Tag Archives: Iraq

Basra restores calm after week-long bloody protests

Iraq’s southern oil hub Basra has restored a state of calm after a week of bloody protests over unemployment and poor public services.

According to Al Ekhbariya news website, municipality workers, aided by staffers from the Ministry of Oil and the civil defense department, were seen removing debris from the streets of the oil-rich region.

Four parties agree on forming a government in Iraq

Following the elections held on May 12, eyes are now on the probable government to be formed in Iraq.

Before the announcement of the results of the elections, a broad-based coalition agreement had been made between Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sayirun alliance, Haidar al-Abadi’s Nasr list, Shia leader Ammar al-Hakim’s Hikma (National Wisdom Movement) list and Ayad Allawi’s Wataniya list.

Shi’ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election

In Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections, the Sairoun (Forward) Alliance, whose main partners are the political forces of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party, won the largest number of seats. In the interview below, Salam Ali, the international secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, explains how Sairoun came out on top.

Iraq communists march on May Day, look to election

Hundreds of Iraqi communists marched in Baghdad for May Day, confident their joint list with Shia leader Muqtada Sadr can win elections held later this month.

15 Years. More Than 1 Million Dead. No One Held Responsible

The War in Iraq’s latest anniversary passed in all-American silence

by Charles P. Pierce, March 21

The most tragic and infuriating piece of writing of the week came in Tuesday’s New York Times. It carried a very plain and simple headline.