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

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