A non-partisan journal of the left.

About Hussein Al-alak

Based: Manchester
Hussein Al-Alak is a British based journalist and is chairman of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign UK. Hussein is also a member of the Royal British Legion and a mental health advocate for Combat Stress. You can follow him on Twitter at TotallyHussein.

Articles Written

Israel’s Golden Gift

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 20th Jul 2014
In recent weeks, with the crisis which has befallen Iraq and the upsurge in ISIS related violence, Iraq has become the focus of many media articles which mostly state that the anti-war movement was right to oppose the 2003 war... [read more]

So, you think you know Iraq?

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 10th Jul 2014
After the nearly decade long occupation of Iraq, you would have thought that some within British political circles would have learned about the country they sent troops to occupy back in 2003.... [read more]

The International Brigade of Terror?

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 2nd Jul 2014
For many years, I’ve understood the involvement of British fighters in the Spanish Civil War, to have been made up of people from a variety of different backgrounds, who took up arms to combat the spread of Fascism in Europe... [read more]
 

Iraq and Syria, the need for a new Nuremberg

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 8th May 2014
Over one thousand people are dying each month in Iraq as a result of foreign Jihadists exploiting the borders with neighbouring Syria... [read more]

Chemical War: The Ties That Bind

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 1st May 2014
Few countries in the Middle East have experienced the same level of chemical attacks as the Iraqi people writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Fighting FGM, Human Trafficking in Manchester, UK

by Hussein Al-alak

Mon 20th Jan 2014
On 18/1/2014, around two hundred people gathered in Manchester for a fundraising benefit to aid the cause of teenage asylum seeker, Olayinka, who faces the risk of Female Genital Mutilation, if forcibly returned to Nigeria... [read more]
 

Iraq’s Persecuted Christians

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 29th Dec 2013
The Christmas day attacks against Iraq’s Christian community has once again thrust this besieged and dwindling minority back into the media writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Who Are The Mother Agnes Critics?

by Hussein Al-alak

Sat 7th Dec 2013
It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t for the severity of the Syrian crisis, to read some of the allegations being directed against the Syrian based nun, Mother Agnes Mariam... [read more]

Who is listening to the Syrian people?

by Hussein Al-alak

Tue 1st Oct 2013
Throughout the whole Syria crisis, one thing which has been striking, is the clear absence among British political circles, to actually listen to the points being raised by the Syrian people... [read more]
 

Iraq: The Beats and the Bedouins

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 25th Sep 2013
After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, day to day accounts of what was taking place did not come from left or right wing journalists but from ordinary Iraqi writers, who gave outsiders a unique insight into events... [read more]

Who is killing the people of Iraq?

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 26th Jul 2013
The United Nations recently warned that the ongoing turmoil inside Syria and Iraq has formed a situation where "the battlefields are merging” into one, writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Iraq: Between Drug Dealers and Death Squads

by Hussein Al-alak

Tue 16th Jul 2013
Hussein al-Alak shows how drug addiction has taken hold across Iraq following the invasion a decade ago... [read more]
 

Suffer the Children: Persecuting Christians in the Middle East

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 7th Jul 2013
Hussein Al-alak demonstrates how the Western media have failed to address direct attacks and murders against Middle Eastern minority communities, in particular the Christians of both Syria and Egypt... [read more]

Becoming free, the need for a child to read!

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 9th Jun 2013
Growing up, I was fortunate enough to come from a family where reading books was encouraged and seen as vital for the development of spelling. Visits to the library were a past time and among the furniture of the home, heaped book cases were normal... [read more]

Britain's Poverty Addiction

by Hussein Al-alak

Tue 4th Jun 2013
I was absolutely horrified to read that the UK Government may be underestimating the numbers of families in poverty, by up to an estimated 40%, according to academics at Edinburgh University writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]
 

Through the looking glass: An insight into old age and PTSD

by Hussein Al-alak

Sat 6th Apr 2013
History gives us perspective, it’s the chance to look back on events and examine the findings. History is the opportunity to question our direction writes Hussein Al-Alak... [read more]

Bringing Anne Frank's Vision to the Modern World

by Hussein Al-alak

Sat 23rd Mar 2013
It was once stated, that “those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes”. Over the past few weeks, in the northern city of Manchester, UK, the question of learning has been at the very centre of the Anne Frank + You exhibition, writes Hussein Al-alak... [read more]

Iraq Ten Years On: What You Don’t Hear!

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 14th Feb 2013
10 years on from the invasion of Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak examines the long term psychological effects of the occupation... [read more]
 

PTSD in Gaza: A mental health time-bomb

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 28th Nov 2012
The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is the leading Palestinian non-governmental organisation which provides mental health services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, Hussein Al-alak reports... [read more]

An Olympian Inspiration

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 25th Apr 2012
With the Olympic Games and Paralympics only months away, Hussein Al-Alak introduces some of the key competitors of the Paralympics... [read more]

Theresa May and Al-Qaeda's ''Assurances''

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 29th Mar 2012
Hussein Al-Alak reflects on Teresa May seeking assurances that Abu Qatada not be tortured if deported to Jordan... [read more]
 

Interview: Behind the Lines

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 2nd Oct 2011
Hussein Al-Alak speaks with a Jordanian based activist involved in helping Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan.... [read more]

Mental Health in the Workplace

by Hussein Al-alak

Thu 22nd Sep 2011
Hussein Al-Alak shows how the Equality Act (2010) provides added employee protection for veterans suffering mental health conditions... [read more]

Facing up to Trauma

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 14th Sep 2011
Hussein Al-Alak reveals the scale of mental health trauma amongst soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan... [read more]
 

The Reluctant Revolutionaries

by Hussein Al-alak

Wed 31st Aug 2011
Hussein Al-Alak talks about the origins of Combat Stress- a charity that has cared for the mental health of veterans since the First World War.... [read more]

The Traitor of Baghdad

by Hussein Al-alak

Mon 29th Aug 2011
Hussein Al-Alak sheds light on prominent Iraqis who helped pave the way for the imperialist invasion of their nation.... [read more]

United in our Heritage

by Hussein Al-alak

Mon 22nd Aug 2011
In response to comments made by David Cameron, Hussein Al-Alak takes a look at the origins of ‘Britishness’... [read more]
 

Arise the heroes of the people

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 19th Aug 2011
Hussein Al-Alak considers what makes a hero of the people by examining the remarkable achievements of three working class individuals.... [read more]

Combat Stress: A Living History

by Hussein Al-alak

Sun 18th Jul 2010
Hussein Al-Alak looks at the lifesaving work of a mental health charity that has spent the past ninety years helping ex-soldiers cope with life after service.... [read more]

I am Not Yet Born, Forgive Me!

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 18th Sep 2009
Hussein al-Alak examines the widespread incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among soldiers and workers involved in the Iraq war.... [read more]
 

In the Name of Iraq? Luton Protesters Are Out of Touch

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 20th Mar 2009
Hussein Al-Alak reflects on the recent tabloid furore over an ill-conceived miniature anti-war protest led by Muslim extremists in the UK.... [read more]

Palestinian Boxing: Raging Bulls

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 6th Feb 2009
Despite cramped conditions and limited resources, the Baqa'a boxing club has provided a valuable facility for the young men of one Palestinian refugee camp, as Hussein Al-Alak explains.... [read more]

US-Led Invasion Has Brought Destruction and Pillage to Iraq's Cultural Sites

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 7th Nov 2008
Hussein Al-Alak on the callous destruction of Iraq's rich cultural heritage since the invasion of 2003.... [read more]
 

A League of Their Own

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 24th Oct 2008
Hussein Al-Alak reviews the achievements of Palestinian sportsmen across the Arab world.... [read more]

Talk of "Progress" in Iraq is a Smokescreen as Sectarian Militants Target Christian Community

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 17th Oct 2008
As violence continues unabated in "free" Iraq, Hussein Al-Alak questions the convenient myth that there is something inherently natural about sectarian violence in Iraq.... [read more]

Ten Years On: The Iraq Sanctions

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 25th Jul 2008
Hussein Al-Alak looks back on the murderous sanctions regime imposed upon Iraq prior to the overt aggression of 2003.... [read more]
 

The War Against Christianity

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 25th Apr 2008
Hussein Al-Alak considers the plight of Iraq's Christian community.... [read more]

Resist the Ration Cuts!

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 11th Apr 2008
Ending the food ration system in Iraq will cause a humanitarian disaster.... [read more]

How To Solve A Problem Like Auschwitz

by Hussein Al-alak

Fri 29th Feb 2008
The British government plans to educate children about the horrors of mass murder by sending them to visit the Auschwitz death camps.... [read more]