Vice season 6 episode 6 recap ‘Iran in Iraq and Dying on the Vine’


On the latest episode of Vice, the show featured segments on the situation between Iran and Iraq and how winemakers are dealing with changing environmental factors in the region that affect their entire industry.

Since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, a huge problem confronting Iraq and Iran was how to deal with ISIS. Ever since the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, Iran has steadily gotten more power and influence in the region.

This is due to the fact Saddam’s Iraq was Iran’s sworn enemy in the region and sort of kept Iran in check. The two countries fought each other during the Iran-Iraq war, a bloody decade’s long war in the 1980’s.

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But once Saddam and his apparatus were gone, Iran lost their major enemy in the region. But additionally, the rise of ISIS gave them room to gather more influence.

Iran has been an unexpected ally in the fight against ISIS. Iran based militias called popular mobilization units (PMUs) are being used in Iraq to help contain the situation.

Now, the militias are looking at getting political power in the Iraqi parliament in addition to military power. Which fits into the situation, as Iran has gotten more allies in the region ever since the fall of Saddam’s Iraq.

The other segment featured was how winemakers in Bordeaux and elsewhere are facing the threat of environmental concerns that could seriously harm their business.

Vineyards in Napa, California are under direct threat because of massive wildfires. According to scientists who specialize in vineyards, some brands of wine might become incredibly rare.

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Or perhaps even fall out of stock entirely because of the way the climate of the region is changing. Both segments are about coping with a changing situation amidst massive uncertainty and turmoil.

Vice airs every Friday night on HBO.