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Iraqis protest Corruption, Lack of Services while Politicians Blame Everyone but Themselves!

Iraqis protest Corruption, Lack of Services while Politicians Blame Everyone but Themselves!

Al Monitor – Ali Maamouri The July 16 killing of Muntazar al-Hilfi by police in al-Madina, north of Basra, during a protest for improved services was redolent of the death of Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi on Jan. 4, 2011, which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions. Hilfi’s killing led to a series of massive protests throughout the central...
Call for solidarity with Iraqi demonstrations

Call for solidarity with Iraqi demonstrations

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative, August 28, 2015. Thousands of Iraqi people will take the streets of their cities today, as they do every Friday since end of July, in massive popular demonstrations that denounce corruption in the country and the political bankruptcy of the ruling sectarian political parties. In spite of the approval...
Iraq: Conflict Alert

Iraq: Conflict Alert

By International Crisis Group, Baghdad/Brussels, 24 August 2015. A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive...
Will Abadi's Reforms Work?

Will Abadi’s Reforms Work?

Mustafa Al-kadhimi – Almonitor The Iraqi parliament voted Aug. 11 to approve Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri’s economic, political and administrative reform measures in response to the demands of the Iraqi street. These measures include doing away with the positions of vice president of the republic and deputy prime minister, ending special allocations for the...
Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

ICSSI – Baghdad, August 14, 2015 Iraqi people are demonstrating this evening against corruption in Baghdad, even if a truck bomb exploded yesterday in a busy marker killing at least 67 people and wounding 200. Many other Iraqis are taking the streets in several Iraqi cities, in spite of the reforms already approved by the...
Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

Iraqi Social Forum: Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq

By the Iraqi Social Forum Secretariat. Baghdad – August 11, 2015. The Iraqi Council of Representatives unanimously voted today on a paper of reforms to combat corruption and government waste, that was approved by the Council of Ministers in an extraordinary session held last Sunday. This is a result of the public pressure produced in...
Iraqis protest over Baghdad heatwave power cuts

Iraqis protest over Baghdad heatwave power cuts

BBC – Middle East  Hundreds of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad to protest against power shortages as the country experiences a heatwave. They blamed government corruption for a lack of investment in infrastructure. On Thursday, the government declared a four-day public holiday after temperatures broke 50C (122F), with appeals for people...
The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

The Need for a Comprehensive Political Strategy to Counter ISIS

Syria & Iraq Alert I: The need for a comprehensive political strategy to counter ISIS. A policy-brief published by the Dutch peace movement PAX, formerly known as IKV Pax Christi. September 22, 2014. The sudden and unforeseen expansion of ISIS in Iraq and Syria over the summer has led to a dramatic shift on the...
Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Ministries Without Quotas’: New Campaign Against Sectarian Politics

Niqash : Mustafa Habib As levels of violence increase in Iraq’s north, a new campaign in Baghdad provides some positive news. Around 70 activists have launched the campaign, Ministries Without Quotas, in an attempt to overcome sectarian and ethnic politics. Just a few days before the deadline for Iraq to form its new government, around...
IRAQ: CHOICES AT THE TOP

IRAQ: CHOICES AT THE TOP

BY DEXTER FILKINS The New Yorker president Obama won the White House in part by promising to end the war in Iraq, and since then he placed his faith in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to help him do so. It was Maliki who would hold together the state that the Americans had helped build. Obama had...
Mosul, Kirkuk ,Salahuddin and Diyala: Protecting Civilians and Providing Relief to Displaced Families  Must Come First!

Mosul, Kirkuk ,Salahuddin and Diyala: Protecting Civilians and Providing Relief to Displaced Families Must Come First!

With Mosul, areas of Salahuddin and Kirkuk out of Iraqi government control, the situation for civilians there and in Iraq as a whole is increasingly dangerous. Moment by moment, the media/news agencies are busy gathering news of what has happened and continues to happen in northern Iraq, and with each report, anxiety grows. The Iraqi...
Hasankeyf: Open-air Museum or Last Frontier for Diving?

Hasankeyf: Open-air Museum or Last Frontier for Diving?

By Marcello Canepa, April 2014. English translation by ICSSI editor.  Overview If ballots are a mirror of reality, administrative elections in Turkey on March 30, 2014 marked the reaffirmation of Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan and of AKP. The political turnout poses inevitable obligations to the winners, in terms of socio-economical development, that will shape...