Adnan Al-Daini

Dr Adnan Al-Daini (PhD Birmingham University, UK) is a retired University Engineering lecturer. He is a British citizen born in Iraq. He writes regularly on issues of social justice and the Middle East. Adnan is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 1:06pm
Capitalism Is Too Good a Name to Describe Neo-Liberal Ideology
In science, a theory is abandoned or substantially modified if it does not concur with the emerging facts, fails to predict important events, or is contradicted by experiments. That, alas, does not seem to apply to economic theories.
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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 10:11am
The Madness of Never-Ending Economic Growth
Countries’ economies are driven by an obsession, continuous growth in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The absurdity of this becomes clear with a little bit of thought. Never-ending growth that relies on extracting resources from a finite planet is, of course, a mathematical impossibility, but well before we reach that point, this obsession will render our planet uninhabitable.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 2:43pm
Think Britain and the US Are Meritocratic Societies? Think Again
Those who have been successful in society anywhere in the world either in business, the professions, academia or political achievements fall into two categories: either they consider themselves fortunate, or attribute their achievements to their hard work and relentless drive.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 7:50am
Patenting Staple Foods (Bremer’s Order 81) Is Ruinous to Iraq’s Agriculture
In my early teens in Iraq, in the late fifties and early sixties, I used to accompany my father to farms to buy wheat grain for our own consumption, and a few sacks more to sell in the village to make some profit. I remember the discussions between my father and the small farmers regarding the quality of the grain, and whether the dough would stick (hounta khabbaza) to the walls of the clay oven (tennor) in which my mother baked the bread. This particular quality is essential to prevent it falling into the hot embers at the bottom of the oven.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 12:03pm
Economics of the Madhouse
I do not know about you but I am finding myself baffled, irritated and confused by the World Bank, the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF and a few other acronyms that seem to dominate the news. I did not vote for any of these organisations, so why do they have such an influence on my life, the lives of the rest of the British public, and the lives of hundreds of millions across the globe. They seem to be running the world. How did it come to this?
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 7:47am
The 'War on Terror' Guarantee: Profit and Destruction
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 17, 1961 warned us about the military-industrial complex with these words:
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Friday, February 17, 2012 - 7:54am
Orthodox Economics Gone Mad
The mantra of growth as a cure to the economic malaise that is engulfing Europe and the US is repeated ad nauseam by economists and political pundits. My training is in engineering science, not economics, so let us not be encumbered by economic dogma or theory. Let us go back to first principles to examine some of the prevailing economic axioms.
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Monday, February 13, 2012 - 12:01pm
Syria: Beware the Evils of Sectarianism
Ruthless Arab dictators have terrified the people around them to the point of total sycophancy, where praise and subservience to the “dear” leader are the only words the despot hears; this renders them incapable of objectively and logically examining a problem. Their delusions of grandeur have fossilized their brains, making them incapable of shifting their political gear to match the changed environment.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 1:09pm
The Arab Spring - Fears and Hopes
The optimism generated by the Arab spring is now giving way to anxieties about where these changes are taking Arab societies. The idealism of the young in their millions for a dignified life where human rights are respected, where the rulers serve the people instead of enslaving them, is being sorely tested by the emergence of destructive sectarianism and ethnic tensions. Imperial powers, assorted kings and despots play their power games by stoking up fear and divisions among the populace.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 3:31pm
The Agony of Iraq, the Country of My Birth
As a seventeen year old, in 1962, I was one of a group of about 10 Iraqi students doing A levels in a college in the UK. The group included three Christians, one Kurd and the rest were Muslims. Please do not ask me how many of the Muslims were Shia and how many were Sunni. I had no idea and neither had anyone else. I only knew of the religion and ethnicity of others through casual conversations. That is not how we defined ourselves. The only label that mattered was that we were all Iraqis.
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