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Michael Aron » Ambassador to Iraq, Baghdad

World Day Against the Death Penalty

As many of you will know, today is the 9th World Day Against the Death Penalty.  My country stopped executing people in 1964, after a long period in which the laws governing who could be executed and in what ways were progressively tightened. I was very young when the last execution in the UK was carried out (Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans were hanged for murder) but at the time … Read more »World Day Against the Death Penalty

The Challenges Ahead

After a long, hot month of trial and sacrifice, I hope that you all enjoyed the celebration Eid al-Fitr and wish you all the very best for the year ahead. I mentioned in my blog at the end of Ramadan that in my view, Iraqis are pioneers for democracy in Arab world.  You have all have all made tremendous sacrifices over the last few years to rescue your country from … Read more »The Challenges Ahead

Ramadan Kareem

The holy month of Ramadan is as a time for reflection.  Fasting – especially in the hot Iraqi summer – entails great sacrifice, but also spiritual reward.  Ramadan is a time for us to focus on our faith, and to strengthen our bonds with the friends and family members we wish we could see more often during our busy working lives. Ramadan has also traditionally been a time when daily … Read more »Ramadan Kareem

A United Iraqi Vision

I’m writing this having just met the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al Maliki.  The meeting was of course private but without giving away any secrets I can say that the atmosphere was very friendly. I told the Prime Minister that my brother was born in Basra, that I was born in Kuwait and that my father had come to Iraq in 1947 to dredge the Shatt al Arab and went … Read more »A United Iraqi Vision

Education: Making a Good Start

Having presented my credentials to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry only last week, I was delighted to be asked so soon after my arrival in Baghdad to attend the launch of an initiative designed to improve education standards in schools across Iraq.  It was an excellent event, heralding what I’m confident will be an excellent programme. I want to use this space to sketch out what I see as its two … Read more »Education: Making a Good Start