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Archive for July, 2008

The Iraqi Parliament Passes the Provincial Elections Law

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 22 July 2008 20:26

The law on the Iraqi provincial elections was passed by the Iraqi parliament on 22 July. The adopted text largely reflects earlier drafts that have been circulating for weeks and months, with certain important amendments and clarifications… Full story here.

Posted in Iraqi constitutional issues, Iraqi nationalism, Kirkuk and Disputed Territories | Comments Off

The Sadrists, the Bush Administration’s Narrative on Iraq, and the Maysan Operations

Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 3 July 2008 16:15

Last week, on 25 June, a curious essay on Iraqi politics made its way to the op-ed pages of The New York Times. In it, Thomas L. Friedman drew up a rosy picture of how the supposed “Shiite mainstream” and “mostly secular-oriented Shiite majority” in Iraq is currently in the process of “liberating” the last remaining pockets of opposition, as Maliki’s government pursues military operations against what Friedman describes as “Mahdi Army militiamen and pro-Iranian death squads” in places like Basra, Sadr City and Amara (the provincial capital of Maysan). Friedman’s latest offering provides a crisp and eloquent summary of the Bush administration narrative on Iraq, especially concerning who are seen as true “moderates”: Maliki and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) are construed as good, Iraqi nationalist and even secular; the Sadrists are portrayed as Islamic extremist evil-doers with Iranian sympathies… Full story here.

Posted in Iranian influence in Iraq, US policy in Iraq: Leverage issues | Comments Off

 
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