Voter registration increases

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting carries a report on increased electoral registration. the manager of the Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq, announced that a total of 1,129,146 voters visited elections registration centers during the updating process that started August 1 and ended Sept. 7. The IECI finished voter registration on August 31, but extended it in Anbar governorate for another week for security reasons. (Al-Taakhi is issued daily by the Kurdistan Democratic Party.)

Symbol of non-sectarianism

The Guardian reports on a Sunni Arab teenager who died saving Shias during last week’s stampede disaster in Baghdad and who has been hailed as a hero whose sacrifice should unify Iraq.

Young defy terror

Times Correspondent Richard Beeston in Baghdad says young defy terror to pursue a dream in a profile of wannabe pop star Marwa Ahmed.

Ambassador appeals over Baghdad stampede

The Iraqi Ambassador to the UK, Dr Salah Al-Shaikhly has a letter in the Times in which he says of the stampede in Baghdad that conflicting stories are attempting to point the finger of blame at sectarian agendas. This stokes the fire of terror and plays directly into the hands of al-Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates in Iraq. He concludes that Our communities have co- existed without recourse to the civil war or sectarian strife that was predicted by the scaremongers. Our two communities never had a reason to quarrel. We lived in peace for over one thousand years. Our … Continue reading Ambassador appeals over Baghdad stampede