This paper explores the origins of Muqtada al-Sadr's Shia political and religious movement in post-invasion Iraq. Social movement theory is used to analyze the events leading up to 2003 starting with the creation of the Da'wa political party in 1957. The study ends in early 2012 with a discussion of the future of Shia in Iraq and the influence of Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army.
In the fall of 2002, Stephen Zunes, a professor at the University of San Francisco, spoke at a teach-in at Colorado College challenging the Bush administration's claims that Iraq had "weapons of mass destruction" or ties to Al-Qaeda and predicting that a U.S. invasion would drag the United States a disastrous counter-insurgency war amid increasing terrorism, Islamic extremism and sectarian violence. He examines the reasons he got it right while so many others got it wrong. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded May 3, 2007.
Kathy Kelly, activist, author, teacher at Chicago area colleges, and current founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence discusses Iraqi sanctions. As a founder of Voices in the Wilderness, she has taken more than 70 delegations to Iraq, attempting to end U.N./U.S. sanctions. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded March 8, 2006.