ICCSI Newsletter n. 04 year 2015

Announcing the Iraqi Social Forum 2015. Join us in Baghdad!

A thematic Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace has been launched by Iraqi civil society organizations, and will take place in Baghdad from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2015. During the Forum we will host a Mini-Marathon for Peace to celebrate the International Day of Nonviolence on the 2nd of October. Read the call and register online! >>

Victory of anti-corruption protests in Iraq. Statement by the Iraqi Social Forum

The Iraqi Council of Representatives unanimously voted this week on a paper of reforms to combat corruption and government waste, that was approved by the Council of Ministers in an extraordinary session held last Sunday. This is a result of the public pressure produced in the past two weeks by massive social protests that took place in many Iraqi provinces. >>

Videos on demonstrations in Baghdad

Watch these exceptional videos on the demonstrations in Tahrir Sqare, Baghdad. People are singing, police smile at activists and distribute water to them, women feel confident enough to be in the crowd. Another Iraqi is possible, indeed! >>

After ISIS: Perspectives of Displaced Communities from Ninewa on Return to Iraq's Disputed Territory

Recently, military developments and international involvement have resulted in ISIS retreating from some areas previously under its control in Iraq. IDP communities struggle to return while the potential for renewed conflict remains alarmingly high. A report comissioned by PAX in order to prepare for conflict sensitive peace building programs. >>

Alternatives to War: Eight Things the US Should do Regarding Daesh

When it comes to dealing with US policy towards ISIS, there are two critical understandings. One requires rejecting George W. Bush's post-9/11 claim that the only choice was "we either go to war, or we let 'em get away with it." That was not the only choice for dealing with al Qaeda then, it is not the only choice for dealing with ISIS now. War or nothing is never the only choice. >>

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