Workers protest all across Iraq, demand back pay, jobs

Vol. 85/No. 1 - January 4, 2021
Workers block road leading to oil complex in Basra Dec. 23. Fight against unpaid wages, for jobs, services, cuts across divisions among toilers in Iraq and Kurdistan, and Sunni and Shiite.

Following days of protests across Iraqi Kurdistan by public sector workers demanding back pay, jobs, public services and an end to corruption, thousands more working people took to the streets of Basra and Baghdad to demand a halt to Iraqi…

Workers, vendors in Kurdish Iraq fight for right to work

Vol. 84/No. 17 - May 4, 2020

Mechanics and vendors held protests in Erbil, above, and Duhok April 18 against a government lockdown across the Kurdistan region of Iraq. They called on the government to allow them to reopen their garages and shops after a month of…

Workers in Iraq defy curfew to maintain protests

Vol. 84/No. 16 - April 27, 2020
Anti-government demonstrators in Baghdad April 9 march against appointment of Mustafa al-Kadhemi, Iraq government’s spy master, as prime minister, with his picture crossed out.

Hundreds of Iraqi protesters defied a government-imposed curfew in the southern city of Nasiriyah and took to the streets in recent weeks to demand a halt to restrictions on their gatherings. They also condemned the April 5 assassination of Anwar…

Kurds honor those slain in Saddam’s Halabja massacre

Vol. 84/No. 13 - April 6, 2020
Mass Kurdish uprising in Duhok, northern Iraq, in 1991. Three years earlier, Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, with U.S. rulers’ help, used chemical weapons to massacre Kurds in Halabja.

Some 30 million Kurds across the Middle East have fought for their national rights and sovereignty, long denied them, by the rulers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Their fight has continued in the midst of the endless wars in…

Protests continue in Iraq against interventions by Iran, Washington

Vol. 84/No. 12 - March 30, 2020

After rocket attacks killed three U.S.-led coalition soldiers — two from the U.S. and one from the U.K. — at a U.S. military base in Iraq, Washington retaliated with airstrikes aimed at Tehran-backed militia forces March 12. The Iraqi government…

Women in Iraq say no to segregation of protesters

Vol. 84/No. 9 - March 9, 2020

Hundreds of women took to the streets of Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya and Basra Feb. 13 to protest demands by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr that women and men attending anti-government protests and encampments be segregated. “We refuse,” 20-year-old Ruwayda Khteer told…

Iraqi workers, youth protest attacks by the gov’t, Tehran

Vol. 84/No. 7 - February 24, 2020

Deadly attacks by militias organized by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as well as by Iraqi security forces have failed to quell anti-government demonstrations in Iraq. “This protest movement is going strong and as long as our demands haven’t been answered,…

Back protests against gov’t repression in Iran and Iraq

Vol. 84/No. 5 - February 10, 2020
Jan. 29 protest in Baghdad against gov’t repression, Tehran intervention.

Many liberal editorial writers claimed that the Jan. 2 U.S. military operation that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani would cause people to unite behind the regimes in Iran and Iraq in outrage. Soleimani commanded the Iranian rulers’ Quds Force, the wing…

‘Organize solidarity with protests by workers and youth across Iran’

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020
Protest in Tehran Jan. 13, in rebirth of nationwide popular mobilizations against Iranian regime’s interventions in the region and economic crisis bearing down on working people.

Socialist Workers Party candidates are urging working people in the U.S. to organize actions in solidarity with the struggles of fellow working people in Iran. Thousands have protested there this week, angered at the Iranian government’s cover-up of its Revolutionary…

Protests spread as Iran rulers admit they lied, shot down plane

Vol. 84/No. 3 - January 27, 2020

Thousands of working people, students and others joined protests in at least a dozen cities across Iran as outrage mounted over the government’s attempted cover-up of their missile attack that brought down a Ukrainian passenger aircraft in which all 176…