Iraq is beset with bombs, fighting, slaughter, and terrified minorities. In the international community's eye, this fight seemed suddenly to begin with terrorized Yazidis on a mountain. But to understand the current crisis, we need to consider the ongoing constitutional and legal challenges faced by Iraqi minorities.
Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London. The Scottish referendum has smashed the status quo in the U.K. and is the most recent, high profile, non-violent example of the rise of the consumer-citizen.
In my opinion, bombastic statements are generally a defence mechanism by those who feel put upon by their community. However, as minorities we rarely control society's prevailing narrative. Therefor our comments are often misinterpreted. Professional sports is big business and players who attract controversy tend to scare away sponsors.