Caliphate: The addictive ISIS podcast that’s causing controversy

As avid podcast listeners will know, the New York Times recently wrapped up its binge-worthy 10-part podcast series, Caliphate, which delves into the inner workings of the billion dollar operation that is/was the Islamic State. With thousands of 5-star reviews on iTunes, this dramatic podcast has hooked people by sharing unique, first-hand insights into what … Continue reading Caliphate: The addictive ISIS podcast that’s causing controversy

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5 things you need to know to understand the Kurdish independence referendum

Today, millions of Iraqi Kurds will go to the polls to vote on whether they believe Iraqi Kurdistan should become an independent state, in a controversial referendum that could have far reaching implications for Iraq and the Middle East as a whole. Here are 5 things you need to know to understand the “Kexit”: 1. … Continue reading 5 things you need to know to understand the Kurdish independence referendum

Art as a means of recovery for the Yezidi women who escaped ISIL

Last summer, the Yezidis of northern Iraq marked the third anniversary of the attempted genocide of their people by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). In August 2014, ISIL rampaged through their villages in Iraqi Kurdistan, killing the men en masse and taking the women and girls as slaves. These women and girls bore unimaginable suffering, … Continue reading Art as a means of recovery for the Yezidi women who escaped ISIL

Astana talks: A turning point for Syria and the region?

The snowy city of Astana has, this week, played host to the latest round of talks aimed at bringing an end to the constant human suffering that has characterised the Syrian conflict. Delegations from the Syrian regime and various armed opposition groups gathered in the Kazakhstani city for two days of negotiations, brokered by a … Continue reading Astana talks: A turning point for Syria and the region?

Trouble in Paradise: Amal Clooney’s Fight for Justice in the Maldives

When one thinks of the Maldives, a number of images spring to mind: sparkling blue lagoons, infinite white beaches and luxurious lodges on the edge of the ocean. As a frequented destination for the most exclusive of honeymooners, you would be forgiven for believing that this collection of Indian Ocean islands is the epitome of … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: Amal Clooney’s Fight for Justice in the Maldives

A Mile in Their Shoes: Coming to Terms With the Yazidi Genocide

"We were asking them to kill us. We were pulling their guns towards our heads, but they refused." Genocide. The annihilation of an ethnic or religious group. A shocking, unthinkable crime committed only by the sadistic and depraved. Arguably the worst crime ever to be committed by the human race. It seems impossible, then, that … Continue reading A Mile in Their Shoes: Coming to Terms With the Yazidi Genocide

History Repeats Itself as the West Turns its Back on the Kurds

The Syrian conflict just got messier. Last week, Turkey belatedly joined the fight against the group calling itself ‘Islamic State’. But it also added fuel to a long-burning fire that could undermine the fight altogether. A Turkish air force plane taking off from a base in southern Turkey (image: Irish Times) Turkey launched its first … Continue reading History Repeats Itself as the West Turns its Back on the Kurds