Friday, 1 January 2010

Iraq Blog Action Day


You're probably wondering what Iraq Blog Action Day is.

It sounded like some fun bouncy assault course at first, which kind of explains my initial enthusiasm to take part.

After researching it some more, it then seemed like a superhero gathering, Iraqi Bloggers Unite!
Eventually, my whimsical fantasies wore off, but not before i spent some time chuckling to myself about it.

I'm typing this before hand and i'm publishing it on IBA day, which is 1st. January 2010...though i'm not exactly holding my breath that on the first day of the new year, masses of people will rush to their computers in anticipation.

The first day of the new year has and will always be a new start to me. I've kind of lost count of how many 'new starts' I've had to undergo. Too many.
But this year has probably been one of the worst years for me. Perhaps i should explain, but I refuse to dwell on the dying past in a new year.
And so begins my post....though i'm still kind of shell shocked that i'm going to start the first day of the new year with a post that will probably highlight ineptitude and confusion. is about politics.
But oh well, i stick to my commitments ;)

Thus enter the mind of an iraqi girl (or young woman? I'm not quite sure which catergory i fit in now, but you get the picture).

The Iraq Blog Action Day is about the iraqi parlimentary elections that are to be held in 2010.And the aim of it is, to give you, the readers, an insight into the broad spectrum of political opinions that exist among the iraqi bloggers. As a general rule, i'm not sure if iraqi bloggers represent the Iraq nation, but among us we have so many different backgrounds, that each of us will probably show you the general political mindset of our 'group', and whether we define our 'group' by religion, age or gender, depends entirely on each individual blogger.

In fact, as i type, i am trying to eliminate my subconscious leanings to certain politicians. I dont want to advertise the politician who is part of my religion, or gender or family etc, but i want to explain and evaluate the politician who i see fit to bring a crumbling country back to its feet.
Unfortunatley, all my big talk wont really affect anything, for i am somewhat uneducated in this aspect- i know the big names and their promises, but other than that, i am blissfully ignorant to all the other politicians, who may be able to provide a big service to their country, but will miss the opportunity to do so because of...well ignorance and lack of order in the political arena.

The First time Voter's Rough and Inaccurate guide to Iraqi Political 'organisations'....

(organisations being in apostrophes, since the very thing they lack is organisation.)

State of law coalition

Al-Maliki has created an alliance of his Dawa party and other groups including some Sunni tribal leaders, Shi'ite Kurds, Christians and independents. Dawa is originally a shia islamist group, but maliki reformed this to involve and create a coalition of the main sects in Iraq.
Known to be one of the more modern coalitions, focusing on rebuilding Iraq, rather than religion, or anti occupation stances. Suffers from loss of popularity due to some failure to deliver better services.

United iraqi alliance

Shi'ite alliance with the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), and followers of Moqtada al-Sadr,and the Badr organisation, Fadhila, former prime minister Ibrahim Jaafari, Ahmed Chalabi.SCIRI and sadrists were previosuly in the state of law, but pulled out in favour of their own alliance.
Also includes the Anbar sunni group, and had some behind the lines backing from Al sistani.
Believed to be a strongly shia group, controlled by the 'militias', despite this, enjoys popularity.

Tribal leaders

Tribal leaders first gained popularity after their assistance against Al-Qaeda, and are used as a front for many political groups, to gain popularity. They stand for traditional standards on rebuilding Iraq, and are respected.Are often backed by large well known families.
Unfortunately, tribal leaders have suddenly seemed to spring out of everywhere, with anyone claiming the title of sheik for themselves, and donning dishdashas and agaals, in order to win favour.

Iraq national list (includes The iraqis)

Former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, a secular Shi'ite, has joined with Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlaq to form a non-sectarian alliance. The Coalition is campaigning for national unity and secularism and rumours are they will be backed by Vice President Tarek al-Hashemi.
Also include - Maysoon Damluji (academic,and women's rights). Adnan Pachachi (anti occupation) and Ghazi al-Yawar (Shammar, well known for his development of the emirates)
Liberalism, rid of all iranian influence in iraq.backed by..iyad jamalaldin
Centralist candidates also stand in ummah al iraqiya- such as Mithal al Alusi.

Independent Groups and Minority Groups

Iraq's ethinic and religious minorities Turkmen, Bahai, Yazidis, Sabeans, Assyrians,Kurds. May alliance themselves with bigger groups. Independent Candidates involve parties such as the Communists, Capitalists etc etc

Individual Candidates

A free for all- anyone including your uncle could stand. Politicians, Sheiks, Teachers, Nurses, Doctors...independent candidates usually have family backing.

My vote? Personally I would probably vote for Maysoon Damluji....I think we need academics in our government,we need to knock some sense into the new generations, before the psychological effects of war take place, and before its too late. As well as this, it would greatly improve women's stance in society...despite Iraq having a higher percentage of female population, their voice seems to be constantly belittled.

:) Its 2010, i'm in mild awe of how time seems to flutter by. And as a reminder of how time moves, but everything seems to be replayed in politics, in history, in life...enjoy the following song...


///RhusLancia said...

Happy New Year, Touta!

Is this the first election you're eligible to vote in? Not sure what the voting age is in Iraq. Do you think you'll vote?

heureux Öbama! Öbama.

Touta said...

Happy new year!

yup its the first year i can vote in (legal age of voting is 18) :D

and of course i'm going to vote,i'm going to cast my opinion and make sure its heard :D

Iraqi Mojo said...

Happy New Year Touta! Who is Maysoon Damluji?

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Believe it or not, I had actually picked Maysoon Damluji before I read your last bit about voting for him, Touta. :)

I have never heard of him either(not surprising), but approve of the part of his platform you mentioned. And for some reason I rather like his name...:D

Touta said...

iraqi mojo

happy new year! :D

maysoon damluji is the short haired woman, she has blondish streaks and is standing for religion not being involved in politics. she's really into womens rights and improving the education system. :)
she's not seen as a leader, but rather a campaigner for better rights etc, and i see that as sexism (no woman is actually being seen as a 'leader' as such yet..)


hehe well i think the reason you havent heard of her (maysoon) is probably because of her gender and stance...but who knows, maybe if a lot of the women put their voice out for more rights, she might end up in office...she's in the 'secular' bloc.

JG said...

She sounds like a principled, brave woman, Touta. Seems like a good choice!

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Oh dear, my apologies to Maysoon. I used "his" and "him" in my earlier comment. My only excuse is not knowing the normal "gender" affiliated with names in the ME. Here the lines can be a little blurry on that.

...but who knows, maybe if a lot of the women put their voice out for more rights, she might end up in office...she's in the 'secular' bloc.

Never, ever, underestimate the power of women. ;)

JG said...

Never, ever, underestimate the power of women. ;)

That's damn good advice there Lynnette! ;)

Touta said...


thanks! :) i hope to see more woman politicians running, but so far, not much news.


:D i'm glad to be reminded of that, but never ever underestimate the corruption of iraqi men- our history serves as a constant reminder.

hehehe i dont sound too bitter do i?

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Too bitter for one so young...

*sigh* I hear what you are saying, Touta. And something like corruption, which is so ingrained in many ways in Iraqi society, will be something difficult to change. Especially as it seems to have been part of a survival mechanism.

But, if no one ever tries to change it, then it never will change.