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Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Iraqi Elections and U.S. Interests: Taking the Long View

Washington Institute – Michael Knights The emerging vote tallies are just the beginning of government formation in Iraq, and they indicate a need to focus on U.S. principles, not specific outcomes. Despite an evidently strong showing by Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon alliance in Iraq’s May 12 vote, “hot takes” are particularly useless for Iraqi elections, because the...
Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq elections: All you need to know

Iraq’s parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. by Arwa Ibrahim – Al Jazeera News, 8 May 2018 Iraqis will head to the polls on May 12 to elect a new national parliament, which will serve as the basis for the formation of a new government....
The Controversial Iraqi Militia That Now Prefers Social Work To Politics

The Controversial Iraqi Militia That Now Prefers Social Work To Politics

Mustafa Habib – Niqash The fight against extremists is almost over and one of the country’s often-controversial Shiite Muslim militias is doing good deeds and eschewing politics. Is the al-Abbas Combat Brigade too good to be true? For the people of Basra, unexploded ordinances and long-forgotten mines have been an ongoing concern; the explosives were...
Will Iraq's New 'Tribal court' Undermine Rule of Law?

Will Iraq’s New ‘Tribal court’ Undermine Rule of Law?

Mustafa Saadoun – Al-monitor BAGHDAD — Amid Iraqi calls to reinforce the rule of law and strengthen Iraqi state institutions, the Ministry of Justice announced March 28 a new initiative for “arbitration” among tribes, allowing a team of tribal elders to intervene as arbitrators in resolving all possible disputes and conflicts between Iraqi tribes. According to a statement by the Ministry of Justice,...
Iraq Establishes National Oil Company

Iraq Establishes National Oil Company

Al-monitor By Adnan Abu Zeed The Iraqi parliament voted March 5 on the National Oil Company draft law, which regulates oil production and exports and fairly distributes its revenues to the different regions of Iraq. The clauses of the law stipulate that a percentage of oil imports be divided to Iraqis residing in the country as well as...
The Long Road Home: Achieving durable solutions to displacement in Iraq - lessons from returns in Anbar

The Long Road Home: Achieving durable solutions to displacement in Iraq – lessons from returns in Anbar

Report from: Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee. (To download the full version of the report click here) In December 2017, after three years of conflict which displaced 5.8 million people, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State group (ISIS). As Coalition-backed Iraqi forces slowly regained territory, many people...
Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

Iraq: Families of Alleged Daesh Members Denied IDs

By Human Rights Watch – Feb 25, 2018 (Beirut) – Iraqi security officers are routinely denying relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS- Daesh) members the security clearance needed to obtain identity cards and other documents, Human Rights Watch said today. Denying government benefits because of perceived family relationships instead of individual security...
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...