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The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
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Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Over the past year, the Iraqi Social Forum has become a model for smaller local forums springing up throughout the country. These local forums galvanize and train young activists to work inclusively and nonviolently to create a better Iraq, one based on the values of peace and social cohesion.These values, which became dormant under the...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh. The dancing was part of...
Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

    Youth from cities all over Iraq came together in solidarity to commemorate what was lost in the terrible bombings of al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad 11 years ago. In many cities throughout the country, young people organized events on this tragic anniversary as a way to celebrate and preserve the spirit of Baghdad’s famous...
Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

  By Kawa Hassan – Eastwest On January 18, the EastWest Institute and the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) hosted a closed roundtable discussion with Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, Chairman of the Iraqi Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations (REFAATO), and Mr. Ramon Belcua, the European Union Ambassador to Iraq. The round table...
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...
The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

The Syrian City of Qamishlo Celebrates Peaceful Coexistence

Syria – Qamishlo There is virtually no disagreement about the need to ensure certain fundamental rights ​​to all people, such as the right to life, human dignity, basic freedoms, equality and justice. While respect for these rights is essential, exactly how they are realized must take into account the different cultures and peoples who practice...
Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

Success Stories in Nonviolence from Iraqi Youth

A youth panel on non-violence, organized by the Iraqi Social Forum and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Baghdad – October 2017 On 21 October, in a unique event in Baghdad, the Baghdad La-Onf group, which works closely with the Iraqi Social Forum to promote nonviolent principles and action, organized their first youth panel. The...
International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

International Peace Day Celebrated Across Iraq

Each year on the International Day of Peace, 21 September, the UN invites people across the world to take part in celebrations which bring together civil society and citizens from all over the globe.  This year in Iraq, youth came together across 9 different locations for celebrations organized by the Iraqi Social Forum, its subsidiary...
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...
“Baghdad, the City of Peace" ... Young Iraqis Defy Violence

“Baghdad, the City of Peace” … Young Iraqis Defy Violence

Alhurra On 16 August 2017, at a park on the Tigris River, hundreds of Iraqis gathered to celebrate the seventh annual Baghdad City of Peace Carnival, in the middle of Baghdad, where violence has been a constant presence for years. “The aim of this Carnival is to change the negative image of Baghdad,” one of...
A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

A Mosaic: The Experience of Building Peace, Day by Day

The Aley district is one of the beautiful “green lungs” of Lebanon, a charming hilly area located 15 kilometers south of Beirut. The absence of the city’s never-ending traffic, together with an explosion of trees and flowers, as well as the delicate cream color of many of the buildings in Aley — all in a typical...
Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Mosul After Liberation: Ensuring that Civll Society has a Voice

Al Abadi’s declaration on 9 July 2017 that Mosul had been liberated from Daesh sent waves of joy and relief throughout much of Iraq. Celebrations occurred across the country to mark the release of Mosul from the brutal and violent grip of Daesh. Since 2014, when Al Baghdadi declared a caliphate from the now destroyed...