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Tristan Leoni: #Iraq, from riot to impossible reform – Part 2: 2019 Political reform or civil war?

After the revolts of October 2018, Iraq experienced twelve months of relative calm. However, basically the economic and social situation remained broadly the same. Iraq didn’t experience a new wave of protests until October 2019, which initially turned out to be very similar to the previous one. What is new, however, is the magnitude and intensity of the mobilization, the level of violence used by the demonstrators and the level of repression. After a break of a few weeks due to a Shiite pilgrimage, the protest, which looked like extinguished, resumed but appeared to be transformed, on both form and content, and both in terms of demands and sociology of the participants. As the weeks passed, and despite the deaths, the fatigue and the phases of retreat, the movement continues in a quasi-routine of demonstrations and riots… but it can’t find a way out. Although the Prime Minister has promised to meet the demands of the protesters, he was forced to throw in the towel at the end of November, plunging Iraq further into uncertainty. At the time of writing, the mobilization continues.

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Tristan Leoni: #Iraq, From riot to impossible reform – Part One: Rage and Fire 2018

I stopped in elementary school, but I already knew how to shoot with a Kalashnikov. We were training in the neighborhood.

A Basra resident, former militiaman
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Statement by Kurdish-speaking Libertarians: “We condemn the Turkish state attack and invasion of the Iraqi #Kurdistan”

The support and solidarity with innocent people can be done in different ways. It can be through launching complaints, expressing anger and frustration, protests, and demonstrations. The best kind of support and solidarity is boycotting all the goods that are made in Turkey and by Turkish companies wherever they are. Boycotting its media, universities, language colleges and stopping holiday bookings to Turkey. While Turkey has got so many interests in Iraqi Kurdistan the boycott is very effective. Turkey has hundreds of companies plus colleges, shops, factories there, and it is the main country for Kurdish holiday makers. In short Iraqi Kurdistan is one of the main market for the Turkish capitalists and the others. Boycotting Turkey and the Turkish goods can also put pressure on the Kurdistan Reginal Government, KRG, Iraq and the foreign companies to meet people’s demand.

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The Anarchist Era Collective’s Statement on the Assassination of an Iranian State Terrorist

Collective statement from the “Anarchist Era” about the assassination of Qasem Soleimani.

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Uprising in Southern #Iraq After Assassination of Militant Thaer al-Tayeb

Revolutionaries torched headquarters of two pro-Iran militias in Diwaniya, Iraq after the assassination of militant Thaer al-Tayeb, who had participated in the anti-government revolt in Baghdad.

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“From #Baghdad to #Beirut, no Shia and no Sunni, let’s continue the struggle”

The Iraqi government is made up of all bourgeois factions in Iraq, and it is accepted by regional forces and the world bourgeoisie, but the proletariat tried to bring it down…

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Protestors Storm and Burn Down Turkish Base in #Iraq

People in Sheladize region in southern Kurdistan, northern Iraq, stormed a Turkish base in the Sire region on Saturday and demanded Turkish troops to leave their land after a recent attack by Turkish jets killed 4 Kurdish people on Wednesday.

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#Surveillance: Never turn off the phone: A new approach to security culture

In the 80s, an anarchist who wanted, for example, to burn some building, developed his/her plan and at the same time looked to see if there were no listening devices in his/her house. In the late 90s, the same anarchist turned off the phone and used encrypted traffic on the Internet. In the 2020s, we need to reconsider our strategy, intelligence gathering has improved and we must also take this into account.

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The Protest in #Basra’s city, south of #Iraq, continues

This is a report about what is currently going on in Basra, the third main city in Iraq. The protesters back to the streets from 4th of this month, September demanding their basic rights.

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