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Special briefing by Louay Alzaher on Iraq

Louay Alzaher

Huge protests have erupted on the streets of Iraq. Communist Party representatives in the Iraqi National Parliament and local governments have resigned in protest at the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters.

Thousands of party members are taking part in the organisation of protests across the country. The organisation is working tirelessly with various civil and democratic organisations, left forces, and all progressive and secular groups to form a wide national front to save the country from its intractable crises.

Translation: When Reuters says the world believes it, then say what Reuters says.. this video is originally posted on Reuters with news documenting the latest use of live bullets towards protesters:
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Baghdad (Reuters) – the Iraqi team’s victory over their Iranian counterpart in a football game on Thursday night only brought a short break from violence in Iraq as the government’s protesters returned to the streets and security forces fired live ammunition towards them and killed At least three have injured dozens.

 

We need to separate politics from religion, and force out the corrupt politicians, in order to meet the movements’ immediate demands and to tackle massive unemployment, provide basic services and guarantee security.

 

 

Although the situation is very complicated, a broad coalition of all progressive and left democratic forces is capable of overcoming the situation and building up a better political system. The recent unity of people from different religious and ethnic communities confirms that this is possible.

The main challenges facing Iraqi society today are rampant corruption and the clergy’s attempt to abolish the country’s secular system, by involving religion both in politics and peoples’ civil affairs, such as marriage and divorce.

We also have unlawful militia groups that attempt to enforce their own rules, leading to armed conflict between them.

There are five key demands:

  • The resignation or dismissal of the existing government in accordance with the constitution procedures;
  • Formation of a new government composed of competent and effective patriotic figures;
  • The new government should have exceptional powers and be formed away from the abhorrent quota system and corruption in accordance with the constitution;
  • Its term should not exceed the period necessary to prepare the prerequisites for transition; and
  • The president of the Republic should take the necessary steps to select the Prime Minister in accordance with the criteria of patriotism, competence, integrity, independence and the ability of decision-making; removed from regional tendencies, political sectarianism and narrow partisanship.

References

Special briefing about revolt in Iraq by Louay Alzaher

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/people-seek-build-new-iraq?fbclid=IwAR2eyEnVDX04mi0WFefZ0Ax0r6hxNeJiPEtctsUF-RhqI4BMman45A41eHs

One response to “Special briefing by Louay Alzaher on Iraq

  1. “Two years, three years, five years’ maximum from now, you will not recognize the same Middle East”, says the former Egyptian FM, Arab League Secretary General and Presidential Candidate, Amr Moussa, in an interview with Al-Monitor.
    Mousa made some unexpected points, beyond warning of major change ahead (“the thing now is that the simple Arab man follows everything” – all the events). And in reference to the protests in Iraq, Moussa says that Iraq is in “a preparatory stage for them to choose their way as Iraqis — emphasizing that “the discord between Sunni and Shia is about to fade away.”
    Is the Middle East Beginning a Self-Correction?
    By Alistair Crooke, 18 Nov 2019
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/11/18/is-the-middle-east-beginning-a-self-correction/
    Iraq is a big country in the region, no less than Iran, no less than Turkey. Iraq is a country to reckon with. I don’t know whether this was the reason why it had to be destroyed. Could be. But there are forces in Iraq that are being rebuilt … Iraq will come back. And this phase – what we see today, perhaps this is the — what can I say? A preparatory stage?” …
    Iraq has one-fifth of the population of neighbouring Iran, but five times the daily oil sales. Yet the infrastructure of its cities, following the two wars, is still a picture of ruination and poverty. The wealth of Iraq is stolen, and sits in bank accounts abroad. In Iraq, it is primarily the political model that is bust, and needs to be re-cast.
    Is this Moussa’s point – that Iraq presently is in the preparatory stage of choosing a new path ahead? He describes it as a self-correcting process leading out from the fissures of sectarianism. Conventional Washington thinking however, is that Iran seeks only a Shi’i hegemony for Iraq. But that is a misreading: Iran’s policy is much more nuanced. It is not some sectarian hegemony that is its objective, but the more limited aim to have the strategic edge across the region – in an amorphous, ambiguous, and not easily defined way – so that a fully sovereign Iraq becomes able to push-back against Israel and the US – deniably, and well short of all-out war.

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