Translation, Part I: Faris Kamal Nadhmi, ‘The Civil Trend-Sadrist Convergence in the Arena of Protest: A psychological vision in the dynamics of the social left’

I recently posted a translation of an article by the independent Iraqi leftist intellectual and social psychologist   Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Nadhmi wrote the article back in 2010 and it argued that the Iraqi leftist-civil trend and the Sadrist movement should come together to produce a ‘historical bloc’ in Gramscian terms. This post features my

Faris Kamal Nadhmi and the ‘Historical Bloc’: The theoretical foundations of the Sadrist-Civil Trend alliance

This post features my translation of a very interesting article written in 2010 by Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Nadhmi is a major intellectual leftist figure in Iraq and social psychologist, working out of the University of Baghdad and affiliated with many academic, union, and activist associations. The article lays out the theoretical foundations for the Sadrist-Communist alliance

Montadhar Naser: Iraqi protesters express solidarity with journalist charged with defamation

Update: 23rd August 2016 Montadhar Naser was yesterday acquitted by an Iraqi court and charges against him of defamation were dropped. In a victory for press and freedom of expression campaigners, the judge in the case declared there was insufficient evidence to uphold the charges which many regarded as politically motivated after Naser published a

Al-Baqiri al-Najafi: The curious story of the fall of hashd’s Walter Mitty “commander”

The last few days have seen a curious story unfold in Iraq culminating in the arrest of al-Baqiri al-Najafi after he was apparently exposed as an impostor pretending to be a commander in al-hashd al-shaabi. Al-Najafi was apparently rumbled when Iraqis began to question the quality of his written Arabic as he described various ‘official’ visits

Quick update on the most recent Friday protest (12th August) in Baghdad.

The Sadrists’ 30 day hiatus from participation in the protests for reform continues (details of this can be found in an earlier post). One reason Muqtada al-Sadr gave for the 30 day withdrawal was to allow space for other groups to participate in the movement, and especially those in the civil-trend who have previously stayed

Translation & Analysis: Iraqi Communist Party facilitate Baghdad conference for al-shabaab al-madani

On the 30th of July a conference was held in Baghdad, facilitated by the Iraqi Communist Party, and attended by around 600 young civil society activists (al-shabaab al-madani) from the city (quite an impressive turnout). The conference was interesting in that it sheds light on the role of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) as the

Long Read: Article for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts, profile of Ahmad Abd al-Hussein and civil trend-Sadrist cooperation

Analyses, in both Western and Arab discourses, of Iraq’s ongoing protests against corruption and ‘sectarian quotas’ tend to be inflected with an elite-sectarian framework. This framework foregrounds sect-based identities and their manipulation by elite actors and institutions in its explanations of these mobilisations. Consequently, political protest in Iraq is rarely seen as indicative of participatory,

What happened in Tahrir square on Friday (when the Sadrists stayed away)?

Last Saturday (July 30th, 2016) Muqtada al-Sadr released a statement in which he announced that the Sadrist trend would not participate, for a period of 30 days, in ongoing protests against corruption in Baghdad’s Tahrir square. In his statement Sadr said that: ‘There are those who do not attend the protests because of the presence

Post for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts: IRAQI ACTIVISTS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST LEGISLATION WHICH SEEKS TO RESTRICT CIVIL LIBERTIES

An expanded version of a recent post has been put up on 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. “Iraqi activists are currently fighting against a draft law, the ‘Law of Freedom of Expression, Gathering, and Peaceful Protest’, which contains a number of amendments which seek to severely restrict basic civil liberties. Activists from across the civil trend spectrum,