Violence in Southern Iraq & Shia Politics: Interview with Benedict Robin-D’Cruz – Part 1

Away from the limelight, violence continues to rage in southern Iraq in the form of tribal clashes, pro-government militia infighting and criminal violence. This violence often affects unarmed bystanders and makes life in Basra, which is already challenging due to government neglect, lack of services and rife unemployment, even more precarious. Although most residents of southern Iraq are Shia, Iraq's current political elite, which claims to represent the Shia community, has failed to address the needs of the south.

ISHM: January 4 – January 10, 2019

Key Takeaways: Iraqi officials meet U.S. and Qatari counterparts; Iraqi delegations to Israel cause uproar Government formation still incomplete; Parliament fails to pass budget New Human Rights Watch report documents torture of minors in KRG prisons; Unrest in Kirkuk after PUK raises flag of Kurdistan in the disputed city; Government formation in KRG stalls Iraqi officials praise security cooperate with U.S. and the UK; ISIS attack in Tikrit kills 2; al-Hurra journalist killed UK, Spain, U.S. pledge additional support for stabilization and humanitarian aid in Iraq; New report on Syrian refugees in Iraq; Iraqi Army shutters another IDP camp

ISHM: December 7 – December 13, 2018

This week's top headlines: No progress on government formation in Baghdad; PUK, KDP and Gorran meet to discuss cooperation and government formation in KRG - On December 7, Alsumaria News reported that the negotiations to finalize the identity of the remaining eight members of Iraq’s Cabinet was halted without any clear restart date. On December 12, Rudaw News reported that a political rift between Sunni blocs in parliament widened over the nomination for the minister of defense. On December 11, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) held a joint-meeting to improve relations and cooperation between the two majority parties in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). On December 12, the KDP met with a delegation from the Gorran Movement to discuss Gorran’s role in the formation of the next Kurdistan Regional Government.

Interview with Yazidi Activist Hazim Avdal on Post-Genocide Peace and Justice

  In 2014, the Iraqi Yazidi community, a small ethno-religious minority residing mostly in the area of Sinjar, a mountainous region in Ninewa, northwestern Iraq, was subjected to a campaign of massacres, mass kidnappings and enslavement of women, boys and girls at the hands of ISIS. Between 2,000-5,000 Yazidis lost… Read more