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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
Baghdad Marathon For Peace Is a Reality

Baghdad Marathon For Peace Is a Reality

Nicola Visconti Sports Against violence – Italy   Baghdad, September 24, 2016. The second International Marathon for peace is a reality! More than 800 people running together in the streets of Baghdad to say that another Iraq is possible. Families, athletes, kids, young people, women running side by side: another big...
From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan: From individual initiatives to democratic organizations   Erbil – 21 to 22 September 2016 – The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the first national conference of the Iraqi NGO “Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan.”   When it comes to forming truly...
Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Call for collaboration on the implementation of UNESCO recommendations for the Iraqi Marshes!

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign September 22, 2016 Following the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad The Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign congratulates the Iraqi Government and people as well as the office of UNESCO in Iraq on the...
Rights and Peace: the 3rd Session of the Iraqi Social Forum on 22-24 Sept. in Baghdad

Rights and Peace: the 3rd Session of the Iraqi Social Forum on 22-24 Sept. in Baghdad

update 19th of September : now you can download the detailed program isf-program-2016 Self-organized workshops, a Baghdad Marathon for Peace, convergence assemblies (gatherings on key issues for the social forum dynamics) and open cultural and artistic activities. All of these will be included in the 3rd session of the Iraqi Social...
Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes' inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Official decision of the Iraqi Marshes’ inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Decision: 40 COM 8B.16 The World Heritage Committee, Having examined Documents WHC/16/40.COM/8B, WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B1 and 1.WHC/16/40.COM/INF.8B2, Inscribes The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape 2. of the Mesopotamian Cities, Iraq, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (iii), (v), (ix) and (x); Takes...
Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

LoBelog by Ryan J. Suto The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. This first part discusses the...
Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation

Save Iraqi Kurdistan’s rivers from deprivation

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris Campaign There is no question about the commodification of natural resources and the damage inflicted upon the environment in Iraqi Kurdistan. The exploitation of the environment is a consequence of the economic system envisioned by the ruling parties: a capitalist Kurdistan firmly entrenched in...
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Thousands protest across Kurdistan Region to demand salaries and end to austerity measures

Thousands protest across Kurdistan Region to demand salaries and end to austerity measures

Kira Walker, ICSSI Volunteer 29 September 2016 – School and university teachers, civil servants and thousands of people took to the streets in planned demonstrations throughout the Kurdistan Region earlier this week to protest ongoing salary cuts and delayed wages. Various local media reported demonstrations were held in Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, Darbandikhan, Kalar, Kifri, Ranya, Koya,...
Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relaying an appeal to the international community by the family of Wedad Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Kurdish journalist who was murdered near the city of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on 13 August. The family is seeking an international investigation into his death. Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, died a few...
Activists Call for a Decrease in the Number and Age of Parliaments Members, and for the Prevention of Security Forces from Participating in Elections

Activists Call for a Decrease in the Number and Age of Parliaments Members, and for the Prevention of Security Forces from Participating in Elections

ALMADA PRESS /Baghdad Civil activists are calling for modifying the age at which one can run for parliament or provincial councils to 25 years old. Activists are also demanding candidates have university degrees, and that the Sainte-Laguë method be used to count the number of voters. Activists say there must be a decrease in the...
POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

Hayder al-Khoei- war on the Rocks During a recent trip to my hometown of Najaf in southern Iraq, I stumbled across a book titled My Leader Khamenei in the personal library of a cleric studying in the Islamic seminary known as the Hawza. He had picked it up at a bookstore near the shrine of Imam Ali, where...
US Department of Defence Spend on Guns in ‘War on Terror’ Revealed

US Department of Defence Spend on Guns in ‘War on Terror’ Revealed

Source: aoav.org.uk In the 14 years following the terror attacks of 9/11, the US Department of Defence (DoD) issued contracts that, if fulfilled, would reach over $40 billion on guns and ammunition, according to research from London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). A team of researchers at AOAV spent almost a year analysing every contract published by the DoD between September 11,...
Baghdad Politicians Seek Protection From Corruption Charges With Their Tribes

Baghdad Politicians Seek Protection From Corruption Charges With Their Tribes

source:Niqash –  Mustafa Habib Tribal law and clan allegiances dominate Iraq’s social and political life. This month, in a worrying escalation, politicians accused of corruption in Parliament called upon their own tribes to protect them. At the beginning of the month, during a particularly dramatic session of the Iraqi Parliament, various senior politicians traded accusations...
Kurdish reporter murdered, another killed while covering fighting

Kurdish reporter murdered, another killed while covering fighting

  Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Kurdish reporter’s brutal murder on 13 August in Dahuk, in the northeast of Iraqi Kurdistan, and a TV cameraman’s death the next day while covering fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State near Mosul. Widat Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old reporter for RojNews, a news agency that...
A Lesson How To Live In Peace

A Lesson How To Live In Peace

        Afeef Mohammed – Iraq I’m from Iraq, working in the agricultural & irrigation field, got the opportunity of leaving my country for scholarship concerned with my field in Bari – Italy. Iraq is a well known wounded and continuously bleeding country due to political, religious differences; thousands of people dead and...
The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

The Iraqi Union for Freedom of Expression reviews the draft law on freedom of expression

“This report includes a copy of the draft law and the proposed amendment in Arabic” Baghdad, 10 August 2016 Iraqi civil society again faces the threat of legislation that could limit freedom of expression in Iraq. Recently a draft of a law on the freedom of expression that was discussed in the Iraqi Parliament included...
Baghdad activists celebrate the Iraqi Marshes' World Heritage inscription

Baghdad activists celebrate the Iraqi Marshes’ World Heritage inscription

By Ali Alkarkhi, Baghdad In a ferry in the middle of the Tigris River in Baghdad activists of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign celebrated the inclusion of the Iraqi Marshes in the World Heritage List, on 1 August 2016. UNESCO had decided to include several natural sites (Central Marshes, East -and West...
Montreal CAFE' In Baghdad 

Montreal CAFE’ In Baghdad 

@IraqiAlamalAssociation office in Baghdad Karad  Thursday,11th of August  h 5 pm. Baghdad time The Iraqi Social Forum organise Montreal CAFE’ In Baghdad, an event that will involve number of Baghdadi activists in a discussion about the World Social Forum process, its session in Canada and its relation to Iraqi political struggle against corruption and sectarianism....
Thanks and appreciation message given by prominent trade unionist to Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)

Thanks and appreciation message given by prominent trade unionist to Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)

On my own and my family. and my colleagues in the General Union for workers in the oil and gas and the Committee of the employees of the South Oil workers and staff of the General Federation of Trade Unions working in Iraq. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for the statement...