Author Archives: moreliaviridis

paraphrasing macklemore: same god

when she was raised in the free world, people told her she was muslim, cause she wanted to wear a scarf, to cover her head from the cold stares, she told her ma’, tears rushing down her face, she’s like, girl … Continue reading

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syria started in libya

the war in syria is on everybodies mind – isis is portrayed to be yet the worst thing human kind has produced in its millenials of violent history, refugees are pouring the consequences of the war into otherwise so happily … Continue reading

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kirkuk – a city’s frontline in the middle east

when i think of kirkuk, i see plastic bags waving in the wind, caught up in barbwire. kirkuk is made up of many walls, protected by barbwire on top. it is there that many lonely plastic bags have been caught; … Continue reading

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talking to enemies

there is a certain challenge to working on military merging processes. for starters, the military is a sensitive matter in any nation. suspicions are high to look for spies and anyone who might use information against themselves. because, despite europe … Continue reading

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Peshmerga: united in future?

Tell History is an awesome project which collects short stories about people’s experiences during historical events and processes. To support this project, I was recently asked to talk about my experiences in Kurdistan – see: Visiting Iraq without Iraqi approval – discovering Kurdistan and … Continue reading

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why i love to travel

in the german language there are two words that very well suit my spirit and have been used to describe me by others: wanderlust and fernweh. the first is the lust, the want, the desire to wander, to travel, to … Continue reading

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what i think about isis

today i was asked what i think about isis. i – as a western scholar, a person who has been physically close to the islamic state in iraq, and as a simple human being. figuring that this might be something … Continue reading

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