The battle for radio waves in Daesh-controlled Mosul

Published May 12th, 2016 - 03:49 GMT
Iraqi troops stand guard in Makhmur, outside of Mosul, on February 11, 2016.  (AFP/Safid Hamed)
Iraqi troops stand guard in Makhmur, outside of Mosul, on February 11, 2016. (AFP/Safid Hamed)

Iraqi army battles Islamic State for bandwidth 

Taxi driver, Nawzat Mansour, is fiddling with his radio, trying to get a signal in Makhmour, a town on the frontlines of the fight against the extremist group known as the Islamic State in northern Iraq. The 32-year-old tells NIQASH that every day he listens to a local radio station, known as Imam Radio, for a few minutes. “But most of the time they just talk about jihad [holy war],” he says. “They keep saying that the Iraqi army and the Iraqi Kurdish military are infidels. But nobody really believes them,” he notes.

Imam Radio is broadcast out of nearby Islamic State-held territory and is the extremist group’s latest propaganda ploy in the run up to what everyone believes will be the battle for the nearby city of Mosul, an extremist stronghold in the area.

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(Sharia is Muslim law; but it is much more diverse and fluid than fundamentalists of both stripes think it is).

It turns out a lot of Muslims want a separation of religion and state, according to a new poll by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Arab Observatory. They polled people in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

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Australia is turning its back on refugees   

Australia’s government is showing “hostility and contempt” toward refugees, according tothe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein. This hostility and contempt has now reached a breaking point. Refugees seeking asylum in Australia are hurting themselves in protest against the abuse and neglect they are suffering in detention centers in neighboring countries, while waiting for Australia to process their claims.

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