South Iraq Security Report: December 2017

This is December’s edition of my Iraq SIGACT monitoring and analysis report focused on the south (now including Wasit). I have started to increase the number of images and videos related to incidents which are now attached to incident reports on the SIGACT map. The data collection parameters for recorded incidents are as follows: >

Translation: “The Iraqi communists. Who are they, and what do they do?” An interview with the ICP’s Jassim al-Helfi by Methaq al-Fayyadh (2014)

Methaq al-Fayyadh, “The Communists in Iraq… Who are they…and what do they do?,” al-hiwar al-mutamadin, March 18, 2014.   The Iraqi public has many questions regarding the communists in Iraq: Who are they? Do they agitate against religion? How do they co-exist with the Other? Does the Communist Party have an armed military wing in

Muqtada al-Sadr bayan 9th October 2016: suspending negotiations with INA, call for protests, and other details.

This is a quick translation of Muqtada al-Sadr’s 9th October bayan in which he responded to the decision by Iraq’s Federal Court to rule against the legality of al-Abadi’s attempt to remove the offices Iraq’s vice-presidencies. Al-Sadr also announced that he is postponing recently initiated negotiations with the Iraqi National Alliance (INA) because of the positions

Translation: Jassim Al-Helfi, ‘The Social Movement in Iraq’

Translation starts here: Jassim Al-Helfi, ‘The Social Movement in Iraq: Diverse approaches towards a single goal’, al-thaqafa al-jadida, 380/2, 2016. Introduction The broad protests, which erupted on the 25th February 2011, have continued, via various ups and downs, until they took on the form of a wide popular momentum from the 31st July 2015. The

Translation Part III: The Sadrists and the left, conclusion. Faris Kamal Nadhmi

This is the final par of my translation of an article by independent leftist Iraqi intellectual and social psychologist Faris Kamal Nadhmi (Part I, and Part II can be found by following the links). In this final concluding section, Nadhmi critiques the notion of the Sadrists as ‘blind’ followers of their religious leader. This question

Faris Kamal Nadhmi, Part II: ‘The Sadrist Trend: Between Nationalism and Islamism’

This post features the second part of my translation of an article by independent leftist Iraqi intellectual and social psychologist Faris Kamal Nadhmi. Part I can be read here. In this section, Nadhmi presents an interesting analysis of the Sadrist trend as a social movement which could be a potential vehicle for the development of