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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.
The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

The Shakoufyan Cultural Center Opens in Hit City

By Shakoufyan, Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 22, 2017 On the evening of 12 August, 2017, in Hit, youth opened the Shakoufyan Cultural Center. This new center, which contains a small library, a café and a theater for activities, workshops, seminars and literary events, is one of...
The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

The Perils of Private Education: A Seminar by the Ofok Organization and the ISF

By Ofok Organization and ICSSI Secretariat – August 22, 2017 On 7 August 2017, the Ofok Organization for Human Development organized a seminar entitled “Private schools and their impact on education in Iraq”, for a number of educators and others interested in education issues. During the session, the discussions focused...
A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

A Training for Humat Dijlah Activists in Preparation for the Regional Water Forum

Preparations are underway to organize the Regional Water Forum at the beginning of next year, scheduled to be held in Iraq. For this occasion, Humat Dijlah and the Iraqi Social Forum organized training on 6-7 August 2017 entitled, “How to use water as a means of building peace”. The training...
In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

In Hit and Ramadi, Young Volunteers Work for Peaceful Coexistence and Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariat – August 15, 2017 Now that the Upper Euphrates cities have been liberated from Daesh, they need the attention and cooperation of all. We hope that this region, which has suffered so much, will once again be a key player in the process...
Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

Kut Activists Train in Nonviolence

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 15, 2017 On 4-5 August 2017, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), in cooperation with the Democratic Cultural Forum in Kut, organized a training to prepare youth volunteers to become facilitators in nonviolence; the training involved a group of 11 young activists...
Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

Youth Teams in Sulaymaniya Cooperate to Promote Nonviolence as a Means of Social Change

By Iraqi Social Forum and ICSSI Secretariats – August 12, 2017 On 16-17 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) organized a training at the Youth Forum Hall in Sulaymaniya called, Nonviolent Facilitation in Society, The training included 10 young Sulaymaniyans, including 5 women. The participants were from the Y-peer Network...
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Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Young Iraqi Filmmakers Break Taboos

Omar al-Jaffal, Al-Monitor, 20/07/2017 BAGHDAD, Iraq Iraq is witnessing the growth of a new generation of young filmmakers, but they face serious challenges from society over the content of the films. Two young Iraqi filmmakers have been taking on forbidden subjects in their productions despite the risks involved from offending tribal customs and traditions as well as some...
Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Powerful Tools: Meeting Diwaniya’s Only Female Furniture Maker

Manar al-Zubaidi, NIQASH 20.07.2017  |  Diwaniya In Iraq, working on furniture is typically a man’s job. But one independent woman in Diwaniya is reupholstering and sandpapering her way through that wooden ceiling. When Janat Mohammed’s mother died around seven months ago, she was depressed for a long time. In trying to fill up her spare time and...
Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Meeting Iraqi Kurdistan’s Lone Water Keeper

Maaz Farhan, NIQASH, 19/07/2017 Iraqi Kurdistan could have a serious water problem by 2025, authorities say. One Sulaymaniyah man is using his skills as an artist and video maker to highlight pollution in local waterways. Even the fish don’t get to swim where they want to in Iraqi Kurdistan, says Nabil Musa, a 40-year-old local...
Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

Eid in Mosul: A Youth Initiative Brings Together People from all over Iraq to Visit Mosul during Eid

After three years of forced isolation from its motherland imposed by Daesh, Mosul re-emerged this June to celebrate its first Eid since liberation. Many citizens from all governorates of Iraq participated in the celebration which was part of a youth initiative called ‘Eid in Mosul’. The ‘convoy of freedom’, as organizers called the event, was...
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...
Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

Key Factors which Impact the Protection and Safety of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs)

On 7 and 8 July 2017, women activists from across Iraq gathered to participate in two focus groups organized by the Iraqi Women Journalists Forum. These meetings provided participants the opportunity to meet and discuss factors affecting the protection and safety of women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Support for WHRDs is a primary concern for...
Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Source: ABC American arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $US3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artefacts smuggled from the Middle East that the Government alleges were intentionally mislabelled, US federal prosecutors have said. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York in which the Oklahoma City-based corporation consented...
The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

The Cross-Sectarian, King-Making Alliance Planned For Next Iraqi Elections

Mustafa Habib / Niqash One of Iraq’s most powerful political groupings, the Sadrist movement, is trying to form a new alliance that may unite secular, Sunni and Kurdish parties. It would be a first for Iraq. But it could also be a trap. The Sadrist movement has had a busy few months. The Iraqi political...
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...
Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Amnesty says Iraq and Allies Violated International Law in Mosul Battle

Source: Reuters Reporting by: Stephen Kalin; Editing by Paul Tait Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led military coalition backing them in the battle for Mosul that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes. The rights group said in a report...
After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

After Cutting of Water Flows, Iraqis Turn to Protest against Iranian Dams

This week, a group of protesters demonstrated near the Iranian Consulate in Sulaymaniyah. Their issue: Iranian dams that have stemmed the water flows to the Kurdistan Region. The particular reason is the construction of the hydro-electric Sardasht Dam in Iran. Starting from June 23 2017 this Dam had lead to a reduction of 80% in...
The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

The Fight for the Northern Iraq-Syria Border

Michael Knights – Washington Institute At the symbolic level, Iran and its proxies are achieving great success in planting their flags along this contested frontier, but real control will entail the much tougher task of establishing permanent bases and logistical arrangements. The Iraq-Syria border has emerged in recent months as the hottest piece of real estate...