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WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future. BY DEXTER FILKINS, Newyorker On Christmas Day last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appeared on Iraqi television to wish his country’s Christian minority—which has been fleeing by the thousand since the American invasion, in 2003—a...
Will a New Force Emerge in Iraq?

Will a New Force Emerge in Iraq?

The fact that political entities have not yielded anyone with an alternate vision reflects the nature of post-2003 Iraqi politics and of its political classes By Fanar Haddad  Gulf News There is little cause for anticipating major structural changes after Iraq’s forthcoming elections. The most likely result would be business...
Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad Campaigning for Iraq’s elections started last week. Almost immediately the nation’s streets were covered in campaign posters. Now locals say reading between the posters’ lines it’s possible to discern hidden messages about new alliances, trends in candidature and the shifting political landscape as well...
Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

Kurdish Journalist Still in Prison in Slemani / Don’t Critizise APO!

ARA News – Urfa, Turkey This is the second time he was arrested. / Syrian journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan for ‘defaming Kurdish leader’ The Police Center of Siwan in Sulaymaniyah city in Iraqi Kurdistan detained on Sunday the Syrian Kurdish journalist Biradost Azizi on charges on entering Iraqi Kurdistan...
Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

Will Iraq Refer The Issue Of Ilisu Dam To The UN Security Council?

by Johanna L. Rivera Save The Tigris And The Iraqi Mashes Campaign and ICSSI On March 22nd in Baghdad, the Iraqi Social Forum – a gathering of several Iraqi civil society organizations – and the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign, in cooperation with the Baghdad Provincial Council, held...
Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

Freedom of Expression in Iraq is Deteriorating Rapidly. Human Rights Defenders are at Risk and Afraid!

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) Rome – April 2014 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls on the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on the situation of human rights defenders and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion...
The Right to Heal Hearings

The Right to Heal Hearings

On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans...
Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

Iraqi Unions call for a Fair Labor Law and Trade Union Law!

The Iraqi Parliament is working on a weak Labor Law and a Trade Union Law that does not respect the right of workers to organize in the public sector! BAGHDAD – March 2014 The General Federation of Iraqi Workers (GFIW), Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), General...
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Iraqi Secularists Under Attack Ahead of Elections!

Iraqi Secularists Under Attack Ahead of Elections!

Ali Mamouri - AlMonitor Kadhem al-Haeri, a cleric who has close ties with the Islamic Dawa Party and the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa March 30 banning the election of secular candidates in the upcoming elections. Large banners were hung in many areas of Baghdad and included a picture of the marja (spiritual guide) and the signature of the party’s office....
Interview Gertrude Bell Documentary: ‘She Would be Unhappy with Iraq Today’

Interview Gertrude Bell Documentary: ‘She Would be Unhappy with Iraq Today’

Victorian-era explorer Gertrude Bell contributed much to the making of what is now modern Iraq. And now Western popular culture has discovered her. A major Hollywood movie is in the making as well as an in-depth documentary. NIQASH spoke to the directors of the documentary, Letters from Baghdad, to ask them whether Bell – and...
Ja'fari Law Takes the Iraqi Government's Violation of Women's Rights to a New Level

Ja’fari Law Takes the Iraqi Government’s Violation of Women’s Rights to a New Level

Marriage at age nine, legalising marital rape – this bill breaches UN conventions and is degrading for Iraqi men and women alike! Haifa Zangana - The Guardian If you think the Iraqi government has reached its limit in violating women’s rights, think again. On 25 February, the Iraqi council of ministers approved a new personal status law...
Najaf's Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Najaf’s Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Ali Mamouri – AlMonitor The Shiite seminary (hawza) in Najaf witnessed huge developments in its educational program in the mid-20th century, especially between the 1940s and 1960s. The number of students ranged between 15,000 and 20,000, and they came from various countries that have Shiite populations. More than 1,000 students used to attend the lessons...
Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Kenneth M. Pollack Iran@SABAN A major event for Iran is barely a month away, though few in Washington seem to be paying attention. On April 30, Iraq will hold national elections. A lot is riding on these elections, including the future stability of Iraq. And that is of no small concern to Tehran, which seems...
Iraq's Jaafari Law Would Violate Human Rights!

Iraq’s Jaafari Law Would Violate Human Rights!

Muhannad Al-Ghazi / Al-monitor The Iraqi Justice Ministry announced on Oct. 27 that it had sent a copy of a draft law on Jaafari (Shiite) jurisprudence and personal status to the cabinet for approval and referral to the Council of Representatives for passage. The draft law stipulates that Iraqi Shiites would refer to Islamic Sharia,...
Women’s Movement in Iraq Faces Setbacks!

Women’s Movement in Iraq Faces Setbacks!

Ali Mamouri - Al-Monitor When well-known feminist activist Mona Eltahawy put forth her theory that women are hated and detested in the Middle East, she faced objections from both men and women in various Arab countries. Yet, when we consider the Iraqi model and watch the decline and regression in the status of women and feminist activism, we might have no choice but...

Ilisu Dam and Legal Considerations in Iraq

Policy Paper Presented to the Iraqi Government on the legal possibilities available to Iraq to respond to the threat posed by the Ilisu Dam. Author: Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Baghdad, 22-03-2014    Download the full paper here (PDF file) or read the full content below.   Contents: ILISU DAM AND LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS...
Banned for Bad Behaviour: Criticising Iraqi PM Enough to Get MPs Banned from Elections?

Banned for Bad Behaviour: Criticising Iraqi PM Enough to Get MPs Banned from Elections?

Niqash | Baghdad | 20.03.2014 A number of high profile MPs have been banned from running in Iraq’s upcoming general elections – allegedly because they contravene an electoral rule about good conduct. However there is also another thing they all have in common: They are all vehement critics of the current Prime Minister.  There are...
Faiza Babakhan: Jaafari Personal Status Law Cannot be Passed Unless if the Minister of Justice Accepted the Marriage of his Daughters in the Age of Nine!

Faiza Babakhan: Jaafari Personal Status Law Cannot be Passed Unless if the Minister of Justice Accepted the Marriage of his Daughters in the Age of Nine!

BAGHDAD – “Arenas of Liberation“ The legal researcher Faiza Babakhan criticized the government’s decision to vote on the draft of Jaafari personal status law and submit it to the parliament, saying that it establishes an ethnic sectarian country that divide Iraq to more than ten states. Bapakhan added in a lecture she delivered in the...
AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

AUTHORITIES TURN THEIR SIGHTS ON JOURNALISTS

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the growing hostility that the Iraqi authorities are displaying towards critical journalists. One of latest violations of freedom of information is a warrant for the arrest of Awn Al-Khashlok, the head of Baghdadia TV, and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the station’s “Ninth Studio” programme,...
Shiite leader retires: what next for the millions in the sadrist movement?

Shiite leader retires: what next for the millions in the sadrist movement?

Baghdad - Niqash After Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced his retirement from politics this week, there were many questions being asked. Firstly, why was he going? What would happen to his followers, some of whom are in political office? What did it mean for the elections? And what was going to happen to associated militias –...