings the first Arab-EU summit appears to have been an outstanding success. The mutual recognition of acute common threats along with shared strategic interests, and opportunities seem to have found new utterance during the gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Representatives of more than 60 countries gathered in Warsaw last week in an attempt to find common ground on Iran. The US, in particular made no bones about its wish to galvanise a concerted international front to deal with Iran’s flouting of its treaty obligations and its aggressive regional foreign policy.
One wonders what men of good faith in what passes for the current Iraqi administration think is the way forward in trying to create conditions where the country can emerge as a sovereign state at ease with itself, and where tribal, religious and ethnic interests are subsumed in the interests of the greater good
The devastation in Iraq was wrought by years of war but it became much more acute with the rise of ISIS and the ensuing vicious sectarian conflict involving regular Iraqi forces Iran and Iranian proxy militias.
Babylon is an ancient fabled city, part of Iraq’s precious tangible cultural fabric. At one time the ancient city was the largest metropolis in the world. The city has witnessed the rise and fall of empires. Its eroded walls and sand-blown thoroughfares speak of millennia of settlement and continuity.
The children of any country are its hope, its future, its most precious resource. Iraq has one of the youngest populations in the Middle East. Yet the ongoing and recent conflict which has riven the country has seen swathes of the young traumatised and brutalised.
Social media networks like Twitter are now used as a platform to express oneself. These networks had contributed to the raise of a number of uprisings around the world that aimed to regain mankind's freedom, dignity and humanity in the time of tyranny, homogeny and injustice.