The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy

Since the withdrawal of US occupying forces, international attention has shifted away from Iraq - but life for Iraqis has become no easier. Deadly bombings are still all too common, sectarian violence has soared and all-pervading corruption means that massive inflows of aid and oil income have made very little difference to crucial issues like security, healthcare and power availability. Now, Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali sets out why and how the post-occupation Iraqi government has failed to achieve legitimacy or improve its citizens' lives. He argues that the ill-planned US intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole which corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have now made their own.

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  • ARTICLE: Who is to blame for Iraq’s problems?

    July 22, 2014

    THE WASHINGTON POST: The rise of the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and its recent military gains in Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq have refocused attention on the situation in the country as it faces the threat of dis …

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  • مقال: المالكي وحده يتحمّل مسؤولية الأزمة في العراق

    July 10, 2014

    بُعيد خلع الرئيس المصري حسني مبارك والرئيس التونسي زين العابدين بن علي بداية عام 2011، دعت أعداد كبيرة من الشباب العراقي إلى تظاهرات ضد الطبقة السياسية الفاسدة في العراق، فشعر نوري المالكي، وكان في مطلع ولايته الثانية رئيساً للوزراء على الرغم من عدم فو …

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  • QUOTE: Iraq’s minorities under fire

    July 9, 2014

    IRIN: Zaid Al-Ali, an Iraqi lawyer and the author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, said that although Christians were not part of Sunni versus Shia sectarianism, or necessarily targeted because of their religion, during the 2006-2007 surge in violenc …

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  • VIDEO: ISIS Leader, Al-Baghdadi Emerges From The Shadows

    July 7, 2014

    THE HUFFINGTON POST: While Iraqi forces try to regain lost ground, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS reportedly comes out of the shadows. Our guests discuss the latest news from Iraq and what’s next for the politically paralyzed state. Liz Sly @ …

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  • QUOTE: Iraq parliament delayed, general killed near Baghdad

    July 7, 2014

    REUTERS: Joining the chorus, Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday urged the State of Law coalition to withdraw its support for Maliki and choose another candidate. Iraqi lawyer Zaid al Ali called the delay “another failure of the political c …

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  • QUOTE: Have The Islamist Militants Overreached In Iraq And Syria?

    July 6, 2014

    NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: “When they first came to Tikrit, it was a bunch of guys in pickup trucks,” says Zaid Al-Ali, the author of The Struggle for Iraq’s Future and someone who has close family ties in Tikrit. “Now, they’ve booby-trapped the whole city …

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