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Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor, 20/07/2017 BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq is witnessing the growth of a new generation of young filmmakers, but they face serious challenges from society over the content of the films. Two young Iraqi filmmakers have been taking on forbidden subjects in their productions despite the risks involved from offending tribal customs and traditions as well as some...
Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Iraqi Poets Reclaim Streets

Omar al-Jaffal – Al Monitor Graffiti artists paint a wall as part of the “The Walls are not for the Clash of Clans” campaign in this image posted on Oct. 2, 2016. (photo by Facebook/The House of Iraqi Poetry) A cultural organization formed by Iraqi poets is reaching young Iraqis in university campuses, cafes and the streets. The director of the House of...
Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Murdered Kurdish journalist’s family appeals to international community

Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relaying an appeal to the international community by the family of Wedad Hussein Ali, an Iraqi Kurdish journalist who was murdered near the city of Dohuk, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on 13 August. The family is seeking an international investigation into his death. Wedad Hussein Ali, 28, died a few...
Activists Call for a Decrease in the Number and Age of Parliaments Members, and for the Prevention of Security Forces from Participating in Elections

Activists Call for a Decrease in the Number and Age of Parliaments Members, and for the Prevention of Security Forces from Participating in Elections

ALMADA PRESS /Baghdad Civil activists are calling for modifying the age at which one can run for parliament or provincial councils to 25 years old. Activists are also demanding candidates have university degrees, and that the Sainte-Laguë method be used to count the number of voters. Activists say there must be a decrease in the...
POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

Hayder al-Khoei- war on the Rocks During a recent trip to my hometown of Najaf in southern Iraq, I stumbled across a book titled My Leader Khamenei in the personal library of a cleric studying in the Islamic seminary known as the Hawza. He had picked it up at a bookstore near the shrine of Imam Ali, where...
Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

Popular Protests Escalate in Iraq as Installation of “White Envelope Government” Stalls

By Ismaeel Dawood and Terry Kay Rockefeller (ICSSI). Dramatic events are unfolding in Baghdad on April 30, 2016: Peacefully and in collaboration with security forces, thousands of Iraqi protestors, most of them followers of Muqtada al-Sadr, have entered the Iraqi Parliament building in the Green Zone; Protesters are calling on all to protect the public...
Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Symbolism of the White Envelope Containing the Technocratic Cabinet of Ministers

Faris Kamal Nazmi, April 19, 2016. A primary reading for what happened in the Iraqi parliament. The manner of speaking and physical appearance of the prime minister, in his  speech before the parliament, suggested that he was the director of a bankrupt company, tired and desperate, trying to prove his own innocence to those investors...
Is it really a Choice or What?

Is it really a Choice or What?

An action by the Iraqi Democratic Left Movement After the fall of AlBa’ath regime, and the formation of the Occupation Governing Council led by Bremer, who smartly attempted to show that the council is presenting all the Iraqis with all their thoughts, nationalities and religious differences, he called Hameed Majeed Mousa, the Iraqi Communist Party...
Towards Building a Regional Social Forum in the Arab Region

Towards Building a Regional Social Forum in the Arab Region

  Yahya Alhafudh* Because of the urgent need to unify all the efforts and goals, and in order to prevent the distractions and disarranging, we propose to build a regional forum that includes the countries that already involved in the Forums process, like Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as the neighboring countries...
In the Context of Evaluating the Second Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

In the Context of Evaluating the Second Season of the Iraqi Social Forum

Ali Basim Al-karkhi * Istanbul – February 2016 I worked as a volunteer with the Iraqi Social Forum in both its first season in 2013, and its second, in 2015. During the second session, I attended the initial preparations and workshops, and saw first-hand how the ideas discussed and debated were transformed into concrete action,...
The Iraqi Social Forum between Two Seasons

The Iraqi Social Forum between Two Seasons

Ahmed Al-Baghdadi* Istanbul – February 2016 Despite the extraordinary situation currently gripping Iraq, and the myriad problems facing Iraqi activists, we – proudly – announce that – we were able to achieve a remarkable accomplishment at the level of civil and social society, through the Iraqi Social Forum that took place in Baghdad in October...
The Iraqi Social Forum, Unique Experience and Sophisticated Goal

The Iraqi Social Forum, Unique Experience and Sophisticated Goal

* Yousif Samer Al-Azzawi Istanbul – February 2016 Though I have not been working with the Iraqi Social Forum for long, it has been long enough to see their great efforts and the important work they do for the advancement of our country. It has also been long enough to see why members of the...