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Iraq: Boy beheaded for listening to Western music

22 February 2016

According to ARA News, Islamic State militants publicly executed a 15-year-old boy in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on 16 February 2016 for listening to “Western music”. A spokesman for the Ninevah media centre told the news outlet that the boy, Ayham Hussein, was caught listening to pop music …

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Iraq: UNESCO alarmed over mass destruction of books in Mosul

3 February 2015

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expresses alarm over reports of the massive destruction of books in the museums, libraries and universities of Mosul in Iraq. According to numerous media reports, thousands of books on philosophy, law, science and poetry have been deliberately burned over the past several weeks. If confirmed, this …

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Iraq: UN warns that northern Iraq is facing ‘cultural cleansing’

11 August 2014

A senior UN official is calling for an immediate stop to what she termed an “emerging cultural cleansing.” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), called for an immediate end to the attacks and for the protection of the diversity that has “forged the wealth …

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Iraq: Kurdish singer receives death threats over music video

31 July 2014

Kurdish singer Helly Luv, 25, allegedly received death threats from ISIS Islamist militants since release of her first music video in February 2014. Helly Luv’s music video combines traditional Middle Eastern pop imagery with materials of the Kurdish nationalist and revolutionary movement. The music video was viewed over three million times …

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Persecuted Iraqi writer given two years’ safe haven in Denmark

12 November 2012

The Iraqi writer Suhail Sami Nader arrived with his wife to Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 October 2012 as the municipality’s first ‘safe haven’ author. The 65-year-old writer is persecuted in his home country because of his writing. In recent years Suhail Sami Nader has been living in Amman, the capital …

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Iraq: Black Metal’s anti-religious message meets Islam

13 August 2012

  In July 2012 Kim Kelly from the newspaper the Atlantic finally got in touch with somebody he had tried to reach for over a year: 28-year-old Anahita who is the voice behind the black metal solo project Janaza as well as its sister project Seeds of Iblis. Anahita is …

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Iraq: Black Metal’s anti-religious message meets Islam

10 August 2012

In July 2012 Kim Kelly from the Atlantic finally got in touch with somebody he had tried to reach for over a year: 28-year-old Anahita who is the voice behind the black metal solo project Janaza as well as its sister project Seeds of Iblis. Anahita is probably Iraq’s first …

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Iraq: Operations targeting ‘Emo’ teenagers hit heavy metal fans

20 March 2012

  Brutal persecution and killing of ‘Emo’ teenagers has put musicians and fans of heavy metal music under critical danger in Iraq. ‘Emos’ are fools and experts must finish them, said the conservative cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the Iraq-based Al Sumaria News TV. “The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is …

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