freedom in iraq

In memory of children in war zones. I pray that one day they will wake up to the sound of singing birds, music and to the sound of other children playing outside instead of bombs, panic and fear. 🙏🏼💞 🕊

Eid mubarak to y'all! Enjoy this blessed day in good company and with lots of foood, and remember the oppressed-one in your duas wherever they are and pray for a better world. ❤️🙌🏼😇🎉

Goshan’s parents were Kurdish freedom fighters in Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein. They immigrated as political refugees to England, where Goshan was raised.

After graduating with a master’s degree, she gave up her life in England to return to the Kurdistan region in Iraq, where she is now a biology teacher. I met her there, last year. She told me she grew up feeling a sense of responsibility to help the development of her homeland after such a long period of war and unrest.

IRAQ. Al Anbar governorate. Fallujah. 2004. In November 2004, Stefan Zaklin, a photographer then working for the European Pressphoto Agency, was embedded with a United States Army company. Mr. Zaklin photographed this soldier, who was shot and killed in a house used as a base by insurgents. The photograph ran in several European publications, and Mr. Zaklin was immediately banned from working with the unit.

It was a scene occurring daily among American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan but one that has been deliberately hidden from the American public. There has been a relatively small number of journalists embedded with military units throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also a decline in the power of news agencies to embed their employees overseas. New military rules on censorship have also reinforced this tendency, and consequently press freedom suffers.

Photograph: Stefan Zaklin/European Pressphoto Agency

An Open Letter from British Fighters Against the Islamic State:

“We are some of an increasing number of British nationals fighting in Syria and Iraq as volunteers with local forces against the Islamic State.

We wish first and foremost to express our sorrow and anger at the recent terrorist attack in Westminster, London, and to convey our sincerest and most heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. We know only too well what is to lose friends, to treat those horrendously wounded, to pull the dead and dying from the rubble.

We also wish to express sympathy and solidarity with the many ordinary Muslims going to work and school today feeling that they are under special scrutiny, and fearful of what this might mean for them. We share their fear, and we urge anyone who might be tempted to take against ordinary Muslim people to think again. If you associate them with the Islamic State, you are giving such groups exactly what they want: a greater and more violent gap between the Muslim world and ours.

The familiar sounds of hate and bigotry are sounding again – on social media, and in the more guarded mainstream press - where the intent is nonetheless clear. Hate crimes will spike again. There are calls to demolish mosques. The fact that local Muslims raised thousands for victim support, in the immediate aftermath of the attack, is easily drowned out by the bandwagon. The EDL have called a snap demonstration, eager to make hay from the suffering of innocent people.

For all the sound and fury, we don’t remember seeing anyone from Britain First, EDL, UKIP, or their like, by our side in battle. Which is a good thing, because we wouldn’t have tolerated them.

Our ranks are made up of Kurds, Arabs, Yezidis, Brits, Yanks, Canadians, Aussies, Asians, Europeans - Muslims, Christians, Alevis, atheists - too many faiths and races to list. A multi-ethnic, multi-faith entity, standing united against hate and extremism.

The majority are, in fact, Muslims, and not only are we proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them - the truth is, we can’t do this without them.

The only way to defeat the Islamic State, and groups like it, is with ordinary, moderate Muslims on side. The only way to defeat hate and extremism is to not give in to it.

Don’t stand with Britain First, the EDL, UKIP or those who talk and think like them. Stand with us.”

Signed, British fighters of the YPG:

Joe Akerman

Aiden Aslin

Mark Ayres

Botan England

Michael Enright

Macer Gifford

John Harding

Jac Holmes

Steve Kerr

Jim Matthews

Tom Mawdsley

Ozkan Ozdil

Shaun Pinner

Joe Robinson

Josh Walker.

عشق السومريون الحرية فنقشوها على خواتمهم، هذا نقش بالخط المسماري لكلمة أمارجي، وتعني الحرية باللغة السومرية. كانت الحرية منالًا حتى لأقدم حضارة معروفة في العالم !

Sumerians love freedom and engraving on the rings, this inscription in cuneiform Omargi of the word , which means freedom in the Sumerian language . Freedom was accessible even to the oldest known civilization in the world !


Video Stills from An Introduction to the Philosophy of Freedom (2010) 

Iraqi Artist SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI صادق كويش الفراجي

Part of larger project of paintings and installations, in this short video the artist is seen writing down notes of behaviours, feelings, or actions that are often associated with individual freedom; a concept he disagrees with by maintaing that our society has obliged us into these behaviours/feelings masked as choice when in reality they might have been prescribed:

I know that I can choose, but I can not confirm that I am free, for my choices are always confined to conditions beyond my will.

What is interesting about his approach to this existential concern is that fleeting period in the video between flipping to a new page and the writing of a new note, in which the blank page by itself could emphasize a minute sense of freedom; constrained freedom. In addition, one might wonder if the underlined final note of death could highlight the sole and only form of freedom, or is it still also a masked belief of freedom much like the rest of ones choices?

Watch The Full Video Here