With the western press focussed on the joint Iraqi, Kurdish and US attempt to retake Mosul from Daesh, there has been much less coverage about other events happening in Iraq. With mounting civilian casualties in Mosul, and the sectarian nature of the current Iraqi government, any hopes for a post-Daesh peaceful and just political order in Iraq seem very unlikely. We are publishing this statement from the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party addressing the situation in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, when the government faced peaceful protestors on February 11th demanding change.
Statement of the Political Bureau of the Iraqi Communist Party
We condemn violence against demonstrators
and demand those responsible be brought to account
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MONTHLY VIGIL OF SCOTTISH PEACE NETWORK
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 17.00-18.00
Donald Dewar Statue,
top of Buchanan Street,
This month we will focus on the Christmas truce that took place in 1914 and the implications of that important event on the peace movement today. We will hold a brief rally as part of the vigil with brief talks on the Christmas truce and its relevance today. As the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan drag on through another year. we call for :-
AN END TO THE BOMBING
Bring back all of the UK troops from these war zones NOW
NO TO TRIDENT
MAKE SCOTLAND AND THE UK A NUCLEAR FREE ZONE
STAND UP FOR YEMEN: STOP THE ARMS TRADE TO SAUDI ARABIA
SATURDAY 24 December 13.00 – 14.30
at the Wellington Statue,
east End of Princes Street
Called by Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition , supported by Peace and Justice and the Muslim Women’s Association
As the conflict between the sectarian Iraqi state, backed by western imperialism, and the Sunni supremacist Daesh, clandestinely backed by powerful reactionary interests in the Gulf and elsewhere, focuses on Fallujah, the Iraqi Democratic Movement has issued the following statement.
Iraqi troops bombard Fallujah in latest offensive against Daesh
AN UPDATE ON IRAQ
These are dangerous and critical times for Iraq and the Iraqi people. The very existence of our country and the fate of its people are at risk. This is not an overstatement or radical rhetoric; our people and country are being torn apart by a multitude of threats and menaces. There is a severe political, social and economic crisis as well as the security threat of terrorism in the shape of Daesh (ISIS) and other armed groups. These are really desperate times for Iraq.
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FREE STEVE KACZYNSKI
Steve Kaczynski has been held in a Turkish prison since April 2nd. He was taken, along with centre workers and the best-selling political band Grup Yorum, in a raid on the Idil Cultural Centre in the Ortaköy district of Istanbul. Steve has not been charged with any offense, has been held in severe isolation, and has been on hunger strike.
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