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Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Water, Culture, Arts, Sport, and Social Cohesion. This is How Youth of Qamishlo Seek to Activate their Role in the City!

Arabic | عربي     We Love Qamishlo Initiative, July – 2018   Qamishli, or Qamishlo, a city in the north-east of Syria, is often referred to as the city of love by its children, young people and elders. The city is characterized by a unique community mosaic and a wide variety of religious and ethnic...
Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Preservation  Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Preservation Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative launched in preparation for the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, 24 June—4 July 2018 Press Release – Baghdad, Amman, Rome – 6 June 2018 Urim, the name of the ancient city of Ur, is a new civil society undertaking by Iraqi and Italian archaeologists, architects and activists. The Urim...
A Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

A Campaign to Save the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Maysan Province

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity initiative (ICSSI) Al Amara, Maysan On 1 May 2018, as a part of “Our Heritage Campaign” activities, the Maysan Social Forum held a special training about the risks that face the natural and cultural heritage in Maysan province. Salman Khairallah and Ahmad Salih Ni’ma,...
The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The ISF Offers a Campaign Development Training to Youth in Falluja and Ramadi

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) As part of the effort to develop capacities in youth from cities participating in the “Paths of Coexistence in Mesopotamia” project, the Iraqi Social Forum held a training for the peace forums in Falluja and Ramadi on 5 May 2018. 5 young...
Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Young Activists from Hit Receive a Training on Building and Implementing Campaigns Aimed at Peace and Social Cohesion

Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) From 27-28 April 2018, in western Iraq, the city of Hit held a training called “Building and Implementing Campaigns” for 10 young activists. The successful training was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum for youth active in Hit’s Peace Forum. The Peace Forum...
From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh   

From the Midst of the Rubble, Hopes Glow for a Brighter Tomorrow — Youth Campaigns Flourish in Baiji City After The Liberation from Daesh  

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) In order for peace to prevail in cities recently liberated from Daesh, displaced families have to be able to return to their homes and former lives. To make this return possible, voluntary teams from the Tikrit Social Forum (including the Tikrit Youth...
A Festival of Love and Peace in the City of Diwaniyah

A Festival of Love and Peace in the City of Diwaniyah

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On 14 February 2018, the Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum held its first annual festival at Al-Hurriyah Family Park in downtown Diwaniyah. The approximately 750-1000 men, women and children from Diwaniyah who attended enjoyed artistic events, a bazaar of handicrafts and food,...
The Iraqi Social Forum Holds its Third Annual Strategic Meeting in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum Holds its Third Annual Strategic Meeting in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) On Saturday, 3 February 2018, the Iraqi Social Forum held its third annual strategic meeting in Baghdad. It was attended by members of the different bodies that compose this complex and rich social process: the ISF National Committee with all its NGOs,...
A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

A Festival in Anbar Celebrating Peace and Volunteer Work

The Peace Forum of Anbar and The Iraqi Social Forum In the city of Ramadi, on 13 January 2018, Al-Ma’arif College hosted a Peace Forum, called “Anbar Al-Salam” (Anbar of Peace), in which 400 people took part. The festival was dedicated to teams of volunteers and organizations that are active in Ramadi and Falluja, many...
The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

By: Terry Kay Rockefeller* Civilian casualties are making headlines as we try to comprehend the true cost of liberating Mosul from Daesh.  A New York Times investigative report, “The Uncounted,” revealed the stunningly inaccurate intelligence that guided what were supposed to be targeted, strategic bombings of Daesh strongholds. The article described in detail the killing...
The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

Syria – Qamishlo There is virtually no disagreement about the need to ensure certain fundamental rights ​​to all people, such as the right to life, human dignity, basic freedoms, equality and justice. While respect for these rights is essential, exactly how they are realized must take into account the different cultures and peoples who practice...
Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

Providing a Secure Environment for Defenders of Free Speech in the KRI

One of the main goals of the Kurdistan Social Forum has been to monitor and improve freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region. To this end, the Forum frequently publishes reports of violations and meets regularly with policymakers. It also aims to equip activists and defenders of this right with effective mechanisms to protect themselves....