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The Love Anyway podcast

pushes beyond fear, beyond the simple narrative of “us vs. them.” Travel with us as we explore how people are choosing to love, even when it means risking everything.

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Iraq Crisis: When All You’ve Known Is War

This breaking episode explains what’s happening between Iran, Iraq, and the US, but also takes you behind the scenes of a conversation with Preemptive Love colleague, and friend, Ihsan Ibraheem. Ihsan has lived his whole life in Iraq. And he’s lived through what seems like countless wars. Ihsan is a father, a husband, a neighbor—and to many of us, an essential guide to making sense of the events of the last several days. Ihsan shares what it was like to wake up to the news of Iranian missiles hitting his country.

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A US drone strike killed two top Iranian and Iraqi military commanders in Baghdad, dramatically escalating tensions across the region. Preemptive Love's Iraq-based staff members Erin Wilson and Ihsan Ibraheem discuss the assassinations and what might come next. (Show Notes)

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