Iraq and Gulf Analysis

Archive for May, 2006

The Maliki Government – What It Could Mean to Southern Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Tuesday, 23 May 2006 18:33

Despite shared bonds of Shiite Islam, the far south of Iraq – Basra, Maysan and Dhi Qar – was involved in some of the strongest criticism of the government led by Ibrahim al-Jaafari of the United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) in 2005. Is this internal friction within the Shiite camp likely to come to an end with the recent (20 May 2006) formation of a new central government under the leadership of another UIA figure, Nuri al-Maliki? Full story here.


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Iraq’s Partition Fantasy

Posted by Reidar Visser on Friday, 19 May 2006 21:36

feature of political discussion of Iraq in recent weeks has been another flurry of propaganda by United States politicians in favour of dividing Iraq into three statelets or semi-independent federal entities. “Soft partition”, “controlled division” or an “extension of the federal idea to the Sunni community” are but a few of the euphemisms that have been marshalled in support of this sort of exercise. The schemes are strikingly similar, and their proponents indefatigable: Iraq is dismissed as an “artificial entity”; its “proper” and “natural” constituent components are instead identified as three ethno-religious communities… Full story here.

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