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ARTICLE: Iraq’s next parliamentary elections: the stakes

By Zaid Al-Ali,  April 17, 2014

Violence in Iraq has surged in recent months to levels not seen for years. Al-Qaida is resurgent, explosions continue to rip through civilian neighbourhoods and foreign backed militias are engaged in combat in broad daylight, sometimes alongside government forces. Large swathes of the country are now out of the state’s control, others are subject to a constant barrage of shelling, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. Many of the gruesome practices that were common during the civil conflict, including beheadings, are once again an almost daily occurrence. Why is all this happening now and is there a solution?

Some of the causes for this desperate state of affairs are beyond the government’s capacity to control, including the conflict in Syria and the obvious spillover effect it has had in Iraq. Nevertheless, the government has clearly exacerbated security risks by engaging in highly questionable practices for years now. Amongst other things, various sources including the United Nations, international and Iraqi human rights organisations and the ministry of human rights, have documented serious abuses in detention. Men and women are still arrested in large numbers for no good reason, maintained in detention without charge for weeks, sometimes months, and subjected to brutal treatment. If their cases are brought to court and they are found not-guilty, they are maintained in detention illegally merely so that prison officers can extract bribes from desperate family members. The due process rules that are provided for in the constitution are totally ignored.

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One comment on “ARTICLE: Iraq’s next parliamentary elections: the stakes”

  • Medodiaa says:

    Karim,The Iranian revolution and the essnilbthmeat of the Islamic Republic is a reflection of the values and wishes of the majority of Iranians- namely having a government that is based on their religion which is Twelver Shia Islam. A minority of people like yourself wanted a revolution based on western or eastern models. Unfortunately for you, you were not representative of the majority of iranians. In other words if you really believe that Iran is a fascist state then this is a reflection of the views of the majority of people.Of course I have no hope whatsoever that you will even begin understand how unrepresentative you are of the majority- I’m sorry the VAST majority of Iranians you are. It’s OK we are used to this from your type in the last 32 years. You will keep repeating your delusions and we will continue to build our nation based on Islam. My guess is you will die first before the Islamic Republic does.Also, the Supreme Leader is very popular- sorry this one is a dead end for you, move along to your next lie.Also, this thing about promoting war and violence- I think you have been high for the last 3 decades. Please remind when the last time was that the Islamic Republic attacked anyone. Oh yeah I remember now- NEVER. It’s OK religious fanatics like us will always defend Iran and make up for types like you.Also, the two guys executed in Esfahan were armed robbers who killed and robbed dozens of people- oh yeah it seems the final excuse brought by their family was that they were little kids in Abadan during the war, that they were not responsible for their actions. Funny I know lots of guys who were little kids in Khuzestan during the war but strange enough none of them became armed robbers. In any case it is one the great achievements of the Islamic Republic that animals like these two are executed publicly and swiftly. Good riddance and congratulations to the great people of Esfahan for keeping their beautiful city clean of such vermin. Karim-jan, if you like we can continue our little discussion, but be warned that none of bullshit will stick on this forum. Welcome.

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