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Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Erbil Hosts Thousands of Injured IDPs and Treats Hundreds

Shafaq News  On Thursday, the first of December, the Directorate of Health in Erbil City, the capital of Kurdistan Iraq, announced that its hospitals are full of injuries of the ongoing military operations to liberate Mosul, It claimed that the hospitals have no capacity nor space to receive more patients, and called for the KRG...
The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

The opening of the National Curricula and Assessment Center in Erbil

UNESCO Office for Iraq Erbil, 13 November 2016 – the new “National Curricula and Assessment Center” in Erbil was officially opened by H. Exc. Dr. Pshtiwan Sadiq Abdallah , Minister of Education of the Krdistan Regional Government, with the participation of UNESCO and UNICEF. The Center and its staff will play a leading role in...
Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

Roundtable opens door for Iraqi reporting on the killing journalists and the issue of impunity

 UNESCO Office for Iraq Baghdad, 2 November 2016 –  a meeting of 15 senior officials from government, the Council of Representatives and representatives of the Iraqi media profession discussed information-sharing and reporting by Iraq on the safety of journalists. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Hamid Khalef from the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (PMAC) and...
Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

Pledge Your Allegiance: Iraqi Policemen Who ‘Repented’ To Extremists, Not Allowed To Return Home

An Iraqi soldier in Fallujah stands next to IS group graffiti that has been crossed out. (photo: احمد الربيعي) Kamal al-Ayash : Niqash The Islamic State forced Anbar’s policemen to repent. Now those men want to return home – but the government won’t let them, saying they are deserters who may have sided with extremists....
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Iraqi Kurdistan’s ‘Superstar’ Politicians Fight Corruption – But Do They Do Any Good?

Political celebs, from left to right: Farsat Sofi, Ali Hama Salih, Soran Omar, Sherko Jawdat, Izzat Saber.   Maaz Farhan :Niqash A handful of Iraqi Kurdish politicians have become well-known as anti-corruption crusaders and disloyal dissenters. But can these newly-minted political celebrities actually make a difference? Many locals in the semi-autonomous northern region of Iraqi...
The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

The Regional and Domestic Political Context of the Mosul Offensive

Sada – KIRK H. SOWELL qi security forces began direct operations to liberate Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, from the Islamic State (IS) the morning of October 17. Kurdish peshmerga forces, which controlled much of the area east and north of Mosul before 2014, began taking a series of villages east of the city....
From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

From Individual Initiatives to Democratic Organizations

Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan: From individual initiatives to democratic organizations Erbil – 21 to 22 September 2016 – The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) supports the first national conference of the Iraqi NGO “Peace and Freedom Organisation in Kurdistan.”   When it comes to forming truly democratic non-governmental organisations, with a strategy...
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...
Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

LoBelog by Ryan J. Suto The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. This first part discusses the importance of the future of...
Kurdish reporter murdered, another killed while covering fighting

Kurdish reporter murdered, another killed while covering fighting

  Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Kurdish reporter’s brutal murder on 13 August in Dahuk, in the northeast of Iraqi Kurdistan, and a TV cameraman’s death the next day while covering fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State near Mosul. Widat Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old reporter for RojNews, a news agency that...
Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

Sinjar after ISIS, a report by PAX

By PAX, June 2016 This outline of an extensive study on Sinjar, Iraq, provides an important understanding of new dynamics in areas where ISIS has retreated. In post-ISIS Sinjar, new security and political stakeholders have taken root, and local communities, affected by rounds of violence and frustrated by a lack of state protection, increasingly mobilize...