09 June 2009
You’re probably best known as a writer for Casualty and the musical drama Blackpool. Occupation is a long way from that. What made you decide to write a drama about British troops in Iraq?
05 May 2009
The end of the British occupation of southern Iraq was accompanied with the usual pomp and circumstance.
14 April 2009
The faultlines in Iraq are deepening as the country marks six years of occupation.
07 April 2009
One of the central planks of the US strategy to pacify Iraq has begun to unravel – just as it prepares to draw down its troops from the country.
31 March 2009
The British occupation forces in southern Iraq passed military command of the region to the US Army this week.
03 February 2009
With the elections in Iraq behind them, warmongers in Britain and the US have been quick to declare once again, "mission accomplished". Iraq, they say, should become a model for democracy across the Middle East.
15 December 2008
In the end all it took was a well-aimed shoe. US president George Bush faced his final humiliation when an Iraqi journalist pelted him with his size 10s during the president’s "farewell trip" to the country he destroyed.
02 December 2008
The Iraqi parliament has approved the Status of Forces Agreement that sets a date for the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country by 31 December 2011.
25 November 2008
Iraqi supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr, the rebel Shia cleric, demonstrated in their tens of thousands in Baghdad on Friday of last week.
18 November 2008
It is being hailed as an honourable end to a disreputable war, the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Iraqi cabinet last weekend sets out a timetable for the withdrawal of US combat troops from cities by June 2009, and the whole country by December 2011.
04 November 2008
Thousands of Iraqi workers took to the streets of Basra on 27 October in a protest at massive cuts in salaries demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
28 October 2008
A US military attack on the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal has exposed growing divisions among the "coalition of the willing" behind the invasion of Iraq.
21 October 2008
A deal that would formalise the occupation of Iraq by the US and Britain has run aground – again.
14 October 2008
The mainstream media continues to disregard the reality of the occupation of Iraq, but a new play Prophecy offers an insightful perspective on another US enforced catastrophe.
23 September 2008
09 September 2008
The play centres around Jeremy, a young working class man who joined the army to get money to go to college.
09 September 2008
Has Iraq finally turned the corner? George Bush certainly wants us to think so. And at first sight, his arguments look convincing. Large sections of the country – including the capital city Baghdad and the restive Anbar province in the west – are being handed over to the Iraqi army.
02 September 2008
The US has made a great fanfare over the handing of control of Iraq’s Anbar province to its Iraqi allies this week.
26 August 2008
The US has been forced to water down its plans for an open-ended occupation of Iraq in the face of growing opposition.
29 July 2008
The Iraqi government has withdrawn an order banning eight key union organisers belonging to the powerful Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU).