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Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

Iraqi Kurds’ Referendum for Political Relevance

The independence referendum for the Kurdistan Region reflects not just struggles with Baghdad but intra-Kurdish political rivalries that could encourage further conflict.   BY: DENISE NATALI – Carnegie Endowment The Iraqi Kurds’ independence referendum, planned for September 25, reflects unresolved disputes over political authority between Baghdad and Erbil. It is embedded in the “right to...
Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives - Destruction Enters New Phase

Rocks in Hasankeyf Destroyed by Explosives – Destruction Enters New Phase

Press release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive 21 August 2017   With the demolition of human formed rocks through explosives in Hasankeyf, the destruction of this 12.000 years old town at the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey has entered a new phase. Hasankeyf, more than 300 archaeological sites, 136 km...
The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

By Shakoufyan, Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 22, 2017 On the evening of 12 August, 2017, in Hit, youth opened the Shakoufyan Cultural Center. This new center, which contains a small library, a café and a theater for activities, workshops, seminars and literary events, is one of this year’s most important projects...
Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 15, 2017 On 4-5 August 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), in cooperation with the Democratic Cultural Forum in Kut, organized a training to prepare youth volunteers to become facilitators in nonviolence; the training involved a group of 11 young activists in Kut, and was held...
The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

The Social Forum in Najaf: An Open Platform for Collaborative Action

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 10, 2017 Najaf | Baghdad  On 14-15 July 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for 13 young volunteers in Najaf. The training resulted in the formation of an organized volunteer platform: the Social Forum in Najaf. The volunteers who attended the training belong to...
The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

The Iraqi Government Must Listen to the Stakeholders: Repeal the Social Security Draft Law

Joint statement for immediate release The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) and the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) Baghdad – 9 Aug 2017 [If, after reading the following statement, your organization would like to support Iraqi Unions in their opposition to this draft law, please consider sending a message to the Head of the Iraqi...
Iraqi Social Forum Volunteers Receive an Intensive Training on Social Media Strategies

Iraqi Social Forum Volunteers Receive an Intensive Training on Social Media Strategies

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 7, 2017 Since its establishment, the Iraqi Social Forum has worked on developing the skills of its members and volunteers in the various fields in which it works to ensure the success of its activities. Social media platforms are of particular interest to ISF for they...
A Training by the Iraqi Social Forum Ignites Youthful Energy and Creates an Interpretation Team

A Training by the Iraqi Social Forum Ignites Youthful Energy and Creates an Interpretation Team

Sulaymaniyah and Dokan, 18-22 July 2017 “It was great experience to be part of the Interpretation team of the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF). It wasn’t only a team, but a family that influenced me in a very positive way. I met new people and heard their stories, I learned interpretation techniques that I wasn’t aware...
Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Source: ABC American arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $US3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artefacts smuggled from the Middle East that the Government alleges were intentionally mislabelled, US federal prosecutors have said. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York in which the Oklahoma City-based corporation consented...
The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash, Niqash A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Daesh group. Since April this year a strange group of men have been touring the streets of the central Iraqi city of Fallujah. They are an art...
Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Source: Reuters Reporting by: Stephen Kalin; Editing by Paul Tait Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report...
The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

Michael Knights – Washington Institute At the symbolic level, Iran and its proxies are achieving great success in planting their flags along this contested frontier, but real control will entail the much tougher task of establishing permanent bases and logistical arrangements. The Iraq-Syria border has emerged in recent months as the hottest piece of real estate...