20 June

'I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.'

June 20, 2009 · 1 min read

Well, that’s what US vice president Dick Cheney reckoned about Iraq on 20 June 2005.

That’s the same Dick Cheney who told a press conference on 16 March 2003: ‘My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.’



Rebuilding KobanĂȘ

Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret report from the war-torn city of KobanĂȘ and meet those trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed

The ones that stayed behind

Stefan Simanowitz on the untold story of human shields in Iraq

Drawing back the curtain

Wherever he has found himself - with the freedom fighters in the mountains of northern Iraq, as a prisoner in an Iranian jail, and now filling a whole room at the Imperial War Museum - Osman Ahmed has always gone on drawing. He spoke to Amanda Sebestyen about his passionate journey to make his art bear witness for the hidden people of Kurdistan


A different picture

An American soldier walks into a mosque, aims at an injured civilian and shoots, killing the man instantly. This is television news report number one. In the second report a military unit enters a mosque and patches up the wounded. Then a second unit arrives and speaks to the civilians. One man isn't responding and fearing the man's booby-trapped body will explode if he touches it, the soldier shoots the man in self defence. You don't have to be an expert in media studies to recognise the handiwork of networks with irreconcilable editorial positions in the presentation of this news item. The first was broadcast by Al-Jazeera Arabic, the second by the American Fox News Channel. How do we know which one is 'true'? And how should journalists go about their job of reporting in a situation such as Iraq? Claire Davenport spoke to western and Iraqi journalists to gauge some of their views on how the media is reporting the Iraq war and occupation

Iraq’s homophobic terror

Peter Tatchell reports on the plight of gay and lesbian Iraqis targeted for execution by Islamist death squads

Occupation without troops

The US and UK governments, the IMF and oil corporations are behind Iraq's proposed Hydrocarbon Law, which would effectively privatise Iraqi oil. Becca Fisher investigates