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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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'Crashing waves' of jihadists fray soldiers' nerves in Mosul battle

‘Crashing waves’ of jihadists fray soldiers’ nerves in Mosul battle

  By Dominic Evans and Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD – Reuters A week after his tank division punched through Islamic State defenses on the southeast edge of Mosul, an Iraqi army colonel says the fight to drive the militants out of their urban stronghold is turning into a nightmare. Against a well-drilled, mobile and brutally...
The Sky's Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

The Sky’s Limit: No new fossil fuel development.

One year ago in Paris, the world came together to finalize a new agreement to address the climate crisis. Together, countries committed to “[h]olding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would...
PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

PAX Iraq Alert IV | October 24th 2016

Mosul: Peacebuilding After ISIS With the offensive on Mosul unfolding, awareness is growing that one day, military groups united in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq will no longer have a common enemy. New conflict dynamics will emerge that need to be addressed urgently. While the need for a longer-term political strategy is now broadly...
Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

Military operation on Mosul: the statement of UN OCHA

As the military coalition advances and re-captures territory from Daesh militants, every military action is generating humanitarian needs. UN Secretary Gen. for Humanitarian Affairs O’Brien declared on Sept. 21, 2016: “The shortfall for the Mosul preparations comes in context of underfunding for the Humanitarian Response Plan – the backbone of the Iraq humanitarian operation –...
POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

POST-SISTANI IRAQ, IRAN, AND THE FUTURE OF SHIA ISLAM

Hayder al-Khoei- war on the Rocks During a recent trip to my hometown of Najaf in southern Iraq, I stumbled across a book titled My Leader Khamenei in the personal library of a cleric studying in the Islamic seminary known as the Hawza. He had picked it up at a bookstore near the shrine of Imam Ali, where...
No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

No Way To Get Funding: Iraqi Kurdistan’s Law on NGOs Must Change, NGOs Say

By Abdul-Khaleq Dosky – published by Niqash Non-governmental organisations in Iraqi Kurdistan are lobbying for a change in the regional law relating to their work. They say the decades-old law is preventing them from doing their job. 12.05.2016  |  Dohuk Iraqi schoolchildren with donated books and pens. (photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Licea) According to legal experts in the...
Announcing the Iraqi Social Forum 2015. Join us in Baghdad!

Announcing the Iraqi Social Forum 2015. Join us in Baghdad!

Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace. Baghdad, 1-3 October 2015. As Iraq experiences escalating violence that has resulted in at least 15,000 civilians killed and 30,000 injured since January 2014, the Iraqi Social Forum has consistently viewed the bloodshed as the result of long years of dictatorship and military coups, then years of...
THE OTHER BAGHDAD

THE OTHER BAGHDAD

By Francesca Borri, Freelance Journalist (June 2015). We usually simplify Iraq, and its 35 million population, by splitting it into a Shia south, a Sunni centre, and a Kurdish north. Each city, yet, each area of Iraq is rather a blend of different ethnic groups and confessional communities – or of Iraqis who see their...
Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

Iraqi Journalists Likely to Face Exponential Rise in Risks in 2015

ICSSI: Suzanne DeRouen Reporters Without Borders’ (RWB) 2015 World Press Freedom Index reports that, due to the presence of Daesh and the subsequent worsening security situation as well as the government’s chokehold on the press in remaining regions still under its control, Iraq ranked 153 out of 180 countries in 2014  (down three spots from...
Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Iraq: Militias Escalate Abuses, Possibly War Crimes

Human Rights Watch – New York Killings, Kidnappings, Forced Evictions Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi security forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months. Residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped, and in some cases summarily executed. At least 3,000 people have fled their homes in the Muqdadiyya area of Diyala province...
Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

Join Iraqi activists at the World Social Forum! (Tunis, 24-28 March 2015)

In 2015, four years after the Arab spring, the World Social Forum (WSF) will gather again in Tunis, from March 24 to 28. This international meeting of social movements, unions and NGOs that share an alternative vision for the world, based on social and environmental justice, has definitely moved its axes from Latin American, where...
Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

Solidarity with the Iraqi Social Forum from Bangladesh

by Quazi Baby  Quazi Baby is Executive Director of the Participatory Development Action Program, which she founded in 1996 to work on human rights, women’s and children’s rights, and the right to housing and land. At the South Asian Social Forum, held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November of 2011, she organized two workshops with the...