Alarm over northern Iraq’s Mosul Dam continues to mount. This in-depth Globe and Mail update looks at how Saddam Hussein’s vanity project reached this point and what will happen if the dam does fail.
Bombed, breached, hacked … dams have a long history as weapons of war, seized on or attacked for their capacity to wreak massive havoc and suffering.
How to make sense of the different factions and forces now fighting in Syria and Iraq?
(April 9, 2014) U.S. economist and columnist Irwin Stelzer draws on the doctrine of odious debts for his most recent opinion piece to suggest Ukrainian citizens repudiate public debt incurred by former regimes that instead of benefiting the people went to fund the “fancies” of the country’s “now-deposed gang of public- and private-sector cronies”.
(January 1, 2007) The War in Iraq has intensified the international human rights community’s attention to the staggering amount of debt facing any future Iraqi government.
(January 1, 2007) The odious debt doctrine has experienced renewed popularity in the past few years; it has been heralded by academics, political commentators, economists, and politicians as a mechanism to alleviate burdens imposed by illegitimate rulers.
(January 1, 2003) This report recommends to focus on creating viable power-sharing arrangements, protecting the Iraqi economy and oil interests, and maintaining regional stability. Generous debt and reparations relief arrangements are considered as necessary.
(March 11, 2001) Abbas Alnasrawi is Professor of Economics at
the University of Vermont. This paper was first presented at a
conference organised by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.
(August 1, 1997) This paper analyzes Iraq’s indebtness problem and investigates the applicability of debt-equity swaps as a means of alleviating the severity of Iraq’s external debt and obligations.