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Balsam Mustafa

Balsam Mustafa

PhD Candidate in Modern Languages & Politics, University of Birmingham

I started my PhD at Birmingham university in 2013. My focus is on translation, media, and politics, particularly with regards to Islamic State in Iraq. I completed my BA and MA in translation and interpreting studies in Al-Mustansirriya university, Baghdad, Iraq.

I also worked as a lecturer in the Translation department , Faculty of Arts, Al-Mustansirriya University, from 2006 to 2013 when I was awarded a scholarship to pursue my PhD study at Birmingham University.

video I lived through Saddam Hussein's fall – and the horror that came next

Apr 09, 2018 14:47 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

I was a senior university student in Baghdad, Iraq. It was March 2003, and over the past few months, my classmates had whispered to each other about the possibility of a US-led invasion and the likelihood that 35 years of...

After years of destruction, Iraqis are rescuing their cultural identity

Jun 23, 2017 17:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Just after Iraqi forces declared they were closing in on the old city of Mosul, they announced that the so-called Islamic State (IS) had destroyed the 12th-century al-Nuri Mosque and its famed leaning minaret, known as...

Ordinary Iraqis defy sectarianism after Islamic State's attacks on Baghdad

Jul 04, 2016 19:44 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Im happy that I graduated. Im so grateful to my parents and I dedicate my success to both of them. These were the final words written by Adnan, a victim of a deadly attack on Sundays early hours in the crowded, buzzing...

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Politics

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

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