Tag Archives | Protests

UN Proposes Roadmap to Resolve Iraq Crisis

By John Lee. On Sunday, the UN issued the following statement on the crisis facing Iraq: Over the past weeks, demonstrations erupted in Baghdad and other governorates in Iraq. Protester demands cover a wide spectrum of issues, including economic growth and employment, reliable public services, prudent and impartial governance, an end to corruption, credible elections […]

Shiite Protesters get Broad Backing throughout Iraq

By Saad Salloum for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Shiite protesters get broad backing throughout Iraq The crowd in Baghdad’s Mohammed al-Qasim Street on Oct. 31 was not caused solely by a street vendor selling Iraqi flags for 1,000 dinars (less than […]

Video: Iraq’s Internet Blackout Continues

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq has been engulfed in violent protests in the past few weeks as soldiers fired live rounds into crowds. But this has only entrenched the protesters’ position as they demand a complete overhaul […]

As Demonstrations Continue, What Comes Next?

By Douglas A. Ollivant for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. As Iraq’s demonstrations continue, what comes next? Iraq’s demonstrations appear to have settled into at least a temporary “new normal.” In Baghdad, the protesters have a more or […]

US Response to Ongoing Violence in Iraq

The United States has a strong and abiding interest in a secure and prosperous Iraq able to defend the nation against violent extremist groups and able to deter those who would undermine Iraqi sovereignty and democracy. As the world watches events in Iraq unfold it is increasingly clear that the Government of Iraq and the […]

Refineries Blockaded as Protests Continue

By John Lee. Anti-government protesters reportedly blocked the entrance to the Nassiriya oil refinery on Wednesday. Sources told Reuters that protesters blocked tankers from entering the refinery, causing fuel shortages across Dhi Qar province. The refinery has capacity of 30,000 barrels per day (bpd), but has recently been producing only 15,000-20,000 bpd. Anadolu Agency also […]

Human Rights Violations Ongoing, says UN Report

UNAMI has found that serious human rights violations and abuses continued to occur during the second wave of demonstrations that started in Iraq on 25 October. A second report, prepared by the UNAMI Human Rights Office, was published today [5th November]. It follows an earlier special report which covered the 1-9 October protests and was […]

Arrests for Voicing Protest Solidarity

By John Lee. Authorities in Anbar governorate are suppressing the right of residents to show support for demonstrations elsewhere in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. In recent days, they have arrested two men for merely posting messages of solidarity on Facebook, questioned a third, and sent a fourth into hiding. More here. […]

Iraq’s Govt “Cannot Reform Itself”

By Samir Sumaidaie (former Iraqi ambassador to the US and Iraqi Interior Minister), for the Atlantic Council. In Washington, some believe that despite the protests in Iraq that began in early October and continue apace, the current Iraqi government should be supported and given help as it responds to the just demands of the protesters. […]

Diwaniyah Protests Reveal Divide

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. By Manar al-Zubaidi. Diwaniyah Protests Reveal Divide, When It Comes To Anti-Govt. Tactics While some demonstrators in Diwaniyah cleaned up the street, provided free meals and supported peaceful protesters, others […]