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"Shadow Culture in Iraq"... Some of the Meaning of Al-Maliki's Leaked Recordings

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2022-08-04 13:04

Shafaq News/
The American "Washington Institute" considered in a report written by Sardar Aziz, the adviser to the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region, that

the audio leaks of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki highlight the inherent fragility of Iraqi politicians, and

provide an insight into the existing policies in Iraq

The report of the American Institute, translated by Shafak News Agency, explained that

the leaked audio recordings of Al-Maliki, which he denies, reveal the hidden secret private conversations taking place among the ruling elite in the country, adding that

these leaks are the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in Iraqi politics, and

they reflect what is going on in the shadow phenomenon.  He pointed out that

these leaks have several aspects, including

competition between Shiites,
politics influenced by personality,
association with other countries (Iran),
coup plans,
and others

However, the report considered that

the conditions and framework of the audio recordings also reflect the challenges facing politics in Iraq, adding that

in order to understand the mentality of the ruling elite in Iraq and its inner world, it is necessary to focus on these conversations and meetings, noting that

their content reflects in several ways the spirituality of the political circle Internal is better than public discourse.

The report pointed out that the style of the meeting mentioned in the leaks is described as “ka’da” in the Iraqi colloquial dialect,

which means an informal and semi-private meeting, explaining that

these are common meetings in Iraqi society, especially among politicians, in addition to that

they differ from the policy circulated in the public sphere. in many ways.  The report added that

the exclusive meetings of Iraqi politicians are not private meetings in themselves, adding that

although they may take place in a private place, such as the home of one of the participants,

it is possible that among the invitees are individuals from outside the family such as bodyguards, close members of the party or supporters Faction, supporters and others. He added,

"Therefore, these meetings are not private, but they are not completely public. Rather,

they can be described as mixed spaces for political performance in which politicians and those close to them gather to practice the art of saying and doing (power)." The report added that

the purpose and format of these meetings may range from planning (or conspiracy) in the field of politics, work and entertainment,

but their main feature remains the same, that is,

the main objective of the meeting is to

satisfy the ego of the person whose focus is (usually a man), as the
The way those present address and talk to him, wrapped in admiration and praise,
increase the importance of this character and reflect his desire to be treated in this way.  He continued,

"This manufactured social bubble also protects political leaders from accountability and criticism, by

making them appear as rulers and not as public sector employees."  The report pointed out that

within this manufactured environment, the discussions taking place differ from the formal and studied political discourse, and the

isolationist and restrictive nature of the (empty) political discourse that is intended for public consumption remains one of the reasons for the frankness that dominates the conversations of small councils.

"No political figure can speak frankly with the people, but

the discontent of the majority of the people with politicians, especially during the past decade, has made it very difficult for them to enjoy participating in any public activity," he added.

As for the relationships between the participants in the "Al-Ka'dah",

it reflects "dynamic networks of people connected to each other through mutual dependencies in time and space."   The report stated that

these political figures are part of the consolidation of the tradition of power in the region, adding that

most Iraqi political figures do not have the experience, knowledge or political confidence, noting that

within the Iraqi political scene, the phrase "coincidence politicians" may reflect the prevailing reality in the best way.

The report recalled what Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US ambassador to Iraq, said when he said,

"Nuri al-Maliki was not known in the Iraqi political arena until, one morning,

Jeff Beals came into his office with a set of resumes and asked him: What do you think of Nuri al-Maliki?"
He added that

after that, they arranged a meeting in the House of Representatives, in order for al-Maliki to take power.

That is why the report considers that al-Maliki was not a well-known or influential figure in any way, but

it became a possible option when Iran and the United States were looking for a middle figure, a game that often had counterproductive results.

In a parallel context, the report considered that

the nature of these meetings and talks sheds light on the inherent fragility of Iraqi politicians, which prompts them to

seek to consolidate their power by

suppressing any criticism or adverse opinions, and
erecting barriers between them and the people, as

their world is characterized by infighting; As happens between al-Maliki and Muqtada al-Sadr
, adding that

in this world, conspiracy theories turn into justifications for established global visions, and the

characteristics of political discourse are summarized in
interaction and

The recordings also show, according to the report, that

maintaining a department capable of helping meet these needs is based on the flow of money and its collective distribution, which can be monitored

in al-Maliki’s conversations in the leaked recordings, as the guests request financial support for the formation of armed groups in each of Iraq’s governorates.

These recordings and confessions also reveal the unwillingness of the current elites to cede power to others, as

their craving for power is the main reason for
their dependence on kinship ties and
networks of relatives and clans

which are gathered by the favoritism resulting from the consolidation of power. .

The report explained that al-Maliki’s famous saying “we will not give up power” sums up this idea, as

during a limited gathering in 2013, one of the people shouted to al-Maliki and said, “We will not give up power to them.”

Now al-Maliki came to make his famous statement saying,

Is there anyone who can He takes it (power) from us until we give it to him?”, noting that

it is a feeling that has been reduced and revived in the collective political consciousness of Iraqis.

The report concluded by saying that

within the framework of the general scene,

the leaked recordings can explain the dominance of dynastic politics over the main government institutions in Iraq. He continued,

"It is important for Iraqis and external observers alike to understand the nature of these circles and their influence on political decisions, since

this influence must be dissipated to reform politics in Iraq."  He concluded by saying that

these meetings are considered evidence that culture and traditions may remain an obstacle to modernity in all its forms.

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