I Made Beats for Saddam Hussein
In 2003, Nasrat Al-Bader was conscripted by the Iraqi dictator to compose war hymns. Following a series of frenzied events, he later emerged as the country’s most influential rapper-producer.
The Artist Using Star Wars to Tell the Story of the Iraq War
Michael Rakowitz blends politics and pop culture in his first major museum show.
B. David Zarley
The VICE Morning Bulletin
This morning, a man was shot and killed by police during a routine traffic stop in Minnesota, Attorney General Loretta Lynch closed the case on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and more.
The Dirty Laundry Issue
The Islamic State and Kurdish Peshmerga Are Clashing Over a Small Town in Iraq
Over the summer I embedded with a unit of the Peshmega, the Kurdish troops fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq.
It's Very Easy to Get Away with Lying About North Korea
There's a high degree of gullibility where the "Hermit Kingdom" is concerned. The same stories are circulated as new again and again.
The George W. Bush Museum is Just as Infuriating as You Think it is
Baby Bush was a great president. According to his own museum, that is.
The Devastating Chemical Attack in Iraqi Kurdistan 25 Years Later
It’s been 25 years, seven months, six days, and around five hours since Saddam Hussein’s bombs rained down on Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan. We met some of the victims and explored the town.
The World's Most Depressing Museum Is in Iraq, of Course
Most cities have monuments to the past, so it seems appropriate, given the bloody history of Iraqi Kurdistan, that Sulaymaniyah's main tourist attraction is a museum devoted to documenting torture and injustice.
Here Be Dragons
Are Chemical Weapons Actually Useful in a War?
Bashar Assad gave the US an excuse to enter the war when he used chemical weapons against the Syrian rebels trying to overthrow him, but in this day and age such weapons aren't very effective ways of killing people.
The Day Saddam's Palace Turned into a US Soldiers' Vacation Resort
One morning in Iraq in 2003, our battalion chaplain came to our small firebase in Baghdad, told us that he had to go to one of Saddam’s palaces for meetings and wanted to take a couple of infantry squads with him so we could enjoy the facilities. He...
Mem'ries: Fighting Fires in a Burning Kuwaiti Oil Field
When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, he set in motion a political conflict that resulted in a devastating man-made environmental catastrophe. He had sworn that if he was "evicted from Kuwait by force, then Kuwait will be burned," and it turned...
In Saddam's Shadow
Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi returns to Baghdad to see how the city is doing. We meet a biker gang that misses Saddam, a gay activist, the metal band Dog Faced Corpse, and members of the Iraqi military whose bomb...