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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...
Unions Demand Russia's LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

Unions Demand Russia’s LUKoil to Reinstate Laid-off Iraqi Employees

The General Union for Workers in the Oil and Gas (GFWIU), subsidiary of the General Federation of Workers Unions in Iraq, has condemned of the dismissal of a large  number of Iraqi workers in Russia’s oil company LUKoil, which is developing the West Qurna oil fields in Basra governorate. This condemnation was issued in a...
Founding Statement of Sport Against Violence-Iraq

Founding Statement of Sport Against Violence-Iraq

Baghdad – 25 December 2016 We believe in the values of peace citizenship; we want Iraq to be free and all its citizens to be equal in rights and duties. Sports Against Violence-Iraq (SAVI) believes sport to be the most effective community tool to confront violence and entrench the principles of peaceful coexistence among people....
The Final Deceleration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference 2017 in Sulaimaniyah

The Final Deceleration of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference 2017 in Sulaimaniyah

The Sixth Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Sulaymaniyah – Iraqi Kurdistan Region 18 January, 2017 Solidarity with Iraqi Civil Society in Its Nonviolent Struggle Against Injustice and Extremism Activists of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative [ICSSI], the Iraqi Social Forum [ISF], and the Kurdistan Social Forum [KSF], celebrated the big and...
The Bad Conditions of People’s Livelihood and Non-Violent Strike in KRG

The Bad Conditions of People’s Livelihood and Non-Violent Strike in KRG

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Awat Hassan Abdulla – Civil rights activist Paper presented at the ICSSI Annual Conference, 18th of January 2017, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region Beforehand, I want to say that the population of this region is almost 5 million people, more than 1, 600.000 people are employees!! In the past, people...
Social Movement in Iraq: Various Methods Aiming for A Civil State and Social Justice

Social Movement in Iraq: Various Methods Aiming for A Civil State and Social Justice

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Written by: Dr. Jassim Al-Hilfi presented by Ali Saheb in ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017 Introduction Large demonstrations began in Iraq, in February 25, 2011, and grew into a widespread mass movement by July 31, 2015. These demonstrations occurred in all provinces and districts of Iraq, and...
We Are Part of a Global Struggle: Building International Solidarity

We Are Part of a Global Struggle: Building International Solidarity

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Nonviolent, Civil-Society Organizing in the U.S. and Opportunities for Solidarity with Iraq   Terry Kay Rockefeller September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows   Paper presented at the ICSSI Annual Conference, 18th of January 2017, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region   Let me start by saying a little about myself. On...
The Civil and Nonviolent Alternative to the Current Military Response to DAESH

The Civil and Nonviolent Alternative to the Current Military Response to DAESH

بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی By Martina Pignatti Morano, President, Un ponte per… www.unponteper.it Paper presented in ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017 When the Mosul offensive really started, back in March 2016, people in the West did not realize it. When it escalated into the Battle of Mosul, in October, journalists called...
Lessons from Sulaymaniyah on International Solidarity

Lessons from Sulaymaniyah on International Solidarity

  بەر دەستە بە زمانی کوردی Ismaeel Dawood  – Paper presented at the opening session of ICSSI Sixth Conference, Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan region 01/18/2017   Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning, I would like to start this speech on behalf of myself, and on behalf of ICSSI and all the attendees, with words of greetings and...