I see that the Nation ran an article (excerpt below) on it a
few days ago, but still there's virtually no coverage.
Iraq's Civil Resistance
By Bill Weinberg, The Nation. Posted December 11, 2007.
Iraq's labor leaders are, of course, targeted for death.
Although it is eclipsed from the headlines by the ongoing carnage,
there is an active civil resistance in Iraq that opposes the
occupation, the torture regime it protects and the Islamist
and Baathist insurgencies alike. This besieged opposition--under
threat of repression and assassination--is fighting to keep
alive elementary freedoms for women, leading labor struggles
against Halliburton and other contractors, opposing the privatization
of the country's oil and other resources and seeking a secular
future for Iraq. They note that what they call "political
Islam" dominates both sides in the conflict--the collaborationist
regime and the armed insurgents. Both seek to impose a reactionary,
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies articulates
the dilemma: "There has been a huge problem since the beginning
of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, that the only resistance
we hear about is the military resistance. Key sectoral organizations--oil
workers, women, human rights defenders and many others--have
all continued their work to oppose the occupation, at great
risk to their own safety. Many of them operate in local areas,
and almost all function outside the US-controlled Green Zone,
so few Western journalists, and almost no mainstream US journalists,
have access to their work."
On July 4 the leader of a popular citizens' self-defense force
in Baghdad was executed. According to the Iraq Freedom Congress
(IFC)--a civil resistance coalition--a unit of US Special Forces
troops and Iraqi National Guard forces raided the home of Abdel-Hussein
Saddam at 3 am, opening fire without warning on him and his
young daughter. The attackers took Abdel-Hussein, leaving the
girl bleeding on the floor. Two days later his body was found
in a local morgue.