I just returned from my sixth trip to Iraq where I expected to film a preview of Sunday's elections for an episode of my show Fault Lines on Al Jazeera English, but instead I found a civil war in the making.
The flow of the Euphrates that reaches Iraq is down, according to scientific estimates, by 50% to 70% and falling further by the week. The water shortage here has not been worse for at least the last two centuries.
Since 2001, 195 cases of terrorism have been uneventfully prosecuted in civilian courts, with 91% ending in convictions, But this little factoid surely won't stop Republicans from exploitative political posturing.
In 2008, I was kidnapped from Baghdad International Airport by American civilians with no known affiliation, and was blindfolded and taken to a facility where I was initially interrogated in a hostile way.