Iraq today: interview with William Spencer

Matteo Angioli
Membro del Consiglio Generale del Partito Radicale
Sat, 04/27/2013

In the last four days, nearly 200 people lost their lives in Iraq due to serious episodesof violence which took place between the army, protesters and Islamic militants. The bloodiest clashes took place in the city of Hawija (450,000 inhabitants), north of Baghdad, when the police violently suppressed a demonstration of Sunnis - predominant in the area, but a minority across the country – where they demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. The Premier Al-Maliki issued an appeal to avoid a new inter-confessional conflict in the country.

Over the last two months four Sunni ministers have resigned to protest against the anti-terrorism laws that are often used to restrict political opponents: Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, Minister of Education, Mohammed Ali Tamim, Minister of Science and Technology, Abdulkarim al-Samarrai and Agriculture Minister Ezzedine al-Dawleh.

We discussed about the daily life of Iraq, ten years after the beginning of the war on 20 March 2003, with William "Spence" Spencer, executive director of the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. Spencer is currently conducting a project in Iraq, which is why he works mainly in Baghdad. A few days ago he gave us an illustration on the political, socio-economic and infrastructural situation of Iraq, referring to the Country as an “authoritarian democracy”. You can read and listen to the interview with William Spencer on this page of the website of Radio Radicale.


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In Iraq, negli ultimi quattro giorni, ci sono stati quasi 200 morti a causa di gravi episodi di violenza avvenuti tra esercito, manifestanti e miliziani islamici. Gli scontri più cruenti hanno avuto luogo nella città di Hawija (450.000 abitanti circa), a nord di Baghdad, quando le forze dell’ordine hanno represso nel sangue una manifestazione di sunniti – predominanti nell’area, ma minoranza nell’intero Paese – in cui chiedevano le dimissioni del Primo Ministro Nuri Al-Maliki.