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WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND

An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future. BY DEXTER FILKINS, Newyorker On Christmas Day last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appeared on Iraqi television to wish his country’s Christian minority—which has been fleeing by the thousand since the American invasion, in 2003—a happy holiday. Maliki, who is...
Iraqi Secularists Under Attack Ahead of Elections!

Iraqi Secularists Under Attack Ahead of Elections!

Ali Mamouri - AlMonitor Kadhem al-Haeri, a cleric who has close ties with the Islamic Dawa Party and the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa March 30 banning the election of secular candidates in the upcoming elections. Large banners were hung in many areas of Baghdad and included a picture of the marja (spiritual guide) and the signature of the party’s office....
Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Iraq Votes 2014: Election Posters Reveal Hidden Messages, New Alliances, Surprising Strategies

Niqash | Mustafa Habib | Baghdad Campaigning for Iraq’s elections started last week. Almost immediately the nation’s streets were covered in campaign posters. Now locals say reading between the posters’ lines it’s possible to discern hidden messages about new alliances, trends in candidature and the shifting political landscape as well as answer questions like: Why...
Interview Gertrude Bell Documentary: ‘She Would be Unhappy with Iraq Today’

Interview Gertrude Bell Documentary: ‘She Would be Unhappy with Iraq Today’

Victorian-era explorer Gertrude Bell contributed much to the making of what is now modern Iraq. And now Western popular culture has discovered her. A major Hollywood movie is in the making as well as an in-depth documentary. NIQASH spoke to the directors of the documentary, Letters from Baghdad, to ask them whether Bell – and...
Najaf's Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Najaf’s Shiite Seminaries Enter 21st Century

Ali Mamouri – AlMonitor The Shiite seminary (hawza) in Najaf witnessed huge developments in its educational program in the mid-20th century, especially between the 1940s and 1960s. The number of students ranged between 15,000 and 20,000, and they came from various countries that have Shiite populations. More than 1,000 students used to attend the lessons...
Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Iraqi Elections, Iranian Interests

Kenneth M. Pollack Iran@SABAN A major event for Iran is barely a month away, though few in Washington seem to be paying attention. On April 30, Iraq will hold national elections. A lot is riding on these elections, including the future stability of Iraq. And that is of no small concern to Tehran, which seems...
Day of Action for The Tigris

Day of Action for The Tigris

The International Day of Action for Rivers By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris and the Iraqi Marshes Campaign  On 14 March the annual International Day of Action for Rivers was celebrated all over the world. This day coincided with the second anniversary of the Save the Tigris campaign, which was founded in 2012....
EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

EU expresses support for Iraqi, Syrian civil society

The international community has tried various approaches to confront ethnic conflict in the Middle East. International bodies have usually contented themselves with just issuing statements when a human rights violation occurs, and sometimes have supported specific political parties against others. They have focused on vulnerable groups such as minorities, while their positions often neglect members...
The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

The Water Of The Tigris River: An Opportunity For Trans-Boundary Cooperation

By Toon Bijnens, ICSSI and Save the Tigris Campaign How can Iraq safeguard its water provision from the Tigris river? This was one of the central questions at last week’s Sulaimani Forum at the American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniah, as four water experts gathered for a panel discussion on the issue. With the opening...
British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

British report: The cost of Anbar war is 7 million $ a day, Iraq will be bankrupt in 2017!

Thursday, 27 February 2014 AlShafaq News A report issued by the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) , based in London warned on Thursday from the bankruptcy of Iraq in three years because of the budget deficit, which now threatens the Iraqi oil sector clearly , as the report indicated that the military operations in...
Campaign to reject the sectarian Jaafari law of personal status in Iraq!

Campaign to reject the sectarian Jaafari law of personal status in Iraq!

Date: 02/03/2014 Since more than ten years, the sectarianism Islamic political parties in Iraq are seeking to impose their control and authority and laws on Iraqis, they practiced their corruption in every field of people’s life. Since the first day of their arrival to the chairs of power with the support of the U.S. occupation...
Updated profiles for 18 governorate of  Iraq

Updated profiles for 18 governorate of Iraq

The Joint Analysis Unit (JAU), prepared 18 governorate profiles for Iraq presenting key socio-economic indicators including education, poverty, food security, labour force, access to essential services, security, displacement, and the MDGs. The Joint Analysis Unit (JAU), is a UN unit  acts as the coordinating body for information analysis between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT)...