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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...
The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

The Colour Of Peace: The Young Artists Erasing Extremist History In Central Iraq

Kamal al-Ayash, Niqash A group of art students and their teacher is traveling around Fallujah, erasing slogans on schools and in public places, put there by the extremist Daesh group. Since April this year a strange group of men have been touring the streets of the central Iraqi city of Fallujah. They are an art...
The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

  Middle East Reaserch Institute MERI This report views the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces, PMF) as having played an intrinsic role in the provision of security in Iraq since the dramatic rise of the Islamic State (IS). However, through the lens of nationalism it analyses the negative role the PMF may play once IS...
IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

IRAQ – Holy Week multi-faith Peace March from Erbil to Alqosh

ACN Malta During Holy Week the Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon  held a 140 kilometer Peace March  “open to Christians and Muslims”, to ask for the gift of peace and an end to all violence in the Middle East. The route started in Ankawa (suburb of Erbil) and ended in  Alqosh, a city abandoned by its...
The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

The Apple of Halabja .. The Spring that did not bring Nowruz

Halabja .. An Iraqi tragedy that calls on our common humanity BAGHDAD, March 2017 Civil society activists from various organizations in Baghdad — Sawtona, La-Onf of Baghdad, and the Iraqi Social Forum — gathered for a moment of silent remembrance of the massacre in Halabja 29 years ago on Thursday, 16 March 2017 at the...
Nineveh’s Youth Conference

Nineveh’s Youth Conference

We are all Citizens Under the theme “Activating the role of the young people in the process of Peace Building and Social Cohesion after ISIS in Nineveh Governorate” Peace and Freedom org. and PAX org. within “we are all citizens” program, in cooperation with the Nineveh Provincial Council, the Youth Advisory Committee and a number...
A Lesson How To Live In Peace

A Lesson How To Live In Peace

        Afeef Mohammed – Iraq I’m from Iraq, working in the agricultural & irrigation field, got the opportunity of leaving my country for scholarship concerned with my field in Bari – Italy. Iraq is a well known wounded and continuously bleeding country due to political, religious differences; thousands of people dead and...
Civilians Fleeing Fallujah “Facing Double Jeopardy”

Civilians Fleeing Fallujah “Facing Double Jeopardy”

GENEVA – OHCHR UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the Iraqi Government to take immediate measures to ensure that all people fleeing the Daesh-occupied city of Fallujah are treated in strict accordance with international human rights and international humanitarian laws. “There are extremely distressing, credible reports that some...