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Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses

Iraqi reading of the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses [1] The 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses consists of three main sections: the preamble, the articles of the Convention and an annex to the arbitration clause. The preamble The preamble paragraphs provide an important...
Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Iraq’s Yezidis are trapped amidst the rivalries all around them

Unmagical Mountain   Maha Yahya – Carnegie Middle East Center On January 2, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) shut down the offices of Yazda, a non-governmental organization in Dohuk that provides vital support to vulnerable Yezidis who fled Daesh in 2014. The closure of Yazda reignited concerns among the Yezidi community about their future under the...
Christians and Muslims on a Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

Christians and Muslims on a Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

Asia News The Chaldean Patriarch spearheads action to end violence in Iraq and the Middle East on Palm Sunday. During Lent, Nineveh towns liberated from Daesh will be the stations of the Cross. Some 50 families came together in Tall Usquf for Mass and the raising of a large Chaldean cross on a hill. Mar...
Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Will US keep military bases in Iraq after Daesh?

Mustafa Saadoun – Almonitor The subject of whether US troops should remain in Iraq once Daesh is defeated in Mosul is raising questions and fueling controversy among Iraqis. On March 26, the Iraqi government officially announced it favors the idea of some US forces staying. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a Fox News interview that he supports retaining enough US troops to support Iraqi forces in a...
The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

The Iraqi Social Forum takes effective steps towards expanding its activities within different Iraqi cities

  At the headquarter of the Iraqi Social Forum in Baghdad, on Monday, April 3, 2017, the Forum secretariat held a strategic meeting with number of its coordinators from different Iraqi cities. As part of the expansion process of the Forum activities to increase its activism in all governorates of Iraq. The meeting was attended...
Women's Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Women’s Freedom Organization in Iraq Demands to Amend the “Family Violence Protection Law”

Press Release  Each month, Iraq’s morgues receive dozens of cases of women murdered by the men closest to them: husbands, ex-husbands, fathers, brothers, partners, or fiancés. Most of these cases are filed away to be ignored on the pretext that the violence these men have enacted on these women were to preserve the honor of...
Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Iraq and the Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses of 1997

Ismaeel Dawood Introduction To change the position of Iraqi authorities on the issue of shared water resources from non-commitment to solid defense on the basis of international law is a process that still needs a very long time. However, positive developments are currently taken place. The article published in March 2017 about the comments of...
Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan Issues its Annual Report for 2016

The Peace and Freedom Organization (PFOK) is pleased to present its annual report for the year 2016. The report introduces the various activities and projects that were conducted in different regions of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq over the past year. While 2016 was a difficult year across Iraq as violence and conflict...
The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

The Iraqi Minister of Water Resources comments on Ilisu Dam – a positive or negative development?

By Ismaeel Dawood Statements issued by government officials, especially ministers, are considered as evidence of significant positions of their countries on sensitive issues. Governments in general are very careful to release any statement that may harm its own interests. Paradoxically there is a long history of statements by government representatives against their own countries’ rights,...
Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Iraqi Trade Unions Proceed With Their Complaint to the International Labor Organization

Six Iraqi trade unions affiliated with the Unions Conference gathered in a meeting held on Thursday, March 16. The unions focused in their discussions on the Social Security Law and the Freedoms of Association Law, as well as the issue of Iraq’s accession to the International Labor Convention No. 87 of 1948. The unions stated...
The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

Halabja .. An Iraqi tragedy that calls on our common humanity BAGHDAD, March 2017 Civil society activists from various organizations in Baghdad — Sawtona, La-Onf of Baghdad, and the Iraqi Social Forum — gathered for a moment of silent remembrance of the massacre in Halabja 29 years ago on Thursday, 16 March 2017 at the...
He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

He’s Not Good Enough For You: In Northern Iraq, Tribal Traditions Build On Ancient Class System

Dashty Ali – Niqash Tribal traditions around marriage in northern Iraq prevent young people from marrying outside the social group; it’s both the root and the symptom of an ancient tribal class system.   Although Iraqi Kurdish cities may appear relatively liberal, there is still a kind of class war going in in many parts...