Author: Iraqi Thoughts

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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New Polygamy Bill Challenges Iraq’s Family Dynamic

By Walaa Al-Taee In the upcoming months, Iraqi MP Jamila Al-Obeidi will present polygamy law to the Council of Representatives that would grant a financial reward to married men who choose to take another wife. Mrs. Al-Obeidi, not only believes the bill would be instrumental in solving Iraq’s problem with the growing number of widowed and divorced women, but she went on to give a televised interview calling married women who opposed the bill “selfish.” Many female MPs have already denounced the bill, claiming that giving men a sum of money to take on a second wife is “insulting to...

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Building a Nation, Between a Dream and its Possibility (Part I)

Who are we? Where do we want to go? How can we come together as Iraqis as we endeavour to march towards building a strong community against all kinds of malignant cancers such as Daesh and others? I will try to answer some of the above questions, maybe so that it can help us to define the parameters of our collective journey since the journey so far has been filled with social, security, economic and political crises. Every day we see the introduction of new initiatives, some labeled as a historic settlement initiative, others called reconciliation initiative or other...

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Can Iraqi Campuses Remain Politics Free During Election Season?

Over the past six weeks, two incidents involving politicians visiting Iraqi university campuses have been met with unhappy students protesting their visits. They were dealt with very differently and have raised serious questions and concerns about how the Iraqi state can protect freedom of speech and hold those intolerant to opposing opinions accountable. The first incident occurred on February 28, when Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi held his weekly cabinet meeting in Wasit province, south-east of Baghdad. The Prime Minister occasionally holds his cabinet meetings outside the capital to connect with the rest of the country. That day Abadi decided...

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