The Iraq War and subsequent occupation was one of the defining events of the past decade. When it came to Iraqis slaughtered, the Americans and their allies blithely pointed out "we don't do body counts". The Lancet estimated 654,965 excess deaths related to the war, or 2.5% of the population, through the end of June 2006.
As of April 29, 2008, the UNHCR estimated that over 4.7 million Iraqis have been displaced, with 2.7 million within Iraq and 2 million outside.
The Iraqi Communist Party was one of the fiercest opponents of Saddam Hussein while he was still a western-backed dictator. This meeting was recorded in 2007 with one of these comrades. The recording of this fine meeting was thought to be lost but was recently rediscovered. It is newly uploaded here.
2011. The Iraqi Communist Party is still technically legal but has faced many obstacles - from vote rigging against it in elections to the assassination of its militants. There were many arrests earlier in 2011 when it, as part of a wider alliance, it organised mass demonstrations in central Baghdad against corruption and the erosion of living standards and welfare. The trade union movement where it has many members has also faced legal bans over the past year.