Link to my Washington Post (Monkey Cage) article: “Why many failed to predict the leftist-Islamist alliance that won Iraq’s 2018 elections”

Link to my article for the Monkey Cage which draws some theoretical insights from the Sadrist-ICP electoral coalition. It looks at the question of societal weakness in Iraq within the broader framework of the Arab Spring.

Translation: A dialogue with MP Shirouk al-Abayachi on the Civil Democratic Alliance (CDA) – Methaq al-Fayyadh (2014)

Below is another translation of an interview by Iraqi journalist Methaq al-Fayyadh, this time with female Iraqi MP Shirouk al-Abayachi. The interview deals with her role in the Civil Democratic Alliance (CDA), an attempt to bring civil trend actors together behind a unified political platform to contest parliamentary elections.   A dialogue with MP Shirouk

Translation 1/3: Iraqi Communist Party History. “Part One: The Iraqi communists, their political alliances, and lessons learnt (1934-2014)” by Jassim al-Halwai

Below is the first instalment of a three-part translation of a series of articles written for the ICP by communist intellectual Jassim al-Halwai. The article begins with some preliminary clarifications and wider context setting before getting stuck into more granular historical analysis of the ICP’s relations with other Iraqi political factions throughout the organisation’s history.

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