Jack Serle

Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

From Kirkaldy to Kirkuk

In Kurdistan on February 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM

It is pretty clear that spheroid demagogue Alex Salmond has run rings around flaccid scourge-of-the-poor David Cameron. Plans are afoot for the perfidious Celts north of the border to break free of the imperialist tyrants in London.

Choleric Englishmen are terribly huffy and making patronising remarks about independence cursing Scotland to third-world status. Red headed Scots on a haggis and Braveheart bender are invoking the spirit of William Wallace.

The whole shebang prompts thoughts of other restive northerners. Kurdistan Region is a de facto country. The Kurds have their own government, their own foreign representatives, and their own (modest) income from oil exports. But casting off the yolk of Baghdad is long-yearned for ideal.


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A clarification, an Iraqi putsch, marriage counselling

In Kurdistan on January 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

A Clarification

It has come to attention that my previous post may have given the impression that walking the streets of Erbil means dodging fetid puddles of sewage. The sanitation infrastructure is lacking it is true but it is not the Somme.

The tidal wave that struck me on my walk home was not one of molten effluent. It was noisome to be sure and my coat has taken on an aromatic quality since. But I was not coated in a city’s worth of brown plopsies.

I did not wish to allow my invective to denigrate the work of Erbil’s sewage engineer. He does a sterling job, under the circumstances.

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It hits the fan, staying objective

In Kurdistan on December 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

This post was written before the true extent of the day’s events in Baghdad became clear. I will return to these terrible events when the dust has cleared.

Hour by hour the situation changes, seemingly ever escalating. Everyone I spoke to assumed things were going to get interesting once the Americans left Iraq. I was working under the impression that the overt US military presence would have left by 22 December.

It came as a bit of a surprise that they disappeared in the night of 18 December. What was more surprising was the dust had barely had time to settle on the convoy tracks before the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shia, started to bust his political opponents.

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Departing Americans, parlous future

In Kurdistan on December 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

The final week of the United States’ near decade-long Mesopotamian misadventure is here. The last American soldiers will high-tail it across the Kuwaiti border by 22 December.

US armoured vehicles are lined up for inspection

Copyright US Army

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Weekly interacting with walking overdrafts, Jardine Botanique, political thriller

In Suisse on September 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM

The working life of the interned hack continues much as it has for the past three weeks. The Acronym sucks in the wageless and churns out the bankrupt. As it undergoes reform it could well put more of burden of work on the insolvent and bonded labour that my generation must now be termed. “You don’t know what hard work is,” an elderly person might remark.

I beg to differ.


With the five days out of every seven well occupied with hackery, weekends become a prominent source of nourishment. It is a time for interacting with the brethren and sistren internen. More and more arrive each week as if there are nought but interns populating this world.

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