Yearly Archives: 2012

World Bank pledges $900 million for Iraq

Written on December 23, 2012 at 11:35 pm, by

(Reuters) – The World Bank pledged $900 million to Iraq over the next four years to help it create jobs, build stronger institutions and improve social inclusion, the global development lender said in a statement on Tuesday. Iraq’s government developed the strategy with the World Bank, the private sector, and other stakeholders to focus especially on better  Continue Reading »

Excerpt from Ahmed’s Story

Written on December 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm, by

This is an excerpt from the story of Ahmed, a refugee from Iraq who recently resettled in Minneapolis with his wife and 4 children. Ahmed has made a book about his story with IARP and the Veterans Book Project. His book and several other books and videos by Iraqi refugees can be found on IARP’s  Continue Reading »

Sami Reports: Oneness, Security and Abundance!

Written on December 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm, by

By Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams From early childhood I learned that Generosity and Hospitality are important to Iraqi culture. Every time my father talked to me about his life when I was young he emphasized how his family members, friends and colleagues were very generous (Kurma’a). I watched my mother get  Continue Reading »

Iraqi Artworks Featured at Coffee Grounds in St. Paul, MN

Written on December 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm, by

IARP is pleased to announce that art from our permanent collection is now on display in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sip some coffee while you view original works by Iraqi artists at Coffee Grounds, located at 1579 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul MN 55108. Artworks on display capture themes such as life and environment. Featured artists are from Karbala, Minneapolis’  Continue Reading »

You are Invited to Help Celebrate Iraqi Authors and Filmmakers in Minneapolis

Written on December 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm, by

On January 24, 2013, IARP will partner with The Advocates for Human Rights, the Veterans Book Project, and the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas to host a reception with Iraqis in Minneapolis who wrote books or produced films with IARP and partners this summer. The reception will feature the Iraqi-produced books  Continue Reading »

‘Iraqis cannot forget what Americans have done here’

Written on December 2, 2012 at 5:03 am, by

The following is an excerpt of an article by Cathy Breen on Cathy works with Voices for Creative Non-Violence and is a Catholic Worker at Mary House in New York City. She lived in Iraq prior to the U.S. invasion in 2003 and during the occupation. “It is not written in our hearts, it is carved in  Continue Reading »

Celebrating and Remembering 2012

Written on November 30, 2012 at 10:53 pm, by

Thank you to everyone who participated in our work in 2012 as a partner, supporter, or volunteer. Together we are working to turn a legacy of violence into one of reconciliation. Click here to download the IARP 2012 Photo Retrospective.

Five Cups of Tea

Written on November 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm, by

By Kathy McKay, Executive Director McKay returned on November 22 from a delegation to Najaf, Iraq In slim, clear glass, cups about four inches tall we are offered tea at least five times a day here in Iraq. After meals, between meal breaks and during meetings the delicate cups with small gold spoon come out  Continue Reading »

Photos from Minneapolis Delegation to Sister City Najaf

Written on November 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm, by

A delegation organized by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) traveled to Minneapolis’ Sister City of Najaf, Iraq from November 9 to November 20, 2012. According to the Najaf provincial government, which helped host the delegation, the group of seven Americans was the first American citizen delegation to travel to Najaf after the withdrawal of the  Continue Reading »

An American Delegation Visits Imam Hussein Holy Shrine

Written on November 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm, by

An article on the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine’s website covered a recent visit by an IARP delegation: By Mohammed Jassim “An American delegation visited Imam Hussein holy shrine on 18-Nov-2012. The head of the delegation who is a history teacher Mrs. Kathy McKay said in an interview with media of Imam Hussein holy shrine, ‘the  Continue Reading »