Photo Caption: Young Iraqis who call themselves “emo” typically wear long or spiky hair, tight jeans, T-shirts, silver chains, and items with skull logos. But now they may be cutting their hair and changing their clothes after a number of killings in Iraq.
Roby Hurriya holds up two pictures of his friend, which tell the story of what it now means to be gay in Iraq.
One is a portrait of a handsome youth with a stylish haircut. The other shows the body of the same young man lying sprawled in the back of a white pickup truck, his head disfigured by blunt trauma.
Since the start of this year, death squads have been targeting two separate groups — gay men, and those who dress in a distinctive, Western-influenced style called “emo,” which some Iraqis mistakenly associate with homosexuality. [read more]
Radio Free Iraq’s Wisam Fazaa reports: dozens of Iraqi’s driven from their homes by instability, have made a makeshift residence at a disused military base on the outskirts of Baghdad, where they struggle to scrape by.
See the video on RFE/RL’s English website.
The directive, issued on December 18, is a list of “don’ts” that includes no close-fitting T-shirts, tight trousers, short skirts, and sandals, as well as no ostentatious or glittery clothing in general…[READ MORE]
Human Rights Watch has warned that Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite claims from Washington that the United States has helped establish democracy in the country…[READ MORE]
BAGHDAD — If words become deeds, Iraqi women could have an unparalleled opportunity this year to move into government employment.
That is because 2012 is the year the government has set for implementing new hiring quotas for women as civil servants.
Video Report: In Unstable Iraq, Armenian Christians Feel The Strain
Ethnic Armenians make up just one small part of Iraq’s Christian minority. As sectarian attacks against Christians have grown in recent years, many ethnic Armenians have fled the country, while others stay behind and struggle to maintain their community. Video by RFE/RL Radio Free Iraq’s Wisam Fazaa.
This week’s photo gallery feature celebrations from across RFE/RL’s broadcast region of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which ended last week. The photos were taken by RFE/RL photographers in countries as varied as Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Eid al-Adha is a three day festival marked by prayer and the ritual sacrifice of livestock — including sheep, cows, camels and goats, depending on the region. The sacrifice commemorates the prophet Abraham, who is believed to have demonstrated his obedience to God by offering the life of his son, Isaac. Eid al-Adha is celebrated at the end of hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.