Category Archives: Iraq

The good Aussies flying to conflict zones

(Photo: Christmas day in Ainkawa IDP camp with friends and colleagues, December 2016)

The Point Magazine, February, 2017: We have all read the stories about Australians traveling abroad to conflict zones to join terrorist groups like ISIS. However, very little attention has been dedicated to Australians traveling to conflict zones to help communities to learn and heal.

One of these notable Australians is independent journalist and ESL (English Second Language) teacher, Vanessa Powell.

What It’s Like Inside An ISIS Tunnel


Huffington Post, December 22, 2016: About 30km east of Mosul, the car I’m travelling in pulls up to a stop. “Get down,” my friend and fixer Kosar says to me. “Come, come.” He opens the car door and I hesitantly jump out.

Three Kurdish Peshmerga are standing in front of us, seemingly awaiting our arrival. I’m in the village of Shaquli. Iraq. Although I wouldn’t call it a village. It looks like what used to be one family’s home and piles of rubble. The evidence of coalition airstrikes is immediately apparent. The caved-in structures and a large crater in the ground are a dead giveaway.

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War no more: Vince Emanuele


(Image: Iraq Veterans against the war by Drew Dellinger)

Why would a former Iraq War veteran speak about the underbelly of Anzac day, commemorate with Aboriginal returnees and tour the world to speak out against any war.

Vince Emanuele is former US marine, after two tours of duty in Iraq his life is now devoted in speaking out against any war.

Reporter Vanessa Powell finds out why.

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