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
Snoop Dogg Is Painting Now: Last Week In Art
Also: Two van Goghs, stolen 14 years ago, were recovered by Italian police and returned to the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
The VICE Guide to Right Now
Saddam Hussein Wrote a Book That's a Lot Like 'Game of Thrones'
And you'll be able to buy an English translation just in time for Christmas.
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.
2016 US election
Here are four strongmen — including Saddam Hussein — that Trump says he admires
Trump praised former Iraqi dictator because he "killed terrorists," but it was hardly the first time he spoke positively of an authoritarian leader.
British Chilcot report slams Tony Blair for joining Iraq war
The report criticized the legal basis for the UK joining the 2003 US-led invasion and said there was no imminent threat from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at the time.
VICE News and Reuters
Russian Museum Hires Cat, Snowden Makes Techno: Last Week in Art
The fat and orange cat, Maray, has his own name plaque at the Serpukhov Historical and Art Museum and Snowden's track, produced with Jean-Michel Jarre, is over 6 minutes long and is called "Exit."
Islamic State Chemical Weapons Attack Said to Injure 600 and Kill 3-Year-Old Girl in Iraq
Hundreds of people have reportedly fled their homes in the small town of Taza, near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, after the Islamic State launched two attacks using chemical weapons.
war and conflict
The US Launched Operation Desert Storm 25 Years Ago and Now Iraq Is Totally Screwed
It's the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, the US-led campaign against Saddam Hussein that paved the way for the current era of chaos in Iraq.
Our Man in Iraq: Ahmed Chalabi, Advocate of Iraq Invasion, Dies at 71
The Iraqi politician's opposition group supplied faulty intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction program that were a key part of the Bush administration’s case for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
We Might Finally Get Some Truth About the UK’s Role in Iraq — But Not Until Next Year
Launched in 2009, the Chilcot Inquiry was tasked with examining the country’s involvement in the Iraq War. Costing millions of pounds to the UK taxpayer, and suffering from years of delay, the report is finally on the horizon.