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Interview with the Popular Movement to Save Iraq.

12 June 2011
demonstration against a lack of basic services near Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

Demonstration against a lack of basic services near Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.

I just have received from Ali Issa a great interview with Uday al-Zaidi, the brother of the brave Iraqi journalist who threw a shoe to former president George W. Bush during a press conference not so long time ago. Ali Issa had just conducted a very interesting interview with him that has been recorded on video produced and edited by Joyce Wagner, and can be found at Ali Issa´s blog Al-Jadaliyya (جدلية).

Nouri Maliki’s Government and project are against the ropes. After 8 years of occupation, Iraq is moving too slow for a population that does’t understand why there is still such shortage of basic services and products or as Uday al-Zaidi argues “services are still going from bad to worse, security and safety have gone never to return, and the stench of treachery has spread. This has shown us once and for all that terrorism and the government are two sides of the same coin”. 

Udays is leading a growing movement in Iraq called The Popular Movement to Save Iraq. In this video he explain what are the aspiration and aims of the movement that seems to be gathering more and more people around a coalition. The Movement is trying to organize civil demonstration and sit-ins in all over Iraq with the help of other groups and association to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and his government:

“we are not returning to our homes until Maliki’s steps down, the occupation leaves, corrupt politicians are held accountable, face trial and the parliament is disbanded”.

 Uday point of view is that the sectarian political system is not helping to improve Iraq’s politics, economy or society. The current political élite is too corrupted and influenced by regional and foreign entities to really help the country get on its feet. People has lost hope in their political élite and they believe they are unable to restore Iraq’s dignity and freedom.

According to Uday’s words we are about to witness a considerable increase in civil demonstration and protest in many provinces of Iraq. Maliki’s management failure in addition to his petition to expand the foreign occupation could be the spark that initiates the flame of revolution that we are seeing in many countries in the Arab world.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 June 2011 5:23 am

    This is certainly a wonderful write-up. Thank you so much for taking the time to describe all this out for all of us. It’s a great help!

    • Daniel F. Rivera Gómez permalink*
      29 June 2011 11:47 am

      Thank you for the support, keep in touch! Un saludo, Dani.

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