Iraq, 15 years on: A toxic US legacy

Fifteen years ago this month, the United States spearheaded a fantastically bloody war on Iraq as part of its ongoing effort to ensure the Iraqi nation’s perpetual misery. Straight-up carnage aside, there were some other more trivial yet still “spectacularly unsavoury” results of the invasion, as veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn recalls: “Soon after US occupation…

How Egyptian despots are defiling history

A kind of similarity exists between the UAE foreign minister’s recent insult to the memory of Fakhri Pasha, commander of the Medina garrison during World War I, and the decision by Egyptian authorities to change the name of Selim I Street in Cairo’s al-Zaytun district. Political motivations, especially pertaining to the intense animosity between the…