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Using Art to Build Peace and Stand Up to Violence

From 28-29 June, the Arts of Peace Team from the Iraqi Social Forum’s nonviolence masar (path) organized a workshop entitled “Tools for building peace and combating violent extremism.” 26 trainees were introduced to various strategies which use art to stand up to violence. Participants volunteered in a few different campaigns and acquired crucial practical experience. […]

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Najaf Forum Campaign To Confront The Rhetoric Of Extremism

In cooperation with the Najaf Social Forum and the campaign launched by the Forum “Countering the Speeches of Extremism” at the beginning of last June, the People’s Committee for the Protection of Antiquities and Heritage in Iraq held a dialogue session entitled German Institute of Archeology in Iraq, Archaeological cooperation in Najaf and other places. […]

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Can Iraq get its water wheels on UNESCO World Heritage List?

ِAL-MONITOR BY: Adnan Abu Zeed  Iraq has been working for the last three months to rehabilitate its historical norias in Hit, a city located in western Iraq on the banks of the upper Euphrates River. The Iraqi government aims to inscribe these water wheels, which played an important role in the irrigation of the land for centuries, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. […]

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Artists persevere in Iraq despite death threats

ِAL-MONITOR BY :Adnan Abu Zeed A recent open-air fashion show in Basra raised the ire of some clerics and Islamist groups. Afterward, residents felt the wrath of one cleric in particular who blamed them for not stopping the show and called their lack of action shameful. He also criticized the state for protecting “this debauchery.” The administrative committee of the Artists’ Union in […]

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Big Jump for Hasankeyf and Tigris River in 15 Countries

Statement by Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf and Mesopotamia Ecology Movement, 14 July 2019 Successful “Big Jump” actions for Hasankeyf and Tigris River! Resistance continues against Ilisu Dam! Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world […]

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Harassment is a Key Issue for the Baghdad Council For Social Cohesion

On 23 June 2019 at the Baghdad Hotel Hall, the Baghdad Council for Social Cohesion held a dialogue session on the phenomenon of harassment and the urgent need to develop effective means of confronting it, from both a social and an economic perspective. Recognizing the profound impact harassment has on women’s lives led 21 people […]

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Falluja Social Cohesion Council implements A Successful Session on Workers’ Challenges

The Falluja Social Cohesion Council held a workshop with the Economic and Social Rights masar (path) within the Iraqi Social Forum to discuss the challenges facing municipal and education workers on 22 June 2019. The meeting began by introducing the path of Economic and Social Rights and reviewing the most important activities that it has […]

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Iraqi PM Issues Decree Curbing Powers of Iran-Allied Militias

Prepared by Hassan Ammar – Edit Lilian Wajdi Reuters BAGHDAD, 1 July 2019 (Reuters) – On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree heavily curbing the powers of majority Iran-backed Shi’ite militia groups, forcing them to integrate further into the country’s formal armed forces. This decree came two weeks after the first […]

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Depleted Uranium Damage In Iraq, Deferred File, Will It Be Reopened?

By: Al-Fanar Media Souad Naji al-Azzawi, an Iraqi environmental scientist, has devoted much of her professional life to studying one of the thorniest problems remaining from the years of war in her home country—the effect of depleted uranium weapons on the Iraqi environment and on human health. Iraq’s environment suffered enormous damage in nearly four […]

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A Message on Ilisu Dam From Iraqi Civil Society to the Turkish Government

Humat Dijlah Association (Tigris River Protectors) – the Iraqi partner for Save the Tigris Campaign – and a wide range of Iraqi civil society organizations, movements, and individuals (signed below) address the Turkish Government to abandon the decision to flood the Ilisu Dam because of the serious environmental effects that will affect directly on Iraq. […]

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Creating New Water Protectors and Activating Environmental Advocacy Movements

The Peace Forums in Anbar (Hit, Ramadi and Falluja), working within the framework of the Iraqi Social Forum and in collaboration with the Humat Dijla, recently held a training workshop on creating new water protectors and activating environmental advocacy movements in the three cities. 17 activists in the field of environment and water from local […]

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The World Heritage Committee Should Step Up to Protect the Iraqi Marshes From Harm – A Report On the 2019 WHC Session in Baku

With the filling of the Ilisu Dam reservoir imminent, the annual session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Baku, Azerbaijan was an important opportunity to address the key threats to the Iraqi Marshes with policymakers. Minimum water flows to the heritage site have not been met in the past 2 years. Since dam […]

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