16 October 2018
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The clamour of protests in Iraq has reached the ears of the top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Realising the gravity of the situation, Sistani scrambled to save his own popularity and, by extension, authority, which has been jeopardised by the people whose election he blessed not long ago. It became urgent to react because even his most devout followers demonstrated a few years ago in southern Iraq shouting shocking slogans of the type “We have been robbed in…
Iraqi politicians have shown support for widespread protests against corruption and poor public services as demonstrators clashed again with security forces in Basra on Tuesday. The country – without a new government since the May 12 elections – has been rocked by deadly rallies that erupted three weeks ago. On Tuesday thousands again demanded action over a lack of basic services and jobs. "Iraqi security forces began to disperse demonstrators in front of Basra's provincial council by using force against…
Baghdad, Iraq - For Hend Ali, there was no other option but to stay put. The 36-year-old mother of six has been living for three years now at al-Khadra, a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) tucked behind blocks of dilapidated apartment buildings in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. Like many others across the country, Hend was forced to flee her home in 2015 as military operations and ISIL attacks escalated after the armed group's fighters swept through Iraq, occupying one-third of its territory. Following Baghdad's victory over ISIL last…
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi officials should hear the worries of citizens facing chronic electricity shortages while temperatures exceed 50 degrees Celsius in the summer, The Caesar of Arabic Song, Kathem al-Saher, expressed during a live performance in Lebanon on Saturday. It is very rare for Saher, also dubbed “Iraq’s ambassador to the world,” to address the country’s political issues. However, the weeks-long protests in Iraq’s southern and central provinces caught his attention and to show his solidarity with the…
Thousands of people took to the streets of Baghdad and cities across southern Iraq on Friday in the latest protests against corruption, social ills and political leadership. Surrounded by a cordon of anti-riot personnel equipped with electric batons, protestors in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square accused leaders of being “thieves” and “corrupt”, AFP journalists said. Several hundred people shouted “No to corruption!” and “Iran out!”. Fourteen people have been killed in nearly three weeks of unrest as demonstrators have railed against power…
Baghdad: For more than three years after graduation, Karar Ala’a Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail. He once was offered a job with the oil ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: He would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.  “Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,”…

Iraq protests leave 14 dead in two weeks Wednesday, 25 July 2018 15:53

At least 14 people have been killed in Iraq in two weeks of protests over corruption and lack of public services, a member of the state human rights commission said Monday. Demonstrations have rocked southern and central Iraq since erupting in the oil-rich port city of Basra on July 8, when security forces opened fire killing one person. They have since waned after security forces repeatedly used force to disperse demonstrators, although AFP reporters cited protests in the south on…

Iraq's protests: What you need to know Monday, 23 July 2018 05:14

rotests against corruption, poor services and unemployment are challenging the Shiite political class that since 2003 has pilfered the country's resources. Demonstrations in Iraq are not new, but these are different. July has witnessed soaring temperatures in southern Iraq that have boiled over into popular mass mobilization against corruption, wretched services and unemployment. Mass protests that started in Basra two weeks ago have since spread to nine predominately Shiite southern provinces and the capital, Baghdad. Provincial governorate buildings have been sieged,…
BAGHDAD — Widespread protests over miserable living conditions in southern Iraq continued Friday, but demonstrators largely avoided confronting a large deployment of police and military. Throughout the southern provinces and in the capital, protesters gathered in large public squares and demanded reforms while also chanting “silmiyah,” or “peaceful.” Tensions briefly flared in Baghdad when protesters began marching from Liberation Square toward a bridge leading to the fortified Green Zone. Police responded with water cannons, prompting demonstrators to throw bottles and chant:…
Baghdad (CNN)At least eight people are dead and dozens injured in weeklong protests over jobs and basic services, Iraq's Ministry of Health spokesman Saif al-Bader said Monday. The protests started in the southern Iraq port city of Basra and spread to different areas of the country. At least 56 people have been wounded, seven of them critically, Bader said in a news conference.   Of the eight dead, two were killed in Basra, two in Najaf, three in al-Simawa and…
At least two protesters were killed in southern Iraq as protests against economic hardship and corruption spread from the port of Basra to other parts of the country. Protesters on July 14 stormed the provincial government building in Kerbala on the sixth day of rallies, which also took place in the city Najaf, where demonstrators stormed the airport and halted air traffic. The two deaths in the city Amarah brought to three the number of protesters killed in the past…

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