The tension in Basra was given widespread media attention on 30 May 2006 when the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, travelled to the Gulf city to impose a state of emergency. Reports from Basra have tended to take at face value Maliki’s description of the problem as rivalry between “criminal gangs”; alternatively, journalists have focused on the plight of the Sunni minorities in the Zubayr and Abu al-Khasib areas – a theme that receives extensive coverage in the pan-Arab media. But the crucial intra-Shiite tension at the heart of the conflict, principally between the Fadila Party and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SCIRI), has largely remained in the background… Full story here.
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Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 9 June 2006 20:59
Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 9 June 2006 20:55
Parallel to the tortuous political process that is being recounted every day in media reports from Iraq, a much more low-key dialogue on the Iraqi constitution is taking place – under the leadership of the United Nations, and with a special focus on the revision of the constitution and the concomitant process of implementing federalism. The next conference related to this political track will be in the Spanish capital, Madrid. There are indications that many international experts involved in UN work with Iraq consider Spain as an ideal model for Iraq.. Full story here.
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