Saddam Hussein Will Always Love You?

In fall of 2015, Trax on the Trail joined forces with Prof. Emily Abrams Ansari’s Music and Politics class at Western University in Ontario. Each student penned an essay or created a podcast that explored a specific intersection between music and presidential politics.

In January we brought you Nikki Pasqualini’s podcast on the 2004 Vote for Change Tour, and in March, Caroline Gleason-Mercier addressed the robust musical offerings inspired by William Henry Harrison’s 1840 campaign.

Today, once again as part of our #tbt series, Trax is excited to introduce its third podcast from Dr. Ansari’s talented students. While his classmates focused on Canadian and American electoral politics, Gary Jackson investigated the unlikely pairing of Saddam Hussein and . . . a famous power ballad?

Listen and learn about Saddam Hussein’s use of an Arabic version of “I Will Always Love You” during Iraq’s 2002 referendum.

Saddam Hussein Will Always Love You? (podcast)

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“IRAQ: SADDAM HUSSEIN IS ONLY CANDIDATE FOR RE ELECTION AS LEADER.” July 21, 2015. Video clip. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOuV0DKlaWQ.

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“Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You.” September 27, 2010. Video Clip. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU.  

“ي مياده بسيليس _رح دايما اهواكا.” November 24, 2008. Video clip. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck_WRsgYrYA#t=1.  

 

 

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