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The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

By: Terry Kay Rockefeller* Civilian casualties are making headlines as we try to comprehend the true cost of liberating Mosul from Daesh.  A New York Times investigative report, “The Uncounted,” revealed the stunningly inaccurate intelligence that guided what were supposed to be targeted, strategic bombings of Daesh strongholds. The article described in detail the killing...
Iraqi scholarships at the United World Colleges

Iraqi scholarships at the United World Colleges

How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other? Lester B. Pearson Iraqi students who are now 14-18 years old can apply online for scholarships at the United World Colleges, within December 15, 2017.  They can get the option to spend the next...
Invitation to attend the 4th Iraqi Social Forum event in Baghdad

Invitation to attend the 4th Iraqi Social Forum event in Baghdad

The Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) would like to invite you to the 4th annual event of the Iraqi Social Forum, to take place from 30 November – 2 December in Baghdad. The Iraqi Social Forum is a powerful space for coordination among civil society organizations and civil...
Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Stop All Military Operations Immediately, Dialogue Must Begin Now!

Fifty-seven Iraqi civil society organisations and groups, along with 12 International organisations have issued a call for an immediate end to all military operations and the initiation of dialogue between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan regional government. Our civil society appeal “NO TO WAR, NO TO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, THE ONLY SOLUTION IS DIALOGUE” asks the...
Youth of Syria Launch "We Love Qamishlo" Initiative

Youth of Syria Launch “We Love Qamishlo” Initiative

The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiate (ICSSI) Qamishli (or Qamishlo), a fertile city located in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey, is a place characterized by its diverse population, inhabited by a mixture of Arabs, Kurds, Syriac, Assyrians and Armenians. From this unique location, the youth initiative, “We Love Qamishlo”, was organized by Doz, a...
Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Issues Call to Iraqi Leadership on Conflict in Iraq

Source: Aboun.org Chaldean Patriarch Louisl Sako has issued the following statement addressing the Iraqi leadership in the wake of the unprecedented deteriorating situation in northern Iraq: These days, our country is going through unprecedented circumstances that are the result of all that happened in Iraq from the north to the south for years and until...
Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

Statement on the Kurdish Referendum from the Peace and Freedom Organization

There is No Alternative Better than Dialogue … No for Violence, No for Sanctions Peace and Freedom Organization Based on our absolute belief that there is no alternative better than dialogue, no path to peace, but peace itself is the way. We are calling and asking all Iraqi and Kurdish parties to return to the dialogue...
No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

No to War, No to Economic Sanctions, the Only Solution is Dialogue

Recognizing the role of civil society to promote peace, nonviolence, and respect for human rights, we call for dialogue to address the problems between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, for efforts to de-escalate tensions, and for the cessation of external interventions. Peace and partnership among Iraqi citizens of different backgrounds, especially...
Iraq’s Kurds Need to Put Democracy Before Independence

Iraq’s Kurds Need to Put Democracy Before Independence

The Washington Post, The Post’s View – Opinion Editorial Board, 6 October 2017 The leaders of Iraq’s Kurdistan region are suffering considerable consequences for their reckless staging of a referendum on independence late last month. The Iraqi government has teamed up with Turkey and Iran to impose tough sanctions, including a ban on international flights from Kurdish airports. Turkish...
Locals In Former Extremist Areas Live In Ruins, Cope With Lawless Militias

Locals In Former Extremist Areas Live In Ruins, Cope With Lawless Militias

Mustafa Habib – Niqash At first they celebrated the end of Daesh. But now, unemployed, living in ruins and harassed by self-organised security forces, some Iraqis are no longer feeling so lucky. When Daesh was expelled from the northern city of Mosul, locals there were happy. But now, not so much, says Qassim Badran, a...
UN Human Rights Chief “Appalled” at Iraq Mass Execution

UN Human Rights Chief “Appalled” at Iraq Mass Execution

UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Geneva, 27 September 2017 GENEVA (27 September 2017) – The mass hanging of 42 prisoners on Sunday 24 September at Al Hoot prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah raises “massive concerns” over the country’s use of the death penalty, the UN human rights chief said...
What's Next after Kurdish Independence Vote?

What’s Next after Kurdish Independence Vote?

Amberin Zaman, Al-Monitor, 25 September 2017 Erbil — Defying pressure from the United States and regional powers Turkey and Iran, millions of Kurds cast their ballots today in a historic referendum on long-fought Kurdish independence. Massoud Barzani, president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who is leading the independence drive, exuded confidence after voting at a polling station close to the...