Author: Iraqi Thoughts

The role of civil society and media in countering hatred and fostering inclusion in Iraq

I was just sixteen years old in 2003 when US troops toppled Saddam Hussein, a dictator who led Iraq for thirty years and who feared any institutions separate from the state of the ruling party. Up until then, I had spent all of my life on my grandfather’s farm, walking five miles back and forth every day to attend the school closest to our small village. During all these years, no one discussed the idea of civil society, neither in school nor in the community. Civil society organizations were paralyzed or dominated by the government solely to carry out...

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“Nujaifi, Erdogan, and Abadi All Walk Into a Bar…”

Brandon Wallace In Ankara’s pursuit of greater influence in Kirkuk and Mosul, Turkish support has inflated a paramilitary force that, if collapsed, could generate diminishing returns for security in Nineveh. Turkey has created a security liability in northern Iraq. When Daesh terrorists overran Mosul in 2014, the then governor of Nineveh- Athil al-Nujaifi- fled the city for Erbil. Parliament removed Nujaifi of his gubernatorial duties the following year, and an Iraqi court issued a warrant for his arrest that October. Nujaifi was suspected of securing the invitation of Turkish troops to a base in Bashiqa- 20 km northeast of...

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Reform Policies and Reality Tests

Many countries often go through different types of political, security, economic or social crises that is reflected in the daily reality of their societies. If these crises are not addressed objectively and carefully, they will have direct and negative repercussions on the nature of the relationship between governments and their citizens. These repercussions can also have a negative effect on different communities within societies. The search for remedies for these challenges faced by states require all stakeholders to take stock of the real causes of the crisis even if it leads to admission of mismanagement. Great challenges  Having said...

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Iraq’s Ailing Healthcare

On April 1, Iraq’s health minister, Adila Al-Aboudi of the Dawa Tandheem party from the State of Law Coalition, was summoned to parliament for questioning by Sadrist MP, Awad Al-Awadi. Despite hailing from one of the most criticized ministries, Aboudi survived a vote of no confidence due to political motives to prevent the Sadrists from gaining a partisan victory for their “reform movement” instead of a true vote on the minister’s performance in office. Nevertheless, the blame for corruption and mishandling of the health ministry is borne not only by Aboudi, but also by past health ministers and the...

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