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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.
Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Water and its Infrastructure are not Weapons of War, Protect Civilians’ Right to Water in Iraq

Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign Tuesday 15 July 2014   The Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign is concerned that parties involved in the current conflict in Iraq and Syria might resort to using water and its infrastructure as a weapon of war. Over the past weeks,...
Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions

Amnesty International – after spreading evidence of extrajudicial executions of detainees by government forces and Shi’a militias in the Iraqi cities of Tal ‘Afar, Mosul and Ba’quba, confirmed and expanded by a report of Human Rights Watch on mass murder of Sunni prisoners – published a new alarming report on...
A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

A Call from The Iraqi Social Forum to Civil Society Groups and Social Movements Inside and Outside Iraq for Positive and Constructive Social Action

The National Committee of the Iraqi Social Forum Baghdad 09/07/2014 Our country, Iraq, is suffering under the weight of a merciless attack which threatens our territorial integrity, seeds discord between the various sects of the Iraqi people, which cares not a bit for the safety of the people, and which...
Iraq's Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Iraq’s Assyrian Christians Fear ISIS Threat to Heritage!

Mohammed A. Salih – Almonitor ALQOSH, Iraq — When militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) — now known as the Islamic State — stormed Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, on June 10, Um Hanna and her extended seven-member family hastily rushed toward the safer town of Alqosh, 50 kilometers (31...
ISIS, oil and war!

ISIS, oil and war!

DW – Iraq ISIS militants are selling oil from their conquered territories, further fueling tensions in the region. This has caused uncertainty on the world market, but could also lead to a drop in global oil prices. First al-Omar and now al-Tanak: The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and...
Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Iraq: New Guidelines Silence Media

Emergency Decree Also Puts Pressure on Critical Reporting JULY 3, 2014 – Human Rights Watch (Baghdad) – Iraq’s new media guidelines are so vague as to be wide open to abuse. The guidelines unjustifiably restrict freedom of the press, including by requiring pro-governmental coverage. The government-run Communications and Media Commission (CMC)...
Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference - Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Call for International Participants to Attend The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference – Oslo, Norway, 2-4 November 2014

Iraqi and international members of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraqi Social Forum have been working over the last several months to organize an international conference concerning civil society in Iraq. Following an invitation by the Norway Social Forum to take part in their biannual event, in...
USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

USLAW Statement: NO Iraq War Replay!

Statement adopted by “US Labor Against the War” Steering Committee, June 25, 2014 A majority of working people opposed the Iraq War and participated in the eight year struggle to end it. We felt great relief when the last troops departed Iraq in 2011. U.S. Labor Against the War opposes...
DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh - 22 June 2014

DONATE NOW: Water Emergency in Qaraqosh (Bakhdeda) and Karemlesh – 22 June 2014

Appeal by Un ponte per… Update of June 29 – Some 70% of Christian IDPs from Qaraqosh and Karemlesh (Ninewa Region, Hamdaniya – Mosul), who recently fled to Ankawa due to fights between ISIS/ISIL forces and KRG military forces, have gone back to their homes after an appeal by the...
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In Breach of Official Advice Meant to Prevent Unnecessary Suffering, US Fired Depleted Uranium at Civilian areas in Iraq

In Breach of Official Advice Meant to Prevent Unnecessary Suffering, US Fired Depleted Uranium at Civilian areas in Iraq

US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds The Guardian Dutch peace group Pax says findings show US was in breach of official advice meant to prevent suffering in conflicts Rob Edwards US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official...
The Initiative of Iraqi Intellectuals for the Unity of Iraq

The Initiative of Iraqi Intellectuals for the Unity of Iraq

In June 17th 2014, we are a group of Iraqi intellectuals (academics, artists, authors, journalists, and civil activists) from all Iraqi provinces including Kurdistan region, agree to launch a comprehensive national initiative to save Iraq, stop the political and security deterioration, and get our homeland out of the crucial crisis that threatens its unity.  ...
The Iraqi Alliance for Education (IAE) Call for the Protection of Displaced Students and Teaching Staff in North and West Iraq

The Iraqi Alliance for Education (IAE) Call for the Protection of Displaced Students and Teaching Staff in North and West Iraq

The Iraqi Alliance for Education (IAE) appeals to: Iraqi Government, KRG government, United Nation and the international community, Iraqi and international NGOs to protect displaced students and teaching staff in north and west Iraq. Following is the text of the appeal:   Subject /an Appeal   Iraq –June 23rd 2014   The Iraqi Alliance for...
OWFI Statement: On the Occupation of Mosul and the Cities of Western Iraq

OWFI Statement: On the Occupation of Mosul and the Cities of Western Iraq

Statement published on June 23, 2014, by the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. The Iraqi society is suffering unprecedented crisis that threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of citizens, and augments genocides and civil conflicts based on the sectarian identities that were established on the Iraqi population, and were strengthened throughout more than a...
IRAQ: CHOICES AT THE TOP

IRAQ: CHOICES AT THE TOP

BY DEXTER FILKINS The New Yorker president Obama won the White House in part by promising to end the war in Iraq, and since then he placed his faith in Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to help him do so. It was Maliki who would hold together the state that the Americans had helped build. Obama had...
Challengers Emerge to Replace Divisive Maliki

Challengers Emerge to Replace Divisive Maliki

By ALISSA J. RUBIN and ROD NORDLAND The New York Times BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials said Thursday that political leaders had started intensive jockeying to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and create a government that would span the country’s deepening sectarian and ethnic divisions, spurred by what they called encouraging meetings with American officials...
Iraq’s problems are not timeless. The U.S. is responsible.

Iraq’s problems are not timeless. The U.S. is responsible.

 Boston Review Eight years ago, Nir Rosen made a startling prediction in the pages of Boston Review: Sunnis will be cleansed from Baghdad. And the Shias will go to war against Sunnis. The Kurds, having waited for this opportunity, will secede. Today, with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) taking over cities in...
Inside Baghdad After Isis Attack: Guns, Rumours and Rising Prices

Inside Baghdad After Isis Attack: Guns, Rumours and Rising Prices

Niqash | Kholoud Ramzi | In Baghdad, embassies are shutting down, the Internet has been turned off, there’s a checkpoint on every corner and there are more weapons carried openly on the streets than ever. Food prices are rising, militias roam the streets and all anybody can talk about is whether the extremists will attack....
Militants lay siege to Iraq's largest oil refinery

Militants lay siege to Iraq’s largest oil refinery

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic militants laid siege to Iraq’s largest oil refinery Wednesday, threatening a facility key to the country’s domestic supplies as part of their ongoing lightning offensive, a top security official said. The attack comes militants have seized wide swaths of territory in Iraq — and as the specter...
A Voice From Inside Mosul

A Voice From Inside Mosul

Interview by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), with an Iraqi human rights defender (“QC”) from Mosul – the 18th of June 2014 What is the situation now in the city of Mosul? QC: In terms of the security situation, there is no fighting or bombing. The roads are open, but there is a...
Mosul, Kirkuk ,Salahuddin and Diyala: Protecting Civilians and Providing Relief to Displaced Families  Must Come First!

Mosul, Kirkuk ,Salahuddin and Diyala: Protecting Civilians and Providing Relief to Displaced Families Must Come First!

With Mosul, areas of Salahuddin and Kirkuk out of Iraqi government control, the situation for civilians there and in Iraq as a whole is increasingly dangerous. Moment by moment, the media/news agencies are busy gathering news of what has happened and continues to happen in northern Iraq, and with each report, anxiety grows. The Iraqi...
IN EXTREMISTS’ IRAQ RISE, AMERICA’S LEGACY

IN EXTREMISTS’ IRAQ RISE, AMERICA’S LEGACY

BY DEXTER FILKINS Newyorker First Falluja, then Mosul, and now the oil-refinery town of Bayji. The rapid advance of Al Qaeda-inspired militants across the Sunni heartland of northern and western Iraq has been stunning and relentless—and utterly predictable. Here’s a forecast: the bad news is just beginning. The capture of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, by...