The US and Women’s Rights in Iraq: Legacy Postponed

Written on March 5, 2014, by

Iraqi lawyer Suaad Allami recently wrote an article on the current status of women’s rights in Iraq. To read the full article on CNN iReport, click here.

“The last US troops left Iraq December 18, 2011, leaving 4,485 military dead, billions spent and democratic ideals floated including uncountable women’s rights initiatives. There have been modest gains for Iraqi women but there is little actual progress and even less protection for women despite the glossy legislative protections spurred by the US State Department. More powerful and pervasive cultural and religious forces continue to contravene women’s equality, neuter women’s rights as a toothless slogan, and dwarf the Rule of Law mindset we tried hard to instill…”

Interview with Sami Rasouli

Written on July 24, 2013, by

Sami Rasouli, director of IARP’s partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, was recently interviewed for Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christian blog:

“He’d been living in Minnesota when, in 2003, Sami Rasouli returned to his homeland of Iraq. Stunned by the destruction he saw there, Rasouli sold his business and returned to help. After encountering Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq—supporting communities struggling with violence—Rasouli requested that CPT train Muslim men and women to be peacemakers. Today Rasouli is the Executive Director of Muslim Peacemaker Teams.

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Water for Peace Action at 3 Schools in Iraq

Written on April 26, 2013, by

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and our partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), are proud to announce that the 727 students of Al Adnaniyah Elementary School, 575 students of Demashaq Middle School, and 925 students of Imam Hussein High School in Najaf, Iraq now have access to clean water through our Water for Peace program. MPT recently installed large (200 gallon per day) water sanitation systems at each of the schools. Thank you to the donor St. Joan of Arch Church!

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A message of condolences and solidarity from Iraqis to Americans

Written on April 18, 2013, by

A message of condolences and solidarity from Iraqis to Americans. 

Photo credit: Sami Rasouli and the Muslim Peacemaker Teams. View on Facebook.

Water for Peace Action at Jawad Ali Tahir School in Najaf, Iraq

Written on April 12, 2013, by

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and our partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), are proud to announce that the 650 students of Jawad Ali Tahir School in Najaf, Iraq now have access to clean water through our Water for Peace program. MPT recently installed large (200 gallon per day) water sanitation system at the school. Thank you to donors St. Augustine Church and Jane Nicholl!

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Water for Peace Action at Schools and Medical Clinic in Najaf, Iraq

Written on April 10, 2013, by

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and our partner in Iraq, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), are proud to announce that the 651 students of Al Amani Middle School, the 729 students of Al Nidhal (The Struggle) Elementary School, and the 599 patients per day at the “For You” Medical Clinic in Najaf, Iraq now have access to clean water. Through our Water for Peace program, we recently installed large (200 gallon per day) water sanitation systems at all three locations.

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From ‘Shock and Awe’ to ‘Mission Accomplished’ — The Journey of an Iraqi-American Peacemaker

Written on April 8, 2013, by

IARP co-founder Sami Rasouli is both Iraqi and American. Since 2004 he has worked to heal the wounds of war and transform a legacy of violence in his home country of Iraq into one of reconciliation. Author Burt Berlowe tells his story in an article on CommonDreams.org, “From ‘Shock and Awe’ to ‘Mission Accomplished’ — The Journey of an Iraqi-American Peacemaker.”

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“Painting has the ability to reach out and reconcile… for it is near to the soul”

Written on March 8, 2013, by

IARP is helping an Iraqi artist, Fatin Al-Jumaily, apply for the summer Women’s Art Institute at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The following is a message from Fatin (thank you to IARP Board Member Salam Murtada for the translation):

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New Report: The Minneapolis – Najaf Sister City Relationship

Written on February 7, 2013, by

IARP and our partner, the Muslim Peacemaker Teams, are proud to announce the release of a new report, The Minneapolis – Najaf Sister City Relationship: A Model for Sister City Relationships between Iraqi and American Cities in Support of Reconciliation.

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The Gospel of Rutba: Presentation by Greg Barrett

Written on February 4, 2013, by

Join investigative journalist Greg Barrett on Thursday, February 21 for a presentation on his new book, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq (Orbis Books, 2012). The book begins with the story of Iraqi Muslims rescuing seriously injured American Christians Peacemakers and nursing them back to health during the 2003 “shock and awe” bombings.

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