Category Archives: middle-east

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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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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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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the big-empire syndrom; or the story of hungary

in a fantastic book, john grey analyzes different forms of belief systems and ideologies over time – starting from different religions, all the way to the enlightenment and liberal thoughts; and in conclusion he realized there to be two basic … Continue reading

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the good news for political scientist students

technically, – at least i believe so – this is good news for all students no matter their field, but since i am indeed not well equipped to judge other areas of study, i will only declare the good news … Continue reading

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why ‘game of thrones’ helps you understand the middle east

several months ago, a washington post article took up the delicate task to parallel the houses of westeros, the fictional entities of the game of thrones books and series, with the countries of the middle east. what started as a … Continue reading

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a third force in conflict

internationally we seem to agree that there is two different kinds of forces: a good one and a bad one. a legal and an illegal one. a state internal and a state external one. no matter the terminology and inherent … Continue reading

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a good system is hard to find

it has been a while since i last published a post on this blog. my delay is due to several reasons such as the want to shield beloved readers from further fear for my well being on my adventures in … Continue reading

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