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ISHM: November 9 – 15, 2018

This week’s headlines: U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Hezbollah-Affiliated Individuals, Iraq to Trade Food for Iranian Energy and Gas – On November 11, Iraqi President Barham Salih called on the United States (U.S.) to rethink its sanctions against Iran, voicing concerns about how the decision will affect Iraq’s relations with Iran. On November 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on four individuals who are affiliated with Lebanese Hezbollah. The four individuals are Shibl Muhsin Ubayd al-Zaydi, from Iraq, Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussein Kawtharani and Muhammad Abd-Al-Hadi, from Lebanon. On November 14, an

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ISHM: November 2 -8, 2018

This week’s headlines: Iraq Is Granted Exemptions From Iran Sanctions, Protests Resume in Basra Province – On November 2, three Iraqi officials stated that the United States (U.S.) exempted Iraq from sanctions concerning the import of gas, food, and energy supplies from Iran after Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran’s oil sector. On November 2, protests in Basra Province resumed as demonstrators demanded that the Iraqi federal government provide job opportunities and services to the province. On November 3, Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced a recent Tweet from the U.S. Embassy that called on Iran to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and

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ISHM: October 26 – November 1, 2018

This week’s headlines: International Leaders Congratulate Mahdi on His Election to Prime Minister, Council of Representatives Rejects Federal Budget for 2019 – On October 26, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, released a statement congratulating newly confirmed Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. On October 26, Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi received a congratulatory phone call from British Prime Minister Theresa May. On October 28, the Iraqi Council of Ministers submitted a draft of Iraq’s 2019 Federal Budget to the Council of Representatives. On October 29, leader of the Iraqi Decision Coalition and former Vice President Osama

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ISHM: October 19 – 25, 2018

This week’s headlines: Adel Abdul Mahdi Confirmed as the New Prime Minister of Iraq, 14 Ministers Approved to Form the New Cabinet – On October 24, the Council of Ministers confirmed Adel Abdul Mahdi as the next Prime Minister of Iraq. Reuters reported that 14 Ministers were also sworn amidst disagreements with many political parties and international concerns about the lack of female representation. Most notably, Thamer Ghadhban became the Oil Minister and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s candidate for the presidency, Fuad Hussein, was confirmed as the Minister of Finance. Ghadban will replace Jabar al-Luaibi, who was appointed as

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Welcome to Our Fall Interns 2018!

  Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Fall  2018 interns: Haley and Ryan!     Haley Huffman received her bachelor’s in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Communities & Migrations from James Madison University. She lived in Nice, France during the summer

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ISHM: October 12 – 18, 2018

This week’s headlines: While Negotiations to Form the New Iraqi Government Continue, Mahdi Announces 36,000 Citizens Applied for Ministerial Positions – On October 11, BBC News reported that 36,000 citizens applied for ministerial positions on a special government website as Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul Mahdi is forming the next federal government. On October 13, Iraqi President Barham Salih called on all political blocs to cooperate with the Prime Minister-designate as he forms the next federal government. On October 15, the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted to create its permanent committees in Parliament. On October 17, Alsumaria News reported that an

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ISHM: October 5 – 11, 2018

This week’s headlines: Yazidi Human Rights Defender Nadia Murad of Iraq Receives the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her Efforts to End the Use of Sexual Violence in Warfare and Seek Justices for Victims – On October 5, along with Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo, Nadia Murad, 25, was co-awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the Yazidi community and genocide survivors. Murad was kidnapped and sold as a slave by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants in 2014, after ISIS captured her hometown of Kojo in Sinjar District, Ninewa Province. She

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Marking World Mental Health Day in Iraq

Communities in Iraq are putting their lives back together after years of conflict. Amid efforts to physically rebuild Iraqi cities and towns that witnessed heavy fighting, Iraqi mental health professionals are beginning to address the less visible fallouts of the war – the trauma children and families continue to experience even as threats to their safety recede. Today, on World Mental Health Day, we ask you to contribute to the efforts of the selfless Iraqis working to help communities overcome the horrors they have endured. We have launched a CrowdRise campaign aiming to raise $15,000 by the end of October

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ISHM: September 28 – October 4, 2018

This week’s headlines: Iraqi Parliament Elects Barham Salih as the New President of Iraq, Salih Designates Adel Abdul Mahdi as Next Iraqi Prime Minister – Amid tensions between the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), on October 2, the Iraqi Parliament elected Barham Salih, PUK candidate, as the new President of Iraq. The election happened after the KDP withdrew its candidate, Fuad Hussain. The KDP accused the PUK of going against an agreement between the two parties to jointly nominate a candidate for the position of President of Iraq. On October 2, newly elected President

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ISHM: September 21 – 27, 2018

This week’s headlines: Basra Governor Denies Rumors of Assassination Attempt, Human Rights Activist Suad al-Ali Killed in Basra – During the course of the week, several public figures were assassinated or victims of murder attempts. Basra Governor Asaad al-Eidani’s office denied on September 23 that he was the victim of an assassination attempt. On September 24, unknown gunmen attempted to kill Hassan Juma, director of the al-Nahar TV channel in Iraq. On September 25, human rights activist Suad al-Ali was shot and killed by an unidentified male assailant. Suad al-Ali was the head of the human rights organization al-Weed al-Alaimi

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ISHM: September 14 -20, 2018

This week’s headlines: Parliament Elects Speakers and Two Deputies, Halbousi Receives Supports from Iraqi Parties and the International Community – After the first attempt on September 3, 2018 to designate a Speaker of Parliament and his two deputies failed, on September 15 the Iraqi Parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as the next Speaker of Parliament. On September 15, U.S. Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Brett McGurk, expressed his support for recently elected speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi. On September 15, the European Union (EU) released a statement congratulating the Iraqi parliament for electing the new Speaker of

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