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Young Iraqis understand what corruption means for their everyday lives, says @GebeilyM. During 2019/2020 protests, they were demanding access to job market because they clearly understood that jobs were primarily a patronage tool, & closed off to many.
Their links to party bosses make these civil servants the chief decision-makers in ministries and government agencies, and release them from any accountability.
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Part of this system is the special grades scheme (al-darajat al-khasa), in which political parties compete to appoint officials - often in acting capacities - to senior civil service positions to divert state resources for their own purposes.
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This paper by @ProfTobyDodge @renadmansour will stand for a long time as the most deeply-researched look at how corruption works in Iraq. Much of it is legal - and the political system is structured to keep it that way: chathamhouse.org/2021/06/politi…
Crucial issue for Iraq. Looks like a great event. twitter.com/kpsrl_/status/…
This is precisely how the United States is viewed by a lot of other countries — Washington has repeatedly tried to shape the outcomes of elections in foreign countries. twitter.com/thehill/status…
PM AAM's PMF project was centralization under the Muhandis leadership. PM Kadhimi's PMF project is the contrary of AAM's in practice. But both PMs have something in common: varyingly tilting towards one militant movement at the expense of the other (AAM-KH & MK-Sadrists).
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Here's more background detailing how the juvenile death penalty reforms have been inconsistently applied since they were announced in 2020: twitter.com/rayajalabi/sta…
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Saudi Arabia executed Mustafa al-Darwish today for offences allegedly committed while under 18, despite Saudi's insistence that it abolished death sentences for many childhood crimes. "It is a living death for the whole family," his family said. reuters.com/world/middle-e…
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Hossam Bahgat, executive director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, has been summoned for questioning at the Public Prosecution tomorrow in relation to a 2020 tweet in which he described breaches of electoral procedure.
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Journalists heavily indebted to @belkiswille for her years of work on Iraq. This is an amazing job doing meaningful work towards accountability. twitter.com/belkiswille/st…
In Iraq, resident in Nasiriya City offers to sell the sandals he threw at PM Kadhimi’s convoy. Protesters in Dhi Qar Province block parts of PM’s scheduled visit to the province. wataniq.com/%d9%85%d9%88%d…
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Peak dark humour, trolling and shade. Saw the sign yesterday and didn’t read it properly. They are holding a fatiha (wake) for the electricity that is basically dead (ie no service) and yet bills still appear in Karrada twitter.com/zah_ci/status/…
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Iraqi PM visits home of Kurdish colonel in Iraqi National Intelligence Agency who was assassinated on Monday in east Baghdad. rudaw.net/arabic/middlee…
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I’ll be splitting the prize money between everyone who worked on my pieces last year—every editor, copy editor, fact checker, artist, and more. Even when individuals win Pulitzers, their work depends on a community. I want to honor mine.
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Mandatory watching for anyone trying to understand the mechanics of corruption in Iraq. 🧠🧠🧠 on this panetwitter.com/CH_MENAP/statu…lW9
Congrats to #Iraq’s national football team! Advanced to the final round in the #worldcupqualifiers2022. Next match vs. #Iran will not make a difference. It’ll only matters for the final rankings in the group, but the mission is accomplished. #FIFAWorldCupQatar2022
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Beautiful view over Baghdad this evening.
Also: melon juice on a rare Baghdad summer afternoon where the heat is gentle and the breeze feels👌.d
A packed Baghdad International Book Fair this afternoon showcasing wares from publishers across the region. 📖🇮🇶AFZ
In the same city where supporters of Wazni had gathered around his coffin shouting "Iran out!", Muslah was Wednesday greeted as a hero. "Qassem has returned victorious!" proclaimed banners brandished by supporters who threw sweets in the air. amp.rfi.fr/en/middle-east…
Oops..he did it again. For Mustafa Al Kadhimi's, inaction is sometimes less harmful overkill rhetoric. My article from last year for ⁦@NewlinesInst⁩ Rhetoric Without Action Weakens Iraqi State - Newlines Institute newlinesinstitute.org/iraq/rhetoric-…
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On Matt Hancock repeating his “no national shortage of PPE” twitter.com/lewis_goodall/…
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Crucially, none of the governments leaving their citizens stranded in al-Hol can say they didn't know what was happening there -- or didn't understand risk that citizens will be smuggled out and go off radar. Reporters have been visiting for years: washingtonpost.com/world/at-a-spr…
2.5 years since 1000s of families poured out of defeated ISIS caliphate & into al-Hol refugee camp. 10,000s of people are still there as group seeks to exploit resentment & worsening conditions. Foreign governments burying heads in sand re: consequences. wsj.com/articles/refug…
Key context for Iraq's 2021 elections: "All major forces competing are resolutely invested in the status quo, whereby all warlords & factions get some share of power and patronage —so long as they don’t challenge the corrupt anti-democratic system itself." worldpoliticsreview.com/trend-lines/29…
Wazni's mother says she's not been contacted in connection w Musleh probe or PM's investigation into her son’s case. “For her, there’s no process. No one reached out to her,” says @SajadJiyad. “There’s no accountability. These families are still waiting.” washingtonpost.com/world/iraq-ira…
As headlines swirl over high-profile arrest & release of militiaman allegedly linked to Ehab al-Wazni's killing, think of how Wazni's family might feel today. Case became centre of major national news story - no senior official even reached out to them. youtube.com/watch?v=3JMfXl…
More attacks on coalition-linked bases overnight, according to @SecMedCell. No casualties reported. 3 rockets hit Balad airbase. 3 drones targeted Victory Camp inside Baghdad airport complex, one was intercepted.
Tonight must read by ⁦@leloveluck & ⁦@Mustafa_salimb Iraqi Gov’t suffered an embarrassment Wednesday after a rare move to limit impunity among Iran-linked militias instead resulted in a commander accused of several killings walking free from custody washingtonpost.com/world/iraq-ira…
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Iraq's government suffered an embarrassment Wednesday after a rare move to limit impunity among Iran-linked militias instead resulted in a commander accused of several killings walking free from custody and into a hero's welcome: washingtonpost.com/world/iraq-ira…
Musleh has been released in an embarrassing climbdown for Iraq's PM. Plan to arrest high profile militia figure did not appear to pre-empt predictable blowback. Videos show rapturous welcome from Musleh's supporters in Karbala, where he's accused of links to activist murders.
#Iraqi militia leader Qassim Muslih released from custody, says he has been cleared of involvement in ordering assassination of activists. Unclear whether he's been cleared but his release is a very public blow to government efforts to solve the most blatant of crimes.
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"The trainers — who reportedly feared they were instructing war criminals — informed the Canadian contingent commander, who told them not to look at any further videos." cbc.ca/news/politics/…
Very exciting news! Once Upon a Time in Iraq wins a BAFTA for Best Factual Series. Congrats to the whole team. It's been an amazing and rewarding experience to share the stories of Iraq to such a wide audience and in such a compelling format. 🇮🇶twitter.com/BAFTA/status/1…JJa
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Amazing to see tonight’s @BAFTA go to Once Upon a Time in Iraq. Essential viewing for anyone who cares about the legacy of US foreign policy worldwide.
The coalition doesn't have combat forces in Iraq. The only US combat forces in Iraq are special forces, and the coalition has no authority over them. twitter.com/lcmporter/stat…
احد عشر شهرا على رحيلك يا ابا عيسى @hushamalhashimi والذكرى السنوية على الابواب ولازالت الجريمة مقيدة ضد مجهول لك الرحمة والغفران عند الواحد الاحد #??????
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Iraq's military says that 2 drones were intercepted close to Ain al-Asad airbase in the early hours of this morning. The base hosts Iraqi and US-led coalition troops. As we reported here, drone attacks causing rising concern among US officials: washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e…
Listen to @GebeilyM talk to the BBC about our investigation about 19:20 into this news broadcast. Facebook, in their comment to BBC, still does not explain why conversion therapists seem to be operating freely on their platform. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w1…
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After introducing major anticorruption legislation last week @BarhamSalih @IraqiPresidency gets serious abt the environment, climate change, calls 4 natl initiative 2 revitalize Mesopotamia by reforestation, modern irrigation & water systems, gas capture thenationalnews.com/opinion/commen…
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Iraq's camp closures left 10,000s unable to go home & squatting in near-destitution. “If government wants to close the displacement file then it should start working on making sure families actually have the ability to resettle safely," says @belkiswille. hrw.org/news/2021/06/0…
"While the Trump administration never informed @nytimes about the effort, the Biden administration continued waging the fight this year, telling a handful of top Times executives about it but imposing a gag order to shield it from public view." twitter.com/leloveluck/sta…
In last weeks of the Trump administration & continuing under President Biden, the Justice Department fought a secret legal battle to obtain the email logs of four @nytimes reporters in a hunt for their sources: nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/…
Genuinely astonished to realise I've been in Baghdad for two years now. Grateful to everyone who has given the time and trust to help us try and tell their stories.
Sarah is still waiting for justice for her little Isaac. As are all those who lost loved ones in the horrific blast of Aug 4th 2020. Ten months on, no progress and not a hint of a conscience amongst Lebanon political leadership. #EndImpunity twitter.com/sas_yvonne/sta…
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Horrifying images from Sharya camp yesterday as a fire left some 1,4000 Yazidis homeless, according to officials. As night fell, there were sobs among the ashes. Possessions saved from Sinjar were gone. Money cobbled together since then was burned too. washingtonpost.com/world/middle_e…
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