Ibrahim's Story: One Man, One Country
Monarchies and Dictatorship. Coups and Colonialism. War and civil conflict. The road through 20th-century Iraq is littered with cataclysms like these. But what's been obscured by these seismic events is how Iraqis resisted geopolitical interventions and tried to create a society based on their own ideals. In fact, much of modern western media has excluded the personal narratives of those who've fought and died trying to create a democratic Iraq.
Ibrahim al-Hariri is a writer and journalist who's spent his life living out that ideal. His story begins with his childhood in Beirut and continues with his imprisonment and torture as a teenager in Iraq. Ibrahim and his fellow Communists continued to struggle – first, against British colonial rule, then against Saddam Hussein's regime and finally the American occupation. After 70 years of political resistance, Ibrahim Ismail presents his untold story which provides an insightful and dramatic back-drop to the chaos and violence of present-day Iraq.
IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell -- who's known Ibrahim for 25 years -- helps us understand his perilous and compelling journey. **This episode originally aired September 8, 2016.
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