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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...
Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory!

Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory!

The Campaign to Abolish Retirement Pay for Members of Parliament Scores a Major Victory and Takes a Step to Form a New Civil Movement Named “MUSTAMEROON” “We Are Continuing!”   The national campaign to “abolish retirement pay for members of parliament”, which was launched in late March of 2013, met its desired goal of ending...
Resolution of Anbar crisis requires security, political coordination

Resolution of Anbar crisis requires security, political coordination

Author Mushreq AbbasPosted January 3, 2014 Translator(s)Kamal Fayad Al-Monitor  When the Iraqi army marched on the Anbar desert on Dec. 22 to wage war against al-Qaeda fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border, the operation was viewed as an opportunity to restore the hope of achieving internal consensus around the necessity to fight extremism. Instead, however, it...
Investigate Violence at Protest Camp

Investigate Violence at Protest Camp

Human Rights Watch , JANUARY 4, 2014 Fighting Erupts in Anbar Province After Security Forces, Protesters Clash “The facts of the Ramadi incident are unclear, but government statements before the clashes and the deployment of the army seemed intended more to provoke violence than prevent it. Seventeen people died at Ramadi and the Iraqi authorities need...
International Solidarity with the "National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives" and with the Campaign’s Decision to Demonstrate on the 31st of August!

International Solidarity with the “National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives” and with the Campaign’s Decision to Demonstrate on the 31st of August!

Italy – August 10, 2013 The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) announces its support and solidarity with the National Campaign to Abolish Monthly Benefits for Former Members of the Council of Representatives, which is being promoted by Iraqi civil society leaders and organizations. The ICSSI supports the Campaign members’ right to protest and their...
Baghdad hosts the first Iraqi Social Forum and does not surrender to violence

Baghdad hosts the first Iraqi Social Forum and does not surrender to violence

ICSSI, 1st of August 2013 When they started preparations, local organizers of the Iraqi Social forum (ISF) were hoping to gather more than five thousand activists, between Iraqis and internationals (read the call for internationals) in the center of Baghdad. Their vision was to bring back, through this event, the image of civic peace and...
Is Another Iraq Possible?

Is Another Iraq Possible?

As I sit in front of my computer, reading the news about the escalation in violence in Iraq, my heart fills with sadness. According to UN reports, more than a thousand people have been killed in May. For me Iraq is not a distant, Middle East country, full of Muslim extremists. It is the place...
Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

Women Groups in Suleimaniya Demand an End to the Patriarchal System

“Darperwary bo Mamosta Sakar” –Justice for Mamosta Sakar Last week, on Monday, April 22nd, women groups demonstrated in front of Suleimaniya Court. They were protesting the release of Mamosta Sakar’s father. In a controversial case well know to the media and to most people in Kurdistan, the case of Mamosta Sakar has become an icon...