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Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of  Sports and Arts

Youth and Children at the Habbaniyah camp for IDPs Enjoy a Day of Sports and Arts

Arabic | عربي On 23 February 2019, a sports and arts event took place at the Habbiniyah camp for IDPs. Children and youth gathered to enjoy a day of fun, including foot races, expressive dance and drawing. The event was organized by the Iraqi Social Forum’s Arts of Peace and Nonviolence and Peace-building paths (masarat)...
The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy"

The Arts of Peace Team Launches a New Campaign: “Your Bullets of Joy End Our Joy”

عربي | Arabic  On 24 November 2018, at the Baghdad Academy of Humanities, as part of the Iraqi Social Forum’s 5th season, the Arts of Peace team launched a campaign against indiscriminate gunfire in Baghdad: gunshots are often used as an expression of joy and celebration but also result in the deaths of innocent bystanders....
National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism…Multiple Approaches

National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism…Multiple Approaches

عربي | Arabic During the fifth season of the Iraqi Social Forum, a workshop was held entitled, “The National Plan for the Prevention of Extremism … Multiple Approaches.” Announced at the workshop was the creation of the Iraqi Observatory for the Prevention of Extremism (IQ-OPEV). Participants and attendees included a number of activists representing the...
Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Religious and Social Tensions are Eased When A Brave Musician Follows His Dream

Arabic | عربي “Music is the only language that all humans can understand for it refines the mind and the soul; it’s the only language that knocks on the doors of human emotions”  — Ali Al-khafaf,32 years old, Al-Najaf city Ali, an ambitious young man who believes that music is a benevolent human force, dreamed...
Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Najaf Social Forum Holds 4 Events on Youth and Peacemaking

Arabic | عربي 17 November 2018 In just one week, the Najaf Social Forum organized 4 different and exciting events. The first took place on 26 September and built upon a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. People gathered together under the Bridge of the Revolution of 1920...
Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Mosul Celebrates the Return of Diversity

Arabic | عربي   Follow up Jameel Aljameel Over 400 Mosulians (the people of Mosul) celebrated the return of life and activity to their city after its liberation from Daesh in the World Youth Festival in Mosul on Sunday 12 August 2018. The festival, organized by the Italian organization Un Ponte Per… (UPP) in cooperation...
The Iraqi Social Forum Establishes an Arts of Peace Team, Laying a First Stone in a Foundation Dedicated to Nonviolence

The Iraqi Social Forum Establishes an Arts of Peace Team, Laying a First Stone in a Foundation Dedicated to Nonviolence

  Arabic | عربي   From 8-10 July, the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) held a specialized training in Baghdad to develop the capacity of youth in a new ‘Arts of Peace’ team, part of the ISF’s nonviolence masar (path). The training included a review of key strategies for building successful campaigns, starting with problem analysis,...
Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Local Forums Across Iraq Reveal a Strong and Growing Youth Movement

Over the past year, the Iraqi Social Forum has become a model for smaller local forums springing up throughout the country. These local forums galvanize and train young activists to work inclusively and nonviolently to create a better Iraq, one based on the values of peace and social cohesion.These values, which became dormant under the...
Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Mosul, an Archeological Treasure, Comes Back to Life in a Festival of Dance and Remembrance

Translated by the Secretariat of Iraqi Civil Society Initiative Sputnik Just outside the southern Iraqi city of Mosul, women of Nimrud danced to the melodies of Assyrian songs and Arab folk music. They danced for peace and for the return of life to their city since its liberation from Daesh. The dancing was part of...
Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

Activists Bring to Life the Spirit of al-Mutanabbi Street in their Own Cities: Mutanabbi Starts Here

    Youth from cities all over Iraq came together in solidarity to commemorate what was lost in the terrible bombings of al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad 11 years ago. In many cities throughout the country, young people organized events on this tragic anniversary as a way to celebrate and preserve the spirit of Baghdad’s famous...
Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

Post-ISIS Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities for a New Political Order

  By Kawa Hassan – Eastwest On January 18, the EastWest Institute and the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO) hosted a closed roundtable discussion with Dr. Mustafa Al-Hiti, Chairman of the Iraqi Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations (REFAATO), and Mr. Ramon Belcua, the European Union Ambassador to Iraq. The round table...
The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

The Tremendous Toll behind the Liberation of Mosul

By: Terry Kay Rockefeller* Civilian casualties are making headlines as we try to comprehend the true cost of liberating Mosul from Daesh.  A New York Times investigative report, “The Uncounted,” revealed the stunningly inaccurate intelligence that guided what were supposed to be targeted, strategic bombings of Daesh strongholds. The article described in detail the killing...