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 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 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.
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.