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On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and reporters, takes us back to those crucial 18 months. Talking to prime ministers, politicians, spies and weapons inspectors he asks how and why we came ...
 
What makes a prolific political figure tick? Alastair John Campbell (born 25 May 1957) is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003. In this interview from 20th June at Mile End Group, Alastair explores his recent autobiography, recounting the key parts of his, and Tony Blair's, career in politics, from the Iraq war to 9/11, and even the Premier's relatio ...
 
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Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 46 Hannah and Colleen talk about how they found ways to exercise in Iraq and the cultural stereotypes that accompany men's and women's opportunities to exercise. Should you bring a Wii? Should you plan to run a marathon? Contact us to learn more or with questions! Hannah@servantgroup.org Here's a rough transcr…
 
Tony Blair finally has to come face to face with his party and his country. To sell his war to parliament and to the public. Little does he know that in a few short months the weapons' inspectors, searching through the rubble in Iraq, will find something that will haunt him for the rest of his life and career. And it will leave us, the people, aski…
 
US Secretary of State Colin Powell is tasked with making a public case for war at the United Nations. As he tries to sort fact from fiction he alights upon evidence from the mysterious Iraqi defector known as Curveball. Meanwhile, weapons inspector Rocco Casagrande is searching the Iraqi desert. How will Powell’s speech match with the reality on th…
 
Tony Blair writes to George Bush “I’m with you whatever”. But now he needs to do two things: persuade the UK that war against Saddam is necessary, and the Americans that they need to seek international support for military action. The result is a decision by Bush to try and win round the United Nations, and an intelligence dossier that will haunt B…
 
How did WMD become central to the case for war in Iraq? We go back to 1991 - just after the first Gulf War - to find out why the argument for invading Iraq focussed on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. We look at how the Iraqis tried to hide these weapons and meet the two men who did the most to try and find them. A Somethin' Else Produ…
 
On September 11th 2001 the world changes in an instant. George Bush calls his greatest international ally, Tony Blair, and the two leaders stand shoulder to shoulder. But where and how should they strike back? A team of intrepid reporters in Washington investigates why the Bush administration is turning its attention towards Saddam Hussein and Iraq…
 
How did Bush and Blair get so close? We go back to the late 90s and hear how British Ambassador in Washington Christopher Meyer carried out Blair’s instruction to ‘get up the arse of the White House and stay there’. Meyer tries to find out what Bush’s position is on foreign policy and gets to know the influential group of conservatives advising him…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 45 Here's a rough transcript! Hannah: Welcome to "Between Iraq and a Hard Place". I'm Hannah. Colleen: And I'm Colleen. Hannah: And we're going to tell you about our life in Iraq. Colleen: It's going to be fun. Hannah: I hope so. Let's talk about church, Colleen. Colleen: Sounds like a little bit of an imposin…
 
Between Iraq and Hard Place: Episode 44 Here's a rough transcript! Hannah: Welcome to Between Iraq and a Hard Place. I'm Hannah. Colleen: And I'm Colleen. Hannah: And we're going to tell you about our life in Iraq. Colleen: It's going to be fun. Hannah: I hope so. Colleen: For today, our topic is unlike most of our topics, because most of the time …
 
On September 11th 2001, as he faced incalculable losses after the terrorist attacks that day, President George W Bush made a call to his greatest international ally: British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 18 months later, Bush and Blair led a coalition into a war that went horribly wrong. David Dimbleby, one of the BBC’s best known news hosts and repor…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 43 Lemon, sumac, unripe fruit, pickles… sour food is overwhelmingly popular in Kurdistan. Hannah and Colleen chat about all the foods that make your mouth pucker and water in Kurdistan. Go grab your jar of pickles and join us in the culinary journey through sour foods in Iraqi Kurdistan! Learn more about joini…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 42 Hannah and Colleen share their experiences of the roles and rules around what it means to be a man or a woman (or boy or girl) in Kurdish culture. Expectations and limitations for both men and women are a bit different than our experiences in the United States and anyone thinking to visit would do well to k…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 41 Hannah and Colleen explore the difficult and sometimes humorous world of social media in Iraq. If you've never had a new Facebook friend go through all ten years of your photos and comments and like or comment on every single one, you should check this out! If you have… join us anyway to see your social med…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 40 Colleen and Hannah talk about how the idea of cleanliness has some interesting cultural rules and expectations in Northern Iraq that make people mop their patios daily but throw trash in the street. What is clean and what is not? How important is being clean? How did we adapt our lives and practices to thei…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place - Episode 39 Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it's like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq and sometimes even when we visit our Middle Ea…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: episode 37 In the US we're pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we're adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect it has on ever…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: episode 36 Hannah and Colleen chat about several key terms in Kurdish language and culture: sherma, aiba, and haram. All have meanings that connect to honor, shame, and what is allowable and what is forbidden. Cultural expectations and norms are part of what can be a challenge for a westerner. This podcast explores th…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: episode 35 Hannah and Colleen interview Robin, who (with her husband, Dave) took her two kids to live in Iraq. What did this do to her kids? Her family and their relationships? Listen to us ask her all about her stories and adventures from when she and her family lived in Iraq. Learn more at www.ServantGroup.org or as…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: episode 34 Hannah and Colleen chat about the various steps to the ever changing process of getting residency in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. This isn't the nuts and bolts, just the experiences from our perspective of foreign bureaucracy and how to walk through it. We are so grateful for our Kurdish friends who…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 33 Hannah and Colleen talk about the blessings and challenges of living on support and what that is. How do we deal with fear, trust, and other people's perceptions? How do we thrive in community as part of the body of Christ and what is the holy handshake? This episode is a personal look at many years of livi…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 32 Hannah and Colleen bemoan their grey hairs but also wish they'd had some more of them while living in Iraq. They discuss the pros and cons of being younger or older while living abroad, and how you don't have to be one or the other to serve with us in Iraq! Ask questions or contact us at Hannah@servantgroup…
 
Between Iraq and Hard Place: Episode 31 In this episode of our podcast, Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Hannah and Colleen tell the stories of how they told their parents that they were applying to go with Servant Group International to go to Iraq. Ask questions or contact us at Hannah@servantgroup.org Episode Transcript Hannah: Hey Colleen. Colleen…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 30 Hannah and Colleen just got back from a wedding, and it's June! So they chat about their various wedding experiences in Northern Iraq, complete with fireworks, cars, photographs, and loud music! To learn more check us out at www.ServantGroup.org! Also, look there for a full transcript! Ask questions by emai…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 29 Hannah interviews our director, John, and his wife, Mary, about how they became parents while living in Iraq and what it was like raising their family there. Living in Iraq has unique challenges for parents. Want to join us? We're always looking for more adventurous families to join our teams in Iraq, Greec…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 28 For a full transcript of this episode, go to www.ServantGroup.org/be-prepared-how-to-get-ready-for-living-overseas. Here's a list of videos and links to help you on your way in some of these skills: Cooking Toilets Electrical Cleaning If you have questions or comments email us at hannah@servantgroup.org. To…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 27 Hannah and our Director, John, recently took a trip to Iraq to visit our teams there and to meet up with old friends. So we asked Hannah about the food, the weather, how things are on the ground in North Iraq, and lots more! If you have questions you would like to ask send them to hannah@servantgroup.org.To…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 26 Part two on re-entry! Did you know it supposedly takes as long as you lived in the foreign culture to readjust back to your home culture? And even then, you are permanently changed. There is no simple "There and Back Again". Hannah and Colleen continue their conversation on how to adjust well and also give …
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 25 Re-entry is the evil cousin of culture shock and because it isn't talked about as much, often catches people by surprise. In this episode, Hannah and Colleen share about their own experiences in "coming home" to the United States and the struggles of re-entry. Submit questions or comments to hannah@servantg…
 
Between Iraq and Hard Place: Episode 24 So now that you know all about what culture shock is (see part 1!) now it's time to learn how we responded to it and what are ways to cope and come through. If you have questions or comments please send them to us at hannah@servantgroup.org.Or check us out at www.ServantGroup.org or search for Servant Group I…
 
Between Iraq and Hard Place: Episode 23 Culture shock is a bit of misnomer, but we're jumping in and using it to help everyone understand what they or their friends go through when living in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Obviously not everyone follows the same path or has exactly the same reactions, but these are things we've ex…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 22 And we're back! Hannah and Colleen share a bit about travel back and forth to Iraq. It's hotels, airports, and lots of hours on the airplane. But if you are wondering how to get there, we know how! Please send comments and questions to hannah@servantgroup.org and check out our website at www.ServantGroup.or…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 21 Hannah and Colleen rant a bit about the very annoying Americans they have met or seen in Iraq or in airports flying to and from Iraq. These are the cons of Americans abroad and then some of the good things we bring along with us too! Join us over at www.ServantGroup.org/IraqAsk questions or give comments at…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 20 Hannah and Colleen traipse through the world of Iraqi Education! What are public schools? What are private schools? How are things run differently? All these questions and MORE! Learn more over at www.ServantGroup.org/Iraq. Ask questions or send comments to hannah@servantgroup.org.…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 19 Hannah and Colleen talk about their many encounters with animals in Northern Iraq, from pets to wild animals, zoos and circuses to flocks in the mountains. Hannah really does hate birds as pets, and neither mind the cats and dogs owned by their friends. Really! It's just that the animal situation in Iraq is…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 18 One of our favorite topics about Iraq is all the ELECTRICITY! Also, the lack of it. It's one of those things that we in the U.S. definitely take for granted and see as our right. Not so in Iraq! Power outages are common and wiring is… creative. =) (Also, there is conversation about the electric slide, which…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 17 Hannah and Colleen continue with Director Dave on their jaunt through history. This episode covers from World War I through to almost present day. They also continue the debate about which Carolina is best. Please send any questions about this material to hannah@servantgroup.org.Read more about how you can …
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 16 Hannah and Colleen have another guest, SGI Director, Dave Dillard, on to talk about the patterns and history of Iraq. Part one takes us from the Garden of Eden up through World War I. Please send any questions about this material to hannah@servantgroup.org.Read more about how you can join us in Iraq at www.…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 15 Many people think that everyone in Iraq is Muslim. And it's true that the majority are. Some people know of some of the Christians even. But there's a long history and heritage of different religions in Iraq. Hannah and Colleen ran into a few themselves traveling around the area and Hannah actually did some…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 13 Hannah and Colleen finally dive into the question you have all really been wondering about. Is it safe? What they really wanted to do was give you the statistics about how likely you are to be killed by car accidents, falling pianos, or even your own clothing… but they didn't. Instead, they chat about guard…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 13 Hannah and Colleen address one of the most commonly asked questions about living in Iraq: "Do you have to cover your head?" And they give a rough overview of women's clothing in the Middle East with a focus on what they saw and wore in Northern Iraq. Then also a brief chat about men's clothing. For traditio…
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 12 Hannah and Colleen bring along the amazing and talented Steve, who has been learning and speaking Kurdish for many many years. He shares with us about the history of Kurdish, the various dialects/languages that are part of Kurdish, and some of his own experiences speaking the language. To learn more go to: …
 
Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Episode 11 We all know that some words are not easy to translate into other languages. People collect these words and make lists of them (see here and here). But most of the time these words are used quite rarely, like Gokotta -- to wake up early in the morning with the purpose of going outside to hear the first birds…
 
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