This week we so far have this ......http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2012/January/middleeast_January88.xml§ion=middleeast&col=Boycott, walkout mar Iraq parliament session
Ahmed Rasheed and Serena Chaudhry (Reuters)
3 January 2012
BAGHDAD - Members of the Sunni Muslim-backed Iraqiya bloc boycotted Iraq’s parliament and cabinet on Tuesday, accusing Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s bloc of governing alone in a power-sharing coalition that was supposed to ease sectarian tensions.
The political turmoil that has stoked concern of renewed sectarian strife erupted as the last U.S. troops were leaving in mid-December, when Maliki sought the arrest of a Sunni vice president and asked parliament to remove Maliki’s Sunni deputy.
..... and then this:http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2012/jan/05/iraq-bombings-targeting-shiites-kill-78/ Iraq bombings targeting Shiites kill 78
By The Associated Press
Posted: January 5, 2012
BAGHDAD — An apparently coordinated wave of bombings targeting Shiite Muslims killed at least 78 people in Iraq on Thursday, the second large-scale assault by militants since U.S. forces pulled out last month.
The attacks come ahead of a Shiite holy day that draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across Iraq, raising fears of a deepening of sectarian bloodshed.
The attacks began during Baghdad’s morning rush hour when explosions struck the capital’s largest Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City and another district that contains a Shiite shrine, killing at least 30 people, according to police.
Several hours later, a suicide attack hit pilgrims heading to the Shiite holy city of Karbala, killing 48, police said. The explosions took place near Nasiriyah, about 200 miles southeast of Baghdad.