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Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Why Iraq Needs Immediate Action on Climate Change

Al-Monitor Adnan Abu Zeed / BAGHDAD — Iraq faces many threats to its environment, not the least of which are apathy, a lack of education and a need for cooperation from other countries. “Iraq is in dire need of environmental awareness. Environmental education is absent among the Iraqi people, whose...
Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Shafaq News  On Thursday, the first of December, the Directorate of Health in Erbil City, the capital of Kurdistan Iraq, announced that its hospitals are full of injuries of the ongoing military operations to liberate Mosul, It claimed that the hospitals have no capacity nor space to receive more patients,...
Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

Extractivism, environmental migration and water conflict: civil society reflects at the COP22

By Toon Bijnens, Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 2016 will be the hottest year recorded in human history, and the world is looking for urgent action on climate change. Under the principles of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, the COP22 (UN Climate Change Conference) took place in...
Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Save the Tigris, Euphrates and Marshes from climate change and unsustainable water policies: a message to the COP22

Message to the COP22 Climate Change Summit in Marrakech, Morocco The team of Humat Dijla, one the main partners of the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, offers its sincere congratulations for the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting the Conference of the Parties COP in it’s twenty-second edition, wishing...
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Political celebs, from left to right: Farsat Sofi, Ali Hama Salih, Soran Omar, Sherko Jawdat, Izzat Saber.   Maaz Farhan :Niqash A handful of Iraqi Kurdish politicians have become well-known as anti-corruption crusaders and disloyal dissenters. But can these newly-minted political celebrities actually make a difference? Many locals in the...
The Sky's Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

The Sky’s Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

One year ago in Paris, the world came together to finalize a new agreement to address the climate crisis. Together, countries committed to “[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial...
Civilians Must be  Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

Civilians Must be Protected in Mosul, Regardless of their Religion

On 18th October, Geneva Call in partnership with Un Ponte Per, Public Aid Organization and Norwegian People’s Aid, organized a conference in Dohuk on the protection of civilians during the military operations in Mosul. More than 130 representatives from civil society organizations participated in the conference, including the authorities of the Ninawa province, representatives from...
New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

New Report Highlights the Disastrous Impact of Daryan Dam on Iraq

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 28 October 2016 The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign have released a report on the impact of the Daryan Dam on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Daryan Dam is a large dam currently under construction on the...
PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

Mosul: Peacebuilding After ISIS With the offensive on Mosul unfolding, awareness is growing that one day, military groups united in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq will no longer have a common enemy. New conflict dynamics will emerge that need to be addressed urgently. While the need for a longer-term...
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Open letter: Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey

Open letter: Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive, Turkey +++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Turkey +++ Hasankeyf Matters, Turkey +++ Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, Iraq +++ Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, Iraq +++ Movement for the Protection of Aracthos River, Greece +++ Ecological collective of Irakleio, Greece +++ Friends of the Earth, Greece +++ Cultural...
The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

UNESCO Office for Iraq Erbil, 13 November 2016 – the new “National Curricula and Assessment Center” in Erbil was officially opened by H. Exc. Dr. Pshtiwan Sadiq Abdallah , Minister of Education of the Krdistan Regional Government, with the participation of UNESCO and UNICEF. The Center and its staff will play a leading role in...
Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

Iraq’s Marsh Arabs more optimistic after World Heritage status

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 23 November 2016  The Marshlands of Mesopotamia in southern Iraq are a rare aquatic landscape in the desert, and a biodiversity hotspot for key migratory birds. “They are a unique ecosystem regionally and globally where we see the largest river system in the Middle East, a rich biodiversity, and historical...
After Daeesh kidnap and oppression, Iraqi girls eager to get lives back

After Daeesh kidnap and oppression, Iraqi girls eager to get lives back

The first thing Iraqi teenager Afrah did when she escaped Daeesh captivity near Mosul was to remove her face veil and throw it defiantly to the ground. The ultra-hardline militants kidnapped and used Afrah, 16, her older sister Asil and 14 other family members and relatives as human shields when they withdrew from the Iraqi...
Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

 UNESCO Office for Iraq Baghdad, 2 November 2016 –  a meeting of 15 senior officials from government, the Council of Representatives and representatives of the Iraqi media profession discussed information-sharing and reporting by Iraq on the safety of journalists. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Hamid Khalef from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) and...
'Crashing waves' of jihadists fray soldiers' nerves in Mosul battle

‘Crashing waves’ of jihadists fray soldiers’ nerves in Mosul battle

  By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD – Reuters A week after his tank division punched through Islamic State defenses on the southeast edge of Mosul, an Iraqi army colonel says the fight to drive the militants out of their urban stronghold is turning into a nightmare. Against a well-drilled, mobile and brutally...
Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

An Iraqi soldier in Fallujah stands next to IS group graffiti that has been crossed out. (photo: احمد الربيعي) Kamal al-Ayash : Niqash The Islamic State forced Anbar’s policemen to repent. Now those men want to return home – but the government won’t let them, saying they are deserters who may have sided with extremists....
Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies

Dam construction in Iraqi Kurdistan: 2 case studies

By our partner Waterkeepers Iraq   Surqawshan Dam east of Dukan & Basara Dam in Delezha, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq These two dams are under construction in Sulaymaniyah governorate, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. Surqawshan is located down river from the city of Dukan on a tributary to the Lesser Zab.  Delezha is located  south of the city...
KRG: Men, Boys Fleeing Fighting Arbitrarily Detained

KRG: Men, Boys Fleeing Fighting Arbitrarily Detained

HRW(Beirut)  Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security forces are arbitrarily detaining men and boys ages 15 and over who are fleeing Mosul and Hawija during the offensive against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in a facility near the Debaga displaced persons camp. The men and boys fleeing from ISIS-held territory into the KRG are...
The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

Sada – KIRK H. SOWELL qi security forces began direct operations to liberate Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, from the Islamic State (IS) the morning of October 17. Kurdish peshmerga forces, which controlled much of the area east and north of Mosul before 2014, began taking a series of villages east of the city....
House Of The Devil? Religious Extremists Bomb Cafes In Basra Because They Employ Women

House Of The Devil? Religious Extremists Bomb Cafes In Basra Because They Employ Women

Niqash – Ammar al-Saleh It was the second bombing of its kind. And after the incident, those clearing the wreckage in the Coffee Time Café in central Basra found a flyer describing the cafes as “the house of the devil” and threatening all those who worked in the cafes with death and other dreadful retribution. The...
Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

As the military coalition advances and re-captures territory from Daesh militants, every military action is generating humanitarian needs. UN Secretary Gen. for Humanitarian Affairs O’Brien declared on Sept. 21, 2016: “The shortfall for the Mosul preparations comes in context of underfunding for the Humanitarian Response Plan – the backbone of the Iraq humanitarian operation –...