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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...
A New Statement Emerges From Iraqi Protestors: We Will Continue Until We Achieve Our Legitimate Demands

A New Statement Emerges From Iraqi Protestors: We Will Continue Until We Achieve Our Legitimate Demands

It has been six weeks since the peaceful demonstrations in Baghdad and the Iraqi provinces began, and there has yet to be a real response from the Iraqi government, to the legitimate calls from the demonstrators to reform the political system, to hold corrupt officials accountable, and to deliver necessary services to Iraqi people. The...
Kurdistan’s Politicized Society Confronts a Sultanistic System

Kurdistan’s Politicized Society Confronts a Sultanistic System

  By Kawa Hassan, Visiting Scholar, Middle-East Center August 18, 2015 Source: Carnegie Middle East Center The Kurdistan region of Iraq enjoys more stability, economic development, and political pluralism than the rest of the country. And public opinion under the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) demands rule-of-law-based governance. But power is concentrated in the hands of...
Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

Halabja group launches ‘Summer of Peace’

By Osamah Golpy – Rudaw HALABJA, Halabja province – A new peace organization in Halabja is overcoming linguistic differences to promote tolerance and cultural exchange between local residents and the refugee communities that have flooded the area. The NWE, or “New” in Kurdish, organization, which advocates for human rights and the environment, recently launched the...
Is Maliki making a comeback?

Is Maliki making a comeback?

Ali Mamouri Al-Monitor While serving his second term as prime minister in February 2011, former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told AFP he did not aspire to serve a third term. He averred that “the premier who has a program, and is efficient, does not need more than eight years to effectively implement it. If this...
The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

The Situation of Iraqi Women Facing Both State Repression and the Brutality of Daaesh

Yanar Mohammed President of the Organization of Women’s Freedom  Paper Prepared for ICSSI Conference Oslo – Norway, October 2014 Currently, Iraqi women find themselves confronting challenges that are unprecedented in Iraq’s modern history. As the government and the opposition parties controlled by Islamist groups compete with each other in barbaric practices of insulting and disrespecting...