Archive for the 'Iraqi Psychology' Category

دروس الإنتخابات الكندية

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

لو فسرنا نتائج الأنتخابات الكندية الأخيرة بتفاصيلها لقلبنا بعض المفاهيم العراقية التقليدية حول الديمقراطية رأسا على عقب.

لا تقاطعوا الانتخابات

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

الامتناع هو موقف رافض للتداول السلمي للسلطة ودعوة لرجوع أساليب الانقلابات والقمع. لذا ندعو إلى المساهمة الواسعة في الانتخابات مهما إتبعت السلطات من أساليب الإبعاد فمهما يقوله الطائفيون من تفسير ودفع للتصويت بإتجاة أحزابهم فالتصويت بحد ذاته هو رفض للتطرف و مساندة للاعتدال والتعددية.

الإنتخابات خمسون عاما بعد 14 تموز

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

تمر علينا هذه الأيام ذكرى إنقضاء نصف قرن على ثورة أو إنقلاب 14 تموز، وعلينا أن نعترف شئنا أم أبينا بأنها كانت الإثنان معا، أي أنها كانت ثورة وأيضا إنقلاب فالواحدة لا تستثني الأخرى. وعلينا أن نبحث عما حصل خلال هذه الفترة التاريخية من أخطاء ومآسي علنا نستفاد بعض الشيئ ونتجنب تكرارها. لقد أظهرت أحداث […]

Making Enemies in Samarra

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

A friend from Samarra told me about recent events in his town. He said that the police from outside town took over the entire commercial area behind the excuse of protecting the re-building of the bombed shrine. They took over many shops, administrative and residential buildings without compensating the owners who depend on the buildings […]

De-Baathification, de-Mahdification and de-Badrification are all wrong

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

De-Baathification came with the invasion of Iraq with initial moral justification and parallel with Nazi Germany. Whether or not we agree with the motives the initial result was to alienate and stigmatize millions who joined the Baath party for reasons of survival. De-Baathification excluded the political expression of many politically aware voters. Now, as if […]

An Angle on Iraq In Fragments Film: Optimism is in the Eye of the Beholder

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

The full length 97 minutes award winning documentary was directed by James Longley, I saw a screening in Cinema Du Parc in Montreal on June 11, 2007. After the screening, the gentleman who sat next to me in the theatre thought it was optimistic because he saw shots of highly attended elections in Kurdistan. I […]

One day there was Sarrafia Bridge… One day we have to build it again by :Muwaffaq Tikriti

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Iraq roots are much deeper than the demolishing forces… It uses the same fire that burns it as an energy to emerge stronger and more resilient…. Those weeping people are waiting for the moment when they can put it all together and build a new Iraq….. At the worst time all what is ahead is […]

Reflections on the Execution of Saddam

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

The execution of Saddam evoked many reactions among Iraqis, the process was botched and Saddam used it to promote his own image to the very last second of his life. It is out of place to show feelings of joy and celebration when the country is under occupation and the security of its people is lost, but […]

Cradle of Justice: Family and Women issues in Hammurabi’s Code of Law. by Muwaffaq Tikriti

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

One of the shortfalls of Iraqi school curriculum is that students are brought up studying mainly Islamic, Arabic and European histories, very little attention was paid to Mesopotamian History. In my time I remember being taught about the French revolution more than the Assyrians, Babylonians or The Sumerians. At school, we had to memorize the […]

Iraqi Cynicism

Monday, September 4th, 2006

In January 2006 Iraqis went to the polls in order to elect a new government for the first time since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the incumbent prime minister, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, was chosen by his own faction by a margin of 1 vote, yet he clung tenaciously to his designate position for months. One plausible […]