Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein's executioner recalls anniversary of dictator's death

The bust of Saddam Hussein and the rope used to hang him in the living room of ex-national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie. Photo: AFP

Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes.

Saturday, 28 December, 2013, 1:09am 1 comment

Film Review: 'Bekas' shows Iraq in a good light

Sarwar Fazil and Zamand Taha play brothers in Bekas.

What's fascinating about Bekas isn't just its sentimental look at Kurdish life under Saddam Hussein.

13 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Iraq marks a decade since the fall of Baghdad

A photo shows where Saddam Hussein’s statue stoof in central Baghdad’s Firdos Square. Photo: AP

Iraq on Tuesday marks a decade since US-led forces took control of Baghdad, sealing the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime, but the country remains plagued by deadly attacks and mired in political crises.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Suicide truck bomb kills 9 as Iraq unrest spikes

An Iraqi policeman receives medical treatment at a local hospital in Tikrit city, northern Iraq. Photo: EPA

A suicide truck bomber killed nine people at a police headquarters on Monday as data showed March was Iraq’s deadliest month since August, raising fears of a surge in violence leading up to elections.

2 Apr 2013 - 1:25am

Bitter lessons of war in Iraq

A subdued flag ceremony marks the end of the US mission in Iraq. Photo: AFP

The drumbeats of war were thundering loudly this day 10 years ago. Then US president George W. Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair had for months been making their case for the invasion of Iraq.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:33am 2 comments

Iraq looks back on a decade without peace after shock and awe

George Bush declares "Mission Accomplished" in May 2003.

It has been more than six years since a bomb ripped away the eyes from Shams Karim, killed her mother and left the little girl, now seven, blind and disfigured for life. Psychiatric drugs help control her outbursts of crying and screaming.

19 Mar 2013 - 3:59am

Channel hop

The manipulation of Saddam Hussein's public image over the past few decades has been anything but subtle. Even as his cult of personality built him up as a glorious leader of the Iraqi people, the American media steadfastly labelled him evil incarnate; and who can forget his role as Satan's irritable bedfellow in the South Park cartoon series?

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

The Circuit

The Circuit by Bob Shepherd Pan, HK$114

9 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The joke's on you

One April 1 in the 1840s, the Boston Post revealed the location of a cave full of treasure on Boston Common. A flock of treasure seekers set out for the park despite the heavy rain to find they were victims of one of the earliest April Fool's Day hoaxes generated by the media.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Young, bold and braving life's many challenges

Summer's Tail

Country of origin: Taiwan

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Nabeel's Song

Nabeel's Song

by Jo Tatchell

Sceptre, HK$132

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

A collection of great memories

Many people like to collect things. Stamps, stickers, toys, shoes, and cars are some examples.

The collections not only represent their interests, but also their pasts. Whenever people think about their collections, they remember a story.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Cost and ID card are not big issues for 'birth tours'

Regarding the article ''Birth tours' flourishing despite bid to stem flow' (January 3), has anyone done a scientific survey of why mainland women come to Hong Kong to give birth?

If we are just guessing at the reasons, then it is very likely that we are wrong, as the mainland Chinese mind has been conditioned very differently from the Hong Kong Chinese mind.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Saddam execution won't bring closure

The trial and execution of Saddam Hussein were supposed to bring justice to a tyrant and to his countless victims and their families. After a deeply flawed trial, a rush to the gallows and a hanging that was more like a sectarian mob lynching, whether justice was truly achieved remains open to question.

4 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Hanged for the wrong crime

It was not the Iraqi government, but its American masters that chose to execute Saddam Hussein in a great rush as soon as the first sentence was confirmed - thus cancelling all the other trials on far graver charges that awaited him. The current Iraqi government had nothing to hide if those trials went ahead; the US government did.

2 Jan 2007 - 12:00am