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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.
In Their Third Year, Kahramana Path Shines Demanding the Freedom of Running for Women

In Their Third Year, Kahramana Path Shines Demanding the Freedom of Running for Women

Arabic | عربي Women have never stood still waiting to get their basic rights. One of those rights is the freedom of running down the streets without harassment. On 9 March 2019, International Women’s Day, the Sport Against Violence organization and the Kahramana masar (path) held their third race for...
"Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia" - Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum

“Water is Under Assault in Mesopotamia” – Final Declaration 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum

Arabic | عربي Herewith the final declaration of the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum, which was held on April 6-8, 2019 in Sulaimani (Sulaymaniyah) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. More than 180 water activists from the Mesopotamia region and other countries gathered for the 3-day forum at Sulaimani University. Several...
Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

Diyala Social Forum Installs Informational Signs to Prevent Pollution in Khraissan River

English | انجليزي The Diyala Social Forum has begun efforts to address these pollution problems in their province. Pointing to the pollution of the Khraissan River, the Diyala Social Forum created a working group to study solutions that could be implemented to reduce this pollution. An urgent meeting was held...
As World Water Day Approaches, Tigris Protectors Highlight Iraq’s Water Challenges

As World Water Day Approaches, Tigris Protectors Highlight Iraq’s Water Challenges

Arabic | عربي 22 March marks World Water Day, when millions of people around the world raise their voices each year to highlight those struggling to protect rivers and waters. In Baghdad, the Tigris River Protectors Association, in collaboration with the Arts for Peace team, organized an event on Mutannabi...
Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion holds Inaugural Workshop with Environment and Water Masar

On 12 January 2019, the Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion held its first workshop with the Environment and Water masar (path) of the Iraqi Social Forum. The workshop focused on water and environmental pollution challenges. In attendance were 15 trainees from the Baghdad Council as well as representatives of the...
I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

I Have A Dream, I Have A Bicycle 2

عربي | Arabic Baraa Mahmoud, Sport Against Violence organization Cycling is one of the most accessible sports, great for staying healthy, and can even boost energy. For the second consecutive year, Babylon Tower Foundation in cooperation with the Sport Against Violence organization held the “I Have A Dream, I Have...
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Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead

Iraq Fears Bevy of Levees Will Mean Parched Years Ahead

Omar Sattar, Al-Monitor, 5 April 2019 BAGHDAD — Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the largest dams in Iraq, the threat of drought persists. Turkey is now taking the necessary steps to fill its controversial Ilisu Dam, while Iran continues to cut off tributaries of the rivers flowing...
Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

Letter of support from the European Water Movement to the Mesopotamian Water Forum

Arabic | عربي With this letter, the members and allies of the European Water Movement express their support and solidarity to the people organizing the Mesopotamian Water Forum, a civil society forum on the alternative management of Euphrates and Tigris rivers and their tributaries in Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that will take place between...
The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching - A Landmark Event!

The First Mesopotamian Water Forum is Approaching – A Landmark Event!

عربي | Arabic Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 3 April 2019 The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, historic lifelines of Mesopotamia, stretch across the states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran. In past decades these rivers have faced environmental degradation and politicization through large dams, river diversions and unsustainable management at the expense of the peoples...
Planning for Yazidi Genocide Museum Underway in Iraq

Planning for Yazidi Genocide Museum Underway in Iraq

عربي | Arabic Al-Monitor Saad Salloum BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government and the United Nations are working together to establish a museum documenting Islamic State (IS) atrocities against the Yazidi religious minority in Sinjar.  The idea stemmed from a 2018 visit by representatives of UNESCO and the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq to the village of Kocho in the Sinjar district of Ninevah province. Residents...
Iraq’s Religious Leaders Join Hands to Promote Peaceful Coexistence

Iraq’s Religious Leaders Join Hands to Promote Peaceful Coexistence

Arabic | عربي Al-Monitor Written by Saad Salloum KARBALA, Iraq — A high-ranking Shiite cleric delegation from Najaf visited the holy Yazidi temple in Lalish northern Iraq on March 17. Yazidis witnessed a horrible genocide by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The visit is a part of a campaign carried out by Shiite clerics to gather...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: Can Local Communities Influence Water Management in the Tigris-Euphrates River Basins?

Arabic | عربي From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a...
Iraq's Ancient City of Ur: Source of Law, Site of Wonder

Iraq’s Ancient City of Ur: Source of Law, Site of Wonder

Marta Bellingreri – AlMonitor Walking toward the Ziggurat of Ur, a massive Sumerian temple dedicated to the moon god Nannar, tourists often can’t help but express their awe. Representative of their excitement is one visitor who remarked, “It’s incredible! I studied it when I was at the primary school! My heart is beating like a drum!” Ali Zughair, a professor...
Will Iraq Lose Its Benefits From Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?

Will Iraq Lose Its Benefits From Shatt al-Arab River to Iran?

Arabic | عربي Al-Monitor Omar al-Jaffal Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Baghdad March 11 to endorse the two countries’ renewed commitment to the 1975 Algiers Agreement regarding the shared border of the Shatt al-Arab River. The agreement has sat idle for decades, as Iraq has attempted to evade what it sees as unfair terms. However, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi...
Baghdad welcomes its guests from all over the world in the ICSSI conference

Baghdad welcomes its guests from all over the world in the ICSSI conference

Arabic | عربي Taif Sabah Alwachi \ Baghdad Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Welcome dear audience at the annual 8th conference of the Iraq civil society solidarity initiative. First of all, on behalf of my colleagues in the initiative, and on behalf of all of you, I would like to thank the Association of Iraqi...
Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

Countdown to Mesopotamian Water Forum 2019: What Are the Threats to Water Quality and River Health in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin?

From 6-8 April 2019 the 1st Mesopotamian Water Forum will take place at the University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. A unique space for open and public dialogue about the status and access of bodies of water in the Mesopotamia. This event will be an important opportunity to promote a society-wide coalition for...
“Reflections on 10 Years of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative”

“Reflections on 10 Years of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative”

Arabic | عربي Terry Kay Rockefeller Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference For the first time in our ten-year history, the ICSSI meets in Baghdad—how wonderful! The first time I was in Baghdad was almost exactly 16 years ago. I came with other Americans who hoped that if we went home and told the stories...
2nd Annual Diwaniyah Peace and Environment Festival

2nd Annual Diwaniyah Peace and Environment Festival

Arabic | عربي On 14 February, under the name “Diwaniyah Festival for Love and Peace,” the Diwaniyah Environment and Peace Forum held its second annual festival to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the people of Diwaniyah. The festival was held in the gardens of Al Hurriya Family Park, where the festival included artistic and musical events,...