Tag Archive for Iraq

The Considered Opinion of Sunni Islam

Lord Hylton

It should be more widely known that 126 Muslim leaders and scholars, on September 9th,  sent an Open Letter to Dr Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, known as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the declared Caliph of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).  The authors came from every country in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Nigeria…

Parliament recalled today

Baroness Murphy

Parliament recalled today, to discuss the proposed bombing of Isil in Iraq; I am following the debate with interest. I am always uneasy when all political parties agree and I am uncertain about the wisdom of joining what may turn out to be a half-hearted attempt to rid the world of a murderous organisation. If…

Iraq: anything to do with us?

Baroness Murphy

I am often puzzled by the business agenda of the house. I have been keeping my eyes open for a debate to be tabled on the crisis in Iraq and what policy the UK should adopt in relation to the Isis/ Sunni insurgency heading for Bagdhad. There is no debate tabled. Instead we plod on…

The Local Elections in Iraq

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Resignations, possible replacements of ministers and increasing violence have hit already fragile Iraqi politics in the last few days. Officials say 110 people were killed in the latest violence. These are indeed difficult days. The Kurdistan Regional Government and the central government are at odds over issues including a swathe of disputed territory in north…

News from a short visit to Iraq – April/May 2011

Lord Hylton

News from a short visit to Iraq – April/May 2011 1:  The situation for some may be slowly improving.  Private housing construction in Baghdad is to be seen all over.  The rush hour traffic is intense.  2:  But unemployment remains high in a young population.  Public services remain poor, especially in electricity, water, sanitation, public…